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Dust (Of Dust and Darkness #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  311 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
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
Paperback, First, 344 pages
Published September 18th 2012
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Devon Ashley
Oct 29, 2014 Devon Ashley added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Who would I cast?
Rosalie: Sierra Kusterbeck of VersaEmerge, who coincidentally sings Fixed at Zero , which is the perfect theme song for Dust.

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I might as well use this space to clear the air about Day 88 being the first day the faeries will regret stealing Rosalie. There are 88 days in Dust, and it's what Rosalie does on that final day that's gonna cause the faeries grief; hence, the first day of the nightmare tha
Sep 07, 2012 Amber rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
***Spoiler Alert***

When I first started reading Dust, I thought I had just entered the magical world of Pixie Hollow and Tinker Bell was my best friend, however, that was short lived and I soon found out that was not what Dust was about at all. Devon Ashley is an amazing author who knows how to captivate her readers and she has done it once again. I love her work and was really surprised by Dust.

Rosalie is a pixie with spunk and she inst about to let anyone take that away from her. When she is c
Megan (The Book Babe)
Nov 06, 2012 Megan (The Book Babe) rated it really liked it
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I want you all to know that I loved Dust. I couldn't get enough of the vivid imagery, the amazing creativity, or the awesome characters. I had to know what was happening, so I had to keep reading. I forced myself to stop reading last night, because I needed to get some sleep.

I thought that Rosalie was an amazing character. She was full of spunk, and I just didn't want her to fail. I wanted her to live, and to be free, and to never ha
Tiana Dalichov
Oct 02, 2012 Tiana Dalichov rated it it was amazing

This book was SO GOOD that I'm actually a little bit in shock right now. Holy. Cheesecurls. :O

So I haven't read too much in the faerie genre of YA yet, and this is one of the first books I've encountered, but I don't know if there's any book that'll beat this one. Devon's writing and her story-telling ability kept me roped in so tightly that I finished this book within 3 days (neglecting to do my homework in the process).

I absolutely love Rosalie. As a female lead, she is tough, resi
Oct 20, 2012 Corina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like YA Fantasy

“Why can’t our existence be like the stars? Happily twinkling and dancing in the night sky, bringing light and entertainment to all who see?” – Rosalie, Dust.

Poor Rosalie.

That was the one constant thought going through my head throughout this whole story. Rosalie is a Pixie who is stolen from her home and forced into slave labor. Devon Ashley, author of Dust, does a remarkable job of getting inside Rosalie’s head and showing the reader what the torture and torment is doing to her inner self
Momo (the Mome Rath)
Originally posted on my blog Where the Mome Raths Outgrabe

Disclaimer: I’m rather hungry, so I’m going to use a lot of food analogies and metaphors. Dust was delicious. I was taken in at first bite and it left me licking my plate clean, ravenous for more. I need more fae on my plate…okay that came out weird, no more food talk.

From the first page, we are vividly introduced to Devon Ashley’s world of pint sized fae. We get a sense of the true freedom Rosalie has as she flies through the forest cano
Alexia Purdy
Review of Dust by Devon Ashley
I warn you, don't stop reading this book because the beginning is all Disney fairies-like in pixie hollow kind of thing. It is so misleading; I cannot state that more strongly. Keep reading, it is over so fast that you are left with mouth agape and wondering, what just happened? Don't get me wrong, it was a sweet opening, I love any kind of fairy story, even the perfect world Tinkerbell kind of stories. This is just not that, which was awesome! So, fair warning.

Sep 12, 2012 Monaliz rated it really liked it
My rating: 4/5 stars
Read the review in my blog!

May contain some spoilers
Pixies and pixie dust. First thing you think is Tinkerbell, right? And the story starts pretty much the bubbly and happy pixie way, but soon turn into something completely different.
I did expect something pretty dark based on the synopsis, but I was still pretty surprised. Because.. Who would ever think about torturing Tinkerbell?! Well, Devon did, and I wasn't disappointed! In a good way ;)
Rosalie lives her life somewhat
Jessica  (Jessabella Reads)
Nov 28, 2012 Jessica (Jessabella Reads) rated it really liked it
First Thoughts:
I absolutely love the cover of this book! It is whimsical and just plain awesomeness. I most likely would not have picked this book up if not for the Dust ARC Tour hosted by The Book Babe. Although I am super glad that I joined the tour and had the chance to read this wonderful story.
And Then:
When I first started this book, I honestly didn't think it was going to be for me. It starts off pretty cutesy. The main character, Rosalie, is in her hollow where she lives, she is talking
Dec 09, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Dust is a fresh new take on pixies and faeries. We meet a strong pixie named Rosalie who's tough and determined and a hunky faerie named Jack. I loved everything about Dust.
Constance Sharper
Aug 13, 2012 Constance Sharper rated it it was amazing
This is my all time favorite of Devon Ashley's books! Romance, danger, pixies...all the good stuff.
Michele (Reading Lark/CanadianTwiMom)

