Incredibly Thoughtful | Review of ‘Fairest of All’ (Villains #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Fairest of All by Serena Valentino
Disney Press
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“The tale of the young princess and her evil stepmother, the Wicked Queen, is widely known. Despite a few variations from telling to telling, the story remains the same—the Queen was jealous of the girl’s beauty, and this jealousy culminated in the Queen’s attempt on the sweet, naive girl’s life. The theories about exactly what caused the Queen’s obsessive vanity and jealous rage are too numerous to catalog. This book recounts a version of the story that has remained untold until now. It is a tragic tale of love and loss, and it contains a bit of magic. It is a tale of the Wicked Queen…” —Goodreads

Published August 18, 2009, by Disney Press, Fairest of All is the first in the Disney Villains series by Serena Valentino is a young adult fantasy that brings to life and pain of Snow White’s Wicked Queen. Continue reading “Incredibly Thoughtful | Review of ‘Fairest of All’ (Villains #1)”

Weekly Reading List #109


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers. I hope everyone is having a wonderful day and a wonderful October up to now. I’ve been working hard on my novel New Girl. Final edits are coming along great so I’m on schedule for publication next year. Don’t know when I’ll get to book two though. It’s written but not typed. It’s hard to type without a desk so right now I’m just focusing on this novel and getting it out there. I’m going to try to get a 2019 pub date for the second novel but the way things are looking right now it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen and I definitely don’t want to rush it. Besides, I’m only halfway done with book three.

But I can’t be a writer if I don’t read and relax. So, on that note check out this week’s reading list.
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Weekly Reading List #108


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey, there avid readers! You know, I understand all the hype about Christmas but come on, it’s Halloween time, celebrate Halloween! I only say this because it seems that people are in a rush to just move on without enjoying what’s going on right now. I love my holidays; I try to celebrate what they were created for. I’m no saint, of course, I call into the commercialism of it all, it’s hard not to, but I try to enjoy every damn day and just go with the flow. Not jump to the next thing before I even start celebrating.

This connects to my reading. I have a very long list of books to read, a goal to read 90 books this year. But I’m not rushing. Some books I enjoy so much I can’t put them down, and then there are others that don’t read quite as fast, books that almost bore me to death. There’s one right here on this list. I also say this as a note to myself because I love to read and there are so many books I want to read. But I just need to go with the flow and read what I can and enjoy the journey I’m on with the books.

So on that note, check out this week’s reading list. Let me know what you think of the books and see if these are books are worthy of your reading list.
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An Interesting Choice of Villainy | Review of ‘The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty’s Prince’ (Villains #3)


By Cynthia Ayala

The Beast Within by Serena Valentino
Disney Press
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“A cursed prince sits alone in a secluded castle. Few have seen him, but those who claim they have say his hair is wild and nails are sharp–like a beast’s! But how did this prince, once jovial and beloved by the people, come to be a reclusive and bitter monster? And is it possible that he can ever find true love and break the curse that has been placed upon him?” —Goodreads

Published July 22, 2014, by Disney Press, The Beast Within is the second novel in the Disney Villains series by Serena Valentino, exploring some of Disney’s famous villains and characters, with this one focusing on Beauty and Beast’s Beast himself.
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Stale Seaweed | Review of ‘Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch’ (Villains #3)


By Cynthia Ayala

Poor Unfortunate Soul by Serena Valentino
Disney Press
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“The tale of the sea king’s daughter Ariel is a beloved one of losing and then finding one’s own voice. The story has been told many times and in many ways. And yet this is only half the story. So what of Ariel’s nemesis, Ursula, the sea witch? What led to her becoming so twisted, scorned, and filled with hatred? Many tales have tried to explain her motives. Here is one account of what might have shaped the sea witch into a detestable and poor unfortunate soul.” —Amazon

Published July 26, 2016, by Disney Press Poor Unfortunate Soul by Serena Valentino is the third novel in her young adult Disney Villains series.
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Weekly Reading List #96


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers! I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. Man, with Planet of the Apes and Game of Thrones last weekend, I didn’t have any time to read…or type my reviews. So now I’m a little behind with catching up with my reviews and my reading list. Both were amazing by the way so I definitely recommend seeing both. But anyway, now that I’m all caught up on all that I can finally focus on my writing, reading and reviews! Woo! So check out this weeks latest reading list.
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