Review: Crewel by Gennifer Albin

crewelCrewel by Gennifer Albin
Series: Crewel World #1
Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) on October 16th 2012
Genre: Dystopia, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Source: Bought- Hardcover

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My Rating: 4 stars2

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.

Everyone is careful controlled. Those that are gifted are ones that can control what people do. Each person is a tread on a loom and is carefully watched. If your not doing very well, they will pull your strand and you will disappear.

Adelice has been trained since she was little to fail her testing. Her parents knew when she was younger that they had to teach her to fail the test because they didn’t want her to have that life. Although, escaping this future is not something she should have done. The Guild is after her and her gift and want her to be a Spinster.

Adelice doesn’t want to control when people die, what they are allowed to eat and whether or not couples can have children. While during her test, she accidentally uses her talent and she now has one hour of her life left before they come after her.

my thoughts 2

I had a very hard time putting this book down. I was surprised at how much I loved this book! It was a fast paced and intense read. The plot twists were definitely unexpected!

I did however have a hard time understanding how the world works. By the end of it I had an okay understanding of how the Arras was programmed and how exactly the weaving worked.

I do love how different this is compared to other dystopian books! It’s very unique in which this world is controlled by looms and Spinsters. It’s so twisted in how they literally control everything you do, but so interesting to read about. It was such an interesting take on a futuristic world! I loved all the world building and visualizing how in my mind this world would look.

I was a little confused with the love interests at some parts. I love both Erik and Jost, and at first I was for Erik then Jost came along and now I have a hard time choosing between the two. Maybe Altered will help clear that up.

Holy cow! The “villains”?! I’m having a hard time figuring out who is actually the “bad” guy in this! There are so many suspects as to who’s actually the bad guy! I thought I knew, but I think I may be wrong.

favorite quotes

“Take the happiness you can, even if it’s only a little.”


“What happened to a low profile?” Jost asks, with a follow-up groan to seal his disapproval.

“I’m tall.”


“You’re at my table,” Cormac whispers in my ear.
“My dream come true,” I reply.
“I’m sorry?” he says in a voice that dares me to repeat myself.
“I said, lead the way.”

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5 thoughts on “Review: Crewel by Gennifer Albin

    • It was such a good book, not my favorite, but soo good! You should definitely pick it up!! & I’m glad I’m doing this challenge, I’ve had a lot of books read so far that are new authors to me, so I’ll probably do really well in this challenge! :)

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