Monday, 13 November 2017
Book Review: Weave A Circle Round by Kari Maaren
Author: Kari Maaren
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: 28 November 2017
Source: ARC via NetGalley
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 Grosvenor Street. Two extremely odd someones. Cuerva Lachance and Josiah aren't . . . normal. When they move in next door, the house begins to exhibit some decidedly strange tendencies, like not obeying the laws of physics or reality. Just as Freddy thinks she's had enough of Josiah following her around, she's plunged into an adventure millennia in the making and discovers the truth about the new neighbors. (Goodreads Synopsis)
For me, Weave A Circle Round was a 4-star read. I really enjoyed the premise, and I thought Maaren handled the time travel aspects of the tale well. The difficulty I had was connecting with the characters. Although billed as YA, given the age of the protagonists, I would term this middle-grade to younger YA. I didn't feel a deep connection with them; however, I did enjoy their witty banter. Regardless, I was hooked on the plot and I appreciated how the story ended. It is certainly a magical tale and a stunning concept. I don't want to say more for fear of spoilers!