Crewel

by Gennifer Albin

Square Fish | October 15, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Crewel is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 10.

Deadly Secrets
Tangled Lies
Woven truths

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.

Crewel is the first book in Gennifer Albin's gripping young adult series.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.18 × 5.66 × 1.08 in

Published: October 15, 2013

Publisher: Square Fish

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 125003423X

ISBN - 13: 9781250034236

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Retired Hard to put down reads at a fast pace captures the imagination and holds you there through out the chapters
Date published: 2014-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Explain Great book. But the one thing it's missing is explanation. There's all these new words and you never really find out what they all mean exactly.
Date published: 2014-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This book was great! I barely put it down! Definitely an author I will be reading in the future.
Date published: 2014-06-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hype monster bit me unfortunately.. This was another one that I had trouble liking. I know it was one of the most original concepts I've ever heard about but the execution was a little off. I was bored. That's something I don't like to be when I read so I thought it would start to get amazing in the end but it didn't. I was so disappointed.. The originality is so unique. A world where you can wipe out people's lives and buildings kind of like a game player was crazy and weird all at the same time. I didn't care so much about Adelice only because I couldn't fully understand her. Why are the two guys falling for her? Only because of her beauty? I felt that her personality wasn't as strong as most dystopian heroines. She lacked likability and that's something I've always looked for in main characters. I didn't understand why she wasn't more ripped apart by her entire family being ripped apart. She didn't like being dressed up like a doll yet did it anyway. I wanted to like her but just couldn't.  World building is wholly thrust at the end and I didn't like that. Mostly it could be done in the first hundred pages but maybe I'm just being picky. I might have to do a reread of this because maybe I missed some points, but with a character than unlikable it'll be real hard to keep going. If you like The Selection, be sure to grab this one! If you like dystopian novels like Divergent or Legend, don't pick it up. It's not truly a dystopian novel because I have no idea why they're so downright terrifying in the first place..
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Crewel Another book I enjoyed. I look forward to the second one in the series.
Date published: 2014-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't put down! Amazing fast read that won't let you put it down... Highly addictive, going to buy the next one now!
Date published: 2013-12-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from disapointing I bought this book based off of some mixed reviews... and a great cover. I was very excited to start reading this book and the first few chapters served me well. Filled with action and a hint of mystery I was hooked. I started getting into the pages and it just continually got boring. I kept reading in hopes of the story developing into an action packed novel but it just kept slowing down. I stopped half way through because it was becoming so repetitive and plain that I couldn't take it. The concept of the story is very interesting and had amazing potential, but the character and plot development was very poor and I'm quite disappointed. Maybe one day I'll pick it up again and try to power through but I fund that I'd pick it up, read a page and lose complete interested and had an extremely hard time following along.
Date published: 2013-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't put down! Ohmaigosh! Fantastic, writing is breathtaking, setting is mysterious, world is enthralling, captivating the attention of the reader. Wowza. Love it. I can't wait for the second! I love the characters, especially Loricel and Adelice!
Date published: 2013-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you to D&M Publishers for sending me a copy of this book for review! While in the past I’ve read books that have been crazily hyped and have been disappointed by them, this year it seems like all the hyped books I’ve put off have been totally worth it! Case in point: Crewel. I honestly had no idea what to expect when I picked up this book to read. This was probably because I couldn’t stop staring at the gorgeous cover — which really deserves props because it is INSANELY gorgeous — or because I usually end up with hyped books solely because of the hype, not knowing anything about them. So, when I opened up the book, started reading, and was completley engrossed in a world that is controlled by weaves of yarn, I was hooked (ha! knitting joke!). I loved the idea that the entire world could be controlled by simply removing the weaker pieces in a whole weave and pattern. The images I had in my head while reading this book probably couldn’t compare to the images Gennifer Albin had while writing — I mean, this book was so unique that when I finished I wondered what I was going to write about the story, since “I loved it!” doesn’t really make a good review. I loved Adelice’s character and couldn’t imagine what it would be like to be pretty much captured by the leaders of this society, taken from your family, and told that you are to train to be a spinster with one condition — you can never see your family again. The beginning of the story is so intense that I could see why Adelice’s family tried to hide her “gift” of spinning — to have that much power over the world is just scary to think about. With elements of sci-fi and enough creativity to put most authors to shame, Gennifer Albin weaves a story that will entrance you from the first pages, not letting go until the very end. It’s a wild ride and one that I’m happy to have read. I can’t wait to continue on in the series!
Date published: 2013-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read!! http://lovesbooksreviews.blogspot.com/2012/10/crewel-crewel-world-1-by-ginnifer-albin.html Wow, what a great book!! I am still in shock of how amazing it was!! From learning about this novel from other bloggers I had to see what the hype was which only excites readers more!! I was not disappointed but thrilled when I got able to read Crewel from the awesome people at Macmillan. Crewel was creative, thrilling and words cannot descrive how Gennifer Albin weaves her characters. The cover is gorgeous because it somewhat represents some of the story. Adelice was an awesome character because she appears shy, but in reality she like to get in trouble, has a sense of humor and will always surprise you with what she is up to next. She is compelling to read about because of the action that takes place in the novel. I really liked her because in this world she is a Spinster and she has soo much determination to get back her family. In the beginning her refusal to be brought into a life of Spinster life is to help those around her. Her abilities are out of this world!! its a mind-blowing book ! The romance was lets say which boy will steal your heart and which one belongs with Adelice because these two men are HOT and Gorgeous, Erik and Jost are also interesting characters because they have soo much background that is important of what is happening in this society of Spinsters. I thought they were both developed perfectly and is intriguing what Gennifer Albin will be doing in the next book involving Adelice's love interests. Enora is a mentor to Adelice and treated her like a daughter, save her from the evil Guild. The ending was an OMG moment thinking what will happen next after what happened Overall, Crewel was amazing and interesting that this is a MUST read!! Gennifer Albin created a great series and I am looking forward to the next book in the series!! I also liked the idea of Adelice being able to create things by weaving it into time and matter. It felt magical because you can see all the things Gennifer wrote coming to life in your mind. This book is definitely one of my favorite books of 2012!
Date published: 2012-10-18

