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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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Book of the Month Poll – May 2017


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 month’s 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 Qzzr (formerly Pollcaster) and the winner will get a featured book review here on my website. Happy voting!
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Book of the Month – March 2017


By Cynthia Ayala

Here you have it readers. Many books were listed but only one could be the winner and the winner this month, by a landslide, is none other than Danielle Paige’s fourth novel in her Dorothy Must Die series, The End of Oz. Check out what it’s all about right here and stay tuned for a review right here on Cyn’s Workshop. You can already check out reviews of Dorothy Must Die and The Wicked Will Rise right here.

And don’t forget to stay tuned for next month’s Book of the Month poll. Happy reading!
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Book of the Month Poll – March 2017


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 month’s 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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A Budding Rose | Review of ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah. j. Maas Bloomsbury Image Credit: Goodreads
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah. j. Maas
Bloomsbury
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Feyre didn’t know the consequences of her action when she killed a wolf in the woods. Feyre didn’t know it was a faerie and a friend of a beast-like creature, Tamlin, the king of the Spring Court, one of the lethal and immortal faeries that once ruled the human world. Trapped in the estate, Feyre has discovered that there is more to Tamlin, a curse on his realm that Feyre must find a way to stop to save the Beast who is a King.

Published May 5, 2015, by Bloomsbury USA Children’s, A Court of Thorns and Roses is the first in Sarah J. Maas‘s young adult fantasy retelling series on Beauty and the Beast.
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Mermaids and Siren’s Oh My! | Review of ‘Emerge’ (Mer Chronicles #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Emerge by Tobie Easton Month9Books
Emerge by Tobie Easton
Month9Books

Lia is a long descendant of the Little Mermaid who cursed the Mer people, stripping them of their immortality. And while wars ravage the seven seas, Lia lives with her family in Malibu, having never lived in the ocean depths. But when a dangerous mermaid sets her eyes on Clay, Lia will break all the rules to keep him safe.

Published August 30, 2016 by Month9Books, Emerge by Tobie Easton is her debut novel taking a different look at the legacy left over by the little mermaid in her YA romance series.
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Weekly Reading List #71


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey, there avid readers! I hope that everyone is having a wonderful New Year. Hopefully, 2017 will be a better year for everyone. Now that a new year has started I’m going to have to split my time up. I have a book to edit, a book to type, another to write, book reviews to write and books to read. What can I say, other than my fiancé and my kitties, my life revolves around books.

Anyway, check out this reading list right here and see how I’m entering my New Year. Happy reading!
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Book of the Month Poll – February 2017


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 month’s 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 — or by clicking the image below — and the winner will get a featured book review here on my website. Happy voting!
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Weekly Reading List #70


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas Holiday. Mine was particularly good, I worked the afternoon shift at the movie theater, well afternoon until closing and this year I didn’t have to deal with any jerks. Seems like everyone was in the Christmas spirit…for me at least. Hopefully, the good spirits carry on into this New Year.

Anyway, it’s been hectic, I’ve been at work since I returned to South Florida, so reading has been just a little challenging. But anyway, check out this reading list right here. Oh, and Happy New Year’s everyone!
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