Review * Circle of Silence by Carol M Tanzman

July 23, 2012 Reviews 14 ★★★

Review * Circle of Silence by Carol M TanzmanCircle of Silence by Carol M Tanzman
Series: WiHi #2
Published by Harlequin Teen on July 24, 2012
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
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The biggest story of my life could be how it ends

It’s my turn to run a Campus News crew, and I’ve put together a team that can break stories wide open. And Washington Irving High has a truly great one to cover, if only we can find a lead.

A secret society has formed in our school. It announced its presence with pranks: underwear on the flagpole, a toilet in the hallway, cryptic notes. A circle of silence keeps the society a mystery. No one knows its members, agenda or initiation secrets—until a student lands in the hospital under strange circumstances.

I will blow this story wide open and stop others from being hurt... …or worse. And while my ex, Jagger, might want to help, I don’t trust him yet. (And, no, not because of our past together. That is not important to this story.)

But whether you find me, Valerie Gaines, reporting in front of the camera, or a victim in the top story of the newscast…be sure to watch Campus News at 9:00 a.m. this Friday.

What I Thought…

  • Circle of Silence is not your typical YA mystery, it’s a little on the darker side.  The MP begins by doing a harmless prank and it spirals downhill from there to people getting hurt.  Val and her fellow news team are determined to find out whose behind it and why.
  • The best part of the book for me was the mystery.  Every few chapters there is a section from the leader of MP and you can see the crazy get exponentially more crazy each time you read from their perspective.
  • The Characters were ok.  None of them were spectacular, but they weren’t awful either.  I did enjoy Val and her overachieving, do-all attitude.
  • There was very little romance and honestly it was such an aside that it hardly seemed necessary.
  • The other secondary characters were not as well developed and at times I would get a couple the other two boys mixed up.
  • Not really important to the story, but I don’t really care for the cover.
  • When the head of MP, and the other members, were revealed I was a little disappointed.  To say why would be a spoiler, it’s just one of my pet peeves.
  • I really don’t have much to say about the book.  It was just ok, but gets a little boost up to 3 stars because I like secret clubs and I enjoyed the mystery of the group (even if I didn’t like who they turned out to be).

Overall it was a fairly good mystery and an enjoyable read.

*I received a copy of Circle of Silence from Harlequin Teen via Net Galley in exchanged for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


14 Responses to “Review * Circle of Silence by Carol M Tanzman”

  1. fakesteph

    I kind of love the cover. But the quotes in the description drove me nuts and that was just the description. Sorry you didn’t love this one. I love secret societies, too. I’m going to read The Liar Society soon. Can’t wait.

  2. Kate@Midnight Book Girl

    This sounds like one book I could probably skip. I’m not saying I would never read this, but I don’t see it making its way up my impressive Mount TBR anytime soon…

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      I hate to say it, but yeah, you’re not missing anything if you don’t read it. It only got the boost to three stars because of the secret society and after thinking about it some more I probably would only rate it a two.

  3. Bittner

    My first thought when I saw this post in my google reader was “Oh, cool cover…”
    I love secret societies in movies but I don’t think I have read any in a book. At least not that I can recall off the top of my head.

  4. Jenny

    I’m so worn out on mysteries. Even YA mysteries. I don’t know why but I don’t have any patience with them. :( I’m glad you enjoyed this one well enough.

  5. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    Secret societies are always fun in books and movies and TV shows! At least, in my opinion! I’m sorry you did’t love this one. I’ve got the first book in the series on my TBR list–I just saw it on some posts earlier today and then when I saw this review I was like, “Oh, maybe I should check it out!” Great review, Kim!