The Yesterdays of Tomorrow (The Hawk of Stone Duology, #2) by Jessica Hernandez

The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

It’s been a year since Kaia’s first encounter with the turned ones. Every day since then has been fraught with uncertainty. Most in the Kingdom of Mar prepare for a life wherein they will be free. Kaia, however, knows that even if the curse should be lifted, the Marian people will not be unburdened in the near future. King Sol promised them a war with Darlbent, and a war they shall have if the fog dissipates. Swords have already been thrust into the hands of every man in the kingdom, filling Kaia and her friends with trepidation. Things have changed in Mar, and Kaia worries that it is only a matter of time before some blades are turned against them.

The moment of truth is approaching. Soon, it will be known whether or not the curse was meant to have an end. If it wasn’t, can Kaia and the others learn to make lives for themselves in a forsaken land like Mar? Will they ever truly know safety there?

To further complicate matters, Kaia has Ruelena to contend with…

Genre(s): Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Fantasy
Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy
Series: The Hawk of Stone Duology, #2
Length: 320 pages
Release date: 2016-08-19

Teaser


Warrin shook his head and looked down at his palms. “Perhaps I should sit with her.”

“There is no need. I have already contrived a plan.”

“What sort of plan?”

“Two plans, actually; the second I will implement only if the first produce no results. I know how Elania thinks. She airs more on the cautious side. A single conversation will accomplish nothing. Repeated exposure to an idea might.”


My Opinion

This book continues the story of Kaia Stone. A year has gone by and everybody is dreaming of freedom; war seems unavoidable. And there is still the matter of Kaia’s past…

With The Yesterdays of Tomorrow, Jessica Hernandez has created the quite intriguing second book of the fantasy duology on Kaia Stone. It is an unusual and compelling read, drawing you into the world of Mar. Jessica Hernandez paints a clear picture of Kaia’s mind while the story evolves. Kaia is very likeable, she is of sufficient depth, this also applies to the other characters – depending on their relevance. The story begins slowly to provide the reader with a solid background; it soon takes on a faster pace, comprises interesting turns, and has a really good flow.

This is a book for you if you like fantasy and adventure, and if you like stronger female characters.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful, dark
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😳
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳

About the author

Hello, everyone! My name is Jessica. Pleasure to make your acquaintance. 🙂 Allow me to share a bit about myself with you. I was born and raised in the beautiful, sunny state of Florida. I attended the University of Miami, where I spent more time than I care to admit daydreaming of a faraway land called Acu. Upon graduating with a degree in English and Political Science in 2014, I put pen to paper and brought Acu to life—so was born the Hawk of Stone duology.

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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Yesterdays of Tomorrow?  Or – if you did not yet read The Yesterdays of Tomorrow – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


10 Statements – Jessica Hernandez

Book review – Capering on Glass Bridges

 

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No Quarter (The Ambeth Chronicles, #2) by Helen Jones

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The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

‘Alma, even I do not know what he is capable of…’

Things couldn’t be better for Alma. She’s returned the lost Sword to Ambeth and is finally with Deryck, Prince of the Dark. But what’s really going on? Deryck is struggling with his father, who wants to control Alma, while Alma is struggling with her best friend Caleb, who doesn’t trust Deryck one inch. Plus it’s getting harder and harder to keep up with her life in the human world. Falling in love shouldn’t be this difficult. But things are about to get much worse…

Quests and friendship all fall by the wayside when there’s romance to be had. Plus, spending time with handsome Deryck is much more appealing than with an increasingly angry Caleb. The Light are always on about making choices, so they shouldn’t have a problem with her choosing to be with Deryck. Besides, he’ll protect her from his father – won’t he?

Genre(s): Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban
Series: The Ambeth Chronicles, #2
Length: 334 pages
Release date: 2015-09-24

Teaser


‘I guess it’s time to go,’ she said, pulling Deryck’s handkerchief from where it was twisted around her bracelet. Her bracelet stone was burning hot, as it always was in the presence of the Dark and she gasped as it touched her skin. She went to give the handkerchief back, but Deryck stepped away.

‘Keep it,’ he said, blowing her a kiss. ‘You will need it to protect you tomorrow. Until then, farewell, lovely Alma.’


My Opinion

This book finds Alma – fallen in love with Deryck, the prince of the Dark.

