By: Gennifer Albin
Released: October 16, 2012
Source: ARC from BEA
Purchase the Book: Amazon
"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!