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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  8,938 ratings  ·  1,102 reviews
The day the rains came was like any other, blistering air coating the canyon in a heavy stillness....

Just as the rains come after ten long, dry years, a young wizard, Wayland North, appears, to whisk Sydelle Mirabil away from her desert village. North needs an assistant, and Sydelle is eager to see the country - and to join him on his quest to stop the war that surely will
Hardcover, First Edition, 357 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by Egmont USA
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Punxsutawney Seemingly, since there's been no sequel 10 years later. However, the book clearly left the door open for one. Which, needlessly, also left the ending …moreSeemingly, since there's been no sequel 10 years later. However, the book clearly left the door open for one. Which, needlessly, also left the ending a bit of disappointment. I'll avoid spoilers by saying that a pivotal character's fate was left unresolved. Indeed, the main protagonist even comments on the uncertainty within the book itself. And an item, which the second half the book made seem like would eventually play an important role ended up playing no role whatsoever in the outcome of events. I think IF a sequel had been written then those situations would have ultimately played out but, as it was, they felt either unresolved or pointless.(less)

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Alexandra Bracken
Jul 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I think my little book is very spiffy, thank you very much! ;)
Dec 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Kogiopsis by: Interesting Reader's Society
Review as of second reading:

I've said it before and I'll say it again: This book is like chocolate.
But this time, I'll elaborate.

You know that first piece of chocolate, the small piece you take because it's a treat and maybe you haven't had it in a while and you want to savor it? And you roll it around in your mouth a little, let it get all melty, experience the taste as fully as possible. You try to eat the rest of it- the bar, the bag of chocolate chips, those little Dove eggs- slowly, and for
Kat Kennedy
This book came so highly recommended and its accolades were sung so virulently that I ignored my usual rule (either I buy it at Kindle or I get it from the library. I don't buy "books" per se anymore) and ordered the hardcover from Amazon, sure that I would love it.

I actually found it kind of meh. Everything about this story is cute and nice, which is good praise for the author, but there's nothing spectacular about it.

Many parts of the book were lovely, different, imaginative and sweet. The sto
mark monday
Brightly Woven is a fantasy tale of a young woman swept into great events. it has magic and it has romance, Young Adult style.

for the first half of this novel, i spent a lot of time muttering darkly about Kirkus Reviews and Publisher's Weekly. their glowing reviews are what led me to Brightly Woven in the first place. after having a great time in the Dystopic SciFi YA world (thank you, Hunger Games) and having a less-than-great time in the Paranormal Horror YA world (thanks for not so much, Beau
Apr 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of high fantasy such as Graceling and Finnikin
Recommended to Arlene by: TBR Reduction Challenge #6 - Nic
“I don’t do well without you,” North said. “Who I was before – I never want to be that person again. But I told you when I took you away from here that when everything was over, it would be your choice. You would get to choose where you wanted to go and who you wanted to be.” There was a pleading look in his eyes. In that moment, he looked as if I had stripped him of his cloak and magic. I could knock him back into that darkness with a single blow.

Alexandra Bracken’s Brightly Woven was the perfe
Feb 16, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, ya, fantasy
I don't think I've ever given up on a book so quickly - PAGE 2, I swear, I give every book a fair chance, but I disliked the writing from the first page - it was so strangely immature, so empty, so cliche, as if written by a 14-year old, with no finesse or artistry, no spark. Some of my friends really liked it, but it didn't work for me at all. I am not willing to push myself further to see if it gets better... ...more
Erica (storybookend)
I can hardly contain my excitement over this book! It was amazing! Purely brilliant. Alexandra created a fantastical magical world full of mystery and intrigue that tugged at me, pulling me into the story and refusing to let go. Alexandra wrote beautifully. The words were-how else can I describe it?- woven intricately together to conjure up such vivid scenes and pictures.

The characters were written to perfection. Sydelle was amazing. I loved her fiery disposition, yet her quiet, gentle care and
Jan 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-fantasy
I feel the urge to be gentle with this book. Like a beautiful, stacked blonde with baby blues who doesn't understand if you speak in words of more than two syllables. The package is pretty, but it's all unfurnished upstairs. It's like Alexandra took a very pretty idea, and painted a flat, two-dimensional picture of it with no nuances, no depth.

I was about twelve when I found out that my birthstone was aquamarine. I'd read about it in books, and it sounded gorgeous -- a sparkling blue-green ston
Such a beautiful, beautiful darling.. oh, I mean, story ;))

One word: lovely!
2 words: loved it!
3 words: Thank you Arlene!

