Callie LeRoux is living in Kansas during the Dust Bowl. All the farmers have moved away, intense dust storms make it hard to breathe and the hotel Callie's mother owns has long been empty. But when one day her mother disappears in a storm, Callie decides to head to California to search for her. She meets a young hobo named Jack and together they set off. Little does she know, Callie is about to learn about her supernatural background and the prophecy that she is the center of.
I really enjoyed Dust Girl. When I read the synopsis, it compared it to The Gemma Doyle Trilogy, which is one of my favorite book series. I thought that was a very ambitious comparison, but I'm happy to say I enjoyed this novel. It obviously wasn't as good as Gemma Doyle (and I wasn't expecting that) but it was still a fun story.
I really did like everything about the plot, characters, etc. Callie was a very interesting character, especially once we learn more about her paranormal background. I loved that she was POC character! I don't quite read enough of that. I also liked her relationship with Jack. They meet up and decide to stick together has they travel around the Midwest. He was such an asset to Callie on her journey and I'm looking forward to some prospective romance between them.
The only thing about Dust Girl that I didn't like as much was that the tone seemed younger. This book skirted the line between MG and YA and Callie's voice was a bit immature at times. It isn't a big deal but just something I was thinking about as I was reading.
That being said, Dust Girl ended on a cliffhanger and now I can't wait to read the sequel! I hope the author writes it quickly.
Rating: 8 out of 10.
FTC: received from Flamingnet Book Reviews
2012/Random House/304 pages.