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 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.
But Adelice is forced into this powerful group, and she must learn to navigate the dangerous politics at play. 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.
Audience: Middle School and above
WARNING: This book does involve a bit of romance, but it is very creative, original, and captivating!
This book made an impression on me when I saw it online. The title is simply so amazing and beautiful and creative that I decided that I just had to read this book. The plot summary was even more intriguing, and so, when I got it as a gift for the holidays, I quickly became engrossed in it and read it in 4 days. It's just that good!
Crewel starts out with quite exciting events, and the author does a very nice job of setting up the world and the way the society works. This is a book set in the utopian world of Arras, where the calm, composed, and controlled spinsters "weave" the stands of time and matter of the world to literally fabricate the entire world. Adelice has more than just the gift of a spinster, she can see the weave without any equipment, making her eligible to become a Creweler. The Creweler is the head spinster and is supposedly the boss of everyone - without her the world of Arras will collapse due to chaos. This discovery and realization that every persons life is perfectly planned, up to the moment when the spinsters rip their strand out of the weave and kill them, leads her on an adventure of finding what really makes up her world.
Adelice is immediately understood as a sort of clueless young girl who doesn't totally understand why her family does the things it does, and why she is special. Her ignorance makes her immediately lovable for some strange reason, however, and the beginning of the book shows the beginning of her journey from a young, innocent, well-doing girl to someone who knows more than she lets on.
I feel like the beginning of this book was better than the end, mainly because the end felt almost rushed and a little crazy. The last chapter was good, with a cliff hanger that makes me want to beg Gennifer Albin for the next book right now, but the 20 pages before were very confusing. I had to reread that section a few times. That's the only reason this book didn't get a perfect review, because I really just wasn't happy with that section of the book.
Other than that, I think that Gennifer Albin did an amazing job creating a very original and compelling story. I highly recommend this, it's a fast read and will leave you waiting for the next book in the series!!
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