Unravel the Dusk

Unravel the DuskThe Thrilling Sequel To SPIN THE DAWN, A Magical Series Steeped In Chinese CultureMaia 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 PeaceBut 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 CountryYA Fantasy Readers Will Love The Sizzling Forbidden Romance, Mystery, And Intrigue Of UNRAVEL THE DUSK This is good This is better This is soooo sooo much better than the first book My favorite tailor after Coco Chanel is back And she is struggling not to turn into a completely demon to run for any political carriers and keep her gold heart to protect her family and her love of her life, Edan So yes, at the end of the first book, Maia s identity has been revealed, her mask already fell down Everybody knows she is not his brother She is she and she is talented But what they don t know that This is good This is better This is soooo sooo much better than the first book My favorite tailor after Coco Chanel is back And she is struggling not to turn into a completely demon to run for any political carriers and keep her gold heart to protect her family and her love of her life, Edan So yes, at the end of the first book, Maia s identity has been revealed, her mask already fell down Everybody knows she is not his brother She is she and she is talented But what they don t know that she s slowly conquered by dark elements and she needs to fight back with those demons and their voices in her head What are the differences of the first book from the first one Our gold hearted, talented, brave, smart girl Maia grew up, instead of using her magic to create amazing dresses, she s using her skills to fight at the war zone or against the empowering demon voices which are about to conquer her mind completely She is tougher,powerful,exhausted, sad, depressed.Unfortunately we don t see much Edan till the second half of the book We caught glimpses him which makes us sing man in the mirror He lost most of his magic and he is a little passive and overshadowed by bravery and strength of Maia but when I read the ending I got the reason because this book is a quite feminism manifesto with its determined, powerful, smart, focused on mission, leader heroines I wasn t a big fan of Lady Sarnai and I wanted to punch her face so many times at the first book but the author thankfully found another way to punish her at the beginning of this one And slowly I started to empathize and surprisingly like her a little bit Epic war scenes were exciting, heart throbbing, nail biter, seat jumper kind of full with so many powerful action scenes so this book s pace is faster We already know all the characters We know there is a big war not only between the emperors but also between the demons Big question is will Maia sacrifice herself for the good of her country and her loved ones Because when she is full possessed by the demon, there is no returning back, she is going to lose all her memories and her humanity by turning into a monster I prayed so many times that she could find her way to get rid of the curse I cried, jumped, spilled my drink, poured , drank , readand Nope, mouth is zipped again I can only say thank you should get ready for one of the best written, emotional, riveting, heart wrenching, magical fantasy books of 2020 This is fantastic combination of Eastern folklore and traditional tales and of course fairy tale elements.I m giving all my five moony tears, sun kissed, epic journey stars Another powerful ending and I cannot wait to readof this gifted author may use the words as her palette and create vivid, colorful, remarkable portraits And let s give a long applause for this remarkable, fantastic cover The design is magnificent So much thanks to NetGalley and Random House s Children to share this fantastic sequel with me in exchange my honest review And of course Elizabeth Lim, thank you so much to present us this memorable, exciting, surprising, magical journey bloginstagramfacebooktwitter This review is up on my blog Maia did what was thought to be impossible she sewed the three dresses of the sun, the moon and the stars Amana s magical dresses of legend But that came with a steep price And it s only a matter of time before Maia loses everything dear to her Her memories, her freedom, her humanity Find Me Ko Fi Blog Instagram Twitter___The covers for this series are the kind of quality that other YA fantasy should be striving for They re just so beautifulThank This review is up on my blog Maia did what was thought to be impossible she sewed the three dresses of the sun, the moon and the stars Amana s magical dresses of legend But that came with a steep price And it s only a matter of time before Maia loses everything dear to her Her memories, her freedom, her humanity Find Me Ko Fi Blog Instagram Twitter___The covers for this series are the kind of quality that other YA fantasy should be striving for They re just so beautifulThank you to Knopf Books for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review _I m not gonna lie, I am d e s p e r a t e for this.___My review of Spin the Dawn see my review of book 1, Spin the DawnUnravel the Dusk follows Maia Tamarin after the events of Spin the Dawn I can t describe much of the plot lest I spoil what happens, but Maia is forced to grapple with darkness and cling to her humanity before she becomes something worse The demons and enemies she faced in the previous book are ever present in this book, and with epic battles and heartfelt reunions, I should have loved this book Sadly, that was not the case.My issue with this sequel was see my review of book 1, Spin the DawnUnravel the Dusk follows Maia Tamarin after the events of Spin the Dawn I can t describe much of the plot lest I spoil what happens, but Maia is forced to grapple with darkness and cling to her humanity before she becomes something worse The demons and enemies she faced in the previous book are ever present in this book, and with epic battles and heartfelt reunions, I should have loved this book Sadly, that was not the case.My issue with this sequel was that I, simply, did not care About anything Perhaps if I had read this at another time, I might have loved it, but I didn t connect to Maia at all and wasn t too invested to see how her story would end I