Title: Dust Girl
Author: Sarah Zettel
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Historical Fiction
Series: The American Fairy, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: An enchanting debut about a young half-fairy coming of age, Dust Girl was just a triumph of a little book--I thoroughly enjoyed it! Highly recommended for fans of both genres!
This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Callie LeRoux is a girl who is well-versed in survival. As a half-black, half-white woman in a sleepy, tiny little town in Kansas, all she wants is to just be normal. But when whispers in the dry, dusty air reach Callie's ears, she realizes that she must leave. Drawn into a world of prophecies, dangerous, tempting magic, and worst of all, death, she realizes that she can no longer she is more different than even she ever imagined. And to save herself in a world conspiring to rule her, she must find a way to control the magic in her blood..
What I enjoyed:
-I loved the pacing of this novel--with its enchanting, deep, raw prose, I was completely rapt and couldn't put it down, especially when things began to roll
-Callie, the young woman who evolves from a passive, apathetic main character to a protagonist worth cheering for--I really related to her, and I loved that the character wasn't white
-The dry, dusting setting of the Midwest Dust Bowl--throughout many passages I felt as though I was dying of thirst
-Jack, the boy who inevitably becomes Callie's friend, and is on the run from his own demons--I really liked him as well, even at times I wanted to strangle him
-I also enjoyed the way the author seamlessly wove in the supernatural elements of the story--this book was like a breath of fresh air
-The way the fairies were so like the stories: beautiful but tricky, tempting but with a price that comes far too steep for some of the characters
-Shimmy and Shake
-Callie's parents, the doomed lovers across worlds that couldn't mingle--I wish more had been said about them in this installment
-The ending--I can't wait until I can get my hands on the next two books!
What could've been better:
-I wish more had been said about Callie's parents and grandparents
-I wish more had also been said about the warring fairy factions
Overall, Dust Girl was a great book, a supernatural adventure of a tale with a lot of heart! Highly recommended. Next on deck: Archetype: A Novel by M.D. Waters!