Interview (& Giveaway): Sarah Zettel, author of Bad Luck Girl (The American Fairy Trilogy)
Maybe we could sell a few at the store for flour, or milk, or even butter, if there was any at Van Iykes's Mercantile. The mercantile was the last store in town. There used to be a choice between Van Iykes's and Schweitzer's Emporium. But last week, Mr.
Schweitzer locked their doors, tossed the key in the dust, climbed into their truck with their babies, Sophie and Todd, and drove away. Mama and I stood out on the porch and watched them leave. As if that thought was a signal, my cough started up again, in sharp little bursts. It hurt, but not as much as knowing Mama would never leave Slow Run. The truth was, Mama was kind of crazy, and had been for years, but there was nothing anybody could do about it.
Especially not me. She acted normal about most things. About everything, really, except my papa. He'd promised he would come back, and she'd promised she would wait for him. That promise kept us both pegged to this place while the state of Kansas dried up and blew away.
The wind swirled dust across the tops of my shoes and tugged at my skirts. Look shhhhaaaarrrrp, said a slow, soft voice. Look -shhhhaaaarrrrp.
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Shhhheeee's nearrrr. But there was nobody there. From here, the whole of Slow Run spread out stark and plain: the square clapboard and brick buildings marking out the straight, dust-filled streets; the four church steeples weathered a pale gray; the dusty tumbleweeds leaning lazily against the walls. Farther out, sagging barbed-wire fences ran alongside the black lines of the railroad tracks all the way to the hazy outline of the grain elevator, with the -spindly windmills standing sentry in between. What there wasn't was any person close enough to whisper in my ear.
Except I could still hear the soft, deep, strangely beautiful voice. Closssser, closssser.
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Look shhhhaaaarrrrp. I turned and ran for the kitchen door. See All Customer Reviews. Shop Teen Books. Add to Wishlist. USD 9. Callie LeRoux is choking on dust. Just as the biggest dust storm in history sweeps through the Midwest, Callie discovers her mother's long-kept secret. Now, Callie's fairy kin have found where she's been hidden, and they're coming for her.
While dust engulfs the prairie, magic unfolds around Callie. The only person Callie can trust may be Jack, the charming ex-bootlegger she helped break out of jail. From the despair of the Dust Bowl to the hot jazz of Kansas City and the dangerous beauties of the fairy realm, Sarah Zettel creates a world rooted equally in American history and in magic, where two fairy clans war over a girl marked by prophecy. Callie's body spasms with a deep, racking cough.
Her lungs are heavy with dust. More than her lungs are plagued by the dirt that has overtaken all of the Midwest. Callie lives in Kansas, and like all the other towns in the area, the violent dust storms have choked all the land and driven away most of the citizens.
Callie longs to escape the nightmarish dust, but her Four stars: An interesting tale that blends the days of the Dust Bowl and Depression with the magic and unpredictability of the Fey. Callie longs to escape the nightmarish dust, but her mother insists they must stay and wait for the return of her father. A man she has never met, as he vanished long before she was born leaving behind a piano and a promise he would return. Now Callie and her mother are trapped in the terrifying dust bowl waiting for a man to rescue them.
Then in a moment of despair, Callie's mother commands her to play her father's piano, and that changes everything The music seems to call up a raging dust storm and unseen enemies, and Callie soon learns that her black heritage is infused with something more Magic that is dangerous and deadly. Can Callie escape the dusty plains of Kansas?
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I was surprised to find that this is more than a tale of the Dust Bowl as it incorporates a bit of paranormal. With the addition of the Fey and magic, the book turns into something unexpected, and it ends up being a fast and furious read full of unexpected encounters with something different on every page. This is a book that is full of twists and surprises, and you never know from one moment to the next what will happen. If you enjoy historical books with a dash of supernatural definitely give Dust Girl a try.
You can almost feel the dust grinding in your teeth as you eat the food that is contaminated with dirt, or feel the grime heavy in your lungs as you struggle to breath.
