Welcome to my stop on the Unravel the Dusk blog tour!
I won’t be posting my book review today, because unfortunately I didn’t love this book as much as I wanted to. (Rest assured, though, many of the issues I had were due to personal and not objective reasons, especially being in a bit of a slump!)
But I will be sharing a few aesthetics I made, as well as some photos I took, and talking about a few themes that the book explored that I enjoyed! Everything I discuss will be spoiler-free, both about Spin the Dawn and Unravel the Dusk.
Elizabeth Lim || July 7, 2020
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.
published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, classified as Young Adult Fantasy
Thank 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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elizabeth Lim grew up on a hearty staple of fairy tales, myths, and songs. Her passion for storytelling began around age 10, when she started writing fanfics for Sailor Moon, Sweet Valley, and Star Wars, and posted them online to discover, “Wow, people actually read my stuff. And that’s kinda cool!” But after one of her teachers told her she had “too much voice” in her essays, Elizabeth took a break from creative writing to focus on not flunking English.
Over the years, Elizabeth became a film and video game composer, and even went so far as to get a doctorate in music composition. But she always missed writing, and turned to penning stories when she needed a breather from grad school. One day, she decided to write and finish a novel — for kicks, at first, then things became serious — and she hasn’t looked back since.
Elizabeth loves classic film scores, books with a good romance, food (she currently has a soft spot for arepas and Ethiopian food), the color turquoise, overcast skies, English muffins, cycling, and baking. She lives in New York City with her husband.
AESTHETICS / MOODBOARDS
Unravel the Dusk takes a darker turn, which, if you read the ending of Spin the Dawn, is no shocker. Maia experiences an internal conflict that she battles throughout the book and has to fight to cling on to her humanity. The demons and enemies she faced in the previous book are ever-present here, so I wanted to highlight the darker nature of this book through the aesthetic I made for it!
Maia’s internal conflict is really interesting throughout the book. No spoilers, but there’s a lot she has to fight for and against, in order to remain the person she wants to be. Another central theme in this book is female strength and power, and Maia is independent and take matters into her own hands. In this aesthetic, I decided to feature these images because the dresses of the sun, moon, and stars all have an important role in Maia’s story (and an amulet!).
Overall, Unravel the Dusk is a story about humanity, as well as fighting for your sense of self, identity, and your right to your own life. This is a book focused much more on Maia (though Edan, her family, and a friend are important as well), so if you were wanting to follow Maia more closely in Spin the Dawn and also stories that take on a darker side, you should enjoy the journey that Maia goes on in Unravel the Dusk!
FAVORITE QUOTES + PHOTOS
As in Spin the Dawn, Elizabeth Lim’s writing was absolutely gorgeous, from her descriptions to the more romantic moments of the book. Here are some of my favorite quotes!
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.
“Now that I’ve found you again, Maia, I will never leave you. I will stay by your side until the fire in the sun grows cold and the light in the moon is no more. Until time blots out the stars.”
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.
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