Book of the Month Poll – December 2020

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An Amazing Action Flick | Review of ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’

By Cynthia Ayala

“After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.”

—IMDB

What an amazing movie. Sequels are always touch and go, but this one was a sequel done right. It follows that saying “live by the sword, die by the sword,” and it really captures those elements. It was just an amazingly executed sequel that has tons of action in it, but thankfully, the action doesn’t take away from the story. And that’s probably why this film is so successful, it has a story, it’s not just action sequence after action sequence of non-essential details for a mind-numbing experience. No, this film has a story. John, played by the ever so talented Keanu Reeves, got out of the crime world, he was out, he’s happy, he just wants to remain retired. But, of course, the darkness as a lure to it, and then there is blackmail. The person who helped him get out is calling in a favor. But it’s not just any favor, it’s an impossible favor that will leave John with a mark on his back.
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Worth the Watch | Review of ‘Nerve’

By Cynthia Ayala

Nerve starring Emma Roberts & Dave Franco
Lionsgate
Image Credit: IMDB

“A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of ‘watchers.'”

—IMDB

Are you a player or a watcher? Nerve, based on the novel of the same name, is based heavily on the extreme’s some people take to be YouTube famous. But the film takes it to another level taking the control out of the daredevil and putting it in the hands of watchers, people who control the player and the game, giving them reckless dares that could cost them their lives. For Vee (played by Emma Roberts), becoming a player on Nerve is all about trying to prove herself, that she isn’t just the meek shy girl everyone thinks she is. Thrust into this game of do or die, she meets the handsome Ian (played by Dave Franco), another player in the Game who knows more than he is telling her.
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Potential Floundered | Review of ‘Now You See Me 2’

By Cynthia Ayala

Now You See Me 2 starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe & Lizzy Caplan
Summit Entertainment
Image Credit: IMDB

The Four Horsemen resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet.

    —IMDB

Almost as good as it’s predecessor, but the film suffers from a big problem of overreaching which seems to be a big problem with Hollywood lately, just make things bigger, bring everything in, the story comes second. Same thing happened right here. The tricks are too big, too outlandish, and yes, I know that magic tricks can be as big as a plane, but for the film purposes, the story should come first, not second, to make for a more enjoyable experience. Continue reading “Potential Floundered | Review of ‘Now You See Me 2’”

A Little Too Commercial | Review of ‘Dexter’s Final Cut’ (Dexter #7)

By Cynthia Ayala

Dexter’s Final Cut by Jeff Lindsay
Doubleday
Image Credit: Goodreads

Hollywood has come to Miami and is shadowing one Dexter Morgan. But one of the stars has her own murdering stalker putting Dexter in a precarious situation, one that only gets worse as his family life starts to dissipate.

Published on September 17, 2013, by Doubleday, Dexter’s Final Cut by Jeff Lindsay is the seventh novel in the critically acclaimed series that follows Dexter Morgan and his dark deeds.
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A Mesmerizing Tale of Marriage and Death | Review of ‘All Things Cease to Appear’

By Cynthia Ayala

All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage
Knopf
Image Credit: Goodreads

George Clare is an art teacher, but is he a murderer? After coming home one late winter evening to find his wife dead and his three-year-old daughter alone in the house, George is the immediate suspect, but did do it? A whodunit that evolves and studies the characters and their marriage through multiple narratives and their own to show everything that led up to her death.

Published on March 8, 2016, by Knopf comes the mesmerizing thriller All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage about a marriage that dissolves into death.
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Weekly Reading List #39

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers! I hope that everyone is having a great week. I’m doing good, hanging in there, less than 40 days left for school. I’m pretty happy; nothing has stressed me out yet. I have to register for classes on Monday, that means I am going to have to wake up obscenely early (yes, waking up at 6 am is obscene) and then register and then pass back out, if I can. I’m looking forward to my class selection, it’s all about me starting my FINAL semester at Emerson College, woo!

But anyway, here is my weekly reading list. As always, all synopsis are courtesy of Goodreads. Happy reading! Continue reading “Weekly Reading List #39”