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Beautifully, Wondrously, Heartbreaking | Review of ‘Heartless’


By Cynthia Ayala

Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Feiwel & Friends
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All Catherine wants is to be a baker and open a shop as the best baker in all of Wonderland. But at the time when the King is expected to propose to her, Cath meets Jest, the Kings new mysterious court Jester. Soon her curiosity blossoms into love and at the risk of upsetting her parents and the King, the pair enter into a secret courtship. But fate is a fickle thing, a dangerous thing that may tear Cath, and all of Wonderland, apart.

Published November 8, 2016, by Feiwel & Friends, Heartless by Marissa Meyer is a standalone novel that takes gives readers a fantastical new retelling on the origins of Lewis Carroll’s famed Queen of Hearts.
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Weekly Reading List #83


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. I’ve finally found time to read! Yay! And I’ve found time to write and edit my novel. I’ve also even squeezed in some time for video games. All fun and games to balance out my word days. So check out my new reading list and see if anything here tickles your fancy as it tickles mine.

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1. Dream Dark (Beautiful Creatures 2,5)

by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

“When Link joined his best friend, Ethan Wate, on a quest through a mysterious network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, he knew the journey would be dangerous. But returning home to Gatlin, South Carolina was just the beginning…

Wounded during a climactic battle, Link discovers that tending his injuries won’t be as simple as visiting a doctor and that healing his arm should be the least of his worries. For being bitten by a Supernatural does more than break the skin — it changes a person, inside and out, turning Link into someone more and more like the dark creature who injured him.\

In this never-before-seen short story by New York Times bestselling authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, listeners witness Link’s heart-racing transformation. Dream Dark is set before the much-anticipated third Beautiful Creatures novel, Beautiful Chaos, and as a special bonus includes an exclusive sneak peek at the first five chapters.”

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2. Heartless

by Marissa Meyer

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

3. Mortal Heart (Beautiful Creatures: The Untold Stories #1)

by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

“Everyone in Gatlin has a story…

Before she met and married Mitchell Wate, the beautiful and brilliant Lila Jane Evers was an honors student at Duke University. Studying late into the night in the rare books library, she is captivated by a single line of text on an old piece of parchment: “In the Light there is Dark, and in the Dark there is Light.”

What can it mean?

Then one night, Lila Jane meets a mysterious young man who may have the answer. His name is Macon Ravenwood, and for every secret he reveals, he is hiding another. With Macon’s help, Lila Jane uncovers the wonders of the Caster world–the Light and the Dark. But a romance between the Incubus who is fighting his own dark side and this fiercely independent Mortal is doomed from the start. The closer Lila Jane and Macon become, the more her life is in danger.

Discover the unforgettable and untold story of how Lila and Macon fell in love in this all-new Beautiful Creatures novella from #1 New York Times bestselling authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.”

*Disclaimer: All synopsis are provided by Goodreads.

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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Colorful, Adventurous, but Poorly Written | Review of ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’


By Cynthia Ayala

Alice Through the Looking Glass starring Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter & Anne Hathaway
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
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Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to help the Mad Hatter.

    —IMDB

Another vibrant whimsical film following Alice (Mia Wasikowska) through Wonderland and Time in order to save her best friend, The Mad Hatter. Why? Because he Mad Hatter has gone Mad, and not in a good way…or so everyone thinks. This leads Alice through an adventure of time travel, but Time (Sacha Baron Cohen) warned her that she cannot change the past, only learn from it.
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Week 50 2013 | Part 1 | Comic Reviews


By: Cynthia A.

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Justice League 3000 #1

Yesterday Lives!

