Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Review: Circle of Silence by Carol Tanzman

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 (goodreads).

Review based on ARC. Merci Harlequin Teen et Netgalley! 

Carol Tanzman surprised me with dancergirl so I was extremely excited when I was approved on netgalley for a review copy. Despite it's slow start, I really enjoyed this book. 

Valerie Gaines is a school news reporter hoping to get a big break. She thinks she has it when an anonymous group called MP starts pulling little pranks, Valerie is excited to uncover what the group wants and who they really are. The plot moves at a similar pace to dancergirl; it moves very slowly with an emphasis on characterization and their interactions with each other. At first I found it to drag but about half way through the book it really picked up because the stakes were higher. 

Ms. Tanzman has demonstrated that she can write a variety of characters. The characters in Circle of Silence are a lot different from her characters in dancergirl. I really like Valerie as a character because she was extremely focused, I also liked her group of friends. The only character I had a problem with was Jagger, her ex-boyfriend who is obviously an ex for a reason. So when Badboy Jagger starts showing an interest again, I grew annoyed. I'm not too forgiving of characters too easily. It wasn't until the last four or five chapters that I started to like him and support his efforts to win Valerie back. 

Like dancergirl, this book is told from the protagonist's point of view which makes the wait so rewarding and also so painful!

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys real characters with an intriguing mystery!


  1. Oh, this one sounds really interesting and I like the way the synopsis starts. Great review, I will have to check into Dancergirl, too. This one is definitely going on my TBR. As for the Fallen series, I have already finished book 2 and started book 3, so I am going to go ahead and finish the series. It is okay, but so far not anything to be overly excited about. Luckily, I am listening to them as I drive, so I am not loosing any precious read time. I am curious enough to see how the series ends.

    Vyki @ On The Shelf


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