Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Spin the Dawn

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss books you’re excited about that you have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. 

What am I waiting on this week?

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

What do you need to know about its author?

This is a debut author, whose project was snapped up by Knopf, in a 2 book deal. You go girl!

Okay, so what does the publisher’s synopsis say?

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.

Why am I excited?

Mulan comparisons from early reviewers (love that movie!) and also, recommended for fans of Sarah J Maas? Ummm… yes please!

Book Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: ☼☼☼☼

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers learned early that the rich are not to be trusted. And after years of studying them from behind the cash register of her mom’s porcelain-doll shop, she has seen nothing to prove otherwise.

Enter Xander Spence: he’s tall, handsome, and oozing rich. Despite his charm and the fact that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, Caymen’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last.

But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. With so many obstacles standing in their way, can she close the distance between them?

My Review:

This book was a really cutesy read and Caymen made a great main character – funny/sarcastic, down to earth, slightly socially backward (my kind of girl!). I have to admit I kept waiting for the moment that would tear me apart, but in true YA style it was all alright on the night and so although I’m a fan of happy endings I’m giving this book a 4.

I did like Xander but his friend pool mystified me (they really didn’t seem very nice). His relationship with Caymen was pretty fun to read through – they got to know one another gradually and in very unique circumstances. (I shall say no more!) I liked how Caymen normalised Xander and he made her realise she had more options in her life than she knew. If you’re a parent reading this review, it was quite a clean read, so no worries there.

I thought this novel went a little bit deeper than the average YA Contemporary and I was impressed by the way that Kasie West represented the mother/daughter bond in The Distance Between Us.

Should you try this? Yes! Go forth and read… 🙂

Book Shopping

Today I bought three new books, because I have a cold and books make me feel like lying in bed when ill is okay….

1. Dark Eyes by William Richter (YA)

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I chose this one because I had heard it compared to Veronica Mars by a fellow blogger…

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I loved Veronica Mars…

2. Whisper by Chrissie Keighery (YA)

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I picked this because it’s written in the first person and it’s about a girl who is faced with overcoming a physical problem in order to face the world, which is just like the book I want to write – so for inspiration I guess.

3. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (Dystopian)

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I was impressed by the quote on the cover, the first paragraph, and the concept. Censorship and being monitored by cameras and computers and all the rest of it is something which I am a little paranoid about, so I also liked the idea of someone fictitious facing this issue head on.

I seldom buy books written by men, preferring female authors, so my choices today were a bit out of character, but I’m looking forward to reading them.