The Circle (Engelsfors #1) by Sara Bergmark Elfgren &Mats Strandberg


Goodreads Summary:

On a night after the apparent suicide of high school student Elias Malmgren, a blood-red moon fills the night sky. Minoo wakes up outside her house, still in her pajamas, and is drawn by an invisible force to an abandoned theme park on the outskirts of town. Soon five of her classmates—Vanessa, Linnéa, Anna-Karin, Rebecka, and Ida—arrive, compelled by the same force. A mystical being takes over Ida’s body and tells them they are fated to fight an ancient evil that is hunting them. As the weeks pass, each girl discovers she has a unique magical ability. They begin exploring their powers. The six are wildly different and definitely not friends . . . but they are the Chosen Ones.

In this gripping first installment of The Engelsfors Trilogy, a parallel world emerges in which teenage dreams, insanely annoying parents, bullying, revenge, and love collide with dangerous forces and ancient magic. An international sensation with rights sold in 26 countries, The Circle is razor-sharp and remarkable from start to finish.

My Thoughts:

The book starts off with the suicide of a teenager named Elias, who kills himself in the school bathroom.  You realize while reading the book that he is being compelled to do it, so we know something else is going on.  Six other teenagers at the school become compelled to walk to an old carnival in town.  There they meet the janitor, and find out they are all Chosen Ones (witches) meant to fight a great evil, that originates around the school somehow.  We also find out that Elias was a Chosen One, and that is why he was murdered.  The issue with them working together is that none of them are friends, and they all hang out in different circles.  Some of them even flat-out hate each other.  All six of the girls have very different personalities, and I think it shows very well in the book.  With all the different characters it was a little hard with me to keep up with at first, but I got over that very quickly since they are all so different.  They also start learning that most of them have magical powers.  The book is clearly translated from another language and I had trouble reading the names of the towns and things like that, but nothing that prevented me from making up what they sound like and continuing to read.  The story starts off a little slow, and I wasn’t sure if I was going to keep reading the book, but it does start getting really good.  I really like how much background is put into each character, so they all feel very real.  Another reason for this is that they aren’t all popular perfect Barbie dolls, like a lot of YA book’s main characters.  They have faults, fat, acne, etc.  And there are real issues dealt with in the book (along with the magic and evil) like eating disorders and bullying.  I got the entire trilogy free in exchange for honest reviews, and I am looking forward to seeing what is going to happen in the next book.  One good thing though is that if you don’t like trilogies or liked the book, but not enough to keep reading about these girls, you can totally stop after book one.  The book felt complete, and didn’t have a huge cliff hanger or anything that would make you HAVE to read the next book if you didn’t feel like it.


PS: Have you read any books that were translated from another language that you don’t speak? Were they any good?



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