For those of you who read THE GIRL WHO CIRCUMNAVIGATED FAIRYLAND IN A SHIP OF HER OWN MAKING, you will know well about the life and adventures of younFor those of you who read THE GIRL WHO CIRCUMNAVIGATED FAIRYLAND IN A SHIP OF HER OWN MAKING, you will know well about the life and adventures of young September, a girl from Omaha during World War II who escaped to Fairyland with the Green Wind and a flying jaguar. The lush prose, the exciting plot, the gripping tale of a young girl discovering the unknown – and herself – against the backdrop of a strange, confusing, and utterly unique new world. September saved the world only to be ripped away back to our realm for almost an entire year until the rift between the worlds opened up and September is sucked back in – only to find that Fairyland is a very different, darker place.
If you are a fan of imaginative, intricate tales, you need to be reading this series right now. Every page is a magical treat filled with new and inventive ideas. The same things that made THE GIRL WHO CIRCUMNAVIGATED FAIRYLAND so successful to me were in full view in its sequel. We meet the same characters plus a whole new assortment of others – teapots living in samovars, shadows in their own little underworld, September’s shadow (who has taken on a life of her own).
It’s amazing to know what our opposites might be like. Mine would probably be an extremely confident yet extremely quiet math wizard who hated kitties. But discovering this world of opposites and the land of Fairyland-Below was awesome. Just when you think the story has discovered all it could, there is even more whimsy and yet mystery.
Once again, I had an issue with September’s perceived age. We are told she’s thirteen, but once again, she seemed much younger. The narration had a distinct tone of belonging to an adult aiming for an adult audience, but September herself, from the drawings to the way she acted to her dialogue was more reminiscent of a 9 year old.
But with that one hitch aside, I must admit, this story enthralled me. As readers, we learn so much more about Fairyland and even September’s life in our world – her parents, her schoolmates, her life as a normal girl with very strange experiences that she can’t share with those around her. I sympathized so much with September. When I was her age, my parents were going through a divorce, but the kids at school weren’t much help. I drifted away from those around me, so by the time high school came around I was pretty much on my own. September’s escape into Fairyland allowed her a chance to explore herself. It’s something that drew me in even more, being able to use my own experiences to identify and connect with her as a protagonist.
(This Charlie Brown image describes my life. Not really like September’s, but you get the idea.)
THE GIRL WHO FELL BENEATH FAIRYLAND is rich and complex, with a heroine that I admire and love, a cast of characters richly defined and explored, and a world that unfurls more and more with each page. The climax hit and I was swept away.
VERDICT: Um, go read this series. Now. I mean it....more
KITTY STEALS THE SHOW was like an unknown horse in the Kentucky Derby. It came to me by surprise that maybe this book should be on the radar, thanks to an intrepid publicist who correctly predicted the future (and should receive a bevy of medals for doing the unthinkable and seeing that I would really enjoy this one). I had never read a book in this ten book series before, nor did I know anything about it other than werewolves! A friend guided me through the history of this series, but I still really don’t know what happened. According to her, this might have been a good thing – I came into KITTY STEALS THE SHOW with no expectations, notions, or anything besides the barest hints of the storyline and characters.
Maybe it helped that book did not take place in Denver. Lost in the city of London, a city I know much better than Denver, the story of this book was able to take center stage. And what can I say? I can’t resist a good tale about the paranormal, wars of werewolves and vampires, the Folk, and every known paranormal critter gathering at a conference to talk about themselves with curious humans. I want to go to a conference like this, and although the story is not going to be a prose-fest of epic literary proportions, Vaughn is able to easily convey herself, setting the scene and allowing the reader to fall in.
The characters were enjoyable for the most part, with a few reservations. I didn’t like Cormac, probably because I still have no clue what he is, who he is, or what he is in relation to Kitty. He seemed like a tacked on character that wasn’t needed, and in fact his storyline just took away from the story rather than added to it. Hunting down Amelia’s descendants was more like a short story you would see put on Amazon as a promotional tool versus an actual needed aspect of the book. But I would like to know more, I will say that.
And maybe I expected some more romance. Apparently Ben and Kitty got married awhile ago, meaning the opportunities for sexytimes were about as limited as they could get (lots of gentle touches in public, but lots of sleeping in the bed without the adult fun). Maybe I just didn’t feel a spark between these two, or chemistry. I wanted more in the relationship and I felt a little let down.
