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  1. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    This is good This is better This is soooo sooo much better than the first book My favorite tailor after Coco Chanel is back And she is struggling not to turn into a completely demon to run for any political carriers and keep her gold heart to protect her family and her love of her life Edan So yes at the end of the first book Maia’s identity has been revealed her mask already fell down Everybody knows she is not his brother She is she and she is talented But what they don’t know that she’s slowly conuered by dark elements and she needs to fight back with those demons and their voices in her head What are the differences of the first book from the first oneOur gold hearted talented brave smart girl Maia grew up instead of using her magic to create amazing dresses she’s using her skills to fight at the war zone or against the empowering demon voices which are about to conuer her mind completely She is tougher powerful exhausted sad depressedUnfortunately we don’t see much Edan till the second half of the book We caught glimpses him which makes us sing “man in the mirror” He lost most of his magic and he is a little passive and overshadowed by bravery and strength of Maia but when I read the ending I got the reason because this book is a uite feminism manifesto with its determined powerful smart focused on mission leader heroines I wasn’t a big fan of Lady Sarnai and I wanted to punch her face so many times at the first book but the author thankfully found another way to punish her at the beginning of this one And slowly I started to empathize and surprisingly like her a little bit Epic war scenes were exciting heart throbbing nail biter seat jumper kind of full with so many powerful action scenes so this book’s pace is faster We already know all the characters We know there is a big war not only between the emperors but also between the demons Big uestion is will Maia sacrifice herself for the good of her country and her loved ones? Because when she is full possessed by the demon there is no returning back she is going to lose all her memories and her humanity by turning into a monsterI prayed so many times that she could find her way to get rid of the curse I cried jumped spilled my drink poured drank read and Nope mouth is zipped againI can only say thank you should get ready for one of the best written emotional riveting heart wrenching magical fantasy books of 2020 This is fantastic combination of Eastern folklore and traditional tales and of course fairy tale elementsI’m giving all my five moony tears sun kissed epic journey stars Another powerful ending and I cannot wait to read of this gifted author may use the words as her palette and create vivid colorful remarkable portraits And let’s give a long applause for this remarkable fantastic cover The design is magnificentSo much thanks to NetGalley and Random House’s Children to share this fantastic seuel with me in exchange my honest review And of course Elizabeth Lim thank you so much to present us this memorable exciting surprising magical journeybloginstagramfacebooktwitter

  2. ✨ A ✨ ✨ A ✨ says:

    “I will stay by your side until the fire in the sun grows cold and the light of the moon is no Until time blots out the stars” So I started reading this at the wrong time I was busy and didn't have the time to give this book the attention it deserved so I put it on hold When I eventually could pick it up again I found it easier to be absorbed into the writing like I did with Spin the Dawn I love Elizabeth Lim's descriptions and easy flow While reading I could clearly picture everything and I think this series would make a brilliant film adaptation I sincerely hope the film rights for these books gets picked up Nudge nudge I'm looking at you Netflix 👀 In terms of pacing this book is different to Spin the Dawn The stakes were higher and Maia is trying her best to cling to her humanity I was terrified for her and just wanted my girl to be okay Maia and Ammi's friendship was a welcomed addition I love Ammi and I love how she stood by Maia side through everything Another person I came to really like was Lady Sarnai I had almost lost hope that we wouldn't learn about Lady Sarnai a character I've always been really curious about but we did Not as much as I'd like but at least we got page time with her Because of Maia's curse and the state of the nation we didn't get as much Edan Maia time Makes me sad but I still love these two dearly There were still some cute moments that made me smile but mostly I was just concerned for how these two would make it out to the end unscathed I enjoyed learning about the history of this fantasy world every legend and story every bit of Chinese culture that was stitched into this world — I loved it This is what YA fantasy needs The ending was a little predictable which isn't a bad thing it was a perfect conclusion to this duology ‹ Thank you to Knopf Books for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review ›

