Truly Unique and Captivating | Review of ‘Zodiac’ (Zodiac #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

Zodiac by Romina Russell Razorbill Image Credit: Goodreads
Zodiac by Romina Russell
Razorbill
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Once upon a time, there were once 13 houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now there are only 12. The thirteen house thought to be a legend, the boogeyman. But in a tragic accident that kills millions, Rhoma Grace has discovered that the Thirteenth house has a name and has come back from the darkest depth of the universe to destroy the Houses of the Zodiac.

Published December 9, 2014, by Razorbill, Zodiac by Romina Russell is the first in her sci-fi young adult series that takes astrology to the next intergalactic level.
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Teenage Angst…Sort Of | Review of ‘Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging’ (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison HarperTeen Image Credit: Goodreads
Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
HarperTeen
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Being a teenager is hard. There are boys to kiss, facials to work on, and in Georgia’s case, a little sister who latches to her side and room and a wild cat, Angus, who terrorizes everyone who isn’t her. Filled to the brim with a bottomless pit of teenage angst, this teenage journal is far from the perfect teenage dream for this one British teenager.

Published January 1, 1999, by HarperTeen, Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison, is the first in her YA realistic fiction series, Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, in the form of diary confessionals.
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An Amazing Action Flick | Review of ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’

By Cynthia Ayala

“After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.”

—IMDB

What an amazing movie. Sequels are always touch and go, but this one was a sequel done right. It follows that saying “live by the sword, die by the sword,” and it really captures those elements. It was just an amazingly executed sequel that has tons of action in it, but thankfully, the action doesn’t take away from the story. And that’s probably why this film is so successful, it has a story, it’s not just action sequence after action sequence of non-essential details for a mind-numbing experience. No, this film has a story. John, played by the ever so talented Keanu Reeves, got out of the crime world, he was out, he’s happy, he just wants to remain retired. But, of course, the darkness as a lure to it, and then there is blackmail. The person who helped him get out is calling in a favor. But it’s not just any favor, it’s an impossible favor that will leave John with a mark on his back.
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Questionably Enthralling | Review of ‘Nemesis’ (Project Nemesis #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs Image Credit: Goodreads
Nemesis by Brendan Reichs
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
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Ever since Min was eight she has been hunted on her birthdays only to awaken in an empty filed far from home. But the last time was different. Thought to be crazy, Min challenges those around her. Then Noah opens up to her. Part of the popular crowd, Noah and Min don’t seem to have much in common, except for the fact that they share a birthday…and a death. Together, once their home comes under attack they try to put together the pieces of what’s been going on and what Project Nemesis means for them and their futures.

Published March 21, 2017, by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, Nemesis by Brendan Reichs is a young adult thriller that combines elements from Orphan Black and Lord of the Flies to make a riveting read full of tension and daring for the audiences of any age.
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Riveting Mystery Full of Twists & Turns | Review of ‘Gilt Hollow’

By Cynthia Ayala

Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon Image Credit: Goodreads
Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon
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Willow’s best friend was sentenced to juvie for murder for four years. Now he’s back. Innocent of the crime he is determined to find out who framed him for murder and why. But now that he’s back, Willow’s life is now in danger and they must repair the bridge between them to save themselves and fix the past.

Published September 27, 2017 by Blink, Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon is a contemporary young adult mystery that dealing with a teen wrongfully convicted of murder and the friendships that suffered because of it.
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Unbreakable Character Development | Review of ‘Unblemished’ (Unblemished #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

Unblemished is Sara Ella
Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins
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Embarrassed by her birthmark, Eilyana has kept to herself. But after the death of her mother, Eilyana discovers that there is more to her birthmark, and that her world is not the only world, and her the power in her mark may be the only thing that can save the people she cares about. But there’s a cost to her power, one she might not be ready for.

Published on October 11, 2016, by Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins, Unblemished is Sara Ella’s debut novel, the first in a new young adult series, that follows one insecure girl as she becomes an unlikely heroine.
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All Hail the Glow Cloud | Review of ‘Welcome to Night Vale’

By Cynthia Ayala

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor Harper Perennial Image Credit: Goodreads
Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
Harper Perennial
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Following the visit of a mysterious man, no one can seem to remember; Jackie Fierro and Diane Crayton are teaming up to solve the mystery of who the mysterious man is and what his part to play in their lives means.

Published October 20, 2015, by Harper Perennial is a novel by the creators, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, of the podcast of the same name, Welcome to Night Vale bridges the gap between podcasts and literary fiction.
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An Action Packed and Surprisingly Emotional Ending | Review of ‘Resident Evil: Endgame’ (The Final Chapter)

By Cynthia Ayala

Resident Evil: The Last Chapter starring Milla Jovovich. Ali Larter & Iain Glen
Screen Jems
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“Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.”

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Ah, what a perfect ending for a franchise. Okay, maybe that’s stretching it a little bit. It wasn’t perfect, but it was almost there. Aside from being ill-titled (it should have been titled Resident Evil: Endgame vs. being titled Resident Evil: The Last Chapter — I dare you to argue with me) the film was not without plot holes.
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