Crewel - Gennifer Albin

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Crewel - 
Gennifer Albin
Released: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Faber and Faber

Synopsis: 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.

What it's about: Adelice has the amazing talents of a Spinster. When she passes her test and gets taken away, she begins to realise that her parents were protecting her for a reason - and all is not what it seems. 

What I thought: Crewel is original and unique - keeping me on the edge of my seat. I wanted to learn so much and all information was slowly revealed to the reader. Adelice, while sometime was annoying, was a brave and strong character. Jost, the love interest, was charming yet kind. The story, while sometime feel tedious, held my interest the whole way and left me begging for more.

The Good: The whole idea of 'weaving' and Spinsters had me seriously intrigued! Plus this is like fantasy cross Dystopian - awesome!

The Bad: I felt like some of the parts dragged on more than necessary.


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Claire Blennerhassett

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Twenty-something | book-blogger | tea-drinker | procrastinator | wannabe-writer | student


  1. The cover is gorgeous and the book sounds really interesting! Thanks for sharing :)

    Janhvi @ The Readdicts

  2. This is a different cover than the one I own. But, beautiful none the less.

  3. Sounds intriguing! Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. Cool! I've heard a lot of good things about CREWEL, especially about the unique elements of the world.

    Susan @ The Feather and the Rose

  5. This is next on my to-read list. Can't wait! Thanks for the review. :)

  6. This in my wish list... I really hope you to read it sometimes soon... Great review... :)

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  7. This definitely sounds interesting. The plot seems to be very original. Great review!

    - Ellie @ The Selkie Reads Stories

  8. I have this one coming up on my TBR in the next couple of days. I can't wait to start it. Hopefull the slow won't drag too much with audio.


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