“Follow the Hummingbird” by Elena Carter

If you are looking for a brilliant, heart-squeezing, touching, and cleverly written novel about dreams, don’t hesitate a second to read this one.

The Plot:  Tina is a young woman and an aspiring writer. She is deeply in grief after her husband’s death. Tina has a bright and vivid life in her dreams. But after the tragedy, her dreams become more and more realistic. Sometimes, the woman even loses the sense of reality and track of time. The life in her dreams becomes more and more attractive than reality. Opening one door after another in her dreams, Tina risks having her soul grabbed by the ancient dark force hiding somewhere in the numerous realms of her dreams.

The Writing Style: It is the first book in “The Dream Tamer Chronicles.” I’m delighted I have the second one on my bookshelf. The reason is obvious –book one is so masterfully written that I couldn’t get enough of it. It’s one of the most heartwarming, heart-squeezing, and touching books I’ve recently read. Moreover, it’s also one of the most cleverly written books about dreams I’ve read. It’s apparent that the author carried out massive research giving different perspectives of views concerning dreams. But still, every single page is penetrated with deep feelings, boiling emotions, light humor, tender care, and unconditional love. The writing style is so easy and deep at the same time. The novel is unputdownable, blow minded, and mesmerizing in every line. If you watched the “Ghost Whisperer” series and enjoyed it, then you’ll love reading this book.

The Characters: There are a few characters in this novel. But I can’t stop admiring how brilliantly and thoughtfully all of them are portrayed. Their dialogues seemed so real that I felt involved in their talks. Their emotions and feelings were described so thoroughly that it seemed I was there with them. The characters were so alive on the pages that I felt a solid emotional connection to them. I truly enjoyed how Elena Carter intertwined the main character’s life in two worlds with all the tiny and essential details. I liked how virtuously the author succeeded in describing relations among the characters. As if their relations were thick ropes that could be touched and evaluated for strength.

The fave quote: “Dreams are complicated. They can be a blessing or a curse.”

Would I read other books by this author: Sure!

My humble rating is: 5.5/5

P.S. I’ve been too familiar with the world of dreams since my early childhood. I know perfectly well about the curse and the blessing. Probably, that’s why I felt so emotionally connected with the main character and couldn’t agree more with one of her musings: “It would be cool if I could take pictures of my dreams…Somebody needs to invent a camera like that…”

I hope you’ll enjoy reading this book as much as I did!

“Follow The Hummingbird” is available on Amazon.

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“Love For Imperfect Things” by Haemin Sunim

I’m happy that I started my 2023 with this book. It’s a magical chest of inspiration, motivation, encouragement, and wisdom. If you need a book that will charge you with positive vibes and words that will make you look at many things from a different perspective, this one is what you’re looking for.

The Plot:  We follow a Korean monk who analyzes numerous life challenges, daily routines, and human emotions while describing his own experience and other people’s stories. Every chapter starts with a short story reflecting on this or that topic, and then there is a sort of kit of wise thoughts, musings, and simply inspiring notes.

The Writing Style: The translation of this book is adorable. This inspirational book was easy and enjoyable to read. It felt like traveling on a fluffy cloud along the cloudless blue sky from one station of wise thoughts to another. The author manages to present his views without imposing them; if you read between the lines, it seems like the author whispers: ‘I’m glad this or that thought finds a reflection in your heart; if not – it’s fine, probably your own view will be perfect for you in this imperfect world.’

My Favorite Quote: “Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Be afraid only of not learning from your mistakes. An expert is someone who has acquired skills and knowledge by making a lot of mistakes.”

Would I read other books by this author: Absolutely!

My humble rating is: 5/5

If you have a chance to read this book, don’t miss it; even though it doesn’t change your views drastically, at least it will make you look at imperfect things from a different perspective – with love.