But do you want to know what I REALLY enjoyed? The intrigue and mystery surrounding this Dux Bellorum fellow, who I admitted had to google because I didn’t know what any of the characters were talking about. Dux Bellorum kind of sounded like some Deluxe Bell o’ Rum that you might by at the liquor store that would kill you within five swigs.
Kitty was the strong willed heroine of my dreams. I enjoyed her self-esteem, her honesty, her determination to save the world and kill herself in the process of that was what it meant, because quite frankly she did some stupid things while her husband rightfully tried to stop her. Listen, ladies – you don’t have to run into the fray recklessly just because it might save the world. There are better ways if the operative word in the situation is MIGHT. Kitty’s recklessness, though, was amusing, and I wanted to know who was on what side right up until the climax that had me flipping pages like a madwoman.
My advice? Read the series before you get to KITTY STEALS THE SHOW. I really wish I had at least known more specifics about what had happened in books 1 through 9 before I dove into this one. I really enjoyed it for not having a clue about what happened in books 1 through 9, but if you know about this world and these characters, you might enjoy it more. But Carrie Vaughn has a new fan in me!
VERDICT: If you haven’t read books 1 through 9, skip it, but otherwise an enjoyable feast of the paranormal complete with a kickass heroine who knows how to use her words in addition to her claws. ...more
I won’t mince words and as a result I am going to spoil this book a little. If you are afraid of spoilers, please don’t read on. Fair warning.
When a bI won’t mince words and as a result I am going to spoil this book a little. If you are afraid of spoilers, please don’t read on. Fair warning.
When a book uses rape as a plot point, especially when the character was initially a supporting and caring brother-like figure, I get pissed off. When this is compounded with the rape victim getting pregnant and those around her not allowing her to get an abortion because her child is too special, then that just makes me rage. BETA has this and more, which made me struggle with giving this one even two stars. It gets bonus points for one reason – it is compulsively readable and fast paced. But other than that, this book deserved one star for a number of reasons, and it’s why BETA will probably go down in infamy as my most disappointing read of 2012.
BETA follows a soulless clone, a girl named Elysia that comes off strongly as a stereotypical robot – a slave, unfeeling, uncaring, focused solely on her duty. When a soulless clone is narrating a first person present tense story, though, you are running into a big issue. Elysia oftentimes felt very, very flat, as if she was the victim of a 6 year old’s fanfiction. “I did this and this and went here and saw him and this and this.” If this story had been told instead in a third person past tense, it might have been more successful, even if at times this personality-less visage disappeared – it was inconsistent at best.
Elysia’s love interests are pretty much stock characters, and each fall victim to instalove in their own right. Tahir is the boy with secrets, handsome and compelling but just as bland as Elysia. Alex is the boy we don’t meet for several hundred pages, but a boy with a deep connection to Elysia. And then Ivan, the boy who is apparently head over heels in love with Elysia while making drugs and preparing to enter the military.
The secondary characters are generally bland. Mother and the Governess are stock rich characters you might find in the backdrop on Revenge. The Fortesquieus (Tahir’s parents) are slightly more relatable, given more of a back story that allowed me to connect with them more than any other character than possibly sweet Liesel, the daughter of the family that owns Elysia. When we meet the other teenagers of the story – bland Greer, sexed up ditz Demetra (aka Dementia – a rather intellectually impaired girl used as a sex object throughout the story – and as an object to make fun of her intelligence), among others – we do not delve very deeply into this world more than into tales of parties and rule breaking and general disobedience, nothing that adds to this dystopian world of man versus clone.
But where this story lost all credibility for me was the point where Elysia reveals to her brother-like figure Ivan that she has feelings for Tahir. Up until this point, Ivan had felt like a calm, conscientious figure that trusted Elysia and wanted to be her friend. She put her trust in him and he did the same with her. Then suddenly he morphs into a devious figure that assaults her, choking her and raping her to lay his claim to what he thinks is his property. And then she kills him and runs off, saved by the good graces of Alex.
