The Circle – Sara B. Elfgren & Mats Strandberg

“One night, when a strange red moon fills the sky, six schoolgirls find themselves in an abandoned theme park, drawn there by a mysterious force.  A student has just been found dead.  Everyone suspects suicide.  Everyone – except them.

In that derelict fairground an ancient prophecy is revealed.  They are The Chosen Ones, a group of witches bound together by a power, one which could destroy them all.  But they soon learn that despite their differences they need each other, in order to master the forces that have been awakened within them.

High school is now a matter of life and death.  Because the killing has only just begun.”

I had heard good things about this book and I loved the eerie cover so I thought I’d try it out for myself.

I have to be honest, I nearly stopped reading quite early on in the story – the beginning is mostly a brief introduction to all the main characters and, while this is necessary to learn about them all, I found it really tedious.  I think perhaps because there were so many main characters, it seemed that this part dragged out more than usual and I also found it quite difficult to remember who was who.

I did carry on reading though and I’m glad that I did because once I got past the introduction stage the story really heated up!  The gruesome discovery of a body at school had me thinking all sorts of things and when the six girls were mysteriously dragged to the fairground I was even more intrigued.

Each of the main girls in the story were dealing with their own personal issues and they were all very different.  I was interested to see how these different personalities would mix and I had a feeling that there would be some tension within the group.  They all seemed to learn something new about themselves as the book progressed and it was interesting to see them grow in that way.

The story had a dark and dangerous feel to it, there were a couple of funny moments but not many so don’t get this if you like a book that makes you laugh a lot.  Some of the scarier moments for me included strange dreams and hearing voices that they shouldn’t have been hearing.  Something that I did really like were the few pages that were full of symbols, it added a real novelty factor for me (even though I was unable to figure out what they meant, obviously I’m not a witch!).

I made a few different predictions as to who might be involved in the mysterious deaths, the good thing about this book was that there were quite a few suspects so I couldn’t figure out who or what it was.  Eventually, however, I did manage to figure it out but this wasn’t until I was nearly at the end of the book so it kept me on my toes.

There were some parts that I found difficult to read, particularly the suicide attempts, and there were many times when I thought my heart would pound out of my chest (yes, I am a big scaredy cat).

This may have been a slow starter but it ended up tense and full of dramatic twists and turns, I look forward to seeing what is next for the witches in part two which is called Fire.

The Circle can be purchased here with free worldwide delivery.