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Cirkeln [Ebook] ➨ Cirkeln By Mats Strandberg – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk 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 forc 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 Linnea Anna Karin Rebecka and Ida arrive compelled 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 The park is a safe haven; the school a place of danger The six are wildly different and definitely not friendsbut they are the Chosen OnesAs the weeks pass each girl discovers she has a uniue magical ability They begin exploring their powers but they are not all firmly committed to their mission to discover the truth about Elias's death Then a horrible tragedy strikes within the circle Newly determined to fight the evil forces they begin to learn magic from The Book of Patterns an ancient work with a will of its own that reveals different things to different witchesIn 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 flirtation dangerous forces and ancient magic An international sensation with rights sold in countries The Circle is razor sharp and remarkable from start to finish.

10 thoughts on “Cirkeln

  1. Heidi The Reader Heidi The Reader says:

    The Circle was an excellent and gritty urban fantasy It was dark enough that I would hesitate to classify it as young adult It is about a group of close friends and magicIt reminded me of that 1996 film The Craft which as you will recall is about a group of angst y high school friends who find out that they're witches and have to deal with all of the issues that go along with that There's drama danger and magic oh myFor such a large cast of characters Strandberg does an amazing job fleshing them all out Each has their own uniue feel story and interests At first I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to tell Vanessa from Linnea from Minoo but that never happenedStrandberg also deftly captures the high school girls' attitudes and hang ups He makes you love each one of them with their failures and unrealized potential I believed in the characters and was cheering for them the whole time It takes talent to create that level of emotional bonding with a cast of protagonists Strandberg nails itThere's a lot of surprises in store for the readers who pick this up Not to spoil anything but you may want to have some tissues around if you're a sensitive typeI think that the best part about this trilogy is that all three books have already been published They were originally written in Swedish It took a couple years to be translated into English but aren't we lucky?Also in early 2015 this book was made into a film so there's no waiting on that either AwesomeFor people with triggers or appropriate reading material concerns there's some intense murder and cutting scenes bullying language a near rape and a bunch of underage sex but not overly graphic like Paper Princess Mature young adults could probably handle it probably 16 It's up to the parents but read responsiblyIf you enjoyed The Circle you may enjoy The Magicians by Lev Grossman or Bitter Seeds by Ian TregillisI received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads FTC guidelines check

  2. Mari - loves to read Mari - loves to read says:

    Do you like reading novels that keeps you up into the wee hours of night? If you do then make sure to read The Circle it is a true page turner The Circle is a young adult fantasy that pulls off something that very few fantasy novels manages to do it manages to somehow be a kind of a contemporary novel at the same timeSky high expectations In the Nordic countries The Circle has been receiving so much praise that I was actually scared to read it My expectations where sky high and needless to say The Circle had a long way to fall if it did not meet my expectations I’m delighted to announced that I DEVOURED The Circle and it is so far among my top 3 novels of 2012I’ve read 50 so far so that’s saying something Realistic portrait of teenage life I was glued to the page from the very dramatic beginning it starts out with a suicide and that was a bit difficult to read aboutbut that's life it is not always easy There is no sugarcoating in this novel which is part of why I love it so much this is real yet this is also fantasy The fantasy element is almost of a background figure in this first novel as we're zooming in on the characters and their life I uite like that and I reckon the fantasy element of the story will be a lot visible in the next two installmentsMultiple point of view and it actually works incredibly well Authors Mats Strandberg and Sara B Elfgren have managed to create a great story with several “I did not see that one coming” moments The characters in this story are all very interesting and each of the six girls has got a uniue gift that is important to the task at hand It is drama time when six very different teenage girls are forced together in this way and what a great drama it was It is wonderful as well as heartbreaking to be able to get inside these girls head We got a great variation of characters; the seemingly perfect girl the victim the uiet one the kind one and It all resulted in me having to dry of tears from my cheeks several times during this read I must add that one of the girls is a bit of a secret and it is uite clear that the readers will find out a lot about her as the saga of The Chosen Ones continue onFirst in a trilogy is there a cliffhanger ending? The Circle is the first book in a new trilogy and we all know how those books ends right? Well The Circle does not end with the usual cliffhanger we get some kind of a solution while we still have than enough loose ends to know there will be a whole lot to look forward to in the next installment Sex drugs and Rock'N Roll not uite but a tiny warning is called for I might add that this book is perhaps most suitable for older teens as it contains both sex nothing very graphic tough and some talk of drinking and drugs In my opinion this is the most real YA novel I’ve read of uite some time Also the young adult in this novel is around 17 18 years oldI’m pretty sure that this trilogy will get a huge fan base consisting of both young adults and adults Also worth mentioning This Swedish trilogy is translated into 21 languagesDid I manage to tempt you? Or did you not notice my enthusiasm there? ;

