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Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
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really liked it

First half - 5 stars
Second half - more like 2 stars

I'm pretty disappointed about the second half because the first half was AMAZING. The first half fit Project Runway + Mulan perfectly; it was everything I hoped it would be. There was a super cool tailoring competition with seemingly impossible requirements (very Project Runway-esque), and I really enjoyed the palace intrigue.

The second half took a completely different direction. It was more like a magical quest, which would have been okay, except suddenly a romance took over the entire book. Everything I loved about the first half was just gone. The romance became the center of the main character's world and fuelled every decision she made. Then at the end she made a decision I pretty strongly disagreed with. (view spoiler)

I probably will give the second book a shot, but I fear it will just be a continuation of the second half of the book and we may not see the style/vibe of the first half again. But I loved the first half so much that I still do have some hope.
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Reading Progress

March 3, 2018 – Shelved
March 3, 2018 – Shelved as: unreleased-stalking
June 30, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
July 1, 2019 – Started Reading
July 2, 2019 –
page 210
53.57% "This is so good!"
July 4, 2019 – Finished Reading

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