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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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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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Weekly Reading List #55


By Cynthia Ayala

Summer vacation is coming to a close. I know for some that the school year has started. Mine will start in a matter of a couple of weeks. It’s my last semester at Emerson College. It’s weird thinking that it will be my last semester. I just have to pass my classes and then I’m okay. Man, it’s weird that it may be coming to end soon. My last summer vacation, it’s crazy!

Anyway, here is my weekly reading list for the end of the summer. Happy reading!
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Weekly Reading List #51


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope everyone is having a great week. It’s freakishly hot here in Florida, but it’s the summer so I’m sure it’s hot wherever you are to…unless you’re below the equator. It’s been a busy two weeks for me, I was recently promoted to being a manager at my local theater, which is great! So I haven’t had a ton of time to read during my lunch breaks…provided I get one. Sometimes it just gets too busy and when I calms down, it’s time for me to go home. Which is why I snack whenever I’m in the office, just in case you know. Run in, have a quick bite of my granola bar, run back out on the floor. Also, I have become addicted to honey-lemon water, with a spoonful of sugar. I drink about 16oz of that a day now. I didn’t think I would like it, but I love it!

However, you’re not here to hear of my social life and addictions, and if you like catching up with me, well great! But here is my weekly reading list for this coming week. Let’s hope I can get some reading done this week. Happy reading!
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A Fairy Tale Twist | Review of ‘The Unfairest of Them All’ (Ever After High #2)


By Cynthia Ayala

The Unfairest of Them All by Shannon Hale
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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In the aftermath of The Storybook of Legends, the school is in upheaval. It is Royals against Rebels, those who don’t want to follow their preordained destinies and those who want to live Happily Ever After in their safe, predictable lives. For Raven Queen, she just wants to live her life, not be the leader of the Rebels, and for Apple White, who wants everything to go back to normal; she can’t seem to figure out how to be a leader at all. And when all the madness puts Madeline Hatter in jeopardy, the two must find a way to bring everyone together to save their best friend.

Published on March 25, 2014, by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, The Unfairest of Them All by Shannon Hale is the second novel in her fantasy and fairy tales series for young readers.
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Weekly Reading List #46


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers! I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. I am. Been working a lot and reading a lot and really just enjoying everything that is going on in life. Nothing crazy has happened as of yet, but the summer is young, who knows what can happen. Anyway, here is my weekly reading list, something to help you readers figure out what to read next. Happy reading.
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Weekly Reading List #45


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers, I know it’s been a while since you’ve seen one of these. Work had me on in the mornings leaving me exhausted at night. Let me tell you, I was too exhausted to write, or blog, or do anything really, and when it came to reading, my eyes would just close up at night and I would pass out. It also didn’t help that I got sick last weekend. I swear I had no idea I was sick and then Monday night and all of Tuesday I had a not so fun fever. It was unfortunate. But I’m getting back into the swing of things.
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Top 5 Beauty and the Beast Retelling Must-Reads


By Cynthia Ayala

Calling all Beauty and the Beast fans! The trailer dropped today on Good Morning America for Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of their classic animated beauty, Beauty and the Beast. The film, set to release March 17, 2017, and stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, and Luke Evans as Gaston.
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A Breathtaking Finale | Review of ‘Winter’ (The Lunar Chronicles #4)


By Cynthia Ayala

Winter by Marissa Meyer
Feiwel and Friends
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Winter is the stepdaughter of Queen Levana, hated by her, and loved by the people who remark on her kindness. Winter sees Levana for the monster that she is and vows to stop her, to save her love, her lost princess, and the people she cares for. Together with Cinder and her friends, they hope to start a revolution and win the war for the ultimate peace between Earth and Luna. However, all revolutions come with a cost.

Published on November 10, 2015, Winter is the final novel in Marissa Meyer‘s best-selling young adult series, The Lunar Chronicles printed by Feiwel and Friends.
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