BRIGHTLY WOVEN by Alexandra Bracken

Category: Juvenile Fiction
Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
On Sale: March 23, 2010
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60684-038-2 (1-60684-038-X)


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The dry cracked earth and sand was all that Sydelle knew since she was 7 years old. Her town had been plagued by drought for many years until the day when a mysteriously handsome stranger comes into her town bringing forth the rain.
Sydelle's father is so grateful for the relief that he promises Wayland North anything. To Sydelle's dismay North demands her in return and her family willingly obliges. Yet she cannot protest much for North has an important mission and has to move swiftly. What happens next is an adventure like no other.
As this wondrous story moves along in quick progression the plot still feels natural. The pacing swift without any bumps and as magical and mysterious as North appears to be. Not to say this tenuous couple don't find their share of elemental troubles like earthquakes and storms along the way besides the fact that an evil wizard is hunting them down. While North continues to be silent, Sydelle takes charge on seeks her own answers to all the mystery that surrounds him. Sydelle is a force to be recognized and it is a refreshing bit to this engaging tale.
What is truly amazing about this story, however, is the relationship that develops between Sydelle and North. Its development is subtle, simmering beneath the surface. Hints of it are always tugging just at the edges of the story, but without ever fully overriding the plot and it will leave you clamouring for more.
Alexandra Bracken did an amazing job with her debut novel and I cannot speak of its praises enough. A different take on mysterious wizardry with a dusting of romance and a protagonist that is spirited as she is different. If you are a fan of Kristin Cashore and Tamora Pierce than this a gem of a read that will take you to far away lands and adventure

11 comments on "Review: BRIGHTLY WOVEN by Alexandra Bracken"

11 comments:

  1. So glad you enjoyed this one, I can't wait for it! Especially as you compare it to Cashore and Pierce, whom I love.

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  2. I am so excited for this one! So glad you enjoyed it. And, as Rhiannon said, that's some good company you've put her in. :)

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  3. How cool that there seems to be someone named North.
    I've unfortunately never read Cashore or Pierce, but I decided a while ago that I love them, anyway! :-)

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  4. I haven't heard of this one. Thanks for the god review!

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  5. This is on my list of books to read. I can't wait to get to it! It sounds really good.

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  6. I am really looking forward to release! Glad you liked it.

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  7. I have this in my TBR pile and it looks great! Wonderful review- loved reading your thoughts! :)

    Plus, it comes out on my bday- yay!

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  8. good review, sounds interesting!

    http://muse-in-the-fog.blogspot.com/

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  9. I don't ususally like this sort of book, but you've made me really want to read it! Great review!

    ReplyDelete
  10. This is on my TBR pile too! I can't wait to get to it now :D

    ReplyDelete
  11. This looks really unusual and interesting. I can't wait to read it!

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

Rhiannon Hart wrote:
January 6, 2010 at 2:43 PM

So glad you enjoyed this one, I can't wait for it! Especially as you compare it to Cashore and Pierce, whom I love.


11 comments:

  1. So glad you enjoyed this one, I can't wait for it! Especially as you compare it to Cashore and Pierce, whom I love.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am so excited for this one! So glad you enjoyed it. And, as Rhiannon said, that's some good company you've put her in. :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. How cool that there seems to be someone named North.
    I've unfortunately never read Cashore or Pierce, but I decided a while ago that I love them, anyway! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  4. I haven't heard of this one. Thanks for the god review!

    ReplyDelete
  5. This is on my list of books to read. I can't wait to get to it! It sounds really good.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I am really looking forward to release! Glad you liked it.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I have this in my TBR pile and it looks great! Wonderful review- loved reading your thoughts! :)

    Plus, it comes out on my bday- yay!

    ReplyDelete
  8. good review, sounds interesting!

    http://muse-in-the-fog.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  9. I don't ususally like this sort of book, but you've made me really want to read it! Great review!

    ReplyDelete
  10. This is on my TBR pile too! I can't wait to get to it now :D

    ReplyDelete
  11. This looks really unusual and interesting. I can't wait to read it!

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

Angiegirl wrote:
January 6, 2010 at 2:59 PM

I am so excited for this one! So glad you enjoyed it. And, as Rhiannon said, that's some good company you've put her in. :)


11 comments:

  1. So glad you enjoyed this one, I can't wait for it! Especially as you compare it to Cashore and Pierce, whom I love.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am so excited for this one! So glad you enjoyed it. And, as Rhiannon said, that's some good company you've put her in. :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. How cool that there seems to be someone named North.
    I've unfortunately never read Cashore or Pierce, but I decided a while ago that I love them, anyway! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  4. I haven't heard of this one. Thanks for the god review!

    ReplyDelete
  5. This is on my list of books to read. I can't wait to get to it! It sounds really good.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I am really looking forward to release! Glad you liked it.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I have this in my TBR pile and it looks great! Wonderful review- loved reading your thoughts! :)

    Plus, it comes out on my bday- yay!

    ReplyDelete
  8. good review, sounds interesting!

    http://muse-in-the-fog.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  9. I don't ususally like this sort of book, but you've made me really want to read it! Great review!

