Strong, Powerful, & Unique | Review of ‘The Wicked Will Rise’ (Dorothy Must Die #2)

By Cynthia Ayala

The Wicked Will Rose by Danielle Paige HarperCollins
The Wicked Will Rose by Danielle Paige
HarperCollins

Amy Gumm failed in her mission, but she’s not going to stop from trying to end Dorothy and return Oz to its former glory. However, with the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked scattered, Princess Ozma might just be the only ally she has. Moreover, for Amy, she realizes that there is more to her connection with Oz than she thought.

Published March 31, 2015, by HarperCollins The Wicked Will Rise is the second novel is Danielle Paige New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die young adult series that retells adventures in Oz with fantasy, magic, and mystery. Continue reading “Strong, Powerful, & Unique | Review of ‘The Wicked Will Rise’ (Dorothy Must Die #2)”

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An Interesting Approach to the Zombie Genre | Review of ‘After the Cure’ (After the Cure #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

After the Cure by Diedre Gould Createspace
After the Cure by Diedre Gould
Createspace

Eight years ago, the December Plague swept through the human population. Those infected became violent cannibals, killing without exception. Years later a cure was found, and now, with time, society has begun to heal. Now society is hunting for the truth. But the danger hasn’t passed and for Nella Rider and Frank Courtlen, they are discovering that the past is not far behind them.

Published August 24, 2013, by  Deirdre Gould, After the Cure is a post-apocalyptic novel that takes a different approach on the zombie genre. Continue reading “An Interesting Approach to the Zombie Genre | Review of ‘After the Cure’ (After the Cure #1)”

An Eerie & Haunting Read | Review of ‘Hereafter’ (Shadowlands #2)

By Cynthia Ayala

Hereafter by Kate Brian Disney-Hyperion
Hereafter by Kate Brian
Disney-Hyperion

Rory Miller thought her life was over when a serial killer set his sights on her and forced her into witness protection. She was partially right. Her new life in Juniper Landing Island is a beautiful place for a fresh start…in the afterlife. But there’s more to it than just a fog rolling in every day as a threat lingers in the shadows and the fog itself threatening everything Rory loves and holds dear.

Published October 1, 2013, by Disney-Hyperion Hereafter by Kate Brian is the second novel in her young adult supernatural thriller. Continue reading “An Eerie & Haunting Read | Review of ‘Hereafter’ (Shadowlands #2)”

A Magical Carpet Ride | Review of ‘The Rose & the Dagger’ (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)

By Cynthia Ayala

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Shahrzad, taken from the man she loves, lives amongst an old flame and enemies, but what keeps them apart is the curse that forces Khalid to kill his brides. However, there is a darker danger that lurks closer to them that will destroy all they hold dear.

Published on April 26, 2016, by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh is a young adult fantasy that retells 1001 Arabian Nights with the same heart. Continue reading “A Magical Carpet Ride | Review of ‘The Rose & the Dagger’ (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)”

Thrilling, Haunting, & Mind-Blowing | Review of ‘(Don’t You) Forget About Me’

By Cynthia Ayala

(Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn
HarperTeen

In Gardnerville, no one ever gets sick and no one ever dies. But there is price for this small utopia. Every four years the town exacts a payment for its gifts, a payment in the form of infecting teens with deadly urges and even deadlier powers. Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, was the collector, and now it seems the town is haunting Skylar. Skylar knows what she must do: return Gardnerville back into a docile normal town or risk being the killer herself.

Published June 10, 2014, by HarperTeen, (Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn is a young adult supernatural thriller about a small town haunted by their own past and their own happiness.
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Unique but Flawed | Review of ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

Miss Peregrine’s Home or Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Quirk

A tragedy sends young sixteen-year-old Jacob to a remote island off the coast of Wales to connect with his grandfathers’ past in ways he never thought possible.

Published on June 7, 2011, by Quirk, Miss Peregrine’s Home or Peculiar Children is the first in the young adult series of the same name by Ransom Riggs.

One of the remarkable things about the novel are the characters and how unique their abilities because in a world where science fiction and books for young readers come in, and in a world where strange abilities have become a sort of staple in fiction, Riggs created uniqueness with the characters and how they function within the realm of the story.
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19-Years-Later & Still Magical | Review of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ (Harry Potter #8)

By Cynthia Ayala

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
Arthur A. Levine Books

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

With Voldemort dead and gone, Harry Potter’s life hasn’t gotten any easier. As an overworked employee of the Ministry and a father of three, his life is as hard as ever. But not only for him. The past is creeping on the Potter’s, especially on his son Albus, and on their journeys, they must each come face to face with the darkness around them.

Published on July 31, 2016, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a work compiled by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. It is a special version of the story written by J.K. Rowling and adapted for the stage continues the story in a beautiful way that shows the challenges of parenthood and living up to your parents.
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An (Incep)tional Read | Review of ‘The Reader’ (Sea of Ink and Gold #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

The Reader by Traci Chee
Putnam

Sefia lives her life on the run from the people who murdered her parents. Parents who were murdered over a book that Sefia teaches herself to read, a book with secrets and ending and that reveals itself in secrets upon secrets to her, thrusting her into a world even more dangerous than before.

Published on September 13, 2016, by Putnam, The Reader by Traci Chee is the first in her new series Sea of Ink and Gold that takes a very interactive look as it begins to unravel a mystery and a story. Continue reading “An (Incep)tional Read | Review of ‘The Reader’ (Sea of Ink and Gold #1)”

Brilliant Expansion | Review of ‘The Unraveling’ (Wonderland #2)

By Cynthia Ayala

 

The Unraveling by Rebekah Lewis

One year ago, Cadence fell into Wonderland. But she wasn’t able to stay, her heart torn between her love and the love of her family. Now her sister, Melody, has fallen into the hole, and Candence uses the opportunity to chase after her, hoping to find Gareth along the way. But with an evil Queen destined to stop her at every turn, can she survive her journey or will she be expelled from Wonderland twice?

 

Published on December 4, 2015, by Rebekah Lewis, The Unraveling follows two sisters on a journey to find each other and more.
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