Review of ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a witty and thought-provoking read that explores the ups and downs of life with equal parts honesty and humor, sweetness, and suspense. Continue reading Review of ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’

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A Beautiful Debut | Review of ‘The Girl in Between’

By Cynthia Ayala

The Girl in Between by Sarah Carroll
Kathy Dawson Books
Image Credit: Goodreads

Homeless but not alone, a young girl lives with her mother in an abandoned mill worried every day that the authorities are going to take her away. But with developers coming their way to tear the place down, she must contend with her mothers’ personal demons and the ghosts of the past haunting them.

Published June 20, 2017, by Kathy Dawson Books, The Girl in Between is the debut novel by Sarah Carroll, a young adult tale about family, homelessness and the love between a mother and daughter.
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Weekly Reading List #90

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers. I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. Haven’t had much time to read or edit this past week so I’ve fallen behind just a bit. But nothing to worry about, I’ll always find time to read, even if it’s only 20 pages a day. And I’ll always find some time to edit my novel. Anyway, see my weekly reading list right here. Happy reading!
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Review: ‘After Alice’ Explores New Realms outside Wonderland – Emertainment Monthly

By Cynthia Ayala ’17 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer

After-Alice-Gregory-Maguire-326x245Ada, Alice’s closest friend, follows her friend down the rabbit hole in order to bring her home going on her own adventure through the nonsensical Wonderland where her own ideas and ideals are put into question and the world of Oxford England reacts to the disappearance of these two young girls[…]
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An Enigmatic Gothic Tale | Review of ‘Black Rabbit Hall’

By Cynthia Ayala

Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase
G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Amber Alton has spent all her summers in Black Rabbit Hall, there was always a light that lit up the country estate. Summer was perfect, until the day that devastation struck. Now the perfect summers became ghosts of what they once were.
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Weekly Reading List #27

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers! I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Mine wasn’t that bad, I worked a 9+ hr shift at the theater and it wasn’t as busy as it was last year and no one gave me an attitude for once! Everyone was in the Christmas spirit which made me very happy. And it’s nice to be around my coworkers who are all amazing. I love my bosses and my coworkers and they really are appreciative of all the hard work. The theater may not pay me enough but at least I have a job and great bosses for which I am grateful.

But anyway, I hope that everyone spread the cheer and had a wonderful Christmas with friends and family. Here’s what’s coming up on my reading list soonish followed by a short piece of what I’m reading now. I thought I should include that since it’s been a while since I last posted one of these updates.
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A New Realm of Exploration | Review of ‘After Alice’

By Cynthia Ayala

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After Alice‘ by Gregory Maguire
William Morrow

What happened after Alice fell down the rabbit hole? Ada, Alice’s closest friend, follows her friend down the rabbit hole in order to bring her home going on her own adventure through the nonsensical Wonderland where her own ideas and ideals are put in question and the world of Oxford England reacts to the disappearance of these two young girls.

After Alice is the newest novel by bestselling author Gregory Maguire. Published on October 27, 2015 by William Morrow, this new tale is a retelling of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland.

Gregory Maguire is known for his retellings within the narrative world and for this novel he has tapped into the writing style of Lewis Carroll. For anyone who has ever read the original tale of Alice in Wonderland will see the resemblance in writing styles and how Maguire was able to tap into his technique of writing and tell this tale of Alice’s friend Ada who is briefly mentioned in the original. Continue reading “A New Realm of Exploration | Review of ‘After Alice’”

954 MAG (February 2015 Issue)

954MAG February 2015954 Nation’s newest online magazine features book reviews and articles relevant to the community and the nation.  This issue features the following:

“A Riveting Novel on Self Discovery”

A review by Cynthia Ayala on The Appetites of Girls by Pamela Moses following four girls on their journey of self-discovery and self-respect. Continue reading “954 MAG (February 2015 Issue)”