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Initial reaction:Holy mother of giraffe balls!!!Official review:What Did I Just Read? *blinks*Ok, wow Creative does not even begin to describe this formidable world that Gennifer Albin has built Bringing in some scifi elements into it, the explanations of the weaving and how the whole process works simply blew me away When it starts off it creates a lot of questions and wonderment, but as the world building progresses, we're brought into an extremely complex, incredibly well described futuristic world where everything and everyone can be manipulated by the touch of a Spinster It can be hard to grasp, especially if you don't pay attention this is the kind of book you have to really be alert for and it pays off Further, Gennifer's world building is beautifully written, making it both surreal and believable It's also menacing; piece by piece, we find out details about this world that are astonishing, bigger than anyone would have thought It's revealed layer by layer, until you simply cannot fathom that anymindblowingness could come forth then it does TheI learned about it, the giddier I became I love it when an author thinks outside the box; employing some scifi, even a bit of fantasy, to create a world that could easily become overwhelming, but instead, It becomes impressive, it becomes convincing, and heck, I think it even gave me brain cells!Moving on to our dear Adelice Adelice is not an especially tough protagonist She's not weak by any means; she knows how, and when, to take a stand, fending for herself But, she can be naive, even feel a bit underwhelming at first Nonetheless, I, for one, enjoyed her flawed characterization She's a simple girl in a surreal world and it makes her genuinely likeable She goes through a believable character growth when she, like us, begins to understand just how extraordinary the world is; how things really work inside and out When you've been betrayed, when you go through unimaginable ordeals, you grow up I enjoyed seeing how she realistically reacted under this pressure Having been brought up with a purity standard in a world where boys and girls live in separate neighbourhoods, Adelice has never been in love, or kissed a boy for that matter So it takes her by surprise when she meets not one, but two handsome guys that are pining for her There is a hint just maybe a small scratch of a love triangle, but the scratch is really only just a scratch I fell head over heels with the romance in this book Experiencing the "firsts" with Adelice is exhilarating, filling me with hope and lust and butterflies And even though there is a strong romantic thread in the story, I never felt it downright took over, nor does it take anything away from the main plot I know of one person who is majorly awaiting book two I will not be the only one either I am sure The ending is not a hair pulling cliffhanger per say,like an OHEMGEEthesequelisgonnarockmyface ending! Like I said, the world is given to us in layers, but so is the plot and theI read, the faster I needed to turn the page l I think my Kobo sparked at one point Point of the story? Read it Maybe in print copy, for your safety Brilliant, completely gorgeous, and exceptionally unique, Crewel is highly recommended for scifi and dystopian fans.Forof my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads
[[ Free Epub ]] ⇢ Crewel ↵ Inútil Torpe Las demás chicas lo susurran a sus espaldas Pero la joven de dieciséis años Adelice Lewys tiene un secreto: sus errores son intencionados.Dotada de una habilidad fuera de lo común para tejer el tiempo, Adelice es exactamente lo que la Corporación está buscando, y en Arras ser elegida tejedora es lo máximo a lo que una joven puede aspirar Ser hilandera significa privilegios, riqueza y belleza eterna Pero no solo eso, también significa tener la facultad de bordar la esencia de la vida Pero para ello hay que pagar un precio que Adelice no está dispuesta a asumir, puesto que deberá controlar absolutamente todo lo que las personas son: lo que comen, dónde viven, cuántos hijos tienen… Así que está decidida a fallar en las pruebas para ser hilandera, pero en su último examen sus dedos resbalan, el telar reacciona a su don… y la Corporación la identifica A partir de ese momento, Adelice dejará de tener control sobre su vida y pasará a convertirse en un instrumento más de la omnipresente Corporación Sin embargo, una vez dentro, el poder de Adelice irá creciendo mientras aprende a manejar su don y a decidir en quién confiar, a quién vigilar… y a quién amar. Without a doubt Crewel is the most creative novel I've read so far this year When I first read the blurb I thought, "A dystopian society where people are weaving time?! YES! Gimme! Tell me !" The dystopian genre has really taken off lately and sometimes it can be hard to find a novel that separates itself from the pack Crewel does just that and does it well It completely stands out with its complex concept, feisty heroine and a plot that kept me guessing over and over Whoa Can I pull out the winning gif?The beginning of Crewel reminded me a lot of Matched by Ally Condie Now before you start cringing and exiting out of this browsing window, let me assure you that it's not what you think The set up is only similar because both societies involved tight monitoring of its citizens This means they are given a small pool of marriage