Book Review: Eli and the Mystery of the Hallowshine Dragon by Eve Cabanel


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Eli and the Mystery of the Hallowshine Dragon is an imaginative story about Eli and Luna who go on an adventure to save Luna’s child, Doudou. In the short book, they meet several obstacles but Eli is able to overcome all of them to save Doudou. And she befriends a dragon along the way!

This sweet story shows the power of friendship as well as the fact that being different is okay. Both Eli and the dragon are one-of-a-kind but they are accepted by the others in the forest. The illustrations are beautiful as well and make the story even better. I can’t wait to read this book to my grandchildren!

About the Author

One of children’s book author Eve Cabanel’s fondest memories as a child is when her French grandmother would make up wonderfully imaginative stories for her. Now as a mother, Eve wanted to do the same for her young son, creating a fantastic enchanted fairy tale in her new picture book Eli and the Mystery of the Hallowshine Dragon.

Eve often gets ideas for her stories from her dreams. After being inspired by the drawings of the character Eli created by her niece, Eve had a dream about the moon elf and put pen to paper, chronicling Eli’s adventures in an enchanted forest, filled with dragons, fairies, and unicorns.

Eve hopes that her young readers will come away from her stories feeling that they are able to conquer their fears and overcome any obstacle that comes their way. She likes to share a subtle message with kids that being outside of your comfort zone is how they learn more about themselves and gain an inner strength that will help them to pursue their dreams.

Eve was raised in the French countryside by the woods where she played in suspended tree houses amongst wild forest animals, like the character Eli in her book. As a child, Eve had a goat and pet chicken that would follow her everywhere. An animal and nature lover at an early age, she rescued baby squirrels and encountered foxes, deer, and hedgehogs on a regular basis.

Originally from France, Eve currently lives in Montreal, Canada. When she isn’t writing imaginative and uplifting stories for children, Eve loves to travel, discover new places, and play with her one-year-old son and their two cats, Buddy and Charlie.

Eve has also a blog dedicated to spreading awareness on the dangers of commercial beauty products and sharing ways to create natural and organic alternatives at home with simple ingredients. She is the published author of the adult non-fiction book Organic Beauty Recipes by Eve – The complete guide to DIY natural beauty. Eli and the Mystery of the Hallowshire Dragon is her debut children’s book.