Thursday, October 25, 2012

Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Crewel
By: Gennifer Albin
Released: October 16, 2012
Source: ARC from BEA
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

"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." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Crewel was such a fascinating story that I instantly got lost in. I personally have not read anything quite like this before.

Adelice has hidden her ability to weave time since she was a child. Her parents taught her how to hide this ability to keep her from being sent away to the Coventry to become a Spinster. However when the day of the testing comes, Adelice accidentally uses her ability. Adelice was an excellent and well developed protagonist. I liked her because she kept fighting and she wouldn't give up.
Adelice talks back and doesn't take being controlled very well. She definitely had a backbone. She will also do anything for her family and I admire that
There were several great side characters inside the Coventry that I loved getting to know. I especially loved Erik and Josten though. I honestly just can't choose between the two of them.

The plot was paced really well and I finished this book rather quickly. I loved that it immediately jumped right into the story. There were quite a few suspenseful moments. My heart was certainly racing at moments because I was scared for Adelice. I liked that there was still some romance and action involved too.

The whole concept of weaving time was so interesting. At first it was a bit confusing to wrap my head around but as the story progressed, it became much clearer. I still have questions and there are still a few things I'm confused about. However, I feel like I mostly understand it. Albin creates such a fascinating world though. I loved learning about each section and the rules of the segregation between men and women. It was kind of a terrifying world to live in. Overall, I really enjoyed Crewel and highly recommend this book!

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14 comments:

  1. I liked this one well enough! I was pretty confused about the weaving, but it all slowly began to make sense. I must admit that I wasn't too much into the love triangle stuff, though. Still, it was a good read and I'll continue with the next book for sure. Great review!

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    1. Thanks Steph! I'm happy you still liked this one! I'm definitely interested in book two also.

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  2. I love how interesting the concept for this one is, and I've seen a lot of people saying that it was pulled off really well. Seeing all these positive reviews makes me so excited to read it! Brilliant review!

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  3. Awesome review! I've heard a lot of great things about this book and I love suspenseful moments! I need to move this book up on my reading list :)

    Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

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  4. Yay!! So glad that you liked this too. I thought it was so unique and interesting. I also loved how descriptive things were. I felt like I could see it all as I was reading. Fab review chick!

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  5. I've seen some mixed reviews about this one so I wasn't sure whether I wanted to read it or not. Glad to see you enjoyed it.

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    1. I was a little nervous too after seeing some reviews but I'm happy I still read it.

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  6. Such an awesome concept. I'm excited for the suspenseful and heart racing moments you mentioned. This is one of the authors coming to a local event next spring so I am really looking forward to reading Crewel. Great review! :)

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    1. Thanks Sara! That is so awesome that Gennifer will be doing a signing close to you!

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  7. Greta review! I have heard nothing but amazing things about this one. I have a copy and I'm dying to get a chance to read it :)

    Jesse @ Pretty in Fiction

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