Suicide Squad (DVD)

Move over Will Smith the ladies are claiming the throne in this action packed, edge of your seat, thrill ride!

suicide-squadViola Davis embodies the antihero and powerful foe Dr. Amanda Blake Waller. In her stunning performance, she creates a team of villains dubbed “Project X” in an effort to anticipate a war of meta-humans (e.g., Superman, Thor, Batman). Holding back no punches, she is ruthless, cunning, calculating, devious and will stop at nothing to execute her agendas. Loved her in this film!

Oh Harley Quinn! How fans such as myself have long awaited your arrival to the big screen! Margot Robbie channels the infamous and notorious Dr. Harleen Quinzel, partner-in-crime and soul mate to the Joker. Despite the disappointment of many deleted scenes of Jared Leto’s epic performance of the Joker (coming second to the portrayal by Heath Ledger), the film still captures the twisted, dysfunctional and abusive relationship between these two tortured sociopaths.

Enchantress! Cara Delevingne has be-spelled the audience with her intuitive portrayal of the Enchantress/June Moone. Although the writers have deviated from the comic-lore with this character, Delevingne is a powerful goddess to be reckoned with nonetheless!

Overall, it is the women who are the stars.

– Sabrina B.

Omens

omensI’ve always been a vampire/supernatural lit fan and my comfort zone has always resided with the king and queen of the genre: Bram Stoker and Anne Rice. For this fan, few contemporary writers rise to their level of writing. On a suggestion from a friend, I took a chance on Kelley Armstrong. I admit I was hesitant and quite skeptic at first but I gave it a go nonetheless and have not regretted the choice thus far! In the Women of the Otherworld series, Armstrong produces several strong female protagonists that although have men in their love/family lives, they do not “need” the men to save them. These female characters are a breath of fresh air amidst the slew of female “heroines” who disappointingly need men to save the day and to save them (e.g., Twilight, Vampire Diaries, True Blood, etc.)

Once I completed that series I moved onto the Cainsville series beginning with the book Omens.    In the series  a character named Olivia has just found out she is adopted and that her birth parents are convicted serial killers Pamela and Todd Larsen. In trying to cope, Olivia flees to the small, sleepy town of Cainsville where time seems to have stopped. Everything seems so perfect, almost Rockwellian or is it? From mysterious gargoyles, murder mystery, mind control to hidden identities it is soon learned that everyone in Cainsville has a secret, even the town itself! In the first novel Omens, Olivia is trying to cope with her new lineage. Strange things are starting to happen to her, she is starting to see things, strange animals are showing up and only she can see them. Is she going crazy like her birth parents or is it supernatural? Did her parents really murder all of those people? She is not so sure anymore as she begins to remember her past and with bodies showing up seemingly everywhere she goes, Olivia is determined to get to the bottom of present and past murders. People she meets are not as they seem and she cannot trust anyone except for Gabriel. Or can she?

Exploring the historical sides of Welsh and Celtic cultures, traditions and folklore, Armstrong has penned yet another series I am unable to put down. She intricately weaves mythology and history into the plot line and character development, spinning historical fiction and supernatural fiction to create a thrilling read. It is Dan Brown meets Anne Rice and it’s perfect for this vamp fan!

– Sabrina B.

Shadow of Night

Shadow of Night is the second book in the “All Souls Trilogy” by Deborah Harkness. The first title A Discovery of Witches was awesome! It was fast paced, thrilling plot and an excellent blending of historical fiction and fantasy!

Because of this I was really looking forward to book 2,  Shadow of Night and was ultimately disappointed. After struggling to read it for a year, I have finally finished it and am sad to say I only gave it 2 stars out of 5.

In Shadow of Night, Diana and Matthew have traveled back in time to try and locate the elusive Ashmole 782 manuscript (a.k.a. The Book of Life) and are reconnected with notable historical figures including Queen Elizabeth, William Shakespeare and many others! Unfortunately, for nearly half of the book Harkness drags on and on about the clothing Diana wears, some descriptions are 2 and a half pages of detail! There was no purpose to such over-detailed descriptions of fabric, colors, jewels and chiffon. It has zero purpose to plot/character or even setting development.

I do look forward to concluding this series with the final installment entitled The Book of Life. I have begun reading a few chapters and the pace is much quicker with lots of plot development as well!

– Sabrina B.