The Coven (Sweep, 2)
15 journalers for this copy...
From Publishers Weekly
This delectably dark pair of novels, first in the Sweep series, brings a supernatural spin to classic teen issues: popularity, romance, alienation and the search for self. Narrator Morgan, a high school junior in upstate New York, feels plain and ordinary, especially next to her flirty, drop-dead-gorgeous friend Bree. When Cal, a remarkably poised and handsome senior, transfers to their school, Morgan likes him almost immediately, an attraction she hides when Bree announces that she plans to win him for herself. Cal makes no secret of his belief in Wicca, inviting most of the junior and senior classes to join him in a Wiccan celebration. The rituals powerfully affect Morgan: could it be that she, like Cal, is a "blood witch" (a descendant of one of the seven great witch clans)? But how could she be a blood witch when everyone else in her family is so clearly not "magickal"? While Tiernan's ingredients are familiar, she stirs the cauldron with engaging, even cinematic, prose and sharply individuates her characters. She introduces the Wiccan material with some depth as well as with a skillful degree of ambiguity; readers will not know immediately whether or not the series embraces Wicca. Both books end on cliffhangers, fanning what will surely be an already keen desire to learn the whole story.
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1. CheriePie (USA)
2. ladiibbug (USA)
3. explorer1118m (USA)
4. NeedSun (Canada)
5. Rianonne (Austria)
6. Morgaine77 (Switzerland)
7. Margih (Finland)
8. ritao (Finland)
9. 2012 (Finland)
10. Rowenne (USA)
11. KathyB (USA)
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-Please keep books 1 & 2 together. The first book ends in a cliffhanger, so I want everyone to be able to start straight away with the second. ;)
-Please try to read the books within 4-6 weeks. They are very short and easy reads, so reading both books won't take much time.
-Journal the books when receiving them, and again after you have read them.
I can't say that I don't like these books, only that in some respects they seem even more simple than some of the other Young Adult books I've read, i.e. Harry Potter, Cirque du Freak. Perhaps it's just the characters attitudes towards one another... I'm not sure, but they seem so childish. Like in the previous book, I had a bit of a problem with the attitudes of certain characters, though it wasn't as extreme. Morgan's parents eventually came up with a fairly satisfactory explanation as to why they kept Morgan's adoption secret from her all this time. (I almost wanted to mark the previous comment as a spoiler, but it actually implies this right on the back cover blurb so I didn't think it's supposed to be a secret going in... I figured it was pretty obvious anyway by the end of book 1 if not earlier.)
That said, since these books can be read in a single day, two max, I don't feel they were a waste of time because they did entertain, and the ending did leave me interested as to what'll happen next.
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Such as what kind of revenge do Bree and Raven have planned for Morgan? And why does Cal's mom have the Morgan's mom's Book of Shadows?
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This will be heading to ladiibbug shortly along with a few other books going her way.
UPDATE 5-NOV-2006: Mailed to ladiibbug along with book 1 and another owed book on 6-Nov-2006 via Media Mail.
As with #1, I enjoyed the learning more details of Wicca, tho I couldn't identify any errors or misperceptions in the author's writing due to my unfamiliarity with Wicca.
Morgan's Mom's reaction to her interest in Wicca was perfectly understandable to me, as I know LOTS of people who would react that way, i.e., Wicca = Witchcraft = Devil Worship??!! Yes, it's an uninformed, narrow minded reaction, but in my life experience, Wicca is not well known and is misunderstood. I hadn't even heard of Wicca until five years ago and thought it was "nice" witchcraft till an internet acquaintance began talking about her interest and study of it.
Strong plot, very believable characters, just a great read. Thanks for sharing, CandyDarling!
Mailing to Explorer1118m with Book 1 - TRAVELING
*Counts in the Keep Them Moving 2006 Challenge*
Thank you for sharing these books, CandyDarling. Sorry for taking so long with them, I just haven't had much reading time lately. I will get them into the mail to Rianonne this week sometime.
There are 2 1/2 BookRings infront of this one, but I will squeeze them in as I can't read them one after another anyways.
The cliff-hanger at the end left me wishing for having the other books handy to eat myself through this series.
What a cliffhanger at the end! If anyone's gonna ring the rest of the series, please let me know! :-)
Will pass on to Margih as soon as I get to the post office next time.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Travelling to Finland. Enjoy!
Thanks CandyDarling for sharing these books. And they will move on to the next reader soon.
I've read many teen books resembling these ones (in terms of the "high school" plot, not the witchy parts) when I was a bit younger, but none of those have been as educational Wicca-wise as these are. The information on the religion is what really kept me tuned to the book, as I've always been kinda interested on the subject. I used to read everything I found concerning Wicca when I was a teenager (which wasn't very much in a Finnish semi-small town), but I haven't had time to explore it further lately - until I got these books.
So thanks, CandyDarling, for reminding me of my interest in Wicca!
Contacting the next person on the list immediately to keep the ring going.
I'll soon send these books to Rowenne.
Gave this book as a RABCK to Niksu. I hope you enjoy it!
Thanks CandyDarling once more for these lovely books. I'll see if lottuli accepts these first two books in this series, even though she as well has read the #2. It just feels right to try to keep these two books from separating.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
To lottuli today.
I somehow can really well imagine Morgan and I really look forward to read the rest of story.
I will keep this book together with the Part1 of the Sweep series and RABCK these to someone who I think would love to read these two.
In to post to go to a winner of Happy Smile Day raffle.
Sorry it took me so long to post you a book; but now you'll get two instead of just one :D
I'm a bit annoyed that I don't have the next book in the series so I won't know what'll happen to Morgan after she's been caught in the library. Hopefully, I'll be able to locate the rest of the book in the series in order to find out what'll happen.
I'll make sure that this book stays together with is companion. Thanks for sharing
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Given to christina82
This is just the sort of book my cousin Lene would like and since she is always on the look-out for new books, I will pass it on to her.
(Maybe I can even get her to join Bookcrossing after this!!!??)
I read the book and oh my god, i loved it. I couldn stop reading, it was so exciting and i can't wait to read the next books :)
I like how it continues at the place where the first book ended, a lot of books don't do that.