Spin the Dawn

Spin the Dawn

Book - 2019
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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 Renee Ahdieh.

" Spin the Dawn is pure magic. Romance, artistry, and deep enchantment. " --Gregory Maguire, bestselling author of Wicked

" What an amazing creation! Every time I thought I knew where it was going, I was wrong. This is a white-knuckle read. " --Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Tempests and Slaughter

"Part epic adventure, part fairy tale, and part Project Runway, Spin the Dawn is a thrilling tale as rich as velvet and as exquisite as fine embroidery. " --Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl from Everywhere
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780525646990
Branch Call Number: YA LIM E
Characteristics: 392 pages : map ; 22 cm.


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Feb 17, 2020

I stayed up way too late late to finish this book because it was so good.

Such an interesting story, and setting, and I loved the main character, Maia.

Looking forward to the next one!!

sarahbru17 Feb 11, 2020

Characters: 8/10
Plot: 9/10
Writing: 8/10
I absolutely loved having a story that centered around tailoring; I could picture the vibrant embroidery and fantastic designs. I loved the magic system and the incorporation of magic into the designs of Amana's dresses.

The love story felt a bit rushed--as with many YAs, the two characters escalated to I-would-do-anything-for-you love very quickly, without enough foundations built in their relationship, but I understand the need to speed it up for the sake of the plot. I just had to suspend my disbelief a little bit.

JessicaGma Jan 30, 2020

This was a fabulous YA read that was very much a fairy tale, but also had real world feels and wonderful characters. I still have so many questions that will have to await the companion novel out later in 2020. Maia has such a strong voice, and Edan is a cipher that slowly reveals more, but what happens now?? I NEED TO KNOW!

DCLteens Oct 11, 2019

A Must-Read YA staff pick. "Looking for your next big YA fantasy series? We've got our eye on this stylish blockbuster." –Entertainment Weekly. "Project Runway" meets "Mulan" in this sweeping 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.


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