    ReplyDelete
  10. This is on my TBR pile too! I can't wait to get to it now :D

    ReplyDelete
  11. This looks really unusual and interesting. I can't wait to read it!

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

brizmus wrote:
January 6, 2010 at 3:04 PM

How cool that there seems to be someone named North.
I've unfortunately never read Cashore or Pierce, but I decided a while ago that I love them, anyway! :-)


11 comments:

  1. So glad you enjoyed this one, I can't wait for it! Especially as you compare it to Cashore and Pierce, whom I love.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am so excited for this one! So glad you enjoyed it. And, as Rhiannon said, that's some good company you've put her in. :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. How cool that there seems to be someone named North.
    I've unfortunately never read Cashore or Pierce, but I decided a while ago that I love them, anyway! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  4. I haven't heard of this one. Thanks for the god review!

    ReplyDelete
  5. This is on my list of books to read. I can't wait to get to it! It sounds really good.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I am really looking forward to release! Glad you liked it.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I have this in my TBR pile and it looks great! Wonderful review- loved reading your thoughts! :)

    Plus, it comes out on my bday- yay!

    ReplyDelete
  8. good review, sounds interesting!

    http://muse-in-the-fog.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  9. I don't ususally like this sort of book, but you've made me really want to read it! Great review!

    ReplyDelete
  10. This is on my TBR pile too! I can't wait to get to it now :D

    ReplyDelete
  11. This looks really unusual and interesting. I can't wait to read it!

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

Melissa wrote:
January 6, 2010 at 3:35 PM

I haven't heard of this one. Thanks for the god review!


11 comments:

  1. So glad you enjoyed this one, I can't wait for it! Especially as you compare it to Cashore and Pierce, whom I love.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am so excited for this one! So glad you enjoyed it. And, as Rhiannon said, that's some good company you've put her in. :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. How cool that there seems to be someone named North.
    I've unfortunately never read Cashore or Pierce, but I decided a while ago that I love them, anyway! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  4. I haven't heard of this one. Thanks for the god review!

    ReplyDelete
  5. This is on my list of books to read. I can't wait to get to it! It sounds really good.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I am really looking forward to release! Glad you liked it.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I have this in my TBR pile and it looks great! Wonderful review- loved reading your thoughts! :)

    Plus, it comes out on my bday- yay!

    ReplyDelete
  8. good review, sounds interesting!

    http://muse-in-the-fog.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  9. I don't ususally like this sort of book, but you've made me really want to read it! Great review!

    ReplyDelete
  10. This is on my TBR pile too! I can't wait to get to it now :D

    ReplyDelete
  11. This looks really unusual and interesting. I can't wait to read it!

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

La Coccinelle wrote:
January 6, 2010 at 4:08 PM

This is on my list of books to read. I can't wait to get to it! It sounds really good.


11 comments:

  1. So glad you enjoyed this one, I can't wait for it! Especially as you compare it to Cashore and Pierce, whom I love.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am so excited for this one! So glad you enjoyed it. And, as Rhiannon said, that's some good company you've put her in. :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. How cool that there seems to be someone named North.
    I've unfortunately never read Cashore or Pierce, but I decided a while ago that I love them, anyway! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  4. I haven't heard of this one. Thanks for the god review!

    ReplyDelete
  5. This is on my list of books to read. I can't wait to get to it! It sounds really good.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I am really looking forward to release! Glad you liked it.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I have this in my TBR pile and it looks great! Wonderful review- loved reading your thoughts! :)

    Plus, it comes out on my bday- yay!

    ReplyDelete
  8. good review, sounds interesting!

    http://muse-in-the-fog.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  9. I don't ususally like this sort of book, but you've made me really want to read it! Great review!

    ReplyDelete
  10. This is on my TBR pile too! I can't wait to get to it now :D

    ReplyDelete
  11. This looks really unusual and interesting. I can't wait to read it!

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

Krista/Tower of Books wrote:
January 6, 2010 at 7:08 PM

I am really looking forward to release! Glad you liked it.


11 comments:

  1. So glad you enjoyed this one, I can't wait for it! Especially as you compare it to Cashore and Pierce, whom I love.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am so excited for this one! So glad you enjoyed it. And, as Rhiannon said, that's some good company you've put her in. :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. How cool that there seems to be someone named North.
    I've unfortunately never read Cashore or Pierce, but I decided a while ago that I love them, anyway! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  4. I haven't heard of this one. Thanks for the god review!

    ReplyDelete
  5. This is on my list of books to read. I can't wait to get to it! It sounds really good.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I am really looking forward to release! Glad you liked it.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I have this in my TBR pile and it looks great! Wonderful review- loved reading your thoughts! :)

    Plus, it comes out on my bday- yay!

    ReplyDelete
  8. good review, sounds interesting!

    http://muse-in-the-fog.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  9. I don't ususally like this sort of book, but you've made me really want to read it! Great review!

    ReplyDelete
  10. This is on my TBR pile too! I can't wait to get to it now :D

    ReplyDelete
  11. This looks really unusual and interesting. I can't wait to read it!

