Cassandra Clare Reveals ‘Lady Midnight’ First Editions Special Content

If all you readers remember the Clockwork Princess and City of Heavenly Fire, you must remember that the first editions/printings of the novel has special content within them. A little gift from the author and publisher to all TMI fans. Continue reading “Cassandra Clare Reveals ‘Lady Midnight’ First Editions Special Content”

The Impossibility of Unrequited Love and the Effect of the Stalker – An Essay

Think of Dante and his Divine Comedy and what drove him to make such a piece of art – it was his unrequited love for Beatrice. This led him to – for all intents and purposes – become a stalker. That is what most stalkers are, people who have this innate desire to be with someone, even if it’s from afar. They watch, keep their distance, and even sometimes insert themselves into the lives of their victim, both mentally and physically. However, while not all situations revolving in unrequited love result in stalking, half the time they do. This is exactly what happens in the Spanish film Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes). Cesar, the main character, suffers so incredibly by his inability to return the love of his stalker Nuria. She haunts him, even when she is not there. That is the impossibility of unrequited love. Cesar may not have felt anything for Nuria, but throughout the film, she continues to impact him, whether by reminding him of his constant fear of loneliness, his inability to take full control over his life or of her, his fear of homeliness and his fear of commitment. Nuria has impacted him incredibly and the film reveals that her unrequited love, the result of her stalking, left a mark, both physical and emotional. This is why the idea of unrequited love is impossible, because even when she is dead, she is still there affecting Cesar throughout the film, indirectly controlling his life. Continue reading “The Impossibility of Unrequited Love and the Effect of the Stalker – An Essay”

A Novel Where Hope Comes to Thrive | Review of ‘Wolfen’

By Cynthia Ayala

Wolfen by Alianne Donnelly Smashwords
Wolfen by Alianne Donnelly

The quest of genetic perfection has led to the creation of a new subspecies. The Wolfen. The pinnacle of scientific achievements. But they weren’t all what man made when they played God. Their counterparts, those who developed more beast to man, the Converts, grew into the ultimate predator, unstoppable in their need to breed and destroy.

They are the ones that brought the world down to its knees.

Two decades later, humans are on the brink of extinction, those who survive, have become as brutal as those who hunt them. But Sinna – Sigma Nine – one the brink of death is saved by the two Wolfen brothers, and together, they can change the course of the war.

If they survive… Continue reading “A Novel Where Hope Comes to Thrive | Review of ‘Wolfen’”

Sophisticated and Bubbly Perfectly Woven Together | Review of ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’

By Cynthia Ayala

Hotel Transylvania 2 starring Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez & Andy Samberg
Hotel Transylvania 2 starring Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez & Andy Samberg

Dracula has opened the doors to Hotel Transylvania to humans and with his daughter Mavis marrying Johnny and giving birth to his half-human grandson, Dennis, Dracula is softening up to the humans. But when Dennis isn’t showing his vampire teeth, Dracula becomes worried. So while Mavis and Johnny are away Drac enlists his friends to help him put the boy through a “monster-in-training” boot camp. But things get batty when Drac’s cantankerous, old school dad Vlad pays an unexpected visit.

An adorable and outstanding film. Released on September 25 of 2015, this film brings back the original cast of the film and brings back the charm of it as well. Continue reading “Sophisticated and Bubbly Perfectly Woven Together | Review of ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’”

The Postpartum Effects of “Adam’s” Birth – An Essay

Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein has amazed audiences all around the world and has tingled the thoughts and minds of readers everywhere. There is so much to be said that will keep the novel alive for public consumption and thought. But one of the more riveting aspects of the novel is Victor’s clear and initial rejection of his creation, his son, from the beginning and the effects of the “birth” that follows[…] Continue reading The Postpartum Effects of “Adam’s” Birth – An Essay

Weekly Reading List #22

By Cynthia Ayala

Hello there avid readers! I hope that everyone had a wonderful week. I spent the week stress-writing a paper that I’m sure is going to get an F. God, I can’t believe I am hoping for a D. Research papers have always been my weak link.

But enough about that, I’m sure none of you readers want to hear about my writing struggles. Anyway, here are the books I have listed on my to-read for the upcoming week. I just finished reading The Fate of Ten (Lorien Legacies, #6) so I thought I would follow up with the Lorien Legacies novella to kick off my next week.

As always, all synopsis are provided via Goodreads. Happy reading folks. Continue reading “Weekly Reading List #22”

Cassandra Clare reveals a sneak peek chapter sampler from ‘Lady Midnight’

Lady Midnight is the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s upcoming trilogy The Dark Artifices. While the release date is not set until March 8th of next year, with it already being late October, the time is fast approaching. So with the keen insight to hook new and old readers,  Simon & Schuster Australia has made one chapter available. Continue reading “Cassandra Clare reveals a sneak peek chapter sampler from ‘Lady Midnight’”

A Look Back at Stardust

By Cynthia Ayala


Hello there avid readers. So I have decided to do something completely unprecedented. You know, instead of doing homework and being academically productive, I have decided to take this Columbus Day holiday to be lazy and give myself a day of rest. Because everyone is entitled to a day off every so often right. So this weekend I decided to re-watch Stardust on Netflix. Don’t believe I have a review of it so here we go!

Stardust stars Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer and Charlie Cox as the three main actors of the film. Based on the novel of the same title by Neil Gaiman, the film is a romantic comedy/adventure film about a young man who on his way to capture a fallen star in order to win the hand of the woman he loves. But while this is a romance film, it’s also a film about coming of age, about finding where you belong in the world and where everything fits in. It’s a fun film that received many well deserved reviews. Continue reading “A Look Back at Stardust”