Wow…..where do I even start?!
There were so many amazing things in this book, and it’s really one of those that you pick up and end up not being able to put down. Spin the Dawn blends elements from Mulan, Project Runway, and Chinese mythology, and it’s a literal masterpiece. Elizabeth Lim really has outdone herself.
It follows Maia, and her journey to fulfill her dream of becoming an imperial tailor. When the chance to work in the palace comes to her door, she impersonates her brother in her sick father’s stead and discovers that it’s actually a competition to win the coveted title that she’s always wanted. Eventually, Maia’s faced with the impossible task of creating three dresses for a reluctant bride with the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of the stars. She embarks on a journey together with a mysterious and alluring enchanter, and it forms a gorgeous tale of love, magic, legend, and bravery.
Once I saw the cover (illustrated by the queen herself Tran Nguyen), I knew this book had to find its way to my shelf. I had it pre-ordered everywhere, and I knew I wanted to try to get an advanced copy to quell my never-ending excitement for this book. And thanks to the kind heart of the publisher and author (seriously can never thank you guys enough!), I was able to do just that!
I fell in love with Spin the Dawn — there’s no other way to say it. I can’t say for sure that I didn’t have high expectations for it, but what was inside blew them all out the water and into a completely different dimension. I’m an absolute sucker for retellings, and the book felt like it was so much more than what was initially promised. It’s a two-in-one, and I honestly thought the ending was going to happen much sooner than it actually did, but I have zero complaints. I felt like I was taken on a very exciting adventure to a completely different world with elements from my own culture and my favorite Disney movie, and I loved being able to relate to Maia so quickly. Her desire to help her family and just make a name for herself despite all the odds stacked against her made me really root for her from beginning to end. I love the romance in this book, especially since it was slowly built from the ground up with two equally soft characters.
The story took me absolutely by surprise. Things didn’t go the way I expected them to, and I ended up with something extraordinary. Spin the Dawn easily takes the lead as one of my favorite 2019 releases, and I can’t wait for the sequel! In the meantime, here’s a little edit I made for the book!
Title: Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars #1)
Author: Elizabeth Lim
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Source: ARC via the publisher
Publication Date: July 30, 2019
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