options, limitations on the amount of children they can have, restricted access to other parts of the society, jobs chosen for them, etc That's where our similarities end and where the awesome begins.Adelice, our main character, has the ability to weave time on an actual loom It is a highly coveted ability in her society because it pretty much guarantees a woman a higher social status and a comfortable lifestyle without needing a husband I'll admit I was worried about how Albin would pull off a society that was generally misogynistic There are really only two outcomes for that: fail really hard or win Even though woman were considered secondrate in this world (needing a husband, only having secretarial type jobs, no real positions of power, can't travel without a man, etc.) and were held to unfair higher standards than their male counter parts (Spinters had to remain "pure", women were expected to always appear a certain way in public: Makeup, dressed up and heels, act like a "lady") I never felt that this was ever accepted by the main character or by other secondary characters And while I contemplated how I could ever survive in a society that forced me to wear heels ALL THE TIME (I freakin' live in my Converses, dude), I realized that these ideals were being challenged especially through Adelice's character She was a strong, formidable heroine who did not back down or allow anyone to push her around She took action at her own personal risk She was bold, gutsy and witty I was like, "YES! You tell that man, girl Give 'em a piece of your mind!"As for Arras, this is yet again another book that makes talking about the world building difficult, mostly due to how Albin tells the story She doesn't lay out the world building in the beginning over the first few chapters like most dystopians In fact, for the first half of the book I still had quite a few questions on how the society in Crewel actually functioned But the reader is given pieces bit by bit As I learnedabout the world, the plot continued to open up along the way At first I wasn't sure how I felt about that style because I like my world building straight up, but it grew on me and by the end of the book I had an appreciation for how it was told.One thing I have to mention was the plot twist This is again why I'm reminded of Matched because they were forced to either marry or stay single Anyone see a problem with that? I almost thought Albin was going to go down that same tired road Condie did with an unrealistic world But then Albin threw in that plot twist when I was least expecting it She must have known I was questioning the validity of a society that didn't even mention gay people Then BAM! The plot twist came out of nowhere and backhanded me All I could do is sit back, ice my face and nod my head in silent approval.Oh, Albin, I totes see what you did there."But, Steph!" you say "Why aren't you giving Crewel 5 stars? This book sounds amazeballs!" Why, yes it was amazing, but I still had a few questions (if the neighborhoods are segregated by gender of the children, what happens if a couple has a boy and a girl?) not to mention I didn't fall in love with the *gasp* triangle of love That really doesn't shock me because I'm usually not a fan of love triangles in the first place I could probably count on one hand how many I actually did like Crewel's love triangle didn't bother me to the point of "headdeskation", but I did feel that the relationships were underdeveloped and generally unnecessary To me it felt like you could easily take out the romance of at least one beau (preferably Jost) and the story wouldn't suffer one bit But the story is not yet over Who knows what could happen!Overall, I really like Crewel and think dystopian fans who are looking for something completely different, will eat this up I don't usually say this that often, but Crewel is definitely a debut that lives up to the hype and will have readers hungering forI know I am.ARC was provided by the publisher for review Thank you, Macmillan! *Want a chance to win this ARC? Check out Cuddlebuggery's Anniversary Giveaway and enter to win! Well, this is going to be a difficult review to write Trust me, if I could, my entire review would comprise of a bunch of gifs depicting happy dances, like so: And no, I don't know what that last gif is exactly Sure, it might be irrelevant, but what I do know is that it's a woman in a crab costume and it's staying Now, where was I? Oh yeah, how if I could my entire review would be of gifs, but apparently, that's not a "proper" review, because it doesn't have to do with the contents of the book Hmph Well then! Here goes my attempt at writing a review for Crewel, but don't say I didn't warn you: it will be a jumbled mess (Just go to the bottom of this review for a much shorter evaluation on my thoughts of this book.)It's been almost a full day since I finished reading Crewel, and I have no clue as to how I'm going to put my thoughts of it into words, or even describe the book in any way I could write my own synopsis for Crewel, like I normally would at this point in the review, but,1) I'm afraid of giving away too much, and would like anyone interested in reading Crewel to go into it knowing as little as possible;and 2) I honestly have no freaking clue how I could possibly write a synopsis for this book What I can say, however, is that the basic plot for Crewel is absolutely brilliant, and