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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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Weekly Reading List #77


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope that everyone is having a wonderful day today. Not much happening here. Working at the theater is hard work, but at least time flies while I work there. I love it there. And my temp boss is awesome. Hoping she stays. Anyway, I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. Check out my new reading list and happy reading!

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1. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson #1)

by Louise Rennison

“There are six things very wrong with my life:

1. I have one of those under-the-skin spots that will never come to a head but lurk in a red way for the next two years.

2. It is on my nose

3. I have a three-year-old sister who may have peed somewhere in my room.

4. In fourteen days the summer hols will be over and then it will be back to Stalag 14 and Oberfuhrer Frau Simpson and her bunch of sadistic teachers.

5. I am very ugly and need to go into an ugly home.

6. I went to a party dressed as a stuffed olive.

In this wildly funny journal of a year in the life of Georgia Nicolson, British author Louise Rennison has perfectly captured the soaring joys and bottomless angst of being a teenager. In the spirit of Bridget Jones’s Diary, this fresh, irreverent, and simply hilarious book will leave you laughing out loud. As Georgia would say, it’s “Fabbity fab fab!”

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2. Zodiac (Zodiac #1)

By Romina Russell

At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….

Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?\

Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.

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3. Aris Returns: A Vampire Love Story (Infinity Diaries Trilogy #1)

by Devin Morgan

Psychologist Sarah Hagan thought she had her life under control. She pulled herself together after a painful (and unexpected) divorce. She’s currently dating a successful but neglectful attorney—a relationship that is adequate, if not totally satisfying. She has a few good friends, lives in a beautiful condo in the heart of Chicago, and loves her work as a therapist. From the outside, it looks like her life is almost perfect. it only takes one patient — a handsome younger man named Carlos who is on parole for car theft — to put her well-ordered life into a tailspin. As she regresses him with hypnotherapy, she discovers an unusual presence. Is this some elaborate alter ego that Carlos has created or is something much stranger going on? In Sarah’s attempt to help Carlos deal with his issues of anger and a troubled past, she is captivated by the persona she uncovers through hypnosis Aris. Aris reveals that he is a vampire whose story begins in the time of Alexander the Great. His retelling of his lives, involvement and apparent demise in the court of Henry VIII keep her spellbound and hungry for more.

On top of grappling with a phantom vampire, Sarah begins to have the most disturbing (and sensual) dreams. They awake the emotion, passion and vulnerability that she thought she had buried for good. The dreams both terrify and excite her as she struggles to make sense out of her world turned upside down. Sarah genuinely cares about Carlos as a patient and wants to help him find his way to a better life, but he has brought chaos, confusion and danger into her neatly buttoned-up reality. And if that’s not enough to deal with, she is inexplicably drawn to Aris in a way she can’t begin to rationalize. Can Sarah possibly love this vampire ghost or will he destroy everything she treasures?

*Disclaimer: All synopsis are provided by Goodreads.


Weekly Reading List #76


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope that everyone is having a wonderful day today. It’s been a semi-lazy week for me. I’ve been going back to playing a little more video games, all work and no play right? I’ve also been catching up on some edits of my novel. I’ve got a deadline to catch up on here.

But anyway, check out my new reading list.
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Heartfelt & Impactful | Review of ‘Elegy’ (Hereafter #3)


By Cynthia Ayala

Elegy by Tara Hudson
HarperTeen

Amelia Ashley is being stalked by demons who want her soul and her power, haunting a deadly bridge at the edge of town causing death and mayhem to the small town around it. But Amelia has one choice left, one opportunity to change to destroy the bridge. But it might mean she will lose her soul and never see Joshua again.

Published June 4, 2013, by HarperTeen, Elegy by Tara Hudson is the final novel in her paranormal romance Hereafter trilogy.
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The East Side Matures | Review of ‘I Will Always Love You’ (Gossip Girl #12)


By Cynthia Ayala

I Will Always Love You by Cecily von Ziegesar Poppy
I Will Always Love You by Cecily von Ziegesar
Poppy

“Blair, Serena, Nate, Dan, and Vanessa went off to live their lives. Now they’re coming home for the holidays. A lot can change in a few months… but some things never do. 

It finally happened: we went to college. We started over. No one knows who we’ve coveted, what we scored on the SATs, where our parents live, or when we became debaucherous. We’ve learned new things, made new friends, and maybe even met the loves of our lives. We’ve changed. Or at least, some of us have. But old habits are hard to break-especially when faced with your former besties and former flames. With everyone back in the city for the holidays, this break is guaranteed to be filled with makeups, breakups, and shakeups. Lucky for you, I’m here to report all the scandal as it happens. Let the games begin!

You know you love me,
gossip girl”*

Published November 3rd 2009 by Poppy, I Will Always Love You by Cecily von Ziegesar is the final novel in the bestselling young adult Gossip Girl series surrounding Blair, Serena, Nate, Vanessa and Dan.
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A Riveting Paranormal Experience | Review of ‘Endless’ (Shadowlands #3)


By Cynthia Ayala

Endless by Kate Brian Disney-Hyperion
Endless by Kate Brian
Disney-Hyperion

After the loss of her father and a betrayal like no other, Rory is beside herself with grief and anger, hunting for the man she thought she loved, the man she thought loved her. But now Rory’s love for her family is put to the test, and she is ready to make the trip to the Shadowlands and back.

Published July 22, 2014, by Disney-Hyperion, Endless by Kate Brian is the third and final novel in her young adult paranormal series Shadowlands that deals with life after death.
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