Title: Crewel (Crewel World #1)
Author: Gennifer Albin
Format: Hardback (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) | Borrowed)
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.
I loved the world it was just so unique. It was hard to visualise and understand it at first but once I got through the first few chapters, I was sucked into the book. One of the reasons I picked up this book was because of the beautiful cover. Unfortunately, it underwent some cover changes so we won’t have similar covers for the second and third book. *sobs* The plot is really something I have not read. So basically in this world we have Spinsters these girls have the hands to do such intricate job and they work on looms. And on the looms there are threads and these threads representing almost everything in the Crewel world. SO the city being able to function properly is due to this girls as they kept the order of things for example like the weather. And its just so intriguing and mind provoking. I just can’t stop thinking what else is possible in this world. The plot twists here is just so out of the blue.
So our female lead – Adelice, she’s not the typical Tris or Katniss that we see in almost every dystopian book. They don’t really have the girlish side of them. But Adelice she’s a girl with poise and she fights with words not hands. Her arrogance is both a threat and a treasure for her. Yes on the surface she seems like someone who’s stuck up or don’t know where they stand but she’s actually playing with these people. I’m just so fascinated by the way she speaks and I really want to learn the art of speaking in such a manner. Then came in two guys who somehow fell for Adelice but till now I don’t know what I feel about those characters. When Adelice was two-timing them, didn’t she feel regret or remorse for cheating on them? Or maybe in their perfect world there’s no such thing therefore she don’t feel guilty. And I feel that the two guys are somewhat toned down. Its like they are the background and Adelice is the foreground. I hope I can get to know them better in the next two books.
It was kind of draggy and I felt that maybe she could cut down a little. The world building was well incorporated into the plot and I did not really had questions about why is the world like that. I’m looking forward to reading the second book – Altered. I hope that the second is as good as the first and I hope that the second is not an instalment just to make this series a trilogy.
Rating: 4.5 /5 stars