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Thought Provoking & Challenging | Review of ‘Jurassic Park’ (Jurassic Park #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Jurassic Park by Micheal Crichton
Ballantine Books
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“A billionaire has created a technique to clone dinosaurs. From the DNA that his crack team of scientists extract, he is able to grow the dinosaurs in his laboratories and lock them away on an island behind electric fences, creating a sort of theme park. He asks a group of scientists from several different fields to come and view the park, but something goes terribly wrong when a worker on the island turns traitor and shuts down the power.” (Goodreads)

Published December 1991 by Ballantine Books Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton is the classic novel that spawned a franchise about dinosaurs and the will of man.
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Weekly Reading List #86


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! Can’t stay to chat its graduation day! Woo! I’m so excited, I’m so excited, I’m finally done with school. Woo! Now I just have to make it across the stage without tripping. Wish me luck and happy reading! Continue reading Weekly Reading List #86

Weekly Reading List #85


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope that everyone is having a wonderful day. I’ve been a pretty busy bee working on a business plan for my bookstore/publishing house. Hoping it picks up soon so that I can really start just focusing on my novels. Of course I would never abandon my blog. Writing book reviews help me be a writer, it helps me be what I need to be to be a publisher. So with that being said, take a look at my latest reading list. Happy reading!

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1. The Seer’s Spread (Beautiful Creatures: The Untold Stories #2)

by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

“Fate is a powerful thing…

Ethan Wate is still grieving the loss of his beloved Amma when he receives an unexpected gift–the old, yellow Whitman’s Sampler box that held Amma’s most closely guarded secrets. “One day I might let you have a look under that lid, Ethan Wate,” Amma used to say. “But today isn’t the day.”

Now it’s time for one of her greatest secrets to be revealed. In a long-lost letter, Amma tells Ethan the story of growing up as a young Seer with a remarkable gift for reading cards. But with a power that far-reaching comes responsibility, and Amma has been honoring her mission since before Ethan was born–to protect the Wate family at any cost. So when Lila Jane Evers enters Mitchell Wate’s life, bringing the whole Caster world with her, Amma turns to her cards. This time, it’s a the reading that will define the rest of her life–and Ethan’s.”

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2. Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park #1)

by Michael Crichton

A billionaire has created a technique to clone dinosaurs. From the DNA that his crack team of scientists extract, he is able to grow the dinosaurs in his laboratories and lock them away on an island behind electric fences, creating a sort of theme park. He asks a group of scientists from several different fields to come and view the park, but something goes terribly wrong when a worker on the island turns traitor and shuts down the power.

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3. Before the Claiming (Beautiful Creatures: The Untold Stories #3)

by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

You can’t hide from fate…

While looking through her grandmother Emmaline’s keepsakes, Lena Duchannes comes across a little blue book with a big history–a book that changed Macon Ravenwood’s life and saved Lena’s.

When Lena was a baby, Seer and gifted card reader Amma Treaudeau saw a terrifying future in the cards that sent her to Emmaline’s door. When a powerful Dark Caster sets fire to Lena’s house with baby Lena and her father trapped inside, Amma, Emmaline, and Macon vow to protect the child. Lena’s grandmother and her Uncle Macon whisk Lena away, protecting her and moving her to a new place at the first sign of trouble. But a Caster can only hide for so long, and Macon must rely on the teachings in an ancient book to control his Dark nature. Ultimately, it will be his job to protect Lena–and keep her from surrendering to a Dark fate.

#1 New York Times bestselling authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl revisit the events that would define Lena’s future in the third installment of Beautiful Creatures: The Untold Stories.

*Disclaimer: All synopsis are provided by Goodreads.

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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Powerful and Emotional Fantasy | Review of ‘The Midnight Star’ (The Young Elites #3)


By Cynthia Ayala

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Adelina is no longer the victim; now she is the queen. Her conquests lead to victory after victory, but even she cannot quench the hate in those hearts. However, now her madness is growing, the Elites are being poisoned by the very gifts they have, and together, enemies and allies must unite to save the world that has abused them before they die, and with them, the world.

Published October 11, 2016, by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, The Midnight Star by Marie Lu is the final novel in her young adult fantasy series The Young Elites.
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An Eerie & Haunting Read | Review of ‘Hereafter’ (Shadowlands #2)


By Cynthia Ayala

Hereafter by Kate Brian Disney-Hyperion
Hereafter by Kate Brian
Disney-Hyperion

Rory Miller thought her life was over when a serial killer set his sights on her and forced her into witness protection. She was partially right. Her new life in Juniper Landing Island is a beautiful place for a fresh start…in the afterlife. But there’s more to it than just a fog rolling in every day as a threat lingers in the shadows and the fog itself threatening everything Rory loves and holds dear.

Published October 1, 2013, by Disney-Hyperion Hereafter by Kate Brian is the second novel in her young adult supernatural thriller. Continue reading An Eerie & Haunting Read | Review of ‘Hereafter’ (Shadowlands #2)

Thrilling, Haunting, & Mind-Blowing | Review of ‘(Don’t You) Forget About Me’


By Cynthia Ayala

(Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn
HarperTeen

In Gardnerville, no one ever gets sick and no one ever dies. But there is price for this small utopia. Every four years the town exacts a payment for its gifts, a payment in the form of infecting teens with deadly urges and even deadlier powers. Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, was the collector, and now it seems the town is haunting Skylar. Skylar knows what she must do: return Gardnerville back into a docile normal town or risk being the killer herself.

Published June 10, 2014, by HarperTeen, (Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn is a young adult supernatural thriller about a small town haunted by their own past and their own happiness.
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Book of the Month Poll – December 2016


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there voters, readers, and writers! Another month means it’s time for another Book of the Month Poll where you vote for your favorite upcoming book, author, or cover (because let’s face it, the cover really is a strong selling point). So check out this months list of titles and vote for your favorite. If there is a novel you think should be on the list leave a vote for that novel in the comments section. Remember, you can vote here on Pollcaster and the winner will get a featured book review here on my website. Happy voting!
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An (Incep)tional Read | Review of ‘The Reader’ (Sea of Ink and Gold #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

The Reader by Traci Chee
Putnam

Sefia lives her life on the run from the people who murdered her parents. Parents who were murdered over a book that Sefia teaches herself to read, a book with secrets and ending and that reveals itself in secrets upon secrets to her, thrusting her into a world even more dangerous than before.

Published on September 13, 2016, by Putnam, The Reader by Traci Chee is the first in her new series Sea of Ink and Gold that takes a very interactive look as it begins to unravel a mystery and a story. Continue reading An (Incep)tional Read | Review of ‘The Reader’ (Sea of Ink and Gold #1)

Thought Provoking | Review of ‘Configured’ (Configured #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Years after the Earth’s population was decimated by a virus, the survivors sought refuge, building a city based on three tiers, the goal of the citizens to focus solely on duty, to forget their emotions and strive for excellence. Seventeen-year-old Avlyn Lark is one of the people built in the city at the edge of war with Affinity, her one chance at freedom and redemption. But for the fight for freedom, there always comes risk.

Configured by Jenetta Penner October 20, 2016, is the first novel in her young adult science fiction series that will speak to fans of Divergent and The Maze Runner series.
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