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Caffeine Book Tours: Unravel the Dusk Review + Giveaway

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Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Publication date: July 7th, 2020

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Rating: 4.5/5

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.


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.


I received this book in exchange for an honest review but this does not affect my review.

I really enjoyed Spin the Dawn and ths was no different! This picks up immediately after teh events of the first book (so…. there’s a big chance you’ll be spoiler for the first book if you keep reading! Beware! If you want to check out my review for the first one, click THIS LINK).

Honestly I don’t even know where to begin because as soon as you start this book you’re immediately thrown back into the world and it picks up RIGHT AWAY. I was immediately hooked and even though I had to go back and recap quickly what happened in the last book, I was able to enjoy this sequel even though I forgot a few details… like how Maia is literally struggling to become a demon and that Edan LITERALLY DISAPPEARED.

Anyway, once I was able to remember that, I just couldn’t stop reading. I really missed this world and I missed Maia so it was just so nice to be back with them. It was really interesting to see that darker side of magic. I can’t help it! I’m a fan of darkness and chaos!

I remember really enjoyed seeing Lady Sarnai and Maia’s relatonship and getting to see a bit more of that was also great! Honestly what really makes this book so interesting is seeing each character’s interactions and getting that depth. I’m very much a character person so that made this book much more interesting.

The inner struggle Maia had in this one was AMAZING. Some scenes that I can’t spoil just gave me CHILLS. AND THAT ENDING. IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL.

Can you tell I’m having trouble putting my thoughts together? I really enjoyed this but without spoiling anything that happens, it’s SO HARD TO TALK ABOUT THIS BOOK.

If you love inner turmoil, demons and darkness, WAR AND CHAOS, having to pretend you’re the bride to keep the peace in the country and then promptly getting into an even bigger mess, and more magical dresses you will definitely love this thrilling sequel! You’re definitely in for an emotional ride!



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