The Coven (Sweep, 2) BOOKRING

by Cate Tiernan | Teens |
ISBN: 0141310472 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingCandyDarlingwing of Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on 9/13/2006
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15 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingCandyDarlingwing from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Morgan's powers are stronger than she ever imagined. She has visions, she lights fires with her mind, and her spells work miracles. When her boyfriend Cal, a member of the same coven, insists that witchcraft is in her blood, Morgan is confused. Her parents definitely aren't witches. They do seem to be keeping something secret, though -- something about Morgan's past.

From Publishers Weekly
This delectably dark pair of novels, first in the Sweep series, brings a supernatural spin to classic teen issues: popularity, romance, alienation and the search for self. Narrator Morgan, a high school junior in upstate New York, feels plain and ordinary, especially next to her flirty, drop-dead-gorgeous friend Bree. When Cal, a remarkably poised and handsome senior, transfers to their school, Morgan likes him almost immediately, an attraction she hides when Bree announces that she plans to win him for herself. Cal makes no secret of his belief in Wicca, inviting most of the junior and senior classes to join him in a Wiccan celebration. The rituals powerfully affect Morgan: could it be that she, like Cal, is a "blood witch" (a descendant of one of the seven great witch clans)? But how could she be a blood witch when everyone else in her family is so clearly not "magickal"? While Tiernan's ingredients are familiar, she stirs the cauldron with engaging, even cinematic, prose and sharply individuates her characters. She introduces the Wiccan material with some depth as well as with a skillful degree of ambiguity; readers will not know immediately whether or not the series embraces Wicca. Both books end on cliffhangers, fanning what will surely be an already keen desire to learn the whole story.
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Journal Entry 2 by wingCandyDarlingwing from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, September 14, 2006
This book travels together with the first book in the series, Book of Shadows.

The ring is open as long as it's on the road, so pm me if you want in!

The list:
1. CheriePie (USA)
2. ladiibbug (USA)
3. explorer1118m (USA)
4. NeedSun (Canada)
5. Rianonne (Austria)
6. Morgaine77 (Switzerland)
7. Margih (Finland)
8. ritao (Finland)
9. 2012 (Finland)
10. Rowenne (USA)
11. KathyB (USA)

--> back to me

Bookring rules:
-Please keep books 1 & 2 together. The first book ends in a cliffhanger, so I want everyone to be able to start straight away with the second. ;)
-Please try to read the books within 4-6 weeks. They are very short and easy reads, so reading both books won't take much time.
-Journal the books when receiving them, and again after you have read them.

Journal Entry 3 by wingCandyDarlingwing from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, September 16, 2006
I liked the second book as much as the first. What annoyed me a bit were the diary entries at the start of each chapter, which seemed a bit lame, and not too believable. Other than that, I was hooked all the way through, and I couldn't stop reading until I got to the end. Too bad the ending was a total cliffhanger, so I guess I need to continue reading...

Journal Entry 4 by wingCandyDarlingwing from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, September 18, 2006
Mailed both books to CheriePie today!

Journal Entry 5 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Saturday, September 23, 2006
Wow that was quick! Both books arrived here today. I've got a few books in front of them but will have no trouble squeezing them in in the next few weeks. I kind of like that about teen and young adult books, they're often quick 1 day reads and are easy to squeeze in even when the books owed pile is getting larger. LOL Thanks Candy Dahlin' ;)

Journal Entry 6 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Friday, October 27, 2006
Like the first book (Book of Shadows), this was fairly predictable with a simple plot. I had already figured out much of what was going to happen, with regards to Morgan's parentage and discovering her true powers. But like in book 1, the author introduced a couple of new dilemmas, one at the very end, which are left open for the sequel.

I can't say that I don't like these books, only that in some respects they seem even more simple than some of the other Young Adult books I've read, i.e. Harry Potter, Cirque du Freak. Perhaps it's just the characters attitudes towards one another... I'm not sure, but they seem so childish. Like in the previous book, I had a bit of a problem with the attitudes of certain characters, though it wasn't as extreme. Morgan's parents eventually came up with a fairly satisfactory explanation as to why they kept Morgan's adoption secret from her all this time. (I almost wanted to mark the previous comment as a spoiler, but it actually implies this right on the back cover blurb so I didn't think it's supposed to be a secret going in... I figured it was pretty obvious anyway by the end of book 1 if not earlier.)

