Review: The Divide

Apr •  19 •  2012

Title: The Divide
Series: The Secret Circle # 4
Genre: Young Adult- Paranormal
Author: L.J.Smith/ Aubrey Clark
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: March 20, 2012
Book: FC sent by publisher

 “Keep your enemies close. . . .

For the first time since moving to New Salem, Cassie Blake feels normal. She’s dating her soul mate Adam and making new friends in town. But between the secret coven of witches she belongs to and the incredible power she holds within her, Cassie is leading a far from ordinary life. When tragedy strikes the Circle, Cassie realizes being extraordinary can be a curse.

The Circle is being hunted by an unknown enemy—and anyone could be the next victim. As they struggle to protect themselves, alliances are formed and relationships are tested. No one knows who to trust or who to fear. Will Cassie be able to save the Circle . . . and herself? Or will her choices break it apart forever?”

You know, I didn’t expect to like this book. I really loved the first Secret Circle books that I was a bit hesitant to read this one. I was taken away of how well the ghost writer, kept to the story line of The Secret Circle. I was expecting it to go off the grid and add all kinds of nonsense. Instead, I found myself happily in the shoes of Cassie and the circle, ready to do some magic!
What I loved  most about this book is how well the story line didn’t derive from what is originally was but still grew. Back in New Salem, the circle has all the original characters (ALL 12) and pick up right from where the last book left off. They’re back in school facing yet again, a new darkness, Witch Hunters. I like that this aspect is added to the story just like the tv series, but doesn’t sway it too much. It’s like as if the story never finished.
The love interest with Cassie and Adam is what I expected it to be. Cassie is facing some serious insecurities along with major decisions she has to make for the circle. I like that Cassie spark is still there. She is strong yet selfless in her actions. I’m anxious to see how Adam and Cassie will face what is coming against them.
The Divide is a great touch added to the series. It flows extremely well with added elements of love, lust, and action. Smart and Unpredictable, The Divide is amazing!
I give it 4 BITES!
Happy Reading!


  1. jennifer
    Apr 19, 2012

    I actually enjoyed this book better than the original Secret Circle books. I think the new writer is really good.

    • Savannah Valdez
      Apr 19, 2012

      Me too! At first i was ab it hesitant but I am glad that the story line grew. The writer did a great job!

  2. Vanya D.
    Apr 19, 2012

    Oh, my! There’s a new SC book!!! Thanks for sharing, I’ll make sure to read it!

  3. Giselle
    Apr 19, 2012

    Great review I haven’t read this series at all it sounds interesting!!

    • Savannah Valdez
      Apr 19, 2012

      Giselle, you need too! I love this series so much!

  4. Mandi Kaye
    Apr 19, 2012

    Thanks for this review! I’ve been wary of it, because the original SC trilogy is my favorite series by LJS. I hate the tv show and was afraid this book was based on the show, and not a continuation of the books.

    I think I may have to pick it up now. 🙂

    ~Mandi Kaye @ Never Too Fond of Books

    • Savannah Valdez
      Apr 19, 2012

      Mandi, I felt the same way, but it is not at all what I expected. It really took off!

  5. Sarah Elizabeth
    Apr 19, 2012

    I wasn’t sure that this would be any good at all, but by the sounds of it, it actually might be a worthwhile read! Thanks!

    • Savannah Valdez
      Apr 19, 2012

      I know how you feel Sarah. Since I Read this series in Junior high i love it the way that it was. The new writer does a great job in writing the new story.

  6. Jenny
    Apr 19, 2012

    This was written by a ghost writer? I had no idea! I haven’t read this series at all, but if I was a fan of it the idea that someone else was going to be taking over the writing would have made me nervous as well. So glad she did a brilliant job and the book was more than you thought it’d be!

  7. I still haven’t seen the show… and I still need to read these books. Looks like I’m missing out. I think I may have to pick up the books first however.

  8. Felicia
    Apr 19, 2012

    I’ve been wanting to read this book, but when I heard you say it was a ghost writer, it had me hesitating too. Glad you enjoyed it. Looking forward to it now 🙂