With No Quarter, Helen Jones continues the wonderful Ambeth Chronicles. It is an enjoyable and compelling read, despite strongly focussing on Alma’s teenage love and behaviour. Haven’t we all lived through this phase of being in love, blind to see, deaf to good advice? Alma did neither listen to her mother, friend, allies – nor to me, always hoping she would come to her senses; teenagers in love can be exhausting – the author created a very authentic character! [I cannot tell you more – you need to find out for yourselves.] Helen Jones paints a clear picture of Alma’s mind while the story evolves. I was drawn very close to Alma and her story – an invisible friend and ally. The characters are complex, believable with their flaws and virtues. The story is nicely woven and has a wonderful flow; it was easy to get hooked. I am looking forward to reading the next book.

This is a book for you if you like young adult fantasy, urban fantasy, believable and often very likeable characters.

The second book in The Ambeth Chronicles series; the last chapters let me expect a promising third book!

Recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast, steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😳
Sexual content 😳

About the author

Helen Jones loves to write. That’s all there is to it. Born in the UK, she lived in Canada and Australia before returning to England several years ago. The thought of finding magic in ordinary places is one that inspires her; when she was a child she did find a strange valley and hear a scream – the incident stayed with her and was the starting point of the Ambeth Chronicles.

Helen has worked as a freelance writer for the past ten years, runs her own blog at http://www.journeytoambeth.com and has contributed guest posts to others, including the Bloomsbury Writers & Artists site. Ambeth is not the only world she plans to visit in her books, but it’s where she is now.

When she’s not writing, she likes to walk, paint and study karate (when housework and family life permit!) She’s now working on several other novels unrelated to Ambeth, enjoying the chance to explore other fantasy worlds.

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Amazon:  Helen Jones

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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about No Quarter?  Or – if you did not yet read No Quarter – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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The Magician’s Workshop, Vol. 1 by Christopher Hansen and J. R. Fehr #RBRT

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The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Everyone in the islands of O’Ceea has a magical ability: whatever they imagine can be brought into existence. Whoever becomes a master over these powers is granted the title of magician and is given fame, power, riches, and glory. This volume of books follows the journey of a group of kids as they strive to rise to the top and become members of the Magician’s Workshop.

Layauna desperately wants to create beautiful things with her magical powers, but all she can seem to do is make horrible, savage monsters. For years she has tried to hide her creations, but when her power is at last discovered by a great magician, she realizes that what she’s tried to hide might actually be of tremendous value.

Kai just wants to use his powers to have fun and play with his friends. Unfortunately, nearly everyone on his island sees him as a bad influence, so he’s forced to meet them in secret. When one of the creatures they create gets out of control and starts flinging fireballs at their town, Kai is tempted to believe that he is as nefarious as people say. However, his prospects change when two mysterious visitors arrive, praising his ability and making extraordinary promises about his future.

Follow the adventures of Kai, Layauna, and a boatload of other characters as they struggle to grow up well in this fantastical world.

Genre(s): Sci-Fi & Fantasy > Fantasy > Metaphysical & Visionary
Teen & YA > Sci-Fi & Fantasy > Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery
Series: The Magician’s Workshop, # 1
Length: 216 pages
Release date: 2016-11-08

 

Teaser


As he scrambled up onto the trunk of a giant fallen tree, Kai noticed Talia sneak away and duck behind a large bush. He could tell by the way she was moving that she was crafting some kind of projection. This one’s taking her a long time, Kai thought as he and the others played.

“Hey, what masterpiece you workin’ on?” Kai yelled at her.

“Be patient,” she called back. “It’s something new I’ve been practising.”

Yes! This is going to be great. He could feel it.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to a group of kids living in the magical islands of O’Ceea. Most of them are dreaming of receiving their colour, being accepted at the Magician’s Workshop, i.e. being allowed to officially create projections.

With The Magician’s Workshop, Volume 1, authors Hansen and Fehr have created a wonderful fantasy story not only for teens and young adults. It is a very enjoyable and compelling read, drawing you in as you learn more about Kai and the other kids and their clans. Hansen and Fehr carefully elaborated the characters, and their stories and interactions, still leaving the readers room for imagination; I simply adore the blue wallaroo. I was drawn rather close to the kids – it was fun being an invisible friend. The characters are of sufficient depth, believable with their flaws and virtues; the authors’ care for each of them shows. The story is very nicely woven and has a wonderful flow. Now I am eager to read volume 2!

