Contemporary, Fiction, Middle Grade

Delilah Dusticle

Delilah Dusticle book cover
Image from A.J. York. Used by permission.

Title: Delilah Dusticle (Delilah Dusticle #1)

Author: A.J. York

Genre: Contemporary

Delilah Dusticle has the special gift of completely eradicating dust. With her quiver pouch of special dusters, Delilah can run up walls and reach 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 a broken heart leads to her powers taking an expected turn.

I’m still not quite sure why I picked this book up in the first place. Maybe it was because it is super short, and if I didn’t like it, at least it would be over quickly.

At thirty-three pages on my Nook, this ebook leans more towards long short story length than anything. But honestly, I didn’t mind. This is the kind of book that anything longer would have made it boring.

Normally, I’d mention the characters, but the story’s so short, there isn’t much to mention. It’s not a big deal, though, because the emotion is real and the characters are just so fun to read about. I loved Delilah, I loved Abi, I loved reading this story.

The whole book was just a fun, light-hearted read. It’s a perfect I-need-a-break-from-the-books-assigned-in-English-class kind of story, or even an I-need-something-upbeat-with-a-happy-ending story.

I debated quite a bit about whether to classify Delilah Dusticle as contemporary or paranormal. Delilah’s dust-eradicating powers, which play a huge part in the story, give it a paranormal element. (So does the talking suit of armor, which also gives a whimsical feel to the story.) But I finally decided on contemporary because the main themes – friendship and family – are more contemporary.

The second Delilah Dusticle book, Delilah Dusticle’s Transylvanian Adventure, comes out in September. And I think I just may read it, because Delilah Dusticle was just so fun.

I received a free review copy of Delilah Dusticle from the author. Her generosity in no way influenced, or sought to influence, this review.

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1 thought on “Delilah Dusticle”

  1. Thank you Jalyn for your thoughtful review, it was wonderful to read. I just wanted to add that this Saturday and Sunday (18th and 19th May) Delilah Dusticle is free to download via Amazon.

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