  3. jessica jessica says:

    rounding up because ELs writing weaves some of the most elegant and colourful tapestries of story i have ever read its really the saving grace of this book i actually got a little emotional reading some of the passages towards the end there is just something so effortless and beautiful about ELs writing even when the storycontent is actually uite dark and depressing i also love that this is a duology i will praise any story that takes advantage of strengths of a duology good length good pacing good room for development etc which this doesthat being said if i were to take these things away would i have loved this as much as ‘spin the dawn?’ no probably not it would definitely be closer to a 35 4 star rating the things i loved about the first book are missing from this as the focus of the story has changed there is no competition there is no adventure there is no edan and maia this seuel focuses on war and magic which is fine it makes sense that the story goes in this direction i just prefer the content of the first book overall this conclusion is satisfying enough for me that i dont have any real complaints would i reread this? not the entire book no but there are so many sentences and paragraphs i marked that i will forever go back to ↠ 45 stars

  4. Arini Arini says:

    #1 Spin the Dawn — 375 Stars#2 Unravel the Dusk — 2 StarsI’m all for independence and women empowerment but much of this book was Maia going rogue and it was FAR from fun She was battling with herself from becoming a demon and we just followed her around isolated and alone solving one problem to the next refusing any help lest she’d hurt the people she cared about which would be fine if she hadn’t clearly needed one while ocassionally telling her inner demon to fck offI didn’t feel emotional connection to any of the characters The characterisation was seriously lacking We didn’t get to see much of the other characters apart from the surface level interactions Even Edan didn’t appear until almost halfway through the book and when he did he was practically useless I would’ve loved if we had other POVs Edan’s and Lady Sarnai’s to contend withThe plot itself I did not care for I was sure we didn’t have any until the last 25% Even then it was contrived and lacked tension Also there’s the matter of the magic itself which we never really gotten to know of its power and limitations Overall the nature of this book was heavier and darker than Spin the Dawn It wasn’t exactly a fault but it was certainly a problem when it failed to hold my attention I probably sound arrogant and condescending but whatever Read as an Audiobook

  5. may ➹ may ➹ says:

    — see my review of book 1 Spin the DawnUnravel the Dusk follows Maia Tamarin after the events of Spin the Dawn I can’t describe much of the plot lest I spoil what happens but Maia is forced to grapple with darkness and cling to her humanity before she becomes something worse The demons and enemies she faced in the previous book are ever present in this book and with epic battles and heartfelt reunions I should have loved this book Sadly that was not the caseMy issue with this seuel was that I simply did not care About anything Perhaps if I had read this at another time I might have loved it but I didn’t connect to Maia at all and wasn’t too invested to see how her story would end I also typically enjoy the “descent into darkness” type of character arcs—though I’m biased because I’ll always want the character to actually crave the darkness and not try to fight it—but for some reason this time it didn’t work for meMaia’s internal conflict felt so repetitive to me; there was no growth over the course of the book and it was essentially the same thought process over and over This was made especially worse with her “narration” of what she thought or knew was going to happen—it was like foreshadowing except you were told it instead of it being subtly hinted and it made the plot lose all its suspense Magic was the blood of stars falling from the sky the song of my enchanted scissors—eager to make a miracle out of thread and hope If you loved Spin the Dawn for its romance you might be in for a disappointment with this seuel Edan doesn’t show up until halfway through the book and even then his connection with Maia didn’t feel as deep as it was in the first book This might not have been an issue since I do think the main focus of this book was meant to be Maia rather than her relationships with any of the other characters but unfortunately it made the ending feel shallow to meAside from Maia it didn’t feel like any of the characters went through much development Edan essentially was there to be a love interest to Maia and he actually had a setback that would have been so interesting to explore so that made both him and the romance feel very stagnant The other side characters also fell flat I recognize that this book was meant to mainly focus on Maia but I still wished that the other characters got some love too Because if you were like me and didn’t care about Maia the lack of side character development meant you also didn’t care about any of the other charactersFinally my last complaint with this book was its ending I don’t really know where I stand on it in terms of what I actually wanted to happen between the two options presented but I didn’t like either of them view spoilerEither she died and stayed dead or was revived for her happy ending with Edan I’m annoying and I hate happy endings that are unrealistic and to me the revival was unrealistic But I also hate when main characters are killed off without a good conclusion to their arc and if she had stayed dead her arc would have been incomplete hide spoiler

