Sunday, April 14, 2013

Blue Dust: Forbidden

Title: Blue Dust: Forbidden
Author: Katy Krump
Genre: Fantasy
Page Length: 269 pages
Tour Organizer: B3 Tours

All teenage girls keep secrets and Kerry Johnston is no exception. More than anyone else she knows how to lie, for ‘Kerry’ is an alias and her life is a nightmare of secrecy, violence and fear. In reality this overweight, limping teenage girl is Qea, a Forbidden child from the Qarntaz Octad, sent to Earth to hide from the warlord she has betrayed. Born third into her family in an overpopulated world where surplus offspring are Forbidden and killed or delivered as fodder for the malevolent Inquisitors, Qea has spent her life in hiding. 

Qea (Pronounced Kee-ah) is a girl with an unusual history. She comes from a distant galaxy where warlords rule the law and corruption is rife, so she must become hard to survive, but here on Earth a young man will change her heart and risk her life, changing it forever.


This story is a unique paranormal/science fiction story. We don't have the normal vampires, and other creatures. But what we do have are some interesting new creatures. Inquisitor to name just one. I found them to be similar to vampires but not quite. We also have children with amazing abilities and knowledge. This book takes place on Earth and also in another solar system. 

The book started out with Kerry (aka Donna & Qea) coming home to find that her "supposed" family were gone. But since she had been trained in case of this very emergency she knew what to do. As the story progresses we learn quite a bit about Qea's past. She goes by the name of Donna for a bit of the book, where she meets a boy named Adam. She winds up falling for him, but no one can outrun their past, and now it has caught up with her with a vengeance. Now I won't go into any details but this is not your typical boy/girl romance story. This story has a LOT of heart to it. 

Overall the story was really enjoyable. I liked how this story touched upon such subjects as "forbidden children", slavery, kidnapping, child abuse and even religion using various methods. The Draconian laws where each family could only have 2 children hit such a point with me due to the laws in our own world today where in some countries only 1 child is allowed, and female children are cast aside. And what happened to the children in this book. Well I won't give away any details but it will break your heart. I always wonder when I read books like this where the populace are just sheep following blindly the orders of the government how we as Humans can change that behavior here before its too late.

There were a few things I didn't like about the book, one thing I will say is that I found it hard to believe that Adam an Earthling on a strange planet would ever find his way to meet up with Qea again. Yet time and again he was lost then miraculously found. Now I understand this is where faith comes into play. But still I found it hard to believe. BUT that aside this book definitely kept me flipping pages. I wanted to know... No I needed to know more about the planet Qea is on, how she is going to do what needs to be done, and why. The over all question for me was WHY???

Faith plays such a big role in this story. They touch briefly upon Earth's God, but where she is from the solar system it is protected by Troiqa. There were a lot of questions brought up in this story about faith, but done in such a manner that it was both enlightening and fun to read.

Krump has created a novel that draws you in. The action and adventure in this story will keep your flipping pages late into the night. She has created strong characters who not only change as the story develops, but grow into better people. I can say I hope to see more from this very talented Author and can't wait for the next book in this saga.

I give this book 4.5 stars for the entertainment value and moral lessons. And I think it is appropriate for pre-teens and YA.

Details/Disclaimer: Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

Katy was an English and music teacher before almost losing her sense of humour (and mind) and deciding she needed to devote herself to the thing she loved most - writing. She published a number of children’s musicals and then became a full-time television scriptwriter for children, entered a nationwide scriptwriting competition and was selected to be on the writing team of a popular South African soap. She also worked as an advertising copywriter, wrote radio ads and jingles, educational textbooks and readers...anything writing-related to keep the wolf from the door. Basically, she’s constantly writing, books and TV scripts and if not that then plotting, planning and scheming how to take over the world!
Like her creation Qea, the feisty heroine in Blue Dust: Forbidden, Katy understands something about being an alien after she embarked on a new journey, crossing the galaxy to settle on a new planet (England) many moons ago. Some like to call this process 'immigration'. Katy is now a proud possessor of a maroon Intergalactic Wayfarer Permit and has come to love the aliens she mixes with daily.

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