Crewel world #1. Author: Gennifer Albin.
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 should have been a good read. It really, really should have. Spinners who weave time and space to create their reality… a girl so talented she can’t even pretend to fail… and of course the cover, because we all know it’s there to be judged. Yet I simply never connected with the main character, rebellious and yet conforming, apparently unable to make up her mind whom she’s in love with, and over all just not interesting. The setting, the Spinner’s tower she ends up in, was the same. It had everything it needed to be interesting, and yet didn’t make the cut. We didn’t see much of what actually goes on there, and what we did see was often crude and uninteresting.
Sexual content: Multiple kisses. A character thinks about feeling naked due to revealing clothing. A character dresses and acts provocatively. A character refers to being taught about “the birds and the bees”. A character is questioned about sexual experiences. Two characters briefly caress each others’ faces, hair, backs, and necks. Two women are briefly seen embracing romantically.
Language: 2 d***, 2 derogatory names
Violence: Character’s parents are killed off screen. Character hits another character several times. Character is found after having committed suicide, with few details. A character has her hands badly cut by fine wire.