Tiny Navajo Reads ARCs: Spin the Dawn

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July 8, 2019 by TinyNavajo

Oh today’s going to be exciting!!!

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

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*To Be Published July 9th, 2019*

I received this ARC from NetGalley. This in no ways affects my thoughts and review of the book.

spin the dawnI saw this book on NetGalley and saw that they were sending out ARCs and I wanted to read this so badly so I asked and I recieved!!!

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.

This was such a good book! I actually quite liked it and it’s description of being a cross between Project Runway and Mulan was accurate. I also loved that it was very much about a girl wanting, and better able, to do what is generally accepted as a man’s occupation.

Maia has always dreamed of becoming the country’s best tailor, but being a girl all she can do is marry and hopefully marry well. But when her father is called to compete to be the emperor’s royal tailor, Maia takes her father’s place and goes. Unfortunately for her, there is more to this competition than meets the eye and Maia has to keep herself and her eyes in check to make it out of this alive.

Once the book got to the competition aspect, I was more intrigued. The only bad thing about it was that it was very short and quickly passed over. I would have loved to find out more about the competition and have that take more time. Granted this is because the main event for this book in the gathering and construction of the materials for the three dresses of legend, made from the sun, the moon, and the stars.

I loved the magic and the competition. I loved this whole book, and I definitely want to read the rest of the series. I need to know what happens to Edan and Maia and their magics as the series continues.

What do you think of books that are centered around competitions? Do you want long competitions or short competitions? Comment below and let me know!


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