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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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Provocative and Haunting | Review of ‘Spellbook of the Lost and Found’


By Cynthia Ayala

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Kathy Dawson Books
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“One stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewelry, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger; something she won’t talk about. Then Olive meets three wild, mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel, and Rowan. Like Rose, they’re mourning losses – and holding tight to secrets. When they discover the ancient spellbook, full of hand-inked charms to conjure back lost things, they realize it might be their chance to set everything right. Unless it’s leading them towards secrets that were never meant to be found . . .” —Goodreads

Published August 8, 2017, by Kathy Dawson Books, Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle combines magical realism with fantasy to create a thoughtful and addicting young adult novel.
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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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Leaves the Reader Hungry for More | Review of ‘Falling Kingdoms’ (Falling Kingdoms #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Razorbill
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“In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface. As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed…and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love. It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Published December 11, 2012, by Razorbill Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes is the first in her YA fantasy series where magic meets power between kingdoms.
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Weekly Reading List #100


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there people of the page. So I’m still a little sick (I don’t know if I let you all know I was sick). But that doesn’t mean that I am bed ridden. I’ve been sleeping in a little longer and getting some bad headaches. Still working hard and reading lots, but at a slower pace. But I’m still here and I’m still working hard and reading. Of course, I’m always reading and writing. So check out this week’s reading list and see if any of these titles are worthy of your reading list. Of if you’ve already read a title here, let me know what you thought about it.
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The Queen is Rising | Review of ‘Blood of Wonderland’ (Queen of Hearts Saga #2)


By Cynthia Ayala

Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes
HarperTeen
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“Dinah has been exiled from Wonderland. The vicious father she always feared has framed her for the brutal murder of her brother and turned the kingdom against her.  Now hiding in the lush and mysterious Twisted Wood with only her war steed at her side, Dinah is faced with a choice. She could leave Wonderland forever or return and fight her father for her throne—a fight she knows would only result in bloodshed. But before Dinah can lead her people into combat, she must confront certain truths about her heart and her destiny—no matter how dark those truths may be. Revolution is rising in Wonderland. Dinah’s battle has begun.” —Goodreads

Published January 31, 2017, by HarperTeen Blood of Wonderland
by Colleen Oakes is the second novel in her Wonderland retelling that brings new life to the Queen of Wonderland.
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Weekly Reading List #99


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there, people of the page, I hope that everyone is having a wonderful week. Busy, busy, weekend for me, Closing, every night at the movie theater, think about how busy it was. But other than that, it was a fun exciting weekend for this reader. Got some reading done, got some writing done. All in all, everything is pretty much the same. So check out this week’s reading list and see what I’m reading. What are you reading this week? Share your thoughts below.
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Weekly Reading List #98


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week and weekend. It’s just been busy, busy, for me. But I’ve been making room for reading and editing and I’m almost done editing my book! Woo! In any case, I’m just happy that I’m not behind in everything anymore. So check out this week’s reading list. Happy reading!
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Book of the Month – August 2017


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers and voters! There was a big turnout this month, a lot of books in the running to be the next book of the month. And judging by these titles August looks like it’s going to be an exciting month where books are concerned. But as it is there can only be one winner. So here you have it folks, let’s give a round of applause to Thirteen Rising by Romina Russell, the final novel in the Zodiac Quartet. Woo!

Thirteen Rising (Zodiac #4)

by Romina Russell

Romina Russell’s epic sci-fi fantasy series reaches its breathtaking conclusion with this fourth and final novel.

The master has been unmasked. Rho’s world has been turned upside down. With her loved ones in peril and all the stars set against her, can the young Guardian from House Cancer muster the strength to keep fighting? Or has she finally found her match in a master whose ambition to rule knows no limits?

Product Details:

Pub Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Page count: 350pp

Age Range: 15 & Over

ISBN: 978-0-4484-9355-8

Publisher: Razorbill

List Price:  $18.99

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Teenage Angst…Sort Of | Review of ‘Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging’ (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison HarperTeen Image Credit: Goodreads
Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
HarperTeen
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Being a teenager is hard. There are boys to kiss, facials to work on, and in Georgia’s case, a little sister who latches to her side and room and a wild cat, Angus, who terrorizes everyone who isn’t her. Filled to the brim with a bottomless pit of teenage angst, this teenage journal is far from the perfect teenage dream for this one British teenager.

Published January 1, 1999, by HarperTeen, Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison, is the first in her YA realistic fiction series, Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, in the form of diary confessionals.
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