Weekly Reading List #18

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers! So this may be my last really good reading list since I will be starting school next week at Emerson provided that the tropical storm/hurricane does not impede my journey. Since I will be starting school I will mostly be reading school books and ebooks so my reading lists may fluctuate a lot. As for what you can expect in reviews, well there might be a lag here or there since I will also be working 2 jobs and have probably bunches of school work. Ah school, you are so necessary and time consuming. I will be returning to Emerson leaving FL on my 24th birthday (there could be worse birthday’s right?) and hopefully I will get to read everything that I want to read outside of school and work on my side projects and bracelets. On the bright side, I’ll be waking up early because I have to…wait, is that a bright side?

Anyway, you’ve had enough of my rambling so here are the books I hope to read this coming week. And, as always, all synopsis’ are courtesy of Goodreads. Happy reading!
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A Finale Not Worth Dying Over | Review of ‘City of Heavenly Fire’ (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

By Cynthia Ayala

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry

With the Infernal Cup, Sebastian Morgenstern, brother of Shadowhunter Clary Fray, is on the move, turning Shadowhunters into Endarkened, creatures of nightmare. Now the Shadowhunters must retreat to Idris and form a plan to defeat the insane son of Valentine, the boy poisoned by the demon queen Lilith. But with hope and fear, Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle and Alec must run towards traitors and set foot into the depths of hell to fight the only battle that matters. The battle to save the world, the battle that will cost them dearly.

City of Heavenly Fire is the sixth and final novel in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare published on May 27, 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry. The novel follows young Shadowhunters in this young adult fantasy and paranormal friend as they battle the twisted forces of evil and save the worlds’ they love.
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Review: Slow but Inventive, “Hood” Retells a Classic Tale (King Raven Trilogy, #1) – Emertainment Monthly

By Cynthia Ayala ’17 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer

www.myaudiobooklibrary-174x131Filled with Celtic mythology and medieval British beliefs, this new tale of Robin Hood focuses on characterization and narrative, making “Hood” a unique story. Continue reading “Review: Slow but Inventive, “Hood” Retells a Classic Tale (King Raven Trilogy, #1) – Emertainment Monthly”

Historical Fiction with a Divine Twist | Review of ‘The House of Shattered Wings’ (Dominion of the Fallen #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard
Roc

Paris has survived the Great Houses War, a War created by the Fallen Angels and their houses. Their blood and their essence has polluted the air. While the citizens continue to live on and fight for survival among their ailing country the war of politics continues on. Something from the past has come to undo House Silverspires, once the leader of the power games now a house in disarray. Something in the shadows is stalking them and killing innocents who come and go. But there are three people who might be able to save it: a naive and powerful fallen angel, an alchemist with a terrible addiction and a seemingly young man from the Far East. But are they powerful enough to undo the sins of the father?

Published August 18, 2015 by Roc, The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard takes mystery into new territory dealing with angelic mythology and urban fantasy to make a very interesting novel.
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A Magical Mystery | Review of ‘A Magic Dark and Bright’ (The Asylum Saga, #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

A Magic Dark and Bright by Jenny Adams Perinovic
Bookish Girl Press

A ghost haunts the woods behind her house. Amelia Dupree calls her the Woman in White and the last time she saw her was on the night her brother died. But months have passed and when Charlie moves next door with his grandmother and girls start to inexplicably drown in the Susquehanna River, Charlie and Amelia set out to discover the dark history of their little town and the curse surrounding it.

Published by Bookish Girl Press on April 28, 2015 A Magic Dark and Bright by Jenny Adams Perinovic is a young adult paranormal fantasy about a young woman who dragged into a battle between a ghost and a curse.
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An Electrifying Space Opera | Review of ‘Scattered Suns’ (The Saga of Seven Suns, #4)

By Cynthia Ayala

‘Scattered Suns’ by Kevin J. Anderson Orbit

The war between the elemental aliens continues to grow while strife between the Ildiran kingdom and that of the human empire continues to rise. A deluded imposter Mage-Imperator threatens the kingdom and while Jora’h faces that war, he must, with a heavy heart, send his half-human daughter on a mission to make peace with the hydrogues. While they fight the gas giant aliens, Jess Tamblyn and Beneto work unwittingly alongside one another to raise the water and earth aliens from their sleep to fight the war with the humans. Darkness rises above the horizon as mad men with blind power and rage attack, forcing everyone to face their darkest choices in hopes of survival.

Scattered Suns by the remarkable Kevin J. Anderson was first published on July 18, 2005 by Aspect before being republished on November 1, 2007 by Orbit. This sci-fi space opera takes readers on an adventure through a universe at war.
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Weekly Reading List #17

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers! I hope that everyone had a wonderful week/weekend. It’s been pretty boring here in sunny Florida. Of course, here is some interesting news. My reviews have been favorited and retweeted Twitter by some authors! Isn’t that exciting! It may have only been two authors (Soman Chainani and Danielle Vega), but any sort of recognition is exciting in my book. They liked what I had to say about their novels. Then again, when I’m giving a book 4 or 5 stars, it’s hard to not like it, even if it may be poorly written. Oh God, now I’m going to be even more self-conscious about my reviews. However, if I stop now I won’t improve and sticking to it, analyzing and editing it certainly a way to make sure that I continue to improve.

So I finished the fourth novel in the Saga of Seven Suns series, Scattered Suns, and it was amazing! I’m in the middle of A Magic Dark and Bright right now and so far I like it. Can’t really complain, I did get the book for free after all via a Goodreads Giveaway. Anyway, here’s what’s on my reading list for the coming week. Happy reading folks.

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A Hilarious Next Generation Film | Review of ‘Vacation’

By Cynthia Ayala

‘Vacation’ starring Ed Helms & Christina Applegate
Warner Bros. Pictures

Rusty Griswold, the youngest child from 1983’s National Lampoon’s Vacation is all grown up with a family of his own and fond childhood memories of a certain family road trip to Walley World, “America’s Favorite Family Fun Park.” Like his father, Clark, Rusty wants to forge closer bonds with his own family – wife Debbie and boys James and Kevin – so he buys a souped-up Albanian van and convinces them to set off on their own crazy cross-country jaunt to Walley World.

—Erin Demers, Rovi

Fans of the original never fear, Vacation had all the wit and charm of the originals and was pure hilarity.
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Review: “Cinder” is a Stand-Out Cinderella Story (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) – Emertainment Monthly

By Cynthia Ayala ’17 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer

cinder-174x131In this retelling of the Cinderella story, Linh Cinder works as a mechanic, living under the iron thumb of her stepmother and ostracized for being more than human. Continue reading “Review: “Cinder” is a Stand-Out Cinderella Story (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) – Emertainment Monthly”