A Powerful Burning Novel | Review of ‘Fireblood’ (Frostblood Saga #2)


By Cynthia Ayala

Fireblood by Elly Blake
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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“Against all the odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. However, the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby’s powers and past.” —Goodreads

Published September 12, 2017, by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Fireblood by Elly Blake is the second in her YA fantasy series dealing with prejudice, magic, and love.
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Weekly Reading List #112


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers. I hope that everyone has had a wonderful week. Seems I’m starting to get backlogged again with my reviews and reading list. I’ve gotten some requests to read some novels from many authors. So at the moment if you are wondering if I would like to read your book the answer is, of course, yes, however, please understand that I’m backlogged so think long and hard about whether or not you are prepared to wait. There are some instances where I’m able to push a book up on my reading list, however, they are few and far between and take a lot of consideration. I read them in the order that I get them. Books set to expire to get precedence, so if you send me a file like Penguin’s First to Read program, please let me know about any expiration date. And also stay tuned for my reading list! This reading list is to let you know which reviews to expect in the future so be watchful about when you’re going to see your book. Be warned though, I only tend to put 2 – 3 reviews up a week so give myself time to read and work on my own novel. Also my job, need that too.

But in the meantime, check out these titles and see if they tickle your fancy. Happy reading!
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Thrilling and Addictive | Review of ‘Poison’s Kiss’ (Poisons Kiss #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Poison’s Kiss by Breena Shields
Penguin Readers for Young Readers
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“Miranda has kissed a dozen boys. They all die afterward. It’s a miserable death, but being a visha kanya, a poison maiden is what she was created to do. Miranda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon. Until now, the men she as ordered to kiss have been strangers, enemies of the kingdom. Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die. She begins to question who she’s really working for. And that is a threat that once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose. This rich, surprising, and accessible debut is based on Indian folklore and delivers a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.” —Goodreads

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Weekly Reading List #106


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers. I hope everyone is doing well. I’m doing very well, catching up on all my reading, breathing freely, having fun. Not much in the life of my other than my reading fever as my fiancé likes to call it. So here’s you go, my new reading list. And again, don’t forget to share your thoughts on these books, if you’ve read them or haven’t, what you think about them. Happy reading!
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Weekly Reading List #105


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers! So, I survived Hurricane Irma unscathed. In fact, I was one of the lucky one in South FL that didn’t lose power. I did lose internet though, got it back on Monday making me able to post the book reviews that I had so much time to catch up on. As well as all the reading! Woo reading. And on that note, here is my latest weekly reading list. If you’ve read it let me know what you think about it. If you haven’t and are on the fence, stay tuned for book reviews that will quickly follow.

Happy reading!
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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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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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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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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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