Dragonfly Dreams

  • by Jennifer J. Chow
  • Narrated by Kieren Metts
  • 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From Jennifer J. Chow, author of the award-winning The 228 Legacy, comes a young adult novel about immigrant struggles and family conflict. It's 1880 in Fresno, California when 17-year-old Topaz Woo dies after giving birth. She can get an extension in a non-physical body if she uses The Ten Commandments to influence her newborn.
Over the course of ten years, she finds herself stymied in parenting by intergenerational drama and spiritual battle. Will she adjust to an otherworldly existence and give her daughter a solid foundation? Or will she become mired in family disputes and forfeit her soul to evil?

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Interesting concept but sadly underdeveloped

NOTE: This book was provided for free at my request and I voluntarily wrote this review.

The premise of the story - a young woman from an immigrant family dying in childbirth only to be given more time as an influential spirit in her daughter's upbringing - gave me high hopes, as it's unique and had a lot of potential. I'm also a sucker for tragic protagonists, and Topaz certainly fit the bill, with her low social status, in-law issues, and the whole dying in chapter 1 thing. Sadly I ended up frustrated with her throughout the story; in an effort to avoid spoilers, I won't go into detail, but she continuously makes thoughtless decisions and does not learn from the repercussions, in a way that felt less 'realistic, flawed character' and more 'oh come on, really?'.

The world itself fell flat as well, and could've benefited from hefty doses of vivid, historically-accurate descriptions. I did enjoy the more supernatural imagery (angels, auras, golden threads, etc.), and the intermixing religions and cultural values, but those features couldn't make up for the rest of the story.

The narration was fine, but the voice didn't seem like a great fit for the main character, and I noticed an audio editing error (a line repeated, as if it was a take that wasn't properly edited out of the final recording)...not the end of the world, but jarring.

All in all, it was okay, but felt more like a solid draft than a fully developed novel.
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- Courtney

Wished that change lives.

Any additional comments?

This is a fairly sad tale. The main character dies in childbirth in the first chapter and makes a deal to observe her newborn for 10 years. Contrasting her religion of worshipping their ancestors and keeping the ten commandments was difficult for Topaz. I don't want to give any spoilers, but I wish there had been some explanations given to Topaz to make her choices a little easier. I voluntarily reviewed this audio book after receiving an advanced copy that I requested.

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- HD

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-25-2017
  • Publisher: Jennifer J. Chow