Friday, October 5, 2012

Coming unraveled: CREWEL by Ginnifer Albin

CREWEL (Crewel #1) by Ginnifer Albin
YA Fantasy
368 pages, hardcover
Available October 16, 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

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.

Ooh, I really liked this one. This world is so incredibly intricate, each thread woven tightly together to create this second plane, its own little world. See all those threads on the cover? Yep. That's what makes up this world. Each person, each land, every town, and it's all manipulated by the Spinsters and the Guild.

Control. That's what's at the heart of this story. The Guild, made up exclusively of men, wants to maintain control of the people of Arras and of the Spinsters and they'll do just about anything to keep that control in their power. Unfortunately for the boys, women are the ones with the power to spin the entire world into (or out of) creation.

Adelice is one of those with the power and, of course, those power-hungry boys will do anything to make her do what they want up to and including killing everyone she loves. She's quite naive, having grown up in a segregated neighborhood (no pesky boys anywhere near the sweet, innocent girls), and indoctrinated by the teachings the Guild allows. Still, her parents raised her to be suspicious and, after what happened when she was taken, she's unwilling to sit back and take things at face value. Her sass gets her in serious trouble and, along with her innate talents, brings unwanted attention.

Sadly, there is the ubiquitous love triangle, though it seems obvious who Adelice prefers. Guess more will be revealed in the next installment. A lot of the background is murky, especially in the beginning, but hang in there--it's more than worth it.

An excellent installment to the dystopian/fantasy genre, CREWEL will ensnare you in its rich tapestry and colorful, controlling world.
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19 comments:

  1. I really need to get this one. It sounds fascinating despite my dystopia dislike. I didn't get this one from BEA though.

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    1. I know you're not a dystopia fan but I think you might really enjoy this one!

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  2. You had me absolutely enthralled and excited until you said "love triangle." Darn those love triangles anyway. But if the story is good enough to overcome that...

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    1. The three-way (heh) is easy to overlook because it's pretty obvious which one she likes best. Plus, the story more than makes up for it.

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  3. I liked this book a lot too-I was kind of surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Very interested to see what will happen in the next book especially in regards to the two boys and Adelice.

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    1. Yeah, it was pretty surprising to me, too. I mean, I loved the cover but I was also thinking it was just another dystopia.

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  4. I just finished this one and loved it too Mary! I found the world beyond fascinating, and I liked Adelice so much, girls with sass are girls I can root for:) The love triangle didn't really bother me, mostly because as you said she clearly prefers one over the other, so the relationship with E never really felt serious to me. I'm very curious to see where things are going to go after that ending!

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    1. Sassy girls FTW! And I agree about the relationship with E. Never really formed so it's more like a couple of invisible lines connecting that triangle...

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  5. Oh yay! Glad to hear this is a worthwhile read. We've been wanting to check it out ever since we saw The Real Fauxtographer's take on it: http://www.therealfauxtographer.com/2012/04/crewel.html

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    1. Oh, very cool! Thanks for the link. And, yes, definitely worth the read!

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  6. Glad you liked this! I have an ARC sitting around waiting to be read soon, so it's good to hear that I'll enjoy it!

    Jesse @ Pretty in Fiction

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  7. You know, I actually sort of want to read this book because of your review, the magic that Adelice has sounds very intricate as does the word - even though you do mention a lot of it is murky still - I just like the idea of it, I guess.

    Too bad about the triangle.

    Thanks for the review.

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    1. Definitely put it on your list--maybe a library read!

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  8. I have been hearing some good things about this one. I wanted to grab it on vine but was too late. I think I will have to get my hands on it though!

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    1. Oh, yes, do! It's a really intriguing world and I really liked the MC. She was sassy!

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  9. EEEK Wasn'T this awesome!? I freaking loved it and it blew my mind! I'm so happy to see other positive reviews on this one! The love triangle didn't bother me. I kind of just looked past it to the amazing world building >.< Great review, chickie!

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    1. Sooo awesome! The love triangle gave me a twinge of annoyance because it's just so...overused and grr...but really, it didn't bother me much at all. :)

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  10. I don't think I've read a proper review for this title, so it's nice to see a bit about what the book is actually like. This seems to be really popular and hyped, but it sounds like it has a strong premise to stand on. I'll definitely have to check it out!

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