Character Driven Mystery | Review of “When I Am Through with You”

By Cynthia Ayala

When I Am Through with You by Stephanie Kuehn
Dutton Books for Young Readers
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“Ben Gibson is many things, but he’s not sorry, and he’s not a liar. He will tell you exactly how what started as a simple school camping trip in the mountains ended the way it did. About who lived and who died. About who killed and who had the best of intentions. And he’ll tell you about Rose. But he’s going to tell you in his own time. Because after what happened on that mountain, time is the one thing he has plenty of.” —Goodreads

Published August 1, 2017, by Dutton Books for Young Readers, When I Am Through with You
by Stephanie Kuehn is a contemporary thriller for the young adult audience.
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Provocative and Haunting | Review of ‘Spellbook of the Lost and Found’

By Cynthia Ayala

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Kathy Dawson Books
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“One stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewelry, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger; something she won’t talk about. Then Olive meets three wild, mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel, and Rowan. Like Rose, they’re mourning losses – and holding tight to secrets. When they discover the ancient spellbook, full of hand-inked charms to conjure back lost things, they realize it might be their chance to set everything right. Unless it’s leading them towards secrets that were never meant to be found . . .” —Goodreads

Published August 8, 2017, by Kathy Dawson Books, Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle combines magical realism with fantasy to create a thoughtful and addicting young adult novel.
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Weekly Reading List #101

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there people of the page. So, it turns out that I have once again become backlogged on books. I have until Sept 2 to read 4 books. I’ve knocked one out of the park (these are ARCs with expiration dates btw) and I’m in the middle of two at the moment. I’m saving the longest for last while I go through these two, using every spare moment, my sleepless nights (I’m an insomniac) to read, read, read. I guess it’s a good thing I have finished prelim edits on my novel. I printed out a copy for myself so that I can go over formatting and editing issues that will no doubt need to be addressed. So, until that arrives in the mail, I plan on using all this free time to catch up on this reading. I’ve also gotten control over my anemia again. I’m not great at taking care of myself and I feel fine most of the time so I don’t take my iron pills but when I crash, boy do I crash. And you know what one of the symptoms of anemia is? Loss of interest. So I was reading slower than usual, spending half my time just being a lazy bum. But I’ve taken my iron pills every day for the past 6 days, getting my iron up as best as possible. And the change is noticeable.

So here you go folks, my upcoming reading list for this week. Since my energy is up, I have no doubt that I will catch up on my reading. At least, that’s the hope. Happy reading!
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Provocative, Strong, & Entertaining | Review of ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

By Cynthia Ayala

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Bloomsbury Childrens Books
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“Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.” —Goodreads

Published May 2, 2017, by Bloomsbury Childrens Books, A Court of Wings and Ruin is the third in the New York Times bestselling YA fantasy series by Sarah J. Maas.
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Leaves the Reader Hungry for More | Review of ‘Falling Kingdoms’ (Falling Kingdoms #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Razorbill
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“In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface. As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed…and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love. It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Published December 11, 2012, by Razorbill Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes is the first in her YA fantasy series where magic meets power between kingdoms.
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Weekly Reading List #100

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there people of the page. So I’m still a little sick (I don’t know if I let you all know I was sick). But that doesn’t mean that I am bed ridden. I’ve been sleeping in a little longer and getting some bad headaches. Still working hard and reading lots, but at a slower pace. But I’m still here and I’m still working hard and reading. Of course, I’m always reading and writing. So check out this week’s reading list and see if any of these titles are worthy of your reading list. Of if you’ve already read a title here, let me know what you thought about it.
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Stunningly Ambitious | Review of ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’

By Cynthia Ayala

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets starring Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen & Rihanna STX Entertainment Image Credit: IMDB

“A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.” —IMDB

Many of the critics have been a bit too harsh on the film, but I can personally see where they are coming from. I’m not a reader of the comic that this is based on, although I would like to be, especially after seeing this film. I will say this, while the visuals are stunning, the story at the end lends itself to predictability.
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The Queen is Rising | Review of ‘Blood of Wonderland’ (Queen of Hearts Saga #2)

By Cynthia Ayala

Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes
HarperTeen
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“Dinah has been exiled from Wonderland. The vicious father she always feared has framed her for the brutal murder of her brother and turned the kingdom against her.  Now hiding in the lush and mysterious Twisted Wood with only her war steed at her side, Dinah is faced with a choice. She could leave Wonderland forever or return and fight her father for her throne—a fight she knows would only result in bloodshed. But before Dinah can lead her people into combat, she must confront certain truths about her heart and her destiny—no matter how dark those truths may be. Revolution is rising in Wonderland. Dinah’s battle has begun.” —Goodreads

Published January 31, 2017, by HarperTeen Blood of Wonderland
by Colleen Oakes is the second novel in her Wonderland retelling that brings new life to the Queen of Wonderland.
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Weekly Reading List #99

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there, people of the page, I hope that everyone is having a wonderful week. Busy, busy, weekend for me, Closing, every night at the movie theater, think about how busy it was. But other than that, it was a fun exciting weekend for this reader. Got some reading done, got some writing done. All in all, everything is pretty much the same. So check out this week’s reading list and see what I’m reading. What are you reading this week? Share your thoughts below.
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80s Fueled Family Fun | Review of ‘Despicable Me 3’

By Cynthia Ayala

“Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist.” — IMDB

Fun and zany probably sums it up best. Despicable Me 3. Sure, the original will always be the best because it was original, but the heart isn’t lost from the original. The story expands as the story has the group discover a whole new family member. Turns out Gru has a brother, it’s Dru. Dru has the hair, and money, and a mansion. Talk about sibling rivalries. But he reveals some hidden secrets to the family legacy.
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