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

Riverkeep by Martin Stewart Viking Image Credit: Goodreads

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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A Riveting Character Driven Read | Review of ‘Red Queen’ (The Chronicles of Alice #2)

By Cynthia Ayala

Red Queen by Christina Henry Ace Image Credit: Goodreads

Outside the city, the green lands of hope are gone, replaced with ash and sadness. This doesn’t stop Alice and Hatcher from completing their mission: find Hatcher’s daughter. But there are perils not even known to them. The White Queen has become mad, twisted and cruel, and the land suffers under the hands of the Black King. Only one person can stop them both and save the land and children in it, bringing Alice closer to her destiny.

Published on July 12, 2016, by Ace Books, Red Queen by Christina Henry is the sequel to her dark and gritty fantastical retelling of Alice in Wonderland.
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Horrifyingly Excellent | Review of ‘Alice’ (The Chronicles of Alice #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

Alice by Christina Henry Ace Image Credit: Goodreads

Long ago, a tea party sent Alice to the madhouse, a tea party with blood and long ears. She doesn’t remember what happened, only that it broke her. That was then, this is now, where a fire sets her loose, and alongside her, a beast of power. Now Alice must go on the hunt for the beast, reopen old wounds, and seek out the Rabbit that led her to madness.

Published on August 4, 2015, by Ace,
Alice
by Christina Henry is a fantasy/horror retelling of Lewis Carroll‘s classic Alice in Wonderland.
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A Bogged Down Fantasy | Review of ‘The Waking Fire’ (The Draconis Memoria #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan
Orbit
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The blood of drakes offers powers and abilities to those considered blood-blessed. Out there lies a drake with untapped power, bringing an unregistered blood-blessed into the control of a powerful blood-blessed syndicate who seek to use him and hunt down the mythical white drake. But with empires clashing together and the drakes rising out of the depth with anger and hatred, these characters will discover that they may be the only thing that stands between humanity and destruction.

Published on July 7, 2016, by Orbit, The Waking Fire by acclaimed author Anthony Ryan is the first in his fantasy series The Draconis Memoria.
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A Strong Narrative on Identity & Belief | Review of ‘Firstlife’ (Everlife #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

Firstlife by Gena Showalter
Harlequin Teen
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There are three choices after death. Two realms that fight for power and one where the lost souls go to suffer. Ten hasn’t chosen an afterlife, and her family has made her suffer for it. Both realms want her and have sent their top Laborers to recruit her in their war, but with one side desperate to force her hand, the real struggle is surviving long enough to make her choice.

Firstlife by Gena Showalter is the first in her new young adult series, Everlife, published on February 23, 2016, by Harlequin Teen.
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