My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Crewel tells the crazy exciting story of a girl named Adelice Lewys, who possesses a gift. In the world of Arras, there are women named Spinsters who are able to weave threads on looms and create and alter things. An unpleasant thunderstorm in the weather forecast? A spinster will have it removed. Food that needs to be harvested? A spinster will see to it. Even the birth of children is guided by the work of spinsters. Adelice can work threads without needing a loom — something that sets her apart from the rest and would make her valuable to Arras. Although Adelice’s parents try to keep their daughter from being caught, she is sent to the Guild to work as a spinster against her will with a secret that could perfect or ruin her world.
I absolutely loved this novel to bits and pieces. The storyline was interesting, very unique and it captured my attention from the very beginning. Being able to alter things by using threads, by putting threads together or taking one out — very original and nothing like I’d ever read before. I will say that I found it to be very confusing at times, which is what kept me from giving this full five stars — I couldn’t keep up at some points and I had to re-read things a lot to fully grasp what was going on.
Adelice I thought was a great character, very witty but very on point — she made decisions based on her surroundings and was thus very perceptive in order to make the right decisions. She adapted, which was very nice to see, and the way she presented herself despite the layer of deceit was very nice to read. Her relationship towards Jost and Erik, her two love interests, was also interesting, but I don’t think it was fully necessary to have kept the story interesting. Still, it added something to the story in the end, paving an interesting starting point for the sequels.
I loved Josten, I thought he was a lovely character from the very first moment he was introduced and I was happy he got to play such a big part in the story. I didn’t particularly care for Erik much, mostly because I constantly felt like he was lying or deceiving (and up to this point, I still do not trust him if I’m honest), but it wasn’t bothersome to read about him.
I really really enjoyed reading about Maela, I have a soft spot for the evil, darker characters and I loved to see how she reacted to things, how she dealt with things and quite honestly, her affection towards Erik really moved me. We don’t know what her fate is (or maybe I missed it), but I wouldn’t mind seeing more of her or having her come back somehow. Enora I also loved to bits and pieces and the plot twist on page 260 exactly ripped through me like a sledgehammer. That and Jost’s backstory were enough to bring tears to my eyes. The book had several good plot twists that I did not see coming and I really enjoyed that.
In conclusion, I would like to say that Albin’s writing style was absolutely lovely, despite the weaving process being too complicated for me to follow at times. Though there were several complicated words, it did not distract me from what I was reading and it was an enjoyable process all the same. The author is good at descriptions, giving enough information to the reader to allow them to paint a vivid picture — whether this was about surroundings or the intricate details of the threads.
Enjoyed this thoroughly, will be picking up books two and three when possible. My official rating for this stands at four and a half stars.