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

BookChic wrote:
January 6, 2010 at 7:37 PM

I have this in my TBR pile and it looks great! Wonderful review- loved reading your thoughts! :)

Plus, it comes out on my bday- yay!


11 comments:

  1. So glad you enjoyed this one, I can't wait for it! Especially as you compare it to Cashore and Pierce, whom I love.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am so excited for this one! So glad you enjoyed it. And, as Rhiannon said, that's some good company you've put her in. :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. How cool that there seems to be someone named North.
    I've unfortunately never read Cashore or Pierce, but I decided a while ago that I love them, anyway! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  4. I haven't heard of this one. Thanks for the god review!

    ReplyDelete
  5. This is on my list of books to read. I can't wait to get to it! It sounds really good.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I am really looking forward to release! Glad you liked it.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I have this in my TBR pile and it looks great! Wonderful review- loved reading your thoughts! :)

    Plus, it comes out on my bday- yay!

    ReplyDelete
  8. good review, sounds interesting!

    http://muse-in-the-fog.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  9. I don't ususally like this sort of book, but you've made me really want to read it! Great review!

    ReplyDelete
  10. This is on my TBR pile too! I can't wait to get to it now :D

    ReplyDelete
  11. This looks really unusual and interesting. I can't wait to read it!

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

Muse in the Fog wrote:
January 6, 2010 at 8:08 PM

good review, sounds interesting!

http://muse-in-the-fog.blogspot.com/


11 comments:

  1. So glad you enjoyed this one, I can't wait for it! Especially as you compare it to Cashore and Pierce, whom I love.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am so excited for this one! So glad you enjoyed it. And, as Rhiannon said, that's some good company you've put her in. :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. How cool that there seems to be someone named North.
    I've unfortunately never read Cashore or Pierce, but I decided a while ago that I love them, anyway! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  4. I haven't heard of this one. Thanks for the god review!

    ReplyDelete
  5. This is on my list of books to read. I can't wait to get to it! It sounds really good.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I am really looking forward to release! Glad you liked it.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I have this in my TBR pile and it looks great! Wonderful review- loved reading your thoughts! :)

    Plus, it comes out on my bday- yay!

    ReplyDelete
  8. good review, sounds interesting!

    http://muse-in-the-fog.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  9. I don't ususally like this sort of book, but you've made me really want to read it! Great review!

    ReplyDelete
  10. This is on my TBR pile too! I can't wait to get to it now :D

    ReplyDelete
  11. This looks really unusual and interesting. I can't wait to read it!

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

So Many Books, So Little Time wrote:
January 7, 2010 at 3:59 AM

I don't ususally like this sort of book, but you've made me really want to read it! Great review!


11 comments:

  1. So glad you enjoyed this one, I can't wait for it! Especially as you compare it to Cashore and Pierce, whom I love.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am so excited for this one! So glad you enjoyed it. And, as Rhiannon said, that's some good company you've put her in. :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. How cool that there seems to be someone named North.
    I've unfortunately never read Cashore or Pierce, but I decided a while ago that I love them, anyway! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  4. I haven't heard of this one. Thanks for the god review!

    ReplyDelete
  5. This is on my list of books to read. I can't wait to get to it! It sounds really good.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I am really looking forward to release! Glad you liked it.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I have this in my TBR pile and it looks great! Wonderful review- loved reading your thoughts! :)

    Plus, it comes out on my bday- yay!

    ReplyDelete
  8. good review, sounds interesting!

    http://muse-in-the-fog.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  9. I don't ususally like this sort of book, but you've made me really want to read it! Great review!

    ReplyDelete
  10. This is on my TBR pile too! I can't wait to get to it now :D

    ReplyDelete
  11. This looks really unusual and interesting. I can't wait to read it!

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

pirate penguin wrote:
January 7, 2010 at 1:10 PM

This is on my TBR pile too! I can't wait to get to it now :D


11 comments:

  1. So glad you enjoyed this one, I can't wait for it! Especially as you compare it to Cashore and Pierce, whom I love.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am so excited for this one! So glad you enjoyed it. And, as Rhiannon said, that's some good company you've put her in. :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. How cool that there seems to be someone named North.
    I've unfortunately never read Cashore or Pierce, but I decided a while ago that I love them, anyway! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  4. I haven't heard of this one. Thanks for the god review!

    ReplyDelete
  5. This is on my list of books to read. I can't wait to get to it! It sounds really good.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I am really looking forward to release! Glad you liked it.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I have this in my TBR pile and it looks great! Wonderful review- loved reading your thoughts! :)

    Plus, it comes out on my bday- yay!

    ReplyDelete
  8. good review, sounds interesting!

    http://muse-in-the-fog.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  9. I don't ususally like this sort of book, but you've made me really want to read it! Great review!

    ReplyDelete
  10. This is on my TBR pile too! I can't wait to get to it now :D

    ReplyDelete
  11. This looks really unusual and interesting. I can't wait to read it!

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

Haley wrote:
January 7, 2010 at 3:38 PM

This looks really unusual and interesting. I can't wait to read it!


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