Once in a while I find myself lost in a beautiful story, with great characters I get to know and love so much, that I find it difficult at the end to let it go.. and yes, this is the case. I know, I'm a complete romantic with no cure - I take that as a compliment ;)

The main reason I loved this book so much was probably because of North..
Of course, in the beginning I didn't
Jun 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Cara by: Ash
That cover is just marvelous honestly. Just one look at it made me so excited to read this book. I mean the detail in it is just on point. The reflection of lightning on her face, you can just feel the magic already. You just know (and hope) that what's inside will give you as much of a thrill.

Sydelle Mirabil has lived in Cliffton her whole life, but has always felt she needed to get out to see what lies out of her little town. She gets that opportunity sooner than expected when a young wizard,
Apr 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Picture me, circa 1998. It's Christmas morning. My parents hand me a gift. It's rectangular and I feel my heart start to beat faster because I know exactly what it is. I tear through the wrapping paper and my gleeful suspicions are confirmed:


Cue monumental squee like no 13-year-old had ever squeed before. I fell into a zombie-like state for the next month that was only paused for my hand to find the bag of Baked Lays BBQ chips. Link was awesome. Zelda w
Feb 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, good-uns, fantasy
It's fascinating to me how, given two quite similar books or styles of book, one will leave you cold and the other has you at hello. I think about this phenomenon all the time and wonder what quality it is that pushes one over into a reading match. Most recently I found myself pondering this as I read Alexandra Bracken's debut novel BRIGHTLY WOVEN. The cover caught my eye back in October and, really, it is at once so attractive and nicely representative of both the book and the character. I then ...more
May 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Valerie by: Ash
Shelves: fantasy
Finished this book in one day around 3:30 in the morning. Closed the cover, sighed with a smile and felt all gooey inside. Haven't read a romance like this in so long if ever, and the adventure had me turning page after page into the night.

Sydelle is a girl who is chosen by a young wizard to accompany him to Provincia and carry a message that might save their kingdom from a disastrous war. Having little choice in the matter Sydelle goes but not without some resentment. Having never left her sma
Amelia, free market Puritan

If Brightly Woven was an amusement park ride, I'd say it would be a wooden roller coaster - it's fun and exciting at times, but the ride is very bumpy, rickety, and you wonder how in the world the coaster got a license to operate in the first place.

Most of the time, I try and at least pretend to be objective. But every once in awhile a book comes along that totally unleashes the inner opinionated Amelia, and this was one such book. In a nutshell, I didn't enjoy this book. It was hard to get into
Jul 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Brightly Woven is a stay-up-reading-late-into-the-night worthy book! I was up half the night reading it, as I couldn't stand to put down the perfection Brightly Woven is. It is one of my absolute favorites!

Some fantasy can be overbearing, but Brightly Woven was a perfect mix of everything a good book needs. Bracken drew me in with page one, and didn't let me go until the last page. Brightly Woven really puts a new spin on wizards and the magical abilities that come with a world like that. The wo
"What-?“ I choked on my own words, my heart dropping again into my stomach. We were sliding sharply downwards, the air buzzing and singing. The world went dark around us, but there was no fear in my heart.
Ah, I thought, feeling the first brush of tingling warmth as we fell into the unknown. Magic."

Loved it! Brightly Woven is a gorgeous story full of adventure, mystery, humour, magic and romance.

The writing was simple and engaging. It had a clever plot filled with lots of twists and turns. Jus
Sep 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Every once and awhile, I read a book that completely takes over my mind. I think about it at night while I’m trying to sleep and I contemplate what’s going to happen next constantly as I go about my day. It basically manages to squeeze into every thought I have until I’m able to pick it back up again. Brightly Woven is a perfect example of said mind-control.

The story has a wonderful balance of adventure, magic and self-discovery. I would’ve never imagined a young adult novel possible of holding
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone on the planet and in the far reaches of space and all the possible alternate universes
Recommended to Elevetha by: Miss Clark
4.5 stars. Nearly perfect, but has some issues.