All right folks, DC Comics has brought to us a new Justice League comic, this one set I the 31st century.  The story within this comic is that the greatest heroes that ever lived are back, and ready to do their jobs.  But these guys are not the same people from the past.  They are clones, created by Cadmus and a pair of twins who are often called “The Wonder Twins”.  See what they did there?  But in their genetic creation, some of their memories are blank, and they have not lived the lives that they had in the past, taking away essential moments in their lives that made them who they are.  That is the biggest issue the Wonder Twins are facing, trying to make this team a family and be who they once were.  Superman refers to himself in third person and is quite the narcissist; Wonder Woman is more of a bloodthirsty amazon than the respectful, honorable warrior; Batman…well he has no motivation; Flash has powers that may kill him and is a bit of a whiner and Hal doesn’t have his ring, instead he has a cloak that makes him look like the Specter.  These guys are so far from who they one were, and that’s why this comic works.  It’s something new, bringing us a different view point of these heroes as we know them.  It begs the question, who are they without these events to hold them together? What made them heroes in the beginning? Those moments, not just their powers.  As Batman proves, you don’t need powers to be a superhero, you just need the will to be one.  Oh and there’s one thing that is amusing as well: Batman and Superman hate each other. A completely new comic with such a different view of who these heroes are.

PLOT: K. GIFFEN

DIALOGUE: J. M. DeMATTEIS

ARTIST: H. PORTER

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Nightwing #26

Some Strings Attached

The events of Nightwing seem to be taking place before Forever Evil, which makes lots of sense.  The Mad Hatter has come to Chicago to retrieve his Alice.  We all know the Mad Hatter’s story; it’s quite the creepy one.  The Mad Hatter likes to kidnap young girls, blonds’, and turns them into Alice.  He certainly makes them fall down quite the rabbit hole with his antics to say the least.  The girl in this issue, who is now a criminal going by the name Marionette, is a quick and fast learner, first being known as the Mimic from issue #19.  She’s also a little crazy and talks to herself, as though she has two personalities in one, and considering that she was once an Alice, that is understandable.  Now she has turned to a life of crime, attracting the attention of Nightwing who is living in a three-bedroom apartment with roommates, which was easier said than done.  However, living alone is expensive, as we all know.  So while he is dealing with his secret life as a superhero, with people determined to capture him because they have an aversion for heroes in a masks he has to capture this gal and deal with his life of living apart from the Wayne name. Easier said than done.  The plot twist at the end, bringing one of Batman’s main villains into this comic and in a new setting was a good choice because it brings history into this comic and is a way to bring new villains and new readers to this comic, sucking us into the story and the writing.

WRITER: K. HIGGINS

ARTISTS: W. CONRAD & C. RICHARDS

So You Think You Can Dance Format—I Don’t Like It


So-You-Think-You-Can-Dance-Season-8-Episode-17-2-of-10-Voted-OffI don’t like the new format that FOX has here for the show.  I liked the two night showcase.  We get to vote for those that we want to and then the next night we get to see who gets voted off.  Instead, we see them dance and that very same night, we see someone go home.  What if we wanted to vote for one of those people that wanted to go home?  But no, the FOX network decided to be stupid and make it a one night thing.  I liked the group dances, I liked the solos, I liked the musical guest and the way the show used to be structured.  The way it is now, does not make me even want to tune it.   In fact, I’m pretty pissed by the whole thing that I don’t even want to tune it.  What’s the point in having them dance if we don’t even get to vote for the ones we want to?  It’s stupid and it sucks.

Not to mention, this week, they were being unfair.  You had them redo classics, which are classics for a reason.  They were classics because the original people who did it, gave the dance more than just technique.  That’s why they are classics.  You have these dancers here who not only saw the original, but who also have to live up to the original.  They are going to be compared to the original dance.  These guys have to make their own classics, they need to be given their own routines, not ones that have been done before.  That being said, I’m not pleased with the structure of this show and how it’s going.

Also, Cyrus, as good a dancer as he is, has yet to actually prove himself and should not be here.  There were others who were better than him, who were able to get out of their own styles and do other styles.  Many of you may like him, but I simply do not think that he deserves to be here.

Oh and I still stay say that Nigel Lythgoe is the Mad Hatter.