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(Crewel World #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  17,882 ratings  ·  2,435 reviews
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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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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
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, ebook
Initial reaction:
Holy mother of giraffe balls!!!

Official review:

What. Did. I. Just. Read?


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
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
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
shady boots
Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
This review is also available over at my blog.


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
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
Jennifer Armentrout
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. No other words needed.
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.


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 u
Mar 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 25, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  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
MeMe Belikova 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

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 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
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Rusty's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
Jul 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People who want to be bored shitless
Recommended to Rusty's Ghost Engine by: Someone whom bored me shitless
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My my what a struggle!

It took me ten days yes ten fucking days! I had to force myself to finish but I'll start by describing the (few) things I liked.

The concept and storyline was very different indeed. In Adelice's world, Arras, the Guild controls and monitors everything via the Weave (a tapestry of threads made of time and matter). Everything has a thread and the Guild can alter or get rid of threads therefor altering and controllin
DNF at 21%

New year, new reading resolutions: I will no longer force myself to finish disasters... and from all the reviews I've read after I found myself frowning upon what I was reading (view spoiler), it appears that that was only the beginning for a trainweck.

The girl is just your usual Mary Sue. With her bland Mary Sue voice. Making stupid Mary Sue
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
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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
Aug 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
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
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
Emily Anne
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
This review has been a hard one for me to sit down and write. Crewel was 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.

Crewel lured 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 interestin
Jan 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-releases
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
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
The Book Queen
Dec 27, 2015 marked it as abandoned
I think this may be the quickest I've ever abandoned a book. I was reading it on wattpad, so I couldn't tell what the page number was, but I ditched it after Chapter Two. Life's too short to read books like this. I'm not normally so picky about beginnings, but the two chapters I've read were disappointing and dull, and according to the majority of the reviews, the rest of the book is the same. Crewel gets the dubious honour of being my first DNF of 2016. ...more
These Violent Delights (Robin)
Although I had a few problems with this book, mainly the lack of female friendships (categorizing women as backstabbers and b****es with each other, which I totally disagree with) and Adelice's emotions. She barely had any, it was like if she had a kitten and it died she'd be like "oh, that's so sad" and then barely even shed a tear. It just really bothered me.

Anyways, the story/plot was really interesting, it kept wanting more. The writing style was okay enough.
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopia
2.5 stars
Between the enormous amount of glowing reviews it has received and by the fact that I personally met the author and found her to be a very intelligent woman, I suppose you could say that I was expecting high things from Gennifer Albin's Crewel. Unfortunately, however, I found it a bit mediocre and disappointing.

The premise of Crewel is one that, to me at least, was quite intriguing. The story is set in the futuristic world of Arras, where the Guild rules the
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
A HUGE THANK YOU to Around The World ARC Tours for allowing me to read this ARC. I have to say I have never read anything like this before. The way Gennifer set this world up was nice and slow. Sometimes slow is painful but in this case it is GREAT! I was able to follow the new world and grow right along side Adelice.

Adelice lives with a secret that she wants to keep from everyone. She wants to be normal and she definitely does not want to be a Spinster. But one day while she is being tested she
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