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Minute Review: Crewel (Gennifer Albin)

Crewel (Crewel World, #1)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.








It's going to be sad to say that in the two short weeks since I've read Crewel, I can't remember much about it. That being the case, this review is going to be short and sweet since it will only focus on what I do remember and not too much on the gritty details. 

* Crewel has an interesting concept that can be a bit complicated at times. I found some of the descriptions confusing and muddled, but I still enjoyed learning about Spinsters. 

* The antagonists in this book are terrible. And by terrible, I mean you will hate them because they are all sorts of evil. I give points for having villains that you hate instantly. 

* I'm pretty sure there is a love-triangle, but it was a bit hard to figure that one out. Jost is my favorite so far because he has major motivation for being where he is. Erik is just there. 

* I read through the majority of the book just enjoying the story. Then I realized it's kind of like a dystopian? Who knew. I had no idea! Once I realized that, I wished the idea of what civilization was like that lead to this new way of life would have been explored more. Of course, the ending leaves it wide open to be explored in book 2, and I already requested it from the library so I can figure things out. 

I'm not really happy how the book ended. Seems a bit convenient and rushed. Oh well. Many readers will probably enjoy the story (as a story). 


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The Search for Delicious Natalie Babbitt
Product Details

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book


Summary from Amazon: Gaylen, the King’s messenger, a skinny boy of twelve, is off to poll the kingdom, traveling from town to farmstead to town on his horse, Marrow. At first it is merely a question of disagreement at the royal castle over which food should stand for Delicious in the new dictionary. But soon it seems that the search for Delicious had better succeed if civil war is to be avoided.


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