that this book is one of the most original and creative books I've ever read in my life, and definitely the most original and creative book I've read this year You can tell that Albin clearly put a lot of thought into what she wanted Crewel to be, and the world in which Crewel takes place is breathtakingly detailed and captivating.Along with the flawless world building and the sheer originality (something we as readers, unfortunately, don't find very often in YA), the characters are all very likable and flawed (and, therefore, believable), and the Albin's writing is stunning and gorgeous Back to the characters in Crewel: we're immediately introduced to our protagonist, Adelice While Adelice is not the smartest, strongest, or all around best protagonist you'll ever read about, she's still a very likable character, and she is very easy to sympathize with And while she is a bit naive when it comes to boys, it was understandable considering she was raised in a sector of the world where people were segregated by gender And, since we're on the topic of boys and Adelice's naivete towards them, then I might as well say it right now, that yes: there is a love triangle, and this is the main if not only reason Crewel is receiving four stars from me as opposed to five I really have zero tolerance for love triangles now, since they appear so, so often in YA, and I especially have no tolerance when there's the one person in the love triangle the indecisive teenager is obviously going to end up with, and then there's the other one, who really only exists to add stress to the main relationship And, adding to that, I just didn't find anything special about the two love interests in Crewel, and in the end, I have a blurred opinion on both of them However, despite the unfortunate and predictable love triangle, I found Crewel to be a thoroughly interesting and brilliant debut, with an ending that is sure to provide an even better sequel While it's not a perfect novel, it was just what I needed to rid me of my crappy book streak, and I loved it.And now, for those of you who didn't want to go through the inevitable torture that you'd be put through if you read my mess of a review (or, if you've read the review and are now reading this, for which I applaud you in making it this far), here's the much shorter evaluation on my thoughts of Crewel: This review is also available over at my blog.Actual rating might be 2.5 or 2.75 Or just 2 stars, I honestly don't even know.After seeing the positive reviews of this book on Goodreads start pouring in, I can't deny that my excitement grew, so I crossed my fingers and requested this title I was giddy when I was approved, and couldn't wait to start Besides the number of positive reviews, the concept also intrigued me a lot A dystopian world that has a lot of timeweavers? Sign me up! I haven't had a dystopian novel wow me since What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang, and I was hoping this one would change that.Unfortunately, I ended up going from this:To this:So we have Adelice, a girl who can weave time with matter, and who's hiding her powers from the Guild, because a girl like her would be chosen to be a Spinster Being a Spinster is anything a girl could want, but Adelice knows the truth about it, that she'd have to control people's lives and follow whatever the Guild wants her to do, sometimes including removing/cutting certain people Adelice has tried to hide her powers, but she slipped during a testing and now the Guild is coming for her.What I liked about this book was the originality of the concept, and the whole SpinsterCreweler thing As for the story, the beginning parts were okay I liked Adelice, but I kind of have a lovehate relationship with her At times she seems strong and sarcastic, but at other times she makes me want to pull my hair out due to her MarySueness constantly showing.It took me roughly fifteen days to finish this book, because it didn't do a good job in pulling me in and keeping me interested The plot was hard to follow and the characters weren't all that likable.Don't even get me started on the romance The two love interests are Josten and Erik, both extremely gorgeous and blueeyed One's a servant with a tortured past and the other seems to be the boytoy of one of the villains Of course, Adelice ends up kissing them both and torn and all but it's clear that Jost is the main love interest I hate love triangles, and the one in this book is no exception It really annoyed me.Also, spoiler time (view spoiler)[Near the end, Adelice says this, and I quote: "I never realized how similar your eyes are," I tell them, and Erik's gaze widens a bit as he finally understands "But it's that and the way you kiss that tells me you're brothers." ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? And she said that out loud, mind you To their faces Am I the only one that finds this quote infuriating? Ugh, I swear, if I wasn't reading this on my phone, I would've thrown it at a wall (hide spoiler)] Rating: 2.5 Stars I think we’re all familiar with the saying, “It’s not you, it’s me!” and while I would love to claim that my disappointed feelings concerning this book stem from me, and not the book itself, I honestly don’t think I can Yes, my unusually prolific knowledge on dystopian and sciencefiction novels definitely played a role in my lack of amazement at the socalled creativity of this novel and that same understanding enabled me to predict the ending of this novel far before the halfway mark of this book was even reached, but overall, I really do think it’s the book as well, not just me Yet, then again, with my reputation of being a black sheep, you could just say this book wasn’t for me, but who knows? Ultimately, the point is that Crewel was a disappointing read with a lot of potential which failed to live up to the immense amount of hype surrounding it Adelice lives in Arras, a world where unmarried women with weaving talents, known as Spinsters, can control time and matter Ever since she was young, Adelice has discovered that she has this power as well, but she has struggled to keep it suppressed due to her parent's fear of Adelice becoming separated from her family and taken away to the lone towers where the Spinsters live their lives On the day of testing, however, Adelice fails to fail and when The Guild, the totalitarian government which controls every aspect of their lives, comes to take her away, her parents force her to run away Nevertheless, Adelice is soon caught and taken to become a Spinster where she causes as much trouble as she possibly can Yet, as she will soon find out, there isto The Guild than what meets the eye and her parents just may have been on to something when they begged her to run away… Wow, a dystopian novel where women control time? Awesome! Original! Creative! Riiight? Wrong I’ve heard all those three words used to described this novel, but in reality, Crewel is no different from any other dystopian book We have our classic government which controls everything, from who you marry to what you study to what you eat and how many children you have We all know that dystopian novels are about fixing the wrongs on Earth and restoring control, so really, this is nothing new Further, the whole idea of being able to kill people at mere whim isn’t anything new either! Lois Lowry did it in The Giver, Kurt Vonnegut did it in his short story “2 B R 0 2 B” and I’m sure countless other authors have done it in the past as well While I’m not denying that Crewel does have an immense amount of originality in its conception – which we see only after the 50% mark of this novel has been passed – for the most part, this story just focuses on a dystopian government like any other If anything, I found it to be formulaic and extremely typical, which was all rather disappointing Speaking of disappointments, I think the characters were what ruined this story for me On the surface, Adelice is an amazing heroine – she’s a strong protagonist, she’s clever, she’s intelligent, and she sticks up for what she believes in Yet, like any building, her foundation was off, which only made her overall character topple down as the story progressed In Crewel, Adelice is credited for running away from The Guild on her own and for being a rebel – a role she quickly assumes without much reason I think we were supposed to realize that the reason Adelice caused so much trouble was because her parents were killed, but this was hardly mentioned It felt, to me at any rate, that she lacked true motivation for her actions and was falsely perceived as a rebel throughout the novel when she made it quite clear that she wouldn't have run away if it wasn't for her parents Thus, the question for much of the novel which begs to be answered is why does Adelice do what she does and cause trouble for herself and for others as a Spinster when she doesn't even know why her parents hated The Guild? We never find out and while Adelice receives plenty of answers later, for the most part, her actions lack logical reasoning In addition to Adelice though, the villains in this story were mediocre at best If anything, they were predictable, unoriginal, and almost cartoonlike in their anger, misbehavior, and evil deeds In general, they failed to impress me and didn’t add anything to this novel Further, they were vastly underdeveloped – much like the love interests in this story as well Yes, that’s right, love interests, plural We have, ladies and gentlemen, another love triangle on our hands! While this wasn’t as bad as some I’ve read previously, it was still extremely irritating Still, I have to admit though that Jost was an extremely developed character and I loved him throughout the story, although I did think the “problem” between him and Adelice was way too easy to see coming Erik, on the other hand, was as flat as paper and seemed to pine after Adelice for no reason, so that aspect of their romance irritated me Overall though, the love triangle really could have been worse Crewel is one of those novels that had so much potential, but just fell flat I really loved the manner in which Albin revealed to us that this novel was a dystopian and some of the cruelty she exposed and horrors of the The Guild and the life in Arras were beautifully written, as was the character of Adelice’s mentor Yet, despite all those good qualities, it still remains that this novel was predictable, contained mostly underdeveloped characters, lacked originality, and had an extremely slow pacing to start with I feel as if so much of the beginning could have just been cut out and if the second half of this was better edited, it would have been a much better story Unfortunately, I’m not sure if I’m going to continue with this series I really do think I can predict