My review can also be found on Reading Lark:

Anyone who knows my taste in books knows I love reading about the fey...and I usually love each author's unique take based on this magical world. I've always been intrigued by the fey's capriciousness, their passion, their otherworldliness, their hierarchies, and I even have a bit of a fascination with their cruelty. Dust by Devon Ashley encompasses all these things in an interesting way and packages it up in a
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
Jan 01, 2013 Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads) rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars

At A Glance
I loved the unique concept and dark feel to Dust. I was glued to the pages, I just wish more happened.

The Good
Here's The Story...
Rosalie is a young, energetic pixie who loves to spend her time with mother earth. That is until she is enslaved by fairies and used for free labor making pixie dust. In this pixie prison, Rosalie sees horrors and desolation beyond comprehension. Almost driven to the point of madness, Rosalie attempts to
Elisabeth Wheatley
5 out of 5 stars
Looky! Looky! Santa/Daddy decided I’d been good last year and got me exactly what I asked for! It was such a great read that I finished it on Christmas day.
This story was an engaging, fascinating tale and Ms. Ashley certainly isn’t afraid of making her characters endure hell. Though this was a wonderful book and I enjoyed it immensely, as noted by the five sparkling stars, there was one thing I had a problem with.

The plot:
In a world of faeries, pixies, and spriggans, young Rosal
Stephanie (Bookfever.♥)
I got this book for review from the author, Devon Ashley. I've seen this book around before and I've always thought it sounded amazing. The cover is just gorgeous and so magical looking. I also love the catchphrase on the left up corner; With broken wings we fly. It fits perfectly with this fantastic story. The first part of the synopsis is very alluring to me because of the numbers. It just totally catches the attention of the reader in my opinion. The other half of the synopsis suck the reader ...more
April Reads
Sep 11, 2012 April Reads rated it liked it
I don't normally judge a book by its cover, but the gorgeous look of DUST made me want to read it. I'm not a fan of faeries or pixies whatsoever, but the summary of this book was so enticing that at the moment I wanted to grab a copy and devour it.

DUST reminds me Tinkerbell and the Pixie Hallow. It reminds me of those cute and adorable Disney fairies which I loved and enjoyed watching. Though this book isn't entirely about fairy tales and happy endings, I think it's beautiful and inspiring.

Mandy Sickle

I received Dust for review from the author Devon Ashley in return for a honest review. Rosalie grew up in a Hallow where are the Pixie children are raised together by the village. While the other pixies are teens are thinking about courting and finding mates all Rosalie wants to do is enjoy her time in the forest. On a night when a storm is brewing Rosalie is attacked taken from her home only to wake up in a hole in the ground. After several days of being neglected she's moved into the pit with
Sep 20, 2012 Chelsey rated it liked it
The introduction of this book was a pleasant surprise. I was so caught up in the Pixies and their own little world. I loved how Rosalie described her home and her friends Poppy, Mustard, and Tin. Everything just felt so real. Devon writes in a different style and it is one that I can appreciate. She makes sure to leave out no detail at all, no matter if it is big or small. When you introduce a new world like this, as a writer, you almost have to pretend that you are writing to an audience of peo ...more
gillian (Tattooed Book Review)
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“I realize with each passing second how difficult it’ll be to escape this nightmare.”

Are you looking for a story that’s unique and original, that transports the reader to another place, an escape from your own reality? This book is it. That’s not to say that this book is a light and easy read. Some of it is even quite difficult and harrowing: even though the characters are of the fae, the author makes the pain and torture of their slavery feel q
Sep 13, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis as part of the Dust blog tour. Thanks to Devon Ashley.)
Rosalie is a pixie who likes nothing more than sleeping in a bed of leaves in her old tree-house (much to her housemate’s disgust). She likes to be left alone, and is a bit of a free spirit. Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to face though.
Drugged, kidnapped, and nearly killed, Rosalie finds herself imprisoned by fairies, branded with a number, and
Dec 28, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book should be given a reward for how amazing it is, I think this is the best book I've read and I've read hundreds of books.I wont lie I may have cried once or twice ( maybe five times, but who's counting?).
Okay, lets get serious now, I'm not going to give anything away on how this ends or any juicy detail, but if you like books about pixies with romance and some violence in it you'll love this. There is nothing about this book that I would want changed, though I wished the pixies and fair
Dec 21, 2012 Tricia rated it really liked it
Shelves: faries, books-i-own
When I first started reading dust I really wasn't sure if it was going to be something I enjoyed. It was definitely different from a lot of books i have been reading lately. Pixies are not creatures i have read a lot of books about, which was a refreshing change of pace! The first 50 pages, nothing was really peeking my interest. Then as I continued things really got going. After awhile you couldn't do anything but feel sorry for poor Rosalie. She continued to wedge her way into my heart the mo ...more
Jan 02, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
See the full review at Short & Sweet Reviews!

