October 17, 2012

Crewel by Gennifer Albin – One Question Q & A Blog Tour, Review & G!veaway

Hey all!  Thanks for stopping by for this fun blog tour!
A group of bloggers that are part of the Crewel Street Team
have teamed together and asked Crewel author, Gennifer Albin, a question.

Each blog will post their specific question to Gennifer.  Stop by each blog
participating to see how Gennifer answers their question of the day!

Get up close and personal with Gennifer, and while you’re here,
don’t forget to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

My question for Gennifer:


A movie that will always turn your
frown upside down?


Father of The Bride
Arsenic and Old Lace 

 Check out the other blogs participating in this tour!

October 16 – Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance
October 17 – Chapter by Chapter
October 18 – Joire de Lire
October 19 – Querty
October 20 – I Talk Books
October 21 – Books for YA
October 22 – Kari’s Crowded Bookshelf
October 23 – Creative Therapy
October 24 – We All Make Mistakes
October 25 – Proud Book Nerd

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 as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. 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 wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight.

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 stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.

 Crewel (Crewel World #1) by Gennifer Albin
Publication Date:  October 16, 2012
Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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** This title was provided to us by the Publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinions **

I didn’t know what to expect from Crewel by Gennifer Albin.   A book about someone who has the ability to weave time?  Very intriguing, right?  It exceeded everything that I had ever imagined it could be.  I was swept away in a world where being a girl is not very promising…

For as long as she can remember, Adelice has been trained to make mistakes…to make errors…to make herself not be who or what she is meant to be.  But after just one small slip, Adelice’s life, and the lives of her family, are changed forever.  The guards arrive during a celebratory dinner in honor of Adelice, to retrieve her, and start her life as a Spinster.  All the training drilled into her head at such a young age…all for nothing.  As a last act of hope, Adelice’s parents attempt to hide Adelice so that she can live her life free…rather than under lock and key amongst the other Spinsters.

But try as they might, it is too late.  The scene describing this attempted escape is one that will remain in my head (and heart) for days to come.  Beautifully written, and full of so much emotion, it was at this moment that I knew that Crewel was going to be a story that I would completely become engrossed in.

Because of her attempted escape, life with the Guild is anything but perfect.  Forced to live her first few days in a dungeon with not even a toilet, Adelice knows that her life of freedom is no more, that is until Jost helps her leave her not so comfortable life in the dungeon, and takes her to one of the most prominent areas of the building.  Adelice is offered a life of comfort that comes with her skills as a Spinster.  Beautiful clothes, more food than she can imagine after a life of food rationing.  Even the possibility of friends…until her stubbornness gets the best of her, and the one friend she had has now put her at the top of her hate list.

With the belief that she can save her sister, Adelice starts to find ways to infiltrate information from the Guild with help from Eric and Jost.  And with her exceptional weaving skills, it doesn’t take long before she finds out that she is meant to be more than a Spinster, and that perhaps these skills will be her way of finally finding the freedom she longs for.

Let me start off by saying that the world building in this book was freaking phenomenal.  Every detail was jumping off the pages, every character coming to life in my mind.  Everything about this sucked me in and held my attention until the most cliff hangery ending in cliff hanger history!  The huge twist about world of Arras was mind blowing and was a definite mind warp.  Just when I thought things couldn’t get any better, author Gennifer Albin throws in these different changes in the plot which left me on my toes.

How cool would it be to have the ability to see the very fibers of time, and have the ability to manipulate them at will?  The not so cool part would have to be having the responsibility to “rip” someone when their time has come, ripping meaning wiping them out of existence pretty much.  Quite literally, their very fiber of life is in your hands.  I don’t know if I would be able to hand the stress related to that!

With so many characters that you will both love and hate, a story line that will keep you guessing up to the very end, and the originality of it all will leave you breathless and screaming for the next book.  A definite must have!  I have found a new favorite author in Gennifer Albin, and a new crush who goes by the name of Jost…

About the Author:

I like coffee. A lot. Writing gives me time to go get a cup without my kids. I like books as much as I like coffee, but it is easier to read with children hanging on you than drink coffee due to the threat of third degree burns. That’s why coffee gets top billing in my intro: its unattainability.

I hold a Masters in English with a specialization in 18th century women’s studies. While this is a highly marketable area of expertise, I stay home with my kids, which means my 3 year-old son uses correct grammar and doesn’t burn down the house.

I have a ridiculously supportive husband who dreams of being included on a book jacket: “The author lives in Kansas with her husband, two children, and a Tuesday cat.”

I’m represented by Mollie Glick of Foundry Literary + Media.

 Connect:  Website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads

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  1. Vivien

    The premise sound utterly fascinating!!

  2. Ana Death Duarte

    I want to read this book because, at first, I was in love with the cover, lo, and then, after reading your review and others of this book, the story seems to be so cool that I really need it!
    Thx for the giveaway =]]]

  3. Chapter by Chapter

    Thanks Ana! There are lots of awesome reviews out there for this one!

  4. Christina K.

    Because of that summary! It rocks!! It makes you want to read more and the whole spinsters thing seems different:) Lots of power there which isn’t something you’d associate with a spinster in historical terms.

