Friday, November 15, 2019

Raincoast Books Winter/Spring 2020 Blogger Preview




This post is a little late, but I wanted to share some of the amazing books that Raincoast Books recently highlighted at their annual book blogger preview. These events are always a fun, informative way to find out about their upcoming books. I always finish these events wanting to read so many of the books spotlighted and eager to discuss them with my fellow bloggers.

I am not going to discuss all of the titles that were shared, but instead figured I would do my own top ten list of the books I most want to read from the ones presented at the preview. There are so many amazing sound reads that this was hard and it is by no means an exhaustive list. Plenty of my fellow Canadian bloggers had recaps up before mine and they probably have a different mix of books that you can check out for a fuller picture of what Raincoast has to offer for the winter and spring seasons of 2020.

These books are in no particular order (because that would be even more difficult) and all of them link to Goodreads for easy addition to your to-be-read piles.

1. The Map From Here To There by Emery Lord

I love Emery Lord books and am especially excited to continue Paige and Max's story. Emery Lord's novels are always filled with a lot of heart and this one seems to be no exception.

2. Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Inspired by You've Got Mail, Tweet Cute seems to be offering up a fun, cute rom-com in book format.

3. Anna K by Jenny Lee

A modern take on Anna Karenina that is set in New York. It seems to be filled with first love, first heartbreak, and some memorable characters.

4. Crave by Tracy Wolff

I love paranormal romance so it should be no surprise that this book being compared to Twilight intrigued me. Not too much is revealed in the synopsis but that only makes me more curious to read it.

5. Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Moulin Rouge meets Phantom of the Opera is all I need to know in order to be obsessed with this book. It sounds lush, romantic, and decadent.

6. A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

I loved the first book in this Beauty and the Beast retelling. I was blown away by this take on a well retold tale. I cannot wait to see what comes next for these characters and for the romance between Harper and Rhen to, hopefully, continue.

7. House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

Sarah J Maas' first adult novel has plenty of buzz already but it sounds amazing. It seems to fit a more paranormal vibe and I think there may be a form of vampires within it. I already love the fallen angel 'detective' and cannot wait to learn more about the world of Crescent City.

8. Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth is another author branching out from young adult to adult. Her book looks at what happens after the Chosen one (or ones) have saved the day. It seems like it will dive into the emotional elements to being the chisen one and how it could impact the rest of your life, even after fulfilling your destiny.

9. Reverie by Ryan La Sala

The Magicians meets Inception is how I was sold on this one. It also, from what I understand, features a gay main character and other characters who are part of the LGBTQ community. I think the world building in this is going to be amazing.

10. Foul Is Fair by Hannah Capin

I have heard so much about this but all I really needed was to know it is inspired by Macbeth (and in particular the witches). It is also a very timely book for the #metoo movement from what I have been told.

A huge thank you to Rauncoast Books for the invite and for such a great afternoon.

What book from the above list are you most excited to read? Let me know in the comments.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

American Horror Story: 1984 - Rest In Pieces


Welcome to Camp Crystal Lake Redwood. This season of American Horror Story takes a page from classic 80's slasher films and goes to summer camp.

Here is your official spoiler warning before we dive into the events of episode eight - Rest In Pieces.

This is super late going up because Blogger never posted it when I had scheduled it to. The finale recap will be up early next week.

We open with Brooke and Donna talking about the future over what looks like lunch. Brooke muses that she can go anywhere once this is over. She might want to go to Australia. She'll figure out her future once Margaret is dead. Donna suggests heading back to the hotel and waiting until dark to sneak into the camp (which is a solid plan). She also recommends that Brooke gets her strength up by eating. She deduces that Margaret has to have adrenaline level strength and Brooke will need to match that if she is going to be the final girl. Brooke is adorably confused by the entire notion of a final girl (thanks, prison) and Donna has to explain that most horror movies (especially from the 80s) have a final girl who survives.


Brooke questions why it couldn't be Donna to which Donna quips that they kill off people with her complexion first. This is entirely true, but I do sort of hope there is more than one final girl for this show.

Their nice meal is interrupted by a woman, named Stacey, who thinks Brooke looks exactly like ... Brooke. The Brooke that is supposed to be dead. Brooke brushes it off but Stacey is with the press (and probably smarter than Brooke thinks she is). She has written books on a bunch of different serial killers. She is, unsurprisingly, writing about Jingles and Camp Redwood next. She also seems to think that the 80s is going to be what ruins the world so there is that. Brooke is eager to get away and makes an excuse and a quick exit. She is, obviously, concerned that Stacey recognized her.

We next see Jonas walking along the road back to Camp Redwood and Bruce pulls up in a bright pink car to offer assistance. Pretty sure nothing good has happened to the owner of this car. He urges Jonas to get into the car and continues to drive up to the camp. Jonas questions what happened to his hands and Bruce makes up some bullshit about chicks being crazy. It isn't long before banging and screaming comes from the trunk of the car. I think we know how Bruce got his new wheels.