Within what feels like 3 days, they have pledged their undying love for one another after a rather ludicrous explanation of his hardcore eco-warrior religious society’s mating for life deal when SURPRISE! Elysia is pregnant. She demands an abortion, but Alex and her other savior refuse. They force Elysia to carry her rapist’s child, saying that the child is too precious, too special to abort, and use the same tactics of hardcore pro-life groups to convince Elysia to carry the child that she does not want.
What. The. Fudge.
I will admit, I am VERY pro-choice. Then again, I am a hardcore left wing nutso, so that could explain things. I do not agree with using rape as a plot point, followed by a propaganda-ish demand that a rape victim carry the rapist’s baby for no real reason other than plot. Mixed with pointless drug use, including helping drug a boy so that he loves her back, and the dreaded use of suicide threats when the boy of her dreams (that she has known for two weeks) is taken away from her, I began to seethe.
This rarely happens except when domestic abuse, rape, and damaging relationships are promoted heavily. Elysia’s baby is treated as a gift from God, and with the smattering of biblical passages and revenging eco-religious warriors, I wonder how much of this novel is some weird pro-life propaganda tool. I mean, that’s probably not the case, but when it hits me in a side thought that it seems like something a conservative Christian would foist on their child, that is not a good sign.
I cannot recommend this book. I want to so badly – the plot on paper is amazing and unique, and could have so many opportunities to explore the relationship between the rich and poor, between humans and clones/robots, between science and humanity. Instead, it became an instalove fest of drugs, rape, and the underlying message that a girl should not abort a child thrust upon her by a rapist, even if that child threatens her emotional health and wellbeing.
VERDICT: Featuring rape, drug use as a tool of control, and an anti-abortion message, BETA thrashed my hopes for an epic story. At least it was fast-paced.
Romance, science, genetic tinkering, and hot boys. The synopsis had me after one line, but EVE & ADAM is a bit of a mystery tCall me Snake SOLO...
Romance, science, genetic tinkering, and hot boys. The synopsis had me after one line, but EVE & ADAM is a bit of a mystery to me. Maybe I went in with strange expectations, or maybe the blurb is misleading, but I expected something a bit different expectations than I should have. Expecting genetic experimentation, the future, and a girl creating her perfect boy, what I got was… Okay, fine, I pretty much got what I was anticipating, just in a different form. But maybe it was for the better.
EVE & ADAM is not the groundbreaking, must read, brand spanking new great American teen novel. The basic plot is pretty tried and true, it follows the usual tropes (love triangle, cold distant parents, slapstick best friend, etc). But at its core, EVE & ADAM is a rather twisting, intricate tale with depth and intrigue. Evening, the heroine of our tale, is smart, witty, and bold – my favorite type of heroine. Although some of her side plots – namely, her best friend Aislin and Aislin’s icky boyfriend – were annoying and unnecessary, I found Eve’s resiliency and pride to be admirable traits.
But Solo… Hrm. I just didn’t connect with him like I should have, even though all the Snake Plisskin references made me giggle. If you haven’t seen Escape From New York/Escape from LA, what are you waiting for? Go and do that before you read that and it’ll make the experience better. Solo is your typical YA hero – a brash bad boy with a rebellious streak and witty comebacks. There were times in EVE & ADAM where Solo and Eve sounded a bit too similar in their styles of narration, leaving me flipping back a few pages to see who was talking. Solo at times also acting rather… let’s just say bratty. Yes, bratty…
Let me just say one thing that I disliked. I mentioned this before, but it’s worth repeating. Aislin and her boyfriend. Aislin was extremely dislikable, and her friendship with Evening made me question Eve and her friendship. Was she that desperate for a friend that she picked the first drunken girl she found? Aislin’s relationship with a drug dealer made things so much more difficult. The storyline of a girl dating an abusive, stealing drug dealer is one that should be seen more in YA, but not as a secondary plot line to a story about genetic tinkering. It felt like overkill used to pad the storyline instead of contributing to the overarching plot. It was a distraction and really took away from the plot to me.
Oh, and Evening’s mother Terra? LOVED her. So awesome, but is she a good mother? Nope. Not in the slightest.
