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

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  36 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
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 ...more
Published August 21st 2015 by Jessica Hernandez
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Alyssa Janine Busia
Capering on Glass Bridges is an adventure with unique and unexpected twist. The concept of the story is very well clear and every scene is not predictable like the other books. I also like how the author comes up with this kind of story.

Idea and reality are oceans apart. – Jessica Hernandez, Capering on Glass Bridges

The story tells us the adventure of Kaia and the other characters to the cursed Kingdom of Mar. They must deliver a message to the king of the kingdom of Mar on how the curse could
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was an exciting work of fantasy with creatures and cultures that made me feel involved and interested in what was going to happen next. The story of Kaia Stone is one that I can say was colorfully told with vivid scenes and intense dialog. I found it to be more interesting that I imagined going in. The descriptions and scenes were well done.
Sep 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received an ARC of this book from the author. Thanks so much!*

I'm always happy to receive books from authors who are trying to get noticed; seeing how they write differently from my favourite authors and helping them improve their stories.

I did feel that this book showed a lot of promise, but it was really hard to get into the story and fall for the characters. The beginning was really confusing with very little world building or explanation. Kaia, our main character, and two sisters are all
Don Sloan
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 creature
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've been meaning to review this book for a while, but--as sometimes happens--life got in the way. Fortunately, I was able to sit down over the holidays and commit my thoughts to paper. Let me just start off by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was quite a read.

I love the world that the author has created. As is the case with most fantasy novels, it is nothing short of intricate. The pro of intricacy: the world comes across as rich and detailed. I particularly like how layered (if t
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book showed a lot of promise, but I felt that the beginning was too fragmented and confusing to really engage me in the story and characters. It really needed some more world building near the start of the book to bring all the pieces together and set up the dynamics of the world more clearly. Kaia was a difficult character to get to know at the start and appeared to be a whirl of unpleasant emotions which made
Stephanie Bain
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is beautiful. But first i will get out of the way the few things i wish could be added etc.

It needs a map. While I was able to visualize the world in my head such as scenery i couldnt place where things were.

It also needs a glossary. This is an extremely different world with flirds and little creatures that resemble people and people with magic. Each land or kingdom was different from the last and there were people i had trouble keeping up with in the beginning.

Last: there were time
David Kummer
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic, unique, and must-read book! You have to have it in your libraries. This young author is one of the best, by far, and you had better watch out for her. This book in itself is full of richly-created characters and memorable scenes you won't be able to forget! Read it now!
S.K. Gregory
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. Kaia is a solid character who faces some real challenges. The dialogue was great between Kaia and her family. The author created a well imagined world and I would definitely recommend this to fantasy fans.
Samantha Grubey
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I was sent a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Alex Anderson
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jessica Hernandez was kind enough to send me a copy of Capering on Glass Bridges!

I personally really enjoyed this book! I loved the characters and character development that it made the story strong!

I had a few issues with the word choice and writing style but I overall really enjoyed it!!!
Kaylin Beach
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Capering On Glass Bridges is very unique and unlike anything I have ever read. Jessica Hernandez takes you into this fantasy world where canonipoms are life partners, curses are real, and quests are in full effect.

We are introduced to three Greylandian sisters: Kaia, Taria, and Elania Stone. The book starts off with Taria's canonipom pairing, which I thought was really unique and awesome. Each person has a right to a canonipom, but why didn't Kaia get one? The stone family is invited to the cap
3.5 Stars!

A big 'Thank you' goes out to Jessica Hernandez for the e-book!

"Just because we cannot right all of the wrongs does not mean that we shouldn't do something about the ones we can fix."

I was originally drawn to this book by the stunning cover and interesting title. Isn't it flawless? I have to say, the world Hernandez has built within the pages is both complex and utterly unique, but there were moments I had a hard time keeping up.

Kaia Stone has always known she was a little different;
Jason Crawford
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 intere
Erica Cavyn
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.75 stars!
Although I lacked the scene setting at times and details to who was talking, I did enjoy this book. It will make up for the confusion I had during the book by using a lot of my imagination but also because of its strong characters. Each character is very unique and determined to act on the purpose they were send for and this will add to the story. If that doesn't lure you in yet, the mystical creates are also a very intrigu
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 slo
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book where the reader is thrust straight into the middle of a fully formed fictional world complete with a full mythology, but with little in the way of explanation. There's no easing in; no background or scene setting. And that's a little disconcerting at first.