We're treated to a flashback of the lady who owns the pink car coming to Bruce's aid after Donna and Brooke left him tied up on the side of the road. She does the nice thing and unties him. He repays this kindness by being an asshole and strangling her with the rope he was tied up with. He throws her into the trunk and drives off.

Back in current day, Bruce pulls over and yells at the woman to shut up because they are trying to listen to music. She begs him to let her go. She promises she won't say anything. Bruce is unimpressed. He thinks her acting skills are lacking. She tries again but he's uninterested and just stabs her.

Meanwhile, back at Kajagoogoo's tour bus, Margaret is not happy that Courtney did not tell her about the band's death sooner. She wants him to clean up all of the bodies (even if he has to cut them into tiny pieces to do it). She wants a full clean up job. Courtney is not enthused by this plan and voices his concerns. Margret tells him that it is okay because everyone is still coming and nobody is going to miss Kajagoogoo anyway. Harsh, Margaret. Poor Courtney starts to clean up and is loading body parts into the back of a van when he hears the unmistakable chords to "Too Shy" coming from behind the bus. He goes to investigate and it is the entire band, as ghosts now, practicing. Limahl is pumped because they have never sounded better.

Richard is creeping on the stage set up and notices a roadie from Billy Idol's crew. He has a fanboy moment when the guy shows him Billy's rings. He asks Richard who he is with and Richard replies 'Satan'. Richard is in his element and decides to play air guitar and sing Rebel Yell while dancing around in the woods. If he wasn't Richard Ramirez the whole thing would be cute.


His performance is interrupted by Jingles who tackles him. Billy chuckles and says that he is glad Jingles got his invitation. He feels that Jingles should be thanking him for reminding him who he is. Jingles basically tells Richard that he is going to kill him and the two start fighting. It's a drag out fight with each getting the upper hand at times. They end up on the road leading up to the camp and Bruce comes along in the pink car and hits Jingles. He's fine and actually ends up being able to run away which pisses off Richard. Bruce gets out of the car and does some fanboying of his own when he recognizes Richard. Richard is still pissed but more than a little flattered when Bruce tells him what an inspiration he is. He fills Richard in on his own serial killer exploits. He shows off the body in the trunk (which is number six in his body count). Richard is pretty impressed, says it is pretty 'metal' with a smirk. Bruce wants to help out. Richard is, at first, hesitant. This isn't just some girl he is hunting. He's hunting big game - Jingles. Bruce still wants to help but unsure of how they will find him in the woods. Richard pulls out his knife and does a blood ritual and says that Satan will help them.

Brooke and Donna are just trying to relax in their room when Stacey shows up again. She knows exactly who both of them are and wants them to come to her room so she can fill them in on how she knows everything. Pretty sure going with some random stranger to a second location is NEVER a good idea. Brooke and Donna go though. Stacey paid the warden to get footage of the execution. She has also done a ton of research on the camp massacres (because there is more than one at this camp) and knows everything about Donna ... including that her father was a serial killer. She just doesn't know why Donna helped Brooke though. Brooke helpfully fills her in on everything in exchange for her help getting them back into the camp. She also includes the stipulation of Stacey not naming Donna or revealing that Brooke is alive (at least until after the book is written).  They fill Stacey in on the fact that Margaret was the one who killed everyone, not Jingles. Stacey agrees to these terms.

Jingles wakes up. I guess this means that being hit with the car 'killed' him and he regenerated as ghosts do. Jonas is there to explain that coming back gets easier each time. They share stories of coming back and how it is painful and that pieces of you go missing each time it happens. Jingles is desperate for this not to happen. He needs to remember. He puts a knife to poor Jonas' throat. All of this just renews Jingles desire to kill Ramirez. He pushes Jonas out of the way and stalks off to find Richard. 

Montana and Trevor are having a nice moment curled up in bed together. She is filling him in on ghost life. She says that they can feel pain, pleasure, etc but the only feeling that lasts is a constant longing. The ghosts long to be alive, dead, or anything except stuck in this inbetween. Montana reveals that they plan to kill everyone who comes to the concert so that they can get attention and hopefully someone will come and free them. Worst case scenario is that there are more people to have sex with, talk to, and get distracted by. Trevor offers to stay at the camp with her. He can be that distraction. Montana reminds him that he will get older, and that he is also married. Trevor doesn't care. He hates Margaret. All he wants is to be with Montana. He loves her and he loves the camp. It feels like home for him. He muses that there is nothing outside the camp for him anyway. The 80s are ending. He sweetly tells Montana that she is the 80s to him.


They are actually really freaking cute. She, obviously, melts and they share a cute kiss. They leave the cabin and Margaret is sneakily glaring at them from the woods.

