Title: The Circle #1
Publication Date : January 21st 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
My Rating : 4/5 stars (B+)
He was created for only one person. She was never supposed to be the One.
It is 1988, Clear Lake, Texas. Lilly Garcia is not looking forward to her senior year of high school. She is a shy, studious, band geek with a non-existent social life, who lives out her romantic fantasies through the fictional characters of her books. But all that changes when she issues a spur of the moment invitation to a strange, new student.
Charlie isn't happy about returning to Earth and he resents having to attend high school to blend in. His father has been recruited for another mission to spy on the Earthans and make sure they have no idea of the existence of the Sentrian civilization. The Sentrian leaders are not only paranoid and disdainful of the Earthans, but also controlling and suspicious of their own people. Almost every aspect of a Sentrian's life is under the supervision of the State. Their religious beliefs are the one exception. Sentrians do not have free will, and all the people believe in the existence of God. Their belief that God chooses your soul mate is their most sacred law. While on Sentria, Charlie never found his chosen, and when he develops an attraction to an Earthan, he is torn. Should he ignore his feelings for Lilly, feelings he knows are wrong, or should he pursue a doomed relationship with the only person who has ever mattered to him?
This is a book that makes you have a smile plastered on your face most of the times.
The plot is amazing the characters are one of those you want to befriend in real life, except for the bad guys. You want to punch those :D
Although I did not like the writing, which was telling, not showing the story, I still gave it 4 stars / 5. Why?
Well , when you have a bland steak ( the writing style) and a juicy sauce ( the plot) , the taste will still be awesome.
It is also a book that revolves around people who love books , so i ended with some really interesting book recommendations. Thanks to Charlie and Liliana , who are the cutest thing ever!
I think is one of those books that is good for anyone who wants to start reading, I could not put the book down and I can barely wait for the next book !
We finally get some description starting from the second half of the book , and honestly the author has built such a beautiful world, which I hope we will be able to read more about in the following books.