Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1



Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1

Weaver is not yet published as far as I’m aware, but keep up! It might get out soon! :)

Kathrine contacted me and asked if I would like to review it. I accepted the challenge, even though this book is far away from my genre.

The genre is Sci-Fi, adventure something something :) When I started reading I had pictures like Minecraft, Portal, Harry Potter, The Hobbit and more in that family in my mind. That might give you an idea :)

The story started out really good! I was really curious what was happening with these three siblings. I was surprised by the well written part, no offense but Kathrine isn’t a writer I’ve ever heard of, and it’s probably her first book. And if I’m not being wrong I think she’s under 20. So I was gladly surprised!

When I came to the middle of the book I got lost. For some reason I didn’t have that “I-can’t-leave-this-book”-feeling and then I spend too much time reading the book, which also confused me. There’s a lot of characters in the story, and the point of view changes during the story. I think it works out, but because I got distracted I got easily confused. So when I picked up the book I couldn’t find out who was who. It was sad, but I think it’s kinda my own fault.

I like the little… getting the author into the story .. in the ending :D First I thought it was a coincidence, but when the last name it was clear! Well made Kathrine, it worked really well! :)

Weaver is the first part of more, and I’m feeling a bit left without all questions answered. I guess the sequels will follow up on that :)

Overall it was a fine book. I’m not going to give it stars, because it wouldn’t be fair of me, since I’m not strong in this genre :)

Even though English is not my main language I got through it, and it wasn’t that hard to read. I had a bit trouble in the beginning, but with a boyfriend playing a lot League of Legends etc. he could help me with some of the stuff eg. a Mage :) And fast I picked it up, since I do have a little knowledge on that part!

Personal message to Kathrine: Let me know when it’s getting published! I really want a signed version on my wall! And of course I’m now obliged to reading the sequels! (and I’ll really try doing a better job to finish it faster) :)

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Review By:   Line - pqlseberg.tumblr.com
Friday 21 March, 2014


Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1



Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1

Rating: 3.5/5

Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book One - Katherine Arandez

Weaver is a complex fantasy story that draws you in from the very beginning. From the first few lines I was catapulted into another world and through Kate Merin’s interactions with her brothers and others, I began to learn the details of a well thought-out and interesting plot.

Arandez’s world-building is amazing. The thing that I got most from this novel was how clear of an image she had for the entire story. Unfortunately, this also worked to her detriment— a lot of the action was lost or bogged down by long, boring descriptions of people’s appearances from the color of their eyes to the color of the sneakers. I believe what I read was an unedited version of the final copy and I think with tighter refinement the story could flow a little easier and not lose the author’s image at the same time.

While the story kept me intrigued the entire time, the writing was hard to get into at first. Before the story picked up its stride, the dialogue was really forced and unnatural. Throughout the story, my biggest complaint was simply that there was so much information, and yet not enough or at least not subtly communicated. Huge concepts are explained offhand in a few short sentences while other ideas (such as the Delta c29 frequency used to get past magical shields) were never fully explained. Instead of weaving the information about the subtext into the plot, it was often just handed to you, usually through Kate Merin, who from the get-go knows way more about everything going on than anyone else in the story including the reader.

Another issue I had was keeping track of all of the names. People were often referred to by title first (Nerva, Mimien) but their given names were all really similar and they were all of a similar status so at times I had no idea who was talking or how they specifically fit into the plot, but context was enough to help through that issue.

All the same, I was hooked the entire time. Once I got through the first few pages and the story began to pick up, I didn’t notice the writing anymore, I just wanted to know what happened next. I think that the only thing keeping this book from a full 4 or maybe even higher is a good, unbiased editor to trim the fat and help hone the author’s strong natural voice. The extra half star is because despite its flaws, I’m really excited to read the next installment in the series. For a fresh take on magic, time travel, and alien races, this is a great place to start.tory that draws you in from the very beginning. From the first few lines I was catapulted into another world and through Kate Merin’s interactions with her brothers and others, I began to learn the details of a well thought-out and interesting plot.

