Release Date: October 16th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Enter a tangled world of secrets and intrigue where a girl is in charge of other’s destinies, but not her own.
Sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has always been special. When her parents discover her gift—the ability to weave the very fabric of reality—they train her to hide it. For good reason, they don’t want her to become a Spinster — one of the elite, beautiful, and deadly women who determine what people eat, where they live, how many children they have, and even when they die.
Thrust into the opulent Western Coventry, Adelice will be tried, tested and tempted as she navigates the deadly politics at play behind its walls. Now caught in a web of lies and forbidden romance, she must unravel the sinister truth behind her own unspeakable power. Her world is hanging by a thread, and Adelice, alone, can decide to save it — or destroy it.
I was late to the game in reading CREWEL. Maybe that’s why I didn’t love it like everyone else. The hype was huge – everyone was raving about the world, the writing, Adelice.
The writing was beautiful. Flowing like the strands making up Arras itself. It’s no lie that Gennifer Albin has a knack for words. The, however, world was strikingly bland – though it had so many tiers making up the governing powers that my head swam trying to keep track of it all. East and West and the Guild and various coventries named East and West and so on.
I enjoyed the story, nonetheless. At least, that which I understood. Time and portals and other worlds are a difficult aspect to describe. Some authors can describe them fluidly, building it as the plot goes. With Adelice as clueless as we are, info dumps occur throughout much of the story, and not all of it was easy to understand.
My main problem, however, aside from the hard-to-understand world, was Adelice. Coming from a family where she was always the not-so-talkative sister, where she tried to keep her talent a secret, where she couldn’t bring herself to tell her parents she slipped and that the Guild would be coming for her – Adelice is easy to think of as a soft-spoken, mostly quiet girl. I just couldn’t justify her fierceness when it came to speaking once she was taken away from everything she knew. She would bluntly put off high-ranking officials and argue pointlessly with those who tried to help her.
Then there was Josten, a character I came to love by the time I flipped the last page. I’m not a fan of the name, but his backstory broke my heart and made me long for instances when Adelice was with him.
All in all, CREWEL was good. It’s a solid story, despite the issues I had. If I had a chance to read it again for the first time, I would. While I can’t say I’m dying for the sequel (which I’ve got in my hands), I am definitely going to see what happens next.