EVE & ADAM was fast paced and interesting. In fact, once I sat down and had a good chunk of time to read, I finished the last 250 pages in one sitting. Although it wasn’t the futuristic story I’d hoped for, what it did have was enough science to keep me hooked. But this one won’t be for anyone. In fact, my enjoyment wavers looking back. Choosing between 3 and 4 stars is difficult. This one is one of those that will anger some, entrance others, and be completely meh to a few. There were areas that needed improvement, but you know what? I enjoyed it for what it was. It wasn’t masquerading as the Great American Novel. But it was fun and enjoyable for a few hours of distraction. Don’t go in with high expectations, but don’t discount this one either.
VERDICT: Although the synopsis is misleading, EVE & ADAM is an enjoyable, fast paced novel that will appeal to fans of light sci-fi and action. But it’s not much more than action fluff, mind you....more
“How can you interpret the behavior of others when you're a mystery to yourself?”
When a review takes you a month to write, sometimes that is not a go“How can you interpret the behavior of others when you're a mystery to yourself?”
When a review takes you a month to write, sometimes that is not a good sign. Maybe it’s because the book was so amazing that you could not put it into words, or maybe it was so bad that you feared putting words on a page. In some cases, though, it was because you sit there and think, “What actually happened in that book? Did I really care?”
But you press on eventually you write the review. That’s what I’m doing right now, reviewing THE SHADOW SOCIETY. Luckily I jotted down some notes one morning while in a meeting at work. Now, as I sit here on a Saturday afternoon, sipping on Hawaiian Punch and eating a Christmas lollipop, I am left staring at my notes and at my ARC trying to make sense of it all.
The first note I have is “very interesting premise”. THE SHADOW SOCIETY is the first book in a trilogy following Darcy, a girl raised in our world who turns out to be a “Shade”, a shadow creature from a parallel universe eradicated from ours by the Great Chicago Fire. And as I am a big fan of Fringe, I was sucked in by the plot, the synopsis, the idea that maybe this would be a great science fiction novel for teens. But I think that is about as far as it went. The synopsis showed great premise, but the story itself, the content between the covers, fell flat.
Beyond the synopsis, THE SHADOW SOCIETY is a story about some very disparate things. Well, parallel universes and shades for one, but also inter-dimensional agencies, high tech that makes little or no sense, diversionary technological evolution based on one event that makes it seem like our universe skipped several hundred years, and poetry.
The main issue with THE SHADOW SOCIETY is that it doesn’t actually start until page 86. Yes, things happen. Darcy goes to school, moons over a new boy, waxes poetic about her life, does an English project with her new boy toy. I almost DNFed it right off the bat. At page 86, though, the story zooms forward and suddenly we are catapulted into a new and exciting universe, until it slows down again. The pacing is very inconsistent. One moment we’re zinging through the story, and the next we have our MC moaning and whining about her love interests for 30 pages while nothing happens besides some chatting.
There was no sense of urgency in this story, except for the times where things got urgent or secrets (many of which were obvious) were revealed. The double crosses aren’t well hidden in the story, and the foreshadowing is blatant. Also, some of the things that happen make no sense. None. Whatsoever.
What saved this story to get three whole stars from me? Darcy. Man was she naïve, but at the same time, she was compelling and sympathetic – a girl who has lived a very tough life but is determined to change her stripes. She’s quite kick butt, take-n0-prisoners, trust few by the end, and I have to give her credit. For having no idea about the true colors of those around her, she does a good job getting herself out of problems, and over her fears, and out of the grasp of the bad guys after convenience leads her right to them.
Speaking of the other characters, I kind of wavered on them. Some are awesome, but on the most part, forgettable. My notes say something about one half of the love triangle (yes, there is a love triangle that is resolved by the end) is a typical YA jerk, and the other’s characterization is completely weird and doesn’t stand up. The other characters fade into the background.
Overall, THE SHADOW SOCIETY goes down in history as being average for me. I liked it, but it didn’t stand out from the crowd. I am interested in reading the next book (this is a series, right? It felt like a series), though, because the ending was a good one, albeit a bit unbelievable.
VERDICT: Suspend your disbelief, put aside your prejudices against the extremely unlikely, and read THE SHADOW SOCIETY with a very open mind. When the action is on, this one has a LOT going for it. ...more
The mafia, chocolate, the near future, the pseudo-end of life as we know it. All these things were what drew me to ALL THESE THINGS I’VE DONE, book onThe mafia, chocolate, the near future, the pseudo-end of life as we know it. All these things were what drew me to ALL THESE THINGS I’VE DONE, book one in the Birthright Trilogy by Gabrielle Zevin. In the end, ATTID ended up being one of my top twenty books of 2011 for its well-crafted blend of family drama, romance, action, and chocolate.
