Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars, #1) by Elizabeth Lim

Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars, #1)

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, Ma...

Details Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars, #1)

TitleSpin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars, #1)
Release DateJul 9th, 2019
PublisherAlfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy, Romance

Reviews Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars, #1)

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    July Owlcrate Box! Click on the link below the pic to see all of the goodies! GOODIES LINKI loved this so much, it went to my favorites list!Animation: Arthur RedhawkLet me tell you people! Do not always go by what a summary says! When I read this was a cross between Project Runway and Mulan, I immediately put hitting that pre-order button aside. I'm not into those two descriptions. BUT, I saw it on Netgalley and thought I should take a chance. I...
  • jessica
    wow wow wow. i am truly blown away by how amazing this story is. the book blurb does this a slight disservice by pitching it as a cross between mulan and project runway. not because it doesnt have those elements, but because this is SO much more than that. the story is captivating with enthralling writing and charming characters. oh my gosh. edan is one of the wittiest characters i have read in a while. his banter with maia is such a delight to r...
  • Lily ☁️
    I am actually speechless, this book is marvelous, and you need it in your life. 🌙✨Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr | Bloglovin’
  • Anissa
    One word: WOW.This book is pitched as Mulan meets Project Runway but it was really so much more than that. I loved it!
  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    Wow what a ride! This book was really fun, and there's so much I loved about it. First of all, I have to rave about the world building. I loved everything about it - deeply woven culture meets beautifully artistic magic. Really cool folklore and mythology. I'm DYING to see some fan art! Honestly, this alone made the book worthy of five stars. I never wanted to leave the world. And the story - pitched as Mulan meets Project Runway - totally fits. ...
  • C.G. Drews
    This was the magical adventure of my dreams and I am a little starstruck right now. I meeeean, wow. It mixed this whimsical fairy-tale quality in with one of my favourite ships of 2019, not to mention the ending has left me gasping like a dried out minnow on the floor. I JUST. I thought it was a standalone and now I need more and I do not have more help meeeeee.[pulls self together][barely]// can we talk about the magic firstbecause it was astoun...
  • ✨ A ✨
    Project Runway meets Mulan was accurate indeed. Maia Tamarin has a dream of becoming the Imperial Taylor of A’landi. Growing up in a family of taylor's she definitely has the skill but as a girl it would be improper and all she can do is to make sure she marries well. Maia has endured much tragedy due to the war. Her father is broken and their family shop is failing, with little options left Maia is almost put in the position of having to take ...
  • Mary S. R.
    3.75 STARS! Fun, sweet, bursting at the seems with unique myths and magic, a world unprecedented, splattered with a delicious dosage of knitting and prettily sparkling dresses (oh my), a little too cloyingly romantic, and not good with its fight scenes (oh no). “People will see what they want to see.” Spin the Dawn, in one sentence: A tailor Mulan through a royal competition alongside treacherous masters, a journey through magical, perilous...
  • may ➹
    4.5 starsHey so uh quick question.....who thought they should leave me on my own to figure out that the ending would end like: that and HURT like: that.Spin the Dawn follows Maia Tamarin, a female seamstress who is struggling to support herself and her father after her brothers went to war. When her father is invited to the Emperor’s palace to compete for the position of the royal tailor, she takes his place and dresses as a boy.Maia takes on s...
  • Clemlucian (🏳️‍🌈the villain's quest)
    2 Angry cunt stars. (Yes, cunt Clem is back and I'm about to burn the house down.) Instagram | blog and non-gender conforming folks, welcome to another episode of "How the hell did this get published?", staring Spin the Dawn and yours truly. Please take a seat, grab yourself a drink, and hold on tight to your grandma’s underwear....because shit is about to get serious.SYNOPSIS: Some random girl from the north of somewhere (I can’t, for the l...
  • Navessa
    I’m not gonna lie, I jammed that “Add to TBR” button the second I saw this cover. And then I read “Project Runway meets Mulan” and I turned into the physical embodiment of the I Have a Mighty Need meme.So, does this live up to the hype? For me, hell yeah.This is a sweeping, romantic saga steeped in mystery and lore that went a long way toward rekindling my love for the young adult fantasy genre.The world building in this Chinese-inspire...
  • Hannah Greendale
    The first half of Spin the Dawn is Disney's Mulan with war taking place at sewing stations as opposed to a battlefield. Maia Tamarin is in competition with eleven talented tailors for an honored position in the Summer Palace. This portion of the book is intriguing and imaginative with Maia facing increasingly difficult challenges to do with unorthodox materials. While the midpoint hinges on a thrilling new challenge for Maia, the second half of t...
  • Lucy Langford
    4.5**** I knew then that we were like two pieces of cloth, sewn together for life. Our stitches couldn't be undone. I wouldn't let them.This was just brimming with enchantment and folklore. We are introduced to Maia Tamarin as a seamstress, working in her father's shop. Her father use to be a hardworking and famous tailor but after some family tragedies, he no longer has the passion to continue with it. Maia takes on this burden and has the dream...
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    Unpopular Opinion Coming-inA slow, lackluster attempt at a Mulan retelling. I make the comparison only because, if I remember correctly, that's how this was originally pitched. Here I think we might have another case of it's not you, it's me. Because while the writing itself was not bad, I struggled with this book the entire time. It was just downright boring to me. I did not care about the characters. I did not care about the journey and the rom...
  • ♠️ TABI ♠️
    'Ask me to spin the finest yarn or thread, and I can do it faster than any man--even with my eyes closed. Yet ask me to tell a lie, and I will stumble and falter to think of one.I have never had a talent for spinning tales.' First off, the above quote is a bit of a liar because this isn't a badly-woven story! If I hadn't read the blurb, maybe I wouldn't have been as thrown by the first part of the story because I guess I expected the contest to l...
  • Acqua
    If you think that Spin the Dawn's cover is beautiful, I can now tell you that its inside is even better, and that this book is worth reading just for the descriptions and atmosphere, if you care about that sort of thing.I certainly do.One of the first things I noticed while reading this book was that I could visualize everything perfectly - from the dresses and the needlework to the landscapes and the magic - so much that I was actually happy whe...
  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    ”Sendo used to tell me fairy tales. How he’d love mine if he were still alive: the tale of a girl who’d sewn the sun, the moon, and the stars into three dresses.”SPIN THE DAWN starts off incredibly strong. I loved the framing of the narrative - starting with the ending and then segueing into the beautiful first chapter. I think I must’ve been tired but I also really felt the emotion & grief Maia felt at losing her brothers and teared up...
  • Sh3lly (GrumpyBookGrrrl.com)
    Review also found at:https://grumpybookgrrrl.com/2019/06/2...Release Date: July 9th 2019 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers.Gorgeous cover alert!Maia Tamarin just wants to be a tailor, but she lives in a world where females are unequal to males, and the career is unavailable to her. Her family has run a tailor shop for years, but hard times have besieged the family. War, death, depression… Maia is left holding the business together by a...
  • Katie.dorny
    Honestly how did I get my hands on this book?? I adored this, honestly there was nothing I didn’t love about the book. I need the sequel immediately.Here we meet Maia, a talented seamstress who takes the opportunity of a lifetime. Disguising herself as a boy, the whole story unfolds like clockwork and just whisks you away to another time and place.We also meet other characters who were so lifelike and vibrant with their traits and dialogue it w...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    UMMM WOWI loved the world and the story but I wasn't completely sold on the romance tbh
  • Wanderlust_Wanz
    Ahh, finally another 5-star reading for me in 2019! Love Edan and Maia