Twilight Zone meets 1984 | Cyn’s Book Review of Uglies (Uglies, #1)

By: Cynthia Ayala Author: Scott Westerfield Publisher: Simon Pulse Published: February 8, 2005 Series: Uglies Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. Not for her license – for turning pretty. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a … Continue reading Twilight Zone meets 1984 | Cyn’s Book Review of Uglies (Uglies, #1)

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Savagely Monotonous: “Savage Girl” Review

By: Cynthia Ayala’ 16 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer Savage Girl, written by Jean Zimmerman, follows the story of Bronwyn, told through a third person perspective of Hugo Delegate, eldest living son of the Delegate family of a very bland and uninspired nature. Published on March 6, 2014 by Viking Adult, the story opens with Hugo, being investigated by an attorney and police officer who … Continue reading Savagely Monotonous: “Savage Girl” Review

The Secret is in the Lie | “Flawless” Review (Pretty Little Liars, #2) | Emertainment Monthly

By: Cynthia Ayala ’16 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer Flawless, the second novel in the Pretty Little Liars series, picks up where the last book left off. After attending the funeral service for their lost friend Ali, the four estranged friends discover that A is both stalking them and claiming to be their old and dead friend.  As they try to ignore the haunting messages, … Continue reading The Secret is in the Lie | “Flawless” Review (Pretty Little Liars, #2) | Emertainment Monthly

The Captivating Finale | “Rapture” Review (Fallen, #4) | Emertainment Monthly

By: Cynthia Ayala ’16 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer Rapture is an amazing conclusion to the Fallen series written by Lauren Kate. Published in June 2012 by Delacorte Press, Rapture continues the tortured love story of Lucinda Price and Daniel Grigori. Because their overruling love for one another forces them to defy God and Lucifer, their love is cursed. Time and time again, whenever they … Continue reading The Captivating Finale | “Rapture” Review (Fallen, #4) | Emertainment Monthly

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Goddess Scorned | “Goddess Interrupted” Review (Goddess Test, #2) | Emertainment Monthly

By: Cynthia Ayala ’16 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Review Goddess Interrupted is the second book in the Goddess Test series written by Aimée Carter. Published on March 27, 2012 by Harlequin Teen, this novel picks up three months after The Goddess Test.  Kate Winters is immortal and lives by the standards created by Hades.  But upon her return, she discovers one of her new, god-given … Continue reading Hell Hath No Fury Like a Goddess Scorned | “Goddess Interrupted” Review (Goddess Test, #2) | Emertainment Monthly

This Title Isn’t Bragging | “Perfect” Review (Pretty Little Liars, #3)

By: Cynthia Ayala’ 16 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer Perfect is the third installment in the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard.  Published on August 21, 2007 by HarperTeen, it’s a unique blend of genres, coupling the classic coming-of-age motif with mystery, thriller and suspense, allowing young adult readers to expand their tastes. The blend builds a story about four estranged friends in their … Continue reading This Title Isn’t Bragging | “Perfect” Review (Pretty Little Liars, #3)

Secrets, Secrets Hurt Someone | “Pretty Little Liars” Review (Pretty Little Liars #1) | Emertainment Monthly

By: Cynthia Ayala ’16 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer This book is a strong launch for a suspenseful series. The moment readers pick it up they’ll be enraptured by the prologue that has breathed life into a bestselling series. Pretty Little Liars, published October 1, 2006 by Harper Collins begins with five girls in 7th grade at an annual sleepover.  When they get into a … Continue reading Secrets, Secrets Hurt Someone | “Pretty Little Liars” Review (Pretty Little Liars #1) | Emertainment Monthly

Defining “Evil” | “Half Bad” Review (Half Life Trilogy, #1) | Emertainment Monthly

By: Cynthia Ayala ’16 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer This is a riveting breakthrough novel by Sally Green, published March 4 2014 by Viking Juvenile, Half Bad, the first book in the Half Life series, will captivate readers interested in the fantasy genre.  The novel follows the character Nathan, setting up the plot, the character, and the situation he’s in.  After that, it goes through … Continue reading Defining “Evil” | “Half Bad” Review (Half Life Trilogy, #1) | Emertainment Monthly

Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles: Book 3)

Beautiful and spellbinding, a great book for the young adults of this generation. What I loved about this story was how it flowed, how it moved and picked up the ending. I have to say it progressed very well and picked up neatly. The style of this novel was amazing. The ending, which was unsuspecting and threw me such a huge curve ball was done … Continue reading Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles: Book 3)