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Breathtakingly Unique | Review of ‘Ivory and Bone’ (Ivory and Bone #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh HarperTeen Image Credit: Goodreads

“Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives. As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that had been planned all along.” —Goodreads

Published June 7, 2016, by HarperTeen Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh is a prehistoric YA fantasy with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.
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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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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 – June 2017


By Cynthia Ayala

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 (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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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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Unique but Flawed | Review of ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Miss Peregrine’s Home or Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Quirk

A tragedy sends young sixteen-year-old Jacob to a remote island off the coast of Wales to connect with his grandfathers’ past in ways he never thought possible.

Published on June 7, 2011, by Quirk, Miss Peregrine’s Home or Peculiar Children is the first in the young adult series of the same name by Ransom Riggs.

One of the remarkable things about the novel are the characters and how unique their abilities because in a world where science fiction and books for young readers come in, and in a world where strange abilities have become a sort of staple in fiction, Riggs created uniqueness with the characters and how they function within the realm of the story.
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