Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren

Weave a Circle Round

The unexpected can move in next doorFreddy 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 Grosvenor Street. Two extremely odd someones.Cuerva Lachance and Josiah aren...

Details Weave a Circle Round

TitleWeave a Circle Round
Release DateNov 28th, 2017
PublisherTor Books
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Fiction

Reviews Weave a Circle Round

  • Justine
    4.5 starsWow, 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 ...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/12/17/...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...
  • 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 s...
  • Lata
    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 ...
  • Mel (Epic Reading)
    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 ...
  • Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
    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 ...
  • 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
  • C.J. Stark ☮️
    Check out this review on my blog - Random Melon Reads 5.373339 starsI 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 bo...
  • MB (What she read)
    Sounds intriguing: https://www.tor.com/2017/11/28/book-r...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 ...
  • 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 t...
  • Beth Cato
    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 t...
  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    I'm really struggling this year with books that sound great but just don't cut it in the execution. In the case of Weave a Circle Round, it wasn't so much that the author created a predictable story which seems to be what keeps happening. Rather, this book was all over the place and yet bored me to read.I attribute it to the characters. I wouldn't say that I disliked the characters, exactly, but I wasn't a fan either. I just never connected wi...
  • Lara
    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. ...
  • 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 Cu...
  • Alicia
    http://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2017/11...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 p...
  • Melliane
    Mon avis en FrançaisMy English reviewAs 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. I...
  • Sydney
    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.
  • Margaret
    I liked this a lot (a bit Diana Wynne Jones-y) and will definitely be on the lookout for her next book.
  • Emily
    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 w...
  • Cassidy (Reminders of the Changing Time)
    To see all of my book-related content, check out my blog @ http://bit.ly/2zzVt0RWeave a Circle Round was bizarre. And it was bizarre in the kind of way that I honestly can’t tell if it was good or bad, which is why I have no other option than to give it a middle-of-the-line rating of three stars.Sure, it was engaging and went to a lot of unexpected places, but I do not know whether all those places were absolutely necessary. It was kind of a no...
  • Laura
    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.
  • Cassienerdgirl
    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!
  • Ashley
    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.
  • Jessica
    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, ...
  • Laura Hill
    Writing: 4; Characters: 4; Plot: 4I 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 ...
  • Heather Brown
    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 a...
  • Colleen
    Freddy is a sad child of a divorced/reblended house where her Deaf stepbrother Roland and her genius little sister Mel seem to be getting along fine in the world. She is working to blend in with the wallpaper and just nurse her hurts in private. Then weird people move into the house by the park. The teenage boy Josiah acts like he knows everything that ever happened (and so can predict the future) and the middle aged lady is chaos incarnate. Lite...
  • Andrea Johnson
    Freddy lives a mostly-invisible life as a high school student in British Columbia. She tries not to attract too much attention, which can be difficult when she's always connected to her genius younger sister and her Deaf stepbrother, who attracts attention by being different, but also by being gigantic. She does her best to pretend he doesn't exist, so she can continue to be unnoticed.Her plans are foiled, however, when new neighbors move in. WEI...