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Spin the Dawn

(The Blood of Stars #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,465 ratings  ·  683 reviews
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
Hardcover, 387 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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    Kristia There's subtle cursing in this book, like words of "damn" and "piss" (if you consider piss a curse word, in which I really don't). Nothing too…moreThere's subtle cursing in this book, like words of "damn" and "piss" (if you consider piss a curse word, in which I really don't). Nothing too outlandish. There are curse word alternatives used, like "Demon's Teeth" used. None of this has strained my enjoyment of this book, in which I will/have given a five star rating.

    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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    Chaima ✨ شيماء
    Project Runway meets Mulan sounds interesting but I need this book for reasons that have everything to do with the cultivated vanity that’s reserving my space in hell.....I mean just look at THAT COVER.
    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    I loved this so much, it went to my favorites list and I have the hardback pre-ordered!

    Animation: Arthur Redhawk

    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!

    Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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 read. from start to finish, i was entertained with
    Lily ☁️
    I am actually speechless, this book is marvelous, and you need it in your life. 🌙✨

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    Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    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. The first bit gave me definite Mulan vibes! But th
    Mar 02, 2018 marked it as to-read

    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    This is honestly the best cover I've ever encountered and holy shit the blessings.

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    may ➹
    4.5 stars

    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
    Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it

    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
    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 up the proposal from the bakers gross son when a roy
    Clemlucian (&#x1f3f3;️‍&#x1f308;the villain's quest)
    2 Angry cunt stars. (Yes, cunt Clem is back and I'm about to burn the house down.)

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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
    Ashlee » Library In The Country
    Why yes I did just SCREAM OUT LOUD because I got an ARC of this. One of my most anticipated 2019 releases!
    Mar 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
    this cover is everything
    Hannah Greendale
    Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
    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 the book makes a significant departure from its fir
    Feb 11, 2019 is currently reading it
    Project Runway meets Mulan

    I'm intrigued. But I also have so many questions. Let's hope this lives up to the hype!
    ✩ Ashley ✩

    I can’t believe it!!! I’ve been approved (for the first time) for a NetGalley request?!!?!?!!!? My heart can’t handle all this excitement! 🥰
    Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Mar 11, 2018 marked it as releases-2019
    Shelves: coverporn
    ...this does not sound like Project Runway
    ♠️ TABI ♠️
    Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    '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 last longer than it actually did?? But this turned
    Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    Unpopular Opinion Coming-in

    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
    Jun 29, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
    Author: *Writes a Mulan retelling with Disney*
    Author years later: *Writes a YA and compares it to Mulan*
    Me: hmm, why do i smell a lawsuit
    Candace Robinson
    The cover to this has to be one of my top 5 so far this year! It’s seriously gorgeous! So I did like this one but I wasn’t in love with it as much as I wanted to be. I think I wanted more from the characters? I’m not really even a hundred percent on that! What I seriously loved was the Project Runway and Mulan vibes! Give me a needle and thread right now!
    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 a lil.

    The following 150-ish pages are all about the com
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    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
    Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    4.5**** rounded up

    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
    Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
    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 when, once the sewing competition ended, this became
    Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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    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 was as if I was in the room with them all.
    My favourit
    Sherwood Smith
    Maia Tamarin loves being a tailor more than her brothers do, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well—tailors cannot be female.

    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
    ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
    Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc
    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you!).

    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
    Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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    3.5 Stars

    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
    CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
    My full review is now up on my blog, The Quiet Pond.


    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
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