Book Review: “Crewel”

“Crewel (Crewel World #1)” by Gennifer Albin

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

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Source: Bought

Summary from Goodreads:

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, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to manipulate the very fabric of reality. But if controlling what people eat, where they live, and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and used her hidden talent for a moment. Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her dad’s jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because tonight, they’ll come for her.


  • The idea of the world is pretty awesome. The universe/reality is made of threads that can be manipulated.
  • That idea applied to how they travel is really cool. You sit in a room and the Spinsters unweave (the old room) and reweave the (new) room around you.
  • In a lot of ways it was a bit difficult to fully picture the world in my mind but it would be nice to see the book done as a movie (if they would do it right).
  • I wasn’t a fan of how women are set in this world but I did appreciate that Adelice rebelled against those ideals. Unless you were a Spinster, you had no power as a woman. Even if you were a Spinster, that power was just an illusion.
  • The love triangle was annoying but the twist redeemed it a bit for me. I didn’t really feel any passion for either guy though. Too convenient and insta-lovey. There wasn’t enough to make you root for a guy. They just happened to be nicer than anyone else we met (which really isn’t saying much).
  • There wasn’t enough interaction with other Spinsters for me. We’re just supposed to believe that they’re mean and nasty? There is nothing to them. Talk about boring villains.

The bottom line? Pretty enjoyable.


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