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Delilah Dusticle

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Delilah Dusticle (Delilah Dusticle – 1) by AJ York

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Delilah Dusticle has special powers. She can completely eradicate dust. With her quiver pouch of special dusters, Delilah can run up walls, reaching places others just can’t. As a maid in the Fenchurch-Whittington house, Delilah’s unusual skills soon lead to her being promoted to Chief Dust Eradicator and Remover. Until one day, when a broken heart leads to her powers taking an expected turn.

This is the first book in a quirky middle grade fantasy series. The story entices the reader into a new and magical world that appeals to both kids and adults. The reader can explore how the ordinary in life can be extraordinarily overlooked, how friendship can help you overcome life’s difficulties and how accepting yourself is the biggest challenge of all.

Delilah has a magical ability to make dust disappear. She is the best dust eradicator and remover and has many people offering her jobs. But she has a secret. Delilah loves Charles, the son of Mrs. Fenchurch-Whittington and there is a strict no fraternizing with the help policy. So Delilah stays quiet and loves Charles from afar.

But something happens and Delilah is crushed and ends up spreading more dust around than she can clean. How can you be a dust eradicator when you have more dust falling from you than snow in a blizzard. Delilah must now find her own way in the world. She gets by on the kindness of strangers. Then one day a chance encounter changes everything for her.

This would be another great story for bedtime. It is short but has lots of things happening. I felt sorry for Delilah but I loved how she turned things around and who became her best friend. What a great example of not judging someone when you first see them without learning more about them.

This is a story that anyone of any age would like. Just make sure to look out for part two – Delilah Dusticle’s Transylvanian Adventures.

For more information on Delilah Dusticle or to purchase this book make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and AJ York’s website.

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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The Appeal of Evil (The Road to Salvation – 1) by Pembroke Sinclair

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Katie wants to invest her heart and soul in love, but she may lose both to Hell.

Katie, a senior in high school, is torn between loving the “good” guy, her childhood friend Wes who makes promises he doesn’t keep and abandons her when she needs him the most, and the “bad” guy, the new kid at school Josh who is also a real demon from Hell. Katie wants someone who pays attention to her and puts her first, but what is she willing to give up to find him?

Katie has had a crush on Wes for years. The problem is even though she keeps trying and putting herself out there he is just a jerk that breaks his promises and clearly is not interested in Katie. Then the new boy Josh shows up in school. Katie is suddenly very attracted to him but she is guilty about Wes.

But this is not your usual high school drama. Wes is a demon slayer and tries to do his best to protect Katie. Josh is a demon that is trying to get back at Wes and the best way is to hurt those that Wes has feeling for. But Katie has to make the decision of if she is going to stay with Wes, who really has not shown any kind of loyalty. Or should she go with Josh who is a demon but sticks to his word and seems to care about her.

This is an interesting story. I felt bad for Katie crushing on Wes when it was clear that he really doesn’t want anything to do with her. It was frustrating and I really wanted to get her to face facts. Then Josh comes into the picture and Katie is instantly in love with him. I am not a fan of the insta-love but I think in this case it makes sense. Katie just wants someone to love so badly that Josh fills that role.

The only complaint I have is that Katie over things so much that her “what ifs” were starting to get to me. Although having said that; I really did like this book. I would enjoy more background of the characters and the events.

I am excited to start Dealing with Devils. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

For more information on Dealing with Devils or to purchase this book make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, or Pembroke Sinclair’s website.

I received this book for free from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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