Crewel (Crewel World, #1)
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Crewel (Crewel World #1)

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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, an...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published 2012)
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Giselle
Initial reaction:
Holy mother of giraffe balls!!!

Official review:

What. Did. I. Just. Read?

*blinks*

Ok, wow. Creative does not even begin to describe this formidable world that Gennifer Albin has built. Bringing in some sci-fi elements into it, the explanations of the weaving and how the whole process works simply blew me away. When it starts off it creates a lot of questions and wonderment, but as the world building progresses, we're brought into an extremely complex, incredibly well described fu...more
Kat Kennedy
It’s been so long since I actively disliked a book that I wasn’t quite sure what to do with myself. The more I tried to separate my dislike for the characters and storytelling and try to analyze it impartially, the more I found myself saying, “Bugger this! Drink anyone?” to the empty air around me.

Crewel is a post-apocalyptic dystopian world in which women are oppressed and tightly controlled. It is a world where matter and people can be weaved and stitched through special looms that Spinsters u...more
Steph Sinclair

Without a doubt Crewel is the most creative novel I've read so far this year. When I first read the blurb I thought, "A dystopian society where people are weaving time?! YES! Gimme! Tell me more!" The dystopian genre has really taken off lately and sometimes it can be hard to find a novel that separates itself from the pack. Crewel does just that and does it well. It completely stands out with its complex concept, feisty heroine and a plot that kept me guessing over and over. Whoa. Can I pull ou...more
Blythe
Well, this is going to be a difficult review to write. Trust me, if I could, my entire review would comprise of a bunch of gifs depicting happy dances, like so:





And no, I don't know what that last gif is exactly. Sure, it might be irrelevant, but what I do know is that it's a woman in a crab costume and it's staying.

Now, where was I? Oh yeah, how if I could my entire review would be of gifs, but apparently, that's not a "proper" review, because it doesn't have to do with the contents of the boo...more
curious little beastie
This review is also available over at my blog.

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Actual rating might be 2.5 or 2.75. Or just 2 stars, I honestly don't even know.

After seeing the positive reviews of this book on Goodreads start pouring in, I can't deny that my excitement grew, so I crossed my fingers and requested this title. I was giddy when I was approved, and couldn't wait to start. Besides the number of positive reviews, the concept also intrigued me a lot. A dystopian world that has a lot of time-weav...more
Keertana
Rating: 2.5 Stars

I think we’re all familiar with the saying, “It’s not you, it’s me!” and while I would love to claim that my disappointed feelings concerning this book stem from me, and not the book itself, I honestly don’t think I can. Yes, my unusually prolific knowledge on dystopian and science-fiction novels definitely played a role in my lack of amazement at the so-called creativity of this novel and that same understanding enabled me to predict the ending of this novel far before the hal...more
Sam
Originality and creativity flourish in Gennifer Albin’s debut novel, so much so that I wish I had written it myself. It’s imaginative to the core, thought-provoking and beautifully told. If anything, this book is a brilliant example of why I appreciate science fiction so greatly.

What captivated me the most about Crewel was Arras, a world almost dream-like in state and home to our main character Adelice. For Spinsters, time and matter are as visible as the threads that make up our clothing – they...more
Lola
May 16, 2014 Lola rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like: slow-pacing, interesting world-buildings, dystopians mixed with some fantasy.
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*3.5 stars*
Title: Crewel
Author: Gennifer Albin
Series: Crewel World
Publication date: October 16th, 2012
Genres: YA, dystopia, romance, fantasy, ''time-travel''
Themes: friendship, trust, family, love
POV: 1st person and female
Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)
**Its best element**: the world-building

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Crewel was a fascinating read, when get passed the beginning. Because the world-building is kind of heavy, I difficultly embarked in the story. The kidnapping was confusing because of t...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
"I'm here because it's the last place they'll look."
"Look for what?" I ask, unsure if I want to know the answer.
"Revolution."

THIS BOOK FRIED MY BRAIN.

I'll award Crewel a happily confuzzled 3.5 stars.Of course, it wouldn't be nice if I let you know just who said the above quote. I'll leave you with the element of mystery, as if this book wouldn't do that to you on its own.

Am I the only person who had a few moments of brain trauma while trying to figure out this world within a world uh... outs...more
Alice Belikov  First lady Ivashkov
This book was EPIC! I LOVED everything about it! The story itself was unique and intriguing that I just could not put it down! Crewel being her debut novel, I have to say Gennifer Albin is an author to be reckoned with. Leave it to Gennifer to create an AMAZING and believable world where you can manipulate and weave time with matter.This whole concept is INCREDIBLE and I can't get enough of it, If this is what the future is like then count me in! This world she has built it so complex but in a G...more
Jennifer Armentrout
Amazing. No other words needed.
Reynje
2.5 stars

In a word, I found Crewel inconsistent.

