Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren

Weave a Circle Round

Madeleine L'Engle meets Stranger Things in this debut YA-friendly fantasy adventure about how 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...

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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Margaret
    I liked this a lot (a bit Diana Wynne Jones-y) and will definitely be on the lookout for her next book.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Kimberly Hicks
    This was such a wonderfully woven story of imagination, youth, growth and mystery. The last time I read a young adult novel this well told was from Ann Brashares, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. And I have to admit this story did remind me a great deal of one of my favorite Netflix shows, Stranger Things. In fact, I immediately began thinking of the show as I read this book.Poor Freddy was in a dilemma of sorts. She’s growing up with all...
  • Jessica Strider
    Pros: interesting story, really captures the high school atmosphereCons: really captures the high school atmosphere, takes a while to get to the mystery aspectsFourteen year old Freddy has enough problems in life - a neglectful mother and step-father, a deaf step-brother she resents, a genius little sister - the last thing she needs are crazy neighbours, Josiah and Cuerva Lachance. She’s worked hard to maintain social invisibility at school, bu...
  • Kate
    I absolutely love movies, books, tv shows, etc., with complicated, time-bending plots. However, I do think I understand now what my friends meant when they claimed LOST was too complex for them to watch. I actually found that show easy to follow, but I was also highly invested in the outcome. And I think that’s where my problem stemmed from with Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren.THE 411: Freddy, her sister, Mel, and their half-brother, Roland...
  • Jen
    I read this book straight through in one sitting, and I loved it. Maaren's take on the (view spoiler)[Loki/Heimdall (hide spoiler)] myth is truly fresh and fascinating. The kids are a little bit stereotypical and I wanted to know more about their lives -- WHY are the parents so absent? Why don't the kids seem to care more about that? -- but in the tradition of absent parents everywhere in mythology and kid lit, it doesn't really matter. It's hard...
  • 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. ...
  • Zac Wood
    The middle half was the best. Absentee parents were a stupid and needless and unexplained device.None of the characters actually developed, even after eighteen months of time travel. The Three character was too much of a mystery, not enough of a plot element.This wants to be "She Kills Monsters" but with time travel. Skip it.
  • Patty Noonan
    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.
  • 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.
  • Jennifer Kelley
    Time travel, Norse mythology, Creation stories, teen angst, all balled up into a very interesting and intriguing read.
  • Sarah
    I received this book free from the publisher via netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.Please see full reviews at www.coffeeandtrainspotting.wordpress.com.