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Crewel

Crewel - Alright, let me start off saying that I had personal issues reading this book. I read this during the first week I'd moved into my dorms, so I was in the process of moving, meeting 5000 new people, and getting ready to start college. This means my reading process was really choppy and spread out over several days, sometimes only being able to squeeze in one chapter. Now that you guys understand the circumstances of my reading time, the actual review.I liked Adelice. She had a really big sense of family loyalty and responsibility, which I can always admire and relate to. She managed to stay true to herself in a world that was forcing her to change. Adelice was clever and intelligent and snarky and I liked her.A lot of the other characters were super well developed. Even characters we only see a little bit of, we got to know very well in other ways an there was always a good sense of who everyone was. I ended up really liking a lot of these other characters for who they were, whether they were good or bad. Everyone had a motive and a reason and they all did what they had to do. And there are also some very intriguing love interests, which is a happy find.The world building wasn't quite as thorough as I would've liked, but it was pretty good. I never fully understood the concept of weaving or the rules or what Adelice and the other Spinsters were doing, though. So basically every time they were weaving, I spent most of that time being confused. I got the basic idea, but when Adelice would start talking about the physical weaving itself, it went completely over my head.Despite this, Gennifer Albin is an excellent writer and storyteller. Gennifer's writing style was a scooch different than what I'm used to reading, so it took me a couple pages to get into, but I really enjoyed it. Her writing enabled Adelcie to have a really strong, really unique voice. And when I was able to grab more than a few moments to read, I found myself totally sucked in and not wanting to put it down.Overall, Crewel is a really excellent work with a surprising ending I certainly did not see coming. I'm really excited for not only the sequel, but to see what else Gennifer has up her sleeve.