Arandez’s world-building is amazing. The thing that I got most from this novel was how clear of an image she had for the entire story. Unfortunately, this also worked to her detriment— a lot of the action was lost or bogged down by long, boring descriptions of people’s appearances from the color of their eyes to the color of the sneakers. I believe what I read was an unedited version of the final copy and I think with tighter refinement the story could flow a little easier and not lose the author’s image at the same time.

While the story kept me intrigued the entire time, the writing was hard to get into at first. Before the story picked up its stride, the dialogue was really forced and unnatural. Throughout the story, my biggest complaint was simply that there was so much information, and yet not enough or at least not subtly communicated. Huge concepts are explained offhand in a few short sentences while other ideas (such as the Delta c29 frequency used to get past magical shields) were never fully explained. Instead of weaving the information about the subtext into the plot, it was often just handed to you, usually through Kate Merin, who from the get-go knows way more about everything going on than anyone else in the story including the reader.

Another issue I had was keeping track of all of the names. People were often referred to by title first (Nerva, Mimien) but their given names were all really similar and they were all of a similar status so at times I had no idea who was talking or how they specifically fit into the plot, but context was enough to help through that issue.

All the same, I was hooked the entire time. Once I got through the first few pages and the story began to pick up, I didn’t notice the writing anymore, I just wanted to know what happened next. I think that the only thing keeping this book from a full 4 or maybe even higher is a good, unbiased editor to trim the fat and help hone the author’s strong natural voice. The extra half star is because despite its flaws, I’m really excited to read the next installment in the series. For a fresh take on magic, time travel, and alien races, this is a great place to start.
Review By:   Amanda - growinginbrooklyn.tumblr.com
Friday 28 February, 2014


Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1



Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In my youth, I would often walk into the woods or neglected places and imagine that just beyond it was another world, something beyond the ordinary. I don’t think that I was unique in this way, but I may have had a more active imagination than most. Adulthood and the mundane have a way of stealing this from most.

Arandez’s Weaving evoked memories of my childhood imaginings more than once.

For those who enjoy detail-rich settings and mythologies, there is some deep down world building here. Arandez doesn’t just suggest that there is a greater world just past reality; she builds it brick by brick. It proved to be challenging at times to keep on top of all of the details, but as a first book in a series, it has some heavy lifting to do.

The plot is complex. Three children cross through a magic portal into another world and must go on a great adventure in order to get back. In itself, this seems quite familiar, but the mythology of Weaver has many layers – players and events to remember as you move forward.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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http://readtomlucas.com/2014/02/27/book-review-weaver-by-katherine-arandez
Review By:   Tom - readtomlucas.com
Friday 28 February, 2014


Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1



Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Reading Weaver is like getting out of my comfort zone. Fantasy-adventure genre is not really my thing but it feels good to read something different from time to time. I may not be too thrilled with this book but it certainly is promising. It still needs some polishing but there were some good points to it too.

I admire the originality of the concept, the whole Kervanian world was noteworthy indeed. I like how the story has an RPG vibe, as each of the characters have certain roles depending mostly on their skills. Necromancers, different types of mages, wizards - those are usual characters you see in games. I often picture game-like scenarios in some of the action scenes.

While the concept is original, it certainly needs improvement. I’ve noticed many typos and grammatical errors. The start was weak, the pace was slow. Many things were also not explained properly and thus leaving me confused. Though I’m not very much familiar with genres like this, I know that proper explanation about things (terms, people, places, etc) that are unique to the story must be done thoroughly. These things are the key-point of the story so it must be presented in such way that will make readers understand it easily. Also, I think there were some parts that needed a little more wrapping up. But then again, this is just the first book so all those loose ends will come to light in the other books.

Overall, I still think this is quite a decent read. If you are into these type of genre, or if you’re into role-playing games, then this is for you. A world of fantasy, magic, ancient creatures, and quest - this book has all the potential to let you in for a one-of-a-kind adventure.

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Review By:   Claudette - claudetteting.tumblr.com
Sunday 23 February, 2014


Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1



Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Back in December, hidden among the piles of emails I had in my inbox, was a Tumblr question. I had no idea this was even there since I had about 1,000+ emails in my inbox that I was avoiding reading because it had reached over 1,000+, but I took the time one day to actually go through each one and delete what I didn’t want. I’m glad I did because that’s when I found Katherine’s Tumblr question, asking if I could read and review the first book in her new series.

