Monday, May 28, 2018

Woven by Bree Moore

Woven by Bree Moore
Published August 1, 2017
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A 3.5* star review.

The premise of this book sounded really promising but this was definitely a case where the first part lacked a lot.  It was slow, it was confusing and I honestly did not like the narrator at all.  To be frank, I found the narrator’s wailing voice to be a bit much.  Okay, she wasn’t supposed to be wailing – she was supposed to be yelling someone’s name but to me, it sounded like wailing and I could not get into it.  It took me almost three quarters of the book to finally start to enjoy the story.

The main thing that drew me in was how Arthur and Camelot was interwoven into the storyline.  I really enjoyed the story of Camelot growing up so this premise really drew me in.  I also thought it was a unique spin for Guinevere because she was always portrayed as this regal Queen (though there are mixed stories about her loyalty to Arthur and her betrayal for Lancelot).  To me, I found interesting that in this book, she was losing her mind.

Another aspect that I found intriguing was Elaina’s part.  I am not really familiar with the Lady of Shalott but I liked how Elaina’s predicament was somewhat similar with Rapunzel.  The whole idea of being locked up in a tower and only having this old sorceress/witch as her captor.  Then there was that whole situation with a man climbing up the tower to rescue her.  Sounds familiar?  So anyways, I thought I liked the idea of this strange mix-mash of a beloved Disney fairytale with the ballad of “The Lady of Shalott” as well as the court of Camelot.

Anyways, there was a lot of world-building in this book to the point that it was a little too much and therefore it ended up making the book way too slow in my opinion.  However, the ending more than made up for it hence why I ended up giving it a 3.5* instead of 3*.

The one thing that bothered me, to be honest, other than the narrator’s voice, was the female representation in the book.  Both Elaina and Guinevere were portrayed as such weak people.  I think if I had read the book in a physical format, it might have been a bit different because the narrator really played out those scenes with those “OMG, I can’t move” or “OMG, what do I do” or “OMG, my eyes won’t open”, or “OMG, it’s not me!” etc.  For me, it was even more bothersome because the Guinevere that I know in the Arthurian legends is supposed to be this strong female leader but in this book, that wasn’t the case at all.  Instead, she came off as weak and was always struggling with herself. 

Overall though, the ending was decent and I still enjoyed the parts where Arthur and Merlin were there.  I actually really liked them for the most part.  But I can completely forego that narrator.


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