A huge ‘Thank you’ flies to two glorious sisters from Saudi Arabia – Naaz and Farrah – for sending me this fascinating book! Naaz and Farrah, you are definitely ‘heaters’ as well as the gifts you usually send to me! THANK YOU!

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“End Game” by David Toft

If you want to see how artfully the witch helps the head of the Scotland Yard squad to investigate the weirdest cases, this dynamic fantasy novel is what you need.

“If you take away the magic nothing makes sense.” David Toft, “End Game”

The Plot:  Stuart Wilson is the head of Scotland Yard’s antiterrorist squad. Together with his American colleague launch an unusual investigation. The case appears to be full of scary events and unbelievable facts. The case needs a magical intrusion. That’s why the help of a beautiful witch is much needed in the investigation. No soul buyer will escape from her unwavering gaze full of magic.

The Writing Style: I read this book almost in one sitting. (Just because I have two kids, who interrupt my process from time to time). This cleverly and beautifully written fantasy novel full of dynamically developing events and scary episodes. The author masterfully depicted the details. Most of the scenes are portrayed so vividly that it feels like you can touch the moon and explore its every inch. I really enjoyed the short chapters. It felt like jumping from one star to another, approaching the final one where the case is about to be solved.

The Characters: I quickly got acquainted with all the characters due to the incredibly detailed portrayal. I rarely meet such meticulously depicted characters when reading about the color of eyes makes me dive into two lakes with 1000 and 1 shade of blue. The habits and psychological features are also described brilliantly, making my heart squeeze while reading about vulnerable and trapped souls.

My Favorite Quote:

“If you take away the magic nothing makes sense.

Would I read other books by this author: Yes!

My humble rating is: 5/5

I hope you’ll enjoy taking part in the magical investigation as much as I did!

This book is available on Amazon.

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“Darke Awakening” by Lee Hall

If you want to ’embrace the true darkness’ and have a ride on a ‘ghost horse’ through crowded night creatures, this book is what you need.

“Most people in this world have some good in them. especially when someone needs a little help”, Lee Hall, “Darke Awakening”

The Plot:  Blake Malone comes back to Darke Heath to confront the evil that starts awakening. ‘The sleepy town, surrounded by pines’ hides more and more dark and dangerous secrets. Those that are supposed to be buried appear to be alive and perilous more than ever. The life paths of Blake Malone and Twister are destined to cross, and together with the rest of the crew, they have to be pretty innovative to gain victory over the night creatures. The demons, shadows, vampires, and many other night creatures can’t wait to break into a fight, the outcome of which is sometimes impossible to predict, even for Foreseer.

The Writing Style: One more brilliant book in the “Open Evening” series that keeps readers in suspense from cover to cover. With every next book, the pace gets faster and faster – it seems you managed to tack up a ‘ghost-horse’ and ride like a bat out of hell. The dialogues still possess a perfect sense of humor in the background of the mortal danger, as if humor is one of the characters’ weapons. The brief wise musings flawlessly envelop readers’ hearts when the characters have a quick break in the dangerous game with the merciless night creatures.

The Characters: Lee Hall keeps balancing excellent world-building, intense plotting, and fantastically well-thought characters! His villains are truly soulless, back-stabbing, and cruel hellspawn; his heroes are genuinely ready-witted and kind-hearted (even though they try to hide it behind the ‘bravery’ armor. I felt so emotionally connected with them that sometimes it seemed to me I was in the “yellow taxi” that arrived at the right moment to save the situation.

My Favorite Quote:

“Sometimes no matter what you do to prevent dark things from happening, they just happen anyway.”

Would I read other books by this author: Sure!

My humble rating is: 5/5

“Everyone reacts differently to death. It’s a somewhat inevitable conclusion to life, but it always comes with a shocking force that we are never ready for” Lee Hall, “Darke Awakening”

I truly believe you’ll enjoy reading this book as much as I did!

This book is available on Amazon, and a perfect ghost horseback ride waits for you!

