by Carol M. Tanzman
Publication Date: Expected Publication Date July 24, 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Rating: 4/5 Stars
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.
"This addicting, thrilling mystery hits upon many of our worst fears."-"Booklist "on "dancergirl"
My Thoughts: It's Valerie Gaines' senior year in high school and she wants nothing more than to run the "Campus News." She has her team together and things couldn't be better, then who should walk in the door to join the class, but her ex-boyfriend Jaggar Voorham, looking as sexy as ever, just when she thought she was getting over him. To top it off, he's assigned to her news team, and the teacher asks her to show him the ropes. Valerie and her team end up investigating a series of pranks at school by someone who uses the initials MP. As they pursue the story further, the pranks begin to get more serious, even dangerous. Despite being warned to stop, Valerie and her team continue to pursue the story, and she and Jaggar end up growing closer as they do. Valerie is being fed information by a secret informant, and after she finds out about one girl being injured who tried to join the group, she gets a note saying the next candidate's initiation would be worse. The problem with that, is that the next initiate is someone going in under cover from her team. The question is, can she prevent this tragedy before it strikes and can Valarie and her team find out the identity of MP before it's too late?
Circle of Silence is both thrilling and mysterious, with just the right amount of romance thrown in. I really liked Valerie, she is a very driven and focused person, and she doesn't lose her head in the middle of a crisis. I also thought the camaraderie that developed between the team members added a lot to the book. I enjoyed the whole "news theme" that the story was centered around. As far as the romance, I have to agree with Valerie, Jaggar Voorham is really hot, and though their relationship ended on a bad note, it is nice to see them try to get past it. The plot was intriguing and mysterious, the romance was really sweet, and Valarie and her friends were fun to get to know. Circle of Silence is a great contemporary YA thriller that is a little scary and very mysterious, with a little romance in the mix. If you enjoy this type of story, then Circle of Silence is probably a book you will want to check out.
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