Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Review: Crewel by Gennifer Albin

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  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Pages: 368
  • Source: eARC provided by NetGalley via FSG for review
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Overview

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

Creative and intriguing are just two of the words that come to mind when thinking of how to describe this book. It was so unique that it had me captivated. Some of it was a bit over the top, but it was such a great story that even with how far fetched some things got, it didn't deter me from wanting to devour it as quickly as I could. 

Adeline was a fun character. Right off we learn that she is not one to back down and give in, and she has quite a smart mouth on her. She is the type of character that says and does the things that you think in your head, but don't actually say or do them. She is quite special too. Not only does she have the ability to weave, she happens to be very good at it. The only thing is, it's not what she wants. She doesn't want to be in control of people. She is stubborn and very strong willed when she gets taken to Guild. She doesn't know who to trust or what to do. She just knows that she is worried about her family and she needs to find a way out, impossible as it seems. 

Then there are the other characters which I also thought were very well developed. I really liked Jost. He was so awesome. Enora who is her mentor was a very great part of the story too. She really kind of treated Adelice like a daughter. She tries to keep her safe from both the Guild, and herself really. Erik was a character that I liked, but I didn't trust him. I wanted to, so that made me give him the benefit of the doubt. I still don't know what to think of him, but I'm hoping that my insistent need to like him is a correct one. 

The Guild holds many secrets as do the people within. That is why once you have been taken in to train as a Spinster you can never leave. They will make you a maid or something else if you don't qualify to be a Spinster, but you can't leave once you have been taken in. Some of the things that Adelice learns are pretty shocking. She starts to discover some secrets, while also trying to contain her own.

This book was just so interesting. I loved the idea of being able to actually create things by weaving time and matter. Being able to create or destroy within seconds. It was very cool. I loved the visuals that I got while reading this too. The descriptions were so good that I could see it all in my head like watching a movie. I can't say that I wasn't a little confused at first, but I did enjoy it. I just wish that we learned more about how people learned to weave and the history of it all. We don't really get that, but this is a series so I think we will learn more as we go. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a unique story with a bit of romance. 4 out of 5 stars.
 

25 comments:

  1. Great review! I just started this one and I've only read a few pages but so far I'm really liking it. Now I'm really excited to finish it though.
    The concept sounds fascinating and I like that you said it plays out like a movie because I love books like that. I'm really looking forward to getting to know these characters better as well.

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    1. It's a very creative and awesome book. It does push things a bit beyond explanation, but it was still great.

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  2. I've been hearing really great things about this one!! So happy to hear you loved it too.

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    1. I loved how it really pushes the limits. Maybe a bit too far, but I still really enjoyed it. Maybe book 2 will have better explanation for things.

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  3. Loved this one! I need to get my review up. I got so backed up with all the books coming out in October!

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    1. I got really behind in September when I had a reading slump so now I am trying to play catch up. I hate it when that happens.

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  4. Crewel does seem like an interesting story. It does seem fairly complex and I think I would want to know more about the how's/whys of the weaving. I'm glad you enjoyed Crewel. Nice review!

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    1. Though I wanted more explanation, it was still really good. I am really looking forward to the next book.

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  5. Hmmm....does sound interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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  6. Awesome review chick! I just finished this one on the weekend and was blown away by the world. It was so good! I really liked Jost too! And want to know more of the history of it all. THAT ENDING! GAH!

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    1. The detail and descriptions were awesome! I totally felt like I was inside the story. I do hope we learn more about the actual weaving in the next book. And seriously, that ending was killer!!

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  7. I agree. The visuals I got from this book were pretty cool. I ended up liking this one a lot but I wanted more explanations for the world-building. Even though I loved it, I found some of it vague. But I did like it a lot! Great review, Amy. :)

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    1. Yeah, that's pretty much how I feel. I loved the book, but I just wanted to know more. I feel like we should at least know a little bit about how the weaving works and how it came to be.

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  8. I totally agree with everything you said! Adelice was a really strong-willed person and really wanted to do what SHE wanted and it was really admirable :) I'm glad you liked this so much I've heard nothing but absolutely AMAZING things about this series!

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    1. Adelice is a fantastic character. I totally love Jost too. Though this left me wanting more explanation, I still really loved it.

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  9. Oooh interesting.. I've seen the beautiful cover everywhere but never really looked into what it's about. It seems like it might be a bit confusing, but it sounds very intriguing!! Great review Amy!

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    1. At first I was a little confused about it, and honestly we don't get told about the weaving much, but I just went with it lol!! It was a very beautifully written book and the story was so good!!

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  10. I'm not sure if I would like this one or not, but I sure do love that cover!

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    1. It is very unique, but lacks reason. I did really enjoy it though.

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  11. I got this from NetGalley too but I forgot to download it before it was archived. -_-
    Anyways, I'm really excited to start this one since it seems to be receiving a lot of praise from early reviewers. Now that I've read your positive review as well, I'm sure to check it out. But I'm a little wary of the main character. Sometimes, mouthy characters annoy me too much!
    Oh well, I'm definitely going to give Crewel a shot.
    Awesome review, Amy! :)

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    1. Aww I hate it when books get archived before I can download them. Most aren't until the release date, but I have noticed that some are way before.

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  12. Already commented on this but ... thanks for linking your review up :)

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