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Unravel the Dusk – Book Review

Book Title: Unravel the Dusk
Author: Elizabeth Lim
Genre: Fantasy
Target Audience: Young Adult
Publication date: June 1st 2021 (first published July 7th 2020)
Format: Kindle

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What it’s about

A tailor in disguise. Three legendary dresses. The competition of a lifetime.
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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About the Author

Elizabeth Lim

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 colour turquoise, overcast skies, English muffins, cycling, and baking. She lives in New York City with her husband.

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What I Thought

Thank you to Netgalley and Hodder and Stoughton once again for providing me with an eArc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I’m going to be honest, I couldn’t wait to start this book after finishing Spin the Dawn and I am so glad I didn’t have to wait 12 months for the sequel. I finished Spin the Dawn went to sleep for the night and started on Unravel the Dusk the next morning.

Unlike Spin the Dawn with its epic adventure to gather “materials” for the dresses, this book is more about Maia and her inner turmoil over what she is becoming. Even though we get a lot of Maia monologuing and inner dialogue the magic is so much more in Unravel The Dusk.

I also think the description is more detailed so I was able to picture more in this than I was able to in Spin the Dawn. What I wasn’t overly keen on was the lack of Edan. I thought he brought some of the comic relief to book one but as he was missing for a bit of this book the witty banter between him and Maia was missing and this felt a lot more serious.

That being said, I think the lack of adventure made it not live up to the expectations of Spin the Dawn. Although yes I said there was more magic I felt there was something missing from this. Maia didn’t seem as confident in herself as Maia as she was when she was playing the part of her brother. I know that women were oppressed in this but since we know that the other cast of characters know she is a woman I just thought that she would have had more about her as she has already proven her worth as Master Tailor.

All in all, it was a good conclusion to the duology but it didn’t have the same spark.

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