Monday, January 7, 2013

The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra’s Nest by Fumi Hancock: Review: PUYB Tour Stop


Ah, yes…. A Grateful Heart for all the awesome people that’s crossed my path, an Author of Inspirational Books and Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Young Adult Novels… an avid Book Lover who resides in Spring Hill, Tennessee!

Oh, I said it- absolutely crazy about these authors: Stephenie Meyer, Amanda Hocking, Samantha Young…and a Self Proclaimed Writer of the Year (Ok, perhaps a stretch but I’m on my way!).

Alright so I’m not in my twenties… probably starting my writing career just a tad-bit late… but I’m determined to be a success story too! I heard 40’s s the next twenties in this century… If they are right, then I just peaked! Hooray for me. My friends range from ages 14 – You know… let your imagination run wide…. Ha!

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The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra’s Nest
Grimmlyn Series: Book 1
Fumi Hancock
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy & Romance Fiction
ISBN-13: 978-1475945379 
Word Count: 96,567
Cover Artist: PhatPuppy Art
Amazon   Smashwords          BN
Book Description:
What would you do if you found out you inherited an ancient familial curse?

When free-spirited and more than a little rebellious, seventeen-year-old Jewel Cardwell gained admission to Grayton Preparatory School, a prestigious, girls-only, top-notch private institution nestled in the South African farmlands of Limpopo, little did she know it would begin a trail of mysterious and unfamiliar events, changing her life forever! At Grayton prep, a battle line is drawn between ‘good and evil’ especially when there’s a full moon and dark forces swirl and
turn up in the form of hideous monsters and frightening demons. With her school fre-nemies, rivalry and treachery become the order of the day and Jewel is forced to question everything she thought she knew as she struggles to stay alive in a dubious place riddled with demonic activity!  

Armed with a magical secret from her dying grandmother, a golden locket, she sets a new course in motion. In the middle of this whirlwind of events, she is caught between two boys: Darwin Morton, a lad she's known growing up, and Eric Broder, a soccer team leader with a silver spoon in his mouth. Why her love life has to get interesting now is a question she can't answer!
“I welcomed death with open arms, closed my eyes and listened as the aircraft made rattling and shaking sounds through the dreary weather. If this was my time to go, I would embrace darkness, as I had nothing else to lose.” -- JEWEL CARDWELL 

Will Jewel be able to solve the mystery before evil is unleashed against those she loves?

3.5 Stars
Good Book.  Quite Enjoyable 

I had a bit of difficulty getting into this book initially. Jewell lives in a quiet secluded, safe neighborhood. She enjoys playing outside with her friends, and gives little consideration to what is happening outside the community walls.  Her life is one of privilege; her younger sister idolizes her, and her friends want to emulate her.  She is opinionated, stubborn and balks at the restrictions her parents try to force upon her.  In fact, her world changes drastically when her parents cheerfully inform her she has been accepted at an exclusive girls’ school far from home. To say Jewell takes the news badly is putting it mildly.  During this part of the story I really sympathized with her parents, disliked Jewell, and basically wanted her to straighten up and quit being so sulky and rude.

The story really picked up after Jewell finally is delivered to Grayton Preparatory school. At Grayton, the Seniors rule, as Jewell and some other unfortunate classmates learn the hard way. At this point, my feelings for Jewell turn around and I begin to appreciate her grit and tenacity.  Secrets are revealed as Jewell begins adjusting to campus life. By now, I am fully invested in this story and eagerly swiping my reader screen to discover what will happen next. The political situation continues to deteriorate but the Grayton girls are insulated from the troubles.    

Personally, I would have preferred to have read about Jewell’s idyllic life in Milner Court prior to her Grayton experience in snippets via a series of flashbacks after her arrival there. Regardless, however, after a slightly rocky start, Jewell Cardwell, her family curse, and the creepy, demonic goings-on at Grayton really captured my imagination and led me on an exhilarating journey all the way to the startling, pulse-pounding cliff-hanger ending.

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.

Reviewed by Laurie-J

Next Few Stops

Monday, January 7
Guest blogging at The Story Behind the Book
Tuesday, January 8
Book reviewed at Sara’s Organized Chaos
Thursday, January 10
Guest blogging at Inside BJ’s Head
Monday, January 14
Book reviewed at Inside BJ’s Head
Wednesday, January 16
Book reviewed at The Phantom Paragrapher


Giveaway Promo:




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Current Giveaways: 2 Autographed Copy of the Adventures of Jewel Cardwell 2 Autographed rendition of scenes from The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Collector’s Item 3 eBooks: Kindle and /or Nook version.


1 comment:

Fumi Hancock said...

Thanks for the feature... I am humbled and grateful.