most of what will occur in Book Two already, so that definitely does not bode well If you haven’t read a lot of dystopian or science fiction novels in the past, I think this will blow you away, but if you have, this might just wind up being another typical dystopian story for you Ultimately though, Crewel joins my pile of extremely disappointing reads – after all the hype, I think I was just expectingThank you to NetGalley and MacMillan for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for a honest review! You can read this review andon my blog, Ivy Book Bindings. Amazing No other words needed. *3.5 stars*Title: CrewelAuthor: Gennifer AlbinSeries: Crewel WorldPublication date: October 16th, 2012Genres: YA, dystopia, romance, fantasy, ''timetravel''Themes: friendship, trust, family, lovePOV: 1st person and femaleCliffhanger: (view spoiler)[small one (hide spoiler)] "I'm here because it's the last place they'll look.""Look for what?" I ask, unsure if I want to know the answer."Revolution." THIS BOOK FRIED MY BRAIN.I'll award Crewel a happily confuzzled 3.5 stars.Of course, it wouldn't be nice if I let you know just who said the above quote I'll leave you with the element of mystery, as if this book wouldn't do that to you on its own Am I the only person who had a few moments of brain trauma while trying to figure out this world within a world uh outside of a world parallel to a world uh yeah All I know is this : WE'RE ALL PUPPETS OF THE WEAVE I thought that I was slightly confused while reading Hourglass Door This is a similar, but extremely amped up, version of how people can manipulate space and time through their own machinations Upon first impression, I thought this book was going to be another version of The Selection where shoddy world building was going to be excused because of the distraction of two cute boys vying for the lead female's attention But then we went from no world building to "throw everything in the stew pot at once and things will sort themselves out!" I'm still reeling from the wtfery that just took place.So, you askdid I like the book? I did! At least, I loved the characters and the concept I'm not sure if I've quite made sense of how this world is even possible Yes, I get that it's some sort of fantasy/scifi hybrid thing going on here and that I should just go with it What you all don't know is that I can't get through many movies without asking "why?" at least a few times My poor little brain wants to understand every little random detail sometimes, when everyone else is just accepting of the entertainment value Basically, in a nutshell, Adelice is a "Spinster" (yeah, historical romance would coin this term as an insult)a type of girl who can weave the threads of time and matter to influence the world around her The weaves in the loom contain life as we know it people, places, thingseven the atmosphere, such as the weather If you thought mafias could get rid of people easily, they ain't got nothin' on the spinsters Don't piss off this government, or your thread is gonna get taken out of the loom "What happens to people when they're ripped?" I whisper."Honestly, I don't know," she says "I'm sorry." Whatever was going on, I eventually started to warm up to the possibilities of where this series is going to take us The ending took the idea of connected worlds and dropped us into a huge dilemma I can only imagine how much trouble is going to be brought down on our trio of misfit toys as they navigate their new reality.The Players :Adelice Her name I keep wanting to call her Adelaide In the lottery of crappy names, she hit it big So far, I don't have any sort of strong opinion about her I think she's a runofthemill protag who's on a quest for truth, which tends to throw us off from learning many real details about her character itself "I can't be the first eligible who ever ran.""No, but you're special.""Yeah, what makes me different?""They didn't kill you." Jost Well, hellloooooo Jost I'm not the type of person to make "team edward/jacob" shirts, but if I had to pick a guy in this bizarre love triangle, I'd be firmly on team Jost However, I'm slightly annoyed by the fact that Jost might have unclaimed baggage to get in the way But he's tough, protective, and yet somehow mysterious The bonus is he'll feed you if you're unable to do it yourself! "Here," Jost offers, picking up the plate and gathering a forkful of the potatoes Erik The playboy While this type of character can be appealing in his own way, I prefer Jost's untamed character to Erik's refined one But I can't say that he wouldn't be able to charm his way in if he gave it some effort "So exactly what's on the agenda tonight?" I ask Erik."Well, you looking beautiful for one thing," he says, and I have to hold myself back from laughing."Does that stuff work with other girls?" I ask, barely containing my amusement."Yeah," he says, grinning widely "How are you so immune to my charms?""Years of segregation.""That usually works in my favor," he admits in a whisper I'm still a little unclear about where we're being taken, but I'll count Crewel as a good first book to an unusual series Book 2 will definitely be put into my reading rotation when it comes out.This book was provided from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 starsIn a word, I found Crewel inconsistent The good? The concept I thought the central idea behind Crewel, returning to the roots of the word “spinster” and the mythology of weaving, was interesting and strong Albin’s spinsters have the ability to manipulate and repair the weave of their world (the “weave” being the individual strands making up the physical world and the people in it, entwined with the constant flow of time) Weaving is a highly specialised skill requiring particular finesse, and Spinsters are accorded a level of privilege and prestige in the world of Arras, despite the fact that they live effectively cloistered in Coventries and are controlled by the governing Guild That said, the execution is hit and miss Albin’s particular take on time and matter and how they can be manipulated is intriguing, but not explored very deeply This is light sciencefiction and as such the worldbuilding assumes a degree of reader buyin that not all will be able to extend (When you start messing with time, I start asking questions, and Crewel doesn’t give a lot of answers) However, if you’re willing to suspend some belief and take Albin’s world as she presents it, Crewel’s premise is both inventive and engaging Adelice has been trained from a young age to conceal her weaving ability by her parents, who have reservations about the governance of the world they live in Ostensibly crime, poverty and diseasefree, Arras is nevertheless a tightly controlled society in which women have little agency and few rights Segregation of the sexes is widely practiced (at least, partially – Adelice lives in a sector where all children are female, though there are plenty of adult males living there) Travel is severely restricted – reserved for mostly male officials Food is rationed Reproduction is regulated Women who do not exhibit weaving ability are expected to marry, and their employment options are limited However, due to an unconscious slip during routine testing, Adelice reveals her skill and is forcibly removed from her home to become a Spinster For me, this where the inconsistency begins Adelice informs the reader that they come for them at night, vaguely sinister figures who remove girls from their homes under cover of darkness However, she later explains that girls dream of becoming Spinsters – coveting a life of luxury and status This doesn’t compute for me Why remove girls at night in such an intimidating manner if most of them view it as a privilege, something to strive for? After a futile attempt at escape, Adelice is transported to the Western Coventry, unsure of the fate of her mother and sister Following a short incarceration, during which she grieves over the traumatic circumstances of her removal, Adelice bounces back rapidly Before long she’s whisked away to the Coventry’s high tower, plied with luxuries, training with the other Eligibles and singled out by a vindictive Spinster, Maela, and the creepy Ambassador Cormac Patton Because of course, Adelice isn’t just any old prospective Spinster, she’s Super Special And of course, there are Hot Guys.Strangely, Crewel reminded me in places of The Selection This is another novel where “purity”, beauty, clothing and make up are given a peculiar amount of attention and almost disproportionate page time The Spinsters are required to wear dresses and stockings, to be pandered to by personal stylists and domestic staff, to be occasionally squired about by Guild dignitaries as arm decorations at official functions They are also required to maintain “purity standards”, since Spinster’s abilities are allegedly tied to their virginity All the while, they’re also apparently ensuring weather, food distribution and the day to day operations of life in Arras run smoothly – though Albin provides minimal detail on how the Spinster’s orchestrate this round the clock Further, Adelice undergoes something of a transformation in the hands of her aestheticians she’s a vision of beauty While I can appreciate that this is part of the world Albin is building, one built on illusion and facades, I’m also perplexed by the amount of time spent on the minutiae of the Spinister’s accoutrements Comparatively little time is spent on the daily work of the Spinsters, how they operate the looms and manage their considerable responsibilities Oh, wait, I’m not really Not when Adelice has the burgeoning attentions to two young men to consider To be fair, Crewel gains momentum in the second half and the complexity of Arras becomesinteresting The stakes are raised as Adelice discovers just what nefarious deeds the Guild are capable of, and the potential of her own abilities Complex ethical questions are hinted at – though mostly brushed over – and Albin uses her secondary characters to challenge and criticise the restrictive world of Arras, including their enforced notions of gender equality, sexuality and free will But ultimately, I’m left feeling underwhelmed by Crewel It’s not a bad book, but I feel much of its potential was left untapped The big reveal at the climax of the novel is clever, and the ending makes the promised sequel enticing, but Crewel also falls into some familiar tropes While I appreciate Albin’s efforts to imbue Adelice with distinct personality – she’s tenacious and sarcastic – she’s still something of a super special snowflake, a concept I’m thoroughly tired of A littleclarity around the finer points of weaving and the structure of Arras wouldn’t have gone astray either It’s an interesting novel, but ultimately, an uneven one.