Nov 7, 2016

Travelers: Rekindled // a book review

I am so hopelessly in love with books, and I cannot lie. 

The frustrating thing is when life gets CRAZY hectic, that's when books summon me. Verbally. As if they're supposed to do that. *pfft* And I don't know what's worse: the fact that they speak to me, or... the fact that I actually listen to them. Either way I'm left seemingly psychologically troubled. And that would surprise neither me or my comrades. *winks* Or thou, dear reader, who has fallen victim to my nonsense. 

Getting back into my game here, I'm not supposed to be talking about such idiotic things right now. There will be plenty of other posts for all that madness. Today, I'm so excited to share with you one of the latest short novels I've read, Travelers: Rekindled by Dominic DiMaria. So, no more of this trifle business. LET US BEGIN!
Join Soren on his journey from Oasis, the beautiful realm of the Cosmos, to a physical Dimension of vile men, dark creatures, and a mysterious Master, ordered to accomplish a task that will turn the lives of those he meets, as well as his own, upside down.

So when I first heard about this book, I freaked out. I mean, my friend's older brother wrote it. How does that not seem legit?? It's one thing to meet an author, it's another thing to be friends with the siblings of an author. You're way cooler that way, trust me. I've done the research. Pay attention. 

When I saw that it was a short novel, I was skeptical. I don't like short books. I like long, never-ending books that take me a week to read. This took me one day.  

Writing Style + Technique: 5/5 STARS
From the first page, I was enthralled by Dominic's writing style, and the colors he weaved into each sentence. His word usage was tasteful, and the overall voice was artistically matured. Many elements he used in this book reminded me of another series by C. S. Lakin, which is really cool because I LOVE her writing techniques and styles! 

Character + Development: 3/5 STARS
I can be picky when it comes to characters. Nit picky. I really wanted to enjoy the characters as much as the plot and writing, but they fell short. Given, this was a short book and there's not much you can do within 100 pages for a character. So I'll be merciful. 

The book is based in another world, so the people are going to act a little different, their speech will be a little different. But I can't excuse the fact that Soren didn't seem realistic. His struggle was real, but his being? He never seemed to take form before me. He was still almost a stranger to me by the end of the book because I hadn't gotten to love him. And that did take away from the pleasure in reading such a fine novel. 

Setting + Plot: 5/5 STARS
What can I say? I LOVE MADE UP WORLDS. With symbolism and creepy creatures... This book wasn't a disappointment. The setting was thoroughly constructed and the world was beautifully described.

I LOVE lovelovelove the plot. The plot. Is. Amazing. Soren is taken from the world of peace and quiet and calm to remind the Forgetters. His mission is simple... but not easy. 

Lots of history was told, but not in an annoying-looooong-paragraphs-of-boring-stuff way. It was interesting, and kept the story rolling, even if we were jumping into the past. 

What I liked:
  1. Honestly, the description was immaculate. Perfect. On fleek. 
  2. The character development wasn't as intense as I would have liked, but I'm making an exception because this was a shorter book. That being said, it was good, just not the best. 
  3. All the symbolism is JUST SO COOL. I've always had a thing for books like that (Chronicles of Narnia, the Hobbit, The Gates of Heaven Series, and the like), and I know for a fact that my own writing is similar. So, yay for awesomeness. 

What I disliked:
There was so much awesome in this short novel, I know I'm being nit-picky here to point this out. But I was never good at hushing my opinion. So, here goes Cheetos.
  1. There was an odd romance between two of the characters. I just didn't understand it, didn't like it, I didn't know what to make of it. I mean, I love a good romance in a book, but this seemed awkwardly thrown in just to appease readers like me. Didn't feel right. I don't really know, maybe that's just me?
  2. Like I said, Soren didn't feel real to me, and the other characters weren't any better. I would have liked getting to know them, and seeing their personality. EVERY character has their own special personality, but I just don't see that in Soren. 
In conclusion... 
This was a very well written, enjoyable short read! It was exciting, and kept me entertained through the last page. But it wasn't just entertaining, it had a well told spiritual underlining. In the end, I feel like I've journeyed and grown with Soren, and have gotten a taste of a whole new world... And there's nothing more satisfying in a book than when they leave me feeling that way. ;)

Have you heard of this book?
Would you be willing to give it a try (if you don't, you're a goose with unforgivable fears of good books)??

THANKS FOR READING, FRENS.
Until next time, TALLY HO *winks like Solomon Hawke* (if you know this refrence, give a shout-out for Sol+Parvin in the comments!!!)

Nov 2, 2016

Fashion post// jewels + my favorite couch dress

Yes, dear human peoples. Today I'm doing something I've never done before. Because life is about taking that leap of faith. Feel it with me. Brace yourself. For it is with great honor that I bestow upon your mobile device a post of... garb and jewels.

LET'S DOMINATE THIS SHALL WE??


I'm awfully obliged to share with you the beautiful handiwork of my dearest aunt Divine! She creates beautiful jewelry inspired by Hawaiian coolness by hand, and has a shop HERE

In this outfit, I combined two separate necklaces (some will comment they don't look good together, but when have I ever made up my mind and changed it because someone told me to? *winks*). The first one was gifted to me from my other aunt, and the second was handmade and given to me from my Aunt Divine! 


I love both of these necklaces because they are not particularly glamorous. They're pretty but not... sparkly. I'm leavin' that to my older sister who LUUUUVS girly-girl bling-bling. *cringes* How are we even related??

Isn't this just the purdiest thang you ever did saw???

Looking at the pictures, I'm pretty sure you can guess why I called this my couch dress. ;) You know, I always wanted to wear my family's old microfiber sofa. #bucketlist

But I love, love, love this dress for two main reasons.

Reason #1: It feels like marshmallows.
Reason #2: IT'S ROSE GOLD. *happy dance* (rose gold = life. work with me.)


When I first found this dress, it was size small. Too small even for me (really guys, I'm like an XS. WHAT EVEN?!), so I went a size up. When I threw it into the washer though, fate hates me and it shrank. Just a teeny bit, but enough for me to want to throw it out. THE STRUGGLE IS REAL.

Instead of throwing it out, though, I just decided to where my cardigan over it, just to kind of add an extra layer (and because this cardigan transforms me into a Jedi knight #goals).

TALK TO ME ANYBODY.
What did you think of my first fashion post? 
Would you want to see more, or should I stick with what I've got?
Did you check out my Aunt's Site?
Do you have a certain item in your closet that gives you super powers and feels like MARSHMALLOWS?

THANKS FOR READING!

Oct 31, 2016

Q + A tag!

HELLO. HEY. HI. SUP.

SO, FRENS. A couple weeks ago (?) Gabriela tagged me for a Q + A, and today I'm so happy to be able to share my answers with you all! LET THE FESTIVITIES COMMENCE PEOPLE.

guidelines

  • Tag the blogger(s) who have nominated you.
  • Answer the questions you were given.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers.
  • Write out your 10 questions.
  • Let them know they’ve been tagged.
  • And, if you want, copy and paste the banner above into your post.

the questions

Tell us what book(s) you’re reading right now? (If you’re not reading any books right now, then tell us the latest book you’ve read.)

Right now, I’m reading Boy Meets Girl by Joshua Harris and plan to start A Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton later on today!

Why do you blog?

Word are a potent element of power. AND I LOVE POWER. SO THERE. You can read more of an answer here. :)

Do you write (not counting blogging)? If so, then what’s your favorite genre and point of view to write in?


YES I DO THE ODD ACT OF CREATING WORLDS AND TORTURING CHARACTERS CALLED WRITING. I find it easiest to write fantasy (BECAUSE DRAGONS) but I also enjoy writing historical fiction (BECAUSE uhhh… BUSTLES). I don’t have a chosen favorite POV, but now that I think of it, third person is where I generally gravitate towards. But I adore first person when I can do it right!


What’s your personality type? (If you don’t know, take test at: http://www.16personalities.com to find out.)

Personality type: “The Commander” (ENTJ-A)

The Commander? Extraverted? Judging? As I was looking through my results I just, “GREAT JEHOSAPHAT. IT’S SO TOTALLY MEH.”


What superpower would you rather have: teleportation or time travel?

Oh, shoot. Really?! I have to choose between these? That’s like, telling me to choose between ice-cream and chocolate… THERE WILL BE NO VICTOR.


By teleportation I wouldn’t need to learn to drive, wouldn’t need money for a plane ticket, and would be able to travel the whole world within a day. *gasp* I WOULDN’T HAVE TO WALK UP AND DOWN THE STAIRS. Let me take this moment to enjoy the bliss in this discovery. *takes a moment, smiling stupidly into space*


With time travel, I could see who I’m gonna marry (because that’s the most important one… *cringes*), I could sneakily sign my name on the Declaration of Independence, or be there to stop the creators of snuggies before they corrupted the World of Blankies. That, meh frens, would keep so many innocent humans from the perversion of the imposters.


If you had a choice to pick a language to be automatically fluent in, what language would you choose?


Probably Burmese, since I plan on being a missionary there. That would be incredibly useful and convenient!


If you could have any pet in the world (mythical included), what would it be?

DRAGONZZZ. ALWAYS. I mean, come on. They BREATH FIRE. And FLY. And BREAAAATH FIIIIIYAHHHH.

‘Nuff said, youngling.

What’s your favorite gif of all time?


Excuse me? There is no such that as a single favorite GIF. THAT WOULD BE A CRIME. That settled, allow me to show you a FEW of my favorites. #IDidn’tChooseTheRebelLifeItChoseMe #HashtagsAreStupidButIDidOneAnyway





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and another Edna Mode because she's my role-model.


If you could pick a country (on Earth) to spend a month in, what country would you choose?


*groans* I'm limited to Earth, then. That makes me rather sad, but oh wells. If I could go anywhere for a month, I would probably choose New Zealand. *winks* You know why.


Which is the better movies series: The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings? If you haven’t seen both (which you should have, because everyone needs to see these), than just tell us your favorite movie.


Unfortunately, I am a part of the sad minority that hasn't seen the Lord of the Rings (no worries, I plan on fixing that soon...). BELIEVE ME. As for a favorite movie, you can't be serious. YOU CAN'T BE A SANE HUMAN BEING WITH A HEART. One movie? Just one? Really now, who even just has one favorite? Not me. Or any right human. I'd list my favorites, but that'd be longer than Marissa Meyer's book Winter (which is 800+ pages, jsyk). Sooo, I'll just name a few:


Anne of Green Gables (and the Sequel)

Dragons 2 (because DRAGONZ)

Ender's Game

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


The tagged:

YOU! And YOU! And YOOUUUU! I'm sorry, almost all the bloggers I know have already been tagged, so if you're reading this, and you have a blog, YOU ARE IT! :)


The questions:

  1. How old were you when you wrote your first story, and what was it about?
  2. If you could buy one book for free right now, which would it be?
  3. iPhone or Android?
  4. ICE-CREAM OR CAKE? I MUST KNOOOOOW!
  5. Do you consider yourself artistic? How so? (If not artistic, are you athletic? How?)
  6. If you could pick up any talent(musical, athletic, etc.) RIGHT NOT, what would it be?
  7. What are your thoughts on social media?
  8. What is the name of the first character you ever created? Tell me about him/her!
  9. What books are you just DYING for a movie adaption to be made after?
  10. Your house is on fire. What one item do you save?

AND THAT IS IT FOLKS.

Now I wanna hear your thoughts! Drop an answer to one of these questions in the comments below!




Oct 24, 2016

a psalm

"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right (steadfast) spirit withing me."
Psalm 51:10

photo credit: Unsplash

Oct 10, 2016

The Wish // book review

DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of the book from the publishers in exchange for my honest review. 




A Compelling Story of Friendship from the Top Author in Amish Fiction

Leona Speicher got the "sister" she'd always dreamed of the day Gloria Gingerich and her family moved to Lancaster County Amish farmland. The Arkansas newcomers seem to be everything a devout Plain family should be, and Leona can't help comparing Gloria's engaging young parents to her own.

Leona's cousin shows a romantic interest in Gloria around the same time as Gloria's older brother expresses his fondness for Leona--it seems likely the two young women will marry into each other's families, remaining close friends for life. Thus, Leona is shocked when the Gingeriches suddenly pack up and disappear after being expelled from the church for reasons no one will discuss. Despite Leona's pleas, Gloria goes with them, leaving more than one broken heart behind.

When Gloria unexpectedly contacts Leona after a silence of several years, Leona makes up her mind to persuade her friend to return to Lancaster County and the Amish ways. Leona's fiancé, the deacon's son, is alarmed when Leona decides to go after Gloria. Will Leona's dearest wish lead to her own undoing?


Aaaand some linkies:










Beverly Lewis penned her first story at age nine while living near Lancaster County Amish farmlands, where she grew up. She welcomes her many reader-friends each day on Facebook and personally replies to fan mail. Lewis lives with her husband in Colorado near their family. Visit her website at www.beverlylewis.com.



So, y'all should know that I did read this practically in a day. That said, it was interesting enough to get me to plow through, but not interesting enough for me to love. I'll explain in a second. 

Little bit of history: I've enjoyed several of Beverly Lewis' books, like "The Shunning", "Saving Sarah Cain", and "The Sumemrfield Secrets." I'm familiar with her writing style and plot techniques, so when I saw this on the list of books I could review, I grabbed it in a heartbeat. But while it kept me occupied for 10 hrs., unfortunately it just didn't meet the cut for me. Now I'll explain... in list form!

YES'S:

  1. The plot is exceptional, but I do believe it could use more substance, more story. Other than missing little bits of the backbone(for my taste), it was a very interesting storyline that kept me engrossed to the end.
  2. Leona and Gloria's friendship. It was so sweet, I couldn't help but think of me and my bestie. I mean, they really loved each other and understood each other, even after years of separation. 
  3. Although I don't like the religious aspect of the Amish community, I LOVE THE LIFESTYLE. 'Nuff said.  
  4. The mystery was very enthralling. So many questions and secrets and hiding and WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO WITH OURSELVES BUT FIND THE ANSWERS?!
  5. Obeying God over parents. This is a topic that not many folks like to confront, but it is a vital one. Beverly Lewis captures it impeccably. 

NO'S:

  1. While the plot was a'ight, the writing style was slow and simple. But I guess that's just Beverly Lewis' writing style... Slow and easy going, with a captivating plot line. I know that some people like that, but not this gal! GIMME ACTION, Y'ALL! 
  2. The characters were shallow. Bite my head off if I'm being too picky, but I love a well created protagonist. Leona? She wasn't exactly all that. She didn't have much of a personality, no quirks, which made her rather dry. Personality is something that I devour in a character, especially in the protagonist. With that said, I didn't feel a connection with her, which made it hard to really understand and love her. 
  3. The Amish church was glorified. What. That's a flat "no." While in her other books, the author made it clear that true Christianity is not found in the Amish church, in this book she basically said that the Lord calls some people to the Amish church: basically to serve man and have man-made laws. *pfft* Bruh, He calls you to serve Him and to make disciples, not to join a little community and shun those who seek the truth. That's not agape love. 
  4. The ending wasn't believable. I'm sorry, again, if I'm being WAY too picky, but I just couldn't believe the ending. It wasn't real. Everything was coming together slowly, but then something happened, and then POOF!!! everything was falling together REALLY quickly... that kind of took me down a whole separate road. It felt too surreal and rushed, and just didn't mesh well for me.
In conclusion, this book was OK, but not something I'd go back and reread. HOWEVER. THAT'S JUST ME. Not everyone has the same opinions and enjoy the same styles of writing! You may find this book to be the best book in the world next to the Bible, so don't just snub it because of my review: check it out for yourself!



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Let's chat!

Did you read this book? Have you read from Beverly Lewis before? What are your thoughts on Amish peoples? 

Oct 6, 2016

And There, He Prayed.

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“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out , and departed unto a solitary place, and there he prayed.” 
Mark 1:35