Review: Crewel by Gennifer Albin

June 21, 2013 2.5 stars, Book Review 23 ★★★

Pabkins’ One Liner: Bang of a start, fizzled thru the middle and ends in a rush.


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.

In Crewel women are objectified and treated as less than second class citizens. The Guild (run by men of course) is in ultimate control and they dictate the lives of everyone in Arras down to the seemingly smallest details. This is a world where women called spinsters control the fabric of reality, and can weave this fabric to change things however the Guild directs them. Adelice has this power and is roughly thrown into the Spinsterhood. She slipped up during her testing and was unable to hide her abilities.

The premise was so extraordinarily unique and I was caught up in the beginning with the adrenaline rush of her capture and the question of her family’s survival. What starts off fast paced understandably slows down quite a bit once she is in the Coventry. My interest seemed to teeter out when it came to the constant talk about cosmetics and clothes. I did like the personalities of the two male love interests Jost and Erik. They have traits that would definitely appeal to any young girl.

[learn_more caption=”Click Here for Spoiler”] Gennifer Albin sure did try to pack Crewel full of “issues.” Sexual discrimination, underage drinking, LGBT, and suicide, and some really pervy old men.[/learn_more]

Currently, I’m in between a “eh” and a “meh” on how how much I enjoyed the overall reading experience. There were a few things that were too obvious, or too convenient, and others that I just thought were a bit of a stretch to be believable. I still have hopes for the next one, considering how Crewel ended, I’m very excited to see what happens in this world from here.

On a very positive note the narration of the audio book was excellent. She had such a wonderfully subtle way of changing her voice to each character.

As of 6/20/13 the Ebook is on sale on Amazon for $3.79!



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23 Responses to “Review: Crewel by Gennifer Albin”

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I did like the ending and that is what convinced me that I really wanted to read the second. I don’t know but when I looked I realized that it took me a month to finish this…which isn’t a good indicator for me. But once things started picking up in the end I liked where they ended up.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I’m glad someone agreed with me. I did notice so many people loved it – but I was just so ‘eh’. I am however very interested in the concept and did like where they ended up going with it. So I’ll give the second one a shot.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yeah I agree – it was definitely interesting enough to warrant me reading the second book. Plus – pervy old men are a reality, you just can’t escape them.

  1. Gayatri

    I have had this book on my TBR list since it came out but haven’t had the luck to get my hands on it. The cover looks vibrant and I am sure I would enjoy the book! Thanks for the recommendation !

    • Gayatri

      So it was an okay kind of Book? Because I have read one too many okay reads up till now this year .

  2. Jaime Lester

    Between “eh” and “meh” is not exactly what you hope to read in reviews for books that you are looking forward to. But it is so nice to read honest reviews, that it makes it easier to handle. So, thanks! This review is very different from the previous 3 reviews of yours that I have read, which were GLOWING! Anywho, the only thing that I have left to say is a question for you…. If I was looking forward to reading this one, should I go ahead and give it a shot?

    • Pabkins

      I say if you are looking forward to reading it that you definitely read it. I’m of the opinion we should never let someone else’s opinion discourage us from reading something we are excited about. I checked out many other reviews and there are so many people that loved it. So I could be done crazy odd ball! Let’s put it in perspective, while I did not think it was great, I still have book two on my shelf and will read it because I’m curious enough to know what will happen and if the plot line gets stronger. Normally when I rate a book a 2 I dont continue on with the series but this one made it by the skin of its teeth haha.

      If you want to read a Glowing and glittering review do read my review of The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. One of my favorite books this year, I even got so obsessed that I made a 100 song playlist and put it at the bottom of the review.
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      • Jaime Lester

        I usually read stuff regardless of reviews. I am a lot less hard to please than most of the reviewers that I follow, so I tend to be more favorable to books that others aren’t crazy about. So, Crewel, I am coming for you.
        On a MUCH more important note, I will absolutely read your review for The School! No doubt about it. It is one of my most anticipated reads of the year, and I don’t give a flip what anyone says about it. (‘Cept you of course!) It also has one of the best covers of the year. Lucky for me, I won a copy of it and it is sitting on my shelf waiting for the first opportunity that I have to read it!

        • Tabitha the Pabkins

          Me too! I’ll read it no matter what if I’m excited for it. Course I try not to read the reviews of ones I’m REALLY excited for until after I’m done. I’ll like skim them if I see them on my fav blogs. I’ll be interested to see what you end up thinking about Crewel!

          Oh you won The School for G&E! I’m so happy for you. I hope you got a finished edition. The final published book has 5 more pages then the ARC and all the completed illustrations! Oh it was so good. I loved it so much that I literally was obsessed with it for the entire next week, making that playlist ate up an entire day or two. lol. The author is SO nice too. I met him at BEA and got an awesome – he lunged across the table hug – *chants* Read it read it read it!!

          Have I mentioned you’re so sweet and I’m totally twitterpated with you? HAHA

          • Jaime Lester

            Awww! I twitterpate you? Yay! That was my goal. A bit of subterfuge went a long way, I see! You twitterpate me, too! Honestly you are one of the sweetest bloggers that I have met in my two years hanging around. So thank you for that! *cyber lunging across the interweb and hugging you*
            I did get a finished copy, thankfully! I really am too excited. I will let you know what I think when I finish Crewel and The School!

          • Tabitha the Pabkins

            hahah – That’s so sweet of you to say! Well what kind of blogs do you mostly follow then? A good handful of the blogs I follow are pretty much bloggers my own age. I think I gravitate towards their reviewing style and the way they express themselves. But also the blogs that I follow regularly tend to be Science Fiction and Fantasy blogs. I may read alot of YA this past year or two but I love adult science fiction and fantasy. April and I read all over the board here at My Shelf Confessions. So we don’t fit into a niche really.

          • Jaime Lester

            Yeah, I don’t have a “norm”. I read whatever I run across that piques my interest. It is very varied. I will have to do some research into some blogs with older bloggers. I like GIF reviews as much as the next person, but most of the time I want a straight-forward, tell me how you feel and what I should know review that gives me an idea of the book. So, I may have to run down your blogroll and check out some of your blogs.

          • Tabitha the Pabkins

            Oh that blogroll is April’s blogroll. I’ve been here over a year and I still haven’t gotten around to updating it with the blogs that I actually follow. I’ll have to do that this weekend I guess! I even have a super old draft in my email box titled “Update the blogroll” LOL

          • Tabitha the Pabkins

            Ps – I’m not overly fond of the GIF reviews. One now and again is ok but I don’t like when all the review is, is GIFs, its just lazy in my opinion.

          • Jaime Lester

            I agree! We are like, soul sista’s or something. I am totally embarrassed that I just said that. Ok, to bed now. As soon as I finish up commenting back to you!

  3. Bookworm1858

    I really loved the ending for this book, which is the main reason I want to continue with this series. It felt like a total cliffhanger to me and one that really made the whole reading experience worth it.
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yes – the ending of the book is why I want to continue. I don’t normally like cliffhangers – I prefer the book to stand on its own two feet.