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Unfortunately Forgettable | Review of ‘Before the Claiming’ (Beautiful Creatures: The Untold Stories #3)


By Cynthia Ayala

Before the Claiming by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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When Lena was a baby, Seer and gifted card reader Amma Treaudeau saw a terrifying future in the cards that sent her to Emmaline’s door. When a powerful Dark Caster sets fire to Lena’s house with baby Lena and her father trapped inside, Amma, Emmaline, and Macon vow to protect the child. Lena’s grandmother and her Uncle Macon whisk Lena away, protecting her and moving her to a new place at the first sign of trouble. But a Caster can only hide for so long, and Macon must rely on the teachings in an ancient book to control his Dark nature. Ultimately, it will be his job to protect Lena–and keep her from surrendering to a Dark fate.” (Goodreads)

Published October 13, 2015, by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Before the Claiming by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl is a young adult novella that revisits some of the pivotal moments that would end up defining Lena’s future.
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Weekly Reading List #86


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! Can’t stay to chat its graduation day! Woo! I’m so excited, I’m so excited, I’m finally done with school. Woo! Now I just have to make it across the stage without tripping. Wish me luck and happy reading! Continue reading Weekly Reading List #86

Unfulfilling and Lackluster | Review of ‘The Seer Spread’ (Beautiful Creatures: The Untold Stories #2)


By Cynthia Ayala

The Seer Spread by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Still grieving over the death of Amma, Ethan receives a gift from her, the box of secrets she always kept from him. But now it’s time to open the box. The history of Amma and everything that brought her to Ethan.

Published July 14, 2015, by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, The Seer’s Spread by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl is the second in young adult paranormal Beautiful Creatures: The Untold Stories series.
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Weekly Reading List #85


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope that everyone is having a wonderful day. I’ve been a pretty busy bee working on a business plan for my bookstore/publishing house. Hoping it picks up soon so that I can really start just focusing on my novels. Of course I would never abandon my blog. Writing book reviews help me be a writer, it helps me be what I need to be to be a publisher. So with that being said, take a look at my latest reading list. Happy reading!

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1. The Seer’s Spread (Beautiful Creatures: The Untold Stories #2)

by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

“Fate is a powerful thing…

Ethan Wate is still grieving the loss of his beloved Amma when he receives an unexpected gift–the old, yellow Whitman’s Sampler box that held Amma’s most closely guarded secrets. “One day I might let you have a look under that lid, Ethan Wate,” Amma used to say. “But today isn’t the day.”

Now it’s time for one of her greatest secrets to be revealed. In a long-lost letter, Amma tells Ethan the story of growing up as a young Seer with a remarkable gift for reading cards. But with a power that far-reaching comes responsibility, and Amma has been honoring her mission since before Ethan was born–to protect the Wate family at any cost. So when Lila Jane Evers enters Mitchell Wate’s life, bringing the whole Caster world with her, Amma turns to her cards. This time, it’s a the reading that will define the rest of her life–and Ethan’s.”

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2. Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park #1)

by Michael Crichton

A billionaire has created a technique to clone dinosaurs. From the DNA that his crack team of scientists extract, he is able to grow the dinosaurs in his laboratories and lock them away on an island behind electric fences, creating a sort of theme park. He asks a group of scientists from several different fields to come and view the park, but something goes terribly wrong when a worker on the island turns traitor and shuts down the power.

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3. Before the Claiming (Beautiful Creatures: The Untold Stories #3)

by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

You can’t hide from fate…

While looking through her grandmother Emmaline’s keepsakes, Lena Duchannes comes across a little blue book with a big history–a book that changed Macon Ravenwood’s life and saved Lena’s.

When Lena was a baby, Seer and gifted card reader Amma Treaudeau saw a terrifying future in the cards that sent her to Emmaline’s door. When a powerful Dark Caster sets fire to Lena’s house with baby Lena and her father trapped inside, Amma, Emmaline, and Macon vow to protect the child. Lena’s grandmother and her Uncle Macon whisk Lena away, protecting her and moving her to a new place at the first sign of trouble. But a Caster can only hide for so long, and Macon must rely on the teachings in an ancient book to control his Dark nature. Ultimately, it will be his job to protect Lena–and keep her from surrendering to a Dark fate.

#1 New York Times bestselling authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl revisit the events that would define Lena’s future in the third installment of Beautiful Creatures: The Untold Stories.

*Disclaimer: All synopsis are provided by Goodreads.

A Delightful Hilarious Read | Review of ‘Evil Librarian’ (Evil Librarian #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen
Candlewick Press
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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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An Insubstantial Love Story | Review of ‘The Mortal Heart’ (Beautiful Creatures: The Untold Stories)


By Cynthia Ayala

The Mortal Heart by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Long before Lila Jane Evers met Mitchell Wate and gave birth to Ethan Wate, Lila was just a student at Duke University, a student with a penchant for rare books. Then one night, she stumbled upon some Latin and a young man named Macon Ravenwood. Here is the love story everyone knew about but knew nothing of…

Published March 10, 2015, by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers The Mortal Heart by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl is the first in their Beautiful Creatures: Untold Stories collection that fills in the gaps and backstory of some of the series’ more minor characters.
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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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Dull and Far Too Short | Review of ‘Dream Dark’ (Beautiful Creatures #2.5)


By Cynthia Ayala

Dream Dark by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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When Link decided to join his friend Ethan Wate on a quest through the supernatural tunnels beneath Gaitlin, he had no idea how the whole adventure world affect him, let alone a bite from a supernatural which has left him changed forever.

Published August 2, 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Dream Dark by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl is a short story focusing on Link and his transformation into a Linkubus. Within the Beautiful Creatures series.

Link has always been an interesting character, made more for use of the comic relief and also for his rollercoaster relationship with Ridley. After his change, he became even more interesting as a half Incubus, more human than his bloodthirsty counterparts. Here is a short story that’s just a little too short as it focuses on Link’s transformation into a half Incubus.
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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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