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Friday, October 5, 2012

Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Crewel
by Gennifer Albin
Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (October 16, 2012)
Language: English
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What a tangled world she weaves...

For generations, Spinsters have been called by Arras’s Manipulation Services to work the looms and determine what people eat, where they live, how many children they have, and even when they die. Gifted with the rare ability to weave time with matter, Adelice is exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in 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 once you become a Spinster, there is no turning back. Now caught in a web of lies and intrigue, Adelice must decide who to trust: her kind mentor, Enora; the handsome and mysterious valet Jost; or the charismatic Guild ambassador Cormac Patton. They each have secrets, but Adelice is about to unravel the deadliest one of all, a sinister truth that could destroy reality as she knows it.

In a powerful and original debut about a world where the Guild decides everything, one extraordinary girl dares to defy the power of men and the boundaries of love.
At a Glance:

Though often confusing, Crewel was one of the most imaginative and creative books I've read in a long time.   With an intense storyline, a strong female lead, and two dangerously attractive love interests, Crewel was a book I didn't want to put down.

Confusion:

To me, Crewel felt like a mix of The Matrix, Minority Report, and Wither (by Lauren DeStefano).  I absolutely loved this, and was fascinated by the complexity, but at the same time, I had a really hard time actually visualizing it.  I found the weave to be confusing, and even though it was talked about a lot, I never got a full vision of what it looked like, or a complete understanding of how it functioned.  However, this didn't bother me all that much.  I got the gist of it, and even though I can't "see" it, I can appreciate what it does and how it applies to the story.  I do wonder how well younger readers will be able to grasp it all, though (it's marked 12 and up).

Ferocity:

Adelice is a force to be reckoned with.  I loved her!  There were times that she didn't make the smartest decisions, of course, but overall, I thought she was awesome.  Her smart-mouthed comments to her captors always gave me a sense of satisfaction, and the way she handled herself with compassion, when the situation called for it, or snark when it was needed, was seriously fantastic.

Looove Triiiiiangle.....

Whether you love them or hate them, I think you might just appreciate all there is to love and hate with these guys.  Are they good?  Are they bad?  Whose side are they on, anyway?   Erik and Jost are two dangerous guys who are full of surprises and loaded with mystery.  I have to admit, I liked pieces of them both.  And if that weren't enough, let's throw in a little Cormac.  Oh, yes, a villain you love to hate (he had a kind-of Warner-ish quality about him).  I really did enjoy the dynamic between Adelice and all these guys, and I can't wait to see where it goes from here.....especially given the state of things when the book ended.

And the Cliffhanger:

I really enjoyed reading this book, the storyline was fascinating and I didn't want to put it down until I finished it.  As I was getting to the end of the book, I realized that there was no way the story would be wrapping up by the time I ran out of pages, and yeah....I was right about that.  WHAT a cliffhanger!  I can't say anything about it, but I'm very interested to see where this story is going to go from here.  I just hate that I have to wait!

Book Doppelgangers:

Wither by Lauren DeStefano, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Matched by Ally Condie, The Matrix, Minority Report by Philip K Dick


Content:
  • Sexual Content:  Mild (Moderate Dialog)
  • Profanity:  Mild
  • Violence:  Moderate
  • Other Notables:  Suicide
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58 comments:

  1. Ooh, great review, I've been wanting to read Crewel for a while! And I love Wither, Shatter Me, and Matched, so Crewel sounds like exactly the sort of book I'd enjoy! :)

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  2. Nice review! I have heard so many great things about this book. I wasn't initially all that interested (I didn't really GET the cover) but yeah, the hype is pulling me in. I'll have to grab it when it releases in paperback. Sounds good!

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  3. I know what you mean about Cormac having a bit of a Warner vibe-I really liked them both as villains although I hadn't made the connection before now.

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  4. I feel like I have read some really imaginative books lately so I am really curios about this one. Can it be more imaginative then The Raven Boys?

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  5. I've been wanting to read this when I found out about it in the spring. Lovely review!

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  6. The love triangle makes me skeptical, but from what you wrote it doesn't sound too bad. And Adelice sounds like such a strong character! (:

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  7. Thanks for the review! I've heard a lot of good things about this book, and I love dystopian, so I'm going to give it a try!

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  8. Ahhh!!! This sounds so good! I love me a good paranormal romance ;)

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  9. I've been hearing a lot of interesting things about this one. I'll have to look out for it.

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  10. this book sounds amazing, and its total cover love, that is what caught my attention :)
    love your review

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  11. I can't wait to read this! Thanks for the review!!!

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  12. I have been seeing this book everywhere lately... great review! It sounds really good and something I might like.

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  13. I absolutely loved the description and am even more excited to read it now!

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  14. I can say, my reply'd be a bit biased. I love just about every dystopia I read, and can't wait to read it! And a guy with the Warner-quality? DO WANT! Thank you so much for the review that's currently making me all hyper for the book!

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  15. Great review. I've grown pickier with dystopian books since more and more have been popping up. I've heard good things about this one so I hope I'm not disappointed! I don't like love triangles much, but if I end up liking the love interests then it softens the blow.

