Monday, October 22

Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Release Date: October 16, 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 368

Summary: 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 Thoughts: What a great novel.  Crewel was fast paced, interesting, and awesome!

We are introduced to Adelice who lives with her younger sister and parents. Adelice has been taught all of her life to fake it. She fakes being able not to be a spinster and not know how to weave. All the girls want this gift, it means living in luxury and its a higher calling, but not to Adelice. She knows she’ll have to leave her family behind so she tries her  best to pretend to not know how. Until one day, she messes up and accidently weaves. Oh no!

Adelice is whisked away from everything she knows to join the spinsters. Its not all glamour like everyone thinks, and Adelice is smart enough to know this and realize how things are going to be.

Of course, Adelice makes a lot of enemies right away and there are also love interests throughout this novel. Oh yes, I love this.  This novel is kind of a mix between dystopia and maybe magic. So much happens, so many twists and turns. It held my attention all the way through. Adelice is such a complicated character, and the things she can do makes it even more neat.

This is one of those you don’t want to write too much about because you don’t want the reader to know much going in.You want them to experience it all by themselves.

Crewel is a bit confusing at first but quickly resolves itself. You understand it, you expect it, it's explained, and you either love or hate it. I loved it.

Awesome characters, awesome plot, awesome guys, and one awesome girl who is tougher than most heroines I read about.

Overall: Loved it! Probably one of the best books I read in August! Please read this novel now! Please tell me if you love or hate it. Which guy did you like most?

Crewel blew me away!  I can’t wait to read the second one now!

Cover: Love it! Its so colorful. Adore it!

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The Insouciant Sophisticate said...

I really liked this book too-wasn't sure if I would because I've been led astray by pretty covers before but this was worth it. Can't wait for the sure to be exciting sequel!

Bellas Shelf said...

I think I'll enjoy this a lot. I need to read it. My goodness I am feeling so behind on my tbr! I'll read this pile in 2013¡ will I ever catch up? Lolz I adore the cupcakes everywhere. I am addicted to CC. Great reviews. I love reading them.

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