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  • Spin the Dawn

    This book is amazing. It is incredibly different to other books I have read. But not in a bad way. It is filled with creativity. Also struggles and decisions. I for one will never complain about jumping in cold water again. WARNING this book contains a giant cliffhanger and the kobo system does not have the second book. But do not worry. The second book is out.

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    18 person found this review helpful

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  • A beautiful story

    What a fantastic read, the story is completely enthralling and I'm going to be anxiously awaiting the sequel. As a sewist the book really called to me, and luckily it delivered everything I had hoped it would be. A strong female character in a time when females are dismissed as lesser, a beautiful mixture of multiple fairy tales to complete an all new and alluring story. I highly recommend to grab this novel if you Crave adventure, magic, and some sweet romance.

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    14 person found this review helpful

    14 people found this review helpful

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  • excellent read

    This book is pitch as Mulan Retelling but I think some parts feel like reading Beauty and The Beast, Rapunzel and Aladdin retelling too 😍😍 Basically reading this book is like reading Disney story! I can confirm that this book is live up to hype and expectation. So page turner and each chapter ending leave me wanting more. I managed to finish in one sitting. This charming novel is about Maia who dreamed to be the best emperor’s tailor. She is likeable and strong heroine. She has strong morale ground. Her story and journey made me you want to root for her. While I disagree with some Maia’s behavior, Elizabeth explains her circumstances nicely and made me understand why she act like that. Then I came to realize that she is still young. I probably will act like her when I was at her age. I mean when we are young, there are lots of things that we has to learn. My other favorite character is Edan. His witty remark and attitude remind me of Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles 😍😍 I totally swoon over him. And did you know Edan means Crazy in bahasa? I laugh out loud when read his name. Eventough his name means something else in the book. I think the Indonesia meaning fits Edan’s behavior/personality too. This novel is an excellent read, I absolutely loved it. Beautiful cover and beautiful story! 5 star from me! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you @CaffeineTours Netgalley and Penguin Random House for giving me the chance to read and review this book early.

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    13 people found this review helpful

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  • It was so good!

    This book is fantastic! I really enjoyed it and read it quickly. I highly recommend it. People were saying that the story was like a retelling of Mulan. I would agree but I think it's a lot more sophisticated and interesting. Also, the descriptions of the clothes Maia makes were so vivid and realistic and I would have loved to wear them!! The concept was also really great, but I have to say I enjoyed the first half of the book more than the second half. I think the second half of the story went too far away from the original concept of the book, which is not a good thing in this case. I also found that the second half focused too much (almost exclusively) on the romance! I didn't enjoy that, but if you love a well written and non-cheesy fantasy romance, then this book is for you. Overall, this book started out great but was a little disappointing in the second half. But it was still well written and it was a beautiful story so I definitely recommend it. I hope you enjoy it!

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  • LOVED part 2 with the dresses...

    3.5 stars — I both listened and read this book. This was another one of those books that while I couldn’t find fault with the narrator (and in fact I’ve enjoyed Ms. Guest in other audiobooks), I just had a harder time getting sucked in when listening. But when I would switch to reading, it just captured me more easily. Apparently there’s just certain types of stories that don’t work as well for me in audiobook format. I still listened to about a third of this one, on and off depending on what I was doing. And as I said, Ms. Guest’s narration was solid, if a bit slow (though I suppose I could have sped it up). I think her depiction of Maia might have made her even harder to like — the…whininess? came across strongly. As for the story? Some parts captured me IMMENSELY, while others left me wanting more. I think I appreciated the world that Ms. Lim built, and the magical concepts in the story. I was expecting something much more Mulan-esque given the blurb, but the only similarities were really in part one. After that I saw quite a few other fairy tale tropes come into play (3 impossible tasks, as well as others I won’t mention b/c spoilers). The story of Amana and the 3 dresses, and Maia’s quest for them (basically part two) was my favourite part of the story. I really felt how much Maia suffered for those 3 things, and it made my imagination come alive thinking about it. As for the characters? Ehhhh…again, there were parts I loved, but also parts that left me wanting more. Maia felt a bit one dimensional to me. I don’t know why, but I didn’t really connect with her — she felt kind of flat. I didn’t feel a lot of emotion, and what I did felt very petulant and self-centered…so okay, realistically YA. I just didn’t really root for her. And Edan was the typical YA love interest — a bit of a jerk, but secretly in love. I actually appreciated his story and his struggle more than Maia’s in the end. I also loved how he showed his affection and caring for her eventually, while Maia still felt like she kept her cards closer to her vest. All in all, I enjoyed myself. But AGAIN, I find myself uncertain whether I’m invested enough to read the next book. *shrugs*

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    2 person found this review helpful

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