Crewel by Gennifer Albin


Title: Crewel
Author: Gennifer Albin
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication Date: October 16, 2012
Source: Gift

From Goodreads

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.

What I Thought:

Having just come off a reading slump I was really excited to receive Crewel by Gennifer Albin from my friend for Christmas. I had heard good things about it from my friend since it came out, but other than “It’s amazing,” I had no idea what the book was about. I love jumping into new books having no clue what the plot is or anything about the world.
The general basis of the book is simple. It’s about a world where people called Spinsters literally weave their world. Not figuratively weaving their worlds either, but literally using looms and threads of life and time to create their world and everything in it. Um. Amazing! I love that so much.
Crewel is filled with beautiful language and one of the things that I loved about it was that she wasn’t afraid of having little dialogue. This book had pages of just narration from our protagonist, Adelice. This didn’t take away from the story at all or reduce the need for other characters. It was perfect.
While reading there were several characters whose development I thought was flawed. Their personalities seemed to shift in the story and it was confusing to read. This was remedied at the end of the novel when some characters full personalities and backgrounds came into view. I do however wish that Adelice’s friend Pryana would have been developed a little better.
The pacing of the book was very strange at first. It seemed to me that it developed rather slowly, however I was completely drawn in from the first page. I had reached 200 pages in before I knew it. My only complaint is that there was a lack of serious action. The ending of the book drew me in even more and I know that I will continue on with this series. It is definitely worth checking out!