  6. Angelica Angelica says:

    I liked this better than book one And I still didn't love itIn this book the stakes are raised the characters mostly Maia because Edan doesn't grow and no other character actually matters have to find a way to keep the peace and save the land from the greed of both men and demons Unfortunately I just didn't care all that much About anything that happenedFor me to enjoy a book I have to care about the things happening in it In order to care about the events I have to care about the characters its all happening to And I didn't I didn't care for Maia or Edan although I do still like him and I didn't care for what they did or how they did it Maybe it was because I didn't get the sense that there was too much development with them Even Maia pretty much remains the same despite her impending transformation I would have wanted her to give in to the darkness a little but then again I do love a good descent into darkness story  Edan was absent half the time and when he did show up he didn't really do muchI didn't care much about the plot either and that in part had to do with the writing The writing isn't necessarily bad It's just very plain It doesn't let you assume things It doesn't let you figure things out about the plot or the characters It simply tells you And then it tells you again in case you missed it The book lacked suspense it lacked tension because of itLastly I didn't love the ending I think this should have been a trilogy instead of just the two books The characters would have had time to develop The story and the world would have had time to be fleshed out and explored The ending wouldn't have felt so unsatisfying perhapsIn the end this just wasn't for me If you loved Spin the Dawn you might also love this one If you didn't love book one or felt ambivalent towards the whole thing then maybe don't bother reading this book Then again this book has gotten mostly positive reviews so far so you might actually like it I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my ownFollow Me Here Too My Blog || Twitter || Bloglovin' || Instagram || Tumblr || Pinterest

  7. C.G. Drews C.G. Drews says:

    You probably remember me being completely starry eyed over Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim last year I've been thoroughly counting down the day still this gorgeous seuel was in my hands It's full of high stakes demons starcrossed lovers and Maia discovering who she really is tailor or monster or girlThis is a tale of magic bloodshed and destinyWhat I really loved about book one was the magic and I'm so glad this seuel deeply explored the magical powers of the dresses Maia completed in book one She made three dresses from 1 the laughter of the sun 2 the tears of the moon and 3 the blood of the stars Now we get to see what these dresses DO And their power is dark and fathomless But there's a catch Maia didn't anticipate she poured herself into the dresses as she tailored them so they're not just garments They are part of her Their power is hersAnd what is she going to do with it?Demons Enchanters Emperors So the story takes off basically where the last one left off Edan is gone and Maia is finally imperial tailor they know she's a woman and the emperor is set to marry Lady Sarnai who hates him War is imminent if this marriage is not successful Maia just wants everyone to DO THEIR JOB She is so tired and stressed and sick of losing people Her family Her love Her dreams And she sacrificed a lot in book 1 so we're seeing the repercussions there I really love books about monstrous curses demons and fighting your inner darkness so this was excellent Maia's dark side is now seeping into her life and she has no idea if she'll lose who she is entirelyI did miss Edan a lot the humour and wit of MaiaEdan's relationship isn't in this one but we have such high stakes and moments of heartbreak and valiance I think the serious tone sat well with the story And Edan is still such a soft dork someone called him a cowherd's son and he's like Rude???? I mean it's true but also rude I love him so muchA powerful finaleWe have wars battles and impossible stakes all through this book It's here to keep your heart in your mouth as you have no idea what the fate of the universe will be Can monstrous people do good? How do you hold onto yourself when you've sacrificed your soul to save those you love?There's war destruction gorgeous displays of magic and aching hearts This is a powerful blood soaked finale of magic dresses and demon girls

  8. nuin giliath nuin giliath says:

