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Nyx Book Reviews

I love to read and to review. My favourite genres are fantasy, horror, YA, historical, and everything paranormal.

Dust Girl (American Fairy Trilogy Series #1)

Dust Girl - Sarah Zettel I'm not sure what it is with fae lore that makes me love it so, so much. I don't feel the same when reading about vampires or angels or zombies. It's like the fae have some supernatural pull on me. The illusions, the bitter sweet stories, the otherworldliness... Fae lore has everything to make a wonderful book. Set in the time of the great Dust Bowl, one day Callie plays the piano in the foyer. A massive duster buries the house, and swallows her mother whole. A mysterious stranger helps her on the way to find her mom, and maybe find out the truth about her father.Being European, I had actually never heard about anything like the Dust Bowl. It's not something that's taught in history classes here, unlike the Great Depression. This setting gave Dust Girl just that bit extra that made if from a "good" read to an "amazing" read. It was fascinating for me, and Ms Zettel included more than enough little details to make it more interesting than when the story had been contemporary.This book is written for a slightly younger audience than I'm used to, since the main character is thirteen. But I thought Callie was quite realistic, and I appreciated that although this is written for younger teens, the language and themes in Dust Girl haven't been dumbed down. There is no patronizing voice that explains every single thing, which is a quality that usually turns me away from younger fiction. I loved that although there is a tinge of romance, it is all innocent and cute, just like it should be at thirteen. No heavy make out sessions, but a queasy feeling and stolen glances. It also fit the time period very well, and it all felt quite natural.If you're not that interested in the fae or the historical aspect of the book, Dust Girl might not be for you. Purely as an action novel it doesn't have to offer more than other books do - even though I loved the action scenes, there aren't that many of them. A great deal of the novel is Callie and her friend Jack running from the fae and trying to find Callie's parents.I would recommend Dust Girl for everyone that doesn't mind young characters, and loves fae lore or early 20th century historicals. I'm very much looking forward to see how the American Fairy Trilogy continues.