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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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An Expertly Told Space Opera | Review of ‘Blood of the Cosmos’ (Saga of Shadows #2)


By Cynthia Ayala

Blood of the Cosmos by Kevin J. Anderson
Tor Books
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Narrowly escaping destruction by the Shana Rei, the humans and the Ildirans align themselves in desperation, eager to find a way to destroy the Shana Rei. But with arrival of the Othos, beings that know more about the Shana Rei than anyone before. Yet around every corner there are shadows and villains seeking the destruction of all life.

Published June 2, 2015, by Tor Books Blood of the Cosmos
is the second novel by Kevin J. Anderson in his Saga of Shadows series, a science fiction space opera following the exploits of humans and Ildirans from the Saga of Seven Suns.
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Promising Story Failed by Characters | Review of ‘Given to the Sea’ (Given Duet #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis
Putnam’s Children
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Khosa is Given to the Sea, born to be sacrificed to the water for the Kingdom of Stille. Sacrificed by her own feet, a twitching within her that will drive her to the depths of the ocean. But before that, she must produce an heir, an act she is unable to endure as she is unable to endure the touch of any human. But when her village is attacked, Khosa flees to the heart of the kingdom, into the arms of Vincent, the third in line to the throne, and Donil, the last of the Indiri whose touch sends desire through hers. But with the land sinking, and enemies at the gate, Stille and Khosa are in bigger danger than they ever thought.

Published April 11, 2017, by Putnam’s Children, Given to the Sea
by Mindy McGinnis is the first in her new YA fantasy Given Duet series.
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Shockingly Entertaining | Review of ‘Toxic’ (Pretty Little Liars #15)


By Cynthia Ayala

Toxic by Sara Shepard
HarperTeen
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One A has been captured, but Alison is still out there, lurking around, stalking the girls. The police don’t believe them, and after the scandal, not many people are on their sides. These girls are going to have to rely on themselves and track down their tormentor, once and for all.

Published June 3rd 2014 by HarperTeen, Toxic by Sara Shepard is the second to last novel in her YA mystery/thriller Pretty Little Liars series.
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A Richly Layered Space Opera | Review of ‘The Dark Between the Stars’ (The Saga of Shadows #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

The Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J. Anderson
Tor Books
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It’s been twenty years since the elemental war tore through the Spiral Arm. Peace has all but become the norm for the inhabitants of the space. But now an old evil has seeped through the darkness eager to obliterate everything in the galaxy, leaving nothing in its wake. Now humanity must put aside all differences to fight this new foe from the darkness.

Published June 3, 2014, by Tor Books, The Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J. Anderson is the first in his new series The Saga of Shadows, a space opera spin-off of his best-selling series Saga of Seven Suns.

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The Horror Here is the Flat Ending | Review of ‘Asylum’ (Asylum #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Asylum by Madeleine Roux
HarperTeen
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Dan Crawford, a sixteen-year-old, has taken off to the New Hampshire College Prep program for the summer. It’s exciting, but for Dan, he has discovered that his dorm used to be a sanatorium that housed the criminally insane, some of which were tortured in barbaric experiments. With his newfound friends, Abby and Jordan, they explore the dark depths of the sanatorium, they discover that some secrets were better left unburied.

Published August 20, 2013, by HarperTeen, Asylum
by Madeleine Roux is the first in her Asylum series, a young adult horror that brings the past and present into a twisted collision course.
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High Tension Riveting YA Sci-Fi | Review of ‘Wandering Star’ (Zodiac #2)


By Cynthia Ayala

Wandering Star by Romina Russell
Razorbill
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Stripped of her titles, disgraced, Rho is ready to set her sights on working quietly at the Cancrian refugee camp on House Capricorn. Unfortunately, Ochus has other plans for her. Ochus gives her insight into the Marad, a terrorist group of unbalanced persons, those constantly shifting between houses, and their plans. Now Rho must decide whether to trust the man who destroyed her home and name, of face a threat much larger than Ochus.

Published December 8, 2015, by Razorbill, Wandering Star by Romina Russell is the second in her young adult science fiction series, Zodiac, that takes astrology to a new level of cool.
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A Bad Romance | Review of ‘Aris Returns’ (Infinity Diaries Trilogy #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Aris Returns by Devin Morgan
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Sarah Hagan has been through the ringer. After her divorce and a turn at a self-involved attorney, she has given up on romance and love. That is until Carlos enters her life. But as he’s her patient, he’s untouchable, leaving her with dreams both terrifying and exciting. But there’s more to Carlos. As she regresses him with hypnotherapy, she discovers an unusual presence, an alter ego that claims to be a phantom vampire. Who is Aris and what does he mean to Sarah?

Published October 30, 2012, by BroadLit, Aris Returns by Devin Morgan is the first in her paranormal romance Infinity Diaries Trilogy. Continue reading A Bad Romance | Review of ‘Aris Returns’ (Infinity Diaries Trilogy #1)

Truly Unique and Captivating | Review of ‘Zodiac’ (Zodiac #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Zodiac by Romina Russell Razorbill Image Credit: Goodreads
Zodiac by Romina Russell
Razorbill
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Once upon a time, there were once 13 houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now there are only 12. The thirteen house thought to be a legend, the boogeyman. But in a tragic accident that kills millions, Rhoma Grace has discovered that the Thirteenth house has a name and has come back from the darkest depth of the universe to destroy the Houses of the Zodiac.

Published December 9, 2014, by Razorbill, Zodiac by Romina Russell is the first in her sci-fi young adult series that takes astrology to the next intergalactic level.
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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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