Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Dust By Kara Swanson

by Kara Swanson
Publisher: Enclave
Series: Heirs of Neverland
ISBN: 978-1621841265

Kara Swanson is a new-to-me author. I love the cover of her book Dust and the premise of connecting to the story of Peter Pan! I couldn't help but purchase the hardcover! Now I'm ready for book two, Shadow!


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.

My Review:

What a fun story! While I liked the story of Peter Pan like the average Jane, I was never really drawn to the story. This story has given me a new interest, which I wasn't expecting!

I was a little bit lost at the beginning of the story, but as I started to get more and more involved it began to make sense and came together. Maybe I was just distracted.

We start off getting to know Claire. She has a strange skin condition that's made life difficult since she was little. On top of that, her brother, Connor, has been missing for years. She gets a lead on him thanks to a friend and she's off on an adventure to try to find him in London.

Once there, she dives right into the search and starts causing an upheaval. She also meets Peter Pan, who she can't stand, but he misleads her from the start as to his identity. I love how the author gave such depth to Peter and (Tiger) Lily as we get to know them. It is so creative to make characters from the original telling into somewhat "new" ones so they're contemporary.

As the story unfolds we begin to see how important Claire is to everyone from Neverland, but we don't know why or how. On top of that, more mysteries come up! It propels us to want to know more. Who is Claire really? Why is Peter Pan and everyone else from Neverland on Earth, but can't get back to Neverland?

I have so many questions so I'm immediately starting book 2. I listened to the audiobook, but also have the hardcover. The narrator did a great job.

About the Author:

As 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 karaswanson.com.


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