The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's Nest

The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's Nest

by Fumi Hancock


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ISBN-13: 9781475945379
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/11/2012
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

About the Author

Fumi Hancock is a walking example of how an ordinary person from a shackled life of broken promises and shattered dreams can live a fulfilled destiny. After twenty years of dropping her pen, she picks it right back up again by releasing the first in the Grimmlyn Series: The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's Nest. Though graduated with a postgraduate degree in communication arts, and undergraduate degrees in English studies and nursing, she ascribes her writing to her life experiences, which were many times challenging. According to her, the protagonists and antagonists in her novels often come from the darkest moments of her life—a tribute to the fact that something good can come out of mysterious and difficult circumstances, if we choose to turn our challenges around. Age is merely a number where success is concerned. She also pulls some of her characters from her travels around the world—in particular, exotic Africa—uniquely weaving her tales. Fumi loves to write for young adults, particularly urban fantasy, and paranormal fiction with a touch of romance. She aspires to one day write a mystery/detective novel for the adult audience. But for now, she is content with her young adult audience. With her background in nursing, she gently nurses her unusual characters to life for her readers to enjoy. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Dr. David Hancock, and her two grown sons, Bola and Demola Thompson. She cherishes her two stepdaughters, who reside in Michigan.

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The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's Nest 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Brian_SmithTO More than 1 year ago
This is an adventure book that is capable of becoming a classic. By detailed and graphic descriptions of the scenes and the characters in the book, readers are transported to the region in South Africa where Jewel experienced the ups and downs of a South African Safari. Also, this book prides itself with a mix of tales of the unexpected punctuated by reversed expectations in many instances. Although Fumi produced this work in Queen's English, she delivered it in a language that helps all readers grasp the soul and essence of her work. Definitely, I am sending four copies of this book to my hometown library this Christmas.
InsideBJsHead More than 1 year ago
The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell has the makings of a great series. In the first few pages, Jewel catches your attention and leaves you craving more. Jewel is a character that starts as a rebellious teen, but by the end of Hydra’s Nest, she grows into herself as a young woman. This coupled with the fact that she is under a curse that could endanger her loved ones, in a country on the brink of civil war, and trying to decide between two very hot…er…. different boys makes for one of the most interesting plot lines I’ve ever seen.  Mrs. Hancock has written a beautiful, mysterious novel that captured her characters perfectly. Jewels’ sidekicks bring a sense of humor and sadness to this novel and they provide a perfect offset to the mystery. I can’t wait to read the sequel, The Sorcerer’s Purgatory, and see what Jewel (or Mrs. Hancock) does next.
fernsy More than 1 year ago
`Jewel Cardwell' is a 16 year old high school student has much to learn of her dark ancestry. As the mysteries surrounding her family is unravelled, so does it unleash the supernatural evil that has been lurking to devour all that she loves. Jewel is in a fight to save those she loves but to do so she must first learn of what she is fighting against. Sorcery and dark magic are the cores to this supernatural adventure. A wonderful, exciting and thrilling novel that takes place in the exotic lands of Africa. Hard to put down and definitely looking forward to the next in the series. Recommended to all who would love a great YA Adventure!
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
I have been largely dissatisfied during my occasional forays into reading YA. I started the first book in one popular series, and put it down because I felt the author was talking down to his readers. In another first book in a potential series, the high school students who were the main characters discussed scientific concepts like they had PhD's – in multiple specialties. (I'd previously read books in mainstream adult series by each author and enjoyed them.) Fumi Hancock does not have a following from her non-existent adult series. Nor does she have a book or movie deal around any of her concepts as do the authors I previously alluded to. What she DOES have is “The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's Nest”, the first YA adventure, regardless of sub-category, that I have ever enjoyed reading. Our protagonist, Jewel Cardwell, is removed from her comfort zone within a good neighborhood in a troubled South African township, and shipped off to Grayton Preparatory School. Before she leaves, her grandmother gives her a locket that has been handed down through