The good? The concept. I thought the central idea behind Crewel, returning to the roots of the word “spinster” and the mythology of weaving, was interesting and strong. Albin’s spinsters have the ability to manipulate and repair the weave of their world (the “weave” being the individual strands making up the physical world and the people in it, entwined with the constant flow of time). Weaving is a highly specialised skill requiring particular fin...more
oliviasbooks
Mar 17, 2013 oliviasbooks rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers craving a girly Matrix story that serves love-triangles instead of solid world-building
'The tech is safer now ... It can change how a person acts and thinks.' I tell him about what Cormac said about isolating problem areas in the strand and splicing new material into an individual's thread.
I vividly remember the awe I felt when I was watching 'The Matrix' for the first time. Although it puzzled my mind with questions like 'How can virtual procreatic activity result in a real baby? Do the machines manufacture an embryo when a couple living in the Matrix stops using condoms?' or 'Ho...more
K.
1.5

Nothing is clear about this book.

- The characters are off, their intentions and motivations and reactions are off.

- I don't understand the weaving of time and matter...how can you see a bird's-eye view of a street from threads?

- Why do Spinsters have to be dressed up and made to look beautiful? Why are cosmetics and fashion such a big deal!! I do not get!!

- If Spinsters had control of such power, why didn't they just change the government?

I quit after a hundred pages so yeah, I have no rig...more
Phoebe
Full review at the Intergalactic Academy.

When it comes to Crewel, Gennifer Albin’s highly buzzed October debut, I’m of two minds. On the surface, this is one of the most innovative titles to come so far out of the dystopian craze. It’s the story about Adelice, a gifted spinner who can miraculously see–and manipulate–the very threads of matter and time that make up her world. All girls so blessed must become Spinsters, locked in an opulent compound where they live a lavish lifestyle of parties an...more
Rose
The first thing that I thought about Gennifer Albin's "Crewel" when doing my overall reflective thoughts about it was that I probably should've never read it in consideration as a dystopian work (in general) right after the rather developed and meticulously constructed thematic of "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline. Granted, they're both dystopian works, but for considerably different audiences, and I took that into consideration as I sat down to think about my reflections on "Crewel" and why it...more
Kiersten
See more of my reviews at We Live and Breathe Books

How do I even begin to talk about the gloriousness that is Crewel? This book was absolutely incredible and not only exceeded my expectations but blew them up. Seriously.

The concept of Crewel is pretty difficult to explain. Arras is built and controlled by women known as spinsters who weave the reality of the world. Among these spinsters is Adelice Lewys. I could go into more detail about her talent and the world, but this is the kind of thing yo...more
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Oh, I am not happy.

Not happy at all.

In fact, I'm downright disappointed.

I was so excited to read this. This book was was on my list of "must reads" of this year. The synopsis is so damn intriguing, right? So when I got this book, I was jumping up and down in excitement. The beginning started off really well - I was really into it. The synopsis I read said how Adelice has only a few hours to enjoy her freedom, because after that - well, I didn't know what to expect. I thought it'd be this really...more
Ceilidh
There has been a famine of originality in mainstream YA for a while now. Paranormal romance has long lost its sheen, the dystopian craze never entirely took off and, as I discussed in my previous Book Lantern post, the assembly line of contemporary romance is on the rise. The glimmers of hope must be accepted with open arms, and, despite not entirely succeeding in its aims, “Crewel” has ambition to spare.

The appeal in “Crewel” lies in its concept – a world where reality is woven by a group of e...more
Emily Anne
Wow, what an extraordinary read! This is totally one of those books you will never will be able to put down! Okay, I thought this would be an easy review to write since I loved it so much. Right now thats working against me because all I want to do is gush over Crewel. Crewel= Masterpiece

The characters are memorable and real. Jost, Adelice, Eric, and other characters, I swear, broke into my room last night. They talked to me and I saw them clear as day. (Maybe I am exaggerating a bit.) But, my p...more
Bean
It takes a lot for me to like a book that's inspired by THE GIVER, and it also takes a lot for me to like a book inspired by THE HANDMAID'S TALE. In a bizarre twist of fate, CREWEL draws inspiration from both (along with a healthy dose of THE HUNGER GAMES), and I still loved it. The difference between this and a lot of the other current YA dystopian books, in my opinion, is Albin's imagination. The "framework" (pun intended) of weaving is brilliant and innovative, so it didn't bother me that she...more
Megan (Book Brats)
CREWEL... Where do I start with CREWEL? Well, I can start almost anywhere, but since it's late, I'm having trouble remembering a lot of what went down, and my bed is calling, I'll make this one quick.