Richard and Bruce are still hunting down Jingles. Bruce wants to know what the big deal is about this Jingles guy. He figures he can't be that big of a threat if a car takes him down. Richard doesn't want to underestimate Jingles. He explains that Jingles is his worst enemy and he needs him to die at this camp. Bruce wants to know why exactly happened between them to cause this hatred. Richard is still butthurt about being betrayed and that is really what it comes down to. Xavier pops up and express that he is also on the Jingles sucks train. He wants to help them and leads them to where Jingles actual body is buried. Apparently disturbing it will make Jingles come out. Xavier isn't sure why they go back to where their bodies are buried, but he suspects it is them holding on to when they were alive. Xavier is bitching about how Jingles burned him alive when Jingles appears behind him and stabs him through the chest. Bruce is just catching onto the fact that something weird is going on and begins to question how Jingles can both be dead and not dead. Jingles, having no time for this nonsense, simply tells Bruce that if he stays he's dead. Bruce takes off (but just hides out of sight). Richard is pissed that Jingles is dead though and demands to know who killed him. Jingles tells him that he committed suicide. This makes Richard laugh. He respects the balls it took to do that and that it was done to level the playing field so to speak, but now Jingles is stuck at the camp forever. Richard can just go to Alaska and kill his son and there is nothing Jingles can do about it. Jingles has other plans though. He is going to kill Richard and spend the rest of eternity torturing him basically. Margaret shows up on the scene and shoots Jingles. She first wants to shoot Bruce too until Richard tells her that he is with him. Bruce, who is so confused about everything, which is fair, wants to know how they know each other. Margaret explains that her and Richard have a mutual admiration and sexual attraction. She has a plan and she wants their help with something.

Brooke and Donna are filling Stacey in on the events that happened at the camp. They tell her about Richard being there as well. It sounds ridiculous but Stacey believes them. She points out that it is Brooke's story so whatever she says is the truth. This makes Donna defend Brooke and she reiterates that everything Stacey has been told is the truth. 

While Stacey is distracted taking photos Donna expresses her concerns that Stacey is going to screw them over. Brooke has another plan. She wants to get Stacey to the cabin where she was attacked and kill her. Donna, rightly, thinks that this is a bad plan. She doesn't think Brooke is a murderer because the only person she killed was in self defense. Brooke says that the old her died in prison and she leads Stacey towards the cabin. 

Montana and the gang have Jingles strung up with chains. He wants them to let him go so he can protect his son, but the group is not having it. Xavier is still pissed that Jingles killed him and quips that he may be dead but he is still traumatized. He is also mad that Jingles put him in an oven because he was going to be an actor (and not just a stage actor, but an actor on TV). They all want revenge for what Jingles did to them. He tries to make a deal with them - he will let them kill him but he wants to kill Richard first. Chet is like 'No way. That guy is a dick' and Xavier agrees that the do not want Richard around forever. Jingles tries to plead with them again and points out that his son is innocent and that Richard will kill him just to get back at Jingles. Xavier has no sympathy though.


Montana doesn't believe him anyways. She confidently states that Richard doesn't kill kids. Jingles basically laughs in her face and tells her that she doesn't know who Richard has become. He also shares that Richard told him all about her and how she seduced him and brought him up to the camp to kill for her. She helped create him. Xavier and Ray are quick to judge Montana for hooking up with the Night Stalker. Jingles explains that the fire she lit in Richard basically turned into an inferno when he left the camp. He again begs for his son's life.

Stacey and Brooke reach the cabin. Brooke starts to fill in more details and tells Stacey that the only way to know what she went through is to 'walk in her shoes' so to speak. She gets Stacey to close her eyes and picture it as she describes it. Brooke, while spinning her tale, sneaks up on Stacey with a knife. Donna comes rushing in and pushes Brooke away from Stacey. She tells her to run and tries to talk some sense into Brooke. She refocuses Brooke on their true purpose - revenge. She wants Brooke to focus on that one act of revenge and then they can move on. Nobody else needs to get hurt. Brooke seems into it and states they can be final girls to which Donna agrees.

Stacey is full tilt running through the camp grounds and literally runs into Richard. He chuckles when she is all "OMG! You're the Night Stalker" and Margaret quickly joins him. This prompts Stacey to realize that everything Brooke told her was the truth.  Margaret realizes that Stacey knows too much. Bruce grabs Stacey from behind and snarks that she needs to pick her friends more wisely. She explains that she is not their friend. She was using them to get a story. Richard doesn't like writers and so he kills her. Bruce asks if the plan Margret has is just to kill everyone they come across because he is entirely on board with that. This is not her plan. Margaret's actual plan? To kill off all of the musical acts coming to the festival. She figures that if all of the musical acts die at the camp it'll become the hottest tourist attraction. She uses Graceland and the place where John Lennon was shot as proof. 

Richard is not fully on board with her plan though. It seems we have the answer to whether or not he'd kill Billy Idol if Satan asked him to and the answer is a definitive no. He's real quick to put an exception on the performers that they kill. 