I haven't read too many books about fae in the past, so I didn't really know what to expect out of this book, especially one where there are absolutely no humans present. Rosalie doesn't interact with the human world at all, and in fact doesn't even mention them at all. So it was neat to read something that focused entirely on the world of pixie, faeries, and other woodland creatures. The author does some pretty cool worldbuilding that is presente
I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.

Firstly I would like to thank the author, the publisher and the tour organizing company for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this fabulous book.

This really was a fantastic read and I really enjoyed it very much. It's an unique take on Fae fantasy where we got to get a glimpse of a pixie's life and also got to experience the world through her eyes and words. I love first person POV and I
Kirsty Vizard
I was excited about the prospect of reading Dust because I have read stories about Faeries yet until now I have not read any about pixies. The cover is also beautiful, although as I soon discovered the color and beauty it promises is very misleading.
Devon Ashley introduces the reader to Rosalie, an adventurous pixie who is unhappy with the mundane life in her village. Yet before she has time to say "I really am grateful" she is kidnapped, her wings are broken, her magic taken and she is forced i
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
Jan 06, 2013 Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson rated it really liked it
I am a huge faery fan, so I was so excited to be asked to review DUST. On my nook, the book is only a mere 150 pages. Dust is a fairly short read and I easily knocked it out pretty quickly. What I loved about the book was the plot: a pixie that gets wrongfully imprisoned and seeks for a way out. Another thing I liked about it is that these pint size faeries and pixies are the sole characters; not a single human to be found. To me, I find that is rare. So many books today are about fae and humans ...more
Michelle Lewis
Aug 21, 2013 Michelle Lewis rated it really liked it
Book Talk Reviews:

Dust was a Wonderful read with a great story line and plot.

Rosalie is a Pixie who loves mother earth and all it has to offer.while laying around on a leaf during a storm Rosalie is shot in the neck with something sharp and her world tuns dark and she passes out.The next thing she knows she is waking up in a deep dark cave with no way out and to make it worse she has some kinda clamp on her wings and
Sep 21, 2012 Karie rated it really liked it
Thank you Devon for giving me the opportunity to read and review Dust! It was an awesome book. Hearing that this book was about pixies I didnt know what to expect, wondering if it was going to be more like the pixie's in the need series or the fae in one of the many fae books out there. I was pleasantly surprised that it was kind of dark to be a pixie story. It starts off with Rosalie in her homemade tree house in the Hollow. I love the way Devon was with her imagery throughout the book. When Ro ...more
Dec 17, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
This is actually the first book about Pixies I've ever read. My initial reaction to the beautiful cover and ever so enticing summary, convinced me almost instantly, this was a book I just had to pick up. I was not disappointed, not in the least! Dust is different, it’s a take on pixies that I honestly never thought to imagine. In my mind, when I think “Pixie”, I think Tinkerbell. Yes I know, that’s totally cliché. But my mind went there. Couldn’t help it.
So here I am imagining Tinkerbell kidnap
Book Junky Girls
Nov 22, 2013 Book Junky Girls rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Rosalie was happy with her life in her Hallow. Taking care of nature and enjoying life as a regular Pixie, until the day she viciously kidnapped and thrown in a hole for four days. When she's released from the pit she's thrust into a new life as a slave to faries forced into making pixi dust for her captors. But she's strong and she's not gonna take captivity lightly, so when she tries to escape and is caught she thrust into the pit once again. This time though they won't let her out un
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“Why can't our existence be like the stars? Happily twinkling and dancing in the night sky, bringing light and entertainment to all who see? The stars make everyone ponder unanswered questions, makes everyone smile. And no matter who you are, where you are or what you've done, they're always there for you. No matter what.” 11 likes
“My name is Rosalie. I may be smaller, I may be weaker, but I was born free, should die free. You will not take this from me.” 6 likes
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