DNF Review: WEAVE A CIRCLE ROUND by Kari Maaren

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

DNF Review: WEAVE A CIRCLE ROUND by Kari MaarenWeave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren
Published by Tor Books on November 28 2018
Genres: Young adult, Fantasy
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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This might be the first ever Did Not Finish review on this blog! Normally I wouldn’t post anything about a book I didn’t finish, but I’m changing up things for a couple of reasons.

1.  I want to let the publisher know WHY I didn’t finish it.

2.  Since I have a NetGalley copy, I want to be able to post something, especially since I’m working on getting my NetGalley stats up this year.

I only managed to get to 13% in my Kindle, and I feel bad that I didn’t try a little harder, but here are the reasons I decided to stop reading:

Waaaaay too young and juvenile for me.

The writing style immediate felt more middle grade than young adult to me, and while I don’t want to bash MG novels at all, I just have zero interest in reading books for that age group. Zero interest. So despite trying to slog through even more painful prose and immature shenanigans, I just decided to call it quits.

Waaaaay too silly for me.

In the vein of “too young” for me, the story was just ridiculous, and not in a “I love weird fiction” way at all. I struggled with the character’s dialogue, I struggled with the characters’ actions, and I struggled with the characters’ situations. And this was all in the first 13%.

Didn’t catch my interest.

I know that some stories take a little time to get going, and some of my favorite books have started slow and ended up being fantastic, but this time there was absolutely nothing that grabbed me, not a single character that I felt was worth following, and so I stopped reading. I honestly thought I’d take a break, read something else, and then come back to Weave a Circle Round, but I was never able to drum up enough enthusiasm to do that.

Too many other books that I want to get to.

Perhaps the biggest reason I’m moving on, there are just too many books waiting for me to read. Trying to finish a book you’re not enjoying takes away from awesome books I could be reading right now.

Who knows, maybe I missed out on something wonderful, but based on a few reviews from trusted bloggers, I’m betting that this never would have worked for me, even if I’d stuck it out. And so, I’ve moved on. Many readers love this book, and it’s received amazing blurbs from the industry, but it just wasn’t for me.

Thanks to the publisher for supplying a review copy.

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Posted January 16, 2018 by Tammy in Did Not Finish / 28 Comments


28 responses to “DNF Review: WEAVE A CIRCLE ROUND by Kari Maaren

    • Tammy

      Good to hear that you post DNF reviews often! I definitely feel like I could do it again if I need to:-)

  1. I am trying to be better about DNFing this year. You know I struggle with it. When I do DNF, I post reviews but don’t provide a rating. The way I see it, not everybody is going to love everything they read. Sorry this one didn’t work out for you.
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    • Tammy

      I agree, I think it’s better not to rate DNFs. After all, you don’t have the full knowledge of the book so why should you rate it?

  2. Oh my, completely understand!! And I think DNF reviews can be useful, I’ve definitely posted some, but I was surprised to see one here. Guess now I know why since you mentioned it was your first. (also, I can tell by your DNF review that there is no way this book would work for me)

  3. I like your reasons 🙂 I’ve seen this book around, so I’m surprised you DNFed! But totally valid reasons. However, did you know you don’t have to review for your ratio to go up? You just send the feedback. And leave the review blank. I did a double take when I found out, cause that changes things xD
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    • Tammy

      Oh good, I’m in the DNF club:-) After this, I know I’ll be more likely to DNF again.

  4. I already have a hard time picking up anything that is categorized as Young Adult… But if a YA I pick up turns out to be very MG’ish… Gosh… I know I’d be suffering hahah Thanks for the honest review though! 🙂

    • Tammy

      You probably wouldn’t do too well with this one, please I don’t want to see you suffer!

  5. I actually ended up liking this – although it had a mad ending. But, it wasn’t what I was expecting. Very quirky, definitely juvenile and not at all creepy – which I was expecting for some strange reason. I enjoyed the dysfunctional feel to it all but I can definitely see why this wouldn’t work for everyone and I think the disappointment of it not being what you expected doesn’t help.
    Lynn 😀