Dust Girl: The American Fairy Trilogy Book 1 by Sarah Zettel was released in late June and has been on my list to share. There is an abundance of faerie inspired novels right now but this one particularly stands out in its setting.
This new trilogy will capture the hearts of readers who adore Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle series. Callie LeRoux lives in Slow Run, Kansas, helping her mother run their small hotel and trying not to think about the father she's never met. Lately all of her energy is spent battling the constant storms plaguing the Dust Bowl and their effects on her health. Callie is left alone, when her mother goes missing in a dust storm. Her only hope comes from a mysterious man offering a few clues about her destiny and the path she must take to find her parents in "the golden hills of the west" (California). Along the way she meets Jack a young hobo boy who is happy to keep her company—there are dangerous, desperate people at every turn. And there's also an otherworldly threat to Callie. Warring fae factions, attached to the creative communities of American society, are very aware of the role this half-mortal, half-fae teenage girl plays in their fate.
I have to admit that the Dust Bowl is one of my LEAST favorite settings to read in all of fiction. (Blame it on The Grapes of Wrath which I know is a brilliant book but I am quite unwilling to reread in this lifetime. I would reread Wuthering Heights first and someone would have to pay me well to do that. To pay for the antidepressants, at the minimum.) But this intrigues me and makes me want to overcome my unfair aversion to the setting.
It's different. It's fae. It is very well reviewed. I am fascinated. On to my wishlist it goes...