Crewel by Gennifer Albin

January 4, 2013 Young Adult Book Reviews 6

crewelTitle: Crewel (Crewel World #1) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Gennifer Albin
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Format: ARC
Pages: 368
Release Date: October 16, 2012
In My Opinion: Worth a Try!
One Line: It’s very creative and the world is pretty unique, but it wasn’t all that entertaining or interesting to me.

About the Book: 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.

Let me start this off by saying I think I might be getting tired of dystopian novels. It’s like, once you read one, you’ve pretty much read them all and I’m beginning to get bored in general.

With that said, Crewel was different, creative, and detailed; but it didn’t really do it for me. It started off really slow, which I know is typical for a dystopian, introducing the world and creating that scene and all, but it was a bit too much detail and not enough background, if you know what I mean. Even after reading this book, I was left with a ton of questions that don’t have to do with the plot progression, but more so with this world. It all left me kind of confused and I really couldn’t picture this world, not for lack of trying (maybe my imagination is flawed, I don’t know). The biggest thing was that I was pretty clueless about their method of traveling and just couldn’t see it in my mind.

Adelice is likable enough though. She’s determined not to let her talent be abused and loves her family dearly. She’s a bit naive, but it’s not her fault since the adults kept all the important information from her, which really bugs me in general because they always do that! Adelice faces some pretty tough situations like the price her family has to pay to keep her talent hidden, dealing with jealous and malicious Spinsters, and a very creepy villan who I’m still not even sure what position he holds except that he’s like “the face” of the Coventry. The society is male-dominated, even though they like to let people think the Spinsters are equals so girls can strive to become them, but it’s all for show.

I didn’t really care for the romance though. It felt a bit forced to me, like just because there’s the option of a guy, Adelice falls for him and that’s it. I’m beginning to think that any romance in dystopian novels won’t do it for me. While I liked Erik and thought Jost was nice enough, they weren’t all that great either way and I even found myself forgetting their names and specific details when asked whose team I was on (for the record, I’m more for Erik).

I think it was a good attempt at creating a unique world in ruins where one dares to defy the ruling society and cause a revolution, but I could’ve used more details in certain areas and less in others. I am definitely rooting for Adelice and I really liked the Creweler, but besides that, I just wasn’t feeling this one.

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6 Responses to “Crewel by Gennifer Albin”

  1. Amy @ Book Loving Mom

    It’s too bad that you didn’t like this more. I agree with the whole confusion thing with the traveling. I just kind of ignored the fact that it wasn’t really explained well because I was enjoying the visual imagery of it all and figure hopefully it will be explained in more detail later. I personally liked Jost a little better. I liked Erik too, but I didn’t really trust him. I really liked the uniqueness of this and I am interested to see what will happen now.
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    • Vivian

      Yea, I think it was the lack of more vivid details and explanations that threw me off, plus I’m kind of tired of dystopians, lol.

    • Vivian

      IKR?! I def gotta take a break from these kinds of novels because it’s getting to be boring to me, but I think I would’ve liked this if not for that. I still think it needed some work on the details and stuff because some of it was confusing.

  2. Alexia561

    Enjoyed your review! I’m sort of in the same boat, as I’m getting tired of dystopian books as well. They’re so depressing and there’s so much deja vu that it’s ridiculous! I’ve got this one in my TBR stack, but think it will be awhile before I read it. Hope your next read is better!
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    • Vivian

      Yea, I need to take a step back from dystopia because even though I love the world building, it gets repetitive and boring after awhile.

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