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Beautifully, Wondrously, Heartbreaking | Review of ‘Heartless’


By Cynthia Ayala

Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Feiwel & Friends
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All Catherine wants is to be a baker and open a shop as the best baker in all of Wonderland. But at the time when the King is expected to propose to her, Cath meets Jest, the Kings new mysterious court Jester. Soon her curiosity blossoms into love and at the risk of upsetting her parents and the King, the pair enter into a secret courtship. But fate is a fickle thing, a dangerous thing that may tear Cath, and all of Wonderland, apart.

Published November 8, 2016, by Feiwel & Friends, Heartless by Marissa Meyer is a standalone novel that takes gives readers a fantastical new retelling on the origins of Lewis Carroll’s famed Queen of Hearts.
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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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A Fight for Survival | Review of ‘Queen of Hearts’


By Cynthia Ayala

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes Image Credit: Goodreads
Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
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Dinah is the Princess of Wonderland and the future Queen of Hearts. But that future is threatened when an enchanting stranger enters winning her father’s hearts and the hearts of her people. Soon her life begins to unravel as evil plots begin to seep from the shadows and. And if Dinah’s not clever enough she will lose more than her throne.

Published May 3, 2016 by HarperTeen, Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes is the first in her young adult fantasy Queen of Hearts Saga that takes a dark look at the world of Wonderland.
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Weekly Reading List #74


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers. I hope that everyone is having a wonderful day today. January is coming to a c-lose. How bizarre how fast time flies. I’ve had some extra time lately to work on my novel and catch up on my reading. I love having some of this extra time. I’m still so tired a lot of time though, working at a movie theater is no easy feat, but at least my current boss and coworkers are great. Hours may never be perfect, but when you’re working a job you enjoy, you take what you can get.

Anyway, check out this week’s reading list. Happy reading!
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Weekly Reading List #73


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers I hope that everyone is having a wonderful weekend. For me it has been a calmer week, I’ve had some time to edit my novel and catch up on some of my reading. I injured my hand though. I either have a pinched nerve in my center of both my palms or I have tendonitis. Plus, my anemia isn’t doing too great. Oh well, such is life. At least I have my books so check out what’s on the table this week.
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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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Colorful, Adventurous, but Poorly Written | Review of ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’


By Cynthia Ayala

Alice Through the Looking Glass starring Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter & Anne Hathaway
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
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Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to help the Mad Hatter.

    —IMDB

Another vibrant whimsical film following Alice (Mia Wasikowska) through Wonderland and Time in order to save her best friend, The Mad Hatter. Why? Because he Mad Hatter has gone Mad, and not in a good way…or so everyone thinks. This leads Alice through an adventure of time travel, but Time (Sacha Baron Cohen) warned her that she cannot change the past, only learn from it.
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Thursday Night TV (14 Nov 2013) | TV Reviews


By: Cynthia A.
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Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Adventure, Mystery

Starring: Sophie Lowe, Michael Socha, Peter Gadiot, Emma Rigby, Naveen Andrews & John Lithgow

“Heart of Stone”: More backstory on Anastasia and Will Scarlet.  Anastasia’s mother was a cold woman who only viewed her as a show horse to marry high in to society.  But she and Will ran off to Wonderland, a place where they lived almost happily, except for the fact that they were poor and destitute and living in an abandoned carriage.  At least we got to see what made her so cold and how she became Queen.  Now although this is a fast-paced show filled with much adventure and charismatic characters, there are two major flaws in this show: the first is the fact that Cora was once the Queen of Hearts is that ever going to be addressed?  In addition, the other annoying flaw in this show is Alice’s repeated exclamations of love for Cyrus.  They have become redundant and even if this show the action that propels the show, it is getting annoying because we hear it week after week.  Although the casting is well done and the show is over all well written and fast paced coupled with great CGI effects.  All I can say it that the highlight of last night’s episode was the fact that Cyrus escaped Jafar’s clutches and that we got to see a softer side of the Red Queen.  Thursdays @ 8PM (EST) on ABC.
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Genre: Period drama, Historical fiction

Starring: Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo, Rossif Sutherland, Anna Popplewell, Caitlin Stasey, Celina Sinden, Jenessa Grant, Torrance Coombs, Megan Follows & Yael Grobglas

“A Chill in the Air”:  Catherine de Medici was quite the awful woman, and quite the manipulator, something this show captures quite wonderfully.  She brings her sons former “playmate” back to court since she has been shamed by the fact that she is not a virgin to confess her love to Francis and Mary in the hopes of creating a rift between the pair of them.  And somehow it works, Francis, feeling responsible for Olivia refuses to send her away and Mary gets drunk with Bash, venting her frustrations with him before, you know, getting the handsome, humble, smart, gorgeous, enigmatic, charming bastard.  If you can’t tell, I love Torrence Coombs, I mean really, those eyes are like wow.  Now, anyway, it was a very tense filled episode which was a great way for this show to progress.  Although their lives may never have been so dramatic, the drama was there and this show does a good job of capturing it and portraying it.  Not only is the cinematography amazing, but the story is as well adds to much to history we all know, even if it is false, and the actors just bring everything to such wonderful life.  It’s really an incredible show, beautiful to watch and amazing.  Also…Torrence Coombs has beautiful eyes so yeah. Thursdays @ 9PM (EST) on CW.
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Genre: Crime, Mystery, Drama

Starring: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn & Jon Michael Hill

“Blood is Thicker”:  I will be very disappointed if Mycroft ( Rhys Ifans ) is teaming up with Moriarty in order to separate Sherlock and Watson since Watson is Sherlock’s best friend and able to help him with much in the world, including very personal things.  I’m glad that this show is keeping things out of England and keeping it in New York because that makes it more different than any Sherlock Holmes show that there has ever been.  Although the concept and humor are much like everything else, the actors in the show all present such a very dynamic and charismatic team that are all very charming and new.  The show is incredibly entertaining, especially now that Mycroft has been introduced into the show.  The fact that there is something going on with Mycroft, something also sinister, is also very cool.  Not to mention the fact that he slept with Watson.  Oh my gosh, that was priceless.  I mean priceless.  The charm, the energy and the entertainment that is in every episode make this show so worthwhile to watch, not to mention the fact that its different in so many ways from everything that has been done.  Thursdays @ 10PM (EST) on CBS.

Sunday Night TV (2 Dec 2012)


Once Upon a TimeNow who didn’t see that plot twist coming.  The Queen of Hearts is her mother, Cora.  I feel so bad for Regina to the point that I am not really liking this show to the extend that I was before.  I mean Regina just risked her life to save Emma and Snow, however, no one gives her any recognition for it and her “son”, who raised her, even brushes her aside.  I mean it’s cruel if you ask me.  I don’t like it.  Yes, I understand, she is the Evil Queen, and she is the one who took everyone away from their home, but she is trying to change.  People can only change if even the chance to.  That’s just my personal opinion on the matter.  Acting is still good and I am hopelessly addicted to this show, just a little worried in the direction it plans on going.  More Wonderland!  And also a trip to Neverland will work.  Catch up Sundays 8PM EST on ABC.