Thursday, June 14, 2012

[Review] Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel

Title: Dust Girl (The American Fairy Trilogy #1)
Author: Sarah Zettel
Published: Expected publication: June 26th 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Rating: ★★★★
Goodreads summary:
This new trilogy will capture the hearts of readers who adore Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle series. 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 aware of the role this half-mortal, half-fae teenage girl plays in their fate.
Emma's thoughts: 

First of all, can I just say that the cover really creeped me out?! I didn't realize the first time I looked, but when I received it on my Kindle... 'OH. MY. GOD.' True story.

Anyways, I love stories about faeries. I remember reading about those rainbow fairies when I was in primary school, but these faeries are downright evil! I mean, reading through this entire book, I could never, ever, ever figure out who to trust. Callie meets so many curious and suspicious characters through her journey, and each were portrayed wonderfully for their parts. But, it was awfully confusing. There's the usual Seelie court, and the Unseelie court. There's all these different types of faeries, and I just couldn't get it right. Who is what? Who can you trust? Who's wants to kill you now!?

There was really not a moment in Dust Girl where you can be calm and just breeze through, because really, it seems like Jack and Callie are always on the run.  It was exciting and refreshing to not have a predictable storyline. I never knew what was going on and where Jack and Callie would end up, but boy was it intense!

Jack was seriously awesome in this book! Callie might've hated his constant chatter, but I loved it. An aspiring writer with a face that no one can resist? Sounds pretty darn close to perfect to me! I'm so glad he gets his closure in the end. 

The whole concept of faeries and wishes was truly magical. The way Sarah Zettel presented the faeries was wonderful. She brought the music, the evil beauty, and the trickery so neatly together. I was truly captured.

I really enjoyed Callie's journey and I can't wait to find out what happens next for her and Jack. So much is due to happen and I hope Callie makes the right decision!

Rating: 4 stars~ Fast-paced and action-packed. Unputdownable!  
*I received an ARC of this book so these quotes are subject to change*
Once upon a time, I was a girl called Callie. That, however, ended on Sunday, April 14, 1935. 
 "Come on, you big bug!" I hefted the frying pan, dripping sticky Coca-Cola glaze. "You wanna take a bite outta me? Come on and try it!"
 “Now that you know the wishing ways, you'll feel the wishes around you. They'll make you itchy, 'cause you know you can do something about them, but that ain't always the best idea.”
Thanks to the publisher for a free copy of this ebook in exchange for my honest review (via Netgalley).

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