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

10 Jun


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? ๐Ÿ˜€

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. ย 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… ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), 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). ย 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

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

  1. lionelsnod June 10, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    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. Barbara June 10, 2013 at 9:49 am #

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


  3. julie rowan zoch June 10, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    Sounds fun and a bit mysterious.


  4. Catherine Johnson June 10, 2013 at 10:36 am #



  5. Dena June 10, 2013 at 11:03 am #

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


  6. KidLitReviews June 10, 2013 at 11:30 am #

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


  7. Genevieve Petrillo June 10, 2013 at 11:55 am #

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

    Love and licks,


  8. Angela Brown June 10, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

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


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 11, 2013 at 9:32 am #

      This is a great book Ms. Brown! It’s strange how much fairies differ in different books.


  9. Patricia Tilton June 10, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    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.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 11, 2013 at 9:33 am #

      I haven’t. I want to, but I haven’t. I am already interested in those unicorn books! ๐Ÿ˜€


  10. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews June 10, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    Wow! That sounds fabulous and have a wonderful summer holiday! Lots of reading, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰


  11. Patricia aka Mamaw June 10, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

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


  12. Elle Carter Neal June 11, 2013 at 12:38 am #

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


  13. Joanna June 11, 2013 at 5:29 am #

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


  14. ontheplumtree June 11, 2013 at 5:55 am #

    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!


  15. Cindy Cipriano June 11, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    Thanks so much, Erik, and thanks everyone ๐Ÿ™‚


  16. readingwithrhythm June 14, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    nice review for what sounds like an intriguing book!


  17. Cindy Cipriano July 2, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    Thank you, Eric!


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