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The vivid descriptions bring all the horror and hopelessness to life. I also appreciated that Callie was of mixed race and that she struggled to hide her African American genes as she would be an outcast. The cruel spectre of racism rears it its ugly head time and time again, a reminder that we are not that far removed from the days of segregation.
On the flip side, this book also presents the disparaging distribution of wealth. While so many struggled to survive, there are the few who enjoyed the luxuries of the high life, and flaunted them while they went about their daily lives, seemingly oblivious to the suffering. This theme is present throughout, as Callie and Jack encounter the wealthy as they try to endure dust and hunger. Every once in awhile, it is a nice to read a YA novel that does not utilize a romance. This one does establish a strong friendship between Jack and Callie, that starts out a little rocky, and while there are definite hints that an attraction is building, nothing transpires.
I will be interested to see how this one develops. Callie, the heroine, is an interesting and unique voice.
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She starts out as a shy, sheltered girl longing to be free from the despairing, dust blown plains of Kansas. She is girl of mixed heritage with a bit of magic in her blood. I liked watching her growth as she transforms into a more capable girl, one who is able to see beyond Fey glamour. She taps into her magic and learns a thing or two about the wily Fey. By the end, she is a brave and determined girl. Many young readers, are probably unfamiliar with this era as it is starting to move into the more distant past, and we are quickly losing those who survived this time period. I would love to see in the next book, a bit more information on the events that precipitated the Dust Bowl Days and how the population ultimately dealt with this calamity.
The story line zips along and often times events are not fully explained and some of the detail is lost. For instance, Callie and Jack visit the local store after a horrific dust storm to find the store ransacked and all the meat chewed off to the bone The reader is left to infer who did this I think slowing it down a bit and expanding on the details would make for a better read.
The quick speed, at times, makes some things confusing. She vanishes in the middle of a blinding dust storm and Callie just seems to suddenly know that she is gone, not that she is out there succumbing to the dust.
Furthermore, I didn't think her reaction was appropriate. She isn't distraught or fearful or crying I don't know something about that whole scene just didn't quite work for me. Again, this is another area where the book's quick pace hurt the story. It also ends on a bit of a cliffhanger Dust Girl is an exciting and interesting blend of historical and supernatural. In the end, you have a book that is full of surprises as well as the unexpected. I also appreciated that it explored many of the the issues that were pertinent to this period. If you enjoy historical books with a dash of paranormal read Dust Girl.
This fast paced adventure will take you on a wild and crazy trip through the dreary, dusty landscape of the Midwest. I am eager to see how the adventure will continue with the release of Golden Girl in June Favorite Quotations: "All of them waiting on a chance to hop a train. All of them trying to get someplace, anyplace where there might be work and a chance at keeping body and soul together just a little bit longer.
It's a dark hole pointed at you, and that hole swallows up everything else in the world, your friends, your nerve, until there's nothing but you and what's waiting in that little round space of dark. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for my review. Posted Rainy Day Ramblings. Originally posted here. Guys, this book was weird. Like one of the weirdest books I've read this side of my college course on counterculture where we read things like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
The American Fairy Trilogy: Dust Girl Bk. 1 by Sarah Zettel (2013, Paperback)
Much like the books in that course, I definitely felt like I was on some sort of substance-assisted journey as I read through Dust Girl. So yeah, that was interesting. Though it was pretty evident from the opening that this was perhaps not the book for me, I persisted on and didn't DNF, because there w Originally posted here. Though it was pretty evident from the opening that this was perhaps not the book for me, I persisted on and didn't DNF, because there were some good things about the book. For one thing, I was seriously impressed by Zettel's writing. Dust Girl manages to be very southern without being obnoxious to me at all.
Zettel keeps her dialect to a minimum, using it subtly. Even her non-dialect language has a rather southern feel to it, accomplishing the precise mood and tone without making me want to attempt a lobotomy upon myself.