Great Summer Reads Giveaway Hop!


Welcome to the Great Summer Reads Giveaway Hop!  This hop is hosted by Cindy C. Bennett

This giveaway is being sponsored by the lovely Cindy Cipriano, author of The Circle: Book One of The Sidhe.

About the Prize:

The Circle: Book One of The Sidhe by Cindy Cipriano

Age Range: 9 and up

Series: The Sidhe #1

Genre: Fantasy

Paperback: 186 pages

Publisher: Odyssey Books (June 1, 2013)

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (thank you!)

Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

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

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.

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“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,

About the Author:

Cindy Cipriano lives in North
Carolina with her husband, son, and 27 pets. Okay, maybe not 27. More
like three dogs, one cat, and many, many, fish. Cindy enjoys spending
time with her family, writing, and the avoidance of cooking.

is a 2012 recipient of the Burroughs Welcome Fund PRISM award, and was
named Outstanding Science Teacher in 2009 by the NC Science Teachers

The Circle is Cindy’s first novel, and the first book in the Sidhe Series. The Circle is published by Odyssey Books.


My Thoughts:

This is a fun and rather unique approach to a middle grade fantasy. It
is a light, quick read that I think most kids would enjoy.  The
characters are likable and generally easy to relate to.

I liked the way the human world and the magical world are separate, yet
entwined. The ending was nice because it wrapped up without a
cliffhanger, yet it wasn’t completely resolved. The unresolved parts of the story will
carry us into the next book in the series.  I really hope to learn more
about the Sidhe, their customs, and their verses as the series continues.

My only complaint about the book is that a lot of times, I felt like I
was reading a sequel. I felt like I was missing a lot of vital
information that all the characters knew, but I, the reader, did not.

All  in all, it was a good read. Nice, clean, and full of magic and friendship.

Giveaway Details:

1 Signed paperback of The Circle

Open to the US only

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  • Reply
    July 8, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    I love the cover of this book! I have been curious about it since I first saw the cover a couple of weeks ago. Thanks for the giveaway and the review. 🙂

  • Reply
    Renee C.
    July 10, 2013 at 5:44 am

    Yes, I've seen this book before. Interesting comment you made about feeling that it felt like a sequel. That tells me that maybe the story and the characters are not fully developed. Maybe we need a prequel? 😉

    Thanks for linking in the Kid Lit Blog Hop

    • Reply
      July 10, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      I did feel like some information was missing, but I still enjoyed the story. A prequel would be marvelous! 🙂

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