Spark | Book Review and GIVEAWAY


Hello, my friends! Wow, look – a picture that doesn’t have a light and airy white background! Anyway. I am here today on this lovely dark and dismal Saturday to announce that my best friend Allison just released her SECOND poem book, and today I’ll be attempting to gather my thoughts and review it as a part of her blog tour! NOW, I know that your default MIGHT be to click off this email or post because ugh, a book review, seriously? I mean, they’re nice and all, but just a little boring. NO. PLEASE DON’T DO THAT. Because Allison is ALSO running a giveaway and you have to read all the way down AND COMMENT to enter the giveaway, and it features FUZZY SOCKS. AND TEA. And oh, her book too, did I mention that? And my review is going to feature pretty pictures and mindblowing quotes so you’d better click to read the rest. Come on, guys!

Whew, you’re in. That took some work! Y’all shouldn’t be too hard to lasso in, but then…oh well. Sorry, I know I usually don’t write posts like this, now do I? I’m feeling very conversational today. *grins* Mostly because I’M SO EXCIIIIITEEEEDDD! *dances around and forgets to compose myself like the adult professional I’m supposed to be* Guys, I’ve been waiting and WAITING for Allison to launch this book and I simply am over the moon that she finally has because it’s an absolute work of art. So let’s dive right in, shall we? (Turn on some fall music now.)


First, let’s just take a moment and admire this gorgeous cover. I mean…Allison’s last book cover was pretty and cute, but this one? To quote someone I showed it to, “Woooow.” One of the things I love about Allison’s books is that they encapsulate some of her artistic talents with her writing talent, and it’s really neat to have them both together.


Secondly, EEP LOOK AT ALL OF THAT! There are a hundred poems altogether, and I marked my favorites for whoever I loan it to. Which will be a lot of people, actually; I wish everyone could read this book.


You see, it’s not just that her poems are beautiful – they speak to my soul. Allison has an uncanny way of putting into words some of my deepest feelings – ones that I almost didn’t even think were wordable. That’s what this is: beautifully worded feelings.



Favorite Quotes

you long to be known,

not with a passing smile,

but with a love that cannot turn away.

you long for a love that will

be silent with you,

sitting inside the shell;

not alone.” – knock, knock


i’m scared it won’t end like the stories do” – cliffhanging


some seeds can’t grow without a fire.

burn the face of my soul clean now.

grow beauty from these embers.” – wildfire


so go to the brave ones who are sobbing inside.

sit down and listen.

be the one who understands.” – the brave ones


I skimmed through the book again as I was picking up some of my favorite quotes to share, and guys – I started crying again at some of them. Allison’s poems make me cry a lot…they’re just raw, real, and perceptive. Allison bares her heart in this book – and you can tell she’s a bit hesitant, but wants to help. Those are the best writers. The writers who write from their heart and are nervous about sharing it – but in the end, because it was so raw and real, it helps us more than anything else.

I wish I could write like this. But it’s second-best to have a best friend who can. Yes, this is very personal to me – but read this book. I’m not completely biased. It is amazing.

Now, if you don’t know who Allison is, let me enlighten you. :)


Allison Beery is a Christian teen with a passion for creating and capturing beauty, whether it’s through writing, art, photography, or taking a walk in the woods. She lives on a big farm in Central Virginia with her parents, four siblings, and a multitude of pets. She strives to glorify God in everything and love people genuinely. Learn more about her at her blog, A Farm Girl’s Life, or stalk her art Instagram @thecolorboxstudio.

Here’s the rest of the blog tour schedule!