This is a book for you if you like magic, urban fantasy, believable and very likeable characters, and/or the teen and young adult genre.

Recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen: – 😳
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the authors

The first glimmering Chris Hansen had that there was far more to reality than he had ever imagined occurred six days after his ninth birthday.
“Christopher!” cried a wise, old sage. “Life is full of deep magic. Miraculous things happen all the time and all around us, if you know where to look for them.”
Full of expectation and childlike optimism, Chris began searching for this magic, prepared to be surprised and amazed by it. And he was: he found Wonder! Now he’s chosen to write stories about it.

When J.R. Fehr popped out of the womb, he knew there was more to the world than the four boring hospital walls that he was seeing. “Zango!” his newborn mind exclaimed as he saw people appear and disappear through a mysterious portal in the wall. As a child he found life wowtazzling, but as he grew older the cold water of reality hit him, and the magic he once knew vanished. After spending some wet and shivering years lost in a joyless wasteland, he once again began to see magic in the world. He writes because the Wonder of true life is far grander than anything he ever thought possible

 

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Website:  www.oceea.com
Amazon:  J. R. Fehr

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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Magician’s Workshop?  Or – if you did not yet read The Magician’s Workshop – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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Poet of the Wrong Generation by Lonnie Ostrow

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The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

“It’s not that I don’t love you, and my tears are yet to dry. But you can’t go back and forth forever and we’ve already said goodbye.”

Through these words, a young poet unearths his musical soul while severing ties with the woman he loves after her stunning betrayal. Unknowingly, in writing this ballad of liberation, he will soon evolve as one of the fastest rising stars on the pop music landscape.

The year is 1991; the place, New York City. Here we meet Johnny Elias, a college student from Brooklyn with boundless adoration for two things in life: timeless popular music, and the heart of a sweet, complicated young woman who is clearly out of his league.

Megan Price not only is the object of Johnny’s affection, but also the only daughter of New York’s most powerful PR woman: the indomitable Katherine Price.

Projecting that her daughter’s boyfriend will never live up to the family standard, Katherine cleverly perpetrates a series of duplicitous schemes to rid Johnny from her high-class world. But in her callous disregard, she inadvertently sets him on a determined course to his improbable musical destiny – while sending her own daughter spiraling down a path of devastation.

Poet of the Wrong Generation tells the symmetrical story of a lovable underdog and his meteoric rise to stardom, his humiliating downfall and his unprecedented attempt to reclaim his place as the unlikely musical spokesman for his generation. At the heart of Poet is a tale of star-crossed lovers and their struggle with unforeseen success and disillusionment, in an attempt to rediscover lasting harmony.

Uniquely integrating a variety of original song compositions, Poet projects the epic clash between true contentment and the fable of stardom’s rewards; a nostalgic journey through the major events of the 1990s, with a cherished cast of characters and a stunningly unpredictable conclusion.

Genre(s): Teen & Young Adult
Arts & Photography > Music > Musical Genres > Rock
Series: n.a.
Length: 455 pages
Release date: 2016-11-10

 

Teaser


Johnny flashed a hopeful grin. “Maybe so. But the thing is: I’m having major trust issues. It’s like she’s holding something back. And all these restrictions… I mean, she’s probably the one thing I’ve ever cared about; can’t imagine losing her. But her mom, she’s just calculating enough to always stay one-step ahead. Plus, Megan’s confidence is so fragile that Katherine can just breathe on her and she folds up like a camping tent.”


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Johnny Elias and his first love, Megan Price. Unfortunately Megan’s mother Katherine does not in the least approve of Johnny.

With Poet of the Wrong Generation, Lonnie Ostrow has created a nicely balanced story about love and its complications, and of the ups and downs of a musician’s career. It is a compelling read, drawing you into the world(s) of Johnny and Megan. Lonnie Ostrow paints a clear picture of Johnny’s mind while the story evolves. Johnny is very likeable and complex, the other characters are of sufficient depth – depending on their relevance. The meaning of friendship is an important part of this book. The story comprises several plot lines, authentic characters, interesting turns, and has a really good flow.

