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The halls of Coventry are dark and twisted places readers will want to visit. (The New York Times Book Review)
Albin has created a unique world that is as fascinating as it is frightening. Absolutely thrilling! (Josephine Angelini, bestselling author of Starcrossed)
I love how time in Crewel is a physical, shimmering line that can be touched and woven into a pocket of safety in a lethal world. Original, artistic, layered, and nimble, Albin's novel is a compelling read. (Caragh O'Brien, author of the Birthmarked trilogy)
Crewel is a book about romance, knowing who to trust, and destiny. (Seventeen.com)
The next big YA thing-to-come. (The Atlantic Wire)
An incredibly interesting mix. (Hypable.com)
Unusual, brilliant. (MTV's The FabLife.com)
If you liked The Hunger Games, try Crewel. (Redbook.com)
The next big dystopian blockbuster. (Booklist)
Captivating and intense, the right balance of mystery, romance, and drama. (Publishers Weekly)
Aspects of Crewel bring comparisons to The Hunger Games. (VOYA)
Gennifer Albin holds a master's degree in English literature from the University of Missouri and founded the tremendously popular blog theconnectedmom.com. She lives in Lenexa, Kansas, with her husband and two children.
Q&A with Gennifer:
Would you describe the world of Arras?
Arras is a world of cocktails, beautiful women who hide deadly secrets behind their made-up faces and silk stockings, and men who fear women so much that women have been forced into powerless roles. No one is quite who they seem and in the middle of it all, sixteen-year-old Adelice has to navigate a tangled web of lies and conspiracy to unravel the truth about her world and her identity.
What inspired you to create such a world?
I wanted to create a world that wasn't anything you might expect from a story about girls weaving the fabric of life. Weaving, sewing, and other needlecraft have always been considered womanly arts, so I chose to build Arras into a glamorous, but very Mad-Menesque world. There I can explore how girls feel about traditional jobs and responsibilities as well as the temptation of luxury and fame. And let's face it, writing characters in fedoras and pin curls is fun.
Are you like any of the characters in the book?
Eventually a high school teacher of mine is going to expose that Adelice gets her penchant for challenging authority from me. I've always been a big fan of the comeback, but as I get older I'm learning to bite my tongue. I think Jost would be proud.
Started off strong but dragged at times. I am still debating if it earned the purchasing of book # 2.Published 1 month ago by chaz
This book very pleasantly surprised me. The blurb sounded interested but I got immediately drawn in to the story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by mapleleafmanny
Love this book. Can't wait to read the rest. However it was really hard to understand at times. I really had trouble picturing what was going on. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this first installment and am looking forward to reading the next. 1984ish / dystopian /sci-fi fantasy. You won't regret reading this.Published 4 months ago by makdove
Crewel is the first book in a trilogy, but I'm not sure that I want to read the rest.
Adelice, the main character, struck me as selfish, unlikable, and unsympathetic. Read more
I won a copy of this book in a Shelf Awareness giveaway what seems like a very, very long time ago. I saw so many people reading it an I wanted to see what it was all about, so I... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lisa Pottgen
Sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has tried so hard to FAIL her obligatory weaving exam. Unfortunately, on the day of testing, she slips for just one moment, showing off her great... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cynthia S. Haggard
I was actually surprised by this book. At the beginning it seemed to start out like every other dystopia YA lately, examples… segregation and absolute control of citizens, also the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jennifer @ Bookworm Coalition
I am surprised by how much I loved this book. My expectations were not set too high, although they weren’t set too low either. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Christina