A Relevant, Frightening & Raw Story | Review of ‘Carrie’

By: Cynthia Ayala

Carrie White is the misfit, the outcast, the girl constantly bullied, broken by her religious and fanatical mother. But when push comes to shove, Carrie soon discovers that she holds powers, that she’s telekinetic, turning her Prom Night into a fiery bloody night of death.

Doubleday first published Carrie by notable bestselling author Stephen King on April 5, 1974. Set in Maine, this horrific and supernatural novel follows young outsider Carrie White who spends most of her time being bullied a school by everyone while she spends her time at home being abused by her religious and fanatical mother. But when push comes to shove, Carrie discovers that she has a deep power inside her.
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954 MAG (February 2015 Issue)

954MAG February 2015954 Nation’s newest online magazine features book reviews and articles relevant to the community and the nation.  This issue features the following:

“A Riveting Novel on Self Discovery”

A review by Cynthia Ayala on The Appetites of Girls by Pamela Moses following four girls on their journey of self-discovery and self-respect. Continue reading “954 MAG (February 2015 Issue)”

A Perfect Example of Characterization | Review of ‘How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero’ (HTTYD, #11)

By: Cynthia Ayala

Hiccup and the Company of the Dragonmark are in hiding as Hiccups mother searches high and low for the lost things, the treasures that mark the next King of the Wildewest. Alvin the Treacherous and his witch mother are guarding the shores of Tomorrow, hoping to steal and gather all the lost things as they figure out how to dispose of Hiccup. But with time running out and with the Dragons and Alvin’s league after him, Hiccup has quite the challenge ahead of him, and with a traitor lurking in their midst, will Hiccup make it or lose someone close to his heart?
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A Study on the Human Experience: Review of ‘Warm Bodies’ – Emertainment Monthly

By: Cynthia Ayala ’17 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer

‘Warm Bodies’ is a post-apocalyptic paranormal romance about a zombie rediscovering his humanity in a funny, captivating twist on the Romeo and Juliet story. […]
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A Compilation of Depth | Review of ‘Dove Arising’ (Dove Chronicles, #1)

By: Cynthia Ayala

Phaet Theta has lived her entire life invisible since her father death, close only to her best friend who speaks for her and her family, keeping under the radar as much as possible. That is until her mother is suddenly arrested. Stuck with limited options in how to her keep her younger siblings outside of the degrading Shelter, 15-year-old Phaet enlist in the Militia. Where training is both deadly and competitive, Phaet finds a comrade in Wes, the mysterious outsider whose fate seems tied to hers. The plan: rank high and save her family, but as secrets begin to rise, ranking high and staying alive are easier said than done.
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A Spooky Successor | Review of ‘The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death’

By: Cynthia Ayala

When a group of orphaned children are forced to move from their home in London, caretakers Eve and Jean bring everyone to the desolate and eerie British countryside. 40 years after Arthur Kipps left, this supernatural horror film introduces this new group to the now abandoned Eel Marsh House; an odd but seemingly safe location. It isn’t long before Eve starts to sense that this house is not what it appears to be as the children in her care begin to disappear. As their house of safety becomes a house of horrors, Eve enlists the help of a handsome pilot to help investigate what is happening. Eve soon discovers that it may not be a coincidence that she has come to reside in the house inhabited by the Woman in Black.

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A Thrilling & Suspenseful Mystery | Review of Last Christmas (Private Series, #0.6)

By: Cynthia Ayala

Ariana Osgood wasn’t always the sociopath that everyone knew. Once upon a time, she was a meek girl who had everything that anyone could want: straight A’s, the perfect boyfriend, and the coveted spot in Billing’s House. But last Christmas, Ariana discovered what she was really capable of. Trapped on campus by a blizzard with notorious bad-boy Thomas Pearson. As everything she thought she knew about herself unravels as she finds comfort in the arms of Thomas Pearson, Ariana discovers that her simple holiday romance of love is about to turn into a nightmare when she catches someone watching her. And Ariana will do anything to keep her little secret safe. Anything…
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