    Spin the Dawn ★★★★★Unravel the Dusk ★★✬☆☆This was not what I anticipated at all and I was left with very mixed feelings Despite its flaws I loved the first installment of this series and was hoping for of the same here Instead Unravel the Dusk put aside many of the fun and entertaining aspects from that book in favor of slightly darker and serious plotlines It felt like the author wanted to tell a mature story with higher stakes and greater tension To her credit this was a little less formulaic than its predecessor even though it did still rely on fairly easy solutions However my main disappointments were the overwhelmed plot the lack of character and relationship developments and the minimal explanation regarding the magic that became such a major component hereBefore getting into my criticisms I want to first address the positive ualities• I still enjoyed the writing style and could easily read several chapters in one sitting • Some of the secondary characters from the first book were brought back and it was great getting to see them again • The Asian inspired elements and mythology were always well done and one of my favorite aspects of these books • There was also a recurring theme of women taking charge making their own decisions and choosing to follow their dreams which I highly appreciated • While the first 75% was rather rocky I really liked the last few chapters as they were the most reminiscent of the first book • I also enjoyed the final battle deus ex machina and all along with how everything was wrapped up at the end Now for what I didn't likeThroughout much of this book Maia put a lot of unnecessary pressure on herself as she seemed convinced that she was the only one capable of doing anything that might resolve the various conflicts Because of this belief she kept isolating herself lied to everyone and tried to solve all of the problems on her own I wish there had been a positive message featured about seeking out help from others and not feeling like you have to take on the world all by yourself Since Maia decided that it's up to her to do everything there ended up being multiple storylines happening all at once Unlike Spin the Dawn which had three pretty distinct sections within the same story Unravel the Dusk felt like one continuous slog as Maia dealt with one problem after another The freuent action scenes often felt chaotic and I struggled to absorb everything that was occurring in them Not only that but the whole mood of the story was tense and even hostile at times I could have handled the heavier tone and numerous plotlines better with light hearted moments to break up the monotony and alleviate some of the tensionI had really enjoyed Maia and Edan in the first book and was looking forward to seeing them continue to develop as both individuals and as a couple Sadly the state that the characters were left in at the end of the last book was pretty much where they started and stayed during this one Edan who had been one of my favorite characters from book one was absent for the first half and then did next to nothing the rest of the time He was so crippled by blind devotion to Maia that it completely ruined his character for me On the other hand Maia went back and forth over whether she even wanted to involve him in her various battles I just don't understand her claim to love him while repeatedly keeping him at arm's length when he was so desperate to help her On the few occasions when their relationship was brought to the forefront the countless declarations of love never felt earned There was never any real conflict between them which might result in growth Instead their relationship remained stagnantConsidering that the first book had been relatively light when it came to the world building I expected further exploration of the world and explanation of its magic system to occur here Unfortunately that never happened This book mainly focused on the demons and ghosts that played a crucial role than previously However by the end I was still left feeling uncertain about their abilities and the limitations regarding their magic I never understood why certain things happened or didn't the differences between the good magic of the gods and the evil magic of the demons or the whole amulet aspect As with many of the disappointing elements there was definitely potential here but I just wasn't satisfied with the minimal explanations providedThis duology should have been a trilogy with time available to devote to the additional development of characters their relationships and the world If you found Spin the Dawn too predictable or boring you might like this change of pace However if you're like me this may not satisfy your desire for a continuation of what made the first book so enjoyable Final rating 25e ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Just when I had thought I'd been overlooked when they were handing out ARCs

  9. Lia Carstairs Lia Carstairs says:

    Buddy Read with Maya Laura and MinaThis book broke me in so many ways🥺😭🥰 Maia and Edan I love those two so much though Edan didn’t appear as much as I wanted him to I still loved seeing the independence and strength in Maia when he wasn’t aroundAnd when Edan was there “I’d find you anywhere xitara”XitaraIn Old A’landan it meant little lamb But also something else—in a language I’d never learned“Brightest one” I whispered Brightest one in Nelrat the language Edan had grown up speaking ^That’s my heart melting seeing their reunion🥺Lady Sarnai is also someone I deeply respect After all she’s been through I really do admire her strength and like her a lot Honestly this story could’ve also been told through her POV since she was around a lot of the main action and very crucial to their victory view spoilerI cried when Lord Xina was killed in front of her by the shansen And then even after that happens she manages to stay strong and ready to fight to the end hide spoiler

  10. Tabi⁷ (ᕗツ)ᕗ Tabi⁷ (ᕗツ)ᕗ says:

    dangggg this cover came out ready to slap everyone with beauty

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Unravel the Dusk [KINDLE] ❆ Unravel the Dusk By Elizabeth Lim – Thomashillier.co.uk Maia Tamarin’s journey to sew the dresses of the sun the moon and the stars has taken a grievous toll She returns to a kingdom on the brink of war The boy she loves is gone and she is forced to don Maia Tamarin’s journey to sew the dresses of the sun the moon and the stars has taken a grievous toll She returns to a kingdom on the brink of war The boy she loves is gone and she is forced to don Unravel the Epub / the dress of the sun and assume the place of the emperor’s bride to be to keep the peaceBut the war raging around Maia is nothing compared to the battle within Ever since she was touched by the demon Bandur she has been changing glancing in the mirror to see her own eyes glowing red losing control of her magic her body her mind It’s only a matter of time before Maia loses herself completely but she will stop at nothing to find Edan protect her family and bring lasting peace to her countryYA fantasy readers will love the sizzling forbidden romance mystery and intrigue of Unravel the Dusk.