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.

Connect with the author:


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 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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10 Statements – Jessica Hernandez

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Jessica Hernandez was born and raised in the beautiful, sunny state of Florida (USA). She attended the University of Miami, where she spent more time than she cares to admit daydreaming of a faraway land called Acu. Upon graduating with a degree in English and Political Science in 2014, Jessica put pen to paper and brought Acu to life—so was born the Hawk of Stone duology.

 

Find me…

Blog:  https://jessthestoryteller.wordpress.com/
YouTube: 
http://bit.ly/2fGt7bG
Instagram: 
https://www.instagram.com/jessymarieee77/
Goodreads: 
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14235885.Jessica_Hernandez
Twitter: 
https://twitter.com/jessy_marie77

 

My personal motto:

“If you try, you might. If you don’t, you won’t.”

 

10 statements
  1. A typical work day begins with… begging for five more minutes of sleep before carefully crawling out of bed to check my emails. I say carefully because I must make sure that I don’t wake my roommate, Suzy. She shoots the most menacing of glares at me whenever I disrupt her rest. I won’t lie, she’s rather intimidating—all five pounds of her. (Did I mention that she’s a Shih-Tzu?)
  2. I lose track of time when I’m writing.
  3. I have always… been a chocoholic. I kid you not. I have memories of returning home from school as a first grader and running to the kitchen to stuff my face with chocolate chip cookies.
  4. I have never… gone very long without eating chocolate. I think I’ve managed to go a week or two, but that’s about it. My family isn’t overly fond of me whenever I go through one of my I-should-quit-eating-chocolate-and-start-eating-healthier phases. Apparently, I remind them of a Snickers commercial. You know the ones. They all end with the same phrase: “You’re not you when you’re hungry.”
  5. Home means to me… being able to walk around in my pajama pants.
  6. I am inspired by… too many things to name. I’ve learned that one needn’t be exposed to something new in order to be inspired. One simply has to endeavor to view the familiar from a different angle.
  7. I would like to meet…  C.S. Lewis. I love his writing!
  8. My worst character trait… varies depending on who you ask. Suzy will tell you that I could use a few more obedience classes. She’ll spend hours commanding me to prepare her a proper meal—one with generous servings of every type of meat currently available for consumption. Nonetheless, much to her dismay, I always seem to deposit a scoop of unattractively-colored pellets into her bowl. Oops!
  9. My best character trait… is probably my self-discipline.
  10. The best advice I was given… is this: “Do not fear failure. Learn from it.”

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Capering on Glass Bridges
(The Hawk of Stone Duology, Book 1)

The Utdrendans have spoken, and everything has changed as a consequence. People normally avoid the fog surrounding the cursed Kingdom of Mar, but now they are asking sixteen-year-old Kaia Stone to venture into it. The Utdrendans implied that there is something special about Kaia. They claimed that she could help free the land; she need only carry out their instructions and deliver a message to the Marian king.

Mar, however, is a land in which dark secrets abound, and many will stop at nothing to ensure that it remains forever cursed. Determined to work against Kaia, unfriendly forces have already begun to gather.

Will Kaia choose to abandon the only life she’s ever known—perhaps indefinitely—in pursuit of the greater good…in pursuit of her purpose?

Release date:  August 21, 2015

Buy links:  books2read.com/u/4jKqoj

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The Yesterdays of Tomorrow
(The Hawk of Stone Duology, Book 2)

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…

Release date:  August 19, 2016

Buy links:  books2read.com/u/bzpVJL


Review:  Capering on Glass Bridges

Dear readers, please note:  The Yesterdays of Tomorrow is already in my reading queue.

 

Capering on Glass Bridges (The Hawk of Stone Duology, #1) by Jessica Hernandez

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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)

The Utdrendans have spoken, and everything has changed as a consequence. People normally avoid the fog surrounding the cursed Kingdom of Mar, but now they are asking sixteen-year-old Kaia Stone to venture into it. The Utdrendans implied that there is something special about Kaia. They claimed that she could help free the land; she need only carry out their instructions and deliver a message to the Marian king.

Mar, however, is a land in which dark secrets abound, and many will stop at nothing to ensure that it remains forever cursed. Determined to work against Kaia, unfriendly forces have already begun to gather.

Will Kaia choose to abandon the only life she’s ever known—perhaps indefinitely—in pursuit of the greater good…in pursuit of her purpose?

Genre(s): Action & Adventure, Fantasy
Series: The Hawk of Stone Duology, #1
Length: 278 pages
Release date: 2015-08-21

 

Teaser


One of Kaia’s earliest memories starred the creature standing before her. Believing it to be a flower, she had picked one up as a child. When she did, what she had confused for a spiraled stem started to unravel, revealing two thin legs; what she had mistaken for stamen began to fuse together, giving shape to a thin elongated beak; with a quiver, the bulb showed itself to be a small – disproportionately so – body; and what she had identified as petals turned out to be…


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Kaia Stone and her family. A strange request sends her to the Kingdom of Mar.

With Capering on Glass Bridges, Jessica Hernandez has created a quite intriguing fantasy story. It is an unusual and compelling read, drawing you into the world of Acu. 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.

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.

Connect with the author:

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 Capering on Glass Bridges?  Or – if you did not yet read Capering on Glass Bridges – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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