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  16. I love your review. Sounds like I book I would like, especially since I enjoyed all the books listed on your Doppleganger list.

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  17. You wrote an excellent review! I think I'd enjoy the complex, twisting story - and you've got me sooooooooo curious about the cliffhanger! Now I've just GOT to read Crewel!! :D
    Mary DeBorde (M.A.D.)

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  18. I heard about this book before, but I didn't know what it was about. I'd really love to read it. I haven't even read any of the book doppelgangers that you listed!

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  19. :) So do I love love-triangle :) and I really loved the atmosphere and imaginary world of Wither so I hope I'll like this story ,too ! :)

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  20. From your review it sounds like you enjoyed reading it but felt it would be easier for older readers to follow and understand.

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  21. I'm soo excited to read this book! And the villain is Warner-ish?! Count me in. I love Warner! :)

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  22. Wow, it's the first time I've come upon this book and I wanna read it! It's book doppelgangers are the best so on to the TBR pile! Thanks for the wonderful review! <3

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  23. Great review- I so badly want to read this!
    I love a strong heroine and a good love triangle, sounds like the book for me!

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  24. I'm loving the cover for a start & while I do not like cliffhangers I can forgive that if the book is amazing.

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  25. Although I normally don't like reading "cliffhanger" books until the next one is out, this one sounds too good to pass up. I've always been a puzzle solver, and a little competitive about it too, so one reason I want to read this is to see if I can "see" the weaving... Thanks for the review!

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  26. Great Review!
    I will be reading this book soon. *soo excited!*

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  27. If it's a mix of the matrix and minority report i could see how there's be confusion. I think it was the third time i watched matrix before i fully grasped it. I love both those movies though so Crewel is definitely peaking my interest!

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  28. Interesting combination. The Minority Report was one strange movie. I don't think I have ever really gotten it yet, and I've seen it at least 3 times.

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  29. Love triangle AND a Warner-like guy? -definitely reading this now- Thanks for the review :D

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  30. I like a book with a little confusion because it makes me think and isn't as predictable as a lot of books! Sounds great!

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  31. This sounds like a book I'd love!!! I really enjoy reading the tangled webs of peoples lives. So engaging!

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  32. So excited to read this book! I'm so glad the love triangle is different from all the rest, with three guys! I haven't read it yet and I still want to know the outcome with Adelice! I also love cliffhangers, so I can't wait to see how it ends! Can't wait :)

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  33. Great review. I can't wait to read this book!

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  34. I've heard so much buzz about this book and it looks really intriguing! I loved Shatter Me and I love the Matched series, so I think I'll have to check this one out, too. Thanks for the great review! :)

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  35. Ahhh! *flails* Cliffhanger? Overall, this book sounds so good and I've heard nothing but good stuff about Crewel. Awesome review!

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  36. Well this just sounds awesome! I want to read it really bad. Great review!

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  37. With you saying it was a complex story, I think I would need absolute silence in order to read this book. I must have ADD or something because I have such a hard time reading when something else is going on around me. It sounds like an amazing story though and the cover is gorgeous. I love the idea of the spinsters.

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  38. I want to read Crewel so so bad!!
    Hopefully I can score a copy soon! Thanks for the review!

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  39. Two love interests? Count me in. Actually OI have been looking forward to this book for a long time.

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  40. I'm really not a big fan of love triangles, but if it's done right it can add a lot to the story! I have really been dying to read this one. And I love a good cliff hanger! Great review!

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  41. I love stories with strong female protagonists! Thanks for the review. :)

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  42. I'm really interested in this book! Not that the gorgeous cover has anything to do with that...

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  43. Wow! Now I'm so curious what the 'weave' thing is all about. Thanks for the awesome review.

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  44. I am so excited about Crewel! It is one that I have been looking forward to since I first saw that gorgeous cover and was completely hooked by the synopsis. I am so glad that you enjoyed it. It makes me hopeful that this one could turn out as awesome as I'm thinking. I may have to wait to read it though, if the cliffhanger is really that bad.

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  45. I will confess that all the buzz and reviews are what are getting me excited about this book. I also must confess that I want to judge this one by it's cover, which does nothing for me. BUT now I am totally on board and excited to read it!

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  46. great review i cant wait to read this book and the cover is eye catching

    kmichellec87(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  47. Thanks for the review! I'm glad you pointed out that some of the weaving was confusing. That'll be something I'll keep in mind when I get to read it.

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  48. Great review.. makes me want to read it..:D
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  49. not exactly what I expected - I was thinking it'd be more mythology based than dystopian. Still very interested in it though.

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  50. Interest mix, The Matrix, Wither and Minority Report. I loved Wither and Minority Report, but I never quite understood the Matrix. I guess that's where all the confusion came in.

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  51. Love dystopian novels. Didn't really like Minority Report, couldn't even deal with The Matrix, but I loved Wither.

    Am intrigued by the mention of a huge cliffhanger!

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  52. Great review! I keep hearing how good Crewel is, but haven't really looked much into it. It sounds like a good read, despite the love triangle.

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  53. Fabulous review! Can't wait to read this book!

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  54. Ooh, this one sounds really good. I'm not afraid of a good love triangle!

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