Weekly Reading List #51

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope everyone is having a great week. It’s freakishly hot here in Florida, but it’s the summer so I’m sure it’s hot wherever you are to…unless you’re below the equator. It’s been a busy two weeks for me, I was recently promoted to being a manager at my local theater, which is great! So I haven’t had a ton of time to read during my lunch breaks…provided I get one. Sometimes it just gets too busy and when I calms down, it’s time for me to go home. Which is why I snack whenever I’m in the office, just in case you know. Run in, have a quick bite of my granola bar, run back out on the floor. Also, I have become addicted to honey-lemon water, with a spoonful of sugar. I drink about 16oz of that a day now. I didn’t think I would like it, but I love it!

However, you’re not here to hear of my social life and addictions, and if you like catching up with me, well great! But here is my weekly reading list for this coming week. Let’s hope I can get some reading done this week. Happy reading!
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Star Trek Has Found Its Way Back | Review of Star Trek Beyond

By Cynthia Ayala

Star Trek Beyond Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba & Sofia Boutella
Paramount Pictures
Image Credit: Screenrant

“The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.”

—IMDB

This movie made me so happy. After Into Darkness I was apprehensive about the Star Trek franchise because Into Darkness lost its way in trying to appeal to both Trekkies and the mass market. It tried too hard to be one classic (The Wrath of Khan) that it ended up being another classic (The Undiscovered Country) but with less of the heart that would have appealed to Star Trek fans because it just missed the mark, it missed the intent of Gene Roddenberry‘s work. Moreover, with this film, when I heard that they were doing reshoots after it initially wrapped up, which usually almost always spells out doom for a movie. However, you wouldn’t know it watching this film, because whatever they had to go and fix, they nailed it, and they brought back what Gene Roddenberry intended, they brought back hope, they brought back peace, and unity, and everything else that Gene Roddenberry intended when he first created Star Trek.
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Potential Floundered | Review of ‘Now You See Me 2’

By Cynthia Ayala

Now You See Me 2 starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe & Lizzy Caplan
Summit Entertainment
Image Credit: IMDB

The Four Horsemen resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet.

    —IMDB

Almost as good as it’s predecessor, but the film suffers from a big problem of overreaching which seems to be a big problem with Hollywood lately, just make things bigger, bring everything in, the story comes second. Same thing happened right here. The tricks are too big, too outlandish, and yes, I know that magic tricks can be as big as a plane, but for the film purposes, the story should come first, not second, to make for a more enjoyable experience. Continue reading “Potential Floundered | Review of ‘Now You See Me 2’”

Intricately and Beautifully Woven Art | Review of ‘A Thousand Pieces of You’ (Firebird #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

A Thousand Pieces of You by
Claudia Gray
Harper Teen
Image Credit: Goodreads

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents have invented the Firebird, a device that allows the wearer to travel to multiple universes. But when Marguerite’s father is suddenly murdered by their enigmatic assistant Paul, Marguerite’s life is turned upside down. Especially after Paul escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him. With her own Firebird, Marguerite goes after him, and before long, begins to question his guilt as a sinister secret comes to life, threatening everything she holds dear.

Published on November 4, 2014, by Harper Teen, A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray is the first in a new young adult science fiction by a New York Times bestselling author.
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Fun, Heartwarming But Lacking Realism | Review of ‘Finding Dory’

By Cynthia Ayala

Finding Dory starring Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence & Ed O’Neill
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.

    —IMDB

Simply adorable. Everyone’s favorite blue tang fish is back in this sequel all about her. Finding Dory is all about Dory and where she came from and how she came to meet up with Marlin and Nemo. Going back Dory’s origins, the audience gets to see Dory as the cutest animated baby in the world. I mean let’s just give the animators here a round of applause for getting some of the smallest details correct, mirroring real fish and lighting and the like, perfectly, but also they created one of the cutest little fish in the world that completely fits with the character. Continue reading “Fun, Heartwarming But Lacking Realism | Review of ‘Finding Dory’”

Vividly Written and Addicting | Review of ‘Paper and Fire’ (The Great Library #2)

By Cynthia Ayala

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
NAL
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The Great Library controls knowledge around the world with an iron first with ruthlessness where books are everything and life means nothing. For Jess Brightwell, he knows this too well. After surviving his introduction, losing his best friend and love of his life, he strives to fight for what it right. Banding together with his friends, hunted by automata, he is forced to flee Alexandria, but London is no safer. Secrets come to life, and the path to the Library’s ultimate destruction has been set. Jess and his friends just need to survive it.

Published on July 5, 2016, by NAL, Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine, The second novel in the young adult fantasy series, The Great Library, follows Jess Brightwell as he deals with the aftermath of his friend’s death and the power of the Great Library of Alexandria.
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A Fairy Tale Twist | Review of ‘The Unfairest of Them All’ (Ever After High #2)

By Cynthia Ayala

The Unfairest of Them All by Shannon Hale
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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In the aftermath of The Storybook of Legends, the school is in upheaval. It is Royals against Rebels, those who don’t want to follow their preordained destinies and those who want to live Happily Ever After in their safe, predictable lives. For Raven Queen, she just wants to live her life, not be the leader of the Rebels, and for Apple White, who wants everything to go back to normal; she can’t seem to figure out how to be a leader at all. And when all the madness puts Madeline Hatter in jeopardy, the two must find a way to bring everyone together to save their best friend.

Published on March 25, 2014, by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, The Unfairest of Them All by Shannon Hale is the second novel in her fantasy and fairy tales series for young readers.
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Weekly Reading List #50

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers, I hope that everyone had a wonderful 4th of July weekend. You know, as busy as I was this weekend I actually managed to read two books. Woo! The South Florida SuperCon was tons of fun, but man was I exhausted when it was over. My legs hurt from all the walking, but I met a ton of people, people I’m fans of and took a bunch of pictures you’ve already seen on Instagram. I met Claudia Gray, Kevin J. Anderson, Tony Bedard, Walter Koenig and the great Henry Winkler who just so happens went to my college (Emerson College) and hugged me 4 times, including giving me a kiss on my cheek. Yeah, it was awesome. But anyway, since I read two books this weekend and I’m already halfway through another, here’s my weekly reading list for this week. Happy reading! Continue reading “Weekly Reading List #50”

Book of the Month Poll – August 2016

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers and book lovers. Another month means another book of the month poll where you get to what on which novel you believe should be August’s book of the month. The winning book will receive a featured post and a featured book review. You can vote here on Pollcaster or by clicking the picture below. Or you can vote by leaving your vote in the comments section. Here are the selections for this month:
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Book of the Month – July 2016

The votes are in and (surprise, surprise) the winner of the July Book of the Month Poll is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! Woo! Now this was my vote because I’m a Harry Potter super fan (proud Slytherin and Thunderbird) and for many of you this was your choice. Now if you didn’t vote for your book or promote it enough, let me know if you still want me to review a particular novel and I’ll add it on my to-read shelf. As for everyone else who voted for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
I will try to have the review up as soon as possible.
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