Saturday, March 17, 2012
Dust Girl (The American Fairy Trilogy #1) by Sarah Zettel
Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel
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.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I liked how bits of the familiar were taken and used in this one. Fairy lore on not eating and being lured to entertain, the dancing and what not, I’d read of those things all before. What makes this slightly different is how quick to adapt she was. I liked that she had a brain, asked questions and spelled things out. Sure, mistakes were inevitable but that’s what made her adventure more interesting.
It starts with a mother hiding her from the world… for I just didn’t know why… but once I knew what was up, the girl became even more different and I was even more curious. It then progressed to her attempting a rescue, all the while trying to figure who she was. Along the way, there’s her meeting so many people, each special one way or another. For starters, I’d never have expected seeing Coyote in this one.
Then there’s a boy (isn’t there, always?) but he’s not just any boy. Jack Hollander has a story all his own. And it’s what makes him so non-standard YA. He has his own agenda and IS NOT AFRAID to go after it. Moments between the two felt unlikely, particularly the point where he spills the beans about what he knew of fairy lore and what he thought of the whole situation, but I enjoyed them together. Then at least I could see that despite of what little she knew, she showed how smart she could be (at times).
American fairies, who’d have thunk? The Shining ones and Midnight ones are obvious, but figuring who went on which side, not so. The bigger questions were those on who she was and where she belonged. Because get this, there’s a prophecy. And if her secret with her mother weren’t enough, later revelations only pointed to more things she was unaware of.
I liked this one.
Thank you Edelweiss!
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