Hello bookdragons!! It is so hot here this week! But my arm is finally better and I can type this article <3 Today, I wanted to tell you about a book I’m pretty sure you’ve already heard about: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim. It is August’s Chapters Indigo Teen Staff Pick of the Month and I was lucky enough to receive a copy to enjoy!
Today, I’m gonna share with you 5 good reasons why you should try it 😉
Staff Pick of the Month?
If you are wondering what this is about, each month, across all the Chapters stores, over 200 employees select a title to be the Staff Pick of the Month, in the Teen section! I was lucky enough to receive a copy in order to share my honest opinion about it 🙂
August Teen Pick: Spin the Dawn – Elizabeth Lim
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.
5 good reasons to pick it up
- China inspired setting: There are still not that many books following this culture (I can think of a few books with an Asian setting and I enjoyed them all like Eon or The Otori), but it’s such an interesting and different one!
- All the clothes description: for someone who can’t sew for her life, it’s like magic! How they die, embroider and draw all the colors and textures, it really brings more life to the story!
- The second part (hint: it is a quest): it reminded me of one of my favorite French fairy tale named Donkey Skin (maybe you’ve heard about it), where a daughter asks her dad who wants to marry her (not a good start!) to give her 3 dresses first: one like the Sky, one like the Moon and one like the Sun. And in the movie version, these dresses were GORGEOUS. It also brings up again this idea of an impossible quest to realize!
- The magic system: magic usually makes a book better, and it is the case here. The magic Maia discovers in her magical scissors, but also Edan, the Enchanter who was a great character. The way his magic and its consequences were described was super interesting and original!
- Speaking of Edan: he would be my 5th reason to read this book. I loved his character, his humor, and his powers! But still being gentle with Maia. Brooding but kind, not a bad mix right??
Hope this convinced you to give this book a chance! Or maybe you did already? What did you think?
See you for a cup,