Weave a Circle Round
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 Details

TitleWeave a Circle Round
Author
ReleaseNov 28th, 2017
PublisherTor Books
ISBN-139780765386281
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Weave a Circle Round Review

  • Pop Bop
    January 1, 1970
    This Book Is A "Stately Pleasure-Dome"Any book that's favorably blurbed by Charles de Lint is going to get my attention. Turns out Charles knew what he was doing. This book is "fabulous" in all of the deeper and richer meanings of that word.We start out a bit slowly. Our heroine, Freddy, is sort of a sad sack and aggressively unhappy with just about everything. Oh no, you think, how much of this whinging, angry, angsty teen can I take. But, even at the outset, there's a hint that Freddy is being This Book Is A "Stately Pleasure-Dome"Any book that's favorably blurbed by Charles de Lint is going to get my attention. Turns out Charles knew what he was doing. This book is "fabulous" in all of the deeper and richer meanings of that word.We start out a bit slowly. Our heroine, Freddy, is sort of a sad sack and aggressively unhappy with just about everything. Oh no, you think, how much of this whinging, angry, angsty teen can I take. But, even at the outset, there's a hint that Freddy is being overwritten, that she's being hyper unhappy for a reason that will be made clear. And that's exactly where we go. When all of the other characters are attention demanding, over the top, elemental forces, well you don't want your heroine being lost in the shuffle.And this book is over the top, but in all of the best ways. It takes some of its inspiration from Coleridge's Romantic masterpiece, "Kubla Khan; or, A Vision in a Dream", but then runs all over the world of mythology - places, timelines, characters, themes - to create a pleasure dome that could be the hip/ambitious YA novel version of an opium dream.This book has sometimes been described as a time travel adventure, and I guess it is that if that's all you want to see. There is time travel and there is adventure. But it's a lot more of a literary psychedelic head trip than that, and I mean that in a good way. It's sort of magical realism teen angst crossed with post-postmodern storytelling and an anything goes sensibility that somehow merges sibling rivalry with tentacles and makes it work.This is fun, heady stuff. And, even if you lose the thread here or there, or wonder how exactly Tab A fits into Slot B, it doesn't matter. There are a half dozen great characters and so much smart, witty, sly dialogue and throwaway bits of business that any reader with a taste for roller coaster tale-telling will just enjoy the ride. This is energetic and brimming with ideas; it careens all over before dropping you off safe and sound back where you started, and it is a total hoot. Just a fabulous find.(Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
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  • Laura Hill
    January 1, 1970
    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 lonely house on Grosvenor Street. Cuerva LaChance is a M 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 lonely house on Grosvenor Street. Cuerva LaChance is a Mrs. Whatsit like creature who is almost always cheerful and has a capital case of super ADD; Josiah is a humorless, bored 14 year old who picks fights by simply existing. Freddie is horrified to find him in most of her classes.The book starts slowly, appearing to be a typical coming-of-age story, but around 30% of the way in it takes off stratospherically, or rather time-ospherically, as time travel suddenly reaches in and literally yanks Freddie and Josiah off on a pinball machine like journey covering 9th century Sweden, prehistoric China, 17th century France, and 92nd century (yes, 92nd!) England. Characters from Norse, Polynesian, and Chinese mythology are woven in and as a bonus, we learn the identity of the “person from Porlock” – historically blamed for interrupting Coleridge as he scribbled the poem Kubla Khan. While Josiah is blasé about the adventure, having literally lived though it before, Freddie is given every possibility to learn and grow up and help unravel a world altering mystery facing them in the current time. What or Who exactly is Three? And why is their “Choice” so important?FYI, as a veteran SF reader, I was impressed with her handling of the time travel – both philosophically and mechanically. I was also very impressed with the literary and mythological references. It’s not often you find a book that can move through such different areas so smoothly.
