Woven by Michael Jensen
Published Year: 2015
Genre: YA Fantasy
"Two unlikely allies must journey across a kingdom in the hopes of thwarting death itself. All his life, Nels has wanted to be a knight of the kingdom of Avërand. Tall and strong, and with a knack for helping those in need, the people of his sleepy little village have even taken to calling him the Knight of Cobblestown. But that was before Nels died, murdered outside his home by a mysterious figure. Now the young hero has awoken as a ghost, invisible to all around him save one person—his only hope for understanding what happened to him—the kingdom’s heir, Princess Tyra."
I didn't read the blurb on Goodreads before I read the book, and I realize now that was actually a good decision. Usually, I do the opposite. I read the blurb and several reviews before deciding to read something. I'm glad I didn't read this one because it's super spoilery! So, I cut out some of what Goodreads had, but if you're interested in reading the whole thing, click here.
I was really intrigued by this story -- it had a lot of my favorite things! Ghosts, princesses, magic. The action gets going pretty quickly, but there's more mystery than explanation. Everything seemed to just land in Nels and Tyra's laps without any real effort on their part.
I didn't appreciate MJ's writing style either. Personally, when dealing with magic and magical worlds, I want some awe inspiring descriptions. I want to be impressed, dazzled by the magic. There were definitely some parts that were pretty cool, but they were random and seemed to just pop up, rather than being fully woven (don't judge me) into the plot.
I think this story could have been really great. Unfortunately, everything seemed, well, flat. The characters were pretty flat (except Nels, Nels seems like a total babe), the world seemed flat, even the magic was poorly explained and didn't leave me feeling dazzled.
2 out of 5 stars.