My expectations were high when this came out, and after reviews began to come in, after I heard comparisons and remarks, they slowly fell, and fell some more, and again, until eventually I left this book on the backburner and only returned to it recently when I remembered I bought it on my Kindle mo...more
Monica!
Oh, Crewel, I’m sorry!

I’m sorry, I’m sorry, because I had been so full of love for you and then I actually stopped and thought. About you.

And now I’m full of rage, basically.

There are many reasons for the raging, but it pretty much boils down to two things, so for the sake of all y’all I will ignore minor issues like the weird pacing (normal… slooooooooow… REALLYFUCKINGFAST!OMGNORESOLUTION), and instead focus just on

a) Where was my kick ass scifi?! Did you read the plot of this book, friends?...more
Anna
NOOOO. This is bad. I didn't just dislike this book. I hated it so much that it made me angry. I had a look of appalled disbelief on my face as I read more and more, quickly realising that the awesome book I had heard about full of time weaving and Spinsters was actually WORSE than 'The Selection' by Kiera Cass. I'm sorry but I cannot forgive. Hopefully I can forget.

The characters in this book do not act appropriately considering the world that they are in. This world, and its rulers, are suppos...more
Aditi
What was the whole point of this book?

A heroine who vacillates between loving/kissing (one and the same thing in this novel) two different boys. And the boys wanting/pining for her.

Then throw in some rash actions and lukewarm violence and a weird-ass story where the logic has been beaten into submission.

The writing is not really anything to write home about.

You can give this book a miss and not miss out on anything.

(Do you see what I did there?)

Conclusion : Series abandoned with no regret.

ps. T...more
Marie
Cannot recommend this book highly enough. Thoroughly entertaining and very original and unique in its concept.
Keeps you intrigued the whole way through.
With two love interests more conflicted than others and in a surprising situation.
Eric a hot seemingly orphaned bad boy, who is to me irresistible and Jost is a quiet but kind guy with a good sense of humour who has family issues..

The whole plot of this story is insane to say the least. You would never be able to compare it to other books beca...more
Emily
4.5 stars

Crewel surprised me. It’s not often I read sci-fi – mostly because I don’t know what I’m looking for. I know the contemporary genre inside out, and I find my way around the fantasy section fairly well, but sci-fi is a whole new ball game for me. But every time Crewel popped up on my Goodreads feed, I felt a spark of curiosity. Maybe it was the unusual name, the vivid cover or the unique (okay, weird) premise. Probably all three. So when I was offered Crewel for review, I jumped at the c...more
Amanda
Hum...where do I start with this one?

In Crewel, Adelice lives in a world completely controlled by a group known as The Guild. The Guild determines everything about their lives, from who they marry to how many children they have, to what people eat. In the midst of this controlling, semi-patriarchal society is a group known as the Spinsters, who possess the strange ability to weave time, and that will allow the Guild the ultimate form of control over its people. It's the dream of every young girl...more
Misty
This review has been a hard one for me to sit down and write. Crewelwas one of my most anticipated books of this year (I mean, hello, buzzwords!), and I was all ready to be impressed and count it among my favorites. But sadly, it ended up being one of my biggest letdowns.

Crewellured me in almost immediately - the intro was strong and compelling, Adelice's predicament in trying to hide her talent, and all of the chaos and confusion of the beginning chapters were really effective and interesting....more
Krystal
OMG Wow! Just Wow! I loved it! This book was truly amazing. This is my first read by Gennifer Albin. She did a superb job writing Crewel. I can’t begin to describe the world Gennifer created in Crewel. The world that Gennifer woven together was mind blowing. This book is unlike anything I have read. It’s in a category of its own. Time, matter, and life to create anything imaginable instantly, and all you have to do is weave a couple of strings. Who wouldn’t want this grift or power? All the char...more
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“Take the happiness you can, even if it's only a little.” 26 likes
“Miss me?" he asks.
"It hasn't been that long," I remind him.
"I'm sure it's felt like a lifetime," he says, running his eyes down me. "Adelice, you are looking... malnourished."
"Cormac, you're looking overdressed.”
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