Thursday, November 8, 2012

[Review] The Initiation by L.J. Smith

Title: The Initiation
Author: L. J. Smith
Published: March 9th, 1995
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Series: The Secret Circle (Book #1)
Source: I purchased a copy from a bookstore
Blurb from Goodreads: The Circle's Power has Lured Her Home...
Cassie must confront a shattering challenge: an ordeal that could cost her life or gain her more than she's ever imagined...
Charmed by the Secret Circle, she's initiated into the mysterious "in crowd," a coven of young witches whose power has controlled New Salem for three hundred years.
Hopelessly in love with the coven leader's boyfriend, Cassie risks falling prey to dark powers in order to have him. But if she does, her endless love could destroy the coven, New Salem, and her!
...And She Will Emerge the Leader or Perish!


My Thoughts: I got to know about this book because of the TV series and there in the credits was the name of one of my favorite authors! So I HAD to pick it up. Although I have to say that the show is really different than the book. I mean, the general premise is the same, a bunch of witch teenagers, a magic circle and a lot of magic.  Adam and Cassie's relationship is similar too. But the book has a lot of details that I really loved. For example, Diana's character is so captivating in the book and Faye is so mean and witchy. And I don't think the TV show made them justice. 
The initiation is a good title for this book, because it is about a girl (Cassie) who is discovering what she is capable of and it is kind of the start of her journey, along with the fact that there's actually an initiation for Cassie to be part of the circle of witches in New Salem.
In the book, Diana was my favorite character, it was like the popular girl who really deserves to be popular, because she's kind and selfless and caring.
Adam and Cassie's relationship was kinda insta-love, but it was bearable, because I could understand the longing and the remembering of someone you met and who caught your eye and who you though you will never see again and then after a while BOOM! Here he is. And then it happens to have a magical bond with you... So, I get it. 
I love how fast-paced this book is. I read it in one afternoon and I found myself wanting more of this magical story. This was the first book about magic and witches that I read and it caught me, since the very beginning. I love how some characters has some sort of affinity with different elements. I love how the story itself is so full of magic. It is a light read, nothing too fancy, but definitely entertaining. 

I would recommend it for: Everyone who loves L.J. Smith books or who liked witchcraft in a light YA way. 



“Listen to me," he said, and to her dismay he stepped closer. "When I first met you," he said, "I had no idea you were one of us. How could I? But I knew that you were different than that phony friend of yours. Not just another pretty girl, but somebody special.” 

About the author:

L.J. Smith recently changed her name because she got tired of being one of a googolplex of Lisa J. Smiths. Her attempts to get people to call her by her new name have not, so far, been successful. Despite initial disappointments, she will not give up the fight! She also wonders if many people out there realize that “smiths” were revered in ancient times for their ability to take bits of rock and magically turn them into useful items like swords, maces, flails, daggers, dirks, spears, halberds, arrowheads, katanas, and, eventually, lead shot and brass knuckles. And spatulas. Spatulas used to be made of metal. For this reason, smiths were thought to be a wee bit uncanny, and it was a brave man or woman who crossed them. There are few who can face up to a really well-honed spatula—or, for that matter, to cutting irony, which in Ye Good Olde Days was made of real iron.
L.J lives in the Bay Area of California, where it is always sunny except when it rains. She has a cat and lots of books. She gets most of her ideas when she is asleep. She isn’t sure whether there is genuine magic or not, but she finds it fun to write about. She believes in the maxim, “An you harm none, do as you will.” (An means “as long as.”)
In February 2011, L. J. Smith was fired from Harper/Alloy; a ghostwriter will be writing the rest of the Vampire Diaries books. 

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