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.
Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Today Stephanie Sinclair and I battle to death in the eternal question generations to come will be asking themselves: Which one of us is sexier?
No… wait, was that right?
Obviously, it’s me.
I’m sexy and I know it. I-I-I-I work out!
I am so attracted to you right now…
You can’t help it. Don’t fight it.
Actually, I think we’re supposed to be talking about Crewel by Gennifer Albin before your head loses the ability to pass through a standard-sized door.
Well, this is an interesting review war because I think it’s the first time Kat gets to play the evil antagonist.
This is the first one in which I have been the naysayer and Steph hasn’t shown off her black heart of doom
I thought my name was Soul-less Wonder?
We’ll work out your supervillian name later; for now we’re on the clock!
What’s your issue with this book, mate?
(That’s my Aussie)
^^[Ed. Note: hahahahhaha! No.-KK]
Well, Heartless Heather, I took a lot of issues with the book.
I think we can safely start with the inherent sexismand move onto the terrible characterisation.
Well, the book was portraying a sexist society.
Yeah, and that I don’t have a problem with.
I illuminate more in my review
, but the book had a huge imbalance of import on male and female characters.
It readily dismissed large chunks of women as useless, pathetic, or worthless – An action not so readily applied to men.
Who was depicted as worthless?
1. Every Eligible Adelice entered the academy with.
2. The other Spinsters are briefly met and then dismissed by the text.
3. There is not a single girl from Adelice’s home that she remembers fondly, and only two girls she briefly remembers at all – one very negatively
What about Elanor and Loricel?
You mean Token, convenient-to-the-plot Elanor,
Loricel was a woman with power (debatable as the book goes on).
She was also little more than a cut out – when juxtaposed against Cormac, it’s pretty insulting that she’s the best that can be provided.
And the men that are mentioned, only two are really depicted in a positive light.
Right, but that’s my point.
There aren’t that many men in the novel and yet TWO are positive characters.
If you are a man in Albin’s world, then you’re significantly more like to be positive or at least a neutral character.
I would include her father as a positive man in the book*.
Her father was barely there – as was her mother.
Yeah, and so are the majority of female characters in the book.
Stephanie Sinclair: A
You said it yourself that there aren’t many male characters.
I guess my point is, for a book that’s supposed to be about women, it focuses almost exclusively on the few male characters
and by doing so, ignores the many, many female characters that surround Adelice.
I think that is due to the love triangle.
Which we both agree was not awesome.
The TERRIBLE love triangle?
I’m totally with you on that point. I didn’t like it.
No. And as you know, Gennifer Albin wrote a guest post
on this blog, and it was a pretty good post.
I went back and read it – It helped me see more what she was trying to achieve regarding characterization,
and I appreciated that, but I ultimately think she failed to translate those motivations effectively onto the page.
I think what’s interesting is that there are so few important female characters. That says something different to me.
I guess I see it a little different.
How do you see it, Madam Malicious?
That the society has brainwashed not only the other females, but Adelice as well.
Yeah, I get what you’re saying, and that’s a valid point.
And because there’s a cultural bias inherent in the characters and society, I’m ready to let Adelice’s slut shaming go,
but I’m talking about the focus of the narrative itself – which is supposed to be above that.
I think the females in the book plays off a lot of stereotypes we see today to magnify the negatives of a misogynistic society.
Yes, but real women are more than plays off of stereotypes.
But, moving on, the actual world building was an exciting concept
I wish there had actually been more weaving in the novel. But the weaving concept was cool.
It was very different from your usual YA dystopian novel.
Well, some of it was very Hunger Games.
Really? How so?
The dresses, the media, Cormac himself.
Ah. I see what you mean.
That was very reminiscent of The Capital, the use of media and President What’s-His-Face.
-The restricted travel
Minus blue hair, which I would totally rock.
Blue hair next?
We could both do it
I think it’s one of the colors I’ve yet to conquer. I’m just worried about the smurf jokes.
Smurfs: Do not have blue hair. -KK
I wish to posit that the actual plot of Crewel was really haphazard.
There was very little focus to it.
Umm… that’s because Adelice was imprisoned for most of the novel.
Yes! Then traveling one minute. Back the next!
Most of it seemed contrived so that she could spend time with one boy or the next.
Then finally about 50 pages from the end she’s like, “I should do some shit!”
Then it ends.
Lol! Well, that’s because THINGS WERE GOING DOWN.
[Ed. Note: That’s what he said. – KK]
…Boring and predictable things!
You predicted the ending?
SO predicted it
Ugh, whatever, Kennedy!
You did not!
I did too!
There was this moment she was talking to Loricel,
and it was all like, “LOOK WHAT I’M SETTING UP FOR THE ENDING! HAHAHAHAH!”
