Monday, October 15, 2012

Review: Dust by Devon Ashley

Title: Dust
Author: Devon Ashley
Series: Of Dust and Darkness
Publication: September 18th 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Ebook, 151 pages
Cover Rating: 5/5
Content Rating: 5/5
Purchase: Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble

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.

My thoughts: 
I got this book for review from the author, Devon Ashley. I've seen this book around before and I've always thought it sounded amazing. The cover is just gorgeous and so magical looking. I also love the catchphrase on the left up corner; With broken wings we fly. It fits perfectly with this fantastic story. The first part of the synopsis is very alluring to me because of the numbers. It just totally catches the attention of the reader in my opinion. The other half of the synopsis suck the reader also right in. Pixies enslaved by faeries? Sounds fascinating, right? Well, it didn't only sound that way, it was also pretty darn good!

Dust is a very original fae story that sets around a sixteen-year-old pixie girl named Rosalie. She lives in her Hollow with other pixies. She loves is there and yet she seems to be kind of an outsider. Even so, she would never have dreamed about leaving her home. One thing she hadn't count on was getting kidnapped to be forced into slavery. It's where this tale gets a darker twist. And I just loved it!

I was hooked instantly by this story. The writing, I mean, wow! It was amazing. So detailed and simply mesmerizing to read. I can say that this is one of the best books I've read writing-wise. I could simply not stop reading! So, it's not surprising at all that I finished this book in less than two days. So good!
I'm also very excited to check out some more of Devon Ashley's books. I have a feeling they'll also be brillant as Dust is.

I loved Rosalie. She's truly one of the best main characters I have read about. I had never read about pixies except for Tinker Bell. Rosalie is so damn brave, spunky, smart and absolutely not a quitter. We need more of this kind of female main characters ASAP!
I also loved Juniper and Willow, pretty much the two only pixies also trapped in the slavery with Rosalie that still could think straight. Juniper was so sweet, such a mother figure. I was pretty much crying when she died. It was so terribly sad. Willow on the other hand was more of a tough, don't get in my face kinda girl, but when Juniper died she and Rosalie got a little closer. I liked that. 
I loved this entire fae world. I've always loved books like that but this one is absolutely, without a doubt high on my favorite list. There were some dark scenes, where I could almost feel Rosalie's torment, especially when they broke her wings over and over again. But it's dark YA books like these that I find amazing.

It took a little while before Jack came into the story. But once he did, I knew right away that I would love him. He's so darn cute. And so sweet to Rosalie, once he got over being stuck with her for punishment. Slowly but surely I saw their feelings for one another grow.  It was so refreshing to read something like this for a change, where love slowly grows instead of the insta-love you read almost in every YA book nowadays. And did I mention it's forbidden love? Who can resist that!
The end was heartbreaking and so hard for me to read. I just wanted for Rosalie and Jack to stay together and be happy even though I knew it had to happen like this. Thank god there will be a second book! I, for one cannot wait to get my hands on it. I can only hope it'll be as mind blowing as this one.

Dust is a captivating fae tale with a dash of romance that will entertain any reader who is remotely interested in reading young adult fantasy, paranormal or just any books that's simply astonishing to read with its richly detailed writing. 

~Favorite Quotes~
But there's one thing all the pixies do have in common. There's no magic left in any of their wings. No shimmer. No luminescence. And I have this awful feeling that my wings look no different.
Why can't our existence be like the stars? Happily twinkling and dancing in the night sky, bringing light and entertainment to all who see? The stars make everyone ponder unanswered questions, makes everyone smile. And no matter who you are, where you are or what you've done, they're always there for you. No matter what.

~About the author~
Devon AshleyDevon Ashley resides in Texas with her husband and son She has a Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Microbiology. In her (not so) free time she loves to write, design, knit and read. (Super exciting, right?)

Also Available by Devon Ashley

The Immortal Archives (New Adult Urban Fantasy)
Ordained, One
Metamorphosis, Two
Catacombs, Three (Coming 2013)

Falling Novels (New Adult Contemporary Romance)
Falling In Between, One
Falling Away, Two (Coming 2013)

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  1. The plot of this book sounds really promising! I'm so glad that you enjoyed it :)

    - Ellie @ The Selkie Reads Stories

  2. Uh, your review was great until I stumbled on a spoiler. No fun :( I'm pretty excited to read this book. I like the cover and the whole blurb sound fascinating.

    1. Woops! Sorry! I should've mentioned there would be some spoilers...

  3. Love the blurb. I like forbidden love stories, and I find the faerie/pixie twist very cool, as well as the idea of enslaving pixies for the dust (more dust! More! *cracks whip*). Great review!

  4. Such a lovely review Steph! Now I really need to read this!

  5. I love the cover of this book. it is sooo sweet and magical, it's beautiful.
    i also love the catch-phrase. With broken wings, we fly. Wonderful.
    The only pixie I have watched (read) something about it Tinker Bell, just like you, Stephanie.
    So this book should be a great, refreshing read. And there is no insta-love? THANK GOD!
    GREAT, honest review, Steph!
    Your constant reader (and hopeless doppelganger)

  6. Thank you for a really interesting review, that i found both honest and helpful. I have added 'Dust' to my to-read list and very much look forward to reading it at some point, as it sounds fantastic.

  7. Great review! You've convinced me that I need to read this haha, I'd heard of this book a really time ago but I wasn't sure if I should read it, but now I'm sure I will :)

  8. What a great and interesting review! The plot of this story is very intriguing! Can't wait to read this book!!
    Ashley A


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