However, once I got further into the book, I became more involved with the story and its characters. The descriptions of the locations and the side characters is colourful and detailed and on the whole, the tale is presented we
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting and the plot was great. I will be re-reading this book again because I have a tendency to speed read when I'm anxious to find out the ending. I didn't want to put it down but I think I missed a few details during my speed reading. I am looking forward to reading the second book.
I.A. Cintron
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Boi! How dare you end it like that? This is the last book of the year for me. This is not a joke. Even though I found a bit slow it was highly interesting and I would love the sequel.
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Want to get sucked into a great YA fantasy world? This is the book to read! Read my review on my blog!

Patricia Hamill
Well, this one was a bit surprising. Capering on Glass Bridges is a fantasy adventure in which Kaia, a young girl, is called upon to deliver a message that could release the country, Mar, from a curse. It starts off heavy on family dynamics, focusing on Kaia’s struggles not to be jealous of her younger sister’s pairing with her new companion, Ree. Then the family is summoned, and the plot broadens.

I like that I wasn’t able to guess the book’s outcome, though there are hints at some of the revel
Mary Feliciani
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jessica Hernandez creates an amazing new world, Arc, and is able to transport the reader to the lands and kingdoms within: Greyland, Zavonia, Darlbent, Mar, Tivmica and Iostona.

The story begins with young Kaia Stone setting off on a noble quest to deliver a message to the king of Mar, in the hope that a past wrong can be made right, and that the curse that surrounds Mar can be lifted. She is joined by her sister Elania and ten other characters.

The journey is full of adventure and obstacles to o
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Kelly B. Johnson
NOTE: Reviewer received a free copy for an honest review.

If I could, I would actually give Capering on Glass Bridges 3.5 or even 3.75 stars, bearing in mind that it is part one of two. As such, and while I could perceive the author's heartfelt passion and swollen mind with telling this imaginative adventure, parts of the story could have still slowed down enough to be more descriptive--to develop the worlds (lands) and characters more.

Particularly with some of the dialogue between characters, wh
Mary Jarwood
I was sent a free copy of this book for an honest review by the author.

The book begins following Kaia Stone as she is chosen with one other to travel to Mar in order to deliver a message that has the power to change the course of that lands future. I will be honest I wasn’t sure what was happening in the book to begin with. We are introduced to characters in an unfamiliar setting with little expository detail. To begin with this is unsettling and made reading the beginning of the novel difficult
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

3.75 stars

Sixteen-year-old Kaia Stone is on a mission. She must break the curse to save the mystical world of Mar and their inhabitants. Her journey was unforgettable.

This book is beautifully written. Their descriptions of the setting was incredible; I could definitely imagine this unique fantasy world, especially the strange creatures living in it. Although the beginning was slightly difficult to read due to the lack of world-build
J.C. Steel
Capering on Glass Bridges is a heartwarming YA fantasy, told from the point of view of Kaia, the middle daughter of the respectable Stone family. Kaia’s strict father and loving but flaky mother create a solidly familiar framework for the reader, allowing the author to build her fantasy from a base her audience will immediately recognise. It also provides a good contrast with Kaia’s uniqueness; alone of her family, she hasn’t paired with a canonipom, the physical alter ego that all her people ha ...more
Lindsay Miller
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since I have never dabbled much in the fantasy genre as a writer, I have tremendous respect for those who take on the task of creating worlds outside the realm of reality. With Capering on Glass Bridges, Jessica Hernandez has done a fantastic job of setting the scene, painting a picture, and pulling the reader into the world of her creation. I particularly liked the invention of "flird," a combination creature of flower meets bird. Genius.

As an author, Hernandez's greatest triumph is her use of
Oct 03, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a book full of plot without substance. You are thrown into the world without much history or world building (which I believe, every fantasy needs, even a little of). You start off wrapped up in the main character's emotions over an important event that is playing out without much background. The story begins to unravel all too quickly. Scenes seem abrupt and choppy at times and there are So Many Characters, it's hard to keep up or feel connection towards any of them.

I wanted to kn
Piper Gottschalk
Thank you to the Author for sending me an arc.

In the very beginning of the story I really wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it. I felt it was a little rough in introducing the fantasy world it takes place in. However, about midway through I found myself enjoying it. Once you get past all the introductory bits, you get a fun fantasy journey. Nothing new, but still enjoyable.

A few of the characters in the party were given so little attention it was a bit hard to care what happened to them. The main
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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 ...more
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