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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  981 ratings  ·  263 reviews
The unexpected can move in next door

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 G

Paperback, 367 pages
Published November 28th 2017 by Tor Books
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Kari Maaren Thank you for your non-question question, and congratulations on winning the contest! I hope you enjoy the novel. It's sort of YA, and sort of not, an…moreThank you for your non-question question, and congratulations on winning the contest! I hope you enjoy the novel. It's sort of YA, and sort of not, and sort of an old-fashioned children's book, and sort of not, and sort of just bouncing all over all the categories because it has consumed too much sugar and can't make up its mind.(less)
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Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

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 a
Mogsy (MMOGC)
2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

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.”

Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

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 bo
Mel (Epic Reading)
Jan 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 41%

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.

This book was a chaotic mess.
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 characte
Kind of weird and enjoyable take on time travel, friendships, step-siblings, and storytelling. Freddie is quietly angry about things at the start of this story: her parents’ divorce, her stepfather and her awkward and clumsy stepbrother Roland, her absent mother and stepfather. And there’s school and her concerted effort to not be noticeable, her minimal friends. Then two very odd people move in next door: Josiah and Cuerva Lachance. Strange things begin happening, with Roland attempting to warn ...more
Cherry (_forevermint)
AMAZING. I loved the time travel and the characters and the growth, ugh everything was just so enjoyable that I finished this in a day. Just thinking about it again makes me want to reread my favorite parts xD
Jack Stark
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5.373339 stars

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 Duch
All Things Urban Fantasy
The promise of time travel shenanigans drew me to WEAVE A CIRCLE ROUND. When done right, time travel can be immensely fun and mind-bending. I was intrigued and excited to find out how Freddy had arrived thousands of years in the past and what the consequences would be.

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 (unrealistical
Lea (drumsofautumn)
DNF at 22%. Guys, life is too short to try and push yourself through a book you're not enjoying, even if it's an ARC. Nothing happened in this first quarter and I know that things are about to happen but I'm finding this so UNintriguing to read. I wanted this to be an exciting weird but it's just a messy kind of weird and I'm not into that. ...more
MB (What she read)
Sounds intriguing:

After reading:
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 mu
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing

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 c
Beth Cato
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this as part of the Nebula Award packet, as it is a finalist for the Norton Award.

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 a
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not sure how this is getting such good reviews from other people. IMO, the characters were not well-developed and the story was kind of a mess. Plus, it just seemed to meander for hundreds of pages in the middle.
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: time-travel, ya, fantasy
Weird and wonderful, I smiled the whole time I was reading it. The story balances awkward family dynamics, time travel, the presence of *coughSPOILERcough* deities, and all the frustrations of growing up (lord, the where-and-with-whom-to-sit-at-lunch quandary, I DO NOT MISS IT) all into an intricate tapestry of plot. If you like Nina Kiriki Hoffman's Thresholds and Meetings, or Ingrid Law's Savvy and Scumble, or anything by E.K. Johnston or R.J. Anderson, I think you'll like this too. ...more
Arybo ✨
The plot is a mess. But so it must be, because this book shows what it means to have imagination and verbal power. This novel is a hymn to the imagination. Things happen and change the story's scenarios, suddenly. Freddy, Mel and Roland find themselves catapulted in an abnormal situation after meeting their new neighbors, Cuerva Lachance and Joshia.
Freddy, our protagonist, finds herself embroiled in time travels, caused by a portal created by Cuerva, a magical and "impossible" woman. There is J
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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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 fro
Jan 16, 2018 added it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish

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 re
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, fantasy
OK. I thought my brain melted during the denouement of this book, but I was wrong. It melted when I discovered the author is also a musician and has an album called Beowulf Pulled My Arm Off and another called Everybody Hates Elves. Also, her Ph.D. dissertation, (I’m pretty sure it’s her—right location and theme) Darkness inside: The role of the half-monster hero in the Middle English Romance tradition is listed on Worldcat, and she has a web comic too. I may have just found my new favorite pers ...more
I liked this a lot (a bit Diana Wynne Jones-y) and will definitely be on the lookout for her next book.

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
Good story about the way the stories people tell become the stories that shape the people who tell them. With a slightly dislikable narrator, attack-spiderplants, and tentacles. An excellent bus book.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ya, young-adult
Weave a Circle Round is the best YA fantasy I've read in ages. I was hooked within a chapter or two, and couldn't put it down. The characters were interesting, the mystery intriguing and there was a real Wrinkle in Time feel to the story. Definitely recommend, definitely will reread. ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a super charming, fun read. I liked it enough that I'm bringing it home on a plane from Mexico instead of leaving it behind, just so I can lend it out! ...more
Feb 02, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I promised myself I'd write at least a mini review for each book I read this year, so that I can remember what I enjoyed about it, and then promptly broke that promise after reading this book. Hahaha. So here's a quick bit about why I enjoyed this.

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
Laura Hill
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Writing: 4; Characters: 4; Plot: 4

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 M
Heather Brown
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
In a fight for balance in the world, these kids deal with mythical beings, mysteries, time travel, and role playing games.
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?
Mar 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 33% I just couldn't get into this one. I found all of the characters to be unlikable as well as weird and/or boring. The story itself sounded like something that would interest me (hey I love a time travel narrative!) But once the book actually reached the time travel portion (at about 30%) it got even stranger, and not in a good way. This just felt...I guess the word I'm looking for is immature? Yes, it's a YA book, but that doesn't mean it has to read like children's. I simply didn't en ...more
Patty (IheartYA311)
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Weave a Circle Round had potential until the actual time traveling started, and that's where I got lost. Most of the story was pointless, chaotic filler just to get to the end. If time travel was real, I'd want to travel back to the time before I read this book. It really should be a 1 star but I'm giving 2 because I rather enjoyed it until page 119. ...more
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Kari Maaren is a Canadian writer, cartoonist, and musician who lives in Toronto with a large collection of musical instruments and a larger collection of books. Her first novel, a YA science fantasy entitled Weave a Circle Round, will be coming out from Tor in the fall of 2017.

She also has a completed webcomic, West of Bathurst, and a new one, It Never Rains. West of Bathurst has been immo

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