Snapshots - #42: Thor: Ragnarok, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, LBJ

Thor: Ragnarok (2017), (♦♦♦♦½): Thor has saved earth twice by now and has, for the last two years, wandered the universe searching for infinity stones. He hasn't found any. He has, however, become prisoner of an enemy of Asgard, Surtur, who tells Thor that his visions of Asgard engulfed in flames is a premonition of Ragnarok—the destruction of Asgard, which is already in motion. Thor frees himself and arrives at home to find Loki sitting on the throne, passing as Odin, and neglecting his duties to protect the Nine Realms. With Odin's exile, Asgard's enemies have been reassembling, but Odin's death may just free Hela, a goddess against whom neither Thor nor Loki are enough.
It was in Thor: The Dark World where Loki, an antagonist, first threatened to steal the show. He became the villain that Marvel fandom loves to hate. While Loki is at his most charming in this film, the director, with the help of a sparkling screenplay, has very much exploited the great chemistry of t…

Stay With Me by Alison Gaylin (♦♦♦♦)

Brenna Spector discovers only too late that her teen daughter Maya has been keeping secrets from her. Apparently she has found a community of friends online and has gotten dangerously close to one, making all sorts of personal confessions.

When Maya is humiliated at a sleepover and runs away in tears, her new-found friend is more than ready to rescue her. But who is this woman and what is she hiding? With the clock ticking, Brenna will get to the truth of her daughter’s disappearance, but… will it be too late?

I realized not so long ago, that I’m into three series so far: the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva, the Sharpe & Donovan series by Carla Neggers, and the Brenna Spector series by Alison Gaylin. I also read the first installment in the trilogy of Josephine B. by Sandra Gulland, with the other two installments yet to follow, and I have a few other trilogies I want to get into.

Back to topic, Stay With Me is the third installment in the Brenna Spector series by Alison Gaylin, after And She Was, and Into the Dark. I thought that And She Was was just OK, but Gaylin upped the ante in the books that followed. In my opinion, Stay With Me is the best of the three, but I think the future of the series may be in jeopardy because of what happened in it.

If you have been following the series, well maybe not, but if you have read my reviews on the previous installments you probably know that Brenna’s sister Clea disappeared at the age of seventeen, never to be seen or heard of again. In Into the Dark, Brenna got some answers to her sister’s whereabouts a month after she left home, and she found her sister’s diary in someone else’s possession. In Stay With Me, Brenna gets closure; the past and the present collide in a violent and unexpected way, hence my thought about the future of the series.

Since Stay With Me started I knew it was different from its predecessors in the series because it grabbed my attention faster and never let me go. It was easier to read and harder to put down. Also, the suspense was toned down and the thriller factor upped. The plot and subplots were also more realistic and current. Suffice is to say that I really liked Stay With Me, but it makes me wonder what may happen next, for as I said, everything that needed happening already did.


  1. I am a trilogy fan myself. Waiting for the third from Hilary Mantel and Ronlyn Domigue.

    1. Yes, Judy. But all the trilogies and series were quite unintended (i.e. I would buy a book, then it would turn out it was the first in a series, so I was stuck from the beginning). :-)


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