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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Crewel (Crewel World, #1)
Gennifer Albin
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: October 16, 2012
Source: Purchased
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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.
Wow. Crewel was absolutely breathtaking. I mean, literally. It stole my breath away. It was absolutely stunning. Gorgeous. Phenomenal. Sparkling. Glittering. Worthy of the absolute most lavish praise I could bestow upon it. I mean, it was absolutely spectacular. It is easily one of the most amazing books that I have ever read. Everything about it shines. The characters shimmer, the world glows, the sci-fi and the magic blending together in a explosion of perfection. I really have very, very few complaints if I have any at all. This book stole my heart and kept me up all night reading, but it was worth it.

I really surprised myself by how much I loved Adelice. What I liked most about her is that she isn't perfect and doesn't try to be. She starts off mostly accepting her position as a Spinster, even if she doesn't really want it. But soon, all of that is thrown into question and she isn't sure if the government is always right anymore, and she doesn't know who has answers. But instead of giving up, she really pushes forward and keeps trying to find out information, but she doesn't do so in a stupid way that puts her life at risk.

Josten, or Jost, is the main love interest. He's somewhat of a jack-of-all-trades, although officially he's the head valet. He's a very mysterious character and even harder to figure out. Everyone is keeping secrets, but he's keeping the most. I love him. I really like the way that he treats Adelice, like he respects her and like she's important. Jost also has somewhat of a sexy rebellious streak that comes out more than once and is very, very attractive. Plus, he's apparently very strong, and that's always hot.
I'm actually not sure if Erik is going to continue to be a love interest of not. Adelice's interest in him seemed to fade out, but it's obvious that he still likes her. And I like him, so I'm including him here. I really love the way he makes Adelice laugh, and he even eventually is willing to push his orders to a certain point in order to protect her. He can be sweet, but he's also tough, and I completely fell in love with him just for that. He abandons Maela for a chance with Adelice. Erik is a fantastic character, and probably actually my favorite.

Cormac was, frankly, disgusting. And that's the only reason I'm mentioning him at all. I need to get my disgust for him out of my system. His humanity is questionable and he's a self-serving jerk who's never once tried to do anything for anyone else's benefit.

I'm sure I've already exhausted my supply of positive adjectives, though that probably won't keep me from using them again. Because if any book deserves them, this one does. Seriously, it literally stole my breath. It kept me on the edge of my seat, despite the fact that it wasn't even that intense, not really. I just couldn't seem to help getting into it.

It was impossible not to get into it. Adelice's voice is so real that it drew me into her story, into her world, into her life, until I never wanted to leave. I started to understand how the government worked, and her torn heart, and all the choices she'd made and all the ones she would have to make. Nothing was easy for her. But every step of the way, I seriously felt like I was there.

I mean, I really only have good things to say. The whole Spinsters concept, and therefore that of the weaving, was fascinating. The Spinsters have relatively little power, really, but it is they who hold the world together. I'm definitely looking forward to learning more about them and figuring out how the whole ability to weave thing works. I also found the sense of hierarchy disgusting but somehow intriguing.

It's a dystopian world. It took me some time to realize that, but it is. It is our world, but not. Like Earth, but different. Nearby, but also far unless you know the way.

Summing it up, all I need are words like wonderful, marvelous, and fantabulous. Really.

I really liked the romance here. I especially liked that although there definitely was romance it was light and didn't monopolize the entire plot. First Adelice has something with Erik, and while they have sparks that fly it's hard to tell if it will last. (Although I think I'm Team Erik, whether or not he's actually going to be a love interest.) I love Jost too, of course. He really takes good care of Adelice and is always there for her, and he treats her well and they have chemistry, though a softer type. Eventually, their mutual trust turns into something deeper. And then there's no turning back.

The writing is absolutely amazing. Amazing amazing amazing. I love Adelice's voice. At times, she sounds young and innocent, but in many ways, especially at the beginning, she is both of those. And her voice reflects her character arc of awesome. Also, the writing is so lush and descriptive. Through Adelice's eyes, the weave is almost seen as a living thing, pulsing and gorgeous and bright. It shimmers and twists under her fingers, and it holds everything together yet is so delicate. And the world-building? Lovely. Adelice describes everything around her without sounding odd.

The ending was fantastic. It was, if I'm honest, wholly unexpected. Never in my wildest dreamings did I imagine it ending that way! I was shocked. But once I got used to the idea, I really liked it. It ended up being perfect. Basically I read the ending twice to soak up the magic and awesomeness. It made sense with where the novel was going but also took it in a new and unexplored direction. The best part about it, though, it that it left me craving the next book, but not so desperate that I'm tempted to prostrate myself and refuse all sustenance but water until I can read the next book.

