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Captivating Historical Fiction with a Dash of Magic | Review of ‘Walk on Earth a Stranger’ (The Gold Seer Trilogy #1)


Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Greenwillow Books
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“Leah Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more. She also has a secret. Leah can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it. When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.” —Goodreads

Published September 22, 2015, by Greenwillow Books, Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson is a young adult tale set in the historical context with just a dash of fantasy and magic. Continue reading Captivating Historical Fiction with a Dash of Magic | Review of ‘Walk on Earth a Stranger’ (The Gold Seer Trilogy #1)

Weekly Reading List #107


Hey there avid readers. Man, I cannot believe it’s already October. I love October. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But anyway, another week means another reading list and I hope you guys like these titles. Check them out, let me know if you’ve read them, what you think or if you have any suggestions. I’d love to hear what you think.

Happy reading!
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Book of the Month Poll – October 2017


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there people of the page! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week, but as it’s another month what we have here is another poll! Woo! So many excellent books coming out soon, so excited to see where all your interests lie. Let me know by voting right here which novel should this September’s book of the month title. Remember, the winner gets a featured book review right here on Cyn’s Workshop. You can vote by clicking this link here or by clicking the picture below. Happy voting!
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Book of the Month Poll – September 2017


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there people of the page! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week, but as it’s another month what we have here is another poll! Woo! Let me just personally say that I am super excited by this month’s selection of books. There are about 5 books here that I am most definitely going to read. I hope you’re as excited for these upcoming ten titles as I am. Let me know by voting right here which novel should this Septembers book of the month title. Remember, the winner gets a featured book review right here on Cyn’s Workshop. You can vote by clicking this link here or by clicking the picture below. Happy voting!
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Book of the Month Poll – July 2017


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers. I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. Another month’s means another poll for you to cast your votes and choose the book of the month for July. So check out these titles below and vote for your favorite upcoming title, author or book cover. Oh, and don’t forget to check out this month’s winner. Remember, the winner will get a featured book review. Vote here on Qzzr or by clicking the link below.
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Book of the Month – June 2017


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! This month was so close, at the end, there was a tie and me being the host, well I had to be the tiebreaker. But boy was it tough. At the end, it was between Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh and Disowned by Sarah Addison-Fox. For the record, I’m probably going to read both but the winner gets precedence. So look below and check out the winner and see if it’s worth your time to read. And stay tuned for next month’s selection of book.
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Book of the Month Poll – May 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 Qzzr (formerly Pollcaster) and the winner will get a featured book review here on my website. Happy voting!
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Addicting, Enthralling, and Just Damn Good | Review of ‘Stalking Jack the Ripper’ (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Jimmy Patterson
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Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with wealth and privilege. But tea time, dress fittings and proper decorum are not where her passions lie. Against her father’s wishes and what society expects, Audrey slips away into her uncle’s laboratory, his protégé in forensic medicine. Being in this line of work brings her the bodies of Jack the Ripper’s victims where the danger begins to lurk closer to come than she ever thought possible.

Published September 20, 2016, by Jimmy Patterson, Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco is her debut novel that takes the history of Jack the Ripper and weaves her own unique story around it in this YA thriller.
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A Decent YA Mystery | Review of ‘The Gilded Cage’


By Cynthia Ayala

The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray Image Credit: Goodreads
The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Katherine Randolph spent her life on a small farm in Virginia. But when a mysterious lawyer enters her home announcing she and her brother are the heirs to the large estate, Walthingham Hall, in England, her life is forever changed. Her new life is full of splendor, launching her into the upper-class society. But after one night of fun, tragedy hits, and Katherine is stuck not knowing her to trust and whether she will be next in line to meet with a tragic end.

Published August 2, 2016 by Henry Holt and Co., The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray is a young adult historical fiction mystery that follows one young girl surviving in the aftermath of death.
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Weekly Reading List #74


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers. I hope that everyone is having a wonderful day today. January is coming to a c-lose. How bizarre how fast time flies. I’ve had some extra time lately to work on my novel and catch up on my reading. I love having some of this extra time. I’m still so tired a lot of time though, working at a movie theater is no easy feat, but at least my current boss and coworkers are great. Hours may never be perfect, but when you’re working a job you enjoy, you take what you can get.

Anyway, check out this week’s reading list. Happy reading!
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