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Unravel the Dusk – Elizabeth Lim

Unravel

The thrilling sequel to SPIN THE DAWN, a magical series steeped in Chinese culture.

Maia Tamarin’s journey to sew the dresses of the sun, the moon and the stars has taken a grievous toll. She returns to a kingdom on the brink of war. The boy she loves is gone, and she is forced to don the dress of the sun and assume the place of the emperor’s bride-to-be to keep the peace.

But the war raging around Maia is nothing compared to the battle within. Ever since she was touched by the demon Bandur, she has been changing . . . glancing in the mirror to see her own eyes glowing red, losing control of her magic, her body, her mind. It’s only a matter of time before Maia loses herself completely, but she will stop at nothing to find Edan, protect her family, and bring lasting peace to her country.

YA fantasy readers will love the sizzling forbidden romance, mystery, and intrigue of UNRAVEL THE DUSK.

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I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

My Rating: 4 Stars

Wow, this duology consumed my life for 24 straight hours! I read both of these gorgeous books back to back and was so relieved to have an ARC of Unravel the Dusk after the way Spin the Dawn ended. I’ll be honest, I can’t imagine waiting a year between books, it might have killed me. *Much like the wait for Empire of Gold is slowly killing me*

First of all, EDAN! Sigh, what a dreamboat cinnamon roll! He was definitely my favorite character in Spin the Dawn and I was so bummed when I discovered that he didn’t turn up in the sequel until 50% of the way through the book! I definitely understood that Maia had a journey that she needed to endeavor upon on her own, but damn, I missed him.

One of the things that I loved the most about Spin the Dawn was the Project Runway feel that it had at the beginning, and the overall focus on Maia’s love of tailoring. While there were parts of Unravel the Dusk that highlighted her incredible ability to craft, it was something that I missed overall as it was not nearly as prevalent in this book.

That being said, there was near constant action, heartache and stress in Unravel the Dusk. I genuinely could not see a positive ending in sight for the main characters and my stomach was in knots throughout most of the book. From the beginning, Maia threw herself into one dangerous situation after another and I enjoyed the overall character development that she showed over the course of her story’s arc.

It’s pretty hard to write a spoiler free review of a sequel, so I will leave you with this: overall, these books were incredible. The pacing was quick, the writing was beautiful, and the books were filled with main characters I easily related to, as well as villains both complex and endlessly deplorable. If you’re looking for a book full of gorgeous Chinese culture, a simultaneously heartwarming and heart wrenching love story, and a completely badass heroine, I definitely recommend picking these up.

 

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