My second book that I loved: Dust by Devon Ashley. She agreed to do a guest post! Don't forget to check out the BIR schedule!! And now Devon Ashley!
****About the Book****
Dust by Devon Ashley
Published Date: September 2012
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.
Okay, so I totally did my snoopy dance when I was told I made the Best I've Read list for two years in a row now. I felt like Sally Field: "You like me. You really like me!" There are so many talented, creative writers out there and to be mentioned on a list that mostly represents published authors, it makes being an Indie that much sweeter! Dust, the first book in the Of Dust and Darkness trilogy, follows a teenage pixie named Rosalie who loves nothing more than getting lost in mother nature. But her beautiful world turns dark and deadly when she's snatched up by the faeries and forced into slave labor alongside numerous other pixies of all Hollows, most of who have been there so long their mental capacities are deadened. Instead of falling into submission like the others, Rosalie grows stronger and more defiant, and when a failed escape attempt ends badly, she's left to the mercy of the prison's warden, who strives to inflict irreversible damage to her body and soul. But even in darkness and despair comes a sliver of hope with unexpected love, and possibly the chance of survival. Dust is my first novel that is straight up clean YA, and though it felt a little weird not writing new adult material that is either filled with angst and sex or supernatural galore, I truly enjoyed getting lost in Rosalie's magical world and can't wait to begin writing the second part of her journey.
In the spirit of Best I've Read, I've decided to compile a short list of Indie books that make my Best I've Read! So here goes (in no particular order)(click on the book title for GoodReads' link):
1. The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski. OMG! I received an ARC of this and I'm not surprised that it's on track to receive 4,000 reviews on GoodReads during its first month. I still can't believe the author was nervous about her first romance attempt because it was phenomenal! Two people taking long bus rides across country to escape something in their life and end up finding something they truly needed. It's hot, it's sexy, it's filled with a roller coaster of emotions and it'll permanently strain your O face. By far the best of the best. If you haven't read this new adult novel yet and you're not offended by sexual content, you soooo have to read this!
2. Taking Chances by Molly McAdams. Another tear-jerker that had my heart wrenched and my intestines suffering from more twists than a pretzel factory! Your typical good boy / bad boy love triangle, but the story sucks you in and it's impossible to put down (which is really difficult due to the length). Prepare yourself for laughs, tears and another sleepless night and groggy school day.
3. Under the Stars by Rebecca A. Rogers. Kind of like a fairytale meets the apocalypse. Andrina's simply trying to survive in a world where the sky literally falls all around her. Sent as a representative for her people to beseech the king for more supplies, her request will go unanswered unless she marries him. Guess that's what she gets for not being impressed by his status and opulence. Unfortunately, not all fairytales end happily, but sometimes you can find beauty in their demise.
4. Candid by Michelle Pennington. This was a surprising read for me. It's nothing but a clean, cute high school romance between the quiet, unnoticed school photographer and the hot new guy that, much to the popular crowd's dismay, can't seem to keep from following her around. Too bad her mom's pregnancy paranoia won't let her date. (yeah...as if that's ever stopped anyone when a hot guy was involved!) Though Sienna tries to honor her mom's wishes, she finds Lee's persistence and her growing attraction for him difficult to resist.
5. The Mayfair Moon by J.A. Redmerski. Yep. She made my list again. I first discovered Jessica and her debut novel The Mayfair Moon when it first came out and few had heard of it yet. Super cool chick, and a hell of a writer too! And what I love best about this werewolf trilogy? She wasn't afraid to kill off some main characters in the grand finale! Nope...you won't find yourself investing time in long books just to be rewarded with...wait for it...the heroine standing under a protective bubble sticking her tongue out at the enemy! (yeah, sorry...I'm still a little bitter about that - thank God the movie people agreed and corrected that dilemma!) I want action! I want death! I want awesome battle scenes! I want the heroine to go through hell and back and I want to feel that those who survive truly earn their reward. And The Darkwoods Trilogy totally delivers! Best of all, all three books are already out so you don't have to wait a year to see what goes down.
6. Reign of Blood by Alexia Purdy. "Never tease anything that wants to eat you." Words to live by. This story is similar to The Weepers (The Other Life) but infuses the idea of vampire hybrids like those in Will Smith's I Am Legend. After viral mutations occur worldwide, April and her family seem to be the only humans left around Las Vegas, but when she learns of a new human-like vampire hybrid that's quite different than the feral beasts she's used to, she begins to wonder if her uncanny ability to survive is because she's not entirely human herself anymore.
7. Pitch by Jillian Eaton. This was only a novella, but soooo good! Lola's town is suddenly overrun by vampires and she's frantically searching for her father and trying to save her best friend, who was stupid enough to be compelled to enter a home that housed a vampire. And after ticking off a female vampire vixen that wants her head, nothing is going to make this day go easy! Except maybe Maximus, the hot, yet questionable stranger, she meets that seems to know a little too much about what's going on around town. But the guy's really handy with weapons, so what's a girl to do?
8. Airborne by Constance Sharper. This was one of the first Indie books I ever read, and it still keeps my interest because harpies are still unique these days. You just don't see anything about them for some reason, and watching Avery mistakenly get wrapped up in their magical world just because she picks up an amulet on the beach is entertaining. She soon finds that the powerful magic within it is seeping into her body, and the vicious harpies chasing her down are willing to go to the extreme to rip it back out of her.
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