He is not here for Billy Idol being murdered. Bruce backs him up on this. Margaret is fine with this. She just wants all of the other performers dead because she wants to create a place that people flock to so that she can make a fortune.

Montana is upset by what Jingles and everyone said to her about Richard. She is off by herself when Trevor comes to her with a plan of his own. He feels that he has reached his peak. He is only going to decline both mentally and physically so he wants to die at the camp and join her. He tells her that he loves her and wants to be with her. Montana, who is feeling a lot of self pity right now, tells him that he doesn't even know her and that she is a monster. He questions her and she reveals that Richard is her ex. Trevor expresses confusion and concern and Montana jumps to the conclusion that he sees her differently now. She is over being judged and blamed for a man's actions.





Preach, Montana. Preach. I love everything about this speech. She, rightly, states that she didn't make Richard evil. He was already there. She says that if they want to make her the villain that it is fine now because she's earned it. She shares that she has killed a lot of people since she died. She says she is irredeemable. Trevor is super understanding though. He tells her that her past doesn't matter to him. She can change. She feels she doesn't deserve happiness. He says that she does because she made him realize that happiness is. She literally and figuratively pushes him away and tells him that she doesn't want him. She needs someone as fucked up as she is. She screams at him to go. I am fairly certain this is her way of protecting him. It's also the spiral she is going through but I think she does care about Trevor and doesn't want him throwing his life away for her. I am still hoping for them to spend eternity together.

Xavier and the gang have taken Jingles to the dock. Jingles pleads again and reminds him that they are helping Richard kill a baby. Xavier says he is fine with that since it is his baby. They stab him a bunch of times and put him on a boat and push it away from the dock. They basically plan to let him slowly die in the middle of the lake. However, in another wink to Friday the 13th, something reaches up and drags Jingles into the water.


It is very reminiscent of Jason pulling the counselor into the water at the end of the first Friday the 13th. This is supposed to be Bobby. We cut to this beautiful, dream like sequence where Jingles is reunited with his mom and brother. They are having a picnic. His mother is nice to him for once. It's a peaceful, almost blissful happy ending. Jingles claims he doesn't deserve this because he failed his son. His mother tells him that he did his best and that there is so much violence and evil in the camp that nobody could overcome it. He breaks down sobbing that he lost his Bobby. She tenderly cups his face and tells him ' but we found ours'. She actually express gratitude that he brought Bobby back to her. Jingles wonders how he can rest now and she tells him to let go of the past instead of letting it haunt him. This is probably the closest thing to a happy ending that we'll get for Jingles. Bobby asks him to play and even I got a little teary as the episode closes out.

The finale is next week. I cannot believe our time at Camp Redwood has almost come to an end. I have no doubt that the writers have another surprise in store that wrecks Jingles' happy ending. I also have a feeling that we might get to see Billy Idol. We'll also find out who the final girl is and get to see Finn Wittrock join the cast (which I am very excited about).

My theories at this point? Finn is playing the grown up son of Jingles who goes to Camp Redwood in the future to find out what happened to his father. I am basing this off nothing other than the promo that seems to tease his character wearing more modern clothing. I am also expecting that Richard will get away some how (he does, after all, have to die of leukemia and end up at Hotel Cortez at some point). 

Until next week ... maybe don't follow a stranger to their hotel room.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Waiting On Wednesday ... Mayhem


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pick is Mayhem by Estelle Laure


Here is the Goodreads synopsis
Mayhem Brayburn and her mother are on the run, not away from home, but back to it: Santa Maria, California, a beach town that looks like paradise, like carnival rides and street food and bikinis under the hot sun.

It’s where Mayhem has always wanted to be. It’s where generations of Brayburns have lived and thrived, and she has never understood what made her mother leave Santa Maria in favor of the arms of her abusive stepfather.

But when she befriends her aunt’s foster kids and they take her to their hideout, decades of secrets unravel, and Mayhem is thrust into a world of chaotic magic, a serial killer’s mind, and finally, even the answers to her own past.

Set in 1987, MAYHEM is a mashup of The Lost Boys and The Craft with a bit of the Manson family thrown in for good measure. It’s original, compelling, and a little bit rock-’n’-roll, and reading it will leave you feeling deliciously wicked.
Everything about this book screams that it is a book made just for me. It has so many of my favourite things used as comparisons and it is set in the 80s.

This book sounds amazing and I cannot wait to get my hands on it!

Expected release date - July 14, 2020

Thursday, November 7, 2019

2020 Most Anticipated Event Announcement



It's the most wonderful time of the year! That's right, my annual event showcasing my most anticipated books of the upcoming year! I have a ton of books I am anticipating and I will be spotlighting them in various ways!

I am looking forward to sharing the books that already have me hyped and hearing back from you all about what books you're super excited for.

The event will begin Monday November 25th. Be sure to stop by to see what is included and hear all about the books I think we'll be talking about next year!

