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Capering on Glass Bridges (The Hawk of Stone Duology, Book 1) by [Hernandez, Jessica]
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"Readers will love the descriptions of the landscape, the world building, the time period, and the intriguing characters. There are vivid descriptions and a lot of action that really elevates this story to the next level." -Readers' Favorite

Product Details

  • File Size: 2031 KB
  • Print Length: 203 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: August 21, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0149RPWX4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,567,010 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Today, I am reviewing the YA Fantasy story Capering on Glass Bridges by Jessica Hernandez. Telling the story of Kaia Stone, a young woman who has grown up differently than the others she knows, the book describes how the Utdrendans send her and others into the cursed kingdom of Mar, with knowledge from years ago that may undo their horrific doom.

I give this book a 4/5. Here is my breakdown.

Characters: 5/5. I enjoyed these characters very much. Hernandez did a fantastic job in creating an interesting interplay between the various members of Kaia’s party. Their back-and-forths were fun and credible, and their griefs and sorrows equally so.
Plot/Storyline: 4/5. A very solid fantasy adventure story. I think that Hernandez did a good job making her fantasy world interesting (a coming-of-age ceremony in which people are bonded to a homunculus-type being, for instance, and the magical power of Speaking). The effort is apparent, and she does it justice.
Flow/Construction: 4/5. I have no complaints here. The story moved quickly and easily. I can’t recall feeling like the scenes were dragging or slowed down. Again, a solid performance here.

Spelling/Grammar: 4.5/5. Very insignificant, minor mistakes occasionally found. Nothing problematic or unusual.

Overall: 4/5. Jessica Hernandez shows her talent in this book. I’m not sure if it’s her first book (but I think it is), and if so then she can only improve from here. I really hope there’s more to come!
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This is a remarkable book. I began reading it, and like most books, begins by introducing the landscape, characters, and time period. But when the "action" and story kick in, that's when it truly engulfed me.

The story in itself is remarkable. It follows the several characters, albeit obviously focusing on the main character, Kaia, through a journey that takes unexpected twists and turns. I thoroughly enjoyed the fantasy in this book because it captures your imagination. Although at the beginning it was a bit difficult to follow because of all the events and characters being introduced, it quickly becomes coherent, easy to follow, and is the type of the book where the end makes everything 'click'. Speaking of which, my favorite part of the book is the unexpected ending. It leaves you asking questions and wanting more to the story, you want to find out more about the backstories, the world, and the characters! It leaves you craving more.

What made me immerse myself into the book is the vivid descriptions that illuminate everything yet leave certain aspects to the imagination. The author does an excellent job at painting a picture of just about everything. From the scenery, to the characters, the emotions; almost every sensory perception is touched. The ability to portray everything with stunning detail is the gift of the author.

I truly look forward to reading more from the author and would highly recommend this book to anyone.
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Kaia Stone is a sixteen-year-old girl on a mission to save thousands on a faraway island from a crippling, age-old curse. And, in this fascinating, well-written fantasy saga, she sets off on a ship one day and never looks back. For once in her young life, she feels she's doing something worthwhile.

This is classic, world-building fiction with a YA focus. The author skillfully sets the scene, describing in meticulous detail everything in this imaginative landscape, from the curious little creatures called canonipoms, to the awesome and revered island of the Zavonia, where councilors hold mysterious sway.

It is from these august councilors -- also called the Speakers -- that Kaia receives her charge: to deliver a message to King Richard that could lift the curse on the Island of Mar. Kaia's mother, although reluctant to let her daughter embark on the quest, nevertheless agrees that it is Kaia's destiny:

"Something rare glimmers within you. I can see it, I always have. It shows itself on the bleakest of days, when misery runs rampant, and desolation seizes control of the helm, sailing into all that is grim, all that is foul, and all that inspires dread."

And so she sets out with her sister, Elania, and a host of Princes to deliver her message to the King. Along the way, they meet creatures both fearsome and wondrous -- some of whom emerge from the questing group itself, as they are "turned" -- morphing quickly and suddenly into bloodthirsty beasts with razor-sharp teeth.

The travelers encounter enormous protective dragons, and forbidden fields of forgetfulness as they journey to meet the King.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I loved the theme, it was magical and made you feel as though you were in the book yourself. I do wish that she had given more explanation to the characters. I didn't know how to picture Kaia or Elania, the only characteristics that were given is how old they were and towards the end of the book that Elania had dark curly hair. I didn't know if Kaia had brown or black hair, there was no indication as to her eye color or if she was a petite person or tall. It seems silly but it helps to visualize the story. I still am unaware of how old Warrin is compared to Kaia. And speaking of Warrin and Kaia their chemistry din't come into play until the middle of the book and it was rather unexpected. I wish that the author would of given hints as to the dynamic between them but instead I was totally ambushed with it. I also wanted to see a bit more profession in their relationship, they danced and they held hands a few times but that's about it. And I know that this isn't a romance novel but if there is going to be a romance I would've liked to see into it a little more. Kaia seems like a brave, loyal, and courageous girl, but we didn't really get a glimpse into her personality which was kind of a bummer. The same goes for most of the other characters as well. It kind of left the story feeling empty, with no real description of the characters or their personalities. But I did really love this book, I thought it was original and interesting and i adored all of the creatures that came into play. I do hope that there will be a sequel because the author did leave it on a cliffhanger which I suspected from the beginning but didn't know if it was going to follow through. Anyway, I really liked this book and would recommend you read it if you like fantasy/ fiction.Read more ›
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