2020 is a glorious year as far as book releases go. There’s been so many amazing books already, and so many more to come!!
I’m here to squeal about one of those upcoming books today. I definitely squealed out loud when I first saw the cover, and I have possibly not stopped squealing since. 🤷🏻♀️ You know me, I’m a bit of a squealer when it comes to gorgeous books.
And today’s spotlight, DUST, is truly gorgeous inside and out! Let’s jump into the blurb so you know what I’m raving about.
Art by Lisa Mettler
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.
DUST, book #1 in the Heirs of Neverland duology, releases from Enclave Escape (imprint of Enclave Publishing) in July 2020!
What a gloriously magical tale! This book is so full of whimsy and beauty, but so deep and resounding in how it deals with darkness and trauma. I was so captivated by this story from the first page.
The characters are so real and complex. Each new chapter reveals another layer of who they are, right down to the darkest shadows of their souls. Peter’s struggles of growing up and taking responsibility, Claire’s of not fitting in and fear of her powers. Both of them not yet sure who they are. Both of them dealing with trauma from the past in different ways.
I connected with them so deeply, and instantly fell in love with this wild ride of a fairytale.
This whole book is so vibrant and magical. I adored the setting of the London streets and how real it felt, while also so coated in pixie dust and magic. It had the same aesthetic and core as the original Peter Pan story, but in an even more real, engaging way.
The magic was so perfectly balanced out against the darker scenes, the mistakes the characters kept making, the lies, the fears, the trauma.
I was so entangled in this story, I couldn’t put it down. The action, the stakes, the deep connection to the characters, it kept me thinking about the book and itching to pick it up again. The ending wrenched my heart out, but it was also perfect. It wasn’t what I expected, but it was even better than I hoped.
I officially CANNOT WAIT for the sequel, Shadow!!
For content/trigger warnings, see my Goodreads review.
I loved this story so much and recommend it hugely to all lovers of fairytales and magic! (Also, you can pre-order now and grab some gorgeous goodies too, if you’re that kind of person.)
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
Have you read any great books recently? What was/is your most anticipated read of 2020? Let’s chat in the comments!!