Review of ‘Only the Stars Know Her Name: Salem’s Lost Story of Tituba’s Daughter’

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Imaginative and Fun | Review of ‘The Missing Guardian’ (The Descendants #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

The Missing Guardian by Melanie McFarlane
Snowy Wings Publishing
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“Seth Reid didn’t mean to run away with a shapeshifter. When he lost his Dad one year ago, Seth’s world fell apart. On the verge of pushing the rest of his family away, he meets Belvedere, a quirky shapeshifter, who seeks help to eliminate a dark infection that threatens the Four Worlds of Life. But when the guardian of the world of air and wind goes missing, everything falls apart. Seth is pulled into the Void, where he meets a dark figure who’s determined to become one with Seth. On an adventure filled with dragons, elemental crystals, and an unknown prophecy lost over time, Seth questions his ability to help. And the more his doubts grow, the stronger the dark infection becomes. Will his bond with his siblings be enough to stop the infection? And if Seth succeeds, will he finally be able to move past his father’s death?” —Goodreads

Published October 10, 2017, by Snowy Wings Publishing The Missing Guardian by Melanie McFarlane is a fun young adult tale that takes three kids on a wild adventure.
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Weekly Reading List #110

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! It’s almost Halloween time! Man am I excited. This year I’m going to be a Slytherin of my own making. Yay! I hope everyone else has some great Halloween plans. In a year I’m getting married. It’s going to be a Spooktacular wedding. I just need to order my damn wedding dress already. But in any case, personal excitement aside. I’m been slowly catching up with my to read list. Here’s hoping I can get all those featured book reviews in before the end of the year.

Anyway, check out this week’s reading list and let me know what you’ve got on yours.
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A Triumphant Return to the Endless Woods | Review of ‘Quests for Glory’ (The School for Good and Evil #4)

By Cynthia Ayala

Quests for Glory by Soman Chainani
HarperCollins
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The students at the School for Good and Evil thought they had found their final Ever After when they vanquished the malevolent School Master. Now, on their required fourth-year quests, the students face obstacles both dangerous and unpredictable, and the stakes are high: success brings eternal adoration, and failure means obscurity forever. For their quests, Agatha and Tedros are trying to return Camelot to its former splendor as queen and king. For her quest, Dean Sophie seeks to mold Evil in her own image. But soon they all feel themselves growing more isolated and alone. When their classmates’ quests plunge into chaos, however, someone must lead the charge to save them…”

Published September 19, 2017, by HarperCollins Quests for Glory
by Soman Chainani is the fourth installment of his New York Times bestselling School for Good and Evil series bringing in new beginnings and new challenges for all.
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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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A Tale of Magical Reflections | Review of ‘Sapphique’ (Incarceron #2)

By Cynthia Ayala

Sapphique by Catherine Fisher
Dial Books
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Finn has escaped Incarceron, but the memories of the prison haunt him, and the idea that his friends and brother are still trapped feeds his inner guilt. But his life on the Outside has been just as hazardous as the inside where his very identity is questions forcing him to question his own sanity.

Published on 28 December 2010 by Dial Books, Sapphique is the second novel in the young adult/middle grade Incarceron series by Catherine Fisher.
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Weekly Reading List #37

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope that everyone is having a splendid week. For me, it was Spring Break so I relaxed, went to work obviously and had some homework, a few short stories to think about my paper that is going to be due in a while, and the final version of my short story, which needs to be done by Thursday.

Anyway, it was nice week, a nice break from school but now it’s back to school and back to the real world where bills live. Ugh. So, here is my reading list that will keep me sane. All synopsis are courtesy of Goodreads. Happy reading.
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Review: “The Ice Dragon” is a Game of Thrones story for all ages – Emertainment Monthly

By: Cynthia Ayala ’17 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer

ice-dragon-e1436715331277-174x131Set in the land of Ice and Fire, “The Ice Dragon” tells the story of Adara, a young girl who can “tame” the fearful ice dragon though friendship and kindness Continue reading “Review: “The Ice Dragon” is a Game of Thrones story for all ages – Emertainment Monthly”

A Thoughtful Game of Thrones Novel for Kids | Review of ‘The Ice Dragon’

By: Cynthia Ayala

The Ice Dragon by George R. R. Martin with Illustrations by Luis Royo
Tor Teen Publishing

Untamable, dangerous, lethal. That was the ice dragon that flew over the land of the north, leaving bitter cold and ice over the land. No one could tame it, except one young girl who was born in the worst freeze the north had ever seen. George R. R. Martin, bestselling author of the famous Game of Thrones series, brings to life this fantasy short story for children. Published on October 21, 2014 by Tor Teen, this novel is illustrated by Luis Royo who brings to life the work of George R. R. Martin.

A Game of Thrones novel made for both children and adults. The Ice Dragon is a novella set in the world of Ice and Fire. The story is about a village up in the North where the dreaded Ice Dragon lives. It being a dragon of the Wild and Cold nature frightens the people of the land. Everyone except young Adara, a child of a cold winter with the bitterness of the cold within her.
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