November 28, 2012

ARC Tour: Dust by Devon Ashley (Review & Excerpt)

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Title: Dust (Of Dust and Darkness #1)
Author: Devon Ashley
Publication Date: 9/18/12
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Blurb:
4. The number of times my delicate wings have been broken and clamped behind my back. 
68. The number inked upon my skin, marking me the sixty-eighth pixie to be stolen.
87. The number of days I’ve been wrongfully imprisoned.
88. The first day the faeries will regret stealing me.

Healthy. Cheery. Vivacious. All traits Rosalie has before becoming enslaved by the faeries to make an endless supply of pixie dust. Now that Rosalie has been traumatized by slave labor, extreme desolate conditions and multiple deaths, this hardened pixie is anything but. When this rebellious teenager attempts an escape, she’s isolated in cramped quarters until she learns her place. Just as she begins to let go of all that hope, she finds an unlikely friend in Jack, the faerie assigned to guard her. Interspecies dating is forbidden in the fae world, so their growing attraction is unacceptable. And even if Jack can find a way to free her, they know the prison is the only place they can truly be together.



Excerpt:
I wake up on my stomach gasping. I can’t breathe, my inhalation so rough and deep and painful. It takes me a split second to realize the pain I’m feeling isn’t because of the water that was in my lungs. It’s my wings! It feels as if they’ve beencruelly ripped from my body. And there’s something heavy digging into my back. I reach around and feel something cold: steel. I feel to assess its size and a sharp pain shoots through my spine.  I scream with all my might but only a mere whisper makes it past the constricting muscles in my throat. It’s not until I finally manage to gasp a deep breath does sound come out and echo through the cold, eeriedarkness.
              “Oh-my-Mother! Oh-my-Mother! OH-MY-MOTHER-NATURE!” I scream. And gasp. And scream. And gasp. “Please Mother! My wings!” My breaths quicken as I panic, and my heart pounds against my chest, desperate to break free from its prison of ribs.
              It’s pitch black and I can’t see a thing, and there’s something heavy weighing down on my wings, which almost feel broken. It’s cold. And dark. “Somebody? Anybody?” I call out. My echo repeats the words back at me, almost mocking me as they fade away and escape this place without me.
              I reach for my pixie dust but feel nothing. I frantically pat myself down, inflicting more unnecessary pain, but my satchel of pixie dust is nowhere to be found. I panic and crawl across the cold floor, searching for my lost satchel. Stone? It feels natural, like a cave. I think I’m deep within a cave. The jagged rock cuts into my flesh with each step I make on my hands and knees. My wings burn, my chest burns, and a spot on the outside of my left wrist burns, but I feel nothing except grit and grime upon my skin. My heart speeds up with each second that passes, because with each of those seconds, I grow more aware that something very bad has happened. Very, very bad.

My Review:
First Thoughts:
 I absolutely love the cover of this book! It is whimsical and just plain awesomeness.   I most likely would not have picked this book up if not for the Dust ARC Tour hosted by The Book Babe. Although I am super glad that I joined the tour and had the chance to read this wonderful story.
And Then:
When I first started this book, I honestly didn't think it was going to be for me. It starts off pretty cutesy. The main character, Rosalie, is in her hollow where she lives, she is talking about the other pixies that live there, how they live, the pranks they play, ect. It is all very nice and well, cute. I need some dark to my stories...and boy did I get it! Devon Ashley was not afraid to go there. She really showed the horrible side to this beautiful world. The suffering was so sad, but it was what made the story real. This was unlike any book about fairies that I have ever read. The plot was completely unique and beautifully written. The imagery was vivid and memorable. I have a perfect picture in my mind of what Rosalie's world looks like, hell, I think I even know what it smells like! Rosalie is a strong and determined little pixie! The girl has fight for days, and the biggest heart. I was rooting for her the whole way. The romance in this story was unexpected and really sweet. It was not love at first sight like so many other YA novels. I really enjoyed watching the relationship develop. There was an exciting cliff-hanger ending, so I am looking forward to the next book in the series!
This is a truly heartfelt and touching book. I was amazed at the way Devon Ashley brought light to so many human issues, but from the point of view of the fae. It is a fun book with so many beautiful moments. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys YA fantasy and is looking for a quick read. ( I read this book in one sitting.)
Rating: 4/5 Stars


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5 comments:

  1. Great review, Jessica! I'm so glad you liked it, and I know what you mean about it starting off cutesy--it kinda did, but then when you really get to reading it, it's all like, insane. O_O

    Thanks for being on the tour, girly! (:

    Megan@The Book Babe

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  2. Great review, this is now on my must-read list. I love books about fairies, but they don't come out that often (compared to, say, books about vampires) and the fact that this is dark just seals the deal :)

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  3. Thanks for your thoughts! I'm glad you mentioned it wasn't originally for you because I was thinking the same but I may give this one a chance. I have heard great things about this author and love the cover as well!

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  4. I didn't think this was the book for me, but after some of the reviews that I have read, I think I might just enjoy it. Thanks for the review!

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  5. Awesome review I haven't read a book about pixie's before must check this book out soon! thanks for sharing!

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