  3. Lisa Lisa says:

    This novel kept what it promised and in the world of youth fiction that is a uality in itselfIt was a fantasy adventure with magic and witches It was a coming of age story with a school at its centreIt was a recognisable to Swedish students as a familiar cultural and social setting with all the typical problems of a Swedish smalltownIt had well crafted and diverse charactersIt was full of suspenseMinoo and her friends are along with Harry and Katniss the kind of book characters that keep adolescents readingSo credit where credit is due even though it was purely out of professional interest that I picked it up

  4. Sarah Sarah says:

    45 StarsThis book was truly a surprise to me The beginning seemed to make things very simple and basic BUT THEN THINGS GET CRAZYWe have a ragtag group of teenagers in a small town called Engelsfors in Sweden and this gritty and poignant novel is a YA urban witch fantasy with a serious punch It deals with topics like drugs sex inappropriate adultchild relationships absent parents bullying and the list could really go onI adored this story and how the themes of friendship intertwined with a mysterious magic systemI would recommend going into the story fairly blind so I wont discuss the plot in depth but if you like witch YA stories or gritty contemporaries dealing with serious topics I would TOTALLY recommend

  5. Sarah Mac Sarah Mac says:

    Eh it's alright WodehouseThis was a mixed bag so let's be nice start with the things I liked Sorry but caffeine is failing me today This will be a bullet review Grittiness I appreciated that these teenagers swore like normal people I also liked though perhaps it's the wrong word? P that they were open about drug use sex It felt realistic Elemental magic The Book of Patterns its magical process was uite interesting though both were continually pushed aside in favor of teen dwama This magic isn't happy unicorns bunnies; it's ectoplasm spit drops of blood There was a very earthy grounded feel about the wicca scenes Vanessa She was by far my favorite of the girls I loved her Fuck You attitude unapologetic party girl behavior combined with normal human fluctuations re family love; she was flamboyant likable despite her flawsAnd now the things I disliked Poorly intro'd supernatural powers In contrast to the wicca scenes the sudden onset of paranormal abilities didn't work And WTF was that ending? I hate when authors wedge nebulous soul stuff into their magic It feels like an excuse to create vague deus ex machina resolutionswhich is exactly what happened here Minoo Her actually looking like a Pre Raphaelite painting when she thinks she's so hideous her good grades family security setting her apart from the others her trouble making friends her shyness with boys yawn And of course her magic ends up being the most powerful the least understood What an annoying little Sue Anna Karin I don't care if she was bullied That sucks but it doesn't excuse her obnoxious passive aggressive behavior The onslaught of minutely described bleakness in everyday actions Apparently this is an important ingredient in contemporary Swedish fiction but I'll be damned if I see the allure blink Disappearing parent syndrome But it wasn't just the parents all the adults in this town were either absent drunk or clueless Whut? If the fate of the fucking world is at stake why wouldn't some of the adults have understood what was going on tried to help? The only ones who knew about magic were either senile or too uninformed to actually help the girls Length This book was at least 200 pages too long End of storyIt was mildly entertaining better than other YAs but I've no interest in reading the other books