That said, since these books can be read in a single day, two max, I don't feel they were a waste of time because they did entertain, and the ending did leave me interested as to what'll happen next.
***** SPOILER ALERT (highlight below to read) *****
Such as what kind of revenge do Bree and Raven have planned for Morgan? And why does Cal's mom have the Morgan's mom's Book of Shadows?
***** SPOILER ALERT (highlight above to read) *****

This will be heading to ladiibbug shortly along with a few other books going her way.

UPDATE 5-NOV-2006: Mailed to ladiibbug along with book 1 and another owed book on 6-Nov-2006 via Media Mail.

Journal Entry 7 by ladiibbug from Paradise, California USA on Wednesday, November 15, 2006
11/15/06 Arrived today - RSVD

Journal Entry 8 by ladiibbug from Paradise, California USA on Monday, November 20, 2006
11/20/06 Highly enjoyable & entertaining #2 in the series - loved it! I read this in one sittting, and if I had more in the series, I'd put my other reading on hold and continue.

As with #1, I enjoyed the learning more details of Wicca, tho I couldn't identify any errors or misperceptions in the author's writing due to my unfamiliarity with Wicca.

Morgan's Mom's reaction to her interest in Wicca was perfectly understandable to me, as I know LOTS of people who would react that way, i.e., Wicca = Witchcraft = Devil Worship??!! Yes, it's an uninformed, narrow minded reaction, but in my life experience, Wicca is not well known and is misunderstood. I hadn't even heard of Wicca until five years ago and thought it was "nice" witchcraft till an internet acquaintance began talking about her interest and study of it.

Strong plot, very believable characters, just a great read. Thanks for sharing, CandyDarling!

Mailing to Explorer1118m with Book 1 - TRAVELING

*Counts in the Keep Them Moving 2006 Challenge*

Journal Entry 9 by explorer1118m from Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey USA on Tuesday, November 28, 2006
I recieved these yesterday. I had already read book one & was happy to finally get my hands on #2. They're quick reads, so i plan to be ready to send them off as soon as i get an address. So far i'm lovin this series. Now to get my hands on the other 13 or 14 books in it. ;0

Journal Entry 10 by NeedSun from Perth Road, Ontario Canada on Saturday, December 16, 2006
Books 1 & 2 arrived in the mail today. Thanks very much for sending them to me!

Journal Entry 11 by NeedSun from Perth Road, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Definitely enjoyed this book as much as the first. I wish I had the third on hand to see what happens next.

Thank you for sharing these books, CandyDarling. Sorry for taking so long with them, I just haven't had much reading time lately. I will get them into the mail to Rianonne this week sometime.

Journal Entry 12 by Rianonne from Wien Bezirk 22 - Donaustadt, Wien Austria on Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Books 1 & 2 arrived in Vienna today.
There are 2 1/2 BookRings infront of this one, but I will squeeze them in as I can't read them one after another anyways.

Journal Entry 13 by Rianonne from Wien Bezirk 22 - Donaustadt, Wien Austria on Thursday, March 01, 2007
I read that book nearly in one sitting (I'm at work so I had to hide it from to time to time when someone was entering my room) because like Morgan I wanted to know more :) The magick is developing, which I loved!
The cliff-hanger at the end left me wishing for having the other books handy to eat myself through this series.

Journal Entry 14 by Morgaine77 from Münchenstein, Baselland Switzerland on Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Arrived safely in Switzerland, thanks! However, I'll wait for book #1 and read that one first before I get to this one...

Journal Entry 15 by Morgaine77 from Münchenstein, Baselland Switzerland on Friday, April 20, 2007
Again, a very quick and enjoyable read, I got through it fairly quickly.
What a cliffhanger at the end! If anyone's gonna ring the rest of the series, please let me know! :-)

Will pass on to Margih as soon as I get to the post office next time.

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Travelling to Finland. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 17 by Margih from Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Received the big envelope with two books and a surprise journal yesterday, thanks :)

Journal Entry 18 by Margih from Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Tuesday, August 12, 2008
After reading these two books I have a problem.. I need to find rest of the books of this serie! The first book´s end was a cliffhanger so it was nice to take the book number 2 to my hands and start reading. But I crave for more. There must be a teenager inside me as I really like teen books :) But, must say that these teen books are best for a long time.

Thanks CandyDarling for sharing these books. And they will move on to the next reader soon.

