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Unraveled (Crewel World #3) – Gennifer Albin

Unraveled (Crewel World #3) – Gennifer AlbinTitle: Unraveled (Crewel World #3) by Gennifer Albin
Publishing Info: October 7, 2014 by Macmillan
Source: Audible
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: November 24, 2015
Related Posts: Crewel (Crewel World #1)

Autonomous. Independent. Dangerous. They tried to control her. Now she’ll destroy them.
Things have changed behind the walls of the Coventry and new threats lurk in its twisted corridors. When Adelice returns to Arras, she quickly learns that something rotten has taken hold of the world and Cormac Patton needs her to help him reestablish order. However, peace comes at a terrible price. As the Guild manipulates the citizens of Arras, Adelice discovers that she’s not alone, and she must let go of her past to fight for mankind’s future. She will have to choose between an unimaginable alliance and a deadly war that could destroy everyone she loves.

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Poor UNRAVELED. This was another series I just waited too long to finish and I totally lost steam with it. I ended up actually grabbing the audiobook for this to make some progress and finally finish out this series but I just couldn’t quite get into it. I also do feel like a good book is still a good book and even though I took a long time to read UNRAVELED, that wasn’t the only issue. I really wasn’t able to fall back into it and this book really lost the familiarity for me. I felt like the characters had changed — which isn’t a bad thing at all — but I did miss the banter and sarcasm that I felt was much more prevalent in the first two books.

I also had a bit of trouble with the fact that there were some things that popped up in this book that I don’t remember at all from CREWEL or UNALTERED. Yes, they were things that would have popped up later in the series and especially in a conclusion but I love when authors are able to layer their books/series so things so huge and series-changing at least have a small mention before they alter the entire course of a book. I did struggle with a few things like that with UNRAVELED and I just wish there was at least some mention of some of these really large concepts before they came into play. 

I was actually fairly disappointed with the ending. I suppose it’s more of a personal preference but the way that everything played out seemed abrupt and unsatisfying. I was working on catching up to all of these major ideas and concepts and then once it was all over, it took a bit too long to wrap up. Without spoiling anything, it really there was one final question to answer and I just wasn’t happy with how it was answered and how long it took for the one final reveal.

There were things that I enjoyed about the book while reading/listening but looking back on it now, I feel like I barely remember what happened and everything else was more of a memory of what I had read in CREWEL and ALTERED. Again, I think it was mostly the fact that I just took so long to finish this series. I think I could have been in a higher rating-range had I read it sooner but I also think it still wouldn’t have been a stellar finish for me no matter what. view_from_goodreads1

“The View from Goodreads” is a featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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Adelice // Character Obsessions: Saving the world, love, family. 
I felt so disconnected from Adelice in this book. I just really felt like she lost all of her personality and although she still had that drive to save the world, I just couldn’t click with her at all here. I just really struggled.

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Kept Me Hooked On: Finishing series. I really am trying to catch up on some of the series that Just need to finish and soon!
Left Me Wanting More: Connection. It just wasn’t there for me. Between waiting to finish, the characters, new concepts, slow pacing… This one just didn’t do it for me.

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Read it?

I suppose if you’re read books one and two and enjoyed them, then it’s worth reading to finish up the trilogy. If you weren’t a fan of the first two, I don’t know if this one will convince you.

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BOOKS LIKE UNRAVELED

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DIVERGENT    THE VAULT OF DREAMERS

Novella Mini-Reviews: The Stranger, The Department of Alterations, The Memory Coder

Well, it’s that time of year again where I start reading novellas to help my catch up to my Goodreads goal (and I’m two books behind again). Then again, I really shouldn’t blame myself because it has been a BUSY year! Regardless, I read a few novellas for free on Tor.com (LOVE IT) and I wanted to share some thoughts!

Title: The Stranger (The Syrena Legacy #0.4)
Author: Anna Banks
Completed: November 13, 2013
Source: I read it for free on Tor.com and you can too! [The Stranger]
Genre: Fantasy, Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Related Posts: Of Poseidon (#1) // Of Triton (#2)

The Stranger was a short story featuring the meeting of Galen and his “land friend” Rachel. During the series, we’ve gotten bits and pieces so far of how they met, but this involved more of Rachel’s back story and how she ended up having the working relationship with Galen that she did.

