Category Archives: Young Adult Dystopian

Book Review of Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Title: Crewel

Author: Gennifer Albin

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

Release Date: October 16th, 2012

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.

Summary from Goodreads.com

My Review: I read the summary for this book and it sounded interesting, but does not really give a lot of information about the book itself and that made me very curious. After reading Crewel, I can understand why the summary is so vague. There is no way to sum this book up into just a few sentences without giving too much away. I am struggling now to write this review without giving away information that will spoil this story. It was truly an entrancing world that I was completely absorbed in from start to finish.

When I first entered the world of Crewel, I was confused for the first couple of chapters because I needed to acclimate to how Arras worked and what exactly everyone’s role in it was, Once I finally settled in though, I was captivated. Gennifer has created a completely unique world and I can honestly say I have never read anything like Crewel before.

In Crewel, we follow Adelice, a young girl who has been chosen to become a Spinster. In her world it is considered to be an honor, but Adelice views it as a punishment and after seeing what they endure I can understand why. When she starts training and the truth about what Spinsters do starts to slip out, Adelice observes this about her peers:

“No one asks any questions. They bob their heads in synchronized conformity as though why we are being asked to do these things is trivial. All that matters is doing what the Guild asks us, because they say it is important.”

These sentences had the most impact on me when trying to define this world. Arras is a world built on lies covered up by deceitful, powerful people who like to keep the general public in the dark about how their world truly works. Adelice has always known something was off about Arras, but she never imagined how deep the lies go as she slowly peels back all the layers to reveal how cruel the world around her as become.

The only part of the book I could have down without is the love triangle. They seem to be turning up more and more in young adult literature and I really don’t like them. Especially when there is clearly one person that Adelice is going to end up with and the other guy is there just to add stress to the main relationship. I was glad to see that the guy I liked more ended up being the one Adelice chose too, but Crewel would have still been a wonderful read without the tension of the love triangle.

There is not a whole lot more I can saw without giving the plot away and I don’t want to do that. The best part of this book is uncovering the true purpose of Arras and the Spinsters for yourself. Crewel takes place in a unique world and is a stand out debut novel in the young adult world. I highly recommend checking it out for yourself so you can become as mesmerized with this world as I have become.

FTC: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Cover Reveal of Naturals by Tiffany Truitt!

Thanks to the awesome people over at Entangled Publishing I am lucky enough to be able to share a new cover with you today! I am thrilled to be a part of the cover reveal for Naturals by Tiffany Truitt! This is the sequel to the amazing book, Chosen Ones (review here) that came out in June of this year. So check out the cover!

So, what do you think? It looks amazing right? Well here is the blurb to get you even more excited:

Tess is finally safe from the reach of the Council, now that she is living in the Middlelands with the rebel Isolationists. With James having returned to Templeton, she easily falls back into her friendship with Henry, though her newfound knowledge of Robert’s chosen one status still stings. Even surrounded by people, Tess has never felt more alone. So she’s thrilled when James returns to the settlement, demanding to see Tess — until she finds out that it’s because her sister, Louisa, has been recruited into Tess’s old position at Templeton, and that the dangerously sadistic chosen one George has taken an interest in her.

NATURALS is the second book in The Lost Souls trilogy, and follows the dystopian hit CHOSEN ONES.

Unfortunatrly, Naturals does not come out until April of next year, but you can pre-order it through Amazon already here:

http://www.amazon.com/Naturals-Lost-Souls-Tiffany-Truitt/dp/1620611473/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345929106&sr=8-1&keywords=naturals+tiffany+truitt

About Tiffany: Tiffany Truitt was born in Peoria, Illinois. A self-proclaimed Navy brat, Tiffany spent most of her childhood living in Virginia, but don’t call her a Southerner. She also spent a few years living in Cuba. Since her time on the island of one McDonald’s and Banana Rats (don’t ask) she has been obsessed with traveling. Tiffany recently added China to her list of travels (hello inspiration for a new book).

Besides traveling, Tiffany has always been an avid reader. The earliest books she remembers reading belong to The Little House on the Prairie Series. First book she read in one day? Little Woman(5th grade). First author she fell in love with? Jane Austen in middle school. Tiffany spent most of her high school and college career as a literary snob. She refused to read anything considered “low brow” or outside the “classics.”

Tiffany began teaching middle school in 2006. Her students introduced her to the wide, wonderful world of Young Adult literature. Today, Tiffany embraces popular Young Adult literature and uses it in her classroom. She currently teaches the following novels: The Outsiders, Speak, Night, Dystopian Literature Circles: The Hunger Games, The Giver, The Uglies, and Matched.

NATURALS on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15811135-naturals

Tiffany’s website: http://tiffanytruitt.wordpress.com/

Tiffany on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tiffanytruitt

So what do you think of the cover/blurb? Are you excited to see more from this book too?

Waiting on Wednesday – Outpost

Waiting on Wednesday time!  First things first, thank you to Breaking the Spine for hosting this event every week.  This week the book I am psyched about is Outpost by Ann Aguirre.  I loved the first book, Enclave (review here) and cannot wait to dive back into this world with the second installment.  Here is the summary:

Deuce’s whole world has changed. Down below, she was considered an adult. Now, topside in a town called Salvation, she’s a brat in need of training in the eyes of the townsfolk. She doesn’t fit in with the other girls: Deuce only knows how to fight.

To make matters worse, her Hunter partner, Fade, keeps Deuce at a distance. Her feelings for Fade haven’t changed, but he seems not to want her around anymore. Confused and lonely, she starts looking for a way out.

Deuce signs up to serve in the summer patrols—those who make sure the planters can work the fields without danger. It should be routine, but things have been changing on the surface, just as they did below ground. The Freaks have grown smarter. They’re watching. Waiting. Planning. The monsters don’t intend to let Salvation survive, and it may take a girl like Deuce to turn back the tide.

Summary from Goodreads.com

Sounds really exciting right?  I know I am stoked for it to come out!  I don’t have too long to wait since it is due to release September 4th 2012.  Until then I will be looking forward to getting my hands on it.  So what are you looking forward to this week?