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Reading Corner – Spin the Dawn

Spin The Dawn by Elizabeth Lim


Fairytale retellings are one of the most interesting types of books to read. The author has to take a classic work that is sometimes very well known and twist it into something new and interesting for the readers.

For years I have been curious about retellings, reading as many as I can get my hands on. Recently, I found the gem that is Spin The Dawn.

Spin The Dawn is a retelling of Mulan that follows a girl named Maia who takes her father’s place in a tailor competition for the emperor. She has to compete in a series of three tasks where the prize is to become the royal tailor.

However, the competition soon becomes a lot more interesting–and magical–than she first intended.

I went into this book thinking it would be a simple retelling where only a few new plot points were written in. But, instead, I got an action-packed novel that had my eyes glued to the pages.

While this book has a familiar presence, it is also its own story. Elizabeth Lim does a stunning job bringing a recognizable tale and shaping it to her will. She writes Maia’s story with a hint of magic, romance, and mystery, which leaves the reader wondering what could happen next. Will it end the same way as Mulan, or will it take a twisted path and leave us all stunned?

There is a sort of comfort with this book that is mixed within its pages. You go in thinking the story of Mulan couldn’t get any better, but then you read the first chapter, and your whole world gets flipped upside down.

Spin The Dawn is an absolutely phenomenal read, perfect for young teens and adults alike. Anyone can enjoy Maia’s story, you just need to believe in magic.


Review written by Davina Robinson

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