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Crewel

Crewel

by Gennifer Albin

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.18 × 5.66 × 1.08 in

Published: October 15, 2013

Publisher: Square Fish

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 125003423X

ISBN - 13: 9781250034236

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ONE  I CAN COUNT THE DAYS UNTIL SUMMER draws to a close and autumn seeps into the leaves, painting them ginger and scarlet. Right now, though, the dappled light of mid-afternoon is glorious emerald, and it’s hot on my face. With sun soaking into me, everything is possible. When it is inevitably gone—the seasons programmed to begin and end with smooth precision—life will take its predetermined route. Like a machine. Like me.It’s quiet outside my sister’s academy. I’m the only one waiting for the girls to be released. When I first began my testing cycle, Amie held her pinkie finger up and made me swear to meet her each day after I got out. It was a hard promise to make, knowing they could call me anytime and sweep me away to the Coventry’s towers. But I make it, even today. A girl has to have something constant, has to know what to expect. The last bit of chocolate in the monthly rations; the tidy ending to a program on the Stream. I want my little sister to be able to count on a sweet life, even if the heat of summer tastes bitter now.A bell tolls and girls pour out in a surge of plaid, their giggles and shouts breaking the perfect stillness of the scene. Amie, who’s always had more friends than me, bounces out, surrounded by a handful of other girls in the awkward stages of early adolescence. I wave to her and she dashes toward me, catching my hand and pulling me in the direction of our house. Something about her eager greeting every afternoon makes it okay that I don’t have
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Deadly Secrets
Tangled Lies
Woven truths

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.

Crewel is the first book in Gennifer Albin's gripping young adult series.

About the Author

Gennifer Albin holds a master's degree in English literature from the University of Missouri and founded the tremendously popular blog The Connected Mom. She lives in Lenexa, Kansas, with her husband and two children.

Editorial Reviews

"The halls of Coventry are dark and twisted places readers will want to visit." -The New York Times Book Review

"Albin has created a unique world that is as fascinating as it is frightening. Absolutely thrilling!" -Josephine Angelini, bestselling author of Starcrossed

"I love how time in Crewel is a physical, shimmering line that can be touched and woven into a pocket of safety in a lethal world. Original, artistic, layered, and nimble, Albin's novel is a compelling read." -Caragh O'Brien, author of the Birthmarked trilogy

"Crewel is a book about romance, knowing who to trust, and destiny." -Seventeen.com

"The next big YA thing-to-come." -The Atlantic Wire

"An incredibly interesting mix." -Hypable.com

"Unusual, brilliant." -MTV's The FabLife.com

"If you liked The Hunger Games, try Crewel." -Redbook.com

"The next big dystopian blockbuster." -Booklist

"Captivating and intense, the right balance of mystery, romance, and drama." -Publishers Weekly

"Aspects of Crewel bring comparisons to The Hunger Games." -VOYA