Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Review: Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Gennifer Albin
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
[October 16, 2012]

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.

Alright, let me start off saying that I had personal issues reading this book. I read this during the first week I'd moved into my dorms, so I was in the process of moving, meeting 5000 new people, and getting ready to start college. This means my reading process was really choppy and spread out over several days, sometimes only being able to squeeze in one chapter. Now that you guys understand the circumstances of my reading time, the actual review.

I liked Adelice. She had a really big sense of family loyalty and responsibility, which I can always admire and relate to. She managed to stay true to herself in a world that was forcing her to change. Adelice was clever and intelligent and snarky and I liked her.

A lot of the other characters were super well developed. Even characters we only see a little bit of, we got to know very well in other ways an there was always a good sense of who everyone was. I ended up really liking a lot of these other characters for who they were, whether they were good or bad. Everyone had a motive and a reason and they all did what they had to do. And there are also some very intriguing love interests, which is a happy find.

The world building wasn't quite as thorough as I would've liked, but it was pretty good. I never fully understood the concept of weaving or the rules or what Adelice and the other Spinsters were doing, though. So basically every time they were weaving, I spent most of that time being confused. I got the basic idea, but when Adelice would start talking about the physical weaving itself, it went completely over my head.

Despite this, Gennifer Albin is an excellent writer and storyteller. Gennifer's writing style was a scooch different than what I'm used to reading, so it took me a couple pages to get into, but I really enjoyed it. Her writing enabled Adelice to have a really strong, really unique voice. And when I was able to grab more than a few moments to read, I found myself totally sucked in and not wanting to put it down.

Overall, Crewel is a really excellent work with a surprising ending I certainly did not see coming. I'm really excited for not only the sequel, but to see what else Gennifer has up her sleeve.



  1. Awesome review, sounds like an interesting book!

  2. I had some trouble with the rules and the weaving as well-I just could not picture it all although I'm sure it's very clear to the author. Plus what an ending!

  3. I am so glad you liked this book! While I have not yet read this book, it has been on my list for a while!



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