A few teases of books that are included:

- a book that is being described as Moulin Rouge meets Phantom Of The Opera
- a book that has a love story between a girl and the devil
- a book that deals with the seasons and forbidden romance
- a book by one of my favourite authors

 I hope some of these have piqued your interest and that you'll check out the event at the end of the month! 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

American Horror Story: 1984 - The Lady In White


Welcome to Camp Crystal Lake Redwood. This season of American Horror Story takes a page from classic 80's slasher films and goes to summer camp.

Here is your official spoiler warning before we dive into the events of episode seven - The Lady In White.

This episode has been hyped as it is the return of fan favourites Lily Rabe and Dylan McDermott. I know I am excited to see both of them return even if it is just for this episode.

We don't have to wait long to see Lily Rabe. She appears in the very first scene. It's a flashback to 1948 when Camp Redwood was called Camp Golden Star. Lily Rabe's character works as the cook as a means of supporting her two sons. The basically free child care probably doesn't hurt either. She takes a break and meets with her two sons Bobbie and Benjamin. Her youngest, Bobbie, tells a lame joke which delights Lily Rabe's character but she nags Benjamin about his reading comic books and being so serious. It's obvious that Bobbie is the favoured son while Benjamin takes the brunt of his mother's anger.  Bobbie eventually asks if he and his brother can go swimming. Lily Rabe's character, naturally, agrees and it is obvious that Bejamin really doesn't want to go. He tries to chat up some pretty girls who tease him for being fat when he asks how the water is. He tells his brother that they are not going swimming. They are going to do nothing instead. Bobbie is not a fan of this plan in the slightest.

Benjamin sees the lifeguard and another counselor sneak into the woods. He follows them and spies on them having sex. While his older brother is distracted, and the lifeguard equally distracted, Bobbie decides to go for a swim regardless of what he has been told. It, as anyone could have guessed, ends badly when he is killed by the motor blades of a boat that pulls out into the water and doesn't see the little kid. It's graphic and gross and heartbreaking. Bobbie is pulled out of the water and a hysterical Lily Rabe is quick to blame everyone around for not watching her son.


She demands to know where the lifeguard is and she starts hitting him and demanding to know where he was. She finally tells everyone, including Benjamin, that everyone there is responsible for his death. They all killed him. It's very Ms Voorhees in Friday The Thirteenth. This camp has never really had a good history. It seems like death has always been part of the camp.

Meanwhile, back in the 80's, Brooke is still recovering from whatever Donna did to make it look like Brooke was executed. Donna reveals that she gave Brooke some drugs that mimic the symptoms of being executed. It'll hurt but Brooke will be fine once it works its way through her system. Time passes and Brooke seems to be feeling better. Donna returns to the room with some food and Brooke attacks her. She hasn't forgot what happened at Camp Redwood, namely that Donna had her strung up as serial killer bait. Donna explains that she is trying to make things right now. She believes there is an afterlife and she wants to ensure she goes to the good place. Oh, Donna, I think that ship sailed a long time ago. This takes the fight out of Brooke though. She backs off and notices a newspaper. It, conveniently, has the details about the concert at the camp. Brooke now wants to live for revenge on Margaret because of the time she lost in prison. Brooke is especially pissed that she missed a lot of the 80's in jail. Donna tells her that there is a place they can go where it is always the 80s. Brooke just has to eat and hydrate first and they can go. The place Donna wants to go to?


A roller skating rink that looks AWESOME! It would be fun if we still had these now. The girls have a great time. They laugh, flirt with cute boys, and wear cute outfits. The soundtrack to this season is incredible. The fun, sadly, has to come to end. Brooke enjoyed herself, but one fun day doesn't change anything. She still wants revenge. 

A strange guy overhears their conversation and, surprising nobody, tries to get a ride with them. The girls decline and go out to the car ... which won't start. The stranger, who is played by Dylan McDermott and named Bruce, comes out and fixes it in about five seconds .. almost like he is the one that broke it. They thank him and the girls reconsider giving him a ride. Brooke and Donna are obviously not Murderinos. They all get into the car and as they are driving away we see a poster detailing a bunch of missing women in the area. Any bets on Bruce being responsible for these missing women?

Bruce is apparently going to his girlfriend's place and they are going to the concert together. Brooke questions why his girlfriend couldn't just come pick him up. He tells her that his girlfriend does not like to drive. He tells them that there is a rumour going around that the killer drives around in a car without the lights on. People flash their lights at the car as a courtesy and the killer follows them home to kill them. Ummm....I would kick this guy out of the car immediately. Brooke calls bullshit. She thinks he is just trying to scare them. She wants him out of the car. She demands that Donna pulls over to which Bruce makes some passive aggressive remarks which really pisses off Brooke. She's had enough of assholes.