I quickly replied back, apologizing for not responding sooner, and said I would be happy to read her book, and I’ve very glad I did. So here is the review of Katherine Arandez’s Weaver.

Weaver is divided up in to two parts – the beginning introducing the three siblings that are central to the book, and what occurs a year later after their actions from the beginning. It’s a fantasy story that spans over several points in time and, literally, across space and time, to help end a war and bring together two civilizations that had been separated for several millennia.

While reading this, I felt the book was definitely an awkward first book for several reasons. This isn’t the author’s first book, but it’s her first book in a fantasy series. There are a lot of characters to introduce, a lot of setting to establish, and a lot of story to cover to set up the rest of the series.

The story starts off catching your attention right away and goes through the peaks and valleys of a lot of action scenes with connecting drama to move things along. There were points I felt the author was very verbose with her descriptions and was “showing not telling” the reader what to see and feel, but that was easy to get used to since I believe this the author’s style of writing. Not to give away spoilers, but the ending felt very cut off. Not to belittle Katherine’s ending, but I feel it could have been polished a little more.

So do I recommend this book for fans of fantasy stories? Yes I do. This is a great start to what will hopefully be an epic fantasy series. As I mentioned, the story, though awkward at points, is very enjoyable with enough action to keep your attention and enough drama to move things along. I’m still not sure how to feel about the ending, but it is a great start for a new author.

Katherine has planned to write 30 books for the series and I hope I can live long enough to read all of them. This series has a lot of potential and I would love to see how things turn out in the end.

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http://danijmoss.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/weaver-by-katherine-arandez
Review By:   Dani - danijmoss.wordpress.com
Wednesday 22 January, 2014


Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1



Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1

Personal Rating: 3.25/5.00

Synopsis: After her brother runs through a portal, Kate is forced to follow him through, ending up not in a different location but a different time. Kate is faced with dinosaurs and the awakening of magic all around her as she and her brothers Albert and Micheal try to find a way home.

The Good:

* This book brings a completely new face to the fantasy/young adult fiction front. It is fresh, exciting and this series is brimming with so much potential!

* For such a young author to produce such a fantastic story

The Bad:

* The only "bad" aspect about this book was a number of editing errors/slip ups, however, these can obviously be amended.

The Inbetween:

* I didn’t enjoy this as much as I was anticipating that I would. It’s an amazing story, with rich, wonderful characters however I do believe I may just be a little too old to fall in love with the story. This felt like it was aimed at a 13-16 age group.

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Review By:   Candii - novelpleasures.tumblr.com
Wednesday 22 January, 2014


Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1



Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1

This story has so much potential, but the beginning was kind of hard to get through. It was a little confusing, and the first half was a bit slow, but the end had much more action and was a bit more entertaining.

So this was my second ever requested book review! Hurrah!

So this book has SO much potential, but for me it fell a bit short. Starting out the book, it feels like you jump into a story already in progress. And that is ok to do, if you adequately explain whats going on and why. We start out with Kate and her older brother Albert looking for their younger brother Michael in the woods. And it just felt like there should’ve been something leading up to that.

And then you never really get to know the characters. They felt kind of flat, and dry to me. You know that Kate is the middle child, Albert is the oldest and Michael is the youngest. But you don’t really feel like you know them. At least, I didn’t. There weren’t really any anecdotes from their lives outside of explaining Kervanian magic and history. Michael, who is 9 if I remember correctly, apparently knows everything there is to know about dinosaurs? I mean, he has a LOT of information about them in a small kid that just seemed a little extreme for me. From knowing the time periods to all the different dinosaurs and their habits…. it just seemed a bit much for me.

And the first half of the book was just kind of…. dull. There wasn’t much action. I found that there were many times that a simple sentences was too wordy, while other situations could’ve used more elaboration and further descriptions/explanations. For instance, there are the different titles for the different orders… but I still don’t really get how that works. I don’t really get whatexactly the orders are, what their purpose is, or how those titles work. And it got seriously confusing after a while. Also, she adds on the last names far too frequently. That could just be a detail that bothered me and may not bother other readers, though.