By the time BECAUSE IT IS MY BLOOD rolled around, I admit, I had forgotten some of the intricacies of book one (some important details from book one are not rehashed in book two), but I dove into BECAUSE IT IS MY BLOOD and was not disappointed.
This series is not for the YA reader who demands non-stop balls to the wall action in their sci-fi/sorta-dystopian stories. There is action, yes, but it is more subdued. A lot of the dramatic elements in this story are subdued and left in the familial interactions.
In Anya Balanchine’s world, she is a murderer, but she rarely lifts a weapon against another. In BECAUSE IT IS MY BLOOD, she is released from Liberty and tries to form a new life before she fails (thanks to betrayal) and ends up in Mexico learning to farm cacao with a new love interest, the quirky and patient Theo.
To be honest, I think that the first fifty pages could have been cut. Starting the book with Anya’s escape from Liberty (on her latest trip) and flee to Mexico would have been a stronger jumping off point, leaving us more time with Theo and his remarkable family. I really enjoy Anya besides her strange asides to the reader. She is strong, crafty, passionate about her life and her family, and she doesn’t need a man around. In the YA world, this is especially awesome for me.
But the romance was still there in this tale. We have Win, who has moved on with a new girl, and we have Theo, who may or may not have tried to woo Anya. He says he doesn’t like her repeatedly, but it came off as one-sided love. I’m not sure if this was Zevin’s intention, but who cares, I personally preferred Theo over Win in this one.
The main plot point in this episode of the trilogy was a murder mystery. Someone has ordered a hit on the Balanchine family (Anya, Natty, and Leo) – and succeeds in assassinating one of the siblings, although the reader – and Anya – are never afforded any evidence besides a box of ashes. On one hand, I loved that Zevin was willing to go there and actually kill off a family member, but at the same time, the mystery element wasn’t there. But surprise! I didn’t guess the killer/mastermind until the reveal. I was quite frankly surprised.
BIIMB was well paced and well-plotted. Except for the first fifty pages or so, the book was tightly wound and unfurled with a quick pace. I read the last 200 pages in one sitting, hooked and desperate to know more. And now that book two is over, I am salivating for book three, especially with Anya’s new business venture at the ends that leads to a rather distinct (but surprisingly not very eventful) loss in the last chapter. I must know more, and I hope Theo is there.
VERDICT: Although not very action-packed and belayed with a love interest I am not quite a fan of (he’s whiney), BECAUSE IT IS MY BLOOD is a worthy successor to ALL THESE THINGS I’VE DONE. Bring on book three!
(Also, the last half of this book really came off as the story about chocolate being banned being an allegory for marijuana. Especially with the medical cacao dispensary. It ended up being rather amusing.)...more
Reading SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY was something of a whim for me. I had requested it one day on Edelweiss and theOriginally Reviewed at BOOK BRATS!
Reading SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY was something of a whim for me. I had requested it one day on Edelweiss and then came home a few days later to find a paper ARC sitting on my porch. And then after that, it took me several more weeks to decide, “Hmm, I think I’ll read this one.”
I had a few initial impressions of SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY based on the synopsis and cover – zombies, steampunk, girls in pretty dresses, and boys. And sadly, I was let down on two counts. The zombies in this story are more of necromancer-controlled bodies than anything, and the steampunk was never really fleshed out. Yes, there are girls in pretty dresses, though. And yes, there is something of a love triangle.
Maybe I went into this one with my expectations set too high, or maybe I didn’t read the synopsis closely enough, but SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY let me down. The story felt uneven, the characters uneven, the world building uneven. The book was just a rollercoaster between good and poor, leaving me thrown through a loop how the characters could range from highly intelligent to making silly choices over and over again.
The main character of our tale is Eleanor Fitt, a once-wealthy girl living near the turn of the 20th century in Philadelphia. After going to pick up her brother Elijah from the train station, she witnesses the rise of the dead, who attack and pillage anyone and anything they see. Through her desire to find her brother, who she believes is being held by the necromancer (or else already dead), she finds the Spirit-Hunters – traveling experts on the paranormal – and ends up entwined in a battle of good versus evil.
There were parts of SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY I loved. For example, when Eleanor and her Spirit-Hunter love interest Daniel were investigating a factory, I loved the action – up until the point it got silly and the character decisions became ill-planned. Eleanor as a character seemed uneven, ranging from wimp one moment to a kick butt heroine the next to a whiny, spoiled brat the next. And her inability to rationalize the clues made me facepalm often.
And even when certain reveals were made, such as revealing true identities, Eleanor still refused to believe them, even when such identity was made explicitly clear from early on. This entire set up – such as the antagonist, the resolution to the love interests, etc – was made clear from about page five and heavy handed. And the reporter Peger just felt poorly used, referenced only in mention besides one scene when he could have really been a true villain.
Dennard, in her debut, was very ruthless about deaths and amputations and delicious evil. She pulled punches where she needed them where many authors weasel their ways out.
The ending did make me want to read book two. Even though the book felt until about five pages left like a great standalone, the ending suddenly ramped up and paved the way for an entirely new tale. And it’s a tale I’d like to read, in hopes that the unevenness is ironed out. A heavier hand with editing and more consistency would definitely have brought this story up a few notches, but as it stands, it felt like attention was paid to certain chapters and others forgotten, abandoned.
And to wrap up, the world building. I have seen various comments on this – amazing and complete versus non-existent. I’ll have to put myself into the “needs work” camp. The Philadelphia portrayed felt like any usual city with Philadelphia landmarks applied in name, and the world of magic and necromancy was never clearly explained. How do necromancers get their gifts? Born with them. Where does power come from? Egypt. How does this machine work? It does. It felt incomplete and poorly explained. And the “steampunk” aspect of this was ill-defined.
VERDICT: Suffering from a strong case of the unevens, SOMETHING STRONG AND DEADLY ranges from being a taut mystery to a silly mess from chapter to chapter. But if you can stick through it, Eleanor’s resolution as a character is enough to make anyone cheer....more
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 downCREWEL... 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 months ago while desperately seeking something to read.
GENERIC DYSTOPIAN WORLD NUMBER INFINITY
At times, CREWEL made me distinctly remember scenes from THE HUNGER GAMES. That is not a good sign. Beyond the intricacies of weaving and the looms, it just felt stale. We follow Adelice, a young woman who has the power to see and weave on the loom of life - she can create, she can change, she can move, she can kill, and therefore, she's special. When she screws up trying to hide her abilities, she's taken away to a life of being controlled while being pampered and sexually harassed in a tower of women and sexual harassment, where she shuns other girls who like makeup and is immediately attacked for reasons beyond her control.
For a book about a girl breaking out from the control of men, it's awfully...sexist?
I didn't like Adelice. She spends 90% of the book doing stupid things just because she's stubborn, knowing all along that they won't work. I didn't like her two love interests whose names escape me. I didn't like our villains, uber-sexist Cormac and stereotypical mean girls Maela and... the other one.
Wow, this book is pretty forgettable? Yet I do remember being impressed with the plot and imagination. Yes, there was that...
WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS ONE BEFORE
After years of dystopians being the go-to genre on the YA market, CREWEL just felt like another addition to the bunch with little to set it apart from the pack, and that was disappointing. Likewise, it also seemed very reminiscent of the 1998 science fiction film 'Dark City', where a man wakes up realizing that these mysterious men control his world, changing the lives of people, taking people away from families, killing them, building new buildings with just a thought, all during the space of a few minutes where the city sleeps and no one is the wiser, except for our hero who has their powers. It's awesome. Go watch it.
It has all the pre-requisites for dystopians. A love triangle? Check. Pretty dresses the heroine shuns? Check. Kissing when you should be running? Check. A shadowy government with no real motivations to be seen? Check.
VERDICT: Although inventive in its world building, CREWEL feels most of the time like just another entry into the dystopian market - the world just wants our poor heroine to suffer for no real reason other than she's special. Next!
It might change to a 3, but I enjoyed this one. It kind of petered out after awhile, and started wavering, and I wasn't completely satisfied by the enIt might change to a 3, but I enjoyed this one. It kind of petered out after awhile, and started wavering, and I wasn't completely satisfied by the end, but I liked it.