Monday, July 15, 2013

MMGM: The Circle by Cindy Cipriano

Date Published: June 1, 2013 
ISBN: 1922200042
Genre: Middle Grade, fantasy
Publisher: Odyssey Books
Themes: friendship, family, home, loyalty
Add it on: Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes And Noble/ *Indie Bound*

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 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.—Goodreads
First Line:Calum Ranson was sure his cousin Finley was alive, and knew he would be the one to find him. 

What Others Are Saying: “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.” —

"Though the story sometimes gets bogged down with details that don't have any real bearing on the plot, it does help set the stage for a second novel young fantasy lovers will look forward to. An underlying message of the importance of family ties and friendship help round off the solid fantasy novel." —Boys and Literacy

Other Bloggers Weigh In: 
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The Daily Harrel
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What I Thought: Cipriano is a gifted storyteller. She weaves a tale using actual Gaelic faery folklore. I loved learning the new words and what they meant. She created a believable world that exists within our own and was able to address real middle grade issues while leading the reader through a fantasy adventure. It started slow, telling us about the characters and setting up her world.The details were enough to keep me reading but may bog down a less skilled reader. It would be a great read aloud. Since the main character, Calum Ransom is a boy it brings an interesting perspective rarely used in fantasies about the world of the Fae. This is a great adventure and promises to be a fun series. 

About The Author: Cindy Cipriano
The Sidhe Series
Interview on Writer And Authors
Who: Cindy Cipriano lives in North Carolina and has taught middle school science since 2001. She was named a North Carolina Outstanding Science Teacher in 2009 by the North Carolina Science Teachers Association. In 2012, Cindy received the Burroughs Wellcome Fund PRISM award for innovative teaching. Cindy has a M.Ed. and is a National Board Certified Teacher. She is also a North Carolina Certified Environmental Educator. Cindy is a member of the Drawbridge Writers Group, and the Triad Writers Group. Cindy enjoys speaking at conferences and is available for conference presentations, book club meetings, or other author visits.


  1. I'm not really into fantasy, but this sounds like an interesting one. thanks for the review.

  2. Thanks a million for your review Pam :)

  3. I'm new to your blog, Pam, and am quite impressed. Bravo to Cindy. What an exciting story and what wonderful credentials. Congratulations! And Bravo to you, too, Pam, for sharing such an interesting review of Cindy's book. I will join your blog for sure. Presently, I write YA short stories and memoir. If you can, please join my Adventures in Writing blog at Thank you so much.

  4. Hi Pam, Thanks for sharing this book. I'm quite fond of Celtic fairytales so I'll have to give this one a look! Are you in Seattle, Pam? (I'm guessing because of the Elliot Bay banner) I'm going to be in town in the fall for an event for my new book.

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