"Crewel" Is a Yarn That Has Spun YA Gold

Crewel (Crewel World, #1) 
 Title:  Crewel
(Crewel World #1)
Author:  Ginnifer Albin
Format:  E-galley
Length:  368 pages
Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Rating:  4.5 stars

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.

My Thoughts
 Crewel is a breath of fresh air in the world of YA.  This is a book that grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go even after you have finished.

Adelice Lewys is a girl with a gift that could give her freedom, power, and privilege in a world where all aspects of your life or tightly controlled.  All she wants however, is to be the daughter, sister, and person that she has been all of her life.

Get ready for the GUSH!
Adelice is the perfect blend of innocence and "learn fast and adapt smart".  Unforeseen circumstances lead to the loss of her ENTIRE family very early in the read, so she doesn't have them to guide her through the maze of plots, deceit, intrigue, loss, and manipulation that rules the day in this book.

The Men Her Life
Adelice manages to go from the sheltered "apple of her father's eye".  To the "deer in the headlights" of three men.

 Cormac-The Evil Bastard
The much older mouthpiece and figurehead for The Guild and Coventry.  He spends most of his time plotting and manipulating Adelice.  At least until she starts to catch on to what he's doing.  His overall his smugness and over all "I can do no wrong" attitude really starts to wear on the nerves after a while, and you really can't wait to see him be taken down a peg or two.

Eric-The Opportunist
It is hard to put him in a particular category.  He is a double agent of sorts.  While he spends a great deal of time flirting with Adelice, he is still the personal assistant to Maela, Adelice's trainer at Coventry, and number one nemesis.  He is one of those people who always seem to be at the right place at the right time.  Always a little too perfect, helpful, useful, and nosey.

Jost-The Secret
Adelice meets Jost on her first night in Coventry.  He is the head valet to Coventry and as such is privy to all of it's secrets.  He is the knight in shining armor of the story if you will.  Though he does have a few secrets in his past,   his motives in regard to Adelice are honorable.  Their relationship is and must be secret or the consequences would be deadly.

As if the three of them were not enough, there is also...

Maela-The Uber Bitch
Maela is an instructor at Coventry, whose job it is to train the new Spinsters.
She is also the Cormac's watchdog, very envious of Adelice's gift and the power that it 
could give her, and more than willing to resort to anything she has to in order to destroy her.

There are so many twists and turns in this plot, that you really don't have time to blink before there is another twist or turn that you can't believe.  Adelice has to deal with the loss of her world as she knows it, the evolution of her powers, being the center of varied plots, falling in love, and trying not to die.
This book is a slice of heaven and is perfect until the end.
The end is just there, very rushed and...

My Rating:


1 comment:

  1. Awww man. Open ended endings suck most of the time. Arrrgg. Great review by the way!


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