Circle of Silence (WiHi #2)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: July 24, 2012
Challenges: Completely Contemp Challenge
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.
About the series:
Carol’s first Harlequin TEEN title, dancergirl, is related, yet a separate book.
Each is a stand-alone, yet they take place in the same high school. Characters from one book make appearances in the other!
The place: Brooklyn, New York
The school: WiHi
The time: Now
What’s stopping you?
Circle of Silence by Carol Tanzman was a book of pure awesome. I loved every page of it. It was enticing, thrilling, and one heck of a story! I am very excited to see more from Carol Tanzman in the future!
Journalism and broadcasting is fascinating to me. Since I was a little girl, I have always loved the idea of sleuthing and reporting. Still today I am obsessed with mysteries. I love putting those pieces together and Carol Tanzman does a fantastic job with her storytelling. The plot is so well done. I never could guess what was coming next and that is the mark of a great mystery.
I loved seeing Valerie and her crew try to come up with all their leads. There was mystery, friendship, and a little romance which was the perfect blend. The story got a little scary at times. I was so invested in it and I found myself getting really emotional over it.
The one thing I was left feeling slightly lukewarm about was some of the motivations of characters. It wasn’t elaborated enough and at the end of the book I was still left pondering the question of why.
I loved the characters. Valerie was a character I connected really easily with – I saw a lot of myself in her. All the characters had great chemistry one another and really just became such good friends.
I just loved Circle of Silence by Carol Tanzman. It was such a great book. After finishing this one, I am very eager to pick up Carol Tanzman’s Dancergirl. This is a must read for anyone looking for a good story that will keep your attention from beginning to end.
Now I have a guest post from Carol Tanzman featuring Valerie’s favorite places to hang out in Brooklyn!
Valerie Gaines, the main character in Circle of Silence, has lived in Brooklyn, New York her whole life. While everyone thinks that Manhattan is the place to be, Brooklyn has its charms, especially if, like Val, you are sixteen! After you take this tour, I’m pretty sure you’ll understand why Valerie loves living in Brooklyn!
Valerie’s Best Places To Hang Out with Friends—free or under $10!
- Best Place To View a Sunset- (Free) Valentino Park, Red Hook section of Brooklyn. Ferris St. between Coffey St. and Van Dyke.(This is an actual picture I took a few summers ago. It is not touched up one bit!)
- Best Place for a Romantic Kiss – (Free) The Brooklyn Bridge Walkway at Night. Pedestrian access on Tillary/Adams St
- Best Place to Hear Concerts, (Free), Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell, 9thentrance
- Best Place to Toss Cherry Blossom Petals At Your Friends ($5 for students.) Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Cherry Esplanade, 1000 Washington Ave
- Best Place to see a Rock Wallaby (and other adorable animals) Prospect Park Zoo 450 Flatbush Ave ($8)
- Best View of Manhattan- Brooklyn Promenade, above the BQE, between Joralemon St. and Grace Court. (Free)
About Carol M. Tanzmann website | twitter | facebook | goodreads | tumblr | HarlequinTEEN website
Carol M. Tanzman is an award-winning theatre director and nationally recognized arts educator. Her first YA novel, The Shadow Place, was on YALSA’s Quick Pick List of Recommended Books, the National Council of Teachers of English ALAN List of Best Books, and the CA Collection for Middle & Senior High Schools. In addition to the current Harlequin Teen books dancergirl and Circle of Silence she is a contributing poet to the upcoming Dare to Dream…Change the World anthology.
Now thanks to the lovely folks at Kismet Book Tours there is TWO giveaways you can enter for. The first is a daily giveaway which is a copy of Circle of Silence and the second the second giveaway is for a brand new Nook GlowLight skinned with the beautiful Circle of Silence Cover Art! To enter for the grand prize: You MUST answer the special question found in the Rafflecopter Giveaway! (Note: The answer can be found in the daily Guest Post/Interview from Carol). Fill out the Rafflecopter to enter :)
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