Bookstagram & Creative Blog Tour: Spin the Dawn, written by Elizabeth Lim

Bookstagram & Creative Blog Tour: Spin the Dawn, written by Elizabeth Lim

Hi everyone! Today I’m excited to participate in the bookstagram & creative blog tour for SPIN THE DAWN by Elizabeth Lim hosted by MTMC Tours & PRH International!

Project Runway meets Mulan, this Silk Road-inspired fantasy is about a tailor who must sew 3 dresses of the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars to save her kingdom! This is the first installment in The Blood of Stars duology released on July 9th, 2019 from Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers. Check below my tour stop and make sure to visit all the bookstagram & creative stops for a chance to win an international edition of this book + swag!

About the book:

  • Title: Spin the Dawn
  • Series: The Blood of Stars #1
  • Author: Elizabeth Lim
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Publishing Date: July 9th, 2019
  • ISBN: 9780593118443
  • Genres: YA Fantasy

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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.

Steeped in Chinese culture, sizzling with forbidden romance, and shimmering with magic, this young adult fantasy is pitch-perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas or Renée Ahdieh.

Should You read Spin the Dawn?

Spin the Dawn is about a girl Maia who dreams of becoming an Imperial tailor but cannot because of her gender. Eventually, she has no choice but to take her father’s place when a royal messenger summons her father for the position of the imperial tailor. Maia hatches a plan to go in the disguise of her brother. Reaching the palace, Maia finds out that she wasn’t told the entire story, that she had to complete with other tailors for the coveted position and that the emperor’s bride-to-be will choose the winner. Day after day, Maia has to maintain her disguise; evade backstabbing tailors, dangerous court games and the attention of the Lord Enchanter Edan.

As the competition reaches its end, Maia wins but it comes at too much of a high price. As the Imperial Tailor, Maia’s first task is to make three gowns for emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be and they must be made from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. Will Maia succeed in this impossible task or will she die like all others before her?

This was really a mashup of Project Runway and Mulan; well, if Project Runway included contestants physically harming each other and Mulan was a tailor and…nope, not saying anything else. A very familiar fantasy trope was at play in this book : If you’re female, you’re doomed and you’ve got to “prove” yourself. Maia grew up with a thread in one hand and a needle in other; it would be sacrilege if she couldn’t become a master tailor. However, circumstances were pointing towards Maia to either marry or spend her life alone. The rules in A’landi are particularly harsh if someone finds out a woman is masquerading as a man.

“My whole life, I’d been told what I couldn’t do because I was a girl. Well, this was my chance to find out. The only thing I could do was take it.”

There is also a mention of a war at the beginning between the Emperor of A’landi and his Shansen(warlord) but not much is clear as to why it happened but magic was involved, that much is clear. Magic plays an important role throughout the story and although I can’t tell you why but it is pretty cool. The world-building is beautiful but not complete( I guess it’s because this is book one) and the journey to gather the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon and the blood of the stars was the most enjoyable portion of the story for me!

I also want to talk about Edan who I immediately likened with the Darkling in the beginning but he was anything but. Edan or the Lord Enchanter(as everyone calls him) was the living-breathing example of everything Maia shouldn’t trust but boy, she was so wrong. Edan is smart, funny and loyal. He doesn’t everything in his power to help Maia even though it comes at a price.

Overall, I recommend it to you if you love fantasy, retellings with a twist, adventure, a fierce and loyal heroine who’d do anything to protect her loved ones, unlikely romance, and magic.

Thanks to the MTMC Tours and PRH for including me on the blog tour!

About the Author:

Elizabeth Lim grew up on a hearty staple of fairy tales, myths, and songs. Her passion for storytelling began around age 10, when she started writing fanfics for Sailor Moon, Sweet Valley, and Star Wars, and posted them online to discover, “Wow, people actually read my stuff. And that’s kinda cool!” But after one of her teachers told her she had “too much voice” in her essays, Elizabeth took a break from creative writing to focus on not flunking English.

Over the years, Elizabeth became a film and video game composer, and even went so far as to get a doctorate in music composition. But she always missed writing, and turned to penning stories when she needed a breather from grad school. One day, she decided to write and finish a novel — for kicks, at first, then things became serious — and she hasn’t looked back since.

Elizabeth loves classic film scores, books with a good romance, food (she currently has a soft spot for arepas and Ethiopian food), the color turquoise, overcast skies, English muffins, cycling, and baking. She lives in New York City with her husband.

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International Tour-wide Giveaway:



Head over to my Instagram account for a chance to win an international edition of Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim + swag! And don’t forget to check all the accounts/blogs participating for extra entries!!!

Tour Schedule:

July 15
@thereaderandthechef – Bookstagram + Blog

July 16
@Bookslovereaders – Bookstagram

July 17
@paperfury – Bookstagram + Blog

July 18
@erhibiscus – Bookstagram

July 19
@book_rambler – Bookstagram + Blog

July 20
@annreads – Bookstagram

July 21
@linathebookaddict – Bookstagram + Blog

July 22
@womanon – Bookstagram

July 23
@paperbacksandpen – Bookstagram + Blog

July 24
@giota_the_reader – Bookstagram

July 25
@Shaked_reads – Bookstagram + Blog

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An epic fantasy that you will want to read over and over again | ARC Review: We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

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SYNOPSIS

WHY SHOULD YOU ABSOLUTELY ADDWE HUNT THE FLAME TO YOUR TBR?

People lived because she killed.

People died because he lived.

