“The Circle: Book One of The Sidhe” By Cindy Cipriano


HAPPY SUMMER VACATION TO ME!!! WOO! What better way to celebrate my first day of summer vacation then with a review of a great book? 😀

The Circle: Book One of The Sidhe
By Cindy Cipriano
186 pages – ages 9+
Published by Odyssey Books on June 1, 2013

To the rest of the world Calum Ranson and his family looked like typical Americans living in a small town. Little did the others know Calum and his family were Sidhe fairies.  Calum blamed himself for his cousin Finley’s disappearance years before when they were visiting the fairy world. When Laurel, a new girl in town, shows up at Siopa Leabhar (Calum’s mother’s bookshop – pronounced: Shuppa Leb-har) wearing a necklace with the symbol of a notorious fairy clan – the Hobayeth clan (Calum and his family are Sidhe fairies of the Aessea clan and the Hobayeth fairies are a not so nice clan), Calum and his cousin Hagen are suspicious of why a normal human is wearing a fairy necklace. Months later, Laurel figures out that the Ranson family are actually fairies and she needs their help to find her missing brother. Calum and Hagen decide to help Laurel rescue her brother from the Hobayeth before it’s too late!

I really love mystical creatures and fairies are close to the top of the list of my favorite kinds (I admit, I kinda like Tinkerbell… 😉 ), and this book has furthered my interest in them. I like the “legend” of the Sidhe fairies. It is pretty interesting. Calum is a great character. He’s kind and like a modern kid, PLUS his Mom owns a bookstore! The plot is very exciting and I think it is a unique plot for a magic story (really gets away from a “Harry Potter” theme).  The first few pages of the story were a little slow, but it soon sucked me into reading page after page. I really like all of the action in the story! I like the idea of the fairy world too. Ms. Cipriano describes it very well. I think kids 9+ would really like this book!

I give “The Circle: Book 1” 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

Categories: Age 9+

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35 replies

  1. I too, read the Circle and really, really enjoyed it. I LOVED the bookstore! I want to hang out there, but I’ll pass on the sassafras tea. Another great review. Thanks Erik and happy summer vacation.

    Paul R. Hewlett

  2. Hmm. I might try this. I’m also a sucker for all books magical!
    Have a great summer, you lucky guy:)

  3. Sounds fun and a bit mysterious.

  4. I just got my copy! I’m excited to see yet another positive review for the book.

  5. Sounds interesting. I like the bookstore. Happy summer vacation!

  6. I like Tinkerbell, too, Erik. She kind of reminds me of myself – delicate and beautiful and magical.

    Love and licks,

  7. Fairies are wonderful and they vary so much from legend to lore. Sounds like a great adventure story as well. Thanks for the review.

  8. The cover alone grabs your attention. I think I would enjoy this magical world. I love Bruce Coville’s Unicorn Chornicles. Magical. And, I lke fairies too! Have you ever seen a fairy ring in a meadow or wooded area? I have.

  9. Wow! That sounds fabulous and have a wonderful summer holiday! Lots of reading, right? 😉

  10. Great Review Erick! I just added this one to my TBR list!

  11. It is a lovely cover. I’m always intrigued by anything to do with the daoine sidhe.

  12. I’m not normally a big fairy fan, but your review totally makes me want to read this, Erik!

  13. WoW! I love this. The cover looks great and the plot sounds great. I love the idea that these fairies pose as humans in the day ~ well! Some of us do belong to the world of faerie and have to learn to live among humans!

  14. Thanks so much, Erik, and thanks everyone 🙂

  15. nice review for what sounds like an intriguing book!

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