The end of the book - the last 25% or so - really picked up though. It started feeling like it was going places and was getting interesting. Though one thing I still don’t understand the purpose of is Familiars. I mean, they don’t really do anything, do they? There doesn’t seem to be much of a point. But maybe that is explored more in future books. I’m not sure. Oh and also, it was very…. science-y. Which don’t get me wrong, I love science. But I feel like without having taken any physics classes, it would make absolutely 0 sense, and in that respect I was glad I had taken some Physics in college. Its like the explanation of magic was "So Physics".

Anyways. I wanted to love this story, but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me. Great idea, great general story, but it needs more explanations - especially if its supposed to be YA.

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Review By:   Brittney - b-reviewsbooks.tumblr.com
Monday 20 January, 2014


WEAVER: THE KERVANIAN CHRONICLES BOOK 1



WEAVER: THE KERVANIAN CHRONICLES BOOK 1

This is an amazing novel. A must read.
Review By:   Nastasia
Sunday 19 January, 2014


Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1



Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1

This was a nice read. The story concept was quite nice and easy to follow. I did like the twist that it made on the time travel theme. The characters were well thought out and easy to like and the plot was easy to follow. I would recommend this book to anyone. Easily 4 stars.

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Review By:   Techno Druid - loghyr.tumblr.com
Wednesday 15 January, 2014


Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1



Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1

Review By:   Megan - gemsola.tumblr.com
Wednesday 15 January, 2014


Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1



Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1

3 of 5 stars

(Normally I do not write up reviews, so I apologize in advance if my wording is a bit odd)

I do not read much science fiction, but I was looking forward to reading this story, and over all I found the plot and story line very interesting, and was entertained throughout the entire thing. I found myself wanted to know more about the Orders, the Kervanians, their culture and, well, everything. Which at the end of the day if a story can do all of that for me I consider it a decent to good book.

But at the same time there were some things that did get to me personally.

I felt that there were too many characters to focus on throughout the book as a whole. And because of that I found myself forgetting who was who and getting people mixed up. They were just all hard to keep track of.

I found a lot of the names hard to pronounce, and that as a reading turned me off a bit from the story (though not enough for me to want to stop reading of course). If there was an index in the beginning or end with a guide to how to pronounce names and Orders it would have been very helpful. Also one to list what Order was what.

A bit more description explaining where characters were and possibly how they are feeling would be nice, both to give the reader a better idea of the setting and what was going on in said characters mind. (Sometimes it felt we were given only a surface view of what was going on instead of something deeper).

I also wished there was a bit more reference as to what happened in the beginning of the book. Since being transported back into prehistoric times is no big deal, and it only happened a year before the second part of the story I would have thought it was a bigger deal and thus would still be talked about a lot, or at least referenced to or played a bigger part or something. Since it wasn't it felt like it was more of a very long prologue that was just for world building and ending up with Kate getting the crystal in her hand.

As for the ending, I have mixed feelings about it. I felt like it could have offered a bit more closure since I felt some things were not totally ended. But at the same time, that is a good affect to leave the reader wondering and thinking. The ending also works if the author writes more.

All in all, like stated before, though there were some things that threw me off from the story, I did find it a fun and interesting read. It kept me entertained, which in the end, is what books are for. And I am most certainly interested to see where things will go from here.

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Review By:   Megan
Friday 10 January, 2014


Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1



Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1

Weaver is an adventure/fantasy novel that first revolves around Kate Merin and her two brothers Michael and Albert going back in time to Kervanis, then on Kate and her Kervanian parallel, Alaya Le Faye, coming together to save the day.

To be honest, I couldn’t get into it at first. Everything was slow and mostly uneventful, and the writing style was really weird to me. It was really narrative but somehow still not descriptive enough. However, in the second part of the book things picked up and I really got into it. I really loved the whole dual POV thing with Kate and Alaya although I found it a bit weird how the POV’s weren’t exactly in sync, time wise. The plot was really good, although there were a couple inconsistencies and I got lost and had to flip back a couple times. I’m very happy that the main heroes of the story were young, smart, strong willed girls and there was no big romantic theme or love triangle. One thing I didn’t like was that the book wasn’t as mature as I would have liked and I felt as if the book would be suited for readers a little below my age. I went crazy at the end with the cliffhanger though, and I’m definitely a fan of this series now.