their family, and warns of a supernatural threat – one that follows her to Grayton, and in fact may have been waiting there for her. Grandmother does not warn Jewel about possible entanglement with cliques, school rules and politics, and growing interest and attention from members of the opposite gender, but those are out there, as well … I found the characters believable, and the dialog actually seemed as though it was coming from people in their late teens. While it is tough to use the words “believable” and “paranormal” in the same context, the scenes involving external phenomena also seemed to play out well. The pacing worked, although we occasionally skipped over months at a time when the author felt nothing significant happened with the characters. Sometimes I missed the fact that we had skipped over a period of time; when we did, I always wondered what might have happened to the characters, even if not central to the plot. The ending … normally, I hate cliff-hangers. In this case, however, in seemed to work. One reason was that the author included a preview of the next book in the series; ignoring the fact that the selection reveals how the scene plays out, the simple fact that there IS a next book shows that the title character survives. More importantly, this book is really telling TWO stories. The first, most obvious one revolves around the paranormal activity at a boarding school. The second, and in my opinion more satisfying of the two, shows the emotional growth of a young woman into adulthood. The ending to that first layer may seem to leave the reader hanging, BUT Jewel's reaction to the situation brings the underlying layer to completion. I'm glad I had the opportunity to “meet” Jewel Cardwell and author Fumi Hancock before the rest of the world begins to clamor for their attention, and look forward to the next installment in the series. DISCLOSURE: I was provided a free electronic copy of this book by the author in return for a review reflecting my honest opinions. Also, while I tried to read this with an open mind, I am not a regular reader of YA. As such, my views may differ from those formed by fans of the genre – or they may not; I leave that to the reader's opinion.
Andrii More than 1 year ago
I bought this book as a present for my daughter because everyone in her class at school has read it. After my daughter finished reading she was talking about this book for probably 2 weeks and finally convinced me to read it too. Jewel Cardwell is very courageous and smart girl which faces such challenges that most adults would find difficult to solve. The action in the book is developing very quickly and I was never bored. In fact my wife had to postpone our family dinner for 2 hours to let me finish reading it:) I enjoyed reading about how Jewel Cardwell found solutions in very challenging life situations. It was very interesting to follow the development of relationships among Jewel Cardwell, Eric Border and Darvin Morton. What is very special about this book is that the action takes place in South Africa. I also learned a lot about the country. I read all the books from the Hunger Games series and find that Jewel Cardwell is in certain way similar to Katniss Everdeen. They are both teenagers, both very brave and very smart. If you liked Hunger Games or just want to read a great book that will keep you excited about what will happen next all the time I highly recommend this book.
SaraBreeHigh More than 1 year ago
The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's Nest Fumi Hancock Reviewed by S. Bree High YATR Jewel Cardwell has Moxie. She is rebellion and spirit WRAPPED up in a seventeen year old girl. I enjoyed the story of Jewel, it was fresh and in a setting that was new to me. I think that the setting (South Africa) of the book held on its own merit for a story all in and of itself. The descriptions made me feel as if I was there. I experienced the place right along with our Jewel. Jewel is not thrilled to be at this institution of education. Grayton Prep is top dog all the way. The all girls’ school and well sadly the last place she wants to be. Ever! Home is gone and she has to learn to do this on her own. Being here will change everything. The top notch education she receives happens to be in Evil. This is just a few of the life changing things that happen to Jewel. What does the full moon reveal and what is going on? We of course have boys… don’t we always have boys? Darwin and Eric are different and interested. Timing is everything, right? I mean of course we have love interests when everything we know is changing. Poor Jewel! I really enjoyed the story, I got caught up in it and wanted to know what she was up too. How is she going to come out here, will she be able to figure this all out and get the answers she needs? What does Jewel’s locket she wears have to do with any of this? You know my statement here right, READ the book! LOL! Every page was beautifully written and I was engrossed from start to finish. Fumi I have to say well done, honestly. I am looking forward to seeing where you take us next. I can now mark South Africa off my bucket list; I have been there via your words. Unless of course someone wants to just give me a ticket for research, purely research people. Ha-ha. No really I think everyone should take the adventure with Jewel. 2 likes flag
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