Weave a Circle Round
Freddy wants desperately to not be noticed. She doesn't want to be seen as different or unusual, but her step-brother Roland gets attention because he's deaf, and her little sister Mel thinks she's a private detective. All Freddy wants to do is navigate high school with as little trouble as possible.
Then someone moves into the house on...more
Wow, this was a really excellent and engaging book. It went so many unexpected places, and was very satisfying to read. Themes of family and self identity are nicely woven into a mystery adventure tale in the speculative fiction genre. The writing flows nicely, complimented by humorous dialogue and multi-dimensional characters. The kids are very much kids, and all the more interesting for it.
There was a lot about this book that reminded me of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle and ...more
Weave A Circle Round was a book I’d been really looking forward to, but I realized almost as soon as I picked it up that it was going to be very different from what I had in mind. As a result, I found it to be a difficult read, though to be fair, my struggle with it was not so much in a “this is a terrible book” kind of way, but rather more in the sense that “This isn’t what I signed up for, and I want off this ride.”
I didn't like this book at all. I thought about abandoning the book pretty early on and those thoughts seemed to pop up over and over with increased frequency. I don't know why I just didn't give up on this book and move on to something that I would enjoy more but for some reason, I kept pushing myself to keep listening for just a little bit more. I do think that this is a book that some readers will really enjoy but it wasn't the ...more
I love complex, weird, interesting fantasy/sci-fi books. Want me to believe in aliens, time travel, fantasy worlds, etc no problem BUT, you must give me a construct in which your world stands on. I don't need every detail or a complete explanation; but I do need a bit of a frame for the type of story I'm getting into and where it might be headed.
I hate DNFing a book; but when I cannot come up with a single reason to keep reading and am dreading the book I know it's time to give up.
I don't even know where to start. I guess, the problem is that I'm not really interested in magical realism with a bit of science fiction combined into a fantasy type of story. Needless to say, I became confused and uninterested after a while. I enjoyed reading the story before reaching the 60% page mark. As I got closer to the end, I felt that the story just dragged on and on. It was almost pointless because I don't think I'm learning anything new about the ...more
I don’t even know how to start a review for this! If you take the wonderful wacky imagination of children, put it in a bucket, put a lid on it, shake it all up, take off the lid and stick in your head - this novel is what you would end up with.
I went into this thinking it was going to be a gentle, contemporary, coming of age, YA story with maybe a magical realism aspect. Oh boy, was I ever wrong?! Our protagonist is Freddy ...more
I immediately empathized with Freddy. She might have rough edges, but those rough edges are understandable. She doesn't fit in, and she's tried hard not to draw too much attention to that fact. Her parents are absent ...more
I don't know about you, but I like my time-travel reading to contain lots of interesting historical details, along with anthropological, cultural, and sociological details and speculations about what life was actually like for our ancestors. (Like Gabaldon, Turtledove, Jodi Taylor, L'engle, Suzanne Frank, etc.)
While I enjoyed the first part of this book (the set up), once the time traveling actually began, I was pretty ...more
I attribute it to the characters. I wouldn't say that Idislikedthe characters, exactly, but I wasn't a fan either. I just never connected with any of them which makes it hard for me to really ...more
Maaren's debut novel reads like a modern Diana Wynne Jones story to me, which is one of th highest compliments I can give. It centers on a fourteen year old girl in Canada who just wants to pass through life—and high school—unnoticed, which is complicated when a pair of eccentric strangers move next door and become entangled with her sister, their stepbrother, and herself. The story touches on English poetry and mythology from around the world, had great ...more
Most books, I can pick apart much of the plot as I read along. This book? It's so zany and original, it completely hooked me. I had no idea what to expect.
Freddy is a teenage girl full of resentment. Her mom and stepfather are largely absent. Her step-brother is a deaf hulk and geek. Her little sister tries to make everything into a mystery novel. But when two bizarre people move next door, her life falls ...more
Freddy, our protagonist, finds herself embroiled in time travels, caused by a portal created by Cuerva, a magical and "impossible" woman. There is ...more
My English review
As soon as I saw the cover and the synopsis of the book, I could only be intrigued. Yes, it is a reading that I was really looking forward to but I did not really expect that. This novel is an UFO. I do not see any other words to describe it. The feeling you feel during the reading is very surprising. I was intrigued, surprised, wondering where the story would go, I sometimes wondered if it was not rubbish. In fact I think the author has managed to make ...more
This might be the first ever Did Not Finish review on this blog! Normally I wouldn't post anything about a book I didn't finish, but I'm changing up things for a couple of reasons.
1. I want to let the publisher know WHY I didn't finish it.
2. Since I have a NetGalley copy, I want to be able to post something, especially since I'm working on getting my NetGalley stats up this year.
I only managed to get to 13% in my Kindle, and I feel bad that I didn't try a little harder, but here are the ...more
Thank you to Netgalley and Tor for giving me the chance to read an early copy for honest review. The cover and synopsis had me interested, very interested.
I thought that this was going to be a weird house book, or possibly a haunted house book, so I wasn't expecting what this book eventually delivered.
The most honest way I can describe Weave A Circle Round is odd, very, very odd. There were some funny bits with Cuerva Lachance and Josiah. There were some weird bits. There were some what is going ...more
Kari Maaren does an excellent job of bringing to life characters who transcend time and space, while marrying them to the world that we walk around in every day! There's time travel, snarky characters, a bit of magic, a LOT of mischief, and the kind of ...more
I love YA books and this one was a lot of fun. Best for the 12 – 14 year old crowd.
14 year old Freddie knows she is “doomed to be sensitive forever”. She lives with her younger sister Mel and her step-brother Roland, a tall, hulking, deaf teenager who seems to bring both order and chaos to everything he touches. Freddie works hard to stay as invisible as possible. Enter the weird new neighbors who take the lonely house on Grosvenor Street. Cuerva LaChance is a ...more
Super interesting book after I got through the slow beginning! Freddy and her siblings, Roland and Mel, couldn't be more different, but in an important way they are all alike--their creativity is boundless. This amazing creativity brings them the attention of the bizarre Cuerva Lachance and her youthful companion Josiah. Why are these two characters so intent on the children? ...more
She also has a completed webcomic, West of Bathurst, and a new one, It Never Rains. West of Bathurst has been ...more