Donna pulls over and tells him that he has to get out of the car. He creepily replies "Do I?" and uses her name. Shivers down my spine. Brooke sneakily takes a knife out of her bag. He points out that it is hot and he might get heatstroke. Brooke tells him, again, to get out just as a cop pulls up. The cop asks if they are together as he seems suspicious immediately. Donna is upfront and is basically like "Hell, no. We just met this guy". The cop is even more suspicious at this and asks if they are unaware of all the women who have gone missing on this highway. The cop demands to see everyone's identification which prompts Bruce to shoot the cop! He gets out of the car to ensure the cop is dead and Brooke and Donna drive off.

Back at Camp Redwood, Jingles has arrived to get his revenge on Richard. He runs into one of the guys who were impersonating Jingles (the one who was having issues peeing). Jingles has a sense of deja vu and mentions that he has met this guy before and asks why he is still in his Jingles costume. The kid replies that he is dead and he's not the only one. The other two Jingles impersonators come flying out of the woods and attack Jingles. They're still upset that Jingles killed them which is entirely fair. The one guy reminds them that Montana said that there would be no killing until the festival. They reluctantly agree and drag Jingles to Montana and the gang. Jingles beseeches them to let him go. He explains he only came back to kill Richard. A moment of pain passes over Montana's face at the mention of Richard and she says that she saw him kill Richard already. Jingles explains Richard's newfound connection with the devil. Ray is less than enthused to see Jingles due to him cutting off Ray's head. Ray wants to kill him which Montana shuts down.  Jingles, rightfully confused, asks if they are all ghosts. Xavier's reaction is priceless:


Jingles did, after all, kill half of the people there. Xavier reminds him that he and Margaret are psychos and that everyone got caught in their crossfire. Jingles asks what being a ghost feels like. Montana quips that it's not so bad. You feel empty and lonely but she felt like that when she was alive. He inquires if they feel pain. They agree that they do, and Chet pipes in that they feel fear too. Montana is quick to saucily point out that they also feel pleasure. Xavier points out that, as Jingles knows, killing people is 'totally tubular' which is why they are going to kill everyone who shows up to the concert. Jingles thinks that they are all insane .. which is saying something. He wants to know why they would do this. Montana reveals that they are hoping to make a big enough splash to draw all of the psychics, ghost chasers, etc to Camp Redwood.  They figure one of them must be able to break the curse they feel they are under and free them. This is actually kind of sad. Jingles thinks they are lucky to be away from society. Chet disagrees. It seems that these ghosts are scared of something else in the woods. A lady in white. They don't know who she is or why she hates them so much but it seems all of them have had a run in with her. Jingles knows exactly who she is though - his mother. Wait, that means that the Benjamin from the beginning is Jingles! His brother is the one that died. 

Jingles fills them in on the horrors that happened at Camp Golden Star. We are once again filled in on the story of the Richter's except from Benjamin's point of view. He says that after Bobbie died he wanted to go home but his mother wanted to stay. He didn't understand why until the night she killed all of the people she blamed for Bobbie's death. All of the counselors. She killed them in a white nightgown. Benjamin walked in while the carnage was going on. She, at first, pleads with him to understand. They had to pay for what happened to Bobbie. She beckons him forward while covered in blood. It's all very creepy and unsettling.


She snarls that he never does what he's told when he refuses to go to her and she attacks him. Chases him out of the cabin when he tries to run. They fight outside the cabin and Benjamin gets the knife when it falls out of her hand. He stabs his mother and cries as she dies. This poor kid. It's just been trauma after trauma for Benjamin. No wonder he turned out the way he did. The camp closed after these events and reopened later as Camp Redwood. Jingles muses that his mother's pain and anger seeped into the grounds of this place along with her blood and he wonders if that is the cause of them being stuck there. He knows the reason that she keeps coming after them though - she hates counselors. Jingles wants to go see his mother and asks if they know where she is. Montana volunteers a reluctant Xavier to take him to her. Xavier volunteers Chet who pretty much just laughs in Xavier's face.

They arrive at the cabin that ghost of Ms Richter is staying in and Xavier refuses to get any closer than he has to. He outran her once and he doesn't want to see what happens if she catches him. Jingles is on his own to face what is surely going to be a traumatic reunion with his mother.

Benjamin's mom recognizes him instantly. She mentions that he's grown tall just like his father. She beckons him to her and, once again, Benjamin doesn't listen. He asks about Bobbie and if Bobbie has been there the entire time with her. This just makes Ms Richter angry. She screams at him to not say that name. It obviously makes her sad. She tearfully states that she sometimes feels Bobbie and thinks she hears him but she has never seen him. She is stuck there, tortured by the fact that her son is not there. She's tried to destroy herself but she is always reborn. One day she felt something. A primal call. It was her baby. She ran but it was just Benjamin. She saw him making eyes at Margaret. Benjamin immediately senses something and asks what his mother did. She gave Margaret the push she needed to go on her killing rampage. This means that everything that happened to Benjamin after he came back from the war is because of his mother. This is her revenge on him for the death of his brother. This entire thing is awful and Ms Richter is the worst. Benjamin wants to know why she is finally telling him this and why she waited until now to reveal herself to him. She flat out states that it is because she doesn't like him and she wanted him to know who caused all of his pain. When he asks why she hated him so much she screams the worst thing a mother could say to her child:


She would have preferred him to die instead of Bobbie. Benjamin agrees with her which the saddest thing. He says he has a lot guilt. Ms Richter says that she knows this because it turned him into a monster. She has seen the people he actually killed. Benjamin seems embarrassed by the fact that his mother knows about them. She reveals that she also knows that one of the people he killed was reborn. He knows she means Richard and fills her in on the tragic story of his wife and child. She doesn't take to having a grandchild well. He expresses that he needs to kill Richard so that his son will be safe and this can all end. She tells him that it will never end. She is going to spend from now until eternity ensuring he suffers. She claims it is what he deserves. She really is the worst mother ever. She says that she pities his son because he has him for a father. Honestly, is anyone surprised that Benjamin didn't become a serial killer sooner? Geesh.

Brooke and Donna are still driving towards the camp when they are hit from behind by a car. It's Bruce coming for them with the police officer's car. They ram into the truck in front of them and Bruce quickly shoots the driver when he gets out to see what caused the accident. Brooke comes to from the accident to Bruce all up in her space. It seems that while she and Donna were incapacitated from the accident, Bruce drove them to another location using another vehicle (looks like it is the truck that they bumped into). Donna is nowhere to be found so Brooke demands to know where she is. Bruce has tied her to the back of the truck and wants Brooke to drive. This will, obviously, kill Donna. Bruce helpfully details what will happen to Donna's body when they start driving and it is gross. Brooke asks how many people he's killed. Only five, but he hopes to one day surpass Bundy. Brooke wants to make sure she understands correctly - she either dies or kills her friend. He confirms that that is correct. Brooke shrugs and is like "Fuck her. She should have never given you a ride in the first place" and puts the car in gear. She, instead, drives backwards which throws Bruce into the windshield and allows her to drive over Donna without hitting her. Brooke grabs the gun and shoots Bruce in the leg. She pushes him out of the car to a waiting Donna who strangles him with the rope. Brooke tells her not to kill him. She has another plan.

Back at Camp Redwood, plans are being made for the concert. Margaret is doing a walk through and is not happy with the progress that has been made. Courtney points out it is all last minute and they are having a hard time confirming things. He points out that hydration is going to be an issue along with food because they haven't confirmed a caterer. Margret wants to give them a slice of bread and cup of water. Trevor points out that people are paying a lot to go to this concert and therefore she can't do this. She spits back that things like this are how she makes a profit. She belittles Trevor and essentially tells him to make himself useful and go sweep out some of the cabins. I don't know how he stays married to her. Trevor spots Montana in the distance though and goes off to investigate.

Meanwhile, the band Kajagoogoo shows up. They are a real 80's band whose biggest hit was Too Shy. The lead singer, Limahl, wrote the theme song for Never Ending Story. Margaret wants them to play Never Ending Story but Limahl doesn't like to play it with the band because it was a solo project.

Trevor catches up to Montana. He expresses that he thought she was dead and Montana tells him that she is. She goes to tell him that she's a ghost but he stops her. He doesn't care what she is. He didn't know what he was missing until he saw her. Montana tells him that she knows what she was missing while very obviously look at his penis. They start making out. I am guessing that Trevor will get Montana to kill him so they can be together.

Brooke's plan for Bruce? Tie him up and cut off both of thumbs so he can't hitchhike anymore. Brooke begins to take off. She feels that Donna has done enough and the camp isn't that far. Donna wants to go with her though. She needs to see things through to the end.

Back at the camp, Kajagoogoo is relaxing on their tour bus. Limahl is having a smoke outside when Richard comes up. Limahl asks if he wants an autograph to which Richard replies that they already have it. Limahl, who is naturally confused, inquires who 'they' are. Richard's reply:



So, this is insinuating that Kajagoogoo's success is because of a deal Limahl made with the devil. Richard kills Limahl. Courtney later stops by the tour bus to bring a welcome basket of goodies only to find the entire band dead in a bloody scene. I wonder if Richard would kill Billy Idol if Satan told him to?

Benjamin is sitting down at the dock where his brother died. His mom comes to be a bad mother again and she tells him that he doesn't deserve to sit at the dock where his brother died. Benjamin has had enough. He tells her that he misses Bobbie too. He thinks about him every day. His son was named after Bobbie even. She tells him to go be with his son. Benjamin, again, reiterates how important it is for him to kill Richard. His mom just laughs because Richard is in league with forces that Benjamin cannot even begin to imagine. Benjamin agrees but offers up the question of what kind of man he would be if he didn't try to protect his son. His mom points out that he won't come back if he dies by Richard hands, but if he dies by his own he will. She hands him a knife and walks away. Seriously, worst mother EVER. Benjamin takes the opportunity to apologize to Bobbie and states that he won't curse his son the way that he cursed Bobbie before stabbing himself. Ghost Jingles is here and I think Richard is going to have an actual fight on his hands.

