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Fun Entertaining Sequel | Review of ‘Lifeblood’ (Everlife #2)


By Cynthia Ayala

Lifeblood by Gena Showalter
Harlequin Teen
Image Credit: Goodreads

“With her last living breath, Tenley “Ten” Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences. Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers That Be have the highest expectations for her future—and the enemy wants her neutralized. Fighting to save her Secondlife, she must launch her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. But Ten’s competition is Killian, the boy she can’t forget—the one who gave up everything for her happiness. He has only one shot at redemption: beating Ten at a game she’s never even played. As their throw-downs heat up, so do their undeniable feelings, and soon, Ten will have to make another choice. Love…or victory.” —Goodreads

Published February 28, 2017, by Harlequin Teen Lifeblood by Gena Showalter is the second novel in her YA fantasy Everlife 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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Weekly Reading List #95


By Cynthia Ayala

Hello readers! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. War for the Planet of the Apes came out this weekend. I’m looking forward to watching it. So, stay tuned for that review. But amid work, and writing and working out, I’m making time for my reading. So check out this weeks reading list.
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Weekly Reading List #94


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. It’s been a little stressful for me but overall, things are still going okay. All in all, things can always be worse. But that’s what reading is for, it calms me, makes me happy, and provides a stress free realm to lay in. So check out this weeks reading list.

1. The Library of Fates

by Aditi Khorana

A romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore, perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn.

No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.

The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.

Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?

2. A Million Worlds with You (Firebird #3)

by Claudia Gray

A million universes. A million dangers. One destiny.

The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.

Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.

So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

In the conclusion to Claudia Gray’s Firebird trilogy, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed. It’s a battle of the Marguerites…and only one can win.

3. Lifeblood (Everlife #2)

by Gena Showalter

My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is only now beginning.

With her last living breath, Tenley “Ten” Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences.

Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers That Be have the highest expectations for her future—and the enemy wants her neutralized. Fighting to save her Secondlife, she must learn about her realm from the ground up while launching her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. No pressure, right?

But Ten’s competition is Killian, the boy she can’t forget—the one who gave up everything for her happiness. He has only one shot at redemption: beating Ten at a game she’s never even played. As their throw-downs heat up, so do their undeniable feelings, and soon, Ten will have to make another choice. Love…or victory.

*Disclaimer: All synopsis are provided by Goodreads.

Book of the Month – February 2017


By Cynthia Ayala

Here you have it, readers. Many books were listed but there could only be one winner, and by slim numbers, our winner this month is Lifeblood by Gena Showalter, the second in her Everlife series, the first of which also won last year’s book of the month! Let’s give a round of applause to Gena! Check out what this book is all about and stay tuned for a featured review right here on Cyn’s Workshop. You can already find a review of the first novel, Firstlife, here too. Happy reading!

Oh, and stay tuned for March’s selection of books.
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Book of the Month Poll – February 2017


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there voters, readers, and writers! Another month means it’s time for another Book of the Month Poll where you vote for your favorite upcoming book, author, or cover (because let’s face it, the cover really is a strong selling point). So check out this month’s list of titles and vote for your favorite. If there is a novel you think should be on the list leave a vote for that novel in the comments section. Remember, you can vote here on Pollcaster — or by clicking the image below — and the winner will get a featured book review here on my website. Happy voting!
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A Strong Narrative on Identity & Belief | Review of ‘Firstlife’ (Everlife #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Firstlife by Gena Showalter
Harlequin Teen
Image Credit: Goodreads

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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Weekly Reading List #49


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope that everyone is having a wonderful weekend. For me, this weekend has been spent at the Annual South Florida Supercon! Woo! It was tons of fun, as always. And if any of you were there you know how much fun it was. Anyway, it’s been a pretty busy past few weeks which is why I’m a little slow on the reading here, but here’s what I’ve got coming up. And as you can imagine, I didn’t have a ton of time to read this weekend. I’m almost done with Dog with a Bone, just got 2 chapters left and I’m enjoying it, needs a little more structure to it, but overall, I’m liking it. Check out the other books and she if they catch your fancy. Happy Fourth of July!
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Weekly Reading List #48


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers, here is my weekly reading list for this upcoming week. With everything that went on in Orlando, I know many of you may have known people there and were unfortunate to know someone who passed away. I deepest condolences to all you who lost someone and my prayers are with you all.
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Alive and Kicking | Review of ‘A Mad Zombie Party’ (White Rabbit Chronicles #4)


By Cynthia Ayala

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A Mad Zombie Party by Gena Showalter
Harlequin Teen
Image Credit: Goodreads

Anima was destroyed, but the crumbling pieces have fallen back into place and the slayers worst enemy has returned. And Kat, who is now a witnessed is the one with the plan. However, the plan involves two pieces that aren’t exactly in the right space: the distraught and self-destructive Frosty who is still mourning Kat’s death and Camilla, the betrayer responsible for Kat’s death. Can these two put the past behind them to save the future, or are they forever doomed to relive the haunting past?

A Mad Zombie Party is the fourth and final book in Gena Showalter’s New York Times bestselling White Rabbit Chronicles published by Harlequin Teen that follows Frosty and Camilla instead of Alice through the Zombie world. Continue reading Alive and Kicking | Review of ‘A Mad Zombie Party’ (White Rabbit Chronicles #4)