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by Marcie Sewell on The Elves of Eytherfel series
Very good
Book Title: Dreams of Beautiful Whisper

I have enjoyed this very much. I am looking forward to book 2. The beginning was a little confusing as Amanae was also confused as no one would explain to her what was happening to her, but then we started learning more and things started making sense.Original review post source

by A Critical Reader on The Elves of Eytherfel series
For the Girl Struggling with Self-Esteem
Book Title: Dreams of Beautiful Whisper

Every young girl struggles with self-esteem these days, especially in a society where impossible expectations are all around us. In high school, it's even worse. The judgment from peers can be overwhelming.This is a book for that teenage girl, who feels she's not good enough, not pretty enough, not talented enough; the Army brat who moves around from school to school, or anyone who moves to a new school and feels like everyone is staring; the girl who thinks that no matter what she does, she just isn't as good as everyone else.Frankly, fantasy is not my thing. All this elf business and powers, analytical dialog about it all, as Amanae copes with her new life- well, it's meant for teenagers, not for someone like me. With that said, wrapping such a message up in a neat little fantasy package, in a way in which girls these days can relate and be entertained at the same time is a great idea. With the popularity of this genre, especially with teenagers, it's the perfect vehicle for the message conveyed.Original review post source

An unusual start to a series
Book Title: Dreams of Beautiful Whisper

I don’t generally read young adult novels, but I was intrigued by the concept of blending ordinary life with the elven world. It brings up several interesting philosophical questions about aging and romance. Being a fan of the fantasy genre, I decided to give Dreams of Beautiful Whisper a read.I’m pleasantly surprised at the storyline and attention to certain details. I love reading about supernatural powers and this novel is about a girl who comes of age, and is maturing into her abilities. She finds herself torn between two worlds and two young suitors too.While I enjoyed the book, a few things bother me. In my opinion, the characters are written far older than their chronological ages. I feel that the storyline is more suited to characters in their twenties, not young teenagers. The storyline is a little too mature for the teenage personalities.I must confess that I don’t like it when the first book in a series ends in a cliffhanger. The story feels a little truncated in the end, but there are further adventures coming so we will have to wait and see what Tanya Jones has in store for us in her next book. Dreams of Beautiful Whisper has the potential to turn into a fascinating series.Original review post source

by Miss Maria Gibbs on The Elves of Eytherfel series
Surprising & Enthralling
Book Title: Dreams of Beautiful Whisper

This book is surprising...drawn by the cover I dived straight in. My first impressions were that whilst it was easy to read It wasn't doing anything for me but then the book and the author came into their own and the story and descriptions enthralled me. There are times when some of the conversations are too long but it doesn't distract too much from the writing. I love the relationship between Amanae and Caelsah and I found myself rooting for them. The verbal sparring that takes place between Caelsah and Kalian made me chuckle, I had to make a note of it on my kindle. "That you may have, oh might 'Ancient One', but at least I still possess the looks and the 'beauty' to be mistaken for a boy!"This story develops into something quite exquisite. aFor me a book gets its stars by how much I engaged with it, did it pull me out of my world and fling me into the pages and the imagination of the author...and yes this one did.I started to feel disappointed as I saw the author wrapping the book up, I felt that she could have done it better...but then she surprised me again with the ending which blew me away. Well done Ms. Jones I didn't see that coming, I can't wait for the second book.Original review post source

A different sort of paranormal!
Book Title: Dreams of Beautiful Whisper

I'm a big reader of romance and every so often a paranormal one vies for my attention. This time it was Dreams of Beautiful Whisper by Tanya Jones. I've read books about vampires, werewolves, witches, fallen angels and fairies before so I really enjoyed the difference of reading about this world inhabited by elven folk so much so that I wish it was real!While reading Dreams of Beautiful Whisper I was learning of the legends and stories as the heroine Amanda was discovering her destiny, navigating her current options and deciding on her future.This book is predominately told in the first person from Amanda's POV with certain passages in the third person which I think enhanced the story.I really enjoyed Amanda's journey through this book and seeing her gain strength and confidence. She's certainly wise beyond her [human] years. I am looking forward to following the rest of Amanda's story and that of her friends in book two!Original review post source

by TheyCallMeGeek on The Elves of Eytherfel series
Great book and great character development
Book Title: Dreams of Beautiful Whisper

I had a great time reading Dreams. The suspenseful fantasy the way the book was written really kept me going and made me just keep turning pages. I totally recommend this book for anyone out there.Original review post source

by Kathryn Halsema on The Elves of Eytherfel series
Book Title: Dreams of Beautiful Whisper

Dreams of Beautiful Whisper is the first book in the Elves of Eytherfel series by Author Tanya Jones.This book is about a teenager, Amanda, who is taken to the realm of Elves, Eytherfel. Her parents wish her to experience what is called the Awakening. While there, two men are vying for her affections, one of whom is human and from her past. The Awakening will tell her who she is meant to be.Amanda, or Amanae, much choose who she is supposed to be. Amanda the human or Amanae the elf. While on her journey of Awakening, she gains powers which she really didn’t want. She learns things about herself and is in a tumultuous ride with ups and downs with herself and others.—————————-I liked reading this fantasy book. The author creates a world where you wish you could just be a part of it. As you’re reading, the world is so clear, you can picture everything happening. The characters are strong and well thought out. Definitely will be looking for the second book in the series!—————————–Please note that I received a PDF version free in exchange for an honest review.Original review post source