  5. I have come to love dystopian novels. This one sounds very interesting, unique and I have read some really great reviews. And, being a total cover junkie, I just have to have that to put on my shelf!! Thanks so much!

  6. Chapter by Chapter

    I know right! The cover is gorgeous!

  7. Zara Alexis

    It would be “crewel” not to! I love reading, reviewing, and YA is so fun—even in the dystopian genre! Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Chapter by Chapter

    Ha! Clever girl!

  9. jennifer k

    I was already able to read this via netgalley. But I am so obsessed with the US cover (so beautiful) that i need to own it! Thanks. Really enjoyed the book.

  10. Gaby

    I wanna read it because the synopsis sounds really cool and it looks like this is a must read, and I love finding new and great books!

  11. Carl

    It just sounds so different, and the cover is really nice too. I’d love to win this book. Thanks.

  12. Erika

    I would love to read Crewel because it looks like such a unique story and I love when authors build their own world. I’m excited to check this out! Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Amanda T

    I want to read Crewel because it sounds so original! I have never heard of anything remotely similar to this story. I have a feeling it will be one of those books that hold you captive until the last page and leave you thinking about it long after.

  14. Julie R

    I want to read it because it sounds like a great book.

  15. Natasha

    I want to read it because it sounds amazing!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. Leigh

    Nice review! This book seems pretty cool.

  17. Chapter by Chapter

    Thanks Leigh! It was so good!

  18. I think between the intriguing summary and the gorgeous cover I am hooked. Well then there was your awesome review that just convinced me further that I wanted to read this :D Thanks for the giveaway and great review!!
    btw I like father of the bride too :)

  19. Chapter by Chapter

    Thanks Tiff! I really think you’ll love this book!

  20. mamabunny13

    I like the premise of it … I’m also addicted to the dystopian genre right now!

  21. TayteH

    I like time travel type books. They sound pretty cool. :D

  22. wanda flanagan

    It sounds like a great read I cant waitto dive into this story

  23. Loved the question!

    And awesome review :)

  24. Chapter by Chapter

    Thanks Cynthia!

  25. Katrina

    I’ve heard so many things about this. It seems like one of the most anticipated release of the year.

  26. First off, just look at that gorgeous cover!! Second, it’s a dystopian! What more could a girl ask for????
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Tanychy

    Because it sounds so good! Some of my friend recommended me and I cannot wait to read it :)

  28. Len D.

    I’ve heard good raves about this book!

  29. jade

    it sounds epic , and i am highly intrigued by it’s slightly more original concept.

  30. JennH

    I’ve wanted to read it for months already and I want to read it just because it really caught my attention, but most of all it sounds AWESOME!

  31. nurmawati djuhawan

    i want to read crewel because i like the synopsis and i love the cover..
    thx u so much :)

  32. Michelle Sedeño

    The first three words to describe the book (or the leading character) caught my attention. Maybe because I feel like it was me. And then the rest of the words interest me. I want to read this book, I thought.
    Plus, I’ve been seeing a lot of positive reviews about it. :)

  33. Jolene A

    The summary sounds amazing and I so love the cover!

  34. Tizzy

    Great Q&A, and your review makes me even more excited about Crewel. I do love a book with a twist!

  35. Chapter by Chapter

    Thanks! It was an amazing read =)

  36. Evie

    I’ve read a lot of great reviews about this book and now I’m intrigued.
    Thanks for the INT giveaway!

  37. erleen

    I want to share it with my friends. Because it’s totally awesome. :)

  38. Samantha D

    I have read so many great reviews for Crewel!

  39. Abby

    I’ve heard so muhc buzz about this book since early 2012..

  40. Filia Oktarina

    Yes, i want read Crewel. I seeing and read many review about this book, make me curious about this book :)

  41. Szappanbubi

    It’s an amazing world- maybe it won’t comfort us in real but from the synopsis and the review it sounds impressive and ‘m really curious about Adelice-such a beautiful& unique name, sounds fairy- fate!


  42. Grace Lo

    Well, there’s that awesome cover. And the fact that I’m a sucker for dystopia. And that the story kind of makes me think of the three fates of Greek mythology. Besides, what’s more terrifying and exhilarating than the power to literally weave lives?

  43. Atmika

    I love the idea and concept.

  44. Stella C

    I’ve been aware of this book for quite awhile now but ever since the positive reviews started pouring in, I’ve been dying to get my hands on a copy.

  45. Is it super bad that I want to read it because of the gorgeous cover? I saw one book tuber holding it up and it was all sparkly like Edward Cullen haha..Yes I definitely heard positive reviews about this one, including yours so I’m super psyched. I know I have an ARC, but that finished copy must be put on the shelf!

    “The scene describing this attempted escape is one that will remain in my head (and heart) for days to come.”

    You’re making me super curious to read it now! I want to know what you’re talking about lol

  46. Lisa Vazquezanzua

    I have heard and seen this book on other blogs and websites and it sounds really good!! I cannot wait to read it!!