WHAT I LIKED

  • I loved Rachel so I really enjoyed seeing more of her and how she came to work with Galen
  • Baby Galen! Awwww. Okay, not baby, but a much younger Galen, Toraf, and Rayna
  • I ALWAYS like seeing more backstories of the characters so I really just gobbled it up!
  • We get to see just a bit more character development and while it’s not a lot, it’s still fun to see more of my favorite characters!

WHAT I WAS MISSING

I really enjoyed the extra time we got to have with Rachel, but of course it left me wanting just a little bit more (especially after already having read OF TRITON). I just really would have loved to spend a little bit more time with her and just reading more of the story made me want to dive into more plot. THE STRANGER is more of just an extra and doesn’t have a full plot on its own, but fans of The Syrena Legacy will love it!


Title: The Department of Alterations (Crewel World #0.5)
Author: Gennifer Albin
Completed: November 13, 2013
Source: I read it for free on Tor.com and you can too! [The Department of Alterations]
Genre: Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Related Posts: Crewel (#1) // Altered (#2)

The Department of Alterations was a short story that took place actually at the very beginning of CREWEL. We get an glimpse at a story from a different character, one that I actually totally forgot about, but I really liked seeing that different side!

WHAT I LIKED

  • I always love reading a short story/novella/extra that takes place DURING the main novel and from another character’s POV. It was really interesting to see this one! I always like thinking that the authors have to write these snippets just to get a story going from another character to have everything fit together and it fascinates me!
  • I liked seeing pieces fit together. There were some questions intentionally left open in CREWEL about this character and here we get some answers about what happened to her.
  • More backstory! Always always more world building and information

WHAT I WAS MISSING

This is solely from the POV of a completely minor character so while I wasn’t really missing it, you don’t get any interaction with the MAIN characters. It also seemed really short (whereas others feel like complete stories) so just be prepared that you’re not getting a full, separate plot on this one. It’s definitely additional information, but new and exciting all the same!


The Memory CoderTitle: The Memory Coder (Unremembered Companion Short Story)
Author: Jessica Brody
Completed: November 13, 2013
Source: I read it for free on Tor.com and you can too! [The Memory Coder]
Genre: Sci-Fi (YA)
Related Posts: Unremembered (#1)

The Memory Coder was an outside POV as well, taking place in… well, a location that could be a spoiler if you haven’t read UNREMEMBERED yet, so I guess I won’t get too into that! It’s part of Sera’s backstory, although we don’t really deal with her a lot directly. These are the ways that other people have been involved with her before UNREMEMBERED even starts and how she has affected them. If you haven’t read UNREMEMBERED yet, I HIGHLY suggest you read that one first!

WHAT I LIKED

  • I was super interested in the effect Sera had on other people, although I wasn’t quite sure I remembered that from UNREMEMBERED…? (Also a very ironic statement there haha)
  • I always love backstory!! I love prequels and seeing things that happened before the book started.
  • It was really interesting to see the information that we didn’t get since UNREMEMBERED is from Sera’s POV, especially when it’s technically…. “the enemy”!

WHAT I WAS MISSING

It’s been a while since I finished UNREMEMBERED so I feel like I was missing some details. Like, why was everyone so affected by Sera? Did I totally forget that? Was that something that was changed? Is this something that will be played up later? But I really did like that concept and it was a really interesting thing to read about!

Altered (Crewel World #2) – Gennifer Albin

Altered (Crewel World #2) – Gennifer AlbinTitle: Altered (Crewel #2) by Gennifer Albin
Publishing Info: October 29, 2013 by Macmillan
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: October 13, 2013
Related Posts: Crewel (Crewel World #1), Unraveled (Crewel World #3)

    Life. Possibility. Choice. All taken from Adelice by the Guild—until she took them back.
    But amid the splendid ruins of Earth, Adelice discovers how dangerous freedom can be. Hunted by soulless Remnants sent by Cormac Patton and the Guild, Adelice finds a world that’s far from deserted. Although allies are easy to find on Earth, knowing who to trust isn’t. Because everyone has secrets, especially those Adelice loves most. Secrets they would kill to protect. Secrets that will redefine each of them. Torn between two brothers and two worlds, Adelice must choose what to fight for.
    Altered is Gennifer Albin's thrilling sequel to Crewel. Adelice is about to learn how tangled up her past and future really are. Her parents ran to protect her, but nothing can save her from her destiny, and once she uncovers the truth, it will change everything.

