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Hi all! My name is Cynthia Ayala and I am a creative writing major at Emerson College. I write for Emertainment Monthly, and DC Comics News. Additionally I am the creative director for the best young adult, fantasy & sci-fi section of World Light Review. I hope you enjoy what you read here. Don't forget to follow!

Weekly Reading List #105


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers! So, I survived Hurricane Irma unscathed. In fact, I was one of the lucky one in South FL that didn’t lose power. I did lose internet though, got it back on Monday making me able to post the book reviews that I had so much time to catch up on. As well as all the reading! Woo reading. And on that note, here is my latest weekly reading list. If you’ve read it let me know what you think about it. If you haven’t and are on the fence, stay tuned for book reviews that will quickly follow.

Happy reading!
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Interesting but Lacking Cohesion | Review of ‘Beasts Made of Night’


By Cynthia Ayala

Beasts Made of Night Tochi Oneybuchi
Razorbill
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“In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt. Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family. When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves – and his own life. A gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy.” — Goodreads

Expected publication is October 31, 2017, Beasts Made of Night is the debut novel of Tochi Onyebuchi that delves into fantasy within the young adult genre.
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Thoughtfully Representative of Hope and Wonder | Review of ‘The Wishing Heart’


By Cynthia Ayala

The Wishing Heart by J.C. Welker
Entangled Teen
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With a book in her bag and a switchblade in her pocket, Rebel’s been thieving her way through life while hoping for a cure to fix her ailing heart. But when the bejeweled vase she just tried to hawk turns out to be a jinni’s vessel, Rebel gets lost to her world and dragged within another. Now every magical being in the city wants the vase for himself. Thrust into a game of cat and mouse in a world she never knew existed, Rebel must use her uncanny skills to find a way to free Anjeline the Wishmaker. But wishes have consequences. And contracts. Anjeline’s freedom could unravel a love like Rebel has never known, or it could come at the cost of Rebel’s heart… ” —Goodreads

Published May 1, 2017, by Entangled Teen, The Wishing Heart
by J.C. Welker is a young adult fantasy about wishes and finding a home where one least expects to.
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Weekly Reading List #104


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers. I’m writing this post in advance in case I lose power here in sunny FL. Hurricane Irma in case you’re wondering. But even a little power outage won’t stop me from reading. So, just in advance, here’s my weekly reading list. Let’s see if I can catch up on my reading list.

Happy reading and safe travels to all.
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Incredibly Diverse & Thrilling | Review of ‘Nyxia’ (The Nyxia Triad #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
Crown Books for Young Readers
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“Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family. Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe. But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.” —Goodreads

Published September 12, 2017, by Crown Books for Young Readers, Nyxia
by Scott Reintgen is the first in his young adult science fiction series titled The Nyxia Triad.
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An Important and Emotional Novel About Reality | Review of ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’


By Cynthia Ayala

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Razorbill
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Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

Published October 18, 2007, by Razorbill, Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher is a challenging novel that shines a light on something very dark, highlighting where help can be offered and where it can be needed.
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Sound of the Month – September 2017


By Cynthia Ayala

Happy September! Summer is coming to an end, and for us Floridians, god that is a god send. It’s been an almost unbearable hot summer. So I’m personally looking forward to any small reprieve.  But anyway here’s a cool song to help drive your month. Happy listening. And remember to support artists, this is their livelihood after all. Continue reading Sound of the Month – September 2017

Weekly Reading List #103


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there people of the page. I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. I’m still backlogged on books, working hard to make sure I stay on top of them and that my book reviews don’t suffer either. But with Hurricane Irma here…well, I’ve had a chance to get some reading done. Just focusing on staying safe.

So, on that note, check out my new reading list.
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Book of the Month Poll – October 2017


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there people of the page! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week, but as it’s another month what we have here is another poll! Woo! So many excellent books coming out soon, so excited to see where all your interests lie. Let me know by voting right here which novel should this September’s book of the month title. Remember, the winner gets a featured book review right here on Cyn’s Workshop. You can vote by clicking this link here or by clicking the picture below. Happy voting!
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Book of the Month – September 2017


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there people of the page. I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. Hurricane Irma is still headed on her way. Man, I remember Wilma and how the power was knocked out for days. But at least I was safe with my kitties and I had all my books to keep me entertained. Yay books!

On that note of books, lets here is for *drum roll* Fireblood by Elly Blake, this month’s winner for the September Book of the Month title! Woo! I’m really excited about this one and can’t way to read it. So check out all the details below and happy reading!
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