All posts by Cynthia Ayala

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!

Marie Lu YA Sci-Fi Giveaway



By Megan Crewe; Shared by Cynthia Ayala

Get swept up in Marie Lu’s stories of thrilling futures with this YA sci-fi giveaway! One lucky reader will win her latest novel, Warcross, a pre-order of her upcoming Batman novel, the Legend graphic novel, a Legend trilogy necklace, and Warcross lip balm. Open worldwide (see rules for details)!


This giveaway is sponsored by YA authors Lyssa Chiavari (Fourth World), Jenetta Penner (Configured), Stella Samiotou Fitzsimons (The Plantation Series), Katie French (The Breeders), and Jesikah Sundin (Legacy). By entering you’ll also be signed up to hear book news from each of them.


Click the image below to enter. Good luck!

Giveaway Ends
December 15, 2017 4:30 pm ACT

Prizes Awarded
December 17, 2017 8:00 pm ACT

A Powerful Burning Novel | Review of ‘Fireblood’ (Frostblood Saga #2)


By Cynthia Ayala

Fireblood by Elly Blake
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Image Credit: Goodreads

“Against all the odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. However, the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby’s powers and past.” —Goodreads

Published September 12, 2017, by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Fireblood by Elly Blake is the second in her YA fantasy series dealing with prejudice, magic, and love.
Continue reading A Powerful Burning Novel | Review of ‘Fireblood’ (Frostblood Saga #2)

Purr-fectly Delightful | Review of ‘A Tale of Two Kitties’ (A Magical Cats Mystery #9)


By Cynthia Ayala

A Tale of Two Kitties by Sofia Kelly
Berkeley
Image Credit: Goodreads

With a well-placed paw on a keyboard or a pointed stare, Kathleen’s two cats, Hercules and Owen, have helped her to solve cases in the past—so she has learned to trust their instincts. But she will need to rely on them more than ever when a twenty-year-old scandal leads to murder. The arrival of the Janes brothers has the little town of Mayville Heights buzzing. Everyone of a certain age remembers when Victor had an affair with Leo’s wife, who then died in a car accident. Now it seems the brothers are trying to reconcile until Kathleen finds Leo dead. The police set their sights on Leo’s son and Kathleen’s good friend Simon, who doesn’t have much of an alibi. To prove her friend innocent, Kathleen will have to dig deep into the town’s history—and into her sardine cracker supply, because Owen and Hercules don’t work for free.” —Goodreads

Published September 5, 2017, by Berkeley A Tale of Two Kitties
by Sofie Kelly is the ninth in her adorable cat filled mystery that is both serious and delightfully lighthearted.
Continue reading Purr-fectly Delightful | Review of ‘A Tale of Two Kitties’ (A Magical Cats Mystery #9)

Weekly Reading List #112


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers. I hope that everyone has had a wonderful week. Seems I’m starting to get backlogged again with my reviews and reading list. I’ve gotten some requests to read some novels from many authors. So at the moment if you are wondering if I would like to read your book the answer is, of course, yes, however, please understand that I’m backlogged so think long and hard about whether or not you are prepared to wait. There are some instances where I’m able to push a book up on my reading list, however, they are few and far between and take a lot of consideration. I read them in the order that I get them. Books set to expire to get precedence, so if you send me a file like Penguin’s First to Read program, please let me know about any expiration date. And also stay tuned for my reading list! This reading list is to let you know which reviews to expect in the future so be watchful about when you’re going to see your book. Be warned though, I only tend to put 2 – 3 reviews up a week so give myself time to read and work on my own novel. Also my job, need that too.

But in the meantime, check out these titles and see if they tickle your fancy. Happy reading!
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Beautiful Depiction of Prehistoric Fiction | Review of ‘Obsidian and Stars’ (Ivory and Bone #2)


By Cynthia Ayala

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Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh
HarperTeen
Image Credit: Goodreads

“After surviving the chaotic battle that erupted after Lo and the Bosha clan attacked, now Mya is looking ahead to her future with Kol. All the things that once felt so uncertain are finally falling into place. But the same night as Kol and Mya’s betrothal announcement, Mya’s brother Chev reveals his plan to marry his youngest sister Lees to his friend Morsk. The only way to avoid this terrible turn of events, Morsk informs Mya when he corners her later, is for Mya to take Lees’ place and marry him herself. Refusing to marry anyone other than her beloved, and in an effort to protect her sister, Mya runs away to a secret island with Lees. And though it seems like the safest place to hide until things back home blow over, Mya soon realizes she’s been followed. Lurking deep in the recesses of this dangerous place are rivals from Mya’s past whose thirst for revenge exceeds all reason.”

Published June 13, 2017, by HarperTeen Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh is the second in her young adult Ivory and Bone series that takes historical fiction to new fantastical heights.
Continue reading Beautiful Depiction of Prehistoric Fiction | Review of ‘Obsidian and Stars’ (Ivory and Bone #2)

A Beautifully Structured Novel | Review of ‘Black Moon’ (Zodiac #3)


By Cynthia Ayala

Black Moon by Romina Russell
Razorbill
Image Credit: Goodreads

“Rho, the courageous visionary from House Cancer, lost nearly everything when she exposed and fought against the Marad, a mysterious terrorist group bent on destroying the balance in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now, the Marad has disappeared without a trace, and an uneasy peace has been declared in the Zodiac Galaxy. However, Rho is suspicious. She believes the Master is still out there in some other form. Moreover, looming over all is the eerie visions of her mother, who died many years ago, but is now appearing to Rho in the stars. When news of a stylish new political party supported by her best friend, Nishi, sends Rho on another journey across the galaxy, she uses it as an opportunity to hunt the hidden master and seek out information about her mother. Moreover, what she uncovers sheds light on the truth–but casts darkness upon the entire Zodiac world.” —Goodreads

Published December 6, 2016, by Razorbill Black Moon by Romina Russell is the third novel in her young adult science fiction/fantasy tale that takes astrology to a whole new amazing level.
Continue reading A Beautifully Structured Novel | Review of ‘Black Moon’ (Zodiac #3)

Sound of the Month – November 2017


By Cynthia Ayala

Happy November! It was actually starting to feel like fall here in South Florida. I love cold fronts. But anyway, here’s a new song to drive your month. Take a listen to “Secrets” from P!nk’s new album “Beautiful Trauma”. Happy listening. Continue reading Sound of the Month – November 2017

Weekly Reading List #111


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween and enjoyed some very spooky reads. I did start a vampire-esque book set in Russia, which you’ll see very soon on this site. In the meantime, check out these reads and see what’s up on my reading list.

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Book of the Month Poll – December 2017


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers. God, I can’t believe that it is already November. Man, the year sure goes by fast doesn’t it. Well I hope everyone had a Spooktacular Halloween, I know I did. I was a very pretty Slytherin for the record. In any case a new month means new books for all us book lovers and I have selected 10 for you all to check and vote for December’s Book of the Month title. Woo books! Just think, maybe one of these will be a Christmas present for a book lover you know or yourself. So check out these titles and vote here or by clicking the image below. Remember, the winner gets a featured book review right here on Cyn’s Workshop. Happy voting!
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Book of the Month – November 2017


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day and that everyone had a great Halloween and enjoyed last months winner of the book of the month title. But as it’s a new month we have a new winner of the book of the month title. And this voting this month was tough guys, many of the titles were neck and neck. But we finally have a winner by one vote! Let’s a warm round of applause to *drumroll* War of the Cards
by Colleen Oakes. Check out the details below and stay tuned for a featured review.
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