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“Darke Blood” by Lee Hall

If you want to dive into a fantastic vampire/witch action-packed novel, this one is totally what you need.

“Sometimes you don’t need to say anything to say everything.” Lee Hall, “Darke Blood”

The Plot:  Blake Malone arrives in the forest town of Darke Heath. He hopes to make a fresh start and find answers to some riddles. The encounter with a pretty, mysterious woman named Caitlyn reveals more secrets than he could expect. Moreover, his memory starts playing a tricky game with Blake Malone, giving him more and more riddles hidden in the true darkness of the Darke forest. You can find out whether Blake Malone can fight the darkness and discover all the secrets by reading this brilliant, blood-freezing thriller full of vampires, witches, and true darkness.

The Writing Style: This is the next book in the “Open Evening” series, and, truth to be told, the plot thickens and keeps in suspense from cover to cover. The author created a well-thought and fast-paced thriller where two worlds – the real and fantasy – collide perfectly, making a reader follow an intense whirlpool of events. “Darke Blood” is an excellent page-turner, where the history of vampires and witches intertwines with the main character’s story. Another thing that gives this thriller a unique charm is the presence of humor that, like a cherry on the pie, makes this thriller totally adorable in all aspects.

The Characters: As well as in the previous book, an average number of characters are perfectly described and well-developed. The strong female leading character perfectly matches the male one who possesses a perfect sense of humor when the true darkness envelopes the town and his soul.

My Favorite Quote: “Sometimes you don’t need to say anything to say everything.”

Would I read other books by this author: Yeap!

My humble rating is: 5/5

This book is available on Amazon.

I sincerely hope that you’ll enjoy reading this series and “Darke Blood” in particular as much as I did!

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“Emma and the Prince of Shadows” by Jon Herrera

You’ll like this book if you enjoy reading modern fairytales with many magical creatures, hidden portals, and battles between good and evil.

Genre: Modern fairytale/YA fantasy

Language: English

Release date: 2020

The Plot: We keep on following the perilous adventures of Emma Wilkins. She is only eleven years old, but her magical powers grow stronger and stronger every day. She goes through a portal and gets into the World of Light. But it appears to be not as she expects. The point is that she crosses the border of the portal in the wrong place. Now she is about to face the dangerous consequences and save the world and her beloved ones.

The Writing Style: It is the second book in the “World of Light” series and I didn’t regret that I had bought this book. It is written at a rapid pace in a captivating manner. There are a lot of brilliant twists, and world-building gets more and more intriguing and exciting.

The Characters: The number of characters is still average, with a strong female character in the story’s center. The other ones, including magical creatures, are also beautifully described in the background of the perfect fantasy world.

Would I read other books by this author:  Absolutely yes!

My humble rating is: 5/5

It was such a pleasure to plunge into such a well-thought fantasy world, and I do hope that you’ll enjoy reading this book as much as I did! I’ll order the third part of this series as soon as I can.

I do hope that you’ll have a great time with this fantasy novel!

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💃🏻𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓔𝓿𝓮𝓻𝓵𝓪𝓼𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓓𝓪𝓷𝓬𝓮🫶🏼

🥣The main ingredients:

🫶🏼Relationships

🥼Career

🐶 Animals

💌 Letters

💃🏻Dance

🥣The main dressing:

🔮 Magic

🐶The “Green Dog” cafe hid masterfully at one of the streets of old Leipzig. Cafe’s symbol – the toy green dog – was a silent witness of numerous fateful meetings and painful break- ups. But that night was different.

(The book is available on Amazon ).

🫶🏼The story I would never be tired to be grateful for. ✍🏼🙏🏼📖

💌 Happy Saturday, everyone!

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“Frostheart” by Jamie Littler

If you like brilliant fantasy novels full of adventures, twists, and events, you’ll enjoy reading this one.

