Book Review: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim (The Blood of Stars #1)

Forget about the book. Can we talk about that cover ! I was drawn to the book, Spin the Dawn simply because of the cover.

Spin the Dawn Official Synopsis

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.

Spin the Dawn RWAT Take

I didn’t care what the book was all about or who the author was. I simply wanted the book and without waiting I placed my order for the book and let me tell you, It is a beauty. It is a work of Art. This book is simply my prized possession in my book collection because of this cover. Spin the Dawn has truly managed to score with the cover.

Oh right ! The book ! Well ! While it is your usual YA Paranormal romance, the book does explore some fantastic realms and provides for a fantastic read. Filled with magic and essence of Project Runway, the book is worth a try.

Spin the Dawn checks out all the usual elements of YA romance to the core

1. I have no time for love. My family is everything. I have a responsibility …. Check
2. I am the underling who has to prove myself – check
3. I am strong …I am strong… But that beautiful boy and a jawline that makes me melt …. Check
4. No time for love … my family….. but that abs, that eyes on that boy… I am thawing …..check
5. Oh I am strong but in this situation, let the beautiful boy take care of me …check
6. Damsel in Distress …check
7. Beautiful Boy with a heavy baggage …check
8. I will do anything for my family ….but that boy with adonis body should be priority …check
9. Let me sacrifice for the boy .. I am altruistic … check
10. I am the tragedy queen …check
11. A sequel to reunite lover…. check

So did i get the whole book or have I left anything 😛 I am sorry if it acts as a spoiler but honestly you shouldn’t be surprised because this is the checklist that appears on every YA romance so why should this book be any different 😛

To be honest, yes the book follows usual route but at the same time the treatment makes it a bit different and interesting too. At least I can vouch for the first part where there is an almost project runway game show happening and makes for a fantastic read. It was exciting and almost like watching the game show, keeping you on toes to see what happens. The second half then gets even more exciting because of an adventure ride the characters embark on.


So in conclusion, yes the book follows the same path but inspite of that it has elements that makes all the difference and unique in even being a common format. If it were to me, I would recommend everyone to try the book once because of the adventure rides the book offers.


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