Review: “Scattered Suns” Is An Electrifying Space Opera (The Saga of Seven Suns, #4) – Emertainment Monthly

By Cynthia Ayala ’17 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer

5ecebdcdc7f7c1f093ac6ec567ac675d-174x131Anyone who loves “Star Wars” or “Battlestar Galactica” will love “Scattered Suns,” which features great storytelling and all the science fiction elements a reader could want. […] Continue reading “Review: “Scattered Suns” Is An Electrifying Space Opera (The Saga of Seven Suns, #4) – Emertainment Monthly”

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A Can’t Put Down Space Opera | Of Fire & Night (Saga of Seven Suns, #5)

By Cynthia Ayala

Of Fire and Night by Kevin J. Anderson Aspet/Orbit
Of Fire and Night by Kevin J. Anderson
Aspet/Orbit

After many years of struggle in the war with the hydrogues, the humans are finally on the winning side. With weapons from the Roamers, the wentals and doorbells, and the Verdani warships from the Theroc, the hydorgues are falling.

A centuries old battle is coming to a conclusion, but old enemies have risen from the depths of oblivion while allies have become enemies. As the battle reaches its final climax, the Spiral Arm will be left changed forever. Continue reading “A Can’t Put Down Space Opera | Of Fire & Night (Saga of Seven Suns, #5)”

A Look Back | My Journey into Vanilla Sky – The Hot Mess of Exposition

Vanilla Sky starring Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz & Cameron Diaz
Vanilla Sky starring Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz & Cameron Diaz

Until today, I had never seen Vanilla Sky. I never heard anything good about it and I’m a personal fan of the Spanish original Abre Los Ojos, a movie of which I just wrote a movie about. And then one day, when I got home from work at 1 in the morning, I was able to catch the last hour of the film. Oh god did it make me cringe. From that moment on I was determined to watch the movie in its entirety so that I could write this.

Now, like most people I have gone through a period in my life where I wasn’t a fan of Tom Cruise. I love him now, religious beliefs aside; he’s a good actor. Continue reading “A Look Back | My Journey into Vanilla Sky – The Hot Mess of Exposition”

‘Nightfall’s Thrilling Concept is Dulled by Uncharacteristic Writing | Review of ‘Nightfall”

By Cynthia Ayala

'Nightfall' by Jake Halpern & Peter Kujawinski  G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
‘Nightfall’ by Jake Halpern & Peter Kujawinski
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

The sun doesn’t set for twenty-four years, and when it does, the darkness rises, bringing the nightmares and monsters of the night alongside it. No one stays on the island once the sun leaves, but for Marin, Kana and Line, they didn’t have a choice and they were forgotten. Now the trio need to not only survive the night, but make it off the island and swim south towards the desert lands. But it may be to late for them to save themselves…

Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski is a post-apocalyptic young adult thriller, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on September 22, 2015. It follows three young teenagers as they traverse their home island Bliss, seeing it in ways they never had before. Continue reading “‘Nightfall’s Thrilling Concept is Dulled by Uncharacteristic Writing | Review of ‘Nightfall””

An Electrifying Prequel | Review of ‘Ali’s Pretty Little Lies’ (Pretty Little Liars, #0.5)

By Cynthia Ayala

'Ali's Pretty Little Lies' by Sara Shepard HarperTeen
‘Ali’s Pretty Little Lies’ by Sara Shepard
HarperTeen

Long before A hunted the four pretty little liars, there was Alison DiLaurentis. Girls wanted to be her, boys wanted her and unknown to them all, someone wanted her dead.

Learn all about Alison and her lies and deep dark secrets that threaten her entire world and her life. Follow Alison’s life leading up to her death. Hear her story and see how everything started and how Alison DiLaurentis’s life ended.

Sara Shepard has gifted readers with a revelation of at least half of the mystery that had created the bestselling young adult series Pretty Little Liars with her prequel Ali’s Pretty Little Lies. Published on January 2, 2013 by HarperTeen, this novel takes readers back to the beginning of the entire series and allows them to see the chain of events that weave the mystery that haunts the Pretty Little Liars.
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Shadowhunters Is Here…And It’s Not Impressing

By Cynthia Ayala

I know that the movie didn’t get a lot of great reviews or even make back it’s bank, but at least it stayed true to the novel – for the most part – and at least the acting was solid.

I have recently just been graced(?) with a seeing the trailer of the upcoming ABCFamily television show. They didn’t ruin Pretty Little Liars, the first season, so I didn’t lower my expectations.

I should have. Continue reading “Shadowhunters Is Here…And It’s Not Impressing”

A Wild Romantic Ride | Review of ‘Silver Shadows’ (Bloodlines, #5)

By Cynthia Ayala

'Silver Shadows' by Richelle Mead Razorbill
‘Silver Shadows’ by Richelle Mead
Razorbill

Sydney has been taken, thought to be defiled by Adrian by her Alchemist family. Surrounded by religious enemy who were once her people, Sydney struggles to cling to her identity and hope of survival, that Adrian will find her. But Adrian, desperate to find her has let his old demons take possession of him. Will the couple survive or will they let their people define them?

Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead was published on July 29, 2014 by Razorbill and is a paranormal young adult romance that follows the struggle of the forbidden relationship with Adrian and Sydney. Continue reading “A Wild Romantic Ride | Review of ‘Silver Shadows’ (Bloodlines, #5)”

Review: “The Last Ever After” is a Perfect Fairy Tale Ending (The School for Good and Evil #3) – Emertainment Monthly

By Cynthia Ayala ’17 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer

SG3LastEverAfter-hc-c-1421942066-174x131The last book in Chainani’s trilogy, “The Last Ever After” is a charming novel that is very mature, fun, and adventurous, giving new life to old fairy tales. Continue reading “Review: “The Last Ever After” is a Perfect Fairy Tale Ending (The School for Good and Evil #3) – Emertainment Monthly”

A Disappointment to Mythology | Review of ‘The Maenad in Manhattan’ (Lovers and Liar, #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

The Maenad of Manhattan by Liz Meldon Smashwords
The Maenad of Manhattan by Liz Meldon
Smashwords

Ancient Greece is long gone, their popularity dwindling, the Old Gods have scattered around the globe, their power fading. But, luckily for Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, she remains a household name, even if no one believes in her. Everything became banal, until Loki walked through the door.

Published on August 20, 2014 by Smashwords, The Maenad in Manhattan by Liz Meldon is a fantasy novella about Aphrodite and her brief (and sexual) encounter with the Norse God Loki. Continue reading “A Disappointment to Mythology | Review of ‘The Maenad in Manhattan’ (Lovers and Liar, #1)”

Weekly Reading List #21

By Cynthia Ayala

Better late than never I suppose. It was quite the busy weekend for me, mainly because of work and school work and the fact that I am sick. So this week has been a little crazy for me. But, at least I have great bosses and cool classes with interesting discussions. It’s nice to be back at school, even though I miss my mom, fiancé and cute kitten Mr. J Who Thinks He’s Batman. He’s such a cute kitty and I can’t wait to see him again.

But anyway, here is my weekly reading list for the week. I hope you all had a wonderful fun filled weekend. As always, all synopsis are provided by Goodreads:
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