Tag Archives: Science Fiction Fantasy

Promising Story Failed by Characters | Review of ‘Given to the Sea’ (Given Duet #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis
Putnam’s Children
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Khosa is Given to the Sea, born to be sacrificed to the water for the Kingdom of Stille. Sacrificed by her own feet, a twitching within her that will drive her to the depths of the ocean. But before that, she must produce an heir, an act she is unable to endure as she is unable to endure the touch of any human. But when her village is attacked, Khosa flees to the heart of the kingdom, into the arms of Vincent, the third in line to the throne, and Donil, the last of the Indiri whose touch sends desire through hers. But with the land sinking, and enemies at the gate, Stille and Khosa are in bigger danger than they ever thought.

Published April 11, 2017, by Putnam’s Children, Given to the Sea
by Mindy McGinnis is the first in her new YA fantasy Given Duet series.
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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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Weekly Reading List #80


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers. I hope that everyone is doing well. Recently my kitten past away this week so it’s been a hard few days. I miss going to sleep at night without him walking all over me. He was 18, so not really a kitten, and at least I had so much time with him, but it hurts, having to let him go. But I’m doing okay, reading at night seems to help me sleep without him. It’s something at least.

Anyway, check out my reading list and see what I’ve got on my to-read list.
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Book of the Month Poll – April 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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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 – January 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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Unique but Flawed | Review of ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Miss Peregrine’s Home or Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Quirk

A tragedy sends young sixteen-year-old Jacob to a remote island off the coast of Wales to connect with his grandfathers’ past in ways he never thought possible.

Published on June 7, 2011, by Quirk, Miss Peregrine’s Home or Peculiar Children is the first in the young adult series of the same name by Ransom Riggs.

One of the remarkable things about the novel are the characters and how unique their abilities because in a world where science fiction and books for young readers come in, and in a world where strange abilities have become a sort of staple in fiction, Riggs created uniqueness with the characters and how they function within the realm of the story.
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19-Years-Later & Still Magical | Review of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ (Harry Potter #8)


By Cynthia Ayala

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
Arthur A. Levine Books

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

With Voldemort dead and gone, Harry Potter’s life hasn’t gotten any easier. As an overworked employee of the Ministry and a father of three, his life is as hard as ever. But not only for him. The past is creeping on the Potter’s, especially on his son Albus, and on their journeys, they must each come face to face with the darkness around them.

Published on July 31, 2016, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a work compiled by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. It is a special version of the story written by J.K. Rowling and adapted for the stage continues the story in a beautiful way that shows the challenges of parenthood and living up to your parents.
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Book of the Month – November 2016


By Cynthia Ayala

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already November. Goodness, the months just go by so quickly. I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween, I know I did. I went to Salem! Who doesn’t love the hub of where religious extremist took out their fear of the unknown out by killing innocent people? Well, it’s a great place to visit and learn some history, and a fun place in general to honor those who lost their lives so many years ago. Anyway, I had a great week and a great holiday weekend, except for the part when a restaurant rejected my state ID calling it invalid. I’m really 25-years-old, I swear!

But that’s not the point of this! (Sorry for my rambling) Let’s give a round of applause to *drum roll* A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray! This means this novel will now get a featured book review here on my website….the moment I get my hands on the book. (My To-read list is very long but this novel is going to move on up, I promise!) Check out what this book is all about right here and congratulations once again to Claudia Gray! (I met her, she’s a super nice person.)
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Heavy Handed Invasion Lit | Review of ‘United as One’ (Lorien Legacies #7)


By Cynthia Ayala

United as One by Pittacus Lore
HarperCollins
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The Mogadorian’s have invaded, and The Garde is growing in numbers. Together with a band of teenagers from across the globe, they are working to stop the Mogadorians. But as with most wars, there is betrayal and lost at every corner. Can they win or will the Mogadorians break them and control Earth?

Published June 28, 2016, United as One by Pittacus Lore is the final novel in his best-selling young adult series printed by HarperCollins following a group of teenagers sent to Earth to fight the alien invasion that left their home world destroyed.
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