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A Fiery Read | Review of ‘Frostblood’ (Frostblood Saga #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Frostblood by Elly Blake
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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“Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge. Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.” —Goodreads

Published January 10, 2017, by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Frostblood by Elly Blake takes an interesting and magical to deal with real-world issues like prejudice and racism.
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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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An Important and Emotional Novel About Reality | Review of ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’


By Cynthia Ayala

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Razorbill
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Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

Published October 18, 2007, by Razorbill, Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher is a challenging novel that shines a light on something very dark, highlighting where help can be offered and where it can be needed.
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An Expertly Told Space Opera | Review of ‘Blood of the Cosmos’ (Saga of Shadows #2)


By Cynthia Ayala

Blood of the Cosmos by Kevin J. Anderson
Tor Books
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Narrowly escaping destruction by the Shana Rei, the humans and the Ildirans align themselves in desperation, eager to find a way to destroy the Shana Rei. But with arrival of the Othos, beings that know more about the Shana Rei than anyone before. Yet around every corner there are shadows and villains seeking the destruction of all life.

Published June 2, 2015, by Tor Books Blood of the Cosmos
is the second novel by Kevin J. Anderson in his Saga of Shadows series, a science fiction space opera following the exploits of humans and Ildirans from the Saga of Seven Suns.
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Weekly Reading List #82


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week and day. So much to do and so little time for everything that I need to do. But as a reader, I must read, so check out this latest reading list and see where it takes me. I’m already halfway through Blood of the Cosmos, but as it’s a 600+ page book, it’s going to take me a little bit to read with everything else going on in my life. But here’s what’s following it! Happy reading!
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Weekly Reading List #81


By Cynthia Ayala

Let’s try this again. Hello there avid readers! I am hailing you from new laptop 2.0. Here’s hoping this one will work long enough for me to edit my novel and do what I like to do most: write. But in the meantime, here’s my weekly reading list, because let’s face it, you can’t be an author if you don’t read, and boy, do I read.
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Book of the Month – December 2016


By Cynthia Ayala

It was a close one this month, but as always, only one book can prevail at being the Book of the Month. This month’s winner is Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes, the fifth novel in her best-selling Falling Kingdoms series. Check out the details on the series right here and stay tuned for January’s Book of the Month Poll.
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