Genre: Fantasy novel for young readers

Language: English

The Plot: We follow little boy Ash. He lives in a Stronghold far away, where almost everything is surrounded by the Snow Sea. The boy waits for his missing parents. One day he finds out that he has magical superpowers that can not only help him to find his parents but also be rather helpful to the crew of the Frostheart – a huge sleigh – to face perilous challenges. Together with his guardian – grumpy yeti, and the Frostheart’s crew, the boy sets off for a dangerous trip.

The Writing Style: My son and I enjoyed reading this book. It’s written at a rapid pace; there are a lot of twists and events. We liked the world-building, riddles, and intrigues that hold our attention from the first pages. We also enjoyed the light and kind humor present in the book.

The Characters: There are many characters in the novel. They are described pretty well in the background of the storyline. So, you won’t get lost among them. Meanwhile, grumpy yeti has become our favorite character. Interpreting my son’s words, this character is compound and makes the storyline a bit broader.

Would I read other books by this author:  yes!

My humble rating is: 4/5

My son and I enjoyed reading this book and I hope you’ll like reading it as well!

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Peer into “The Hidden Pocket” this weekend!

Forget-me-not, a cat and gnomes, and many other things are bosomed in “The Hidden Pocket.”

Pic by congerdesign on https://pixabay.com/

Since something glorious is coming for me soon, I’ve decided to send a package of gratitude to the Universe. It seems to me that in my case, the best way to fill the box with numerous ‘Thank you!’ will be to make one of my books for free to read on Friday and this weekend.

I chose “The Hidden Pocket” intentionally ‘cause the upcoming event profoundly relates to the characters of this book. I’ll reveal all the secrets a bit later; meanwhile, you can peer into “The Hidden Pocket” from June 25th to June 27th for free.

Here are at least three reasons why I chose “The Hidden Pocket” this time:

1.I owe much to the main character (her name in this book is ForMatilda) because she believed my writing skills are good enough to entrust me to tell her story to the whole world.

2.We met each other at an exceptional place that also relates to the upcoming events.

3. Matilda and I have much in common, including past, passions, and love for gnomes.

Well, I do hope that you’ll take a risk, peer into “The Hidden Pocket,” and will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Here is a link:

Pic with camomiles by congerdesign on https://pixabay.com/

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BOOK REVIEW / “I’ll Take You to See the Ocean”/ Chantal Bellehumeur

If you like touching novellas full of bitter-sweet moments, you’ll enjoy reading this one.

Genre: Novella   

Language: English

Release date: 2021

The Plot:  Caroline lost her husband when she was eight months pregnant. She is a single mom who is doing her best to raise a little human into a noble grown-up. In her late twenties, Caroline dedicates all her free time to her son and tries to make his childhood full of happy and memorable events. She knows that the 5 y.o. boy dreams of seeing the ocean one day. So, Caroline decides that a cruise to the Magdalen Islands will be a bright memory in her son’s collection of memories. Together, they set off for a trip that will hugely influence both.

The Writing Style: It is one of the most touching, heartwarming, and heartbreaking novellas I’ve recently read. Besides the fact that the writer managed to describe all the scenes, actions, and details so accurately and perfectly that I felt myself traveling with Caroline and her son, the author also depicted the “mother-son” relationship brilliantly. I cried a lot because there were a couple of episodes that made my heart squeeze. I giggled a few times because some hilarious moments filled my soul with pleasant warmth. I did enjoy the educative and informative facts that the writer added to this glorious story. In general, the writing style is enjoyable and pleasurable. A reader can definitely read it in one sitting.

The Characters: The number of characters is minimal. I don’t even remember reading such stories, where there are only two main characters and a few minor ones. At the same time, I enjoyed how the whole story was focused on those two. They were described amazingly and enough for me to feel an emotional connection with them.

Warnings: Illness, grief, anxiety

Would I read other books by this author: Undoubtedly, yes!

My humble rating is: 5/5

This book on Amazon

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