Sydelle grew up in the tiny desert town of Clifton, known only for the sand that is exported out to other countries in exchange for water. Clifton has been in a ten-year drought. She barely remembers rain and has never seen snow. So when on a regular day when it suddenly starts raining, everyone in the town is confused but overjoyed. War is eminent and the wizard Wayland North, who caused the rain, needs to deliver a message to help prevent it. The
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really wish I would have read this sooner!! I was absolutely sucked in. If you are into Magic, Wizards, Quests, Red-heads and a touch of romance I would highly recommend this one. On the flip-side, if you require a very fast paced read and lots of action, you might want to pass this one up. It's one of those books where not a lot happens---there is a lot going on, but it unwinds slowly. I liked it though, in this book. It took me about 50 or so pages to really get involved with the characters, ...more
Brightly Woven was one of those books I found myself inexplicably excited about (there's a wizard named North?!), and as is the case with most books I get randomly excited about, it didn't quite stand up to the pressure.  This isn't to say I didn't like it, because I did.  Just that it suffered a bit from build-up, which left me a little wanting.  But I think most people, especially the younger crowd, would enjoy this, and probably wouldn't be bothered all that much by the little things I just c ...more
May 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011
So, as is my wont, I’ve been reading some of the more negative reviews on the book over at Goodreads and I must say that I disagree with them. All of them. Because I totally loved the book. People have called the book (amongst other things) “boring” and claimed that they have stopped reading after page two. You know, if you can’t manage to finish at least half the book, you have no right to “review” it because the word suggests that you have read the book enough to synthesize a well informed opi ...more
Jul 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
How fun was this book! It has a little bit of everything; magic, adventure, romance and mystery.

Fantasy is my favorite genre, it always has been, so Brightly Woven already had that going for it before I even started. I went into the book expecting to love it. And for the most part I did.

It was beautifully written, simplistic, but engaging. It was easy to get lost in this story, and the writing played a critical role in that. The plot was just as intricate as the woven strands in Sydelle's creati
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
If I had read this novel when it was first released, I probably would have loved it. But reading it now, it's very obvious this was Bracken's debut. I liked the premise of Brightly Woven, but it just seemed a bit essential and non-essential elements were missing that would've made the story feel more complete, more coherent. And the tone felt all over the place, as well. Her writing, however, has come a long way from this first attempt, and her The Darkest Minds series even gra ...more
Apr 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I read this book a while ago now, but I wanted to wait until the happy hormones died so that I wouldn't sound like a gushing idiot :L
Unfortunately, they still seem to be there, so I apologise in advance for my fawning, because I loved, loved, LOVED this book (:

I can't remember the last time I was so excited over a book - I actually pre-ordered it, something I've never done before.
When it finally came (and I finished squealing), I just sat there for a while and stroked the cover (awesome cover fo
Miss Clark
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This book was simply Amazing!!
I don't even know where to start. I had high expectations for this book and I couldn't have been happier with it!
This was exactly the kind of escape that I crave in my fantasy book. Alexandra Bracken did not disappoint!

Brightly Woven is a colorfully vivid fantasy with enchanting magic that will lead you on a journey that is beyond your imagination. Every place and name is etched so richly through out this novel. I could actually see the places and touch the faces.
Oct 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
For those of you who are book bloggers, I'm sure you know what I'm talking about when I say this: Have you ever read a book that causes your heart to break when you turn the last page because it's over? What about one that has you wanting to call your best friend at 3 in the morning in order to tell her all about it? Well, guys, I'm happy to say that Brightly Woven did all this for me and more.

First of all, I couldn't believe that this was Alexandra Bracken's first novel. It's so incredibly well
I just don't know about this book. I felt like the story didn't move slowly and, though I'm a fan of keeping the story going, in this case the pace was too quick. The first pages give us a little background on Sydelle Mirabil, the main character. She is a weaver from a small desert town in the outskirts of a fictional country. One day, she is out playing hide-and-seek with her Gale (oops, I mean Henry) and then BAM! It is pouring, soldiers are coming, and some man shows up and basically trades f ...more
Clare Cannon
Sep 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 13-18 years (girls)
Shelves: young-adult, 13-15yrs
I really enjoyed this book, a great first novel and looking forward to more!

Sydelle Mirabil lives in the drought stricken village of Cliffton, where she dreams of becoming a master weaver and seeing the world. But when the king is murdered the nation prepares for war.

Wayland North is a young wizard who comes to Cliffton to investigate the king’s death and he brings the rains with him. North sees that Sydelle is chafing to leave home and he needs an assistant, so he strikes a deal with Sydelle’s
Steph Su
Jul 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: debs10, fantasy-lite
BRIGHTLY WOVEN is a rollicking good read that will appeal most to fans of Stephenie Meyer and Bree Despain’s straightforward writing styles. It provides hearty doses of adventure, magic, romance, and danger, and yet never fully comes together as it could’ve at a higher level.

Sydelle and North are an amusing pair to follow if you’re not too bothered by the generic flatness of their interactions. I like that Sydelle is not a weak girl: she’s more than willing to give the sometimes-irresponsible No
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