Monday, August 27, 2012

Review: Crewel

Summary 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 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.

I was lucky enough to get a copy of "Crewel" at TLA this year and was drawn in by the gorgeous cover and interesting summary. I really enjoyed this book because it was different and it held my interest. It follows a sixteen year old girl who is taken from her house to "fulfill her duty" to her society as a spinster. Her entire life is taken away and she feels powerless against the powerful politicians who can order her death in a split second. She begins to learn that she has something that they want and they are willing to do anything to get it. I felt like this book was extremely well written and engaging. There weren't really any huge fight scenes or standoffs but it was all of the small scenes that came together to weave a very interesting plot with believable and lovable characters. It was the first book that has caught and held my interest in a while. I loved seeing the dynamics of the different characters and seeing how everyone was used against each other. Small hints are given throughout the book that lead to a shocking ending. I was unable to put this book down and I cannot wait to read the next book and see how the ending plays out.

 "Crewel" by Gennifer Albin
Expected Publication:October 16, 2012

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