Aug 1, 2012

"Dust Girl" by Sarah Zettel (ARC)

Title: Dust Girl

Auhors: Sarah Zettel

Series: The American Fairy Trilogy #1

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Imprint: Random House BFYR

Publication date: June 26th, 2012

ISBN: 9780375869389

Pages: 336

(Book read from July 30th to July 31st, 2012, from an e-copy acquired through NetGalley from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.) 

My rating: 3.5 of 5 


Amid the devastated Dust Bowl in heartland America, the destiny of the fairie world is controlled by one teenage girl. 

Callie LeRoux lives in Slow Run, Kansas, helping her mother run their small hotel and trying not to think about the father she’s never met. Lately all of her energy is spent battling the constant storms plaguing the Dust Bowl and their effects on her health. Callie is left alone when her mother goes missing in a dust storm. Her only hope comes from a mysterious man offering a few clues about her destiny and the path she must take to find her parents in "the golden hills of the west": California.

Along the way she meets Jack, a young hobo boy who is happy to keep her company — there are dangerous, desperate people at every turn. And there’s also an otherworldly threat to Callie. Warring fae factions, attached to the creative communities of American society, are very much aware of the role this half-mortal, half-fae teenage girl plays in their fate.


My Thoughts on the Book:

First of all I have to say that I'm not really a fan of the fairy/fey books. I've read my share of them, and although I enjoy them, none of them had ensnared me the way some other fantasy books have, so I guess the fey are my least favourite supernaturals. Even with all that, I really enjoyed Dust Girl. Actually, the more I think about it, the more I like it.  
Callie LeRoux lives alone with her mother. This book is set in the 1930s (I especially liked that it's not set today), and she's a half black girl, that never met her father, and her mother tries to keep the fact from all the others that she's half black, saying everyone that her father is some other white guy, although Callie knows the truth about who her real father is, and her mother does this because she tries to protect Callie because of the way the black people were still treated then and I guess the interracial relationships were frowned upon.   
Anyway, I won't go into too many details, but when Callie does something accidentally (she doesn't know that she's half-fairy, too), there's a dust storm & her mother goes missing. In the dust storm Callie saves a man, who will grant Callie three wishes. So, Callie decides to go to California to find her mom, and then to find her dad. She meets the Hoppers and Jack, and then Shimmy & Shake, and there's also a prophecy, and running for their lives & Callie discovering her powers, etc...  
It's actually quite a wonderful story and there's a lot more to it, but I won't go into details, so I won't spoil it. As I said, the more I think about it, the more I love it. Although the pacing wasn't fast, I didn't mind it, and I didn't find myself bored, I was quite interested, especially after all the other characters started to show up and I loved the setting of the book. I really liked both Jack & Callie as characters, and I loved the way their friendship developed, and I also really liked Shimmy, too.     
Some things I guessed, some I didn't, I loved the ending, it was quite interesting, although I have to admit that it reminded me a little of the ending of one famous book, although I'm guessing it was purely accidental, and it was still quite different, and great. I recommend this book to every fairy fan, and I'm definitely eager for the sequel! 



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