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.
Dust by Devon Ashley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis as part of the Dust blog tour. Thanks to Devon Ashley.)
Rosalie is a pixie who likes nothing more than sleeping in a bed of leaves in her old tree-house (much to her housemate’s disgust). She likes to be left alone, and is a bit of a free spirit. Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to face though.
Drugged, kidnapped, and nearly killed, Rosalie finds herself imprisoned by fairies, branded with a number, and forced into a fairy dust production line. Rosalie isn’t going to go down without a fight though, and is determined to escape.
A failed attempt leaves her imprisoned in a pit with a fairy guard (Jack), who seem to care about her more than he should, and even though relationships between pixies and fairies is against the rules, Rosalie finds herself falling for Jack.
Can Rosalie ever hope to escape the fairy dust factory though? Can she rescue all the other kidnapped pixies? And can a relationship between a pixie and a fairy ever be allowed?
This was a sweet fairy tale, with a bit of a bite! Poor Rosalie is wrongfully imprisoned and used as a slave, and she’s the only one with the spunk to try and escape. She’s a strong character, and doesn’t just want to save herself, but to save all the other pixies too, even the ones she doesn’t really like.
Jack is such a sweet character also, and shows such caring and consideration for Rosalie even when she is imprisoned and not looking her best. I also liked some of the other pixies that Rosalie meets in the prison and the relationships she forms with them.
The story had a lot of different elements to it, and flowed nicely, and I liked the descriptions of the pixies village and communities and stuff, as well as the way that Rosalie felt about them.
Overall; this was an interesting and different fairy tale, and I’m interested to see what happens in the next instalment!
7.5 out of 10.
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