Review of ‘Before the Broken Star’ (The Evermore Chronicles #1)

Before the Broken Star is a wonderful piece that combines steampunk and fantasy to showcase a wonderful tale and great character development. Continue reading Review of ‘Before the Broken Star’ (The Evermore Chronicles #1)

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Book of the Month Poll – November 2017

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope that everyone is having a wonderful week. It’s finally October!!! Woo!! Favorite time of the year. Did you know that in 1 year I will be getting married? Yup, on Halloween. It’s going to be Spooktacular. No my dress will not be black. But it will certainly be unique. But that’s all beside the point. A new month means a new list of book releases. Which means I need your help to choose the next winner of the book of the month for November. So check out the ten titles listed below and vote for your favorite. If there isn’t a book on the list that you think deserves to be on the survey you can fill in your own. Remember, the winner gets a featured book review right here (and all my various social media platforms, Goodreads and Amazon). Vote by clicking this link here or by clicking on the image below. Happy voting!
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A Bogged Down Fantasy | Review of ‘The Waking Fire’ (The Draconis Memoria #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan
Orbit
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The blood of drakes offers powers and abilities to those considered blood-blessed. Out there lies a drake with untapped power, bringing an unregistered blood-blessed into the control of a powerful blood-blessed syndicate who seek to use him and hunt down the mythical white drake. But with empires clashing together and the drakes rising out of the depth with anger and hatred, these characters will discover that they may be the only thing that stands between humanity and destruction.

Published on July 7, 2016, by Orbit, The Waking Fire by acclaimed author Anthony Ryan is the first in his fantasy series The Draconis Memoria.
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Vividly Written and Addicting | Review of ‘Paper and Fire’ (The Great Library #2)

By Cynthia Ayala

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
NAL
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The Great Library controls knowledge around the world with an iron first with ruthlessness where books are everything and life means nothing. For Jess Brightwell, he knows this too well. After surviving his introduction, losing his best friend and love of his life, he strives to fight for what it right. Banding together with his friends, hunted by automata, he is forced to flee Alexandria, but London is no safer. Secrets come to life, and the path to the Library’s ultimate destruction has been set. Jess and his friends just need to survive it.

Published on July 5, 2016, by NAL, Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine, The second novel in the young adult fantasy series, The Great Library, follows Jess Brightwell as he deals with the aftermath of his friend’s death and the power of the Great Library of Alexandria.
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Weekly Reading List #50

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers, I hope that everyone had a wonderful 4th of July weekend. You know, as busy as I was this weekend I actually managed to read two books. Woo! The South Florida SuperCon was tons of fun, but man was I exhausted when it was over. My legs hurt from all the walking, but I met a ton of people, people I’m fans of and took a bunch of pictures you’ve already seen on Instagram. I met Claudia Gray, Kevin J. Anderson, Tony Bedard, Walter Koenig and the great Henry Winkler who just so happens went to my college (Emerson College) and hugged me 4 times, including giving me a kiss on my cheek. Yeah, it was awesome. But anyway, since I read two books this weekend and I’m already halfway through another, here’s my weekly reading list for this week. Happy reading! Continue reading “Weekly Reading List #50”

Strong Realism within Historical Fantasy | Review of ‘Ink and Bone’ (The Great Library #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
NAL
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The Great Library of Alexandria holds all the power in the world. Knowledge is power, and for the library, their power means more than any book and any life. For Jess Brightwell believes in the library, and the profit he can obtain by smuggling out valuable books. But when his closest friend is imprisoned for heresy, his loyalties are put to the test as his life is put in danger.

Published on July 7, 2015 by NAL, Ink and Bone is the first novel in New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine‘s new series The Great Library.
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Weekly Reading List #49

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope that everyone is having a wonderful weekend. For me, this weekend has been spent at the Annual South Florida Supercon! Woo! It was tons of fun, as always. And if any of you were there you know how much fun it was. Anyway, it’s been a pretty busy past few weeks which is why I’m a little slow on the reading here, but here’s what I’ve got coming up. And as you can imagine, I didn’t have a ton of time to read this weekend. I’m almost done with Dog with a Bone, just got 2 chapters left and I’m enjoying it, needs a little more structure to it, but overall, I’m liking it. Check out the other books and she if they catch your fancy. Happy Fourth of July!
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Weekly Reading List #47

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers! So I hope that everyone has had a wonderful week and weekend. Me, it’s been busy busy busy trying to keep up with my blogging and editing my novel but I have finally finished editing it! Woo! No I just have to format and insert my edits and changes into the computer file, because I like to hand edit, and then finish designing the back cover of the novel and everything else. No one said publishing was easy, it’s a lot of work, but work I love and that I am passionate about, so at least there’s that.

Anyway here is my weekly reading this for the week with a special feature book at the end. Check it out.
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Book of the Month Poll – July 2016

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers and book lovers, another month means another book of the month poll where you get to vote on what novel you believe should be the book of the month for July. If you want your favorite to win, remember to share and encourage others to vote. You can leave your vote in the comments section with just the title of the vote, likes on the comment will not count, but replies mentioning which novel you would like to win do. You can also head on over to Pollcaster by clicking the link here or on the picture below. Here are the selections for this month:
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