Book Review – Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren

weaveaTitle: Weave a Circle Round
Author: Kari Maaren
Publish Date: November 28, 2017
# of Pages: 336
Rating: ⭐️⭐️(**Warning: Possible spoilers!**)


(From Goodreads) 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.


Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren is a time traveling adventure that follows Freddy, her sister Mel, and her brother-in-law Rowland. Weave a Circle Round forces you to question what is real and what is make believe as stories take life and logic and chaos battle for control.

This was an interesting book, but honestly, I had a really hard time getting into it. Nothing about the book sucked me in, so reading it was more of a chore than a pleasure.

Josiah and Cuerva Lachance are the most compelling characters in the book. Josiah is logic and reason, and Cuerva Lachance is chaos and discord. The contrast and the relationship between the two characters is interesting. The two are constantly battling for control over the millennia as they convince Three after Three to choose between them.

The plot itself is just okay. I like that the story comes to life, and that Josiah and Cuerva Lachance are really the product of a person’s imagination. I had them both pegged as gods, so I liked this turnabout.

On the flip side, what I didn’t like is how chaotic the storyline is. The plot bounces all over the place, and loose ends never feel tied up. For example, why are Freddy’s parents nonexistent? This didn’t help develop any part of the story. What was the point of time traveling? The book’s explanation feels too flimsy. What was the point of the key? Again, the book’s explanation feels too flimsy.

This book is available to buy on November 28th, 2017, if you want to check it out for yourself!

Thank you to NetGalley for providing the Kindle version of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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