Next week will bring us a concert that promises to be a blood bath and hopefully some more answers. I wonder if anyone else is going to pop up this season. I hope so. Part of what I love about Ryan Murphy shows is the thrill of beloved cast members showing up when you least expect it.

Until next week .... don't give rides to strangers. They'll probably turn out to be serial killers.


Friday, November 1, 2019

Monthly TBR and Wrap Up


It is time, once again, to check in with my monthly reading. October was a busy month for me at work (and just in general). This means that I did not read nearly as much as I wanted to. I did, however, eat a lot of Halloween candy and watched a few scary movies.

To wrap up October ....

The books that were on my list are:

Cupid's Match by Lauren Palphreyman (goodreads)
Into The Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo (goodreads)
Epoch by Jewel E Ann (goodreads)
The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh (goodreads)
Cursed by Thomas Wheeler/ Frank Miller (goodreads)
Disgraceland by Jake Brennan (goodreads)

Plus I had some ebooks on my list:

Interference by Harlow Cole (goodreads)
Crier's War by Nina Varela (goodreads)
Desperate Measures by Katee Robert (goodreads)

I managed to read three books this month which is entirely awful. I am going to have to focus if I want to meet my Goodreads goal of 75 books. My reading is not going as well as I want it to. I have been distracted by podcasts, television, and movies. The upside is that I feel more well rounded pop culture wise. I am going to have to find a balance I am happy with though so it is a work in progress.

Here is what I actually managed to read in October:

Cupid's Match by Lauren Palphreyman (goodreads)
Desperate Measures by Katee Robert (goodreads)
The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh (goodreads)

Now moving on to what I hope to read in November:


Into The Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo (goodreads)
Epoch by Jewel E Ann (goodreads)
Cursed by Thomas Wheeler/ Frank Miller (goodreads)
Disgraceland by Jake Brennan (goodreads)
Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell (goodreads)

I also have one ebook on my list. I am really hoping to get to this one in November.


Interference by Harlow Cole (goodreads)

What books are you reading this month? Have you read any of the ones on my list? If so, let me know what you think in the comments.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween!


It's Halloween and that officially ends the spookiest of months. This, however, does not have to mean that you have to stop watching your favourite spooky movies or reading spooky books. I am going to share my five favourite Halloween season movies and books so that you can keep the chills going well into November.

MOVIES

My movie list is in no particular order and are filled with all of the movies I love to watch in the month of October. These are ones I return to again and again.

1. Scream                


Scream is one of my all time favourite scary movies. The infamous opening scene on its own makes this movie worth the watch, but the great cast, and smart script are also big reasons to check this one out. It also has Skeet Ulrich looking very hot. Just saying.

2. The Crow


This may not be specifically a Halloween movie, but I watch it every October. I feel the atmosphere and tone is sufficiently worthy of watching during the Halloween season. I, maybe surprisingly, find this to be an incredibly romantic movie. Eric and Shelly's romance is tragic but beautiful. Brandon Lee is freaking incredible in this. His performance gives me chills each time I watch it.

3. The Craft                    


This is another movie that perhaps doesn't scream Halloween, but is one I watch every October all the same. It's witchy and atmospheric in a way that entirely fits the season. 

4. Practical Magic


Another movie on this list due to it involving witches. It also has the best use of the song "This Kiss" in ANY movie. It's a story of sisterhood, magic, and love. It's perfect for those who don't want their Halloween movies to have too much of a scare.

5. Nightmare Before Christmas 


This movie gets to be both appropriate for the Halloween season and a perfect way to transition from Halloween to the holiday season. It's one I tend to watch towards the end when I am reading to say goodbye to the season of chills. It's charming and also a great way to introduce children to more scary fare.

BOOKS

My books list is a little different. These are ones I would recommend as perfect reads during the month of October. It'll be a mix of recent and older titles and they are, again, in no particular order.


 

This is a book filled with witches, forbidden romance, and plenty of atmosphere. It's also got a fantastic cast of characters.



Based on the true story of Lizzie Borden, this book has plenty of spooky atmosphere. It's about a woman's descent into madness and is definitely creepy at times.



Nothing scares me more than true crime stories. They're all the more terrifying because they are true stories. Michelle McNamara has written one of the best, and one of the most unsettling that I have read.



This book is a love letter to slasher movies, and is especially influenced by Scream. It's perfect for anyone who wants Scream in book format. It's basically made to be read in October.



This title may not seem like a Halloween season read, but I think it totally fits. Sometimes you just want a good mystery that has some great twists and turns. Dangerous Girls is a book I STILL think about even thought I read it back in 2013. It's stayed with me, and that speaks to its power to unsettle.

There are some recommendations in case you, like me, aren't quite ready to say goodbye to the spooky reads and movies of October. What are some books and movies you like to watch in the Halloween season? Let me know in the comments.

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