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Weekly Reading List #104


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers. I’m writing this post in advance in case I lose power here in sunny FL. Hurricane Irma in case you’re wondering. But even a little power outage won’t stop me from reading. So, just in advance, here’s my weekly reading list. Let’s see if I can catch up on my reading list.

Happy reading and safe travels to all.
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Incredibly Diverse & Thrilling | Review of ‘Nyxia’ (The Nyxia Triad #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
Crown Books for Young Readers
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“Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family. Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe. But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.” —Goodreads

Published September 12, 2017, by Crown Books for Young Readers, Nyxia
by Scott Reintgen is the first in his young adult science fiction series titled The Nyxia Triad.
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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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Weekly Reading List #103


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there people of the page. I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. I’m still backlogged on books, working hard to make sure I stay on top of them and that my book reviews don’t suffer either. But with Hurricane Irma here…well, I’ve had a chance to get some reading done. Just focusing on staying safe.

So, on that note, check out my new reading list.
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Book of the Month – September 2017


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there people of the page. I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. Hurricane Irma is still headed on her way. Man, I remember Wilma and how the power was knocked out for days. But at least I was safe with my kitties and I had all my books to keep me entertained. Yay books!

On that note of books, lets here is for *drum roll* Fireblood by Elly Blake, this month’s winner for the September Book of the Month title! Woo! I’m really excited about this one and can’t way to read it. So check out all the details below and happy reading!
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Weekly Reading List #102


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there people of the page. I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. I’m still backlogged on books, working hard to make sure I stay on top of them and that my book reviews don’t suffer either. Although they tend to when I do them last minute and in a rush. But I’m working on remembering to take a breath and just take everyday ass a new day. I feel like I’ve been rushing through my life lately, just with books and my reviews. So, even though I’m backlogged I’m just going to take a small step back and breathe.

So, on that note, check out my new reading list.
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Character Driven Mystery | Review of “When I Am Through with You”


By Cynthia Ayala

When I Am Through with You by Stephanie Kuehn
Dutton Books for Young Readers
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“Ben Gibson is many things, but he’s not sorry, and he’s not a liar. He will tell you exactly how what started as a simple school camping trip in the mountains ended the way it did. About who lived and who died. About who killed and who had the best of intentions. And he’ll tell you about Rose. But he’s going to tell you in his own time. Because after what happened on that mountain, time is the one thing he has plenty of.” —Goodreads

Published August 1, 2017, by Dutton Books for Young Readers, When I Am Through with You
by Stephanie Kuehn is a contemporary thriller for the young adult audience.
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Provocative and Haunting | Review of ‘Spellbook of the Lost and Found’


By Cynthia Ayala

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Kathy Dawson Books
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“One stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewelry, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger; something she won’t talk about. Then Olive meets three wild, mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel, and Rowan. Like Rose, they’re mourning losses – and holding tight to secrets. When they discover the ancient spellbook, full of hand-inked charms to conjure back lost things, they realize it might be their chance to set everything right. Unless it’s leading them towards secrets that were never meant to be found . . .” —Goodreads

Published August 8, 2017, by Kathy Dawson Books, Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle combines magical realism with fantasy to create a thoughtful and addicting young adult novel.
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Weekly Reading List #101


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there people of the page. So, it turns out that I have once again become backlogged on books. I have until Sept 2 to read 4 books. I’ve knocked one out of the park (these are ARCs with expiration dates btw) and I’m in the middle of two at the moment. I’m saving the longest for last while I go through these two, using every spare moment, my sleepless nights (I’m an insomniac) to read, read, read. I guess it’s a good thing I have finished prelim edits on my novel. I printed out a copy for myself so that I can go over formatting and editing issues that will no doubt need to be addressed. So, until that arrives in the mail, I plan on using all this free time to catch up on this reading. I’ve also gotten control over my anemia again. I’m not great at taking care of myself and I feel fine most of the time so I don’t take my iron pills but when I crash, boy do I crash. And you know what one of the symptoms of anemia is? Loss of interest. So I was reading slower than usual, spending half my time just being a lazy bum. But I’ve taken my iron pills every day for the past 6 days, getting my iron up as best as possible. And the change is noticeable.

So here you go folks, my upcoming reading list for this week. Since my energy is up, I have no doubt that I will catch up on my reading. At least, that’s the hope. Happy reading!
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Leaves the Reader Hungry for More | Review of ‘Falling Kingdoms’ (Falling Kingdoms #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Razorbill
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“In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface. As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed…and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love. It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Published December 11, 2012, by Razorbill Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes is the first in her YA fantasy series where magic meets power between kingdoms.
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