RATING: ★★★★☆

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Review By:   Dominique - Living Through Books
Tuesday 07 January, 2014


Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1



Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1

Weaver by Katherine Arandez ★★★☆☆

I think the story was really good, and i really enjoyed the plot line but it was really hard for me the follow sometimes.

I can’t trash the writing because i’m not a native english speaker, so it might just be my lack of fluency. But i think the descriptions were very long but the events were sometimes too vague. - In the beginning it might be hard to get the references but it gets clearer as the story progresses-

But, like i said, i liked the story, especially through the end, with Alaya and the kids, it gets really funny.

Also, i’m happy that even though the characters are mostly teenagers (or children? adolescents? well, they are young), the main focus of the book is not love and cute boys and i’m weird but i find love in the end. There is an actual story with a plot to follow to. Because, i have to admit i was worried it was going to be some high school teenage love story, because even though they’re great, i think when you’re in your twenties (or at least for me), it gets kind of boring.

The end of the book was really exciting (no spoilers but there will be a cliffhanger and it will be great).

The author is very young, so i’m very impressed that she could write such a story, but i definitely recommend this book if you’re into fantasy genre, because i think the series will be worth following.

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Review By:   praythedorkaway - http://praythedorkaway.tumblr.com
Tuesday 07 January, 2014


Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1



Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1

I don’t usually review fantasy fiction or books with sequels simply because it’s a little impractical but this one was a request so I’ll make an exception.

The story is about Kate and her two brothers Albert and Michael. They step into this portal and are transported back in time where they meet well, a lot of crazy things really.

That’s part of the problem that I had with the book. Too many characters. I mean there’s Familiars and Mages and Orders and Weavers and Necromancers. And it’s a lot to process, honestly. The thing about fantasy fiction is you either buy into it completely or you don’t at all.

That said, I liked the concept of Absolute Energy and even Morganna and Albert’s storyline interested me quite a bit.

Kate was alright, but I feel like she lacked a real personality. There has to be more to a person who’s so deeply involved in changing the course of history and the lack of character development really disappointed me. Michael was too smart for a 9 year old. Hell, I remember when I was nine and no one I knew was remotely like this kid. But then, that might have to do with the fact that he’s a Mage or something. Albert was the token cynical teenager who feels completely out of place on this spontaneous history trip they accidentally undertook. And I never expected him to fit into this magical world at all, but somehow he did.

I also feel that a little humour would’ve helped the cause of this book immensely.

We think nothing of reviewing books and rating them, but we’re completely oblivious to the effort and the sheer number of drafts that the author has to undergo to produce something satisfactory. I sincerely hope that Katherine Arandez continues to write books because I’d love to read them. You can check out her blog here.

This book confused me to no end but maybe if you sit down and read it from beginning to end, you might actually like it. and I can’t really judge a series based on the first book, so we’ll see.

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Tuesday 07 January, 2014


Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1



Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1

(3/5 stars)

This book came to me from the author herself, so that's pretty nifty! Katherine contacted me through Tumblr and asked if I could do an honest review of her book, so of course I said yes. Weaver is Katherine's first published novel, and it is also the first book in her series: The Kervanian Chronicles.

What I liked: The background in this book is completely on lock. There's backstory on backstory and lots of interesting information about the world that she built and the Kervanians themselves. I loved how knowledgeable Kate was about her family history- it wasn't one of those books where everything is new and almost annoyingly so. Kate has to explain everything to her brothers and that's how the audience learns about the world, too. That's really well done. I also really liked the time period it was set in, humans get to mix with dinosaurs which is totally, completely awesome! It was an entertaining read, that's for sure.

What I didn't like: I don't want to say it, but I'm going to say it: there needed to be more editing. There were grammar mistakes and plot holes that made it hard to get through at times. Sometimes the writing was stiff and the phrase "show not tell" (the writer's mantra) kept coming to mind.

Not to say this book wasn't good, it was, but there's room for growth. Katherine has a lot of potential as an author, and I think that she's definitely someone to watch out for in the future.

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http://books-anovelidea.blogspot.com/2013/12/weaver-by-katherine-arandez.html
Review By:   Annie - books-anovelidea.blogspot.com
Tuesday 07 January, 2014


Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1



Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1

GOODREADS’ AVG. RATING: 2.8 out of 5 stars; 5 ratings.