Fascinating!
Book Title: Dreams of Beautiful Whisper

This story is a fascinating tale of a seemingly ordinary girl, thrust into a world that she unwittingly was a part of, yet never knew existed. Her struggles with this new elven world and how she fits into it, make for a great read for both adults and young adults. I'm going to let my 15 year old read this next, as I have a feeling she'll love it. I recommend this book to fantasy and romance lovers of all ages!I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.Original review post source

by Elisabeth Robare on The Elves of Eytherfel series
Enchanting
Book Title: Dreams of Beautiful Whisper

This is a unique fantasy set in an enchanting village, a place I found myself wanting to live. I enjoyed the sense of mystery in this book, it definitely kept me turning pages. I didn't want to put the book down. However, sometimes I found the pace of the book a little slow. Amanda has a lot to process, and spends a lot of time thinking/talking over the decision she has to make. I understand why all of this was done, and it wouldn't be realistic if it hadn't been done. But after her family revealed their secret to her (I'll try to word this without spoilers) I was eager to discover more about that, and learn what they had discovered about the disappearance. As for the romance, I have personally never been a fan of love triangles. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how the two boys ended up treating each other, and how they treated Amanda regarding her decisions.I found the flaws to be minor and easily overlooked. Yes, there are some grammatical errors and past/present tense jumping, but after a while, I was too caught up in the story to really notice. Looking forward to the sequel!Original review post source

Book Title: Dreams of Beautiful Whisper

“Dreams of Beautiful Whisper” is the first book in “The Elves of Eytherfel” series. The story is about a teenage girl who is forced to move to a village by her parents and discovers that she is an elf. She learns throughout the story exactly what it means to be an elf and the unique transformation her life is going to take.………..I would like to start off by saying that at first I didn’t like Amanae ( main character). She seemed really spoiled and self absorbed. As I got further into the story my opinion of her changed dramatically. I really liked how she handled being in the spot light. Turns out she wasn’t self absorbed at all. Quite the opposite. I felt overwhelmed when meeting all the new characters in the village. Mainly due to the uncommon names. That was soon remedied as well. I enjoyed the descriptions of the forest and the lake. I’m an outdoor person as is and I found my mind wandering through these beautiful locations with her.The love triangle is well written. I couldn’t find it in myself to side with either guy. I like them both.However, this book has some serious grammar and punctuation issues. Time after time I found myself being drawn out of the story due to this. That irks me. My favorite part of reading is getting lost in another world. Living lives I would otherwise not be able to live. It was very frustrating.The meat of the story is awesome. With some revision and editing this book would have gotten more stars. However, that’s a real issue that needs to be resolved and I review books as they are and not for how great they could be.Sadly, I’m going to have to bestow 3 stars on this one. Which pains me…..it really does. The story deserves better. This story deserves to flow the way it should. Hopefully, the next book will be better.Original review post source

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  1. Hello:

    I just finished one of your paperback editions. I was somewhat taken back with your licensing comments. I thought are we not in the world of recycling. Also, sharing knowledge or great entertainment should be encouraged. So, now what?

    1: Do I leave this book on a shelf collecting dust; or
    2: Go against your wishes and purchase another copy for so eone else to enjoy?

    Frankly, I am not in favour of either. What are your comments?

    Fran

  2. Hi Fran,

    First, thank you for reading a copy of my book and I hope you enjoyed it.

    As for the comments on licensing, this is actually rather standard for any form of entertainment whether they are books, music, movies, art etc. The only means an artist has for compensation of the work they create is through sales of original copies. If everything only ever got pirated and passed on from one to the next for free there would be very few artists capable of continuing to create various forms of art as it is a time consuming endeavour to do well and can be quite difficult to maintain another means of employment while creating art as a hobby – certainly not impossible as hundreds, perhaps thousands have no choice.

    None-the-less, copyright protection of intellectual property has been around for decades and is in place for the protection of the artist no matter what the form of art is.

    Having said that, in my opinion, one of the greatest compliments you can give an author (or any artist) is to refer their work to other people. I also agree that great entertainment should indeed be shared – I’m honoured that you would choose to express this opinion in relation to my book. I agree that it is a waste for a worthy book to be read once and then left to collect dust. I concede that it is also not always possible for every potential reader to afford the cost of purchasing their own copy.

    So, my own personal position – which in no way reflects the opinions of other authors, publishers or copyright and licensing – is this:

    1) If an individual is financially capable of purchasing their own copy, they should do so as a sign of support towards the author;
    2) When you are finished with a book, absolutely pass it on – sharing of material can be of huge benefit to authors;
    3) If you do share a book consider providing a review of the book wherever possible (in my case this can be done through my website, Amazon or GoodReads);
    4) If you share the book with another individual, encourage them to also provide a review (authors often give away free copies of their books in exchange for honest reviews anyway);
    5) If you have a local library or charity shop, consider donating the book there for others to enjoy.

    There are millions of readers around the world, if my book(s) are intended for any level of greatness, the sharing of a handful of copies will only help, not hinder, that possibility.

    Though it’s not the industry norm, I will consider a revised version of the licensing disclaimer at the front of my books that more accurately reflects my own personal position on the matter and I thank you for raising this question.

    Tanya

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