Thursday, January 9, 2014


Crewel (Crewel World, #1)Book Review:  Crewel

Author:  Gennifer Albin
Published:  October 2012
Series:  Crewel World #1
Genre:  YA Sci-Fi/Dystopia

The Setting - Taken from 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 to work the looms is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to manipulate the very fabric of reality. 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 used her hidden talent for a moment. 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 jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because tonight, they’ll come for her.

My Two Cents
Crewel is like grandma's ham loaf (don't ask)... you either love it or hate it.  I think I fall into the latter category (the same goes with ham loaf), though Albin really could have swayed my decision with a few plot adjustments.  The world building was awesome.  A world that exists based on raw particles woven by "chosen" weavers is really something that you don't come across every day.  Unfortunately the characters fell flat for me, and with the addition of the romance Crewel left a sour taste of love-triangle in my mouth.  Adelice was an enigma to me.  She came off as shy and naive especially in the beginning (throughout the whole book really), but some of the things she said were anything but.  The love portion of this book felt underdeveloped with an annoying love triangle.  And the ending...?  I'm still trying to figure out what happened.  All I know is this.  The next book will be more of an annoying love triangle because of how Crewel ended.  Yeah, so not going there.  I'm awarding Crewel 3 out of 5 stars, and that high rating is mostly due to the world building that could have benefited greatly from character development.   

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