Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim | a review showcasing my love for this duology

Hi everyone!

I hope everyreader has been staying safe, healthy, and well during these times. ❤ I’m so excited to review UNRAVEL THE DUSK, the sequel – and conclusion – of Elizabeth Lim’s series, The Blood of Stars, which has inspirations from Chinese culture. I remember enjoying the first book, SPIN THE DAWN (and you can find my review here!), but the sequel blew me away. Maia steps aside from her seamstress role of the first book on an adventure to save her country, and herself.

If this format looks a bit different to you, that’s because this was originally supposed to be a blog tour stop. However, I decided to rescind my tour stop given recent events related to the tour company. Nonetheless, I’m happy to bring attention to this wonderful conclusion!

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Unravel the Dusk
Author: Elizabeth Lim
Series: The Blood of Stars #2
Release Date: July 7, 2020
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Get it Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Synopsis:

Maia Tamarin proved her skill as a tailor when she wove the dresses of the sun, the moon, and the stars, but it will take more than a beautiful gown to hide the darkness rising up within her. . . . The stakes are higher than ever in this breathtaking sequel to Spin the Dawn, perfect for fans of Six of Crows.

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. Edan, the boy she loves, is gone–perhaps forever–and no sooner does she set foot in the Autumn Palace than 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. When the emperor’s rivals learn of her deception, there is hell to pay, 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, and in the meantime she will stop at nothing to find Edan, protect her family, and bring lasting peace to her country.

I had the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars with me: three pieces of magic as old as the world itself. I just hadn’t known how to use them – until now.

UNRAVEL THE DUSK was a magical, fulfilling conclusion to this beautiful fantasy duology that seeks inspiration from Asian cultures. The most notable one is a reference to a well-loved Chinese folktale, which really resonated with me. Readers will love Maia’s story as she battles the demon within her and fights for her country and people!

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Monthly Wrap-Up: It’s the Year of Self-Care (Also of GREAT MOVIES)

Hello everyone!

I hope y’all had a great February. It was my birthday month, and I turned 19 (am I officially not Young Adult? Wow). It’s a weird time because I’m supposed to be an adult, but I also have no idea what I’m doing half the time and need guidance. Very weird dynamic.

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So for my birthday, which was also the day Black Panther came out, a friend and I went to see it together. (Technically it was during opening night but we were too excited.) It was absolutely AMAZING. By far, one of the best that Marvel has to offer. It only took – what – 10 years for the Marvel cinematic universe to get to a POC main superhero and cast? Nice. :’D

A couple weeks ago, I watched Love Simon<with the wonderful ladies at YATL and it was a blast! I couldn’t stop smiling after the advanced screening and it was just soooo wholesome and pure and inspiring. The acting was top-notch and it featured the kind of high school drama that I could totally buy. Two thumbs up for this movie!

Sometimes I have to remind myself (or get reminded) about being selfish. I’m too much of a people-pleaser, I feel like. This became a big deal with a friend of mine who was way more invested in my life than I would ever be in theirs. In the end, I chose the action that would best preserve our healths. Life is too short to be hung up on relationships and decisions, and I hope they find their path successfully, just as I am trying to establish mine. Hopefully in a way where our paths don’t intersect.

As most of my friends have been saying: It’s 2018. The year we focus on us. The year of self-care and self-love. And I am trying to live that statement to the best of my abilities.

Wrapping up in a more positive note, I’ve been oddly thriving at school (superbly balancing my time! I usually get 5 hours of sleep though, so I’m still working on it). I’m excited for many more releases coming out over the summer, and can’t wait for spring break this upcoming month! Continue reading “Monthly Wrap-Up: It’s the Year of Self-Care (Also of GREAT MOVIES)”