This is not the first book I have read by Cindy Cipriano, having previously been introduced to her work by her YA Fading series, but this is the first that would technically be classed as "Middle Grade" for the purposes of marketing.
Let me start by saying that even though this is a story based around 6th graders, at no point does it feel like a "young" book. Remember Harry Potter? Well his first book is technically Middle Grade as well. If you want to buy a copy you will still have to venture into the children's section despite the world wide adult appeal. The Circle has the same sort of feel, except with a lot of Fae mythology rather than "Wizard School".
The story is well constructed and it is definitely an easy read, and any time an author can work in new supernatural mythology which keeps me guessing, that always gets the thumbs up from me.
I like to keep my reviews non-spoilery so I will finish up by saying if you like anything to do with the supernatural, don't let the fact that this is a Middle Grade book deter you. The story is intriguing, and although technically it doesn't end on a cliffhanger - there is a snippet from book 2 which definitely leaves you wanting more.
Overall I give this a solid 4 stars and will definitely be reading the next one!
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