  6. Lukas Anthony Lukas Anthony says:

    This book is like a bad afternoon specialI really wanted to like this book I'd been looking for a witchy read lately and I thought this might do the trick sadly it was not to be Note to self; Never EVER trust a blurb from now on You see the blurb to this book makes it sound like some epic saving the world supernatural story On the back it's compared to Buffy The Secret Circle and even The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo How is it then that this is NOTHING like any of those? GWTDT especially I mean wtf? This novel is 600 pages of melodrama with about 50 pages of actual witchcraft That was my biggest gripe with the novel the author doesn't at all seem concerned with the supernatural aspect in the slightest All she seems to care about is 'teen issues' This book is basically an unfunny Mean Girls lite tale on the dangers of popularity You see each one of our 5 witches is from a different social group within their school and ALL the author talks about is how they shouldn't be friends Don't worry though they will be bff's forever by the end because that's what type of novel this is a cheesy one What little there is of a supernatural storyline is ridiculously generic actually generic might be too kind a word It basically plays out like a murder mystery yet when the killer is finally revealed I kid you not it makes absolutely NO sense None Nada Zilch I felt like I'd missed a huge chunk of the novel and was pulling possibly the biggest wtf? face I have ever pulled in my life The author also seems to be OBSESSED with tackling every teen issue under the sun You have some bullying some anorexia some abuse some self harm I mean do happy people even exist in this novel? There were also far to many POV's 6 characters share the limelight here and they are all or less interchangeable girls This group needs a definite culling One of them was also possibly the most annoying character I have ever read in YA I didn't know it was physically possible to hate a fictional character this much Honestly I could complain about this novel for days but I'm just going to leave it at that before I get really bitchy about it Obviously I do not recommend this one in the slightest DON'T TRUST THE BLURB

  7. Monique Monique says:

    Real Rating 45 starsI have been sitting here and staring at my computer for exactly 47 minutes trying to figure out how to start this review; so since I can not think of anything this is what I shall give youIt took me a while to actually pick up the book and read it but I did and I am very glad I did And it is not because I have anything against Swedish authorsI love Sweden It's just that most of the time whenever a book this size is published it often gets patches of booorrriinngg and I just really didn't want to waste my time with a book that is so boring when I could be reading something awesome Well Sara B Elfgren Mats Strandburg you did not dissapointSummary The Circle is about 6 girls Minno Vanessa Linnea Anna Karin Rebecka and Ida who are drawn be an invisible force to an abandoned amusement park during a blood red moon after the apparent suicide of high school student Elias Malmgreen Scared and angry all the girls start to freak out and leave Ida's body is then taken over by a mystical being and tells the girls that they are fated to fight an ancient evil that is hunting them and with there guide Nicolaus they must band together and stop it As the weeks pass the girls discover that ther have an uniue ability and starts exploring their powers The six girls are wildly different and definitely not friendsbut they are the Chosen OnesThe Plot The plot is very intriguing Though the genre is Fantasy I think it would be easily pass a mystery In the beginning of the book the plot is a wee bit boring slow but what can you expect It went from the forced murdersuicide of Elias in the first chapter and a witch being capture to moody teenage girls who are naive and oblivious to the world around them It slowly increases in excitement through out the book unlike books that are like lightswitches switching on and off from memorizing to WTF The Circle does switch through the other girls personalities with out labelingbut it isn't a nuisance Infact its was uite nice that it didn't often leave at an exciting part to a super annoying apart in which you have to wait 6 chapters inorder to find out what happened to the character The Setting There really isn't much to say about the setting Obviously it took place in Sweden I couldn't pronouce any of the town names to save my soul I would type them out but I can't get the proper signs inorder to properly spell out the words The settings were a wee bit boring but I think that that is the way the authors wanted it to beCHARACTERS1Minoo Minoo is the smart girl in the story She is the girl that nobody hates but is always ignored Minoo is one of the main main characters in the book She is in love with her homeroom teacher Max Minoo has an average self esteem she doesn't think herself pretty and considers herself a pizza face but is somewhat content about who she is She is one of the Chosen One's but feels left out because she only discovers what she can do at the end while everybody else is discovering there powers uickly and can read there Book of Patterns2Vanessa Vanessa is sort of the school slut Though she doesn't sleep with a ton of people she does have sex a lot drinks a lot yells a lot at her parents which is sort of okay since her mother only seems to date worthless and controlling guys and her boyfriend during the book Nicke is no exception She is dating this loser wannabe pimp low life college drop out drug dealer named Wille who she claims says she loves but when she gets her fortune done the lady says that their love won't last You discover her ability uite early within the book She is sort of in the popular crowd and loves herself but is still insecure like basically any regular teenage girl3Ida Ida is the popular classic mean girl in the school who looks perfect Her power is discovered later near the middle of the book She is a big little bit of a kiss up and only does what she thinks will benefit her own needs So basically if you have ever read about or watched the mean popular cheerleader who picks on everbody else for fun then you know what I am talking about4Linnea Linnea is the bad girl She is the one who has a crappy life is always revenge filled and keeps everyone at a distance She is probably the angriest one in the whole book since her best friend was Elias Throughout the book her powers are given to you in little snippets leaving you guessing and wondering but her power is ultimately revealed near the end of the bookPS I guessed right Moving on5Rebecka Rebecka is the leader in the group Her power is announce early within the book Rebecka has the perfect boyfreind is super pretty and almost everyone likes her view spoilerThough she is not as perfect as she seems since she has a eating disorder there are rumours going around but nothing is concrete to the other students hide spoiler

