|One of the reasons I love books in print|
As of late I have been surrounding myself with people who have a love of writing. I have always known that I would one day write a novel. I have the stories in my head and I just need to get them out. When I do, I hope I am as successful as Cindy Cipriano is at telling her stories.
This is the first book of seven geared towards the young adult crowd. I have confidently passed this novel on to my 10 year old daughter to read.
The characters are easy to like and all seem to have a secret. The main character, Calum, has a strong tie to his family and their history. As a reader, it is refreshing to read a young adult novel with no family drama. The strength and unity that this family portrays is heartwarming. The whole family is a great cast of characters.
The Cipriano created Otherworld, a parallel world filled with all things Sidhe, is so perfectly described. The reader remembers every colorful detail and can’t wait for the next visit, just like Calum, to explore and experience more.
The Circle is over all a fantastic fantasy filled read. I of course devoured this book in almost one sitting and quickly emailed Cipriano…. “When is book 2 available?” I emailed. The reply. “I am typing as fast as I can!“. Keep typing Cindy and please let me know when I can continue on this adventure to the Sidhe Otherworld.
Well I am pretty sure you can tell by my review that I loved this book and can not wait for the rest of the series. My daughter (10) also enjoyed the book. We give this book:
Synopsis of The Circle:
Calum Ranson is sure of three things: his cousin Finley is alive, Calum will find him, and no one knows Calum and his family are Sidhe. No one until Laurel shows up at his mother’s bookstore wearing a dark clan’s mark. When Calum learns the details surrounding the disappearance of Laurel’s brother, he suspects the evil Hobayeth clan. Calum and Laurel work together in the Realm of Man and the Otherworld to rescue her brother – revealing a connection between Calum and Laurel that may cost Finley his life.
About The Circle:
The Circle is a 44,300 word fantasy set in the mountains of western North Carolina. The Circle is the first book in the Sidhe Series, and contains faerie elements similar to those found in Tithe, or Wings. However, the protagonist in The Circle is a twelve year old boy who is fully aware of his magical abilities. The Circle may be described as a middle grades Mitford series infused with fantasy.
About Cindy Cipriano:
Cindy Cipriano lives in North Carolina with her husband, son, and 27 pets. Okay, maybe not 27. More like three dogs, one cat, and many, many, fish. Cindy enjoys spending time with her family, writing, and the avoidance of cooking.
Cindy is a 2012 recipient of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund PRISM award, and was named Outstanding Science Teacher in 2009 by the NC Science Teachers Association.
The Circle is Cindy’s first novel, and the first book in the Sidhe Series. The Circle is published by Odyssey Books.
Two of Cindy Ciprianos short stories, “What Lance Saw,” and “Miller’s Island,” were published in the children’s anthology, Doorway to Adventure (September, 2010).