also typically enjoy the descent into darkness type of character arcs though I m biased because I ll always want the character to actually crave the darkness and not try to fight it but for some reason, this time it didn t work for me.Maia s internal conflict felt so repetitive to me there was no growth over the course of the book and it was essentially the same thought process over and over This was made especially worse with her narration of what she thought or knew was going to happen it was like foreshadowing, except you were told it instead of it being subtly hinted, and it made the plot lose all its suspense Magic was the blood of stars falling from the sky, the song of my enchanted scissors eager to make a miracle out of thread and hope. If you loved Spin the Dawn for its romance, you might be in for a disappointment with this sequel Edan doesn t show up until halfway through the book, and even then his connection with Maia didn t feel as deep as it was in the first book This might not have been an issue, since I do think the main focus of this book was meant to be Maia rather than her relationships with any of the other characters, but unfortunately it made the ending feel shallow to me.Aside from Maia, it didn t feel like any of the characters went through much development Edan essentially was there to be a love interest to Maia and he actually had a setback that would have been so interesting to explore , so that made both him and the romance feel very stagnant The other side characters also fell flat I recognize that this book was meant to mainly focus on Maia, but I still wished that the other characters got some love too Because if you were like me and didn t care about Maia, the lack of side character development meant you also didn t care about any of the other characters.Finally, my last complaint with this book was its ending I don t really know where I stand on it, in terms of what I actually wanted to happen between the two options presented, but I didn t like either of them view spoiler Either she died and stayed dead, or was revived for her happy ending with Edan I m annoying and I hate happy endings that are unrealistic, and to me, the revival was unrealistic But I also hate when main characters are killed off without a good conclusion to their arc, and if she had stayed dead, her arc would have been incomplete hide spoiler So I m conflicted But I know for sure that I wasn t happy with the conclusion Whatever history remembered of us, whether it likened us to the sun and the moon only permitted to meet once a year or simply to a boy and a girl touched by the stars, fate had danced to bring us together. So far, it looks like Unravel the Dusk is receiving mostly positive feedback, so take my opinion with a grain of salt, if you will There s a chance that my indifference towards this book might be on the book itself, but it slikely that this was a personal issue Elizabeth Lim s writing is still gorgeous as ever, and of course the Asian inspired worldbuilding and mythology was beautiful I also appreciated the themes of female strength and power that shone through with Maia and another character But unfortunately, Unravel the Dusk just really did not work for me Perhaps the worst thing was that I didn t even feel a particular sadness about it disappointing me because that was how little I cared I ll still be looking forward to Elizabeth Lim s future books, though, and I m excited to see what she can cook up nextrep all Asian cast Chinese coded content warnings violence, death murder, imprisonment, torture, depictions of bloodThank you to Knopf for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a spot on this blog tour This did not affect my opinions in any way.All quotes are from an advance copy and may differ in final publication. dangggg this cover came out ready to slap everyone with beauty Spin the Dawn Unravel the Dusk This was not what I anticipated at all and I was left with very mixed feelings Despite its flaws, I loved the first installment of this series and was hoping forof the same here Instead, Unravel the Dusk put aside many of the fun and entertaining aspects from that book in favor of slightly darker andserious plotlines It felt like the author wanted to tell amature story with higher stakes and greater tension To her credit, this wa Spin the Dawn Unravel the Dusk This was not what I anticipated at all and I was left with very mixed feelings Despite its flaws, I loved the first installment of this series and was hoping forof the same here Instead, Unravel the Dusk put aside many of the fun and entertaining aspects from that book in favor of slightly darker andserious plotlines It felt like the author wanted to tell amature story with higher stakes and greater tension To her credit, this was a little less formulaic than its predecessor even though it did still rely on fairly easy solutions However, my main disappointments were the overwhelmed plot, the lack of character and relationship developments, and the minimal explanation regarding the magic that became such a major component here.Before getting into my criticisms, I want to first address the positive qualities I still enjoyed the writing style and could easily read several chapters in one sitting Some of the secondary characters from the first book were brought back and it was great getting to see them again The Asian inspired elements and mythology were always well done and one of my favorite aspects of these books There was also a recurring theme of women taking charge, making their own decisions, and choosing to follow their dreams which I highly appreciated While the first 75% was rather rocky, I really liked the last few chapters as they were the most reminiscent of the first book I also enjoyed the final battle deus ex machina and all along with how everything was wrapped up at the end Now for what I didn t like pretty much everything else Throughout much of this book, Maia put a lot of unnecessary pressure on herself as she seemed convinced that she was the only one capable of doing anything that might resolve the various conflicts Because of this belief, she kept isolating herself, lied to everyone, and tried to solve all of the problems on her own I wish there had been apositive