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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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Weekly Reading List #81

By Cynthia Ayala

Let’s try this again. Hello there avid readers! I am hailing you from new laptop 2.0. Here’s hoping this one will work long enough for me to edit my novel and do what I like to do most: write. But in the meantime, here’s my weekly reading list, because let’s face it, you can’t be an author if you don’t read, and boy, do I read.
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Review: “Dangerous Creatures” Is Spunky, But Has No Bite (Dangerous Creatures, #1) – Emertainment Monthly

By Cynthia Ayala ‘ 17 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer

dangerous-creatures-174x131A spin-off novel from the “Beautiful Creatures” series, “Dangerous Creatures” stands on its own, with sharp new characters to breathe life into the story. […] Continue reading Review: “Dangerous Creatures” Is Spunky, But Has No Bite (Dangerous Creatures, #1) – Emertainment Monthly

Spunky, but no bite | Dangerous Creatures (Dangerous Creatures, #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Ridley Duchannes is a bad girl. She lets the world know in her skimpy clothes and high heels. She’s a Dark Castor, a Siren. You can never trust her, and you shouldn’t. But lucky for her, her on-again-off-again boyfriend Wesley “Link” Lincoln doesn’t know any better. Ridley’s past, her mistakes, have gotten her into a world of trouble and for her, Link is her key out. But something more sinister is after the pair of them, something that may cost them everything.

Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl is the first published novel of their new series, a spin-off of Beautiful Creatures. Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on May 20, 2014, the novel follows fan favorite bad girl Ridley as she gets into a whole new world of trouble with her quarter Incubus boyfriend, fellow fan favorite, Link.
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Weekly Reading List #17

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers! I hope that everyone had a wonderful week/weekend. It’s been pretty boring here in sunny Florida. Of course, here is some interesting news. My reviews have been favorited and retweeted Twitter by some authors! Isn’t that exciting! It may have only been two authors (Soman Chainani and Danielle Vega), but any sort of recognition is exciting in my book. They liked what I had to say about their novels. Then again, when I’m giving a book 4 or 5 stars, it’s hard to not like it, even if it may be poorly written. Oh God, now I’m going to be even more self-conscious about my reviews. However, if I stop now I won’t improve and sticking to it, analyzing and editing it certainly a way to make sure that I continue to improve.

So I finished the fourth novel in the Saga of Seven Suns series, Scattered Suns, and it was amazing! I’m in the middle of A Magic Dark and Bright right now and so far I like it. Can’t really complain, I did get the book for free after all via a Goodreads Giveaway. Anyway, here’s what’s on my reading list for the coming week. Happy reading folks.

But before I forget and ensue a lawsuit, all synopsis’ are provided by Goodreads.com. Continue reading Weekly Reading List #17

Weekly Reading List #13

By: Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers! I know that I missed last week but I was at the Florida Supercon so I didn’t get a whole lot of reading done. But this week, man, I read two whole books! Cinder and Survive the Night were so good. Especially Survive the Night. Danielle Vega really knows how to suck a reader in and with that novel, she simply captivated me. I’m very picky with giving books five stars, but that novel certainly earned it; I couldn’t put it down.

Anyway, here’s what’s coming up on my weekly reading list and, as always, all synopsis are courtesy of Goodreads. Happy reading folks.
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Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles: Book 3)

BeautifulChaos2011bookBeautiful and spellbinding, a great book for the young adults of this generation. What I loved about this story was how it flowed, how it moved and picked up the ending. I have to say it progressed very well and picked up neatly. The style of this novel was amazing. The ending, which was unsuspecting and threw me such a huge curve ball was done beautifully. Instead of showing us the descent of the character through text and description, drove us into the mind of the character, creating the feel of the ending, the sense of falling through style was brilliantly done. It was a piece of art, that style. Next to that, you had the addition of the poetry, the rhymes that were styled well with a good rhyme scheme and then added to the plot rather than distracting from it.

