Dust by Devon Ashley
Series: Of Dust and Darkness #1
Published by Indie
Published on: September 16th 2012
Genres: Young Adult
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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.
I finished this book last night and I really just needed some time to really think how to put into words how much I loved this book. Devon sent me the book in exchange for a review and I’m so happy she did. This book is about pixies! How awesome is that? I love Fae books, they are my favorite but I’ve never read one that was mainly about pixies. I was hooked pretty quickly and with the way Devon writes, so much depth and description, I stayed hooked the whole way through.
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.
The story starts out with Rosalie (the main character) living happily in her Hollow with her fellow pixies. Her best friend Poppy and her have lived together there whole life. Now that there 17, Poppy is looking for a male pixie to court her and she just doesn’t understand why Rosalie doesn’t want that. Rosalie loves spending time in her tree house and being up high in the branches. She would much rather be free to do what she wants. Now things change drastically in just the second chapter. Rosalie gets kidnapped by spriggans (a type of fae, larger than a pixie and pretty stupid. Used mostly for tracking and killing) and she is taken to a very bad place. There is a group of faeries(and faeries believe that they are the best kind of fae and thinks they are pretty much royal) who are running a kind of slave drive. They have the spriggans go to different Hollows where different races of pixie live and they kidnap them. They take them to this place to have them make an illegal pixie dust for them. They work from sun up to sun down, two meals a day of barely anything and if they misbehave they get put in the pit. Rosalie figures out that the faeries have glamored the area there in, so if other pixies come looking for them, all they’ll see is a barren land with dead plants. Rosalie thinks its best to try and escape to find help and come back and get the rest of the pixies. Well, that didn’t work out as expected. She gets thrown in the pit, but it might just be the best thing to ever happen to her.
“Rosalie?” he asks softly, and I slowly lift my head to meet his green gaze, my eyes wide with surprise that he used my name. He steps closer, looking like he wants to ask me something important, but falls back on his heels and comes to an abrupt halt. “Goodnight Rosalie.”
Finely is the faerie that has to come into the “prison” when a pixie does something she’s not supposed to do. He is not very nice. He tortures Rosalie to get her to believe that she is nothing and needs to be here because no one cares about her. (Yeah, he’s evil). She doesn’t break. She’s so angry that these faeries took all these pixies that she just can’t give up. Then in comes Jack. His dad is one of the faeries who helps run the place and Jack got into some trouble so his dad thought his punishment should be to help Finley break that bad ones. Jack always thought the pixies that were there had done something bad and that’s why the spriggans took them from there Hollow, to punish them. He soon finds out that’s not true. Jack and Rosalie get close. He starts bringing her food, helping her heal. He wants to help her escape. Now, I’m not going to tell you how the book ends and if Rosalie gets our or not, you’ll just have to read it. But I promise you it is definitely worth the read. Devon really makes you connect with the characters and you almost feel exactly what there feeling at times. I loved this book so much I’m going to need to get a print copy for my favorites shelf! I just can’t wait to read the next one.
Hmm…I wonder. Maybe he thinks as long as I’m asleep, I won’t be able to develop deeper emotions for him. But unbeknownst to him, he plays the male lead in my dreams, as well as in my reality, so even sleeping won’t remove him from my thoughts.