October 25

Allison @ A Farm Girl’s Life – Blog Tour Kickoff, Author’s Intro, + Giveaway Begins

October 26 (Saturday)

Aria @ Aria Lisette – Book Review

October 27 (Sunday)

Amie @ Crazy A – Book Review, Author Interview, Poem Snippets

October 28 (Monday)

Jo @ Pananaw – Review, Snippets, and Author Interview with a slight twist 😉

October 29 (Tuesday)

Sam @ The Chocolate Box – Book Review & Poem Snippets

October 30 (Wednesday)

Megan @ A Barefoot Gal – Mini Book Review

November 1 (Friday)

Hannah @ The Striped Plaid – Book Review & Poem Snippets

November 2 (Saturday)

Charis @ Charis Rae – Mini Book Review & Instagram Q&A

November 3 (Sunday)

Heather @ The Frozen Library – Author Interview

November 4 (Monday)

Clara @ Clara & Co – Book Review & Author Interview

November 5 (Tuesday)

Allison @ A Farm Girl’s Life – Blog Tour Wrap-Up + Giveaway Winners!

And that’s about it, guys! So, you’ll have to go check out Allison’s post from yesterday to enter the giveaway, and by commenting on my post, you get an extra entry! So here’s my question for you: do you cry at poetry? And do you prefer fuzzy socks or scarves? AND CHECK OUT SPARK HERE.


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  • Reply Evelyn Kelly

    I can’t believe how gorgeous the cover is! And all the clips. <3 <3 <3
    This book is on my TBR list.

    October 26, 2019 at 2:19 pm
    • Reply Aria

      THE INSIDE IS EVEN BETTER. But I know right? AHH. <3

      October 26, 2019 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    HOW EXCITING IS THIS??? I know (yup I haven’t read it yet) but I know that Spark is a wonderful book. I know it! also, EEPPP THE COVERRR! IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL! AND ALL THE QUOTES YOU SHARED WERE TOO! and also I relate, I cry at my bf’s poetry ALLLL THE TIME XD. anyways, heh heh, I’m excited 😀

    October 26, 2019 at 2:25 pm
    • Reply Aria

      EEP I KNOW. It really is! AHHHH I KNOOOOWWW! Haha yeah, me too. :)

      October 26, 2019 at 2:35 pm
  • Reply Beka

    Sooo excited! I love everything about the giveaway!

    October 26, 2019 at 2:28 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Me too, Beka!

      October 26, 2019 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Allison

    EEEEP THANK YOU FOR THAT ASTOUNDINGLY MARVELOUS REVIEW, DEAR. I loved the pictures and the quotes you picked and the way you reviewed it. <3 Thank you so much, my friend! I don't really cry at any writing, strangely enough – at least, outside. And I prefer fuzzy socks to scarves. :)

    October 26, 2019 at 2:48 pm
    • Reply Aria

      AHHH YOU ARE GREATLY WELCOME. Yeah, me too. Especially since my feet are really cold right now. XD

      October 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm
  • Reply Sam

    I don’t usually cry a TON over books, but I actually did cry a bit the first time I read Spark! It was almost one in the morning, which may have contributed. XD
    I think I like scarves better than fuzzy socks, though it is a difficult choice. The ultimate best is fuzzy scarves.

    October 26, 2019 at 2:54 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Oxygen made me cry for a long time. And then write a short story. Sobbing over it. Mmmhmmm.
      FUZZY SCARVES. XD Very good option indeed.

      October 26, 2019 at 3:16 pm
  • Reply Julia

    This makes me excited. Period. XD I really liked the favorite quotes you shared from Allison’s poems! Poetry is so unique and can capture feelings and concepts in a way nothing else can.
    I definitely prefer fuzzy socks over scarves :) I like scarves too, but fuzzy socks are so much more cozy (or is it cozier?) Thanks for sharing!