In addition to that, what this novel showed, one of the greatest things about this novel was the subplot revolving around Amma. We got to see her descent not only into darkness but also into madness. Lena’s character seemed to have dulled with the addition of the other characters and their development, especially that of Link and Ridley whose tragic love story has become more interesting. And however much I love the whole Liv/John coupling, I felt as though it were a bit of a cop-out to bring them together, reflecting the Ethan/Lena relationship and removing some of the tension the characters had with one another and subtracting for their (Ivy/John) relationship, making it seem like they are together because they can’t be with the one’s they want. As real as it may seem, it just didn’t feel…real. No, what felt real in the novel was the relationship between Link and Ridley, it was complex, fun and turbulent and just a thrill ride to read, both imaginative and fun.

As far as Ethan goes through, though inner struggle with himself through the representation of his death from book 1 was amazing. The whispers in the dark and the way he was losing himself by finding himself blew my mind. The way book three tied directly to book like that was breathtaking. However, I would have liked a little more focus on Macon and his new powers, but I was content with how the book was done.

Most of the book I enjoyed, especially the way the chaos was seeping out of the Caster world and effected the Mortal one, it was a very interesting plot in the story. But the ending seemed a little too easy, plot wise, everything was accepted by the other character, minus Amma. Stylistically, it was written well and broke my heart, but everything surrounding that one impactful moment was diminished by the very act in the end, which I guess is the point, it was supposed to stand out, and is both style and writing it certainly did, tugging a heartstrings strongly at the very end.  3/5 ★’s and a “B+”.

Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles: Book 2)

Beautiful DarknessThe magic and love wove a romantic struggle in darkness and light, thrilling the reader.

I have to say the characterization I this novel was amazing and the connection between the characters was excellently portrayed in the writing.  I both loved and hated that only because Lena’s character was really beginning to annoy me by shutting herself and disconnecting herself from the other character.  Despite the annoyance it was great characterization.  The introduction of more characters was good too.  Olivia and John raised the stakes of the story and brought out more sides of the characters Ethan and Lena.  And there was way more to Ridley and Link, more sides of them that we got to see which made for a very interesting sub-plot twist.  And the twist in the plot line was good and well developed and made me so happy in the ending!  Loved it!

All in all a decent enough book that I just loved and that ending, blew my mind!  3/5 ★’s and a B.

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles: Book 1)

Beautiful Creatures BookAn absolutely amazing novel. The concept of witches has been done again and again since the days of Charmed and has progressed to so many realms. But what this novel does is reinterpret the not just the story, but also the mythology of the witches themselves. Even, the name Casters is a new take on the story and supernatural aspect of the story.

The internal battle itself, between light and dark, is a cliché concept that has been redeemed. There is nothing cliché about this, the struggle here, the characterization brings something new to the table. Granted, the revelation that Sarafine was her mother was a bit predictable, but it raised the stakes of the story and created a lot of tension.

Honestly, this book was amazing; I had such a hard time putting it down. Especially that ending, I kept on reading well into the night despite the fact that I had an 8AM class. But I digress, Narrative was great, the story telling of another character through another s eyes was super well done, and it further developed the relationship between Ethan and Lena. I absolutely loved it. 4/5 ★ ‘s and a “B+”.


Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful CreaturesDefinitely better than Twilight as far as story and acting are concerned, but adaption wise, there was room for improvement.  Having read the book I understood the melodramatic moment and forgave them due to the ending, considering the acting was really good.  Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson, enough said in that respect.  However, there were quite a number of changes.  Characters in the book were cut from the film and some character adaptations were not the way they should have been.  I’m not saying that it is a bad adaptation, it was decent enough and considering the time span in the book and the amount of detail that happens, objectively I can understand some of the changes they made to the screen.  Did I like all of them, no, not really, however the movie really got me to the edge of my seat and excited so it was definitely thrilling, especially that ending.  Nevertheless, I digress, granted that I can understand the changes they made to adapt a 500+ page book; I wish they hadn’t made those changes.  There were some things from the novel I think should have been there, and…okay, trying to spoil anything.  Over all, you have a girl who is cursed, a “witch” who falls in love with a mortal who both struggle against forces that threaten to rip them apart.  I want a sequel because the acting was good and despite my reservations, so was the screenplay.  2.5/4 ‘s and a “B-“.