I approached Crewel with some trepidation and an "oh no, not another dystopian YA novel" attitude.
So I have to say up front that I loved this book from the first page.
I loved the whole weaving of time concept. It captured my imagination and drew me in. It felt original, new and exciting.
It was a little confusing trying to work out how the whole weaving of time thing worked though.
There was enough information to give you a 'feel' for it rather than a proper grasp on the concept.
I was okay with that.
I don't need to have everything spelled out for me and I could see this was going to be a series, so Albin has to leave some stuff for the other books!
There was a section in the final third of the book that slowed things down as the romance was being developed. There was also a very obvious ah-ha moment that we were all waiting for Adelice to work out for herself.
Despite these flaws, I found Crewel to be a rivetting read. I've been telling everyone about it and I can't wait for book 2 to come out.
Allen and Unwin have got themselves a winner with this one.
It's due for Australian publication in October. Keep an eye out for it...whichever cover they decide to go with - it's eye-catching.