Review of As Dust Dances (Play On #2) by Samantha Young

As Dust Dances (Play On #2) by Samantha Young

Review: I wasn’t exactly sure how I would like this book or if I would want to read the other books in the Play On series. Although I have read many other books that Young has written (but nowhere close to reading them all yet), I was really hesitant about As Dust Dances. I was mostly worried I would not feel any deep or caring emotion about it, nowhere near what I felt for Samantha Young’s On Dublin Street series (which is my heart). But, by the third chapter I knew this book was going to be special. So special, in fact that all my fears on how I might react to it disappeared instantly.

Moving on to the topics and themes brought up throughout the book, some big and obvious while others were very subtle. I was blown away by the amount of issues talked about and loved how they were all dealt with. Even when they were not all solved but acknowledge and understood, which was amazingly powerful in Young’s writing of Skylar and Killian. I could and still can relate in certain ways to how they both have felt when they had to deal with problems in their life. Which in turn helped me feel as if I was not alone in how I felt in similar situations.

Our characters Skylar Finch and Killian O’Dea (my all time favorite guy name, I mean also my favorite character in the show Once Upon a Time…), complex and interesting characters on their own. Together they create this aw-inspiring chemistry that is full of smolder and beautiful music, leaving readers (me) holding their breath every time they even looked at each other. I would be holding (clutching really) my Kindle every time these two shared a moment, and my heart would stutter during these moments too. Whenever these two were together, I could hear Skylar’s music in my head.  I was so pulled in to them and their story I would forget to do my basic everyday things (eat and drink water, you know the usual), I would look up from the book and four hours would have passed from the last time I checked.

The biggest thing about this book was the overwhelming music of Skylar’s life. The pain that went into her writing of the lyrics had me in tears (happy and sad), feeling every bit of emotion she felt and went through. I have never wanted to hear music as much as I want to hear these songs that Skylar and Killian worked on. I’m not really a singer of any kind, but I was trying my hardest to sing these songs in my head, then out loud when I was alone so I could get some type of idea about how the songs might sound. Sadly, my voice came nowhere near close enough to do these heartbreaking beautiful songs justice. I’m really hoping that Young might have something in the works for readers to have a chance to hear these lovely songs.

Finally, the punch. If you know me and how I feel about the On Dublin Street series, you know I have not been able to feel the punch in the gut feeling with Young’s two young adult books and with the other new adult book, Hero. But what As Dust Dances left me with, was a gaping hole in my gut and soul. I was trying to hold back my tears as I finished this book, they were tears of happiness and a bit of sadness as the book was now over.  I instantly wanted to read more, to reread this book again and Play On (the first book of this stand alone series). I fell hard for the plot of this book and for Skylar and Killian. I feel like a piece is missing from my days now that I have finished their book and all I want to do is stay in this book hangover that they have left me in. Overall, there was not anything that made not like this book and I was blown away by the emotions that Young invoked in me and can’t wit till she does it again.


Favorite quote:

There’s a girl on the corner,

Selling love for a meal

Every kind of love

Except the kind that’s real.


There’s a boy watching over

With a gun to his head

Forced by needle that

Pulls the trigger instead.



Music is an outburst of the soul.

Frederick Delius.


“Take a warm shower and the extra skin will slowly come off.”

I looked up at Killian. “I’ve never felt sexier than I do right now.”


Anger flashed across his face. “It’s not about proving myself. It’s about beating him. He’s held the fact that he took Autumn and me into his home over our heads for years. Every failure was our own by every success belonged to him. I want to surpass him. I want to know that everything we have we have because we earned it. That we’re better than him. That we don’t need him.”


God, he had an ass on him.


“And how long have you been planning to seduce me with your eye smolder?”

His lips twitched. “Eye smolder?”

“Yes. Eye smolder.” I turned onto my side, bracing my elbow on the bed and my hand on my head. “You smolder me.”


Love shattered through me…


As I finished the lyrics-“But it’s always out of reach”- I looked up and locked eyes with Killian. It wasn’t true anymore. Somehow, he’d helped me find my soul again. It would never be whole, but I think that’s what life was about. You started out with a pure, whole soul and life took hits at it. It charred it, bruised it, and sometimes even smashed it to dust. But there were ways to hold on to it and to even piece it back together in new ways. To add patches of light to a shadowy bruise, to stitch a crack with a little thread of joy.


Would I? Buy the physical copy of As Dust Dances? HELL YES! Reread this book? YES. Tell others to read it now? Heck yeah! Read the rest of this series? Um Yes please, gimme gimme.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Edition: I received this book as an E-book advanced readers copy in return for an honest review. Thank you! Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 361 pages

New Adult. Romance. Music. Contemporary. Mature Themes. Mature Content.

Published August 7th 2018 by Samantha Young.

Summary: The New York Times Bestselling author of the On Dublin Streetseries and PLAY ON returns to the world of the arts in this intense and emotional standalone romance about love, sacrifice, and surviving both.

Once upon a time Skylar Finch was the lead singer of a hugely successful American pop-rock band. But fame made her miserable. When years of living a lie suddenly ended in tragedy, Skylar fell off the map.

Eighteen months later she’s sleeping in a tent in a cemetery in Glasgow, making just enough money to eat by busking on the streets. She manages to avoid recognition, but not the attention of one of Glasgow’s ambitious A&R executives.

Killian O’Dea works at Skyscraper Records, Scotland’s most successful record label. Raised by his uncle and owner of the label, Killian’s upbringing would have been devoid of affection entirely if it wasn’t for his loving sister. Killian is unflinchingly determined to bring the label more success than ever, and the young homeless woman who busks on Buchanan Street is going to help him do that. Her music speaks to him in a way he refuses to over-analyze. All he knows is that if it can touch his dark soul, it’ll set everyone else’s alight.

Skylar makes it clear that she doesn’t want to sign with him. But when she experiences the dangerous reality of a woman sleeping rough, Skylar has no one else but Killian to turn to. An undeniable connection forms between them. But Skylar doesn’t want the career Killian is trying to forge for her, and when her past comes back to haunt her Killian will be faced with a decision that could ruin him. He must either free Skylar from his selfish machinations and destroy everything he’s ever worked for, or lose a woman who has come to mean more to him than he ever thought possible…

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