  8. Thomas Strömquist Thomas Strömquist says:

    I don't usually read YA partly because I'm OA myself and partly because I find the often simplified language and disturbingly simplified characters to be distracting I did however take this on since my wife asked me to she wanted another opinion about it since she has her students adding it to their reading list I was partly pleasantly surprised there are uite a few plot turns and character traits that you probably wouldn't expect but partly my prejudice showed far too true In the group of initially unknowing witches we meet uite an interesting character gallery and the good bad black white is not uite as well defined as is my experience with these books But then there's the only male witch he's gay because gay boys are in touch with their feelings I guess And also teen girls have sex to numb the pain in their souls and as part of self loathing and angst and self punishment Teen boys have sex because they're hornyBefore you bite my head off I'm not saying these things are probably not true in many cases but ladling out stereotypes are usually considered a no no so why not break some new ground even in this area?Also and I'm thinking this is due to US movies influences drug use and alcohol abuse is described and conseuences thereof are neglected which I really don't see as a good thing Anyway I did like the book as a whole and I think I would have enjoyed it even as a teenager so for the YA readers I recommend it

  9. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Where do I even beginning talking about this book? Do I start with the amazing characters? Or maybe the intriguing plot? Or maybe the insane need to know it creates I carried this book with me the entire day and I read it faster than I’ve read a book in I can’t even remember how longAfter the apparent and graphic suicide of young Elias in the school bathrooms six girls come to realise that there is to this world than it seems Deemed “the Chosen Ones” these girls learn of a prophesy in which their witchiness is to play a vital part Now if they could only learn to get alongThese girls are the very definition of an eclectic mix We have Minoo the nerd from the right side of the tracks She has a hopeless crush on her teacher yet keeps her peers at bay She refuses to get to close There’s Rebecka the popular girl who became popular when she started dating the popular guy Struggling with an eating disorder she lives in fear of the day when her perfect boyfriend realises she’s not good enough Anna Karin is the frumpy bullied girl that wants to be invisible The only time she’s happy is when she’s at home with her animals or with her eldery grandfather whom she adores Enter mean girl Ida the bully She is a terrible person but she’s human You’ll grow to love her Vanessa the “slut” She has a steady drug dealing boyfriend and absolutely loathes her step father And last but definitely not least Linnéa Outcast The “addict” She was Elias’ sister in all but blood and the first one to be certain that his death was not a suicide THEY’RE ALL PERFECT IN THEIR IMPERFECTIONS DON’T EVEN LOOK AT METhe beginning may get a little confusing for some as you’re introduced to this ragtag bunch of characters but it’s so incredibly worth it They butt heads A lot It’s awesomeWe can’t forget about dear Nicolaus their guide through this whole mess The only catch is he knows less than they do And he’s kind of a few fries short of a Happy Meal if you know what I mean Poor guyPLOT OY THE PLOT Get ready to spend a few hours on the edge of your seat my friends It’s going to be a wild ride Up Down East Hell Forwards Sideways All the places Things happen that will leave you all “??????” and “?????” Also it has to be mentioned that one of my favourite things about this book was it’s realness I can hear you groan “Rebecca it’s a fantasy What are you talking about?” But no hear me out okay These teenagers are not perfect Their lives are not romanticised They have acne and weight issues and self esteem issues and family issues You have drugs alcohol bullying eating disorders suicide and just a whole bunch of not pretty things Once again it’s awesomeThis book is translated from it’s original Swedish duh and honestly I could barely even tell Also there’s a movie?? So if anyone can direct me to the English dub or some subtitled that’d be sweetONWARDS TO THE NEXT BOOK

  10. kath ♡ kath ♡ says:

    i actually really wanna read this there were like 10 copies of all 3 books each in hardcover WITH matching covers and they were so cheap i wish i bought it now ’

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