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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 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 – 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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Intricately and Beautifully Woven Art | Review of ‘A Thousand Pieces of You’ (Firebird #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

A Thousand Pieces of You by
Claudia Gray
Harper Teen
Image Credit: Goodreads

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents have invented the Firebird, a device that allows the wearer to travel to multiple universes. But when Marguerite’s father is suddenly murdered by their enigmatic assistant Paul, Marguerite’s life is turned upside down. Especially after Paul escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him. With her own Firebird, Marguerite goes after him, and before long, begins to question his guilt as a sinister secret comes to life, threatening everything she holds dear.

Published on November 4, 2014, by Harper Teen, A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray is the first in a new young adult science fiction by a New York Times bestselling author.
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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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Weekly Reading List #46


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers! I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. I am. Been working a lot and reading a lot and really just enjoying everything that is going on in life. Nothing crazy has happened as of yet, but the summer is young, who knows what can happen. Anyway, here is my weekly reading list, something to help you readers figure out what to read next. Happy reading.
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