Journal Entry 19 by ritao from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, August 24, 2008
Got both of the books on Friday, will start reading them as soon as I've finally finished Gone With The Wind for an another ring. :)

Journal Entry 20 by ritao from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, September 15, 2008
The books were very quick to read, which made them perfect for me while I was stuck in bed with the flu. :)

I've read many teen books resembling these ones (in terms of the "high school" plot, not the witchy parts) when I was a bit younger, but none of those have been as educational Wicca-wise as these are. The information on the religion is what really kept me tuned to the book, as I've always been kinda interested on the subject. I used to read everything I found concerning Wicca when I was a teenager (which wasn't very much in a Finnish semi-small town), but I haven't had time to explore it further lately - until I got these books.
So thanks, CandyDarling, for reminding me of my interest in Wicca!

Contacting the next person on the list immediately to keep the ring going.

Journal Entry 21 by 2012 from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Thanks ritao! I had already forgotten that I had participated in this ring. I will try to read the books as fast as possible.

Journal Entry 22 by 2012 from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, November 09, 2008
Just finished reading this one a couple of minutes ago. After reading the first book I new what to expect. Seems like this one ended in cliffhanger, too. I will probably continue reading the series. Not right away, though.

I'll soon send these books to Rowenne.

Journal Entry 23 by 2012 from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Back to CandyDarling because no-one else answered.

Journal Entry 24 by wingCandyDarlingwing from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The book is back home, thank you everyone for participating!

Journal Entry 25 by wingCandyDarlingwing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Released 9 yrs ago (5/26/2009 UTC) at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland

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Gave this book as a RABCK to Niksu. I hope you enjoy it!

Journal Entry 26 by Niksu from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Thank you so much for the book CandyDarling! I read this book #2 some time ago and ever since have wanted to read the rest of the books from the series also. I'll reread this after I've done with The Book of Shadows.

Journal Entry 27 by Niksu from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, May 28, 2009
I'm glad I read the book again because I didn't remember everything that was going on and the plot in this book made more sense after reading how everything started. I'm definitely hooked!

Thanks CandyDarling once more for these lovely books. I'll see if lottuli accepts these first two books in this series, even though she as well has read the #2. It just feels right to try to keep these two books from separating.

Journal Entry 28 by Niksu at By hand, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, June 03, 2009

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To lottuli today.

Journal Entry 29 by lottuli from Pieksämäki, Etelä-Savo / Södra Savolax Finland on Friday, June 05, 2009
Many thanks Niksu, I so look forward reading this book :)

Journal Entry 30 by lottuli from Pieksämäki, Etelä-Savo / Södra Savolax Finland on Saturday, July 11, 2009
I had read this book once already and I liked it also on the second time.
I somehow can really well imagine Morgan and I really look forward to read the rest of story.
I will keep this book together with the Part1 of the Sweep series and RABCK these to someone who I think would love to read these two.

Journal Entry 31 by lottuli at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, July 11, 2009

Released 9 yrs ago (7/13/2009 UTC) at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland

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In to post to go to a winner of Happy Smile Day raffle.
Sorry it took me so long to post you a book; but now you'll get two instead of just one :D

Journal Entry 32 by DitteL from Næstved, Storstrøms Amt Denmark on Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Thank you very much. I think that these two books bring the total of books received to 50.

Journal Entry 33 by DitteL from Næstved, Storstrøms Amt Denmark on Monday, August 31, 2009
I think this book was better than the first one in the series. It had a bit more action and eventhough the plot was fairly easy to get I was entertained. In some ways Morgan's story reminds me of Harry Potter - not knowing who she is, having powers, and her family being hunted down and killed by something evil.

I'm a bit annoyed that I don't have the next book in the series so I won't know what'll happen to Morgan after she's been caught in the library. Hopefully, I'll be able to locate the rest of the book in the series in order to find out what'll happen.

I'll make sure that this book stays together with is companion. Thanks for sharing

Journal Entry 34 by DitteL at given personally, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, September 03, 2009

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Given to christina82

Journal Entry 35 by christina82 from Stege, Storstrøms Amt Denmark on Thursday, September 03, 2009
This was given to me by my friend DitteL.
This is just the sort of book my cousin Lene would like and since she is always on the look-out for new books, I will pass it on to her.
(Maybe I can even get her to join Bookcrossing after this!!!??)

Thanks!

Journal Entry 36 by Lene1 from Køge, Roskilde Amt Denmark on Sunday, September 13, 2009
My cousin Christina gave it to me. I will read it as soon as posible :)

I read the book and oh my god, i loved it. I couldn stop reading, it was so exciting and i can't wait to read the next books :)
I like how it continues at the place where the first book ended, a lot of books don't do that.

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