Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring 2013 To-Be Read (TBR) List

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

The topic for this week is:  Top Ten Books On My Fall Sping 2013 TBR List 

This can be books I plan to read in the next three months or new releases for Spring.

5 books that are already released that I’m planning on reading:


Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1) by Richelle Mead

Deadly Hemlock (Hemlock #1) by Kathleen Peacock

Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee

The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa

Spring (September – November) New Releases I want to read!

Fangirl Once We Were (The Hybrid Chronicles, #2) Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles, #2) Allegiant (Divergent, #3) Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles, #2) Altered (Crewel World, #2)

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Released September 10)

Once We Were (The Hybrid Chronicles #2) by Kat Zhang (Released September 17)

Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles #2) by Gena Showalter (Released September 24)

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth (Released October 22)

Endless Knight (The Arcana Chonicles #2) by Kresley Cole (Released October 1)

Altered (Crewel World #2) by Gennifer Albin (Released October 29)



And that’s a top ten…. plus one. I can’t wait for the new releases and the other books that I plan on reading… well I hope I get around to reading those too! Hope you guys have a lot of books you’re excited for in the next few months! Please let me know what books you can’t wait to read.

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Book Review: Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Title: Crewel (Crewel World #1)
Author: Gennifer Albin
Genre: Dystopia; Fantasy; Sci-fi
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Faber
Publication Date: October 2012 
Pages: 368 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Download the first five chapters for free: here

Synopsis (from goodreads):
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.

My Review:

Crewel is probably the book that I’ve been most looking forward to reading this year – and it did not disappoint.

In the land of Arras, the position of Spinster is one of the most coveted roles by young girls everywhere. But not for Adelice Lewys. Since she was five years old her parents have been training her to be incapable, awkward and artless.

But even with their careful instruction, the Guild discover Adelice’s potential and come for her to take her away. In amongst the fancy outfits and balls, the life of a Spinster isn’t all it appears. They have the power to control the weather and create landscape but “ripping” or removing people and places is also a task that falls to them.

This book is… so much more than I expected. The world created is incredible. The fabric of the entire land is controlled and maintained on looms. Golden threads control time and with just a snip entire towns could be ripped from existence. I found it fascinating and to be entirely honest I’m still trying to wrap my head about how incredible the world crafting is.

The segregation of the population was an interesting idea – at sixteen, people are required to get courtship appointments. Purity standards are enforced for all citizens prior to marriage which must occur before the age of eighteen. Parents are assigned how many children they are able to have, when they can have them and what gender their children will be. Citizens with female children live in separate parts of town than those with male children… and because of this Adelice is naive to the world as a whole. It was great that the reader can learn about the world as Adelice herself learns how everything works.

Adelice is my kind of character. She’s feisty and caring, intelligent but at the same time she isn’t smart enough to keep her head down. She reminded me a lot of characters like Tris from Divergent and to a lesser extent, Katniss from the Hunger Games. I really liked how she developed throughout the novel.

The other characters were just as interesting as Adelice. Sleazy old politicians with a thirst for power and young women, confused aestheticians, rival Spinsters and love interests – there is a wide range of supporting characters and they all have interesting back stories. The way they interact Adelice was great to read but this being a first person narrator we didn’t get to see much of how they interact with each other. For those whose back-stories we got to see I couldn’t believe how cruel some of their pasts were… it was brilliant.

The only downside to this novel was there is so much world building and build-up that I was a little let down by the amount of action. But I can’t wait to read the next book in the series now that everything has been set up and see just how everything unfolds.

Thanks to The Reading Room and Macmillan for the review copy.

Purchase the novel from:

Amazon / Book Depository