An Intoxicating Supernatural Murder Mystery | Review of ‘Mind of the Phoenix’ (The Memory Collector #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

‘Mind of the Phoenix’ by Jamie McLachlan
Penner Publishing
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In Braxton, empaths are slaves and for Moira, her power is both a gift and a curse. With a hard and cruel past, Moira learned that there was only one person she could rely on: herself, and desperate for her freedom, she killed her master, an act punishable by death. However, with mysterious murders happening behind the power of persuasion, the government has made a deal: her help for her freedom. However, the Phoenix is a powerful enemy, one that could destroy her, inside and out.

Published on September 28, 2015 by Penner Publishing, Jamie McLachlan brings to life an exciting romance novel in Mind of the Phoenix, a novel of mystery in supernatural threads.
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Weekly Reading List #29

By Cynthia Ayala

Hello there fellow readers! I hope that everyone is having a wonderful year so far. It has been very somewhat depressing with the deaths of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, both who were amazing in everything that they did. They will forever be missed, that’s definite.

Now, if you have been staring at your bookshelf wondering what to read next, here’s something for you. Check out this weeks reading list courtesy of my interest. If your like me with a reading list so long, here is something to make what to read next a little easier. Happy reading!
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‘Black Mass’ Delivers Spectacular Performances and a Great Story | Review of ‘Black Mass’

Black Mass starring Johnny Depp Warner Bros.

By Cynthia Ayala

The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became a FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.

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Based on a book of the same title, Black Mass stars Johnny Depp as notorious crime lord James “Whitey” Bulger and his rise to power while he leads the FBI to fight his battles for him making him the king of South Boston.
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5 Shows Cancelled To Early that Deserve a Comic Book Continuation

By: Cynthia Ayala

We all have those favorite shows that critics raved about and had action, suspense, the whole shebang. But for some reason, networks cancelled said shows due to “lack of ratings”, regardless of the fan base that was growing and growing. It happened with notable cult classic show Firefly, whose fan base garnered an amazing film, and it happened with Family Guy, whose fan base bought up those DVDs like candy forcing FOX to bring back the show.

Not all shows are that lucky though. Firefly also has a comic book series courtesy of Dark Horse comics, and other shows that have been cancelled that have comic book continuations include Charmed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, & Angel and Faith.

But there are other shows out there that deserve a comic book series to continue where the show unfortunately left off (on a cliffhanger of all things), due to network cancellation.
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Steve Carell Shines in this Frightening Role | Review of ‘Foxcatcher’

By: Cynthia Ayala

When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave. Flattered by the attention and entranced by du Pont’s majestic world, Mark comes to see his benefactor as a father figure and grows increasingly dependent on him for approval. Though initially supportive, du Pont’s mercurial personality turns and he begins to lure Mark into an unhealthy lifestyle that threatens to undermine his training. Soon du Pont’s erratic behavior and cruel psychological game-play begin to erode the athlete’s already shaky self-esteem.

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Flash Film Review: ‘John Wick’, ‘Nightcrawler’ & ‘Book of Life

Okay so I bet you’re wondering what is going on here.  Well I have fallen way behind in my writing.  I sort of got into a funk with a lot of everything.  I’m still trying to figure out the cover design for my next novel and I’m editing it as well and I’m reading and writing but then I want to be lazy and play Kingdom Hearts.  So I’m just trying to get myself out of this funk that I’m in, so here we are! Continue reading “Flash Film Review: ‘John Wick’, ‘Nightcrawler’ & ‘Book of Life”

A Jaw-Dropping Drama | Review of ‘Gone Girl’

By: Cynthia Ayala

Gone GirlOn his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his beautiful wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

Gone Girl is an incredible film that paints a story and just dives right into it.  The story was expertly written and constructed as it follows Nick Dunne as he comes home to his wife missing and the house in shambles.  This leads the police to pick away at his marriage and unearth the events that led to his wife’s disappearance.  This leads to the course the film takes and the style and direction of the film itself.  The film begins in one way, to tell a story and set it up to paint this marriage, to paint this connection between these two characters so that viewers can see just how far this marriage has fallen.  Going back and forth, between past and present, the movie continues to build in a marvelous way using misdirection beautifully. Continue reading “A Jaw-Dropping Drama | Review of ‘Gone Girl’”

A Higher Level of Crime Drama | Review of ‘The Drop’

The Drop follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters – “money drops” in the underworld of Brooklyn bars.  Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv, Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past.

The Drop is a dramatic crime thriller based on Dennis Lehane’s 2009 short story “Animal Rescue” and stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Galdolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz & James Frecheville.
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Review/Recap Forever | ‘The Frustrating Thing About Psychopaths’ (Season 1, #6)

By: Cynthia Ayala

“Henry and Jo investigate homicides that mimic those of Jack the Ripper and the Black Dahlia murder; Henry remembers his experiences with the original cases.”

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There was a time in my life when I wanted to study criminal psychology because psychopaths and serial killers fascinate me. But it turns out I don’t have the patience to study the subject matter.
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Review/Recap Gotham | ‘Viper’ (Season 1, #5)

By: Cynthia Ayala

“Gordon and Bullock seek out the source of a new street drug that is killing users; Cobblepot gets deeper into Maroni’s inner circle; Fish Mooney continues to plot against Falcone.”

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I absolutely love how this show creates the premise to the future, as fans know it…or knew it before the new 52. Just look at this episode where they introduced Viper, a drug that gives people super human strength but depletes their calcium levels leading them to very gruesome deaths. However, it is admitted to being a prototype produced by a subdivision of Wayne Enterprises and that the finished product is called Vemon. That made this bat-fan positively giddy.
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