This is a book for you if you like young adult stories on music and love, believe in friendship, and if you like authentic characters.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful, hopeful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😳
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

Lonnie Ostrow has been an innovator, storyteller, promoter and celebrity-insider for more than two decades. With Poet Of The Wrong Generation, he combines all his unique experiences to bring you a novel of love & betrayal, music & fanfare, downfall & redemption — a fable of stardom’s rewards, set in New York City during the 1990s.

Since 2001, Mr. Ostrow has been the publicity/marketing director & researcher for the iconic best-selling novelist Barbara T. Bradford. He also serves as an editorial and marketing consultant for a collection of first-time authors through The Editorial Department. Previously he served as a PR executive, promoting an assortment of first-time celebrity authors including Ray Manzarek of The Doors.

From 1995 – 2001, Mr. Ostrow was widely credited with inventing the “living celebrity postal phenomenon.” In all, he worked with more than 40 legendary personalities from Bob Dylan to the Bee Gees, Sylvester Stallone to Jackie Chan, creating high-profile media events to celebrate their postal recognition by an assortment of foreign nations.

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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Poet of the Wrong Generation?  Or – if you did not yet read Poet of the Wrong Generation – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

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The Blade Heir (The Azuleah Trilogy, #1) by Daniel Adorno

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The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

In the elven city of Evingrad, Lucius Nostra suffers from recurring nightmares of a black dragon killed long ago. The frightening dreams signal the ominous return of Kraegyn and the dragon tribes who wreaked havoc on the peoples of Azuleah. Confused and uncertain of his role in the gathering storm, Lucius joins his elf brother Siegfried on a perilous journey to reforge the Requiem Sword–the blade which once defeated Kraegyn.

Lucius’ quest will take him through the hostile realms of Azuleah, where both human and unhuman foes lurk. Though Lucius will gain allies on his mission and uncover secrets surrounding his past, can he survive long enough to stop Kraegyn’s ascension?

The Blade Heir is Daniel Adorno’s debut novel and the first book in the Azuleah Trilogy.

Genre(s): Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Arthurian; Literature & Fiction > Fantasy
Series: The Azuleah Trilogy, #1
Length: 403 pages
Release date: 2014-08-11

 

Teaser


“Your path has been foretold, Lucius. Your people need you, and even the elves need you, though they may not yet know it,” Helmer said softly.

!I do not know if this is the path I wish to take, Father. Fear overtakes me at what may meet me on this path. Why must I rise to such responsibility? Why was I chosen? My mind is full of questions, and my mind is unwilling to hear the answers,” his head sank.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Lucius, and to his elven family Helmer and Siegfried. Lucius has nightmares about the dragon Kraegyn, otherwise he is not unhappy with the elven environment. And then – he and Siegried are sent to save Azuleah.

With The Blade Heir, Daniel Adorno has created a nicely woven fantasy story. It is a compelling read, drawing you into the world of Azuleah. Daniel Adorno paints a clear picture of Lucius’ mind while the story evolves. Lucius is very likeable, he is of sufficient depth, this also applies to the other characters – depending on their relevance. Siegfried is a great guy as well, and I need to mention Syl; Syl is my favourite supporting character! The story comprises several plot lines, comprises interesting turns, and has a really good flow.

This is a book for you if you like fantasy and adventure, and if you like highly believable characters.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful, dark
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

Daniel A Adorno is an author of novels based in the science fiction and fantasy genres. He began writing back in 4th grade when his teacher assigned everyone to craft a short book with construction paper. Daniel was up to the task and wrote a book on race cars worthy of a Pulitzer. Before he was a teenager, his father bought him a typewriter for his birthday and Daniel started writing a sequel to the original race car story, which he titled The Hot Rod. Unfortunately, the book was never published, but Daniel discovered a love for writing from that first story and he continued to write short stories throughout high school and into college. His first completed manuscript was a fantasy story that he finished during finals week of his sophomore year in college. For 8 years, the novel sat in limbo waiting to be edited and then Daniel placed in the top five of a local writing contest. Everything changed. He dusted off the novel and a year later his debut novel, The Blade Heir, was published on Amazon.

Daniel currently resides in Minnesota with his wife and two sons. Besides writing, Daniel enjoys reading speculative fiction, creating digital art, and teaching Sunday school students at his church.

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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Blade Heir?  Or – if you did not yet read The Blade Heir – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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