My #bookreivew of CIRCLE OF FIVE by Jan Raymond

CIRCLE OF FIVE by Jan Raymond 


Circle of Five is the first book in the Pha-yul trilogy.

After a sudden lightning storm, Sam, Cassie, Ryan, Maya and Seb find that they’ve acquired strange and amazing powers. Confused and scared, they turn to Mr. Harris, a teacher in their school, who offers to help them control their powers.

But is there more to Mr. Harris than meets the eye? His cryptic explanations about their powers, how and why they manifested, leaves the five kids with more questions than answers. Can they trust Mr. Harris? Is he telling them the truth, or does he have his own reasons for helping them? What is the truth behind the secret society that he belongs to? The children try to figure out the answers as they work towards gaining control over their powers.

Unknown to them, danger lingers near. They have to face the threat and put their lives at risk. They must learn to trust one another and combine their powers to survive…will they make it? Are their powers strong enough? And will they finally find the answers they seek?

Gran-sdur:The Games, the second book in the Pha-yul trilogy is now available on Amazon.


This is a fun, fast-paced, delightful story of 5 children who suddenly discover they are not like everyone else.  They have superpowers, each with a different ability.  True, this is a reoccurring theme in a lot of Young Adult books, but it’s the characters and settings that set them apart.  And that’s what Jan Raymond did with her book.  Each child has his or her own voice and character tracts, all the way down to each family dynamic.

Out of the 5 children, Maya and Ryan are the protectors of the group, and Sam, even though the youngest, is their leader. And you can’t help feeling sorry for Cassie as she takes last place, with her Mother, to her younger brother Sam.  The way her Mother treats her corresponds to how Cassie relates to her brother, Sam.  Then there’s Seb, the spoiled, rich kid, neglected and looking for acceptance.  The Circle of Five doesn’t always get along, as they learn to adjust to their powers and each other, but they back each other up, without question, when danger rears its ugly head.  I figured out the villain almost as soon as the character was introduced.  No surprise there, at least for me.  But then, this book was written for a younger reading level.

Sam’s character keeps the reader wondering, are they following the right path with Mr. Harris?  What is his motive for helping and training them?  These questions don’t get answered in this book.

Even though I immensely enjoyed the story, I was taken aback by the poor quality of the writing.  It’s written in a simplistic style, which was fine for me, but it’s all the needless empty filler words and redundancies which will lead to my lower rating.  The words “that”, “had” and “gotten” are used over and over.  An editor or a good editing program would’ve eliminated most of these.

I do recommend this book and I give it 4 feathers.


About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down.

About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done.

So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made.

One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors.

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