Hi folks! I hope you’ve been having a great summer thus far. I can’t believe it’s already July! Time has been flying by. I am loving my time abroad, and can’t believe the midpoint has already passed us.
Today I’m here to discuss one of my TOP anticipated reads! If you recall, I did a post on Asian voices I was looking forward to reading at the start of the year. This one was a book I have been looking forward to since last year!
I want to say, thank you so much to the publisher for sending me a copy via NetGalley. Additionally, I read from a physical ARC I traded for. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This does not bear any weight on how I read and reviewed this book.
Title: Spin the Dawn
Author: Elizabeth Lim
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf BFYR
Expected release: July 9, 2019
My rating: 5/5 Goodreads stars
Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.
Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.
Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.
And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.
Y’ALLLLLLLL I was hooked from the first line of the first page. It was an absolutely all-consuming love. I could not put this book down. Here’s what I first said when I marked it as ‘Read’ on Goodreads:
SOMEONE HOLD ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS BOOK !!!!!!! Wow, okay, this was an incredible book, and I cannot wait to write a full review of it – look for it this Sunday, folks!My review
Here we are today, on this fine Sunday. I sincerely did enjoy this book a lot. The world building was well done, and the characters were compelling. I could not wait to see what would happen. For some reason, I thought the section with the trial to become the imperial tailor would last longer, but now I see that it was nicely paced.
The characters themselves were so great. They were dynamic, and I’m interested to get to know more of them in the coming book! I’m most interested to learn more about Lady Sarnai. She seems like a woman I can get behind. Her past has shaped her present greatly, and it’s obvious she works hard to keep her guard up. I hope she and Maia connect in the next novel!
The tales that were part of this story were so good. I loved how they were woven throughout the book, and how they added more layers. It made me want to stay in the world a little longer.
The world itself was so gorgeous. I can’t wait to see the map!!! It’s so lush, and the areas Maia travels to are so different from each other, but I felt like I was right there with her.
I highly, highly recommend this incredible novel. Please do yourself a favor and pre-order yourself a copy or pick it up Tuesday!