message featured about seeking out help from others and not feeling like you have to take on the world all by yourself Since Maia decided that it s up to her to do everything, there ended up being multiple storylines happening all at once Unlike Spin the Dawn, which had three pretty distinct sections within the same story, Unravel the Dusk felt like one continuous slog as Maia dealt with one problem after another The frequent action scenes often felt chaotic and I struggled to absorb everything that was occurring in them Not only that, but the whole mood of the story was tense and even hostile at times I could have handled the heavier tone and numerous plotlines better withlight hearted moments to break up the monotony and alleviate some of the tension.I had really enjoyed Maia and Edan in the first book and was looking forward to seeing them continue to develop as both individuals and as a couple Sadly, the state that the characters were left in at the end of the last book was pretty much where they started and stayed during this one Edan, who had been one of my favorite characters from book one, was absent for the first half and then did next to nothing the rest of the time He was so crippled by blind devotion to Maia that it completely ruined his character for me On the other hand, Maia went back and forth over whether she even wanted to involve him in her various battles I just don t understand her claim to love him while repeatedly keeping him at arm s length when he was so desperate to help her On the few occasions when their relationship was brought to the forefront, the countless declarations of love never felt earned There was never any real conflict between them which might result in growth Instead their relationship remained stagnant.Considering that the first book had been relatively light when it came to explaining things, I expected further exploration of the world and its magic system to occur here Unfortunately, that never happened The majority of the world building in this book was spent focused on the demons and ghosts which played acrucial role here than previously However, by the end I was still left feeling uncertain about their abilities and the limitations regarding their magic I never understood why certain things happened or didn t , the differences between the good magic of the gods and the evil magic of the demons, or the whole amulet aspect As with many of the disappointing elements, there was definitely potential here, but I just wasn t satisfied with the minimal explanations provided.This duology should have been a trilogy withtime available to devote to the additional development of characters, their relationships, and the world If you found Spin the Dawn too predictable or boring, you might like this change of pace However, if you re like me, this may not satisfy your desire for a continuation of what made the first book so enjoyable Final rating 2.5 e ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Just when I had thought I d been overlooked when they were handing out ARCs WHAT A CLEVER NAMEEEEEEEEE unravel the dusk I have hopes for the cover being fiery and gorgeous Ofcourse, expectations are skyhigh after reading book 1 because holy fuck.UPDATE 1 11 19WE HAVE A COVER OR AT LEAST I SAW IT NOW.MY guess was righhttttttt, it is redddd cannot wait for this an arc would be deadly amazingggg. Asked for this one on Netgalley, December 13, 2019. Still not approved, BUT STILL NOT DECLINED MINE This book is MINE starting July 7th 2020 Asked for this one on Netgalley, December 13, 2019. Still not approved, BUT STILL NOT DECLINED MINE This book is MINE starting July 7th 2020 When you get an ARC but realize you don t remember a lot of what happened in the previous bookoops ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review All opinions expressed are my own.It s official Elizabeth Lim is one of my favorite authors This book killed me I m not kidding I actually cried ACTUAL T E A R S For those of you who don t know me, that s an extremely rare occurrence, especially at something in a book And yet, here I am, still sniffling as I try to gather my jumble of emotions into a coherent review that tells you how much I loved this This waARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review All opinions expressed are my own.It s official Elizabeth Lim is one of my favorite authors This book killed me I m not kidding I actually cried ACTUAL T E A R S For those of you who don t know me, that s an extremely rare occurrence, especially at something in a book And yet, here I am, still sniffling as I try to gather my jumble of emotions into a coherent review that tells you how much I loved this This was even better than I was expecting it to be How is that possible I m not really sure But oh my gosh, this book blew me away I felt nearly every single freaking emotion it s possible to feel while I read this How did she do that How did she make me care so much for these characters and for this world As this is a sequel, there isn t much I can say without going into spoilers but I can say this much this book isthan beautiful descriptions, lush landscapes, and one of my favorite book romances it definitely has all of that though At its heart, it s a story of what it means to be human It is a story of growth and loss and pain and change When I finished Spin the Dawn last year, I didn t know how to feel about the ending I could see the potential, but I was worried the author wasn t intending to take the story in the direction I hoped she would I had nothing to worry about She exceeded my expectations and handled this book beautifully I am still freaking out that I was blessed enough to receive an ARC of this book I can already say with 100% certainty that this is one of my favorite books of the year and that I will read anything this woman writes I m serious I can t wait for everyone to read this You guys aren t ready 4 14 20 Ohh, I loved Spin the Dawn so I so pumped for this one The ending really sold me on the sequel Come faster July Also, that cover is otherwordly.

[ BOOKS ] ✮ Unravel the Dusk Author Elizabeth Lim – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages
  • Unravel the Dusk
  • Elizabeth Lim
  • English
  • 10 July 2017
  • 0525647023