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The ONE regret I have about my read of ALTERED…? That I didn’t re-read or at least skim CREWEL first! So many things happened in CREWEL, especially the end, that I needed a really spoilery review or… ya know… my own copy of the book (I had borrowed it from Alyssa when I read it so I didn’t have one on hand!) so if you’re planning on reading ALTERED (which is a good idea!!!), I suggest you brush up on CREWEL first!

I really, REALLY enjoyed ALTERED! I had been left just hoping for a tiny bit more of the time/space manipulation aspect and a better visual of it when I read CREWEL and that had really affected my overall opinion. I definitely did not have the same issue with ALTERED! Gennifer Albin stuffed this book full of a whole ton of new abilities, new characters with different abilities, and more science-fictiony things!! I loved all of the new things, PLUS going further into the structure and the nature of Arras, PLUS seeing more of Adelice TOTALLY OWN IT.

Adelice totally grew on me in ALTERED. I got a feeling from her in the beginning of CREWEL that she was a bit timid — which I guess really made sense because that’s how the girls in Arras are brought up — but the more she finds out about herself, her family, Arras, and the rebellion, the more she comes into her own and really starts to take charge. I loved her new attitude and I think it really carried the book along as well! She’s faced with a lot of tough choices and there’s no doubt that they take a toll on her, but she’s really starting to grow up and fall into the role of this great Creweler that she is perceived to be.

So normally, I don’t like switches in love triangles. Usually when the focus switches to another guy, I tend to get upset because obviously I was made to fall in love with guy #1 first. In CREWEL, we do meet both Jost and Erik and honestly, they felt really similar to me. I finally started to see them breaking apart from each other in ALTERED and… let’s just say that I picked a favorite! I didn’t really expect to end up liking this sort of love triangle, but I totally did. I loved how the story went and bravo to Gennifer Albin for totally convincing me!

I think one of my favorite things in ALTERED was the collection of new characters. I loved Dante (and his complicated history), Jax, Kincaid… Ooooh, Kincaid. He is so complex and I LOVE it. Do you trust him? Do you fear him? So good! The ending was so interesting and I won’t give anything away on WHO and WHAT but — never thought I would say this — I’m hoping for a split POV in book three. I would LOVE to see a second POV from Character B along side Adelice but I guess time will only tell and I will have to wait patiently!

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Adelice Lewys // Character Obsessions: Weaving, rebelling, learning.
Adelice has got a LOT on her plate but she totally owns it in ALTERED! I feel like we got past that awkward stage and she is totally in a kick-ass mindset with no one to hold her back. Loved her in this book.
Erik Bell // Character Obsessions: Rebelling, protecting, secret-keeping.
Erik is one of my new favorites and I totally didn’t see that coming! I liked him well enough in CREWEL but his character was definitely featured more in ALTERED and I really got to like him a whole lot more! His character also received a lot more depth and we find out some SECRETS that make it so much more exciting too! You’ll just have to read it to find out!
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Kept Me Hooked On: Dystopians! I feel like I haven’t really been enjoying dystopians as much as I used to… Maybe I was just burned out — But Altered totally rekindled that love with some sci-fi elements and kickass characters and KISSING. Okay, well kissing is always there. But it always helps too!
Left Me Wanting More: Of my memory…  I may have the worst memory and reading retention in the blogging world. I did read CREWEL over a year ago so I can understand losing some, but I felt so out of the loop when I started ALTERED (and still loved it — so shows you how awesome it was)! I learned my lesson and will always go over book one before I start book two from now on!!

Addiction Rating
Buy It!

ALTERED was pretty fabulous! I think I may have even liked it more than CREWEL and thank GOODNESS I didn’t suffer from Second in a Series Slump! This is a kickass world and HELLOOOOO. Time manipulation! Could it be more me?

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BOOKS LIKE ALTERED

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          Mockingjay      Reboot

Altered Blog Tour: Guest Post from Gennifer Albin

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Welcome to the ALTERED blog tour, hosted by Macmillan and Fierce Reads! I’m so excited to be a tour host today with author Gennifer Albin stopping by for a guest post! Before I start with the tour stop, here’s a little more info about ALTERED and the Crewel World series to get yourself acquainted with the book:

AlteredTitle: Altered (Crewel World #2)
Author: Gennifer Albin
Publishing Info: October 29th 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Life. Possibility. Choice.
All taken from Adelice by the Guild—until she took them back.
But amid the splendid ruins of Earth, Adelice discovers how dangerous freedom can be. Hunted by soulless Remnants sent by Cormac Patton and the Guild, Adelice finds a world that’s far from deserted. Although allies are easy to find on Earth, knowing who to trust isn’t. Because everyone has secrets, especially those Adelice loves most. Secrets they would kill to protect. Secrets that will redefine each of them. Torn between two brothers and two worlds, Adelice must choose what to fight for.
In this thrilling sequel to Crewel, Adelice is about to learn how tangled up her past and future really are. Her parents ran to protect her, but nothing can save her from her destiny, and once she uncovers the truth, it will change everything.” — From Goodreads

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Today, Gennifer Albin is sharing a second deleted scene from ALTERED with us and I’m so excited that I’m not even going to make you wait for it. Here we go!

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Note from Gennifer Albin: In the original draft of Altered things went down a bit differently. Cutting some of the scenes and plot lines was hard, but I’m sharing three of them during this blog tour. Don’t forget to follow the tour so you can catch all three. In this scene, Adelice and Erik have been separated from Jost and captured by an evil Sunrunner, something that doesn’t happen in the published version. Adelice convinces Erik to play a game with her while she surreptitiously checks out the other captives at dinner time. The idea for the game from a guy I used to work with at a video store. He always noted every girl who came in and whether or not he would date her. This usually ended in me debating his choices.

“Want to play a game?” I ask.  I’m not ready to bring Erik into this.  Not until I understand what I’m seeing. “Sure,” he says, a note of suspicion in his voice. “Pick someone out to repopulate the planet with.” Erik’s eyes snap to mine and he looks away hurriedly. “Somebody else,” I groan. “In all fairness, you caught me off-guard,” he says. “It’ll be fun,” I promise him, silently adding, and it will give me a reason to be staring at everyone around us. There’s at least seventy other people creeping toward the line, and eventually I get caught up in the surge of the crowd.  I throw a reassuring smile in the direction of Erik, and turn my attention to the food.  If it can be called that. “Picked one out yet?” I ask, sliding onto the bench next to him. “She’s alright,” he says, nodding in the direction of a petite blonde at the table next to ours. “Okay,” I say.  The girl is slender and trim, but from here I can’t see any scars. “You don’t approve,” he says.  “I think she is well-groomed.” “What about her?” I ask, throwing my head toward a dark-skinned girl at the table across from us.  Erik turns to check her out, and I take time to study her arms and her face.  After a moment it dawns on me that her skin, which had looked caramel before is actually washed out, as though someone had drained her of color – stolen the very vibrancy from her. “Her?” He says with a laugh, and I turn to see a woman of at least eighty.  “Your standards are getting a little low, aren’t they?” I tease, trying to keep my voice light despite the shocking stripes of black, marring her ancient skin. “Maybe next time.  There’s something strange about them, isn’t there?” he asks. “You give up too easily.  You’re not even trying to convince me,” I say, ignoring his reference to the scars and marks most of the slaves carry.  I don’t want anyone around to hear us discussing it. “I don’t like this game,” Erik admits. “You seemed to enjoy it.” “Yes, but now it feels so…” “Sexist?” I offer.

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Whew! Hope you enjoyed the deleted scene from ALTERED! I’ve already finished and personally, I’m enjoying all of the new scenes with Adelice and Erik so this was super exciting to see!  The ALTERED blog tour is started on 10/21 and is running through the end of this week, 11/1! If you’ve missed a stop or want to keep following the tour, be sure to check out the ALTERED blog tour page on Macmillan’s website for all of the tour hosts! The Cypress Project is a prequel short story written by Gennifer Albin, being excerpted exclusively on Wattpad. Start reading now and be sure to check back on the following dates to read more of the story!

      • Monday, October 14: Part 1

 

  • Wednesday, October 16: Part 2

 

 

  • Friday, October 18: Part 3

 

 

  • Monday, October 21: Part 4

 

 

  • Wednesday, October 23: Part 5

 

 

  • Friday, October 25: Part 6

 

 

  • Monday, October 28: Part 7

 

 

And lastly, Gennifer Albin will also be on the FIERCE READS TOUR this fall with Leigh Bardugo, Jessica Brody, and Ann Aguirre! You can check out the full tour schedule at the link above but especially let me know if you will be at the stop at Anderson’s Bookshop on November 4th because I will be there!! If you aren’t in the Chicagoland area or able to make it to Anderson’s, I will be live tweeting the event so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for that! Also check back at The Book Addict’s Guide because I will have an exclusive interview with the authors, and event recap, and a giveaway for books from ALL FOUR of the Fierce Reads authors on tour!

