The Delilah Dusticle Advenures by A.J. York

There are 2 books in this series so far and I have had the pleasure of reading both. I was contacted by the author to read and provide an honest review and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the books.

About the books:

Book #1:

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Delilah Dusticle has special powers, she can completely eradicate dust. With her quiver pouch of special dusters Delilah can run up walls and reaches 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.

This is the first in a series of touching and funny stories about Delilah Dusticle. Follow her on a journey of self-discovery, friendship and adventure.

Excerpt:

A suit of armour standing beside her in the hall coughed and shot out a puff of dust from its helmet. “Staff are not permitted to fraternise with the family and any shenanigans would lead to instant dismissal,” wheezed the armour.

“Don’t I know it,” said Delilah who then waved her duster at the falling dust cloud making it vanish in mid-air. For good measure she selected her dandelion duster and polished the armour, who was very ticklish and kept giggling. She then made her way to the staff kitchen for dinner.

Book #2:

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In this illustrated instalment, Delilah and the Dustbusters are invited to Transylvania to cater for the Hallow Eve Ball. All is not what it seems and Count Dracula has a very unusual request for Delilah.

Excerpt

There was also an ugly brown sponge that looked like a grumpy gargoyle with a squished face. Delilah called him Grumpy Sponge. He would suck up dust on contact, or, if Delilah was feeling sad, he would throw-up dirt on every surface.
Delilah wiped every book in the library with Grumpy Sponge, who would stick out his tongue and lick up any grime, and then she would do a quick sweep with Abi’s dusters to remove any small dust flakes. Delilah was leaning into the fireplace with Grumpy Sponge, who instead of licking up soot was now sucking up coal dust, when the lady of the house appeared. She looked about the room to ensure they were alone and then handed Delilah a letter.
“It is from a very distant cousin of mine. He wishes to acquire your services for his annual event.”
Delilah turned the letter in her hands. It was very strange indeed. It was an old, yellowed piece of folded cartridge paper with her name written in spindly pink writing on the front. On the back was a red wax seal, imprinted with the image of a winking bat.

 

My Thoughts:

Book #1:

This is a delightful story about a girl named Delilah who has the unique ability to completely eradicate dust. This is a fun story full of magic that shows how a person’s state of mind can affect their ability to do something.

Delilah’s ability to eradicate dust disappears when she becomes and sad and all she manages to do is spread the dust around. A chance meeting with Abi helps to slowly pull Delilah out of her sadness and she finally finds a purpose in life. Together with Abi, the duo set out to start their own company called the dustbusters providing cleaning services as well as staff for catering. Abi comes out with her own range of feather dusters and together they set out to do some dust busting of their own very quickly becoming famous.

The story is cute and well written with simple language and a wonderful message that children can learn from. This is definitely a pleasure to read and the reader will end up wanting to read more of Delilah’s crazy dust busting adventures!

Book #2:

In this story, Delilah gets an invitation to visit Transylvania as a guest in the house of Count Dracula. The requests is to be present and help out with the Hallow Eve Ball. The author pulls up so many surprises in this story making it a delight to read. Delilah’s task surprisingly is to create dust rather than to eradicate it. With this unusual request from the Count, Delilah sets about doing just that. In the meantime, she comes to find out who she truly is, that her ability to eradicate or create dust is a magical power and she almost gets kidnapped because of this. It is her best friend Abi, her boyfriend and the other dust busters who come to her rescue in the nick of time.

This story is as fun as the first with a lot more magic and dust around. This story is more focused on Delilah’s path to self discovery making it a little more serious. Count Dracula is so different from the expectations that he will make the readers laugh in glee. In all this is a wonderful story and one which will make the reader smile a lot.

 

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