TL;DR REVIEW: 3 out of 5 stars; The author, Katherine Arandez, provided me with a free electronic copy of her initial Kervanian Chronicles novel in exchange for an honest review of the material and that is what I plan to provide here. I truly found myself enjoying the story of Kate Merin and her adventures. If it hadn’t been for more technical matters (which can be found behind the cut), I would have been hard pressed to give this novel a higher score overall.

As a note, anything written after the TL;DR portion of my reviews may contain spoilers at my discretion. Consider yourself warned and please read at your own risk!

MY REVIEW:

The major points of focus which I wish to discuss in regards to this novel are as follows: Time travel as a plot tool, necessity of revision, and utilization of character point of view changes.

Time Travel

The truth of the matter is that time travel can be an incredibly difficult tool to utilize in writing and more often than not, it isn’t utilized well. In this case, the time travel portion of Weaver is not the overlying or even dominant theme of the novel. The synopsis is written in a manner which presents the time travel theme as a more dominant plot point, than it truly is. In fact, the entire time travel plot occurs in only the first seven chapters of the novel! It is further infuriating that once chapter seven is completed, with the Merin siblings returning to their present time, we are not allowed to progress in the present with them, instead we return to them a year later. Personally, I am not a fan of skips in time such as what occurred. We witness their return from the Cretaceous Period only to then lose a year between the end of their first adventure and the beginning of the next. I feel as if the first seven chapters of the novel could have instead been written as their own novel which could have been more fully developed with the remaining portion of the book being a separate book entirely. I feel that the books/novels/story as a whole would have greatly benefited from this type of treatment.

Necessity of Revision

I am going to admit that this portion of my review may be nit-picky or even sound harsh, but I believe in this point too much to ignore it. I found myself enjoying reading Weaver, especially reading about Alaya’s portion of the adventure. I was finding myself immersed in the Kervanian world, but just as easily as I was finding myself rudely shaken out of it in the form of grammatical errors. I know that I am not perfect when it comes to grammar, but I do my best to put forth work which is grammatically sound and I expect that of authors as well. I find this point to be so important because in being an author you only have your words and your understanding of their proper usage as tools in order to convey your story, your message, to a much broader audience. In order to do that, you must be willing to put forth a lot of thought and effort not only into what words are utilized, but also into how the words flow together to tell your story. As a reader, when I find myself coming across multiple errors (especially if they are errors which are simple and would have been easily caught with proper revision) I find myself having to break the flow of the sentences I am reading and to re-read the portion which contains the error in order to ensure that I am still able to decipher the proper connotation. This may not seem like a big issue, however, when you find yourself doing it multiple times a chapter or even sometimes per page it starts to become incredibly frustrating. I firmly believe that this novel could have benefited from further revision than what it received.

Point of View Swaps

I have previously pointed out some of the issues I have when I come across authors who utilize point of view swaps between characters in novels (yes, I am looking at you Veronica Roth and Allegiant). I felt that the point of view changes which were utilized in Weaver were necessary for the novel’s plot development, but I felt that the transitions were rather stiff or happened in a rather awkward manner. The most pressing issue I had with Arandez’s utilization of the point of view changes is that we would be in Kate Merin’s point of view for a couple chapters, then we would swap to Alaya’s point of view and we would find ourselves in a different location in the timeline than when we had been in Kate’s point of view. This would not have been such an issue, except that we find ourselves in this timeline shift without any noticeable indication of the shift other than coming across an event which happens between the two characters which we previously read from the other character’s view. I felt that these point of view swaps added some complexity in keeping the timeline straight in regards to the events which occurred between Kate and Alaya in their attempt to open the portal between their worlds.

Overall, I think that Katherine Arandez has an interesting and well developed story in the making and I can only hope that she will continue to further delve into the world of the Kervanians.

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Review By:   Mel
Friday 27 December, 2013


Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1



Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1

Weaving a spellbinding tale

Katherine Arandez has an imagination that extends beyond Kervanis (a moon in her fictional story, Weaver). The first book in The Kervanian Chronicles, Weaver is very strong, something that has drawn inspiration from several fantasy novels before it, yet manages to shine of its own strength.

