Friday, March 9, 2018

dandelion dust // a book review

Dandelion Dust
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my review :)

Like a speck of dandelion dust riding the tides of a prairie wind, life is fleeting. Though I never realized just how fragile it was until that day . . .

Charity always had a dream. It was simple, really. Find a guy, fall in love, and get married.
The day she met Ryder, Charity knew he was the man God had chosen for her. But she never expected their relationship to be tested and tried through the fires of a freak accident. Suddenly, her world is thrown into chaos, and the bleak, white walls and sterile smells of a city hospital fill every spare minute. And then there comes the dreaded news. It was likely Ryder would never make it out of the hospital bed.
As her carefully laid plans for the future come crashing down around her and the sun seems to set on her dreams, can Charity still find hope in the dark of night?

Like a dandelion, life is beautiful. But treasure every moment. . . . for one day, the flower will be gone

- r e v i e w -
3 stars
To sum up this entire review: this was sweet, but not my favorite. There were a lot of things that I really enjoyed and some things that I didn't, like every book. I feel like I'm going to cut this one some slack, however, due to the fact that it was a short novel and there's only so much you can do in those. Overall, there is a lot of potential in the book and in the author!

- lovely things -
  • faith ~ this was one of the biggest themes in this book and I really appreciated it. The way the author portrayed Christian faith was alright, but I loved how heavy it was throughout this entire novel. There were a lot of... low points for the characters, and in times like that, it's hard to see where God is in all of it. Even though there were times when I felt that the characters weren't very natural, it was very encouraging to see such wonderful examples of Christianity nonetheless. 
  • family ~ another very prominent theme! I really liked how, although her family was very close and she had really healthy relationships with all of them, the family focus was on the Travens. They were great, I loved how closely knit they were without lacking the fun bit of sibling teasing. It was verrrry relatable. I also enjoyed watching Charity grow closer to them as time went on, it made her relationship with Ryder just that much sweeter. 
  • focus on the little things in life ~ I just saw this quote this morning that read: "forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson. IT WAS PERFECT FOR THIS BOOK. I literally love this theme so much, and I love love love how this book was all about it. Life is made up of great little moments that, if they went missing, would leave life limp and hollow. The author did an amazing job at revealing this truth in her novel!
  • the writing ~ don't get me wrong, this was a well-written novel, especially by such a young author. *claps* so much potential! But I did have a few problems with some of the scenes where it was more emotionally intense... I didn't feel captivated or breathless through those parts, which I would have liked. However, overall, Faith is a very talented author and she deserves many chocolates. 
- lesser lovely things -
  • the characters ~ Okay... I'm going to blame this on the length of pages in this book. But I just didn't care for these characters. A lot of them were two-dimensional feeling and lacked the emotional impact they should have had in this kind of book. It was a little bit disappointing because I knew this was going to be a sad book, but I didn't feel any push-pull affect in my emotions. It just wasn't there and I know it's because I didn't have any real connection with any of the characters. 
  • dialogue ~ okay, so I'm being a little bit picky... XD But here's my deal with the dialoge: it just wasn't realistic. Sure, all characters have their own special voice and all that. However, there is a very distinct tone that just makes spoken words nothing but words in ink. Maybe that's just me being picky, but this is one reason why the characters never came alive to me throughout the book. ALSO-- why did Ryder have an accent but nobody else in his family? That kind of bugged me... lowkey... 
  • the romance was a'ight ~ This was an ehh point for me. It was clean and sweet but not something I enjoyed. It felt bland at some parts and unreal. Due to the novel being so short, I felt like I missed out on a lot of character building and background, which kind of made the romance less enjoyable and unattached feeling. 
- c o n c l u s i o n -

Although this isn't on my favorites list, I still really enjoyed reading "Dandelion Dust" by Faith Potts. This is a Christian romance novel that deals with heavy topics like life, death, and faith through it all. It has its ups and downs, but overall this was worth the read. Don't just take my word for it, because one opinion isn't everything! Go check it out and if you do, let me know what you thought of it in the comments below. :))

Monday, February 12, 2018

meet my friend, Jessie

not us, but saw it on pinterest and thought it was cute so xD

hello my sunflowers!

my friend, Jessie, just recently started a blog (It's called Perfectly Quirky in Every Way-- adorable I know right?!) and I just wanted to share it with y'all. She's already written an awesome fangirl-y review on Caraval so I mean... Y'ALL SHOULD PROBABLY GO CHECK IT OUT Y'KNOW AND LIKE SUBSCRIBE MAYBE. If you want to. I don't want to force you to do anything you don't want to do though. But anyways, I'm just going to drop the link right here and wait for you to click it; seriously I'm not gonna go until you visit her blog..................

Friday, February 9, 2018

i wrote this : the end of the tunnel

What can you do when there's nowhere else to go but down? Do you stay there or do you leave?

Like walking down a tunnel, go deep enough and you just might find some sort of outlet. Stay in the same spot and you'll never know where it begins and where it ends. It's not like a crossroads, where you know there are different directions and that each has some destination. You don't know where the tunnel will lead if it leads anywhere. You just don't know.

All you know is that you want to keep moving, you are searching for something, even if it may not exist; you don't know this. You want answers. But you don't know if such questions can be answered. All you know is that there is down, and there is here, and you don't want to stay here because here is where all the bad things that have ever happened to you occurred. All you know is that here is hell, and what if there's a better place than hell? The only place to turn to is down. You've tried going up, you've tried staying put. But all that brought pain and bruises and you don't want that again. 

You want a better way of life. Something that won't make you regret every single thing you've ever done, something that won't send you to bed with bloodshot eyes and hidden wounds. If there is a better place than it must be down because you've tried everything else. You've tried things that other people have never even had to think about trying. And you've hoped for something to change, for things to get better. But they never do, and now you want something different. 

You can't stay put anymore. You must find the end of the tunnel, whether it be a dead end or an outlet. You have to leave, have to try, have to know.

And without thinking, you take your first step outside the fence you built. And you can breathe. And you can feel sensations you had forgotten how to feel. And you can see things in color. And you can hear things, everything sounds like music. And you can taste it... freedom... freedom from the bondage you had created by staying put. You take a downward step. 

And then you fall. 
And you grow wings. 
And then you fly.