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Review: Crewel by Gennifer Albin

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October 16, 2012
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Source: Publisher


Incapable. Awkward. Artless.

That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight.

Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.

My Review:

With the rise in the number of YA dystopians out on the market, it is hard for them to stand out individually. However, CREWEL has no problem with this and easily sets itself apart with its extremely imaginative world and lively characters. There isn’t a moment of peace for the reader to think about setting CREWEL down for even a second. The plot moves at a fast pace, full of twists and turns that had my jaw dropping. Albin is a brilliant author and I will be jumping at the chance to read the sequel to this one.

Adelice is one of the strongest characters I’ve ever encountered. How she doesn’t completely break down or lash out in the most horrifying of situations is beyond me, but that is what makes her so awe-inspiring. Adelice’s talent singles her out from the other girls and makes her a bit of a loner, but that is just what she needs to survive this terrifying yet beautiful world that Albin has created. She is dealt her fair share of blows but also makes some shocking discoveries that empower her even more. This is only the beginning for Adelice, and I can’t wait to see where Albin takes her.

I don’t even think I could describe the world of CREWEL adequately in any way, yet somehow Albin makes it simple yet so complex. There are so many elements to this book that made me cringe. I cannot imagine being completely at the whims of people who only care about control and the moves that they can make to attain even more of it and power. The thought of my life or anyone elses life being so easily erased and wiped from the minds of others sends chills through me. Yet it is just those elements that make for such an engaging and astonishing.

Those fans of romance even in the most dire of situations (like me) will definitely be gratified by what CREWEL offers. There seems to be the potential for a well-done love triangle, but it is only just budding in CREWEL. It mostly focuses on an individual relationship with just the chance of another. Even if you aren’t a fan of love triangles, it is such a small element that you won’t have a second thought about it. Well, you may be thinking about the guys involved! They are definitely what I would consider swoon worthy, especially one of them. And I won’t name names because discovering for yourself will make the experience all the better.

CREWEL is one of those books that you won’t be able to stop thinking about. I am already anxious for the next book, no matter how far away it is. Dystopian and non dystopian fans alike are sure to be awed by the sheer impressiveness CREWEL.


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  1. This is a book that I am really pining for! Besides how awesome the cover is, it just sounds amazing!! I’m not usually one for love triangles, but if it’s done right and for a reason they don’t bother me. Thanks for the great review!!

  2. Albin handled the budding romance very nicely, and the world was so, so fascinating.

    Lovely review, Bailey! Glad you enjoyed this one :)

  3. “Those fans of romance even in the most dire of situations (like me) will definitely be gratified by what CREWEL offers”

    ME TOO BAILEY, ME TOO! I love romance so much, so despite the possible love triangle, I’m super excited to get into this one. I love the sound of Adelice – I’m always a fan of a character who stands strong in situations that would most likely leave me curled in the fetal position and sobbing for my mother:) Can’t wait to read this, beautiful review!

  4. I’ve been hearing this book was… creative, I think is a word for it. Dystopians have started to get less and less unique by now, so I’m so glad that Crewel is something completely different. Glad you liked it!:))

  5. “Simple yet complex” — holy cow, I love those kind of books! The story’s usually so intriguing and I spend time when I’m done wondering how the author wrote it. The MC in Crewel sounds amazing, too. I’m still a dystopian fan, despite the # of them out there, but it’s awesome to hear this one stands out.

  6. I am looking forward to reading this because it sounds like the story has been influenced by the Greek Fates and Impoverish that myth. Glad to know the book is good.

  7. I’ve been curious about this one, Bailey, just because the premise sounds so intriguing so I’m glad that you ended up loving it. It seems so different from anything out there and I love that this one chooses to focus on individual relationships rather than trying to rush the romance.

  8. I have this on my kindle! Your review just convinced me to read this next.I like good dystopians :)

    Krazyyme @ Young Readers

  9. Oh yay! You totally sold me when you said it was full of twists and turns that had your jaw dropping!

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