Dust by Kara Swanson


I’ve waited so long to be able to read Dust, ever since I started to help spread the word about it over on my Instagram. This tale was marvelously weaved together and it leaves me in such awe, but at the same time at tiny bit of me feels like I need an apology.

Publication: July 21st 2020

Synopsis: The truth about Neverland is far more dangerous than a fairy tale.

Claire Kenton believes the world is too dark for magic to be real–since her twin brother was stolen away as a child. Now Claire’s desperate search points to London… and a boy who shouldn’t exist.

Peter Pan is having a beastly time getting back to Neverland. Grounded in London and hunted by his own Lost Boys, Peter searches for the last hope of restoring his crumbling island: a lass with magic in her veins.

The girl who fears her own destiny is on a collision course with the boy who never wanted to grow up. The truth behind this fairy tale is about to unravel everything Claire thought she knew about Peter Pan–and herself.

Review/Thoughts: This tale is truly something else. It’s spilling with magic from its very pages. It is beautiful written and alluring. Kara Swanson poured so much into this story, and it’s absolutely a stunning masterpiece! Seriously. It grabbed me straight from the get-go, and drug me along till the very last page. With all the mystery that surrounded everyone, I needed answers. I needed to know! I didn’t know who to root for or who to place my trust in. Peter Pan, the boy who never wanted to grow up, or that codfish…Captain Hook himself. Now, you might be thinking ‘it’s obvious; Peter Pan!’ But, Kara did a wonder job at blurring the lines on who to trust and who was telling the truth, and one thing lead to the next, in turn that lead to another. Since I’ve finished the book I think I now know, but honestly, I kinda feel like Neverland right about now. How am I supposed to wait till next year to see where it all leads? Especially with that ending!?

Claire was the most alluring to me. What she wasis and what she can do. How she looked at the story of Peter Pan. How she constantly searcher for her missing brother. All of it! A part of me could relate to her. Granted, I’v never last a brother nor do I have what she does, but her introverted personality. Now that, that is why I can relate to this girl. She does come out, and conquer her fears. (I am so proud of you Claire!) But that ending though!?

Hook…..*makes a strangling motion* This guy. I think that croc should have eaten more than his hand. He’s just…he’s good at being Hook in this tale. Kara aced this character! Like, it’s kinda scary how well she wrote him. One word comes to my mind when he makes an appearance; manipulative. This guy wants something, or was promised something.  I am convinced and you can’t tell me otherwise. I mean he twist and ruins everything! I mean- *makes another strangling motion* I just don’t like this guy. He’s too good at being Hook. (Never thought I’d say that.)

I eye the blokes clustered around me. “So, before you think you can challenge me, you’d better remember who it is that created Neverland in the first place.” -Dust, page 87

This has to be my favorite quote out of the whole book. There’s more happening in the particular scene it’s taken from, but that adds to it all! This quote just screamed Peter Pan to me! I was all giddy and bursting with glee when I read it. It was so well placed and it fits. I fell in love with this Peter from the very first moment. I admit, I latch onto a many of Peter Pans in a many of retellings, each one just as precious to me as the last one was. Since Peter Pan is London based, I liked how much of the London slang and their way of talking was sprinkled into his character. I think it makes sense. As I said, Peter Pan is London based after all, I think it’s only fitting he uses their way of speaking. Another thing I really loved was that fact that his ‘call’ was not forgotten and was added to this story. It adds so much to him and Peter wouldn’t be himself without it.

Kara Swanson, this story of yours is gorgeous! It’s nothing like I expected, and my emotions can vouch for that. I can’t wait for the release of your next book in this duology; Shadow. I need to see how this ends. I don’t know if my emotions and world will remain intact, but I need to see this through to the very ending. Speaking of endings, I feel lost and kinda in shambles after reading this one. Like, the ending is a thing in this book. Where do I go from between now and Shadow’s release?? The ending is a thing and I’m not okay. But seriously, the 6 month wait for this book was worth it, and I don’t regret reading Dust, despite how it’s toyed with my emotions.

~Till the next Chapter~

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