Unsuspectingly Spooky | Review of ‘The Ghost Notebooks’

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Deliciously Frightening | Review of ‘IT’ (2017 Film)

By Cynthia Ayala

IT starring Jaeden Lieberher & Bill Skarsgård Warner Bros. Pictures Image Credit: IMDB

“A group of bullied kids band together when a shapeshifting demon, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children.” —IMDB

Before I begin, let me just say this: I was not a fan of the original miniseries, even as a child it bored the crap out of me and I did not find Pennywise frightening. It was unimpressive, the original. Part of the reason was the length. It was too long, making it dull. Yes, I understand the concept of a miniseries, some of my favorite things are miniseries (The 10th Kingdom, Dune, Children of Dune). However, with a story like this, something that is supposed to be a horror, the energy, the tension has to be consistent, it has to be there lurking behind every shadow, every corner, every scene. It needs to keep the audience on edge, and I do not feel like the original does that properly. Especially when it hits the adult part of the story, it becomes repetitive and lackluster. It stopped being scary.
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Book of the Month Poll – September 2017

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there people of the page! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week, but as it’s another month what we have here is another poll! Woo! Let me just personally say that I am super excited by this month’s selection of books. There are about 5 books here that I am most definitely going to read. I hope you’re as excited for these upcoming ten titles as I am. Let me know by voting right here which novel should this Septembers book of the month title. Remember, the winner gets a featured book review right here on Cyn’s Workshop. You can vote by clicking this link here or by clicking the picture below. Happy voting!
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A Delightful Hilarious Read | Review of ‘Evil Librarian’ (Evil Librarian #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen
Candlewick Press
Image Credit: Goodreads

There’s something sinister with the new Librarian. Maybe it’s the horns that stick out of his head, to the leathery wings. But it’s probably the fact that he’s a demon who has Cynthia’s best friend under his spell. Now between working on the set of the schools’ production of Sweeny Todd and trying to maintain her composure around her crush and only ally, Cynthia must save her friend and her high school from the clutches of the dashing, yet evil, Mr. Gabriel.

Published September 9, 2014 by Candlewick Press Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen is the first in her humorous young adult paranormal series.
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Weekly Reading List #84

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope that everyone is having a wonderful day. I’ve been a pretty busy bee as of late, been reading and writing, all in all, I’ve been taking it easy. My graduation is coming up soon and I just bought my graduation dress which is pretty awesome, I just hope it arrives in time. Which reminds me, I really need to buy my plane ticket back to Boston. Ugh, there doesn’t ever seem to be enough time to do anything. Well anyway, here’s my weekly reading list, something I do intend to make time for. Happy reading!
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Heartfelt & Impactful | Review of ‘Elegy’ (Hereafter #3)

By Cynthia Ayala

Elegy by Tara Hudson

Amelia Ashley is being stalked by demons who want her soul and her power, haunting a deadly bridge at the edge of town causing death and mayhem to the small town around it. But Amelia has one choice left, one opportunity to change to destroy the bridge. But it might mean she will lose her soul and never see Joshua again.

Published June 4, 2013, by HarperTeen, Elegy by Tara Hudson is the final novel in her paranormal romance Hereafter trilogy.
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A Riveting Paranormal Experience | Review of ‘Endless’ (Shadowlands #3)

By Cynthia Ayala

Endless by Kate Brian Disney-Hyperion
Endless by Kate Brian

After the loss of her father and a betrayal like no other, Rory is beside herself with grief and anger, hunting for the man she thought she loved, the man she thought loved her. But now Rory’s love for her family is put to the test, and she is ready to make the trip to the Shadowlands and back.

Published July 22, 2014, by Disney-Hyperion, Endless by Kate Brian is the third and final novel in her young adult paranormal series Shadowlands that deals with life after death.
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Weekly Reading List #69

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope that everyone is having a great week. I’m back in sunny South Florida. Brightside, with my kitties and my fiancé. Downside, I’m working today and I want to take a moment to remind everyone of something. If you’re going to the movies on Christmas please take into account that everyone working at the movie theater is away from their families, working to provide the best service that we can. But remember, we’re going to get slammed, just take that into account that we can only go as fast as possible and are serving a large number of guests. We’re doing the best we can. So please be patient and please be respectful, please remember to have the Christmas spirit and remember many of us are working long shifts with no breaks and are away from our families. As someone who had popcorn thrown on her, on Christmas, it’s not fun.

Anyway, since some breaks exits, check out my weekly reading list to help me end my long exhausting days.
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Weekly Reading List #68

By Cynthia Ayala

Man oh man, I’m leaving soon. It’s wild stuff going on here. I’m going to turn in my FINAL paper soon and let me tell you, I have done nothing but stress about it because it’s my final paper, my final ever paper. Talk about crazy stuff. I’m so close to the finish line, so close to the ending of school. God I’m relieved. Sometimes I feel like going to college just put my life on hold, it did, but without the knowledge I gained I wouldn’t be able to do the things I’ve always wanted.

Honestly, the only thing that has kept me sane is the out of class reading that I did for class because I’m not one of those people who drowns in school work. I can’t be that person, it’s too stressful and then I don’t feel like I’ve done my best.

Anyway, since school is wrapping up, check out this weekly reading list right here.
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