Dark, Delicious, and Addicting | Review of ‘Three Dark Crowns’ (Three Dark Crowns #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Harper Teen

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born. Each queen is are all equal heirs to the throne, and each have their own coveted type of magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental; Katherine is a poisoner while Arsinoe is a naturalist. And when they turn sixteen the battle for the crown begins and only one can be left standing. But each harbors a secret that could spell their doom and even while the last queen is not the strongest, she may be the darkest one with the darkest heart.

Published on September 20, 2016 by HarperTeen, Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake is the first in her new Three Dark Crowns series, a young adult fantasy series about the bond of sisters who are destined to kill one another.
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Thought Provoking | Review of ‘Configured’ (Configured #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

Years after the Earth’s population was decimated by a virus, the survivors sought refuge, building a city based on three tiers, the goal of the citizens to focus solely on duty, to forget their emotions and strive for excellence. Seventeen-year-old Avlyn Lark is one of the people built in the city at the edge of war with Affinity, her one chance at freedom and redemption. But for the fight for freedom, there always comes risk.

Configured by Jenetta Penner October 20, 2016, is the first novel in her young adult science fiction series that will speak to fans of Divergent and The Maze Runner series.
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Historically Intriguing | Review of ‘Traitor Angels’

By Cynthia Ayala

Traitor Angels by Anne Blankman
Balzer + Bray
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Elizabeth Milton has not known a stable life being the daughter of the notorious poet John Milton, helping him write his latest masterpiece Paradise Lost while learning foreign languages and sword fighting at night. Her father is training her for something and with the arrival of the young Italian Antonio Vivani and the King’s court, Elizabeth is thrown into mission fueled by puzzles and mystery she couldn’t dream possible.

Traitor Angels by Anne Blankman was published on May 3, 2016 by Balzer + Bray, takes an interesting journey with historical fiction.
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Poignant and Beautifully Written | Review of ‘The Dollhouse’

By Cynthia Ayala

The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis
Dutton
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Back in 1952, the Barbizon Hotel was a hotel for women, Darby McLaughlin went there to become a secretary, but more happened, more than she ever thought possible. Years later, the Barbizon has gone condo and now Rose Lewin is living there, listening to the ghosts of the past as she hunts for a story that was long dead.

The Dollhouse published on August 23, 2016, by Dutton, is the debut novel of Fiona Davis about what it means to be a woman in the 50’s and today.
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Heavy Handed Invasion Lit | Review of ‘United as One’ (Lorien Legacies #7)

By Cynthia Ayala

United as One by Pittacus Lore
HarperCollins
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The Mogadorian’s have invaded, and The Garde is growing in numbers. Together with a band of teenagers from across the globe, they are working to stop the Mogadorians. But as with most wars, there is betrayal and lost at every corner. Can they win or will the Mogadorians break them and control Earth?

Published June 28, 2016, United as One by Pittacus Lore is the final novel in his best-selling young adult series printed by HarperCollins following a group of teenagers sent to Earth to fight the alien invasion that left their home world destroyed.
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A Fast Pace Action Story | Review of ‘Ordinaries’ (Shifters #2)

By Cynthia Ayala

Ordinaries by Douglas and Angelia Pershing
Pershing Books
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Tanner and Ryland barely managed to defeat the Shifter invasion, saving Earth in the process losing something precious. But now they have a way to get off the planet, a way to bring the battle to the Shifters with unusual allies and powerful gifts. They just have to survive the journey across space.

Published on October 24, 2014, by Pershing Books, Ordinaries by Douglas Pershing and Angelia Pershing, the second novel in the Shifters series takes invasion lit in another direction when the tables are turned in this action packed sequel.
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A Talented Tale of Misdirection | Review of ‘The Smaller Evil’

By Cynthia Ayala

The Smaller Evil by Stephanie Kuehn
Dutton Books for Young Readers
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Arman, in an attempt to get past his severe anxiety and self-loathing, decides to take a trip to an expensive self-help retreat  deep in the remote hills of Big Sur.  A trip funded by stolen money from his meth-head stepfather. But when things take a turn for the worst, mysteries abound, and nothing is what it seems, Arman must learn to trust the one person he never has: himself.

Published on August 2, 2016, by Dutton Books for Young Readers, The Smaller Evil by Stephanie Kuehn is a young adult coming of age tale that combines mystery and thriller in a contemporary setting that will bewilder the mind.
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A Wondrous Short Story | Review of ‘The Vanishing’ (Wonderland #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

Cadence, drunk and on a dare, finds herself lost and in the woods soon in Wonderland, dragged there by a cat who can vanish at will, and teamed with a hero in need of his own. A bad day that has turned wondrous by the will of cat. But will it last. Cadence has only 2 days to decide her will. Wonderland or reality? Family or love?

Published August 21, 2014, by Breathless Press, The Vanishing by Rebekah Lewis is a new take on the tale of wonderland, a short and brief short story about Cadence’s adventure in Wonderland.
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An Imaginative Fun Conclusion | Review of ‘A Wonderlandiful World’ (Ever After High: Storybook of Legends #3)

A Wonderlandiful World by Shannon Hale
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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By Cynthia Ayala

At Ever After High, everyone is expected to sign the Storybook of Legends, pledging to follow in their fairytale parent’s footsteps, that is until Ravel Queen came along. Now the school is separated between those Royals that want to fulfill their destinies and the Rebels who want to figure out their own futures. In the wake of the madness, magic has infected Ever After High, magic from Wonderland. Now it’s up to Kitty Cheshire, Cedar Wood, Lizzie Hearts, and the Madeline Hatter to save the day and everyone they love.

Published on August 26, 2014, by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, A Wonderlandiful World by Shannon Hale is the final novel in the Ever After High: Storybook of Legends series for young readers where fairy tales aren’t just tales, they are a rite of passage for young princes, princesses, and evil queens.
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Bland and Boring | Review of ‘Riverkeep’

By Cynthia Ayala

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The Danék is a wild river and Wull’s family has spent generations caring for it, breaking up the ice, keeping out the weeds, and fishing out the bodies of those unlucky enough to fall in. It is a legacy Wull does not want to be a part of. But when his father falls in and comes out possessed, Wull must embark on a journey to save his father and uncover the courage deep inside himself.

Published on July 26, 2016, by Viking, Riverkeep by Martin Stewart is a young adult coming-of-age fantasy that is, unfortunately, incredibly boring to read.
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