Crewel by Gennifer Albin on goodreads:
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.
I was drawn – no mesmerized by the cover and decided I need to read this book even before I read the synopsis. Then, I read the synopsis and thought this would be “just the next dystopian” story. Oh Boy! I couldn’t have been more wrong…
Crewel is brilliant!
Not often can we start a review with these words, yet here those words are undeniable fitting here.
Crewel is unique! Often said – but nothing describes Crewel more than unique! I never read a book like this. I never read anything even close to the idea behind this story. I wish I could be in Gennifer Albin’s head to see how the heck she came up with the creating of this world!
Did you admire the cover just like me? Then, I must tell that once you read the story you will finally realize how absolutely phenomenally fitting this cover is. It’s perfection.
To understand my fascination with this book and my love for this book, it’s not enough to read my review; you need to experience this book on your own. And I refuse to tell specifics about the world, this is also something you need to discover on your own! Also, due to the complexity of this world it is important to dig in slowly, because this is also what the author does when introducing us with her concept.
Adelice – normal, yet super-normal girl?
In the beginning I thought Adelice was plain, but then I got to know her better. With the progress of the story Adelice grows, the character development amazing to watch unfold– and we grow with Adelice. In the end I couldn’t help but love this girl! She was strong when she needed to be strong – smart when she needed to be smart. But she was never overbearingly strong and too brave.
Boys Romance and Love?
Happily I soon realized that we would have some romance in this story. I strongly believe that especially in a dystopian novel; love always plays a crucial role, because often the characters rise above them because they have to fight for their love. Love makes them stronger! In Crewel we have two very interesting love interests and although the boys are very different in their character traits they have also some similarities. I loved them both, for different reasons – but both are important for Adelice and her raise to fight against the system. Oh and there is kissing – sweet slow and adorable kissing! Kissing always makes me happy!
Slow Start – Explosive End
The beginning was rather slow, but this was due to the necessity to explain the basics of the world, to slowly approach the concept to the reader. I think the pace was important in the beginning. The last part of the book was very explosive with lots of twist and revelations that were thrilling and leaves you gasping. I need to mention the very end of the book – because I think it was epically phenomenal. It feels like you are catapulted into a new set of storyline and into a new world and I am desperate to read the next book, dreading the horrible wait until the sequel comes out!
Crewel was brilliant! Gennifer Albin created a unique story with an awe-inspiring world creation. Crewel will appeal to many readers, as it harbors different types of beloved genres, Dystopian, Scifi and Fantasy meshed perfectly with an adorable love story.
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