  47. Nuzaifa

    I love the super gorgeous cover and I really want to read it because it sounds so different!I have been reading so many positive reviews and can’t wait to get my hands on Crewel! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway,MaryAnn and Gabby!

  48. Ash

    I want to read it because the story looks utterly gripping. The blurb got my interest and so did the cover. Thanks for the giveaway.

  49. Erin D.

    What a gorgeous cover. I’ve seen so many good reviews about this book and I am on a huge dystopian kick right now. Couldn’t pass up this one.

  50. I want to read Crewel because I have heard some really great things about it from other bloggers and I adore that cover!

  51. kah_cherub

    first of all, the cover is gorgeous (I’m such a cover whore), I love dystopians and the blurb took my breath away!

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  53. Cassi

    I want it because of all of the great reviews it’s getting:)

  54. Cassi

    I want it because of all of the great reviews it’s getting:)

  55. Holly Letson

    Because it sounds interesting, and I have read such wonderful reviews about it.

  56. Nichole Anne

    I’ve been hearing such great reviews for this! I can’t wait to start reading.

  57. Jaime Lester

    For a few reasons. The cover is gorgeous! the synopsis sounds awesome, and completely up my alley. And some of the reviewers that I trust the most have loved it in a big way. That is enough for me! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!

  58. Rebecca Hipworth

    I really want to read this book because it sounds so unique! :D

  59. Inky

    I’ve heard SO many fantastical reviews and I”m really intrigued about this book!

  60. Angie

    I love the world of Crewel that everyone’s been hyping about.

  61. Denice Mae

    I want to read it because after I read a review of the book, I was really interested on knowing what kind of world the characters have… And maybe because the cover is so cute… Thank you for this!!!

  62. krsz

    I want to read this book because it’s a fascinant one, and the reviews that I read made me love it

  63. Valerie

    This book as been on my to-read list for such a long time now. I can’t wait to read it! Plus the cover is gorgeous.

  64. Jenn Soehnlin

    The premise sounds amazing, and I’ve only heard awesome reviews about this one. It’s at the top of my to-read list. Loved your question for Gennifer, and her answers. :)

  65. Lindy Gomez

    I want to read Crewel because the cover is beautifully stunning, and the premise of the story is both unique and fascinating!

  66. Christiane C.

    I`ve heard many great things about this book, and it`s on my TBR list. The cover is what first drew me`s gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to win :D

  67. Lilian S

    Because the review of this book sound good

  68. Kaitlyn Weaver

    I want to read it because it sounds like a great book and the cover is pretty

  69. Kristie

    I want to read it because I think the concept behind the book is pretty rad. The ability of weaving time is pretty badass

  70. Alyssa Llanes

    The plot of this book is pretty interesting.

  71. Lea Krnjeta

    It seems interesting and unique.

  72. Vendula

    ’cause I just LOVE dystopian book.. and time travelling.. :) And COVER!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW ! :D

  73. Francis

    I love dystopian, and the plot is very intriguing.

  74. Millie Dixon

    Why? It sounds freaking awesome ;D

  75. Spav

    Because it sounds really interesting.

  76. Hikma

    I definitely want to read this because I’ve heard soooooooooooo many good reviews about it, the cover is aammmmziiiiing, I love the genre, and it sounds freaking awesome!!!!


  77. Kristie M

    I love to read dystopian. Also the cover Beautiful!!!! Thank you so much for the Giveaway!!

  78. Imel Cullen

    I really want to read crewel because i like dystopia story and my friend recomended this book

  79. Lily B

    Because it looks awesome :) had my eye on it for a while

  80. Holly B

    Hello lovely ladies!! Well, for me the question would really be – why WOULDN’T I want to read this?!?! I am a long (long, long) time reader of fantasy and dystopian novels, so I knew the INSTANT I saw the blurb for this book that I simply had to read it. And I pretty much knew right away that I’d love it, too! I am actually reading the book right now, about 1/3 of the way through, BUT it’s a library book AND I have to return it in 2 days!! ACK! Of course I want my own copy – it would be one that I would keep forever and ever and ever. Plus – oh heaven forbid – what if I don’t finish it before I have to return it?!?!?!?! I simply might have to “lose” the library book… ahem… (ok, not really, I would never do something like that ;))

  81. Courtney

    My best friend read it and loved IT!

  82. Lynne

    I’ve wanted to read Crewel since I first stumbled over it at Goodreads the beginning of this year. I even participated in a mock-cover contest on the author’s website (came in 2nd) :D.
    I love the whole concept of Crewel and the cover is stunning – I can only imagine that the story is amazing too.

  83. Nicole Torres

    Crewel sounds like such a unique book, one that is written so amazing. I’ve heard many good things about this book, which makes me want to read it even more than I already do! The cover is just flawless and perfect. Since I first came upon this book, I knew I had to read it! I love the story for this book, and I can’t even imagine how it can be! Excited to read it :)

  84. Jesselle

    Thanks for this giveaway! The cover is stunning! I want to read Crewel! :)

  85. Melinda M.

    I want to read it because the story sounds very different then most books! Thanks for the giveaway!

  86. Kirsten

    I LOVE dystopian novels, especially female-centric ones :)

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