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Beautifully, Wondrously, Heartbreaking | Review of ‘Heartless’


By Cynthia Ayala

Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Feiwel & Friends
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All Catherine wants is to be a baker and open a shop as the best baker in all of Wonderland. But at the time when the King is expected to propose to her, Cath meets Jest, the Kings new mysterious court Jester. Soon her curiosity blossoms into love and at the risk of upsetting her parents and the King, the pair enter into a secret courtship. But fate is a fickle thing, a dangerous thing that may tear Cath, and all of Wonderland, apart.

Published November 8, 2016, by Feiwel & Friends, Heartless by Marissa Meyer is a standalone novel that takes gives readers a fantastical new retelling on the origins of Lewis Carroll’s famed Queen of Hearts.
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Weekly Reading List #83


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. I’ve finally found time to read! Yay! And I’ve found time to write and edit my novel. I’ve also even squeezed in some time for video games. All fun and games to balance out my word days. So check out my new reading list and see if anything here tickles your fancy as it tickles mine.

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1. Dream Dark (Beautiful Creatures 2,5)

by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

“When Link joined his best friend, Ethan Wate, on a quest through a mysterious network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, he knew the journey would be dangerous. But returning home to Gatlin, South Carolina was just the beginning…

Wounded during a climactic battle, Link discovers that tending his injuries won’t be as simple as visiting a doctor and that healing his arm should be the least of his worries. For being bitten by a Supernatural does more than break the skin — it changes a person, inside and out, turning Link into someone more and more like the dark creature who injured him.\

In this never-before-seen short story by New York Times bestselling authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, listeners witness Link’s heart-racing transformation. Dream Dark is set before the much-anticipated third Beautiful Creatures novel, Beautiful Chaos, and as a special bonus includes an exclusive sneak peek at the first five chapters.”

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2. Heartless

by Marissa Meyer

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

3. Mortal Heart (Beautiful Creatures: The Untold Stories #1)

by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

“Everyone in Gatlin has a story…

Before she met and married Mitchell Wate, the beautiful and brilliant Lila Jane Evers was an honors student at Duke University. Studying late into the night in the rare books library, she is captivated by a single line of text on an old piece of parchment: “In the Light there is Dark, and in the Dark there is Light.”

What can it mean?

Then one night, Lila Jane meets a mysterious young man who may have the answer. His name is Macon Ravenwood, and for every secret he reveals, he is hiding another. With Macon’s help, Lila Jane uncovers the wonders of the Caster world–the Light and the Dark. But a romance between the Incubus who is fighting his own dark side and this fiercely independent Mortal is doomed from the start. The closer Lila Jane and Macon become, the more her life is in danger.

Discover the unforgettable and untold story of how Lila and Macon fell in love in this all-new Beautiful Creatures novella from #1 New York Times bestselling authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.”

*Disclaimer: All synopsis are provided by Goodreads.

Weekly Reading List #82


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week and day. So much to do and so little time for everything that I need to do. But as a reader, I must read, so check out this latest reading list and see where it takes me. I’m already halfway through Blood of the Cosmos, but as it’s a 600+ page book, it’s going to take me a little bit to read with everything else going on in my life. But here’s what’s following it! Happy reading!
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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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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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Weekly Reading List #50


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers, I hope that everyone had a wonderful 4th of July weekend. You know, as busy as I was this weekend I actually managed to read two books. Woo! The South Florida SuperCon was tons of fun, but man was I exhausted when it was over. My legs hurt from all the walking, but I met a ton of people, people I’m fans of and took a bunch of pictures you’ve already seen on Instagram. I met Claudia Gray, Kevin J. Anderson, Tony Bedard, Walter Koenig and the great Henry Winkler who just so happens went to my college (Emerson College) and hugged me 4 times, including giving me a kiss on my cheek. Yeah, it was awesome. But anyway, since I read two books this weekend and I’m already halfway through another, here’s my weekly reading list for this week. Happy reading! Continue reading Weekly Reading List #50

A First Look at ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’


By Cynthia Ayala

Isn’t this such a fun week. First we have a look at Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and now Disney was kind enough as to reveal the trailer for the sequel to Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass. Continue reading A First Look at ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’

A Unique take on Zombies | Cyn’s Book Review of Alice in Zombieland


By: Cynthia Ayala

A review on Gene Showalter’s first novel in her White Rabbit Chronicles: Alice in Zombieland”analyzing the roots of the zombie genre taking readers away from the “norm” and bringing them something new. Continue reading A Unique take on Zombies | Cyn’s Book Review of Alice in Zombieland

Review: “Alice in Zombieland” Is A Unique take on Zombies | Emertainment Monthly


By: Cynthia Ayala ’16 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer

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Readers who pick up this novel should not expect it to be the typical zombie novel where the zombies are on the physical plane due to some viral outbreak.  If that is the expectation, readers will be sorely disappointed because author Gene Showalter goes above and beyond, literally, not to recreate the zombie mythos but rather reintroduce readers to the origins of zombie and their mystical voodoo oriented roots.  And that is the reason this novel stands out among zombie fiction[…]

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