So yeah, if you haven't gotten the point by now, Crewel was absolutely a jewel. It totally blew me away. I never expected anything so amazing as I got, although I should have, given other reviews. Even so, Crewel is a delightful departure from the same-old you often get in YA these days. It was definitely unique! Honestly, I don't know how I could have not fallen in love with it. I'll definitely and eagerly be continuing this series! And of course, I recommend this to everyone with all my heart. All of it. So seriously, log off the Internet, head to the bookstore, and buy this book. Right. Now. You can thank me later.


*****FINAL RATING:  4.90 RED ROSES*****


  1. Great review!
    I've been wanting to read Crewel for a while now and haven't got around to it yet, but after reading your review I feel like getting my hand on a copy ASAP!

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed this, Annabelle--I keep seeing mixed reviews, so it's nice to see a positive one, too! Nicely reviewed. :)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  3. Already PSYCHED about reading this one! Thanks for the review!

  4. I just finished this one and I loved it! It was so unique, I thought it as so different from most YA. Great review!

    Kristin @ Young Adult Book Haven

  5. This book cover is just so beautiful. I am glad to hear that the story was so amazing. I loved reading your review. Can't wait to read this one!

  6. I've read s lot of mixed reviews about Crewel, so I'm a little wary about it, but I think you sealed the deal for me. I can clearly see you passion and love of the book, and personally can't wait to read it! Thanks for the review!

  7. Glad to see you liked this because I REALLY want to read it :) Great review!

  8. Hm, what a positive review! I had a feeling this book would be prett good. I'm hoping that there isn't some epic love triangle (or any love triangle, for that matter), because I am SO OVER love triangles. Well, I'll be checking this book out soon! Thanks for the review!!!

  9. I recently read & reviewed this one for a blog tour. I LOVED it!! It went far above what I expected. So glad you loved it too! Too bad we have to wait for the next book now...

  10. I have been thinking about adding the one to my ever growing wishlist, mostly because I loved the cover. After reading your review I think I will add it. It really sounds like an awesome book. Thanks for the review!

  11. Wow... I think you really, really, really love the story considering you always mentioned positive things about the book in every paragraph... I'm not a really big fan of Dysopian novels but whenever I read one I always end up loving them... And after your review I think when I will read this I'm going to love it... Thank you for the review!!!

  12. Like you, I LOVED Crewel. It lived up to the covers expectations and I can't wait for book 2 in the Crewel World series. I was lucky enough to meet the author at an event and seeing her speak about her book was amazing because she clearly loved it!

  13. Aaaah cliff hanger! What's the ending?!! (i am reading it right now actually)
    the way you described it sums up exactly what I think every time i sit down and read a page. Breath taking!
    I love Eric too...although he is a bit flirty for me..if he just goes around kissing girls then...-.-
    I love Jost loads so far too..:)
    And yes Adelice is a WONDERFUL main character and I agree with the point of her being abke to describe things without making it seem awkward.
    Great review.
    Thanks for sharing! x
    -Ebony Black Lines

  14. Crewel is one of the books that I have most been looking forward to. The first time I saw the cover, which is incredibly breathtaking, I was hooked on this book. I have read reviews from some of my favorite bloggers, including your review now, and they have made me even more excited. It just sounds wonderful in every way. Thanks so much for your fabulous review!

  15. See I would read this for the cover, yes I do judge. A fabulous review thank you.

  16. So glad you enjoyed this one!! I still haven't had a chance to get my hands on it yet. Dying to read it though.
    <33 Em

  17. I can't wait to read this book. The story looks great and Adelice's character is just how I like that of a heroine's to be.

  18. I am so glad to hear that you loved Crewel! I've wanted to read it since I read the synopsis but have recently heard some not-so-positive things about it. Your review gives me hope that maybe it will live up to my hopes after all!

  19. I want to read that book!!
    Your review made me want to read it now!!!

  20. Love love love it when a book keeps you up all night reading -- and I love that this book isn't dominated by romance but the romance exists. May have to pick this up!!

  21. I just got this book recently and now I'm even more excited to read it!

  22. Wow, great review! Crewel sounds like it’s going to be an amazing book. :)

  23. The cover for this book is lovely~ but reading the summary always makes me pass it up. But noooow~ reading your review and knowing a bit more about the book I think I'd like to check it out! I really like books that have romance that is not the CENTER of everything and Adelice sounds really cool~ thanks for the review!

  24. I love the cover! The colors blend beautifully. The blurb and your review are also lovely.

  25. Wow is Crewel really that good? And I love books with great endings! Great review! I'm definitely checking this out!

  26. I won an ARC of Crewel from a giveaway and waiting for it to be posted - now I really can't wait to dig my teeth in it! :D I've read raving reviews, but also some quite negative ones, so I'm very curious what I'll make of it ^_^

  27. I'm sooo excited to read this now!! It sounds amazing!! Awesome review thanks! :D

  28. It sounds kind of weird but your review is great!


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