Wednesday, June 05, 2019

REVIEW: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Title: Spin the Dawn
Author: Elizabeth Lim
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Fairytale Retelling
Release Date: July 9th, 2019
Number of Pages: 400
Book Format: ebook

Book Blurb: 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.

My Review: I went into this book a little apprehensive because I read Reflection by this author and while I enjoyed it I didn't love it. I have to say I enjoyed the cross over between project runway and Mulan in this story. The overall story was great and the pacing was good too. I can't wait for book two to be announced and released. Plus the cover is gorgeous and I can't wait to own a physical copy.

Rating: 4½ stars out of 5

*I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are my own. 


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