Release Day Review: Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren

November 28, 2017 Review 0

Release Day Review: Weave a Circle Round by Kari MaarenWeave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren
Published by Tor on November 28, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: eBook, Paperback
Pages: 368
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: None
Reviewed by: Tacoma
2 Stars

When the unexpected moves in next door, anything can happen in Weave a Circle Round, Kari Maaren's debut in this YA-friendly fantasy adventure.

Freddy doesn’t want people to think she’s weird. Her family makes that difficult, though: her deaf stepbrother Roland’s a major geek, and her genius little sister Mel’s training to be the next Sherlock Holmes. All Freddy wants is to survive high school.

Then two extremely odd neighbors move in next door.

Cuerva Lachance and Josiah definitely aren't normal. Neither is their house, which defies the laws of physics. Neither is Freddy’s situation, when she suddenly finds herself stuck thousands of years in the past with her very, very weird neighbors. And that’s only the beginning.

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 to that fact. Her parents are absent (unrealistically so, but convenient for the plot). She doesn't get along with her step-brother. But beneath all that, she desperately desires to be understood and to be in control of her emotions.

It was around the sixth chapter that WEAVE A CIRCLE ROUND jumped the shark. I was completely digging the promise of time travel, even if it took awhile to build up to it. However, WEAVE A CIRCLE ROUND adds another layer of the bizarre in an effort to provide some reasoning for the impossibility of it all.

Ultimately, I continued reading because of Freddy. I wanted her to grow as a character, but she continued to be largely passive. The time travel happens to her. She meanders along with the plot. Josiah becomes her friend because he won't leave her alone. And fairly quickly, Josiah and Cuerva's over-the-top quirkiness began to annoy me. I wanted the time travel to happen, but once it did, I was disappointed that it largely occurred as a training montage, allowing Freddy to grow, while never providing her with the urgency to return home.

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