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Weekly Reading List #83

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. I’ve finally found time to read! Yay! And I’ve found time to write and edit my novel. I’ve also even squeezed in some time for video games. All fun and games to balance out my word days. So check out my new reading list and see if anything here tickles your fancy as it tickles mine.

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1. Dream Dark (Beautiful Creatures 2,5)

by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

“When Link joined his best friend, Ethan Wate, on a quest through a mysterious network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, he knew the journey would be dangerous. But returning home to Gatlin, South Carolina was just the beginning…

Wounded during a climactic battle, Link discovers that tending his injuries won’t be as simple as visiting a doctor and that healing his arm should be the least of his worries. For being bitten by a Supernatural does more than break the skin — it changes a person, inside and out, turning Link into someone more and more like the dark creature who injured him.\

In this never-before-seen short story by New York Times bestselling authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, listeners witness Link’s heart-racing transformation. Dream Dark is set before the much-anticipated third Beautiful Creatures novel, Beautiful Chaos, and as a special bonus includes an exclusive sneak peek at the first five chapters.”

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2. Heartless

by Marissa Meyer

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

3. Mortal Heart (Beautiful Creatures: The Untold Stories #1)

by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

“Everyone in Gatlin has a story…

Before she met and married Mitchell Wate, the beautiful and brilliant Lila Jane Evers was an honors student at Duke University. Studying late into the night in the rare books library, she is captivated by a single line of text on an old piece of parchment: “In the Light there is Dark, and in the Dark there is Light.”

What can it mean?

Then one night, Lila Jane meets a mysterious young man who may have the answer. His name is Macon Ravenwood, and for every secret he reveals, he is hiding another. With Macon’s help, Lila Jane uncovers the wonders of the Caster world–the Light and the Dark. But a romance between the Incubus who is fighting his own dark side and this fiercely independent Mortal is doomed from the start. The closer Lila Jane and Macon become, the more her life is in danger.

Discover the unforgettable and untold story of how Lila and Macon fell in love in this all-new Beautiful Creatures novella from #1 New York Times bestselling authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.”

*Disclaimer: All synopsis are provided by Goodreads.

Weekly Reading List #82

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week and day. So much to do and so little time for everything that I need to do. But as a reader, I must read, so check out this latest reading list and see where it takes me. I’m already halfway through Blood of the Cosmos, but as it’s a 600+ page book, it’s going to take me a little bit to read with everything else going on in my life. But here’s what’s following it! Happy reading!
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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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A Riveting Character Driven Read | Review of ‘Red Queen’ (The Chronicles of Alice #2)

By Cynthia Ayala

Red Queen by Christina Henry Ace Image Credit: Goodreads

Outside the city, the green lands of hope are gone, replaced with ash and sadness. This doesn’t stop Alice and Hatcher from completing their mission: find Hatcher’s daughter. But there are perils not even known to them. The White Queen has become mad, twisted and cruel, and the land suffers under the hands of the Black King. Only one person can stop them both and save the land and children in it, bringing Alice closer to her destiny.

Published on July 12, 2016, by Ace Books, Red Queen by Christina Henry is the sequel to her dark and gritty fantastical retelling of Alice in Wonderland.
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Horrifyingly Excellent | Review of ‘Alice’ (The Chronicles of Alice #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

Alice by Christina Henry Ace Image Credit: Goodreads

Long ago, a tea party sent Alice to the madhouse, a tea party with blood and long ears. She doesn’t remember what happened, only that it broke her. That was then, this is now, where a fire sets her loose, and alongside her, a beast of power. Now Alice must go on the hunt for the beast, reopen old wounds, and seek out the Rabbit that led her to madness.

Published on August 4, 2015, by Ace,
by Christina Henry is a fantasy/horror retelling of Lewis Carroll‘s classic Alice in Wonderland.
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Weekly Reading List #50

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers, I hope that everyone had a wonderful 4th of July weekend. You know, as busy as I was this weekend I actually managed to read two books. Woo! The South Florida SuperCon was tons of fun, but man was I exhausted when it was over. My legs hurt from all the walking, but I met a ton of people, people I’m fans of and took a bunch of pictures you’ve already seen on Instagram. I met Claudia Gray, Kevin J. Anderson, Tony Bedard, Walter Koenig and the great Henry Winkler who just so happens went to my college (Emerson College) and hugged me 4 times, including giving me a kiss on my cheek. Yeah, it was awesome. But anyway, since I read two books this weekend and I’m already halfway through another, here’s my weekly reading list for this week. Happy reading! Continue reading Weekly Reading List #50

A First Look at ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’

By Cynthia Ayala

Isn’t this such a fun week. First we have a look at Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and now Disney was kind enough as to reveal the trailer for the sequel to Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass. Continue reading A First Look at ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’

A Unique take on Zombies | Cyn’s Book Review of Alice in Zombieland

By: Cynthia Ayala

A review on Gene Showalter’s first novel in her White Rabbit Chronicles: Alice in Zombieland”analyzing the roots of the zombie genre taking readers away from the “norm” and bringing them something new. Continue reading A Unique take on Zombies | Cyn’s Book Review of Alice in Zombieland

