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Good but Beginning to Drag | Review of ‘Yellow Brick War’ (Dorothy Must Die #3)


By Cynthia Ayala

Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige
HarperCollins
Image Credit: Goodreads

Amy Gumm was swept up in a tornado just like Dorothy Gale. A higher power swept her up to destroy Dorothy and her close friends who let the power and magic of Oz corrupt them. No longer is Oz the vibrant place, now it’s a dark place full of monsters and danger. And Amy too is in danger of becoming one of those monsters. An assassin who has failed, Amy must find the light buried deep inside her to keep herself and her friends safe from Dorothy’s wrath and her own.

Published March 15, 2016, by HarperCollins Yellow Brick War
by Danielle Paige is the third in her young adult series about Amy Gumm and her trials in Oz against the wicked witch Dorothy of Kansas.
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Weekly Reading List #87


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers! Guess who is finally a graduate of Emerson College! This girl! Boy was it cold, and wet, lots of rain in Boston this past weekend. My mom and grandmother took so many pictures of me and Dennis Lehane was my commencement speaker, which was super cool btw. Anyway, it was tons of fun I just wished my uncle, aunt and fiancé had been there with me, but I’ll see them soon enough. On the bright side on the 21-hour drive I took back home with my mom (because we were moving furniture back to FL from BOS) I got a lot of reading done. So check out this week’s reading list. Happy reading!
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Weekly Reading List #86


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! Can’t stay to chat its graduation day! Woo! I’m so excited, I’m so excited, I’m finally done with school. Woo! Now I just have to make it across the stage without tripping. Wish me luck and happy reading! Continue reading Weekly Reading List #86

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 #62


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! My fiancé is leaving back to Florida in a few days. Sad panda. We’ve been having such a great time lately and tomorrow, the goal is Salem! We weren’t able to go last year because I got horribly sick but rain or shine I am going to Salem for Halloween! Anyway, I hope everyone has some wonderful plans for Halloween, don’t let the fact that it’s on a Monday bum you out. Anyway, check out this week’s reading list. Happy reading! Continue reading Weekly Reading List #62

Weekly Reading List #61


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope that everyone is having a wonderful weekend. For me my fiancé is coming to visit next weekend for Halloween so I’m trying really hard to get as much done as humanly possible so that I don’t have to worry about school work and can somewhat relax with him. It’ll be nice J. School going great I’m working on three different projects right now, I’m editing one book, typing the second, and starting something completely different that has dragons because who doesn’t love dragons. And there is something not working in the first chapter of my novel so I’m going to finish fine tuning it for my creative writing class so that I can turn it in and figure out what isn’t working. Maybe it’s the fact that I wrote it 5 years ago and my writing style has changed, maybe it’s something in the presentation. I don’t know, that’s what class is for. So this weekend was really dedicated to that and lots of reading and writing. But anyway, check out my weekly reading list for the next week. Happy reading! Continue reading Weekly Reading List #61

An Addicting, Dark and Gritty Retelling | Review of ‘Dorothy Must Die’ (Dorothy Must Die #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
HarperCollins
Image Credit: Goodreads

Oz has changed since Dorothy returned. Oz is darker, a nasty place where the Good Witches are evil and the Wicked are just trying to survive and return Oz to the beautiful place it once was. Power and fame went to Dorothy’s head, and with that, her hunger for magic grew, forcing her to take it from the World of Oz itself. But now her power is truly threatened by one Amy Gumm, the other girl from Kansas who landed in Oz in a tornado and who has been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked for one purpose: to kill Dorothy.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige is her debut novel in and the first in the Dorothy Must Die series published by HarperCollins on April 1, 2014. The story takes an interesting retelling for the young adult audience that is dark, gritty, incredibly entertaining, and impossible to put down.
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Weekly Reading List #48


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers, here is my weekly reading list for this upcoming week. With everything that went on in Orlando, I know many of you may have known people there and were unfortunate to know someone who passed away. I deepest condolences to all you who lost someone and my prayers are with you all.
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Weekly Reading List #47


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers! So I hope that everyone has had a wonderful week and weekend. Me, it’s been busy busy busy trying to keep up with my blogging and editing my novel but I have finally finished editing it! Woo! No I just have to format and insert my edits and changes into the computer file, because I like to hand edit, and then finish designing the back cover of the novel and everything else. No one said publishing was easy, it’s a lot of work, but work I love and that I am passionate about, so at least there’s that.

Anyway here is my weekly reading this for the week with a special feature book at the end. Check it out.
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Out of Oz (The Wicked Years: Vol. 4)


out-of-ozIt pains me to say this, but this book was a bit of a disappointment. There is a war going on in this book and whereas I can respect the author for not wanting to focus on it the way in which it is written makes me think that the characters are going to have a big impact in the war. Granted they do have a big impact in the and change the world of Oz, it’s not until the very end The plot moved at a snail’s pace, yet at the same time felt very rushed. If you ask me, this book, had it been more than one, could have excused the slowness of it and incorporate more action within the plot to allow for more character growth and plot growth.

Rain was another problem I had with this book. Often times, in writing workshops I am criticized for creating initial unlikable characters. That is what Rain was. She was completely unlikable and had no personality. She was obnoxious and rude and just had no personality. She is definitely no Wicked Witch of the East. Now, although I felt no connection to the character and didn’t like her, I ultimately felt pity for the character. Nevertheless, the pity I felt for her did not let me sympathize with her character or relate to her which denied me an understanding of the inside struggle with Rain. It was almost as though Maguire wanted to make Rain a more powerful character by making her more like Elphalba, but it didn’t work. In trying to make her the same and yet different, he ruined the character, stripping away from her an sense of personality.

While I was reading this book, I could not quite figure out the intent of this book. If you ask me, A Lion Among Men, should have been the ending. It made the circle full circle, this book just opened a whole new chapter with no proper conclusion. 2/5 ‘s and a “C+”.