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Breathtakingly Unique | Review of ‘Ivory and Bone’ (Ivory and Bone #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh HarperTeen Image Credit: Goodreads

“Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives. As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that had been planned all along.” —Goodreads

Published June 7, 2016, by HarperTeen Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh is a prehistoric YA fantasy with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.
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Weekly Reading List #96


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers! I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. Man, with Planet of the Apes and Game of Thrones last weekend, I didn’t have any time to read…or type my reviews. So now I’m a little behind with catching up with my reviews and my reading list. Both were amazing by the way so I definitely recommend seeing both. But anyway, now that I’m all caught up on all that I can finally focus on my writing, reading and reviews! Woo! So check out this weeks latest reading list.
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Weekly Reading List #95


By Cynthia Ayala

Hello readers! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. War for the Planet of the Apes came out this weekend. I’m looking forward to watching it. So, stay tuned for that review. But amid work, and writing and working out, I’m making time for my reading. So check out this weeks reading list.
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Mythically Captivating | Review of ‘The Library of Fates’


By Cynthia Ayala

The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana
Razorbill
Image Credit: Goodreads

“No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now. When the unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, former prisoner of Sikander. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.” —Goodreads

Published July 18, 2017, by Razorbill The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana is a romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore.
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Weekly Reading List #94


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. It’s been a little stressful for me but overall, things are still going okay. All in all, things can always be worse. But that’s what reading is for, it calms me, makes me happy, and provides a stress free realm to lay in. So check out this weeks reading list.

1. The Library of Fates

by Aditi Khorana

A romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore, perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn.

No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.

The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.

Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?

2. A Million Worlds with You (Firebird #3)

by Claudia Gray

A million universes. A million dangers. One destiny.

The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.

Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.

So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

In the conclusion to Claudia Gray’s Firebird trilogy, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed. It’s a battle of the Marguerites…and only one can win.

3. Lifeblood (Everlife #2)

by Gena Showalter

My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is only now beginning.

With her last living breath, Tenley “Ten” Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences.

Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers That Be have the highest expectations for her future—and the enemy wants her neutralized. Fighting to save her Secondlife, she must learn about her realm from the ground up while launching her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. No pressure, right?

But Ten’s competition is Killian, the boy she can’t forget—the one who gave up everything for her happiness. He has only one shot at redemption: beating Ten at a game she’s never even played. As their throw-downs heat up, so do their undeniable feelings, and soon, Ten will have to make another choice. Love…or victory.

*Disclaimer: All synopsis are provided by Goodreads.

Book of the Month – July 2017


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! Man this month was probably the most activity I’ve ever seen. There were so many popular titles and let me say many of them I want to read. But there can only be one winner so here we have it. Let me present to you July’s Book of the Month! And don’t forget to stay tuned for next months selection of titles. Happy reading!
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Who Says Crooks Can’t Be Winners? | Review of ‘Crooked Kingdom’ (Six of Crows #2)


By Cynthia Ayala

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Henry Holt and Company
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Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies, emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.” —Goodreads

Published September 20, 2016, by Henry Holt and Company Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo is the second novel in her Six of Crows duology, a YA fantasy following thieves as they do what they do best: scheme.
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Weekly Reading List #93


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I’ve been staying true to my goal. Well, waking up early has been a challenge, always so hard to wake up in the morning. But I have been working out! My lower abdomen and thighs still feel sore from my workout Monday night. Progress. And I have been making time to do more reading at least. Three books that are about to expire. Gotta get to those soon.

Anyway, check out some of the titles I will be reading this week. Happy reading!
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A Fun Retelling Full of Thoughtful Writing | Review of ‘The Seafarer’s Kiss’


By Cynthia Ayala

The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember
Duet Books
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“Having long-wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.

Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from Loki. But such deals are never as one expects, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.” —Goodreads

Published May 4, 2017, by Duet Books The Seafarer’s Kiss
by Julia Ember is a retelling of the classic little mermaid tale incorporating Norse Mythology and challenging the place of women in a male-dominated world.
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Weekly Reading List #92


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope everyone is having a great week. So as it stands, I’ve become quite lazy so I’ve decided to try to mix things up…and maybe put myself on some sort of normal sleep schedule which is going to be a little hard since I work nights. Not complaining, I like working nights, the energy at work may be hectic but at least it gets my blood pumping and time flies by. But I’ve decided I’m going to make a change, work out 3 times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s, get up earlier, clean my room, have my cup of coffee, and then dedicate my morning to cleaning and reading before working out and working on my reviews and such. I’m hoping this change is going to make me more productive, energy building is supposed to do that right? I’m also hoping this is going to offer me a chance to focus on my reading and my writing, giving me more energy to do the things I love to do.

Anyway, that’s enough about me, here’s my reading list. Man, I’m so behind. See why I need more time?
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