I was addicted to this book by the first chapter. In Crewel, Gennifer Albin weaves a beautiful world that I instantly fell in love with. One thing I adored about this novel was the strong theme of contrast: how Adelice, the main character, seemed to have nothing when she was being given 'everything,' how those who seemed the least trustworthy became the most, and finally, how the very reality she lives in is.. well, I won't spoil it.
Crewel's best quality is its characters; everyone, down to the valets and maids is strongly developed and believable, and Albin's ability to make every character as unique and unpredictable as real people is something that really makes her novel shine. Albin created characters that I despised at the beginning of the novel, liked by the middle, and wanted to kill by the end with a fluidity of writing style that was gorgeous.
Some books are predictable; you can see where they're going to end up. Crewel had me guessing from beginning to end, and although some things I could see coming, I could seriously feel the helplessness of Adelice's situation, and I was constantly wondering, ""How is she going to get out of this?""
From the start of this book to the end, Crewel was a suspenseful and fulfilling read that I could not put down until I'd read the last word. I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel!