Weave a Circle Round by Kari MaarenPublished on November 28, 2017 by Tor
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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.
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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 with any of them which makes it hard for me to really enjoy a story. I’m all about the characters and even the most compelling world and plot can’t make up for a bland cast.
It’s honestly quite difficult to talk about this book while avoiding spoilers as the plot is all over the place and didn’t really make sense half the time. The story bounces around too much for my tastes. I also just wasn’t satisfied with the ending (or lack thereof). Nothing feels like it’s truly ended in the closure way, no satisfaction that the story is over and there’s no more to be told. They weren’t the sort of cliffhangers that made for a good sequel lead-in, they just left off.
I’d call this a spin on a children’s book because, at times, it felt like I was reading MG or YA but at others it was much more adult. It had the feel of an “older” tale such as A Wrinkle in Time or The Book of Three which is all well and good, and if you’re interested in that kind of read then I definitely think you’d like this but for me, it was a pass.