It gets off to a faltering start, with some to-and-fro narratives that are slightly disorienting. But as the end approaches, the story is woven together beautifully to finish on a high. It follows the tales of two girls, one living on Earth, and the other on Kervanis, and how they must come together to create a Portal between Earth and Kervanis. With hundreds of side-characters and little twists off the main path, the story does tend to lose track at some points. However, it is a well-thought out fictional world, and my only request to the author is to include an appendix to the book to clarify some slightly vague people and places.

You can make out Arandez’s youth - some situations do seem a little underdeveloped. The bad guys are all monotonously evil, the switching between voices is a little clumsy, and the timeline is slightly messy. But hats off to her for having published not just one, but two books, at an age when most of us spend our time Instagramming. And I must appreciate that she has managed to write a book about teenage girls without including ONE romantic/sexually tense scene (apart from a slight “liking” between two characters), something that most adult authors fail to accomplish.

Thank you, katherinearandez . I really enjoyed reading, and am looking forward to reading more stuff from you soon. :) Good luck.

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Review By:   Samvida
Saturday 21 December, 2013


Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1



Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1

Rating: ★★★★/★★★★★

This story was definitely like none other that I’ve read before. The plot picks up on the very first page where you meet the three … or should I say, three, and then two main characters. Kate, Michael, and Albert Merin.

What seems to start off as a story about three siblings playing around and doing what brothers and sisters normally do on a regular day, turns into an adventure filled with many different characters, from different worlds, but all tied together through one great big scheme orchestrated by mysterious and MEDDLING beings! lol.

Kate, a Sorceress who can control Absolute Energy, accidentally activates a portal, which her little brother Michael walks through, leading the two older siblings to follow him, taking them to not just a different place but a completely different time. The three of them then spend, what feels like an eternity, travelling all over this world trying to find a way back to their own home, in their own time.

Only, when Kate and Albert make their way back home (Albert decides to stay because he’s in love) it only takes a year before the Merins are sucked back into the fray of crazy and danger. The kind of crazy that has you reading until the very last page trying to figure out exactly what is really going on?!

The thing I liked most about this book was that it was different. There wasn’t any unnecessary love stories going on that took up the entire plot. There was a sense of unknown throughout the entire book, you knew someone was pulling strings but you didn’t really know why, or if it was a good or bad thing until you got towards the end of the book.

The only thing I could say that bothered me about this book was the names. Boy were there a-lot of weird names for some of these characters. So much so that I ended up giving most of them nicknames just so I could read the book without having to stop every couple of lines to sound out their names.

Overall I liked this book. I’m still a little iffy as to what the point of everything was…but I guess that’s why this is part ONE.

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Review By:   A Novel TY
Tuesday 17 December, 2013


Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1



Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1

I recieved a free copy of this from the author in exchange for an honest review.

"Fate would never understand why she did what she did for the lower beings, but she did not need understanding. Her reward would be their triumph. And it was yet far away, and would be long in coming, but she could wait. That was what being such as she were created for. Waiting, and Weaving."


Kate Merin is a sorceress who, along with her two brothers Albert and Micheal, travels back to the Cretaceous era when they go through a Dirunian Portal. There, they meet their ancestors and team up with them in order to return home. When they return home, they are once again thrust into the limelight with a dangerous quest given to Kate by greater forces than herself.

Weaver proves a very promising start to a series and shows Arandez to be a promising author. I rather enjoyed the plot and the mystery and magic that surrounds it. I found it an original concept and that it was executed rather nicely.

I enjoyed the characters, though I felt some fell kind of flat, (Morgana being one, perhaps this was because the characters first introduced did not play a prominent part and were not in for the majority of the book), though I found that this improved later within the novel and secondary characters such as David and Elly were more developed. One thing I did find a tad wierd was that Micheal and Albert picked up the Kervanian language unrealistically fast. It was nice, however, that it was the children who took a leading role and that Kate was very well educated on Kervanian matters.

One thing that perhaps could have been done better was a lot of the explanation. A lot of it is done through dialogue from Kate to her brothers. I can see why Kate's brothers would need filling in, I just found that a lot of the dialogue in the first half was centered on explaining things and perhaps it may have been more effective had Kate done it through her thoughts or a general overview to the reader. This, again, was improved in the second half of the novel, and the dialogue became much more realistic and less focused on explanation.

