I won a copy of Crewel, the first book in this series, from a blog giveaway last year. I’d never heard of it before and wasn’t particularly excited to read it, but I figured I’d give it a shot, and I was glad I did. I enjoyed visiting the world that Gennifer Albin had created, a world in which “spinsters” weave the very fibers of civilization on specially-created looms. However, creating the tapestry of life also grants an inordinate amount of power for destruction, and there are some pretty power-hungry people in Arras.
I finished the first book feeling super-excited that it was the first in a trilogy; I couldn’t wait to see where the story was headed. Last year, I actually exchanged a Christmas gift from a friend (a duplicate of a book I already owned) for a copy of the second book in the series, Altered. Sadly, the second book was a disappointment. It just didn’t live up to the promise of the first book. Still, though, certain events had been set in motion, and I retained a hint of curiosity as to how things would pan out.
As Unraveled’s release date neared, I found myself unwilling to shell out the money to own a copy; not only am I beyond out of room on my shelves, but I didn’t want to be disappointed again. However, I lucked out and won a copy from a First Reads giveaway on Goodreads.
In retrospect? Not so lucky, that win. I am SO GLAD I didn’t waste my money on this book. It was even weaker than book two, in my opinion. The characters were flat, the romance was unconvincing, and the conclusion of the love triangle seemed like a poor attempt to please supporters of both love interests. The only redeeming quality for me was [SPOILER, I guess?] that the good guys won.
I hate it when a series catches my attention and then peters out; I’m always torn between satiating my curiosity and wasting my time. In this case, I feel that my time was wasted. At least they were quick reads…
All in all: Avoid unless you really love dystopian YA and don’t mind that this will be far from the best thing you read this year.