    October 26, 2019 at 3:20 pm
    • Reply Julia

      Oh, and I don’t usually cry at anything I read, poetry included 😀 It takes something really powerful and the right conditions for me to cry. I remember crying over A Little Princess when Sara was rejected by even her bestest friend, and also in Jesseca Wheaton’s A Question of Honor at a specific part I won’t mention for the sake of spoilers; I also got so mad that I refused to read the book for another 6 months halfway through Ben-Hur, when Mother and Sister were almost reunited with sleeping Judah, but then they tearfully passed on because they were lepers :00: (Those are crying eyes btw – see the tears?). Other than those select times I’m not that externally emotional of a reader (key word – externally :D)

      October 26, 2019 at 3:30 pm
      • Reply Aria

        I’ve read all those books, so I know exactly what you mean. Me, if I’m reading alone, I’ll cry at anything. XD

        October 27, 2019 at 11:56 am
    • Reply Aria

      I KNOW ME TOO. 😀 I knooooow, right? Yeah, me too. :)

      October 27, 2019 at 11:47 am
  • Reply Clara

    EXCELLENT REVIEW! I loooove the photos in this post, and the perfect quotes you chose. <3 I basically never cry when I'm reading anything (with very rare exception), but Spark definitely left me breathless more than once, I'm sure you know the feeling. 😀 HOORAY FOR ALLISON'S WONDERFUL POETRY. *runs off to finish my post*

    October 26, 2019 at 3:24 pm
    • Reply Aria

      THANK YOU, CLARA! Eeep, thank you. <3 I KNOW, ME TOO.

      October 27, 2019 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Averey

    Wow! What a awesome review Aria! Do I cry at poetry? Hmm…..well, I haven’t read any full poems of Allison’s, and I’ve never cried over any other poetry before….so I’m going with ‘no’. :)
    I loved the snippets! They were so….beautiful. That still doesn’t seem like the right word, but I can’t find one that describes it well enough!

    Definitely scarfs!

    October 26, 2019 at 4:26 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Thank you, Averey! I KNOW. Ha, I use beautiful too!

      October 27, 2019 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Cailyn

    EEEEPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so glad Allison released this! THIS IS LIT. I mean, sheesh! Allison’s poems are legit, and I’m not even a huge poem reader.

    October 26, 2019 at 4:30 pm
    • Reply Aria

      I KNOOOOOOW. ME TOO! Right? Same!

      October 27, 2019 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Kenechi Duatron

    THIS BOOK THOUGH. *flails* I can’t believe how beautiful it is, and I know the poems are going to be even better. <3 <3 I don't think I have cried while reading poetry yet, but maybe I shall. 😉 Ah, I think I like socks better! :)

    October 26, 2019 at 5:33 pm
    • Reply Aria

      EEP I KNOOOW. They are, even though that’s hardly possible. <3 You just might! Ah, same!

      October 27, 2019 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Eva

    EEP! To say I’m excited is such an understatement at this point…*jumps up and down causing people to look at me in confusion*. And fuzzy socks are much, much better *attempts to look superior and fails*

    October 26, 2019 at 5:43 pm
    • Reply Aria

      I KNOW ME TOO. And I even own it! Oh yes, I agree.

      October 27, 2019 at 11:50 am
  • Reply Hannah E.S

    Oof! Hope to read this!!! Poems are the windows to the heart, they are very special to me… Plus, that cover is amaziiing! Beautifully simplistic! <3 Totally entering that give-away too. 😉

    October 26, 2019 at 6:18 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Yay, I hope you can, Hannah! Yes, you’re right! EEEP, I KNOW. Good for you! 😉

      October 27, 2019 at 11:50 am
  • Reply Lily

    Her book looks so awesome! I really want to read it.

    October 26, 2019 at 6:25 pm
    • Reply Aria

      It really is! I hope you can, Lily!

      October 27, 2019 at 11:50 am
  • Reply Kiara

    Oh! I love the color. That book sounds good. I’ve never heard of it before .😊♥️

    October 26, 2019 at 8:15 pm
    • Reply Aria

      It is good! You should check it out, Kiara! :)

      October 27, 2019 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Isabel

    OH MY GOODNESS I CAN’T GET OVER HOW GORGEOUS THIS BOOK IS 😍 great photos Aria! The snippets make me even more excited to read this book 😁😁😁

    October 26, 2019 at 8:36 pm
    • Reply Aria

      I KNOW I KNOW SAME. Thanks, Isabel!

      October 27, 2019 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Natalie

    Wow! Love the book cover. It’s so whimsical! No, I don’t cry at poetry very often. Maybe because I write my own poetry. I’d probably take scarves over fuzzy socks, but I like socks too. :)

    October 26, 2019 at 9:03 pm
    • Reply Aria

      ME TOOOOO. Well, I write some poetry too, but eh, I cry at most things. XD XD

      October 27, 2019 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Kaitlyn

    Allison is really talented! Her drawings are gorgeous.


    October 26, 2019 at 10:48 pm
    • Reply Aria

      She sure is! Yees, I knoooow. <3

      October 27, 2019 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Annie

    AH, so excited for this book! Thanks for sharing this lovely post!!! :)

    October 27, 2019 at 9:39 am
    • Reply Aria

      ME TOOOO. Of course, Annie, thanks for commenting!

      October 27, 2019 at 11:52 am
  • Reply Steffani

    Those quotes are beautiful! I’ve been known to cry at poetry; there’s just something about it. And I definitely prefer fuzzy socks over scarfs! Lovely review, I can’t wait to read this book!

    October 27, 2019 at 12:48 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Eeeep, aren’t they? I know. Me too!

      October 27, 2019 at 5:35 pm
  • Reply Maya

    AHHHH I can’t wait to read this! I love your blog and Allison’s and I’m so excited to check out her poetry. Lovely review!

    October 27, 2019 at 1:31 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Thanks, Maya! :)

      October 27, 2019 at 5:35 pm
  • Reply Audrey Kate Brown

    How beautiful! I love the cover and I really enjoyed reading her last book, so I’m excited to see different reviews and such!

    ~Audrey Kate

    October 27, 2019 at 2:43 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Ah yay!

      October 27, 2019 at 5:35 pm
  • Reply WaterElementalGirl

    I prefer socks and I (usually) don’t cry at poetry!
    I don’t think we’ve met. I’m AthaleyahWolf, or WaterElementalGirl
    I used to be active on my own blog, but I’m not anymore. I read Allison’s blog a lot, but it’s been ages since I’ve commented. It’s nice to meet you!

    October 27, 2019 at 3:03 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Hi there! It’s nice to meet you too, and welcome to my blog :) Thanks for commenting!

      October 27, 2019 at 5:35 pm
  • Reply Emma

    THIS BOOK!!!

    October 27, 2019 at 3:51 pm
    • Reply Aria

      I KNOW!

      October 27, 2019 at 5:37 pm
  • Reply Emma

    And, yes, poetry can make me cry. XD

    October 27, 2019 at 3:52 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Me too. XD

      October 27, 2019 at 5:37 pm
  • Reply Sassafras

    I’m so glad for Allison–the book looks great! To answer your questions, I wouldn’t know for sure if I cry at poetry, because I hardly ever read it, but the answer is probably not. I do cry when I read particular novels, though. I would say I favor scarfs over fuzzy socks, as in the past couple years I’ve discovered how scarfs can enhance and outfit and keep me warm in the process.

    October 27, 2019 at 4:15 pm
    • Reply Aria

      AHH I KNOW. Wonderful answers, Sassafras! Thanks for commenting. :)

      October 27, 2019 at 5:37 pm
  • Reply Abi

    This is great! I’ve been looking for a new collection of poems

    October 27, 2019 at 4:22 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Well you surely won’t be disappointed, Abi!

      October 27, 2019 at 5:36 pm
  • Reply Olivia Morrison

    Lovely review!
    I know that I always seem to cry when reading poetry too, poetry that deals with emotions or nature anyway. :)

    October 27, 2019 at 5:19 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Thank you, Olivia! Yeeesssss, me too. :)

      October 27, 2019 at 5:37 pm
  • Reply Samantha Grady

    Oh my word, I just love the book cover and this incredibly lovely post about Allison’s book of poetry:) I applaud the hard work and creativity.

    October 27, 2019 at 5:19 pm
    • Reply Aria

      I KNOW. EEEP. Thanks, Sam! (Me too. :) )

      October 27, 2019 at 5:36 pm
  • Reply Grace

    Yay! I’ve always loved reading the poems she publishes on her site, and didn’t know she had a book. What a gorgeous cover, too!

    October 27, 2019 at 6:11 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Yeessss, it is really pretty! Thanks Grace!

      October 27, 2019 at 6:59 pm
  • Reply Claire

    So pretty! definitely going to enter the giveaway! I cry a lot when I read. Or watch a movie or whatever.

    October 27, 2019 at 7:28 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Haha, yeah, me too!

      October 27, 2019 at 7:39 pm
  • Reply Chloë Mali

    The more I see about this book, the more I need it. *pile of other books I want glares at me steadily* Ehehehe.
    I don’t think I’ve ever cried at poetry, but I cry at other books all. the. time. Movies, too. XD

    October 27, 2019 at 9:13 pm
    • Reply Aria

      I KNOW. Ahh, me too. 😉

      October 28, 2019 at 9:36 am
  • Reply Hannah

    Ahhhh this book! I love it so much! Your photos are (as always) lovely!

    October 28, 2019 at 9:45 am
    • Reply Aria

      ME TOO! Thank you, Hannah!

      October 29, 2019 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Fiona

    oooooo!!!! I’m so exited! Great job writing this post Aria! I can’t wait to read the book!

    October 28, 2019 at 11:12 am
    • Reply Aria

      Thanks, Fiona!

      October 29, 2019 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply Heather @ The Frozen Library

    AHHHH This is getting me so excited for her interview on my blog!!! 😀 I REALLY want to read her book even though I’m not huge into poetry, but the cover is SO cute and it would be so amazing to read her poems cuz she’s just so inspiring in everything she does! <3

    October 28, 2019 at 8:40 pm
    • Reply Aria

      I knoooow, right? Allison = inspiration. :)

      October 29, 2019 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    This book looks so good!

    October 29, 2019 at 9:57 am
    • Reply Aria

      It really is!

      October 29, 2019 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply Ellery

    I loved this post and I can’t wait to read the whole book!!! And in answer to your question, I love fuzzy socks. They are so cozy!

    October 29, 2019 at 12:56 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Me too, Ellery! Thanks for commenting!

      October 29, 2019 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    Your intro totally pulled me in! How exciting! Now I’m dying to read this book!

    October 29, 2019 at 1:19 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Hee hee, glad I accomplished my goal. 😉 Eeep, yes! It’s so good!

      October 29, 2019 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Mandalynn

    I’ve never cried at poetry, but I think I have only cried once while reading a book anyway.
    And it depends, if it’s cold and I’m outside I want a scarf.

    October 30, 2019 at 12:46 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Ahh, I see. Mmm, same, so. 😉 Thanks for commenting, Mandalynn!

      November 1, 2019 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Brooklyne

    I love that cover!!!!

    October 31, 2019 at 9:21 am
    • Reply Aria

      Me too Brooklyne!

      November 1, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    I’m not a crier when it comes to books, but Allison’s poems still hit in the gut. They’re just… ahh they’re just so raw and beautiful. I adore poetry!
    (Also, I’m a fuzzy socks gal ALL the way. XD)

    November 1, 2019 at 1:04 pm
    • Reply Aria

      AGH I KNOW I KNOW. (Yay!)

      November 1, 2019 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    Those poems sound amazing! Your blog is so beautiful!! I subscribed when I saw that you blog about modest fashion. Yay!💙

    November 1, 2019 at 3:43 pm
    • Reply Aria

      They sure are! Thank you so much, Rachel! Welcome! :)

      November 1, 2019 at 4:29 pm

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