BOOK REVIEW: Crewel (Crewel World, #1), by Gennifer Albin

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: January 9, 2013
Genre: YA Dystopia


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Enter a tangled world of secrets and intrigue where a girl is in charge of other’s destinies, but not her own.

Sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has always been special. When her parents discover her gift—the ability to weave the very fabric of reality—they train her to hide it. For good reason, they don’t want her to become a Spinster — one of the elite, beautiful, and deadly women who determine what people eat, where they live, how many children they have, and even when they die.

Thrust into the opulent Western Coventry, Adelice will be tried, tested and tempted as she navigates the deadly politics at play behind its walls. Now caught in a web of lies and forbidden romance, she must unravel the sinister truth behind her own unspeakable power. Her world is hanging by a thread, and Adelice, alone, can decide to save it — or destroy it.

My Thoughts

Thank you to D&M Publishers for sending me a copy of this book for review!

While in the past I’ve read books that have been crazily hyped and have been disappointed by them, this year it seems like all the hyped books I’ve put off have been totally worth it! Case in point: Crewel.

I honestly had no idea what to expect when I picked up this book to read. This was probably because I couldn’t stop staring at the gorgeous cover — which really deserves props because it is INSANELY gorgeous — or because I usually end up with hyped books solely because of the hype, not knowing anything about them. 

So, when I opened up the book, started reading, and was completley engrossed in a world that is controlled by weaves of yarn, I was hooked (ha! knitting joke!). I loved the idea that the entire world could be controlled by simply removing the weaker pieces in a whole weave and pattern. The images I had in my head while reading this book probably couldn’t compare to the images Gennifer Albin had while writing — I mean, this book was so unique that when I finished I wondered what I was going to write about the story, since “I loved it!” doesn’t really make a good review.

I loved Adelice’s character and couldn’t imagine what it would be like to be pretty much captured by the leaders of this society, taken from your family, and told that you are to train to be a spinster with one condition — you can never see your family again. The beginning of the story is so intense that I could see why Adelice’s family tried to hide her “gift” of spinning — to have that much power over the world is just scary to think about.

With elements of sci-fi and enough creativity to put most authors to shame, Gennifer Albin weaves a story that will entrance you from the first pages, not letting go until the very end. It’s a wild ride and one that I’m happy to have read. I can’t wait to continue on in the series!



19 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: Crewel (Crewel World, #1), by Gennifer Albin

  1. I’ve been hearing a lot of mixed reviews for this book and it’s been making me book off reading it. I’m glad to hear you loved it though and I’ll hopefully get to it soon!

  2. I’m glad you loved this one! I’ve been wanting to read it because it sounds really good. I might want to read it even more I agree, I love the cover! I can only imagine it’s even more gorgeous in person!

    • Yes, you should pick it up!

      And thanks for the award! I actually don’t do the award thing on my blog, but I really appreciate you thinking about me and my blog! I’m honoured to be one of your favourites. 🙂

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  4. I love your enthusiasm, I recently read and reviewed it also. I am hoping I like book 2 better. I saw promise in Crewel but I didn’t rave for it like so many people I know.

    • I hope the second book is even better … it really was a different read for me, and I think that’s why I liked it so much. I loved the idea of spinning life through yarn. Very interesting!

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