Friday, November 7, 2014

Review 'Dust' by Sarah Daltry
Who makes YOUR choices?

"I was once the type of person who was impressed by starlight; the type of person who would dance beneath glass ceilings and let the world swim in its loveliness. The sky reminds me of the parties we used to throw - parties like the one last night. The memories bring back the trill of harps and endless ripples of satisfied laughter. Now, though, when I try to recall what I felt, all I hear is screaming."

In a world ravaged by war and oppressive forces of evil, a princess must fight to claim her bloodright and save her people.

When the princess, Alondra, falls for the beautiful, blue eyes of a hooded stranger, it awakens in her a taste for freedom and an escape from her duty.

But her parents have other plans; they have a kingdom to protect and Alondra must marry to ensure the peace between nations. Only what happens when your parents choose a cold-hearted assassin as your betrothed?

As lies, illusions, and long hidden vendettas surface, the princess has to confront a very secret history. One that makes her realize that she not only risks losing her liberty, but also everything she has known and loved.

My Review:

I received an ARC copy of ‘Dust’ by Sarah Daltry a little while ago in exchange for my honest review. I read the book description and I immediately found myself interested in this story.  I love fantasy stories and this one seemed to be my kind of book.

In ‘Dust’ we meet Alondra, a spoiled princess who doesn’t want to do anything all to serious and involving responsibilities. When Alondra’s parents decide to arrange a marriage for her with an assassin called Seamon, Alondra is furious. Unfortunately for Alondra she is the only one who can take over the throne and now it’s time for her to take her responsibility.  Soon after the engagement party Alondra’s world changes forever. Her home is attacked and before Alondra can comprehend what is happening, she and Seamon are forced to save their world. There are a lot of secrets and now everyone is depending on Alondra to save their world.

When I first started reading ‘Dust’ I was immediately pulled into Alondra’s world. There is a lot happening and I really felt for the strong hearted girl when she found out her parents arranged a marriage. Although I at first thought of Alondra as a spoiled princess, I soon found myself liking this princess who just wants to enjoy life while she still can. She is young and forced to live a life she never asked for. I kind of couldn’t dislike her after I figured that out.
This is definitely a book where a lot of things are happening and you really need to pay attention. I liked the fast paced writing but that also meant I found this book a little hard to read after an exhausting day.

What I found a little frustrating about this book was that there are a lot of different parts. I would be completely drawn into the story and then suddenly it said ‘Part Two’ etc. Every time I just lost my reading vibe. I didn’t feel like all these different parts where necessary and it somehow made it a little hard for me to get back into the story immediately.

Although I liked this story I found the ending a little too much. There is a lot of magic happening and a lot of talk about different worlds and the ending just wasn’t really my thing. I was a little disappointed by it to be honest. I just think there was a lot of information at the end and it just somehow made it a little confusing for me.

But overall I think this book was definitely a nice read. If you like fantasy books and stories about princesses and wars. This is definitely a book for you ;)

About the Author:


Sarah Daltry is a varied author, known best for the contemporary New Adult series, 'Flowering', a six-title series that explores the complexities of relationships, including how we survive the damage from our pasts with the support of those who love us. Although the books are no longer in print, they are being rewritten and redeveloped for future publication.

As a former English teacher and YA library coordinator, Sarah has always loved Young Adult literature and 'Dust', an epic fantasy novel where romance blends with the blood and grit of war, is her second official foray into YA, following the gamer geek romantic comedy, 'Backward Compatible'. Most of Sarah's work is about teens and college students, as it's what she knows well.

Sarah's passion in life is writing - weaving tales of magic and beauty. The modern and vast social networking world is an alternative universe that she makes infrequent trips to, but when she does, readers will find her attentive, friendly and happy to discuss the magic of stories and reading. Please stop by and say hello anywhere Sarah is online! 

Sarah has moved back and forth between independent and traditional publishing. Her first novel, 'Bitter Fruits', is with Escape, an imprint of Harlequin Australia, and she signed with Little Bird Publishing in the spring of 2014.

Sarah has also written 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,' a reimagining of one of her favorite poems in a contemporary setting.

She is an obsessive Anglophile who spends more time watching BBC TV than any human being should, as well as a hardcore gamer and sarcastic nerd. 

For more information about 'Dust' and Sarah Daltry please visit her website, Goodreads, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

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