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  • Meg
    January 1, 1970
    Begin with an angsty, sullen teenage girl, mix in some blended family strife with a little bit of time travel and a dash or two of immortal mythological beings and you have the recipe for this great story for all ages!I loved the dynamic of the characters and the way Freddy really evolved throughout the novel. The constant chaos of Josiah and Cuerva Lachance was the twisted timeline was immensely intriguing. I could not guess what was going to happen, which is both exciting and maddening at the Begin with an angsty, sullen teenage girl, mix in some blended family strife with a little bit of time travel and a dash or two of immortal mythological beings and you have the recipe for this great story for all ages!I loved the dynamic of the characters and the way Freddy really evolved throughout the novel. The constant chaos of Josiah and Cuerva Lachance was the twisted timeline was immensely intriguing. I could not guess what was going to happen, which is both exciting and maddening at the same time! I feel like that is a good description of this novel and its characters. Exciting and maddening! Who are these mysterious neighbors and what do they have to do with three teenagers that live next door in a nice suburban neighborhood?? Believe me, you are going to want to read to find out.
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  • Mike
    January 1, 1970
    An engaging, fresh YA story. Two eccentric and mysterious characters move in next door, and before she knows what's going on, Freddy finds herself hopping all over time and repeatedly encountering two immortals (one of whom is always 14) and a repeatedly reincarnated third, who she suspects is not exactly what the two immortals claim. Along the way, she figures out some family dynamics, and matures. In the pre-release version I got from Netgalley, I didn't see any typos or recurrent errors, exce An engaging, fresh YA story. Two eccentric and mysterious characters move in next door, and before she knows what's going on, Freddy finds herself hopping all over time and repeatedly encountering two immortals (one of whom is always 14) and a repeatedly reincarnated third, who she suspects is not exactly what the two immortals claim. Along the way, she figures out some family dynamics, and matures. In the pre-release version I got from Netgalley, I didn't see any typos or recurrent errors, except that the author frequently uses "may" instead of "might" in past tense narration (compare "can" and "could"). The characters were interesting and had dimension and heft, the set-pieces were fun (and often funny), and the mystery plot progressed at a steady pace. Recommended.
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  • Heather Brown
    January 1, 1970
    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 are these two characters so intent on the children? 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 are these two characters so intent on the children? Are their intentions nefarious or beneficial? Freddy will have to figure it all out in time to save not just her family, but perhaps the entire world.
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  • Keitha
    January 1, 1970
    I love this book! It's one of those special books that will appeal to avid readers from ages 10 to 100.
  • Nicki Markus
    January 1, 1970
    Full review to follow closer to release date.I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley.
  • kerrycat
    January 1, 1970
    (I gave this four stars in the December edition of Romantic Times Book Reviews: https://www.rtbookreviews.com/book-re...)This might be an action-filled time travel tale, but, ultimately, Maaren’s debut is a look at how Freddy, a teen many readers can relate to, struggles to fit in both at home and with peers, and how she overcomes the desire to do just that. This appealing story reinforces the power of choice and responsibility in the midst of frightening circumstances, speaking to teen and adul (I gave this four stars in the December edition of Romantic Times Book Reviews: https://www.rtbookreviews.com/book-re...)This might be an action-filled time travel tale, but, ultimately, Maaren’s debut is a look at how Freddy, a teen many readers can relate to, struggles to fit in both at home and with peers, and how she overcomes the desire to do just that. This appealing story reinforces the power of choice and responsibility in the midst of frightening circumstances, speaking to teen and adult readers alike, all of whom will appreciate the author’s attention to Freddy’s emotional journey as well as to fantastical details.When the new neighbors in the strange house next door enter Freddy’s life with a crash, she and her little sister Mel and stepbrother Roland are caught up in the aftermath. The house has had a revolving list of owners, but Josiah and Cuerva are more than a little eccentric, and Freddy and her siblings find themselves on a wild ride through time by the power of familiar stories, myths and folklore. Josiah and Cuerva have their own agenda, however, and discerning which of the children fills the role of their third partner, Three, puts Freddy on the defensive. Will a key a stranger gave Freddy four years ago hold the answer to saving them all?
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  • Nevaeh Covell
    January 1, 1970
    good
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