And I was thinking, “Oh, so that’s how it’s going to end.”
And it did.
*sigh* You are impossible!
Yeah, that too.
What did you think about only women being able to weave?
Well… I thought it was pretty horribly handled at the end,
but I don’t want to include spoilers.
Gah! How am I supposed to respond to a response like that!
By seducing me!
Which is the only way this Review War is going to end,
because I don’t think either of us are ever going to agree.
Sure we are. You can just say I win.
Okay. I win.
You spelled “lose” wrong, darlin’.
Who won, who lost? Comment below to give your opinion!
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You two are hilarious. Great review war 😀 Also: in the “Review Wars” picture, who’s punching who? Who won? Who lost? I’m still a little lost on that too. Um, well done to both of you? *runs off before I have to make a final decision*
readingwishes I punching Kat, of course! 😛
Love the review war aspect!
And yup, I’m on Kat’s side. The minute Loricel revealed that Spinsters were all women because women are easier to control than men, I lost all faith in this book as feminist. The idea that women are morally weaker, just, ARGH. Wrong wrong wrong wrong.
That and the fact that Adelice is crazy-jealous of a dead woman and tacitly reveals she’s glad her love interest’s wife and baby are dead.
This was hilarious to read. You both make me wish I had a copy on hand, because I can’t seem to remember the book as well as you two did. Also, I have no wish to take a side o.O. Seems very dangerous :P.
Surprisingly, I quite liked this book, BUT I also understand where Kat was coming from with the points that she made in this war and her review. And now I’m all confused over how I should feel about this book. I did like it, but there are some flaws. I guess it will all depend on the next book which is the way a lot of series books go with me. I call a tie on this one.
Kara_M I’m interested to see where the story goes. Perhaps we should do a read-a-long for when the time comes!
Stephanie Sinclair Kara_M Sure! I’d love that. If they do arcs of this one, I probably will have one since I got one of Crewel. So if you get one, we can totally do it. 🙂
This was great ladies! As usual. Unfortunately my low IQ and lack of female mindedness (I’m sometimes secretly a man pretending to be a girl online – but only sometimes) missed any kind of useful educational influence in regard to this book. I did like the book but my brain stopped at the love triangle in which all I could think was “ooooh pretty romance – make-out make-out!!”
I love these review wars!! Lol.
OH SNAP. I love that image. One of you just punched the other IN THE FACE. Love it.
OMG, that banana. Where do you find this shit? Steph just won the sexy contest. Looks like our work is done here.
Oh, wait. You guys are still typing? Well, geez. OKAY.
I must say it surprises me that Steph’s always been the negative one, since I feel like she’s always more positive, like about Armentrout covers.
THE WORST LOVE TRIANGLE IN THE HISTORY OF LOVE TRIANGLES? Seriously, I can’t think of a worse one off the top of my head.
Madam Malicious. That’s definitely Steph’s dominatrix name.
Blue hair is very Daughter of Smoke and Bone. You guys should do that for when the third book comes out.
BAHAHAHAH, nice use of “That’s what he said.”
Sorry Steph, but Kat kicked your butt.
cynicalsapphire LOL, yeah, I’m actually the negative one. This year I’ve read more books I’ve liked or have been in the mood for at that time, but this is usually not the case. I think I’ve learned to be more picky.
I will give you an even worse love triangle: Enclave. I’m not even sorry I did that to you.
Madam Malicious. Hmmm… http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m19nfpnqg91r3ovdbo1_500.jpg
I would totally dye my hair blue.
Stephanie Sinclair So funny! Maybe you and I are just doing a better job of avoiding books that will make us ragey? I think I’ve been more positive this year overall, too. A big part of that was telling NG to piss off, and realizing I could turn down review requests and still be in good standing.
I do not remember being bothered by the Enclave love triangle. O_O They weren’t secret brothers who kiss the same! I need to reread that book, because I loved it when I read it a few years ago, but it sounds like I might have been on some sort of medication or something.
Bahaha, Madam Malicious.
Hahaha. Great war, as always. Just one thing I want to say to Kat’s point about the predictable ending (even though I will say right out I didn’t read this book) I think there is a slight difference between a reader/writer and a reader. Readers who also write have a way of being able to see into the mechanics of a book’s layout and pick out where a writer is going to go with it. It’s one of my many frustrations with reading books. I am rarely surprised. And when I am surprised (i.e. The Red Wedding via George R.R. Martin) it is so refreshing.
Man, I wish you guys had the time to do more of these. They’re so fun!
She can’t be heartless – thank is my name.
Hahaha! Every time I see you guys have a total polar opposite reaction to a book, I just go get my popcorn and wait….