Thursday, December 20, 2012

Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Release Date: October 16, 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

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.  -

Ah-maz-ing!  This story has to be one of the most unique stories I've ever read.  Yes, it was a dystopian, but it was so different than anything else out there that I've read, that I felt like I was reading a dystopian for the first time. 

The characters were wonderful... Adelice especially is probably one of my favorite characters I've read about in a while.  I loved her strength and quiet dignity... she was very self-contained, and this is something I don't see often.  She's naive about some things, but also very cunning in others.  She's smart enough to have known it best to hide her talents from certain people.  And I am having such a hard time figuring out who I want her to be with.  This is one of those very well-done love triangles that you don't see very often... the ones where you don't immediately know who the character is going to end up with because you absolutely love both.  And man did I love them both... but for different reasons.  They're almost completely different, so you would think this would make me pull for one over the other, but no.  I'm so perfectly balanced between the two.  I can't wait to see what happens there.

This story itself was just perfectly written.  The suspense gave the story a brilliant pace.   Then there were times that the writing was just so beautiful... it had a poetry to it that I loved.  And when the big reveal came, I was amazed at the unique quality to the idea.  How kewl!  At the end, I am left wondering, how the heck is Adelice going to get herself out of this situation?  Which is exactly the kind of story I like... one that keeps me guessing and worrying for the characters. 

This was just a brilliant book.  I loved, loved, loved it.


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