Remarkable Story Telling | Review of ‘Sully’


By Cynthia Ayala

Sully starring Tom Hanks
Warner Bros. Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“The story of Chesley Sullenberger, who became a hero after gliding his plane along the water in the Hudson River, saving all of the airplane flights 155 crew and passengers.”

—IMDB

Sully is a remarkable film about a man who acted quick and ended up saving a number of lives. Recreating the miracle on the Hudson. What makes this film so amazing isn’t just the star power but it’s taking this event, this small (time wise) event and expanding on it in a very humanistic way focusing on who Sully was. He wasn’t just a pilot; he was a human being who made an impossible decision in a matter of moments, seconds really. And he was a very humble man who faced so much in the aftermath that no one knew about. And this film explored that through Sully’s story, it explored the aftermath and it explored everything this man was going through.
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A Fast Pace Action Story | Review of ‘Ordinaries’ (Shifters #2)


By Cynthia Ayala

Ordinaries by Douglas and Angelia Pershing
Pershing Books
Image Credit: Goodreads

Tanner and Ryland barely managed to defeat the Shifter invasion, saving Earth in the process losing something precious. But now they have a way to get off the planet, a way to bring the battle to the Shifters with unusual allies and powerful gifts. They just have to survive the journey across space.

Published on October 24, 2014, by Pershing Books, Ordinaries by Douglas Pershing and Angelia Pershing, the second novel in the Shifters series takes invasion lit in another direction when the tables are turned in this action packed sequel.
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Weekly Reading List #58


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! So this week is looking like a very Kate Brian centric week. I didn’t even realize that until I started on this list. Right now I’m on a very tight budget so my reading list depends on what I already have in my Nook and Kindle (because yes, I have both apps on my e-reader — I like free books). Anyway, the goal is to finish up some series that I have already started, especially since I have the handy-dandy library which is very accessible. Other than that, school is good. I have this 5-7 page paper that I’m working on and I just need to get it done while I work on some of my other projects.

But anyway, here’s my weekly reading list. Happy reading!
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A Talented Tale of Misdirection | Review of ‘The Smaller Evil’


By Cynthia Ayala

The Smaller Evil by Stephanie Kuehn
Dutton Books for Young Readers
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Arman, in an attempt to get past his severe anxiety and self-loathing, decides to take a trip to an expensive self-help retreat  deep in the remote hills of Big Sur.  A trip funded by stolen money from his meth-head stepfather. But when things take a turn for the worst, mysteries abound, and nothing is what it seems, Arman must learn to trust the one person he never has: himself.

Published on August 2, 2016, by Dutton Books for Young Readers, The Smaller Evil by Stephanie Kuehn is a young adult coming of age tale that combines mystery and thriller in a contemporary setting that will bewilder the mind.
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A Wondrous Short Story | Review of ‘The Vanishing’ (Wonderland #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Cadence, drunk and on a dare, finds herself lost and in the woods soon in Wonderland, dragged there by a cat who can vanish at will, and teamed with a hero in need of his own. A bad day that has turned wondrous by the will of cat. But will it last. Cadence has only 2 days to decide her will. Wonderland or reality? Family or love?

Published August 21, 2014, by Breathless Press, The Vanishing by Rebekah Lewis is a new take on the tale of wonderland, a short and brief short story about Cadence’s adventure in Wonderland.
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Weekly Reading List #57


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope everyone is having a great weekend. My weekend was full of surprises, including a visit from my fiance. It was a wonderful weekend and I got all the homework I needed done in record time. It’s nice to have time to spend with the ones I care about and not have to worry about work.

But anyway, I’m sure none of you care about that. Or maybe you do, I don’t know, but here’s what you’re really here for. I managed to knock two books out last week. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was amazing! Although Harry Potter is a terrible father. But overall, it was all very good, and I loved it. I couldn’t sleep until I finished it. But anyway, here is my upcoming reading list. Happy reading! Continue reading Weekly Reading List #57

An Imaginative Fun Conclusion | Review of ‘A Wonderlandiful World’ (Ever After High: Storybook of Legends #3)


A Wonderlandiful World by Shannon Hale
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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By Cynthia Ayala

At Ever After High, everyone is expected to sign the Storybook of Legends, pledging to follow in their fairytale parent’s footsteps, that is until Ravel Queen came along. Now the school is separated between those Royals that want to fulfill their destinies and the Rebels who want to figure out their own futures. In the wake of the madness, magic has infected Ever After High, magic from Wonderland. Now it’s up to Kitty Cheshire, Cedar Wood, Lizzie Hearts, and the Madeline Hatter to save the day and everyone they love.

Published on August 26, 2014, by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, A Wonderlandiful World by Shannon Hale is the final novel in the Ever After High: Storybook of Legends series for young readers where fairy tales aren’t just tales, they are a rite of passage for young princes, princesses, and evil queens.
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Bland and Boring | Review of ‘Riverkeep’


By Cynthia Ayala

Riverkeep by Martin Stewart Viking Image Credit: Goodreads

The Danék is a wild river and Wull’s family has spent generations caring for it, breaking up the ice, keeping out the weeds, and fishing out the bodies of those unlucky enough to fall in. It is a legacy Wull does not want to be a part of. But when his father falls in and comes out possessed, Wull must embark on a journey to save his father and uncover the courage deep inside himself.

Published on July 26, 2016, by Viking, Riverkeep by Martin Stewart is a young adult coming-of-age fantasy that is, unfortunately, incredibly boring to read.
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Sound of the Month – September 2016


By Cynthia Ayala

This is always my back to school song and since this is my last semester at school and the time of the year when a lot of people go back to school i thought why the heck not. Not as good as the original Grease but still up there. I love it. Happy listening to “Back to School Again” from the Grease 2 Soundtrack. Continue reading Sound of the Month – September 2016

Weekly Reading List #56


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! The summer has gone and fall is on the winds. I’m back at school for my final semester at Emerson College and I can’t believe it. Now i just need to pass all my classes and all will be well. God it’s nerve wracking. I’m so nervous I find myself shaking, literally, thinking about it. I’m a little scared. That’s a lie, I’m very scared. But I just need to pass, that’s all I have to do. 

Anyway, here’s my weekly reading list, hopefully I’ll have some time to read outside of school. Already have my first 2 page paper due Tuesday….yikes.
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