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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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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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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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A Book Only Fans Could Love | Review of ‘Dangerous Dream’ (Dangerous Creatures, #0.5) – Emertainment Monthly

By Cynthia Ayala ’17 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer

DangerousDream-174x131Dangerous Dream is the new novella from the Dangerous Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Published on December 17, 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, this young adult fantasy novel follows the Dark Caster Ridley as she finds herself in a bit of trouble of her own making[…] Continue reading A Book Only Fans Could Love | Review of ‘Dangerous Dream’ (Dangerous Creatures, #0.5) – Emertainment Monthly

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.

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A Book Only Fans Could Love | Review of ‘Dangerous Dream’ (Dangerous Creatures, #0.5)

‘Dangerous Dream’ by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

By: Cynthia Ayala

They’re finally graduating! But a simple graduation soon ends in disaster when Dark Castor Ridley makes an appearance. And when Link makes a (love)ly declaration, things take a turn for the worst. Angry and hurt, Ridley travels the world in order to push a certain Linkubus out of her mind. And when she is caught in New York City, she becomes entangled in a dangerous underground Caster game where the stakes are higher than ever.
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Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles, #4) | Book Review

By: Cynthia A.


By: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Published: October 22, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown

Series: Caster Chronicles

Genre: Young Adult, (Urban) Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Ethan Wate gave up his life not only for the girl of his dreams and the love of his life, but also for the Order of the Universe and for everyone he loves.  Now he has woken up in the land between, a world around his own with only one thing set on his mind: to find a way to get back home, cheat death and return to Lena and everyone else he loves.  At the same time, Lena is making her own bargains for Ethan’s returns, vowing to do whatever it takes, even if it means trusting those who burned her.  Together the pair must once again work together to rewrite their fate in the final novel of the Caster Chronicles.

This book is hard to judge considering the way the story was told is incredibly different from the previous novels in the series.  Beautiful Redemption shifts between point of views unlike in the earlier novels, joining both worlds and both lives of Ethan and Lena.  However, the shift gives the story more depth and more character, making it a riveting novel from beginning to end as the pair race to join again.  The shift between characters and between personalities give the story more rich detail.  In the previous books, Lena was never a two-dimensional character but as readers, we only ever saw her through the eyes of Ethan, but we never really got a feel into her psyche, into who she was as a person outside of her relationship with Ethan.  Now that has finally been given to us.  Now her personality shines even brighter in this book, as well as her strength in the novel.  The trials and tribulations that her character feels and goes through give her side of the story more depth and more life.

As for the rest of the characters, they were as strong as bright as ever as well even though we only got to see them through the eyes of another.  Take Link and Ridley for example, both of those characters shine in the novel and their relationship is a clear opposite of Lena and Ethan.  They are more fun, more risky and adventurous and just down right enjoyable to read, stealing the show.  They aren’t this carbon cutout of what a relationship is supposed to be, even though they love each other that doesn’t mean they have to be incredibly sappy and wishy-washy about it, making their relationship shine a little brighter Lena and Ethan’s.

Nevertheless, while the detail in the novel was good and the pace of the novel was fast, it almost came off as though the writers rushing to get to the end that they wanted.  There is a sense of desperation in the writing that takes away from the overall enjoyment of the novel.  Everything just moves so fast, and while that is on the one hand good because it keeps the reader hooked, details such as scenery, are lost.  There were times in the novel where it almost jumps from one scene to another, jarring the flow.  And it happens more than once.  The overall detail is good but with the fast pace of the novel a little more scene specifics would have worked to better ground the reader into the novel allowing for less jarring and head-spinning reading.  ★★★☆☆ (B-)