Review: “Alice in Zombieland” Is A Unique take on Zombies | Emertainment Monthly

By: Cynthia Ayala ’16 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer


Readers who pick up this novel should not expect it to be the typical zombie novel where the zombies are on the physical plane due to some viral outbreak.  If that is the expectation, readers will be sorely disappointed because author Gene Showalter goes above and beyond, literally, not to recreate the zombie mythos but rather reintroduce readers to the origins of zombie and their mystical voodoo oriented roots.  And that is the reason this novel stands out among zombie fiction[…]

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Review: “Alice in Zombieland” Is A Unique take on Zombies | Emertainment Monthly

A Look Back at Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

By: Cynthia Ayala

With the series finale bringing this spin-off to a close, lets take a look back at this series.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland brought viewers another story to be told, taking it away from the original timeline.  Looking at Lewis Carroll’s most favorite look, viewer are following Alice through her adventures in Wonderland.  This show also brought fans of Once a new Queen of Hearts (played by Emma Rigby) and Jafar (played by Naveen Andrews).

Overall, I would personally have to say this series was much better than Once Upon a Time this season.  The Neverland story was excessively convoluted, slow paced and boring at the same time.  Once Upon a Time brought us something fresh and a great small, tight nit cast that developed their each individual stories.

Sophie Lowe and Michael Socha as Alice and the Knave

Alice (played by Sophie Lowe) is a girl with a strong will, and it helps that the actress was just as charming. While her onscreen romance with Cyrus (played by Peter Gdiot), the genie, wasn’t all that believable, the drive her character exuded sucked viewer in.  Viewers wanted to root for her, viewers wanted her to get her lost love back who was taken from her, who was thought to be dead.  Sophie Lowe was the perfect actress for this part, taking the character and making the character her own.  She truly did become Alice.  The charisma from the character is not the only point that hooked people in.  Alice is also a skilled fighter and a thief, much like Snow White.  Nevertheless, that was probably where the problem was that alienated some viewers.  Her character back story mimicked Snow White’s a little too much.  The Queen of Hearts hunts Alice and, much like Snow White, Alice is a skilled fighter and thief.  While they are very basic attributes, viewers already see that story in Once Upon a Time.  Still, this season I much preferred Wonderland to Neverland.

Michael Socha as the Knave and Emily Rigby as the Red Queen in the mid-season finale
Michael Socha as the Knave and Emily Rigby as the Red Queen in the mid-season finale

Michael Socha, who is famous for playing Tom McNair in the British version of Being Human, was remarkable.  As a fan of him, I was ecstatic that I would get to see him once a week.  Socha is a very talented actor and played the best Knave of Hearts.  As the Knave of Hearts, the series opened with him in Storybrooke, being sucked back into Wonderland hoping to help Alice find Cyrus again since it’s been revealed that he is not dead like Alice believed.

Through the series, we were able to see his character evolution.  We see that he was actually Will Scarlet from Robin Hood’s gang of merry men.  He stole for his love, which was revealed to be the Red Queen, also known as Anastasia.  Cora took out his heart to help save him from heartbreak he suffered when Anastasia left him to become Queen.  At the mid-season finale, we saw him become the new genie in the bottle to allow Alice and Cyrus to be together without the curse of being a genie hovering over them.  Overall, he was a great part of this show, from facial expressions to body language; he really has captured the quirkiness of his character.

Emily Rigby as the Red Queen
Emily Rigby as the Red Queen

One of the earlier problems with this show was the part around the Red Queen.  Once Upon a Time established Cora a the Queen of Hearts in Wonderland but in this show, Emma Rigby played a new Red Queen, a girl formerly known as Anastasia.  Emma Rigby wasn’t the most impressive actress and her pouting face was a bit of a turn off.  As the season progressed though as we were shown her true depth behind the evilness within her.  The more she smiled and cried, we were able to see more of her character.

When the writers finally cleaned up the mess, bringing back Cora as her mentor that was brilliant.  It was a smooth clean up that cleaned up the story and flushed out many details.  It coincided with the characters development and background.  But it’s easy to understand why this character would make a lot of viewers raise their eyebrows.  She wasn’t perfect, and neither was the actress.  That doesn’t change how much she grew through the season, but it would have been nice to see her story develop in another season.

Naveen Andrews as the villain Jafar
Naveen Andrews as the villain Jafar

Now, one of the brilliant aspects of this show was separating it from the Enchanted Forest and building a whole new universe, tying Wonderland and Agrabah.  That leaves the worlds separate so that fans don’t get so overwhelmed by the shows.  Naveen Andrews from Lost, took up the role of Jafar and much of the show explored much of his realm and his past, inspiring sympathy from the viewers.  The way he was treated is it any wonder why he turned evil?

But then again, that brings about another problem from the fans of Disney.  Where is Aladdin? Where’s Jasmine and Abu?  Those are classic characters in the Agrabah universe, essential characters.  While the original show has done a fairly decent time bringing these characters to life as well as their stories, but here is was lacking, which was a bitter disappointment.

As upset as I am about the shows cancellation, the way the story was progressing, I don’t see how it could have evolved anymore.  Hopefully fans will get to see these characters in Once Upon a Time because these characters and actors did not get enough time to shine.