-Hafsah faizal, We Hunt the Flame

I wondered, “How do I even write a review of this book?” I thought that because it’s difficult to articulate my thoughts on such a wonderful and unique book.

I read We Hunt the Flame after reading The Priory and I desperately needed to read another epic fantasy book. So, I picked up my copy of We Hunt the Flame,which is also in my list of the most anticipated debut releases of 2019 and it BLEW ME AWAY with its awesomeness. 

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal is the story of a girl who killed to keep the people of her village alive and that of a boy who killed people for a living.

This epic story is about a place called Arawiya where there is no more magic. Our protagonists are Zafira and Nasir, both of them live in separate countries and survive in their own ways. Zafira is a huntress – known as THE HUNTER – in a place where women are not allowed to do any work whatsoever. Zafira has no choice but to disguise herself as a man and hunt to feed the people of her village. Nasir is the complete opposite of Zafira. People die because he lives. He is an assassin who kills people without question on the orders of his father, the Sultan. 

Maybe the tiny lions were merely ornaments, a display of pride for the victory over a man who defied men, only to be slain by women.

– HAFSAH FAIZAL, WE HUNT THE FLAME

Now, Arawiya is in danger for the cursed forest called the Arz is threatening to swallow the land in whole. Soon, Zafira and Nasir have to unite and embark on a journey for a mysterious object that might bring a stop to the Arz and bring magic back to their world. Can they find the object before Arz lays destruction to their world? or, will they perish along with their people?

What’s awesome about it is, of course, the story( did I convince you?), the flawed-but-I still-want-to-cuddle-them characters, the utterly marvelous worldbuilding, enemies-to-lovers romance and the fantabulous(I don’t know if it’s a real word) writing! 

We hunt the flame, the light in the darkness, the good this world deserves.

– HAFSAH FAIZAL, WE HUNT THE FLAME

Phew! This book made me drool and scream in delight. Not everything is doom and gloom because Altair is there and yes, he might seem like a comedic side kick at first but he has some stories to tell as well. Also, this book is frickin’ QUOTE WORTHY! Let me tell you, if I highlighted books then the entire book would be a frickin’ rainbow vomit.

I'm going to stop my rambling here because We Hunt the Flame has apparently made me insane. 

Overall, I highly recommend this book if you read fantasy(YA) or want to read fantasy, want to read a diverse book, want a book about a super eccentric/murderous/totally cool group of misfits, and want a slow burn romance that will make YOU SWEAT and SCREAM . Pre-order the book or add it to your TBR(whatever suits you) now!!

(Huge) Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

VERDICT:

Author: Connect with Author Hafsah Faizal here .

  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication Date(US): 14th May 2019
  • ARC: 480 Pages

Will you pick up We Hunt the Flame after reading this review? If you’ve already read the ARC, let me know your thoughts down below!

Achievement unlocked: You finally finished reading “The Wrath & The Dawn” duology


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REVIEW | WHY SHOULD YOU READ THE ROSE & THE DAGGER?

“It was because they were two parts of a whole. He did not belong to her. And she did not belong to him. It was never about belonging to someone. It was about belonging together.”

Before reading this review, I am supposed to say “SPOILER ALERT“. If you haven’t read The Wrath & The Dawn – the first book in the duology- then don’t proceed or you may,totally your choice.

I didn’t LOVE The Wrath & the Dawn but I was eager enough to pick up the second book of this duology and after posting two pictures of the book on Instagram, I promptly forgot about it. *I read this book in January*

The Rose & the Dagger starts off where its predecessor ended: the city of Rey was burning , thus leaving Rey and its ruler vulnerable. We also saw that Jalal sent Shahrzad away with Tariq to keep her safe and ……….. I don’t remember anything else.

Anyway, so we see Khalid rebuilding his destroyed kingdom and trying not to think of his wife. On the other side, Shahrzad’s the same but now she is among people who want to kill her beloved.

Jahandar, Shahrzad’s father is still obsessed with the BOOK and Tariq is more frustrating than ever. Like…TAKE A HINT , Tariq! Shahrzad is HAPPILY married..of course,he doesn’t take a hint and continues to make not only Shahrzad but me uncomfortable.

Moving on…we see Khalid’s “uncle,” the Sultan of Parthia making a comeback as THE VILLIAN who wants to overthrow “boy king” Khalid and rule the entire kingdom.

Looks like Khalid has got his work cut out for him or does he ? For there is Shahrzad, who will stop at anything to protect Khalid and save Rey from destruction.

Why should you read this book? Obviously, you should, if you read The Wrath and loved/liked it. Besides that reason,I think The Rose had more action scenes (which I loved), especially the use of magic was more prevalent in this book. There were lots of twists and turns and shocks-oh my! So, yes I’d say these are all valid reasons to buy or borrow yourself a copy of this.

Overall, this was a worthy sequel filled with magic, curses, broody boy kings, a jealous ex-boyfriend, power-hungry father, and uncles and it is written by an Asian author.

I want to thank my bank account which generously donated me -MY- money to buy this book.

Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars

Author: Connect with Author Renée Ahdieh here .

  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
  • Publication Date(US): 26 April 2016
  • Hardcover: 416 Pages

Have you read The Wrath and the Dawn books? Did you like it? Love it? Hate it? Let me know all your thoughts about it? This is also my first review for the Year of The Asian Challenge 2019 so give this post some love, post some comments and if you love MY thoughts, click the follow button above.

The Wrath & The Dawn is a riveting tale, ​but not without flaws

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Synopsis: One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

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