Marie Lu YA Sci-Fi Giveaway



By Megan Crewe; Shared by Cynthia Ayala

Get swept up in Marie Lu’s stories of thrilling futures with this YA sci-fi giveaway! One lucky reader will win her latest novel, Warcross, a pre-order of her upcoming Batman novel, the Legend graphic novel, a Legend trilogy necklace, and Warcross lip balm. Open worldwide (see rules for details)!


This giveaway is sponsored by YA authors Lyssa Chiavari (Fourth World), Jenetta Penner (Configured), Stella Samiotou Fitzsimons (The Plantation Series), Katie French (The Breeders), and Jesikah Sundin (Legacy). By entering you’ll also be signed up to hear book news from each of them.


Click the image below to enter. Good luck!

Giveaway Ends
December 15, 2017 4:30 pm ACT

Prizes Awarded
December 17, 2017 8:00 pm ACT

A Powerful Burning Novel | Review of ‘Fireblood’ (Frostblood Saga #2)


By Cynthia Ayala

Fireblood by Elly Blake
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Image Credit: Goodreads

“Against all the odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. However, the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby’s powers and past.” —Goodreads

Published September 12, 2017, by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Fireblood by Elly Blake is the second in her YA fantasy series dealing with prejudice, magic, and love.
Continue reading A Powerful Burning Novel | Review of ‘Fireblood’ (Frostblood Saga #2)

Purr-fectly Delightful | Review of ‘A Tale of Two Kitties’ (A Magical Cats Mystery #9)


By Cynthia Ayala

A Tale of Two Kitties by Sofia Kelly
Berkeley
Image Credit: Goodreads

With a well-placed paw on a keyboard or a pointed stare, Kathleen’s two cats, Hercules and Owen, have helped her to solve cases in the past—so she has learned to trust their instincts. But she will need to rely on them more than ever when a twenty-year-old scandal leads to murder. The arrival of the Janes brothers has the little town of Mayville Heights buzzing. Everyone of a certain age remembers when Victor had an affair with Leo’s wife, who then died in a car accident. Now it seems the brothers are trying to reconcile until Kathleen finds Leo dead. The police set their sights on Leo’s son and Kathleen’s good friend Simon, who doesn’t have much of an alibi. To prove her friend innocent, Kathleen will have to dig deep into the town’s history—and into her sardine cracker supply, because Owen and Hercules don’t work for free.” —Goodreads

Published September 5, 2017, by Berkeley A Tale of Two Kitties
by Sofie Kelly is the ninth in her adorable cat filled mystery that is both serious and delightfully lighthearted.
Continue reading Purr-fectly Delightful | Review of ‘A Tale of Two Kitties’ (A Magical Cats Mystery #9)

Weekly Reading List #112


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers. I hope that everyone has had a wonderful week. Seems I’m starting to get backlogged again with my reviews and reading list. I’ve gotten some requests to read some novels from many authors. So at the moment if you are wondering if I would like to read your book the answer is, of course, yes, however, please understand that I’m backlogged so think long and hard about whether or not you are prepared to wait. There are some instances where I’m able to push a book up on my reading list, however, they are few and far between and take a lot of consideration. I read them in the order that I get them. Books set to expire to get precedence, so if you send me a file like Penguin’s First to Read program, please let me know about any expiration date. And also stay tuned for my reading list! This reading list is to let you know which reviews to expect in the future so be watchful about when you’re going to see your book. Be warned though, I only tend to put 2 – 3 reviews up a week so give myself time to read and work on my own novel. Also my job, need that too.

But in the meantime, check out these titles and see if they tickle your fancy. Happy reading!
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Beautiful Depiction of Prehistoric Fiction | Review of ‘Obsidian and Stars’ (Ivory and Bone #2)


By Cynthia Ayala

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Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh
HarperTeen
Image Credit: Goodreads

“After surviving the chaotic battle that erupted after Lo and the Bosha clan attacked, now Mya is looking ahead to her future with Kol. All the things that once felt so uncertain are finally falling into place. But the same night as Kol and Mya’s betrothal announcement, Mya’s brother Chev reveals his plan to marry his youngest sister Lees to his friend Morsk. The only way to avoid this terrible turn of events, Morsk informs Mya when he corners her later, is for Mya to take Lees’ place and marry him herself. Refusing to marry anyone other than her beloved, and in an effort to protect her sister, Mya runs away to a secret island with Lees. And though it seems like the safest place to hide until things back home blow over, Mya soon realizes she’s been followed. Lurking deep in the recesses of this dangerous place are rivals from Mya’s past whose thirst for revenge exceeds all reason.”

Published June 13, 2017, by HarperTeen Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh is the second in her young adult Ivory and Bone series that takes historical fiction to new fantastical heights.
Continue reading Beautiful Depiction of Prehistoric Fiction | Review of ‘Obsidian and Stars’ (Ivory and Bone #2)

A Beautifully Structured Novel | Review of ‘Black Moon’ (Zodiac #3)


By Cynthia Ayala

Black Moon by Romina Russell
Razorbill
Image Credit: Goodreads

“Rho, the courageous visionary from House Cancer, lost nearly everything when she exposed and fought against the Marad, a mysterious terrorist group bent on destroying the balance in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now, the Marad has disappeared without a trace, and an uneasy peace has been declared in the Zodiac Galaxy. However, Rho is suspicious. She believes the Master is still out there in some other form. Moreover, looming over all is the eerie visions of her mother, who died many years ago, but is now appearing to Rho in the stars. When news of a stylish new political party supported by her best friend, Nishi, sends Rho on another journey across the galaxy, she uses it as an opportunity to hunt the hidden master and seek out information about her mother. Moreover, what she uncovers sheds light on the truth–but casts darkness upon the entire Zodiac world.” —Goodreads

Published December 6, 2016, by Razorbill Black Moon by Romina Russell is the third novel in her young adult science fiction/fantasy tale that takes astrology to a whole new amazing level.
Continue reading A Beautifully Structured Novel | Review of ‘Black Moon’ (Zodiac #3)

Weekly Reading List #111


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween and enjoyed some very spooky reads. I did start a vampire-esque book set in Russia, which you’ll see very soon on this site. In the meantime, check out these reads and see what’s up on my reading list.

Continue reading Weekly Reading List #111

A Fiery Read | Review of ‘Frostblood’ (Frostblood Saga #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Frostblood by Elly Blake
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Image Credit: Goodreads

“Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge. Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.” —Goodreads

Published January 10, 2017, by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Frostblood by Elly Blake takes an interesting and magical to deal with real-world issues like prejudice and racism.
Continue reading A Fiery Read | Review of ‘Frostblood’ (Frostblood Saga #1)

Action Packed Ninja Fun | Review of ‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie’


By Cynthia Ayala

The LEGO Ninjago Movie starring Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods & Jackie Chan Warner Bros. Pictures Image Credit: IMDB

“Shunned by everyone for being the son of an evil warlord, a teenager seeks to defeat him with the help of his fellow ninjas.” —IMDB

I have loved every single LEGO movie that had come out, and while I admit that the first was so incredibly impressive, the films that have followed have not failed to impress me, and the LEGO Ninjago movie is no exception to that. These films do not try to be more than anything than they are, which is a comedic family friendly, fun, action-packed adventure. Moreover, that is precisely what the film achieves quite perfectly.
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Imaginative and Fun | Review of ‘The Missing Guardian’ (The Descendants #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

The Missing Guardian by Melanie McFarlane
Snowy Wings Publishing
Image Credit: Goodreads

“Seth Reid didn’t mean to run away with a shapeshifter. When he lost his Dad one year ago, Seth’s world fell apart. On the verge of pushing the rest of his family away, he meets Belvedere, a quirky shapeshifter, who seeks help to eliminate a dark infection that threatens the Four Worlds of Life. But when the guardian of the world of air and wind goes missing, everything falls apart. Seth is pulled into the Void, where he meets a dark figure who’s determined to become one with Seth. On an adventure filled with dragons, elemental crystals, and an unknown prophecy lost over time, Seth questions his ability to help. And the more his doubts grow, the stronger the dark infection becomes. Will his bond with his siblings be enough to stop the infection? And if Seth succeeds, will he finally be able to move past his father’s death?” —Goodreads

Published October 10, 2017, by Snowy Wings Publishing The Missing Guardian by Melanie McFarlane is a fun young adult tale that takes three kids on a wild adventure.
Continue reading Imaginative and Fun | Review of ‘The Missing Guardian’ (The Descendants #1)

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