The Circle Blog Tour ~ Middle Grade book review ~ Amazon/Paypal Cash Giveaway

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The Circle Calum Ranson is sure of three things: his cousin Finley is alive, Calum will find him, and no one knows Calum and his family are Sidhe. No one until Laurel shows up at his mother’s bookstore wearing a dark clan’s mark. When Calum learns the details surrounding the disappearance of Laurel’s brother, he suspects the evil Hobayeth clan. Calum and Laurel work together in the Realm of Man and the Otherworld to rescue her brother – revealing a connection between Calum and Laurel that may cost Finley his life.

“The Circle is full of magic and mystery. Readers will be engrossed in faerie realms, charming characters, and a state of wonder and imagination. The Circle is for those who delight in reading fantasy and exploring mystical worlds.”
–Kathleen Fox,

Author Cindy Cipriano Cindy Cipriano lives in NC with her husband, son, and 27 pets. Okay, more like one cat, three dogs, and many, many fish. Cindy is an award winning science teacher, who this past August celebrated her 12th first day of sixth grade.

 Hi there, Paul here today. I hope all is well with you. I am excited to share my review of the middle grade book The Circle with you and since you read the blurb above, here we go.

What I liked best: I really liked everything about this story to be truthful. It was great, and as most of you know, I love a good middle grade book. If I have to pick one thing it would be Calum and Laurel’s relationship. Their age is so fun and the boy/girl relationship is challenging at that age. Two great characters that have a great relationship, it’s hard to go too far wrong with that.

What missed a bit: At some point, maybe halfway through the book or more I felt a little bit like I was waiting for something to happen. Not just anything, because plenty was going on, but that BIG thing you knew was coming. Shortly thereafter, it happened. So this miss is minor. 

Overall: I really liked many things about this book. I loved the Irish/Gaelic stuff (I just returned from a trip to Ireland so this was perfect!). I loved the book store, Siopa Leabhar. The name, the decor, the feeling, the books everything. I would love to hang out there myself. The author did a wonderful job of conveying sixth graders emotions, whether it was fearing your peers would think a girl is your girlfriend if you hang around them too much, or first day of school jitters. It was superb. I have to tell you that I have a habit of booking too many book reviews too close together and this was the case with The Circle and another book. I finished the other book a couple of days before The Circle and had very little time to read it and write my review. Lucky for me, I LOVED it and read it in  a few short days. It’s a great book and I am more than happy to give it 5 stars!

Don’t forgot to check out all the events going on here at Sher A. Hart blog including the Newstead Project Book Blast (ends 5/19), the Trail of Bones Blast (ends 5/24), the Book Reviewers Blast (ends 5/31), and the Newstead Project Blog Tour (ends 5/19), the Tale of Mally Biddle Book Blast (ends 6/1-2), the Children’s Book Giveaway Hop (end 5/19), The Storm Bottle Blog Tour (ends 5/26) and the Fern YA Giveaway  (ends 5/30). Make sure to leave me a comment.

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