Dust by Sarah Daltry: Book Review

Title: Dust 
Author: Sarah Daltry
Pages: 217 pages (Kindle Edition)
Published: November 7th, 2014 
Genre: YA Fantasy
"I was once the type of person who was impressed by starlight; the type of person who would dance beneath glass ceilings and let the world swim in its loveliness. The sky reminds me of the parties we used to throw- parties like the one last night. The memories bring back the trill of harps and endless ripples of satisfied laughter. Now, though, when I try to recall what I felt, all I hear is screaming." 

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 of 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. 

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I'm a stinkin' huge fan of fantasy. The only book I've ever read like this was The Ring and The Crown by Melissa De La Cruz. Is it bad that this book reminded me of that? No it's actually okay because I did see some differences.

The book introduces us to the topic of arranged marriages. And our main protagonist, Alondra the princess of Kooram, is forced to marry a prince of the Demorian Kingdom in order to ensure peace between them and start forming an alliance. The premise itself really sets up a promising story that I was rather intrigued to start. From the beginning Alondra has no interest in marrying him, so that kind of leads me to believe that there's going to be some sort of rebellion with her and her parents. At first Alondra explains him to be a ruthless murderer with no remorse. I wasn't getting that vibe throughout the story, and I never believed a word she said. And what's worse is that she's the type of girl that would cheat on her fiance and with a common theif!! I mean, throughout the book she was allowing another man to touch her (name not to be revealed). I kind of thought that was an annoying aspect of her character.
"And I will be the wife of a man whom I hate. A man who was chosen for me- for the good of the kingdom. 
From a reader's point of view I normally love the past tense in books, but Sarah Daltry decided to write in present tense, which really added a different element to the story. In the beginning of the story where I thought most of the world building was going to take place, I really didn't get any background information on the kingdoms of Kooram and Demoria.

Okay when you're reading this book, don't get confused by the chapter titles! At first, I didn't know that the chapters were switching between the past and the present. I had no idea, and therefore I just kept reading. But I kind of put it together over the course of the end of the book, which was disappointing since I was halfway through with the book.

Sarah's introduction to this world was very exciting! Her characters are relatable. Even though I somewhat hated Alondra, I very much agreed with her. She wanted to choose who her husband would be and because she didn't get that choice, there was room for her character to grow rebellious. It was definitely a tense story to sit through when the characters got on my nerve and the plot took its own twists and turns in the book. Reading this book has opened my eyes to Sarah's writing, and that's something I appreciate. However, she could have done a better job with the world building. Dust by Sarah Daltry is a promising novel that I wish I had in paperback so I add to my collection of "good" books!

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