Friday, October 11, 2019

The Weaver (Weaver Trilogy, #1)The Weaver by Heather Kindt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Most writers choose the endings to their stories . . . most writers are not Weavers.
Laney Holden is a freshman at Madison College whose life goes from normal to paranormal in a matter of seconds. When the antagonist in the book she’s writing shoves her down the stairs at the subway station, she learns she is a Weaver. Weavers bridge the narrow gap between fantasy and reality, bringing their words to life.
Laney soon meets William whom she also suspects is a character from her book—one she’s had a mad crush on since her pen hit the paper. But he’s in danger as her antagonist reveals a whole different ending planned for Laney’s book that involves killing William. Laney must use her writing to save the people closest to her by weaving the most difficult words she will ever write.
THE WEAVER is the first installment of The Weaver trilogy. It is an NA paranormal romance set in a small town on the north shore of Boston. It will leave you wanting more.

I want to talk about the cover first! I love a pretty cover but a meaningful cover? GASP! My heart be still!

On to the story! The Weaver by Heather Kindt started out with a bang! It had danger and excitement, then it slowed down, only to pick up in the last third of the book. I really loved the premise of this book, written characters coming to life would be a dream – or a nightmare, depending on the character. Laney is a want-to-be writer starting her freshman year at college, she’s been writing a historical fiction book in which one of the characters, Jonas – a big bad – comes to life and pushes her down a stairway at the subway with the intent to kill her. Which brings me to some things that bothered me. Laney recognizes Jonas right away as a character from her book but she lacks the surprise or fear that I was expecting of someone who has a character actually came to life and try kill her. There was no sense of urgency to investigate why or how this happened, just a ‘sweep it under the rug’ kind of attitude. Then there is the introduction of William, another character from her book. Annoyingly thick (at the time) Laney has absolutely no idea its ‘her’ William - of the same name and identical likeness, mind you. And I would have like to have seen a little more back history and time invested in the Golden Recluse group which brings me to this: the group actually sought Laney out to assist her, because they’re worried. They even forge dance tickets to Manor Hill to keep an eye on her but when Laney asks for their help finding the translator/gate-keeper, one of them says “We’ll help after I pour me some of that killer punch.” Wait, what?

And then there’s Jason, sigh … Jason, her first love interest in the book at first seems genuine but quickly turns into a douche. Now, I do have a bit of a bone to pick here! Laney and Jason are referred to (quite often) as best friends but I have to disagree. They did have a childhood friendship and their moms are besties but he ignored her all throughout high school and they only began talking when they got randomly thrown together at a Freshman scavenger hunt. Not really someone I’d consider a best friend so I think the whole bestie thing was a tad over-played. And I do feel bad for saying that!
These are a few things that I didn’t like about the book but there are things I did like! As I said earlier, the premise is great and I do feel like the story flowed along despite any misgivings I had with Laney and Jason. Sorry I called you thick, Laney! I do feel like this first book is setting up the foundation for the rest of the series and that’s ok, it was a worthy read and I have no regrets reading it. It kept me entertained, there was a definite surprise with a few of the characters at the end, and William is a hottie dreamboat that I really liked!

I feel like the first third of the book was exploring Laney’s personality and her relationship with Jason, the second third her relationship with William and finally, the last third of the book really picks up and things start to happen. This is more where the action and some of the answers I was expecting about Laney’s ability come into play. I’m giving this book 3 stars because I think it has a lot of potential and I’ll be reading the next in the series. I think it’ll explore Laney stepping in to her story and confrontations with The Wanderer

A big thank you to NetGalley, The Parliament House, and Xpresso Book Tours for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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