January 19, 2016

11556960Published: October 16, 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Author: Website
Info: Goodreads

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.  (

This is one of those books where if I were still dropping titles I didn’t like after fifty pages I would have missed out because it took 50 to 75 pages for the story to really get going.  During that initial time it was shaping up to be another ‘girl pulled from the rags to live in riches and also saves the world’ stories that just have me yawning.  CREWEL did NOT disappoint and the more I read the giddier I got.  This is a GOOD book.

Not to specifically target this book but the trope in general of a society where women are subjugated is just getting old for me.  To the point where it’s not even riling anymore.  Women have been subjugated since history began.  It’s not new, it’s not unique, it’s not shocking.  To this book, the world was less than thrilling for me because of this.  It’s a well-built world but I just wish it wasn’t so incredibly patriarchal because I just couldn’t immerse myself in it like I wanted to.  I just couldn’t help rolling my eyes when something in the world was talked about, like how women needed to be protected and men must always been in power to keep the world balanced and blah blah blah.  Chalk it up to over-saturation of this type of thing.

Other than that the story just kept drawing me in more and more.  I couldn’t get enough of it.  I wish she wasn’t pit against Pryana from the beginning.  There was an explanation a little later on that she was actually a viper anyway and would have stabbed Adelice in the back if given the chance.  I would have preferred that actually come out in the relationship than just severing it at the knees.  Although I really did like how Adelice addresses the irrationality of the situation.  She was kind of like I guess it’s my fault but this woman just ripped an entire school to oblivion to teach us a lesson.  Is no one going to address that or . . .?  Loved it.

I loved Adelice.  She wasn’t an overt character who bucked the system at every turn but she noticed things I would notice.  She commented on things I would comment on.  It’s really rare for me to come across a character that’s so incredibly logical, that when something happens and my brain starts veering down a path it turns out Adelice isn’t too far behind me.  She cares deeply for the people closest to her and she’s incredibly intelligent and astute regarding her surroundings.  She plays the game as much as she’s so required, and does it grudgingly, and it gets her by enough.  But sometimes that’s not enough.  And she lets that show too and it really puts a bullet in her foot.  More than once.  She’s just such a well-rounded, complex, relatable character for me that I couldn’t get enough of her.

I liked how the story progressed and how it introduced what was turning into something of a tragedy with Loricel and the situation with Cormac and Maela.  This incredibly rigid society that’s so buttoned up and put together is really just hiding a load of panic.  For years the men in power took advantage of what they had and then it starts crumbling down around their ears and even then, in the face of certain death, they’re still so smug about survival.  I’m looking forward to seeing where it all goes.  I’m rather anxious, actually.

CREWEL ended up being a fantastic book for me and Adelice especially really resonated with me as a character.  I’m twitchy to get my hands on ALTERED, the next book in the series, because where CREWEL ended MY GOD.  I don’t get that kind of involved in books very often but I WANT MORE.


I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Comments are closed.