Saturday, August 1, 2020

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About the Book

Title: Dust
Authors: Kara Swanson
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: July 21, 2020
Swanson - DustThe 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.

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I think that I have always  liked fairy tales. They are an escape for me and it opens up a world of imagination. This story is definitely not for younger children. However I will say that young adults and adults who love fantasy should check this book out. It is a twist on a classic fairy tale that goes a little dark. The author’s creative flow is exceptional in this story. She takes a story we all know and  makes it into a version of fantasy clashing with  modern times. 
Claire was everything I would hope for in a character that travels to another world with determination and a little skepticism. I loved how she would not give up on finding her brother. Even  though danger surrounded her, she seemed to have  faith that she would overcome any obstacle in her path. I really wanted to know more about her friend N and hoped  the author would explore his connection to Claire more. 
There is a lot of Claire figuring out her magic and what she can do with it. I have never been a big fan of young adult fantasy, but over the last several months that has changed. Doors have been opened for me to read books I never thought I would enjoy. This book did hold my attention and the descriptions of familiar characters from the fairy tale were so vivid I was captivated by its realism. 
I read every page with anticipation and loved how the story kept me guessing at what was to come next. I am upset that there is a cliffhanger but the author has given me something to look forward to. I am fully invested in this story and the next book can’t come soon enough. 
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion. 

About the Author

Kara Swason _ Floral Headshot-1000As the daughter of missionaries, Kara Swanson spent her childhood running barefoot through the lush jungles of Papua New Guinea. Able to relate with characters dropped into a unique new world, she quickly fell in love with the fantasy genre. The award-winning author of The Girl Who Could See, Kara is passionate about crafting stories of light shattering darkness, connecting with readers, and becoming best friends with a mermaid—though not necessarily in that order. Kara chats about coffee, fairy tales and bookish things online (@karaswansonauthor) and at

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I wrote Dust not just for those who grew up loving the original Peter Pan story — but especially for the children who were left behind. Those of us who never escaped through a window to a magical world, whose childhoods oftentimes felt a little shadowed.
Dust follows Peter Pan when he is cast out of Neverland, grounded in London. For the first time, this Peter has to start thinking about someone other than himself—and become a beacon to remind any Lost ones that there is still magic to be found.
Dust also follows a young woman named Claire who can create pixie dust, but is desperately afraid of herself because when her fears and insecurities leak out, her dust starts to burn. Claire has seen too many shadows to believe in fairytales anymore and is doing everything she can just to lock away the strange dust dripping from her fingertips. But when she meets Peter, he challenges everything she thought she knew.
I wrote Claire for those of us who may feel too weighted to even remember what it feels like to have hope lift your soul. Who can look at ourselves and all we see are our own shadows and shortcomings.
Throughout the course of the novel, Peter has to teach Claire how to see the spark of light inside herself that is far brighter than the darkness. As he helps this girl learn how to fly, Peter rediscovers what it is that truly makes him Peter Pan: the unquenchable childlike belief that there are weightless thoughts in all of us that can lift us out of the shadows.
This story is a love letter to anyone who has ever needed that reminder. We have value simply because we exist. We do not have to be weighed down by our shadows. There is still light that can lift our hearts if we have faith, trust…and a dash of the impossible.

Blog Stops

Rebecca Tews, July 31
Emily Yager, August 2
Worthy2Read, August 5
Remembrancy, August 6
Wishful Endings, August 6
Nancy E Wood, August 9
Mia Reads, August 10
Simple Harvest Reads, August 11 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Artistic Nobody, August 12
Pause for Tales, August 12


To celebrate her tour, Kara is giving away the grand prize package of a Dust-themed bundle that includes a signed hardcover, bookmarks, character cards, Peter + Claire art print, and an exclusive Dust pin!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Aw, I didn't realize this wasn't a stand alone novel --good to know!

  2. Wonderful review, Deana! I'm looking forward to reading "Dust". Thank you for sharing.

  3. This cover is amazing! We all need more Peters in our lives, don't we? Thanks for your review.