GIVEAWAY!

Macmillan is also giving away offering a giveaway!!! The winner will receive one paperback copy of CREWEL and one hardcover copy of ALTERED! US & Canada residents only. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email notification before the prize is forfeited to the next person.                                    a Rafflecopter giveaway

Crewel (Crewel World #1) – Gennifer Albin

Crewel (Crewel World #1) – Gennifer AlbinTitle: Crewel (Crewel World #1) by Gennifer Albin
Publishing Info: October 16, 2012 by Macmillan
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: September 13, 2012
Related Posts: Unraveled (Crewel World #3)

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 to work the looms is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to manipulate the very fabric of reality. 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 used her hidden talent for a moment. 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 jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.
    Because tonight, they’ll come for her.

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Okay, first things first — I love the colors on this cover! The face on it kind of weirds me out, but without that cover design and the awesome flowing rainbow of colors, I don’t think I would have been able to picture the loom, the weaving, or the strands of time as well as I did.

Now for the review — How excited was I to read this? The answer is MEGA excited. I love dystopians, I absolutely love anything where the characters manipulate time or alternate universes, etc, AND it’s YA. Yeah, I was pumped.
In all honesty, the beginning moved a little slowly for me. Maybe it was my overexcitement – I’m not sure. But okay, we know Adelice is going to get taken from her family (it’s in the summary, after all) and it seemed like the whole set-up to the readers, describing the setting, Adelice’s family — it really just took too long for everything to get established and our real story to start taking off. I was 130 pages into the book before I really felt like we were going places.

Once we did start moving a little faster, I really got sucked into the plot. Adelice was finally taking shape in my mind and becoming a real character, she ran into conflicts with other characters and finally got over being overwhelmed by her surroundings and started to take charge. I was really most interested in anything that involved manipulating the time aspect more than the world of Arras. We know that the Spinsters can “rip” people from the fabric of life (effectively removing them from the world), they can control rations, create buildings, and in contrast, destroy these things as well. For more complicated things like nature, the Creweler is able to create lakes and landscapes and assist with people by using the raw materials as well as working more with the time aspect. THAT’S what I was really looking for! Once we finally got to the whole time part, I was sucked in. Actually building a world didn’t really interested me terribly.

I didn’t particularly care for the romance half of the book, but I didn’t really have that  much against it. It was kind of take-it-or-leave-it in my opinion. But I’m glad it wasn’t technically a love triangle (although there are two “interests”, Adelice really only has true feelings for one — see this awesome post on love triangles from The Housework Can Wait and you’ll see what I mean).

Overall, I really enjoyed it! I’m kind of disappointed that I was a little bit bored until a third of the way through the book so it kind of brought down my overall opinion. If it had taken off running, it would have easily gotten five stars!

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Adelice: Adelice is our MC and at first, I didn’t get much from her in the very beginning. It felt like there was a lot of set-up and not a lot of me getting to know her as a character and so she fell a little flat. Then all of a sudden, she was a total and complete sassy-pants to the authority figures and in a 180, her personality takes shape. I was a little confused in the sudden change, but at least we got somewhere and stuck with it! After that, I wouldn’t say we’d be BFFs, but I got to understand her a little bit more.
Jost: Hmm how do I feel about him? I liked the back-and-forth between him and Adelice, but in the very beginning, I was confused between him and Erik. Their sarcastic interactions with Adelice along with their physical descriptions were SO similar that I was getting them confused just a bit – although that is the point at one point in time – but still.
Cormac: I kind of liked him as the Guild official throughout the story. He seemed very consistent as the appointed villian, but in a way, I almost liked him. It was like he was supposed to be the bad guy but was almost nice in a certain way, and I think it made it that much better. It had me questioning if he really was supposed to be “bad” or if there was something good that would be revealed later.
Maela: Loved her as the lower-level villain (not as high up in the rankings).

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READ IT!

I really enjoyed CREWEL! I was hoping to fall in love just a BIT more but overall, it was a great way to kick-off the series and I am DEFINITELY interested to see where this trilogy goes!

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These are some of the comparisions I made while reading this book (there were a lot):

The Beginning:

The Middle:

The End: