Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Review: Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
Pub. Date: March 23, 2010
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Format: Hardcover, 368pp
Age Range: Young Adult

When Wayland North brings rain to a region that's been dry for over ten years, he's promised anything he'd like as a reward. He chooses the village elder's daughter, sixteen-year-old Sydelle Mirabel, who is a skilled weaver and has an unusual knack for repairing his magical cloaks. Though Sydelle has dreamt of escaping her home, she's hurt that her parents relinquish her so freely and finds herself awed and afraid of the slightly ragtag wizard who is unlike any of the men of magic in the tales she's heard. Still, she is drawn to this mysterious man who is fiercely protective of her and so reluctant to share his own past.

The pair rushes toward the capital, intent to stop an imminent war, pursued by Reuel Dorwan (a dark wizard who has taken a keen interest in Sydelle) and plagued by unusually wild weather. But the sudden earthquakes and freak snowstorms may not be a coincidence. As Sydelle discovers North's dark secret and the reason for his interest in her and learns to master her own mysterious power, it becomes increasingly clear that the fate of the kingdom rests in her fingertips. She will either be a savior, weaving together the frayed bonds between Saldorra and Auster, or the disastrous force that destroys both kingdoms forever.

Captivating and Compelling in its storytelling, BRIGHTLY WOVEN will take readers on an unforgettable magical adventure.

I was enamored with BRIGHLY WOVEN from beginning to end. This is why I love the fantasy genre – getting to discover new worlds and the characters that make them exciting to live in. Sydelle is one of those strong heroines that I crave to see more of in YA books. The dangerous journey that she had to endure on her mission to protect her village from war could have broken anyone with the formidable task at hand. But not Sydelle, she’s got the spunk and the courage to brave the most dangerous roads. North-What can I say about Wayland North? Roguish charms and underneath that hard exterior, he has the heart of gold. Sydelle is strong on her own but Sydelle and North together- their chemistry ignites the most dangerous storms.

Bracken’s writing is splendidly colorful with its beautiful imagery and spellbinding plot. Once I started reading BRIGHTLY WOVEN, I could NOT stop turning the pages. This book was like a surprise gift – I never knew what to expect. And like all great gifts, BRIGHTLY WOVEN captured my heart. I fell in love with the world Bracken created. With endless dangers accompanied with magical elements at every turn, the pages could not turn fast enough.

A great start to what could possibly be a great series, I can’t wait to see what adventures and dangerous assignments Sydelle and North will come upon next. Readers looking for an enchanting romance surrounded by magical intrigue and unforgettable characters will devour this novel.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

33 comments :

  1. EAP I am sitting here looking at this book right now, I just got it yesterday - I am soo excited to read it, what a great review!

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  2. 5-5 Start wow it must be a good book can not wait to start reading i need a good page turning book

    Denise

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  3. Awesome review! You've got me really excited to read this.

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  4. I love series reading, and have seen many bloggers give this 5 stars, it MUST be that good!
    I love your reviews. So poetic in nature,reeling me right in!
    Great job!

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  5. Awesome review! I cannot wait to read this book, I've heard so many great things about it :D

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  6. This book sounds so great! I can't wait to get a copy!

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  7. I want to read this book!! Sounds awesome!!!!

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  8. This book sounds amazing. I have got to get it.

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  9. It's been a while since I read a straight YA fantasy. Looking forward to getting my hands on this one!

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  10. Wow, you couldn't stop turning the pages AND gave it 5 stars? Wow. I've been wanting to read this, but it looks like I have to bump it up. Thanks for the great review!

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  11. I really, really want to read this book. : ) It sounds wonderfully interesting & adventurous. I'm even more excited now that I've read your review. Sounds like Alexandra Bracken is a wonderful writer!

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  12. Wow, great review. I really want to read this, I've heard nothing but positive things about it!

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  13. Admittedly, I first noticed this book because of the cover. Thankfully, some many reviewers have loved it. I'd love to have a copy so I can put my 10 cents worth in about it.

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  14. sounds awesome now reading your review i have to readthis

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  15. Sounds like a great book. I can't wait to read it.

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  16. sounds like it is similar to Graceling...definitely a book I want to check out

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  17. oooh..I didn't know this book might be part of a series

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  18. Oooo, a 5/5!! Now I really want to read it even more! Great review.

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  19. I like that she seems to be a strong female character - we need many many more of these!

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  20. I've been reading such great things about this book. I'm glad to see that you enjoyed it, and you really make me want to read it now. Thanks for the review!

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  21. I've seen good comments about this book, and your review makes me want to read this book even more!

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  22. For some reason, I thought this was about faeries...Anyway, Brightly Woven sounds really interesting. I hope I can pick it up soon!

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  23. I am dying to read this. The bookstore near me doesn't carry it so I have to wait just a little while longer. I am so excited to see you enjoyed it and gave it 5 stars!

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  24. Whoa! Man, the way you described it makes me want to read it even more! Can't wait!

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  25. Sounds like an amazing book.

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  26. I really need to read this one! I've heard such great things about it. Glad you enjoyed it!

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  27. You had me at unforgettable magical adventure! I love the fantasy genre too. :)

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  28. Great review! I cannot WAIT to read this! I've heard nothing but raves about it.

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  29. Great Review! I've read the book and I can confirm that this is an amazingly fantasticle adventure I will never forget!

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