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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.

A Remarkable Frame Narrative | Review of ‘The Keep’


By Cynthia Ayala

The Keep by Jennifer Egan
Anchor
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After twenty years, two cousins, damaged by a childhood prank, reunite at a medieval castle in the middle of nowhere in Eastern Europe. They are cut off from the outside world and only have each other and their friends to talk to. However, with a baroness that will not leave the land, and a haunting past, they are all lured into an environment of extreme paranoia. One man, now in jail, recounts the events at the Keep in an unforgettable story, tying the past to the present.

Published on August 1, 2006 by Anchor, The Keep by Jennifer Egan is a thrilling frame narrative set within a suspenseful gothic novel.
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An Enigmatic Gothic Tale | Review of ‘Black Rabbit Hall’


By Cynthia Ayala

Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase
G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Amber Alton has spent all her summers in Black Rabbit Hall, there was always a light that lit up the country estate. Summer was perfect, until the day that devastation struck. Now the perfect summers became ghosts of what they once were.
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Weekly Reading List #27


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers! I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Mine wasn’t that bad, I worked a 9+ hr shift at the theater and it wasn’t as busy as it was last year and no one gave me an attitude for once! Everyone was in the Christmas spirit which made me very happy. And it’s nice to be around my coworkers who are all amazing. I love my bosses and my coworkers and they really are appreciative of all the hard work. The theater may not pay me enough but at least I have a job and great bosses for which I am grateful.

But anyway, I hope that everyone spread the cheer and had a wonderful Christmas with friends and family. Here’s what’s coming up on my reading list soonish followed by a short piece of what I’m reading now. I thought I should include that since it’s been a while since I last posted one of these updates.
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Weekly (School) Reading List – Fall 2015 – Week 3


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers! Okay so like I said before I was going to showcase what I was reading for school and maybe, depending on the content, write reviews of what I have read. Also time is a big issue as well. I only have so many hours in a day. I will also be sorting this list by my classes. You might be wondering why the heck I am doing this. Well here’s there reason: because I can? I know, I’m a weirdo, that’s a fact, but I guess what I’m also trying to do is stay on top of my reading and if this is going to help me do that, well then here we go. I also want to make my school life more familiar with my readers – hey, that’s you guys! – and generate interest in what I am doing here at school as well as comments on my reading material.

Like I said, I’m a weird one. But I would like to make a note that professors are assigning sections of the material below. So if you see it again that means that we are either still reading it or that we are reading another section of it. Just wanted to make that clear.

Anyway, much like with my regular weekly reading list, all synopsis’s are courtesy of Goodreads.
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A Relevant, Frightening & Raw Story | Review of ‘Carrie’


By: Cynthia Ayala

Carrie White is the misfit, the outcast, the girl constantly bullied, broken by her religious and fanatical mother. But when push comes to shove, Carrie soon discovers that she holds powers, that she’s telekinetic, turning her Prom Night into a fiery bloody night of death.

Doubleday first published Carrie by notable bestselling author Stephen King on April 5, 1974. Set in Maine, this horrific and supernatural novel follows young outsider Carrie White who spends most of her time being bullied a school by everyone while she spends her time at home being abused by her religious and fanatical mother. But when push comes to shove, Carrie discovers that she has a deep power inside her.
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Top 5 Gateway Books Into Science Fiction – Emertainment Monthly


By: Cynthia Ayala ’16 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer

Looking to get hooked into Science Fiction novels?  Well here are 5 books that are sure to ensnare any reader into the fantasy series. Continue reading Top 5 Gateway Books Into Science Fiction – Emertainment Monthly

Top 5 Gateway Books Into Fantasy – Emertainment Monthly


By: Cynthia Ayala ’16 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer

Looking to get hooked into Fantasy novels? Wondering what all the hype is about? Well here are 5 books that are sure to ensnare any reader into the fantasy series. Continue reading Top 5 Gateway Books Into Fantasy – Emertainment Monthly