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Suspenseful & Thrilling | Review of ‘Life’ (2017 Film)


By Cynthia Ayala

Life starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare & Olga Dihovichnaya
Columbia Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form, that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.”

—IMDB

The alien in space movie is not new, many are failures, but others have become staples of the genre. Life is part of the latter. The premise of the film is about a team of scientists who have discovered life on Mars. At first, the creature is docile, but when provoked, the alien has entered monster territory, if only for its desire to survive. The problem is it doesn’t know when to stop feeding, creating a being that is incredibly dangerous. What makes it even more dangerous is how smart it is. It evolves, and with its evolution, it grows bigger. It’s a sinister being and the writers knew how to develop the creature, its needs and everything that made it dangerous.
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An Intense Grounder | Review of ‘The 100’ (The Hundred #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

‘The 100’ by Kass Morgan
Little, Brown and Company
Image Credit: Goodreads

It’s been centuries since people have set on Earth. But now, one hundred juvenile delinquents are being sent to Earth for one mission: to see if Earth is habitable and recolonize it if so. This is their second and only chance of survival. But for some of them, this is more than just a chance to be free of their prison in Space, it’s their chance to make up for their own mistakes and start anew.

Published on September 3, 2013 by Little, Brown and Company, The 100 is the first novel in the young adult sci-fi Hundred series by Kass Morgan.
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Weekly Reading List #36


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers! I hope everyone had a great week. It was midterms for me and wouldn’t you guess it, I was sick. Congestion that was, is, killing me. I was so miserable on Friday that my teacher let me go home halfway through the class and I was in a daze and then yesterday, I wanted to get work done and I was stuck in bed trying to get rid of a migraine that went away at 1 in the morning. Luckily it’s gone now so I think I’m finally on the med. The winter air was just not doing me any favors.

Anyway, here’s what’s on my reading list for the coming week. As always, photos and synopsis’ are courtesy of Goodreads.
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A Brilliant and Imaginative Ending | Review of ‘The Ashes of Worlds’ (The Saga of Seven Suns, #7)


By Cynthia Ayala

‘The Ashes of Worlds’ by Kevin J. Anderson
Orbit

The war is coming to an end. Basil has lost the last threads of humanity and sanity he had, alienating the other factions of the universe. The Faeros, bound to the mad imposter Rusa’h, have invaded Ildiria and only Jora’h can stop them. The Klikiss have regrouped and are now invading the Earth and only King Peter and the Confederation can come to their aid, pitting the Earth Defense Forces against the Confederation. Intrigue, secrets and lies are all starting to unravel and the people are trying to save themselves and all of humanity against the elemental monsters and those who would have them all dead.
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Review: ‘Of Fire & Night’ Is Fast-Paced Storytelling (Saga of Seven Suns, #5) – Emertainment Monthly


81P7gcH-zL._SL1500_-326x245By Cynthia Ayala ’17 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer

It’s an enthralling and enlivening space adventure that is sure to suck the reader in[…] Continue reading Review: ‘Of Fire & Night’ Is Fast-Paced Storytelling (Saga of Seven Suns, #5) – Emertainment Monthly

Weekly Reading List #28


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope that everyone is starting off the year on the right foot. You know me, I live with my nose in a book, either writing or reading. It’s a good thing my fiancé loves that about me. He should considering he lives with his nose in his computer games. I love video games to and have been trying to make some time for them this Wonderful Winter Vacation. Ah, vacation.

But anyway, I hope everyone is doing well, but if you’re like me and have been perusing the bookshelves at your local bookstore, you’re probably wondering what to start off this new year with. Well, here are some ideas to help you along your way.

As always, all synopsis are courtesy of Goodreads.
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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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World Building All On Its Own | Review of ‘The Navigator’ (Lorien Legacies: The Lost Files #11)


By Cynthia Ayala

The Navigator by Pittacus Lore HarperCollins

Lexa was never part of the Elders’ grand plan in evacuating the Garde and sending them to Earth. But when the Mogadorians came, destroying her world around her, an ally rescued her, giving her the chance to save herself and others with her piloting expertise. Lexa was the key no one knew about, saving her friend, a pack of Chimæra and a Cêpan named Crayton who had the tenth Garde Ella, tucked away in his arms. But the darkness followed them on their journey to Earth and their journey was met with sorrow and heartache, leaving Lexa all alone.

Published as an ebook on April 21, 2015 by HarperCollins, The Navigator is the 11 novella in the Lorien Legacies: Lose Files series that takes minor characters within the series and blows up their backstories in quick burst.
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Weekly Reading List #26


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! So I am almost done with this semester. Woohoo! I’m so excited to go back home, hug my mom and kitties and kiss my fiancé. Also, I’m looking forward to actually having some me to write and read. I don’t get a lot of time to do that unfortunately but I will be doing that for three weeks….when I’m not working at the movie theater dealing with a bunch of customers who are unhappy with their seating arrangements with Star Wars. Yeah, that’s gonna be fun, I know it. Anyway, I hope that everyone is having a wonderful weekend and such. I will be spending this weekend working on papers! Woo! (not really) but so far this semester is going good, now I just need to finish it with a bang and pass my classes.

Anyway, here’s what’s on my reading schedule for the next week. As always synopsis courtesy of Goodreads.com. Continue reading Weekly Reading List #26

Weekly Reading List #25


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. The Fall Semester is almost over and Thanksgiving is upon us. I’m spending Thanksgiving with my friends when I’d rather spend it with my mom and kitties and my amazing fiancé. Heck, I’d even love to spend it with my coworkers at Regal Oakwood 18. I can’t wait to get back home and curl up with my kitties and just relax. Take a break and read, write and relax.

But anyway, I hope everyone has an amazing week, and if you’re going to be snuggled up against the couch with a good book, here are some options to keep you entertained. (All synopsis provided by Goodreads.) Continue reading Weekly Reading List #25