A Decent YA Mystery | Review of ‘The Gilded Cage’

By Cynthia Ayala

The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray Image Credit: Goodreads
The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Katherine Randolph spent her life on a small farm in Virginia. But when a mysterious lawyer enters her home announcing she and her brother are the heirs to the large estate, Walthingham Hall, in England, her life is forever changed. Her new life is full of splendor, launching her into the upper-class society. But after one night of fun, tragedy hits, and Katherine is stuck not knowing her to trust and whether she will be next in line to meet with a tragic end.

Published August 2, 2016 by Henry Holt and Co., The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray is a young adult historical fiction mystery that follows one young girl surviving in the aftermath of death.
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Weekly Reading List #74

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers. I hope that everyone is having a wonderful day today. January is coming to a c-lose. How bizarre how fast time flies. I’ve had some extra time lately to work on my novel and catch up on my reading. I love having some of this extra time. I’m still so tired a lot of time though, working at a movie theater is no easy feat, but at least my current boss and coworkers are great. Hours may never be perfect, but when you’re working a job you enjoy, you take what you can get.

Anyway, check out this week’s reading list. Happy reading!
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A Visually Stunning Development | Review of ‘Assassin’s Creed’

By Cynthia Ayala

Assassin’s Creed starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, & Michael K. Williams
20th Century Fox
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“When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society.”

—IMDB

When you’re adapting a video game into a film there will always be challenges because some have very little stories to them and are just “beat-em-up” games while others have this amazing story lines that the gamers and critics loved. There is always a challenge to allow for some creative license while also adapting a story. Assassin’s Creed follows under the latter.
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A Tale Perfect for a Spooky Night | Review of ‘The Fifth Petal’ (The Lace Reader #2)

By Cynthia Ayala

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The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry
Crown
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Salem’s chief of police, John Rafferty, has been dragged into a 25-year-old triple homicide dubbed the “The Goddess Murders.” After another incident occurs that once again points to Rose Whelan, a once respected local historian, niece Callie Cahill, daughter of one of the victims comes back to exonerate her. Together John and Callie look back on the past and delve into Salem’s darker side.

Published January 24, 2017 by Crown, The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry is the second in her contemporary/mystery Lace Reader series.
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Weekly Reading List #73

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers I hope that everyone is having a wonderful weekend. For me it has been a calmer week, I’ve had some time to edit my novel and catch up on some of my reading. I injured my hand though. I either have a pinched nerve in my center of both my palms or I have tendonitis. Plus, my anemia isn’t doing too great. Oh well, such is life. At least I have my books so check out what’s on the table this week.
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A Masterful Collection of Short Stories | Review of ‘Stars Above’ (The Lunar Chronicles #4.5)

By Cynthia Ayala

Stars Above by Marissa MeyerFeiwel & Friends
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
Feiwel & Friends

Stars Above explores the past and the present in nine short stories about Cinder and her comrades. How Cinder arrive in New Beijing, how Wolf became Wolf, and how Scarlet’s grandmother came into possession of Cinder. Together they tell enchanting stories in the world of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles

Published on February 2, 2016, by Feiwel & Friends, Stars Above by Marissa Meyer is a young adult short story collection with nine stories that bridge the past and the present together.
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A Decent Evolution of Story | Review of ‘Underworld: Blood Wars’

By Cynthia Ayala

Underworld: Blood Wars starring Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Lara Pulver, Tobias Menzies & Charles Dance
Screen Gems
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“Vampire death dealer, Selene fights to end the eternal war between the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her.”

—IMDB

Underworld: Blood Wars is the fifth film in the franchise and while it’s better than it’s predecessor, the film, while enjoyable, is not without faults. The story isn’t the element of the film that suffers. It’s a solid story, but the problem lies with the franchise. In Awakening, humans discovered that Vampires and werewolves were real. Yet in this film it’s almost like that never happened. Let’s rephrase, it’s like it didn’t happen at all. It’s hard to reconcile that with this film that does tie directly to it. Discovery is inevitable considering that Alexander Corvinus was the one who cleaned up all the messes and kept their existence secret, as established in Evolution, but the film seems to have moved past those elements and went back to the beginning, to forget about humans altogether and focus on what made the series so strong to begin with: the war between Lycans and Vampires.
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Addictive & Amazing | Review of ‘Ten Thousand Skies Above You’ (Firebird #2)

By Cynthia Ayala

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Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
HarperTeen
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The Firebird allows people to cross over into alternate dimensions. Because of her parents’ invention and the fact that Marguerite can go between dimensions unharmed, she has caught the attention of enemies across the multiverse, enemies that have now attacked her boyfriend Paul, splintering his consciousness, sending it across the multiverse. Now Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul, sending her through dimensions, forcing her to see different sides of him which makes her question the destiny she thought they shared.

Published on November 3, 2015, by HarperTeen, Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray is the second novel on her young adult sci-fi Firebird trilogy.
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Weekly Reading List #72

By Cynthia Ayala

Hello there avid readers! So I finally got my Christmas present from my fiancé. What is it? I’m typing on it. It’s a new LAPTOP! And let me just say it works like a charm, I’m not yelling at my laptop to open up my files anymore. It’s a beauty. And I was able to visit my family in Illinois. My god it was cold there. But it was bunches of fun and I love my family. And we had tons of Mexican food. It was a lot of fun being with my family. And I was able to get a lot of reading done.

Which brings me to this! Check out my latest weekly reading list and see what’s up for me.
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A Budding Rose | Review of ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah. j. Maas Bloomsbury Image Credit: Goodreads
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah. j. Maas
Bloomsbury
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Feyre didn’t know the consequences of her action when she killed a wolf in the woods. Feyre didn’t know it was a faerie and a friend of a beast-like creature, Tamlin, the king of the Spring Court, one of the lethal and immortal faeries that once ruled the human world. Trapped in the estate, Feyre has discovered that there is more to Tamlin, a curse on his realm that Feyre must find a way to stop to save the Beast who is a King.

Published May 5, 2015, by Bloomsbury USA Children’s, A Court of Thorns and Roses is the first in Sarah J. Maas‘s young adult fantasy retelling series on Beauty and the Beast.
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