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Disenchanted by Brianna Sugalski // Monsters, Banter and adventure through a dark forest

  GOODREADS // AMAZON // BOOK DEPOSITORY Breton princess at the peak of the French Renaissance, Lilac lives prisoner in her parents' castle after a wicked secret is revealed on the eve of her tenth birthday soirée. Years later, her coronation ceremony looms, and between the riotous townsfolk and scheming nobleman bent on snatching the throne, Lilac prepares for the worst... Until a mysterious letter arrives from The Witch of Lupine Grotto, detailing a curious offer to cure her darkness forever. Lilac begrudgingly trades her coronet for a cloak and ventures into the forest Brocéliande in pursuit of the impious enchantress at the edge of town. With only the protection of an inherited dagger—and unsolicited help of the sardonic stranger who inserts himself on her quest—she must traverse Brocèliande and return in time to claim her rightful position as sovereign monarch. This is the story of a cursed princess, A crestfallen killer, The town that wants them to burn, And the witch

Unravel the Dusk (The Blood of Stars, #2) by Elizabeth Lim // Battles, Curses and star crossed love

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.
 (A huge thank you to the MTMC tours and PRH International for the physical copy and the opportunity to be a part of this blog tour. 

     This was my most anticipated sequel of 2020! Was it what I expected? Not exactly. But did I love it all the same? Absolutely. Unravel the Dusk is much darker than Spin the Dawn and the stakes are high. I constantly worried for the characters, not just Maia and Edan but the secondary characters too and I read the whole book in like 2 hours straight because I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN!


~So much at stake, so much to lose~

    Right from the start I worried for Maia. Considering how book one ended can you blame me? And as the chapters flew by, I was scared for everyone, even characters I had not cared much for in book one.

There is more than one war to fight for Maia. While she struggles to save her country, she must also work fervently to fight the darkness spreading within her. And when we think one problem is over, another crops up! Elizabeth Lim made sure we'd be on the edge of our seats praying to Amana to JUST KEEP THE BABIES ALIVE.

~Dark magic and Mayhem ~

     While Spin the Dawn focused so much on Maia making the three enchanted dresses, Unravel the Dusk focuses on their magic. Maia sacrificed so much to make those dresses and I'd have been disappointed if the dresses didn't turn out to be so awesome and powerful. Also can I just say I love the idea of couture fashion being powerful? I would very much like a magical dress please and with pockets.
Magic was the blood of stars falling from the sky, the song of my enchanted scissors—eager to make a miracle out of thread and hope.

     I liked learning more about the magic of enchanters and demons. We were shown so little of demonic power in Spin the Dawn but the sequel elaborates on that. We see Maia starting to change because of her deal with Bhandur, starting to become something else altogether while she struggles to keep her memories.

     Also the whole descent into darkness is a trope I didn't realize I loved until I read this book! At some points Maia's struggles with her curse were described so vividly my heart ached for her. Ms Lim why must you hurt Maia so?

~Secondary characters take center-stage ~

    I loved that secondary characters from book 1 have more role here. Can I just say I want an Ammi in my life? I love seeing female friendships and the one that grows between Maia and Ammi is sweet and adorable.

     No spoilers but I am glad we see more of Lady Sarnai and as always she is complex and interesting and has so many layers. While there were some characters I didn't exactly like, i found them interesting and understood their actions even when they were not right. morally grey characters make the plotline so much more interesting.
"Whatever history remembered of us, whether it likened us to the sun and the moon - only permitted to meet once a year - or simply to a boy and a girl touched by the stars, fate had danced to bring us together."

~The unstoppable action right from page one ~

     While I missed the domestic banter and humor from spin the Dawn, I quickly became enamored by the non-stop action and seriousness of Unravel the dusk. I do wish we had more of Maia-Edan goodness and bantering BUT the lack of it did not in any way make the book less interesting. In fact the action barely gave me time to breathe.
“I will stay by your side until the fire in the sun grows cold and the light of the moon is no more. Until time blots out the stars.”

     The entirety of the book is fast paced and I liked how all the subplots came together. The action scenes were so vivid and also it's not secret I LOVE Elizabeth Lim's magical writing. The depictions of magic and enchanted fighting were so beautifully described, it's almost easy to forget there is a battle going on. Seriously, I'd read ANYTHING Ms Lim writes.

~Unravel the Dusk is the best finale we could have asked for and it delivers with high stakes, an intricate plot and characters to fall in love with~
(Actual rating - 4.5)

What is a sequel you are very excited for? Tell me in the comments below!