Brilliant Expansion | Review of ‘The Unraveling’ (Wonderland #2)

By Cynthia Ayala


The Unraveling by Rebekah Lewis

One year ago, Cadence fell into Wonderland. But she wasn’t able to stay, her heart torn between her love and the love of her family. Now her sister, Melody, has fallen into the hole, and Candence uses the opportunity to chase after her, hoping to find Gareth along the way. But with an evil Queen destined to stop her at every turn, can she survive her journey or will she be expelled from Wonderland twice?


Published on December 4, 2015, by Rebekah Lewis, The Unraveling follows two sisters on a journey to find each other and more.
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Weekly Reading List #62

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! My fiancé is leaving back to Florida in a few days. Sad panda. We’ve been having such a great time lately and tomorrow, the goal is Salem! We weren’t able to go last year because I got horribly sick but rain or shine I am going to Salem for Halloween! Anyway, I hope everyone has some wonderful plans for Halloween, don’t let the fact that it’s on a Monday bum you out. Anyway, check out this week’s reading list. Happy reading! Continue reading “Weekly Reading List #62”

Hot October Reads – Undergraduate Students for Publishing

By Cynthia Ayala

October is the month I’m always looking forward to because it’s Halloween, which is by far my favorite holiday. Of course there’s more to it, something that makes every month special: book releases! Who doesn’t love the smell of new books as they linger on the bookshelves, or that final book in the series one has been dying to read? It’s a little present for avid readers who live by the written word, and this month is no different from any other[…] Continue reading “Hot October Reads – Undergraduate Students for Publishing”

Dark, Delicious, and Addicting | Review of ‘Three Dark Crowns’ (Three Dark Crowns #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Harper Teen

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born. Each queen is are all equal heirs to the throne, and each have their own coveted type of magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental; Katherine is a poisoner while Arsinoe is a naturalist. And when they turn sixteen the battle for the crown begins and only one can be left standing. But each harbors a secret that could spell their doom and even while the last queen is not the strongest, she may be the darkest one with the darkest heart.

Published on September 20, 2016 by HarperTeen, Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake is the first in her new Three Dark Crowns series, a young adult fantasy series about the bond of sisters who are destined to kill one another.
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Weekly Reading List #61

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope that everyone is having a wonderful weekend. For me my fiancé is coming to visit next weekend for Halloween so I’m trying really hard to get as much done as humanly possible so that I don’t have to worry about school work and can somewhat relax with him. It’ll be nice J. School going great I’m working on three different projects right now, I’m editing one book, typing the second, and starting something completely different that has dragons because who doesn’t love dragons. And there is something not working in the first chapter of my novel so I’m going to finish fine tuning it for my creative writing class so that I can turn it in and figure out what isn’t working. Maybe it’s the fact that I wrote it 5 years ago and my writing style has changed, maybe it’s something in the presentation. I don’t know, that’s what class is for. So this weekend was really dedicated to that and lots of reading and writing. But anyway, check out my weekly reading list for the next week. Happy reading! Continue reading “Weekly Reading List #61”

Thought Provoking | Review of ‘Configured’ (Configured #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

Years after the Earth’s population was decimated by a virus, the survivors sought refuge, building a city based on three tiers, the goal of the citizens to focus solely on duty, to forget their emotions and strive for excellence. Seventeen-year-old Avlyn Lark is one of the people built in the city at the edge of war with Affinity, her one chance at freedom and redemption. But for the fight for freedom, there always comes risk.

Configured by Jenetta Penner October 20, 2016, is the first novel in her young adult science fiction series that will speak to fans of Divergent and The Maze Runner series.
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Historically Intriguing | Review of ‘Traitor Angels’

By Cynthia Ayala

Traitor Angels by Anne Blankman
Balzer + Bray
Image Credit: Goodreads

Elizabeth Milton has not known a stable life being the daughter of the notorious poet John Milton, helping him write his latest masterpiece Paradise Lost while learning foreign languages and sword fighting at night. Her father is training her for something and with the arrival of the young Italian Antonio Vivani and the King’s court, Elizabeth is thrown into mission fueled by puzzles and mystery she couldn’t dream possible.

Traitor Angels by Anne Blankman was published on May 3, 2016 by Balzer + Bray, takes an interesting journey with historical fiction.
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Configured Book Trailer Reveal and Giveaway


Jenetta Penner
(Book #1 in the Configured Trilogy)
Publication date: October 20th 2016
Genres: Sci-Fi/Dystopian, Young Adult

“In the future, love will make you a traitor.

120 years after a virus decimated earth’s population the survivors thrive in safety, away from the death and destruction of the Outerbounds. But there is a price. Divided into three levels of intellect, Citizens focus solely on duty. Emotions are pointless, even dangerous.

Due to her advanced intelligence, seventeen-year-old computer genius, Avlyn Lark is separated from her twin brother at birth and raised by adoptive parents. She gains privilege, the ideal future. He dies. Avlyn barely knew him yet he remains bound to her memory. Continue reading “Configured Book Trailer Reveal and Giveaway”

Weekly Reading List #60

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope that everyone is having a wonderful weekend. Lots of reading this weekend for homework, which is going to be tons of fun. Well, one of the books for class, A Writers Book of Cures and Spells by Marcia Johnson, it’s not that it’s bad, but it is hard to read because it’s written in such an unfamiliar way. It’s very different and has a strong way of lulling the reader, which isn’t bad but it definitely is a good story to read to relax the mind, but it’s not easy to read. Then I have Borges Labyrinths, I’m liking it so far, it’s all the supplemental reading I’m not looking forward to, reading essays, not really my thing, but maybe I’ll be surprised and I’ll find them interesting.

But other than school work, because I would die if that was all I had to read, here’s my reading list for the week to keep my brain functioning. Happy reading!
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