Dust (Review)

Dust (Review)
Hi there!

Quickie Life Update: This has nothing to do with reading or books, but yesterday we had a basketball tournament at school! It was our last basketball event this year because after that there would be no more training this school year (as it is coming to an end. July 14th and then SUMMER!) and no more games. And… *drumroll*

We got first place! It was a lovely way to end the basketball-year and it makes me all the more excited for next year 😀

Title: Dust

Author:  Sarah
Daltry
Publisher:  Little Bird Publishing House
Published Date:  8th October 2014
Rating: 2 Stars
*Thank you to the publisher for the review copy*

Synopsis: 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.

Review: I am
going to be completely honest. I picked up this one for review because I
thought it was by Sarah Dalton, not Sarah Daltry. Umm… honest mistake made
there xD In fact I hadn’t even realised the mistake I’d made until I started to
write this review. Maybe this tells you something about my character, and maybe
it doesn’t xD
I am going to start off this review by saying that this
book was very well written. It’s a fantasy with magic, and the settings were
described wonderfully. In fact, everything was described wonderfully. So why
did I give this book two stars? Because I felt like nothing was properly
explained. I was confused by the beginning of this novel, by the middle and by
the end. I kept thinking I was reading too fast and missing out on
explanations, but when I slowed down I realised they just weren’t there.
It took a while for me to get into this book at the
beginning. The names here were a bit weird with names like Seamus, Alondra and
Jaynika – pretty foreign to me. And the book switched between Then and Now
quite a bit. But those were all things I could get used to.
What I really didn’t like was the main character,
Alondra. She heard one thing about a race a people called the Demorians, and
then she believed it about all of them. She was stubborn, she didn’t listen to
her parents in the slightest or even try to see their point of view, and she
seemed so spoiled! I wanted to give her a right talking to. Yes, some things
happening to her were unfair, but then at times she was simply intolerable. I couldn’t
like her at all. I only want to hear so much about how she’s a girl who has had
this thrust upon her. If she was homeless and had no food to eat, she would
also have had that thrust upon her, but she simply would’ve had a harder life.
So.
Magic seemed to be thrown into the novel and I couldn’t
understand how it worked or what the rules and limitations were involving it.
There was simply magic, and they used it from time to time but I was lost as to
how it worked. That happened quite a bit because suddenly there were things
like folds in time, traveling between worlds, talking to Gods and such, even dragons at some point, and they simply
popped up. Unexplained. I had no idea where they came from, how they worked,
but they were there conveniently in time for the story to progress.
I liked how there was backstory incorporated into their
quest and that we got to see some of the past and the events leading up to the
one they were experiencing. That made it a bit more helpful for me to
understand what was happening.
My main problem with this book was the confusion I felt.
The climax (more like climaxes – there were so many!) came and went and I was
confused and not able to understand what was happening. The ending came, and
the solution and I was still sitting there confused. I just… didn’t understand
this story much at all.
When things happened that were confusing/ weren’t explained.
But the quote at the end of the story was still sweet
enough!
I am sure others might enjoy this one more than me. I
just wish it was longer and that time was given for the reader to understand
how things worked and what was happening a bit more.
Olivia’s Question: Do you mind not understand everything that is happening in a novel,
but only picking up on what is most important?

Olivia-Savannah x


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