In regard to world-building, I think Arandez did a great job. The Kervanian past, as well as the planet Kervanis which is introduced later, are well developed. Though, the Kervanian's in the Cretaceous period, having lived so long ago, would have very differing atmosphere and customs. Regardless, I still enjoyed the world-building, though perhaps a sort of glossary(?) for all the names and such would be helpful to the reader.

Generally, the second half of the novel improved and I think that was because the characters were more developed, the world building was better and the plot became much more intricate and interesting, especially when the planet Kervanis played a part.

Overall, an enjoyable read that I would probably recommend to the fantasy lovers.

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https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/788360985

and

http://yabookers.tumblr.com/post/70280401426/weaver-the-kervanian-chronicles-1-by-katherine
Review By:   Lauren - Kiss Me Hardy, Kiss Me Quick
Tuesday 17 December, 2013


Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1



Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1

A time travel story that is filled with magic, dinosaurs, and an ancient race of humans make up the bulk of Weaver which is the first book in The Kervanian Chronicles. I was asked to read this book and I’m happy that I got this opportunity.

Weaver is about three siblings who stumble across an ancient portal, which they activate accidentally. They are transported back into time to the Cretaceous era, where they encounter dinos and their alien-ancestors called Kervanians, who are originally from a faraway moon called Kervanis. Through a series of events they end up working with their predecessors so they can make their way back home.

Weaver has all of the elements that make up a good science-fiction fantasy story. It has magic, time travel, an alien race, interesting technology, and few other things. However the execution of these elements leaves the reader feeling a bit confused and empty. The flow of the book felt rather choppy to me. For example, the descriptions of the world around these kids are very inadequate. Most of the time my mind struggled to picture their environments with ease. I found myself having to fill in the gaps (more often than not) the best that I could and even then it wasn’t very good.

Another element that felt off was the Kervanians themselves. I’ve read a lot of books with time travel and almost in every instance people of the earlier eras were vastly different than the modern day human being. Their appearance, for one, is always different. An example would be clothing. There were different techniques at making clothes back then, different materials—it just felt utterly unbelievable that the Kervanians would be an exception to this line of thinking. Okay, say it is possible for humans between millennia to maintain the same fashion sense, but what about aliens? The Kervanians are supposed to be a race from a distant moon, so in that sense there is no way that they would look like modern day people, modern day humans, right?

Physical attributes aside, there were also a lot of inconsistencies in the plot itself. The female character, Kate, is supposed to know a lot about magic as she was taught growing up by her mother (note that she’s only thirteen in this book), however, she stated herself that her brothers did not receive the same kind of training. One of her brothers didn’t receive any kind of lessons in magic. He didn’t even learn about magic until they were accidentally transported back. These details, that may seem minor (I don’t want to elaborate too much so as not to have any spoilers) create some very big holes later in the story.

In the end, Weaver is a book that has a lot of very good potential, some seriously fascinating elements to make it a fantastic piece of sci-fi literature, but the execution makes it falls short on many levels. I believe it needed a bit more creative attention-to-detail. The details are what differentiate a book between extraordinary and mediocre, and unfortunately Weaver falls into the latter category. I give this piece 2 out of 5.

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Review By:   Neha - The Eccentric Cat Baka
Tuesday 17 December, 2013


Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1



Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1

Fun, adventurous but complicated.
Rating: 3.5 stars

It was a pretty interesting story from a fifteen-year old girl. Very adventurous and promising techniques. I got hooked up with the three Merin siblings as the discovered that they were more than normal people.

Interesting specifics on magic—- orders, spells etc. I liked how vast the author expanded the world of magic.

Albert. This one thing left me hanging. Where is Albert? Or did I just miss it?

My only critic might be the overwhelming number of names that emerged around the story I didn’t know where to focus anymore. Too much complications on names of characters and their relation to each other.

Katherine showed that she’s in it to win it. More practice and more books to follow will definitely sharpen her skills. In summary, the book is recommended to younger ages interested in out- of- this world stuffs.

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Review By:   Liza Flor — I Dare You to Read
Monday 09 December, 2013