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Spin the Dawn
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 ...more
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I get you. Sometimes it bothers me if there's an over usage of cursing. More so in the past than in the present. I still steer away from some subject matters and content. It's how I even reflect upon movies, if there's the constant F bomb thrown around (I don't mind some well placed ones for dramatic effect), I'll turn the movie off.
When there's constant explicit cursing, It makes me wonder how limited a person's vocabulary is. It's not about censoring oneself from it, it's how a book reflects on you while reading, and if it's an enjoyable experience for you. If there's a lot of cursing, that's not your cup of tea. Oh well, everyone has their preferences. And sometimes, on down the road, your views on such things may adapt (like mine).
<spoiler>Now for steamy content, it's close to none, and what is present is done tastefully. This book is well suited for a younger audience, or a family wholesome reader. </spoiler>(less)
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Let 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'm so glad I did! SPIN THE DAWN is nothing like what I was thinking in that part of the description!
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 read. from start to finish, i was entertained with ...more
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. The first bit gave me definite Mulan vibes! But th ...more
Hey 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 several other magical tailors, meets the alluringly m ...more
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-inspired land was phenomenal. The Project Runway portion of the sto ...more
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 up the proposal from the bakers gross son when a roy ...more
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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 life of me, tell you where) likes to sew clothes in he ...more
While the midpoint hinges on a thrilling new challenge for Maia, the second half of the book makes a significant departure from its fir ...more
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 last longer than it actually did?? But this turned ...more
A 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 romance did little for me overall. But of the three t ...more
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 a lil.
The following 150-ish pages are all about the com ...more
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 thread.
When the Emperor’s representative arrives de ...more
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 that one day she will become the grand ...more
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 when, once the sewing competition ended, this became ...more
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 was as if I was in the room with them all.
My favourit ...more
But Maia’s brothers are not there to take over when Maia’s father, who is very ill, is summoned to court. Maia’s father was once famed for his work. Now he’s too ill to go, except that imperial invitations do not have a “I can’t” option.
So Maia poses as a boy and takes his place, knowing that she can be executed if she’s found out. She gets to the imper ...more
Spin the Dawn is a Chinese mythology inspired YA fantasy. We follow Maia Tamarin, a young girl that wishes to become a Tailor. The problem is, only men can become tailors. Maia ends up disguising herself as a boy to take her brother's place in a Royal Competition for the title of Imperial Taylor.
The plot consists at first of Maia trying to achieve her dream and saving at the same time, her family. There ar ...more
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Spin the Dawn is one of the summer young adult fantasy ARC’s that I wasn’t that excited about. This book was marketed as a Mulan re-telling and also compared to Project Runway, neither of which I was a fan of. I was actually pretty shocked with how much I enjoyed this book. While I did have some issues with it at times, Spin the Dawn was nothing like I had expected it to be.
Immediately once I started reading I noti ...more
I... I'm amazed. This romantic-fantasy blew my expectations out of the water, and this was such a splendid and sweeping read.
- Follows Maia, the daughter of a tailor who disguises herself as her brother to compete to become the Emperor's court tailor. To save her life and ensure peace in her kingdom, she is then given a test to make three dresses to symbolise the goddess Amana's children: the sun, the moon, and the stars.
- Though this book sou ...more
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