Ranking the top 5 moments from “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” season 8 episode 7: “Power Is Often Not What It Seems”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the FX network’s American Horror Story:  Apocalypse season 8 episode 7 last night, I realized that everyone has their part to play.  Whether they are the next potential Supreme or a “human weight watcher,” you should never underestimate any of Cordelia’s extraordinary girls.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Traitor,” Cordelia enlists the help of Dinah to summon the “Voodoo Devil,” but is not quite prepared for the deal he is offering.  Meanwhile, Coco’s powers begin to grow, Zoe takes notice of Mallory’s abilities, and the warlocks continue to plot the demise of the witches.  We also continue to get some fun Easter eggs along the way.  Did you catch them all?  My top 5 moments from American Horror Story:  Apocalypse season 8 episode 7 are:

5

“So the bitch reads minds.”

In the beginning of the episode, Joan Collins is back, revealing that she was an actress named Bubbles in the slasher film, “A Christmas to Dismember.”  While the clip of the film provides us with some fun campy horror, it is important to note that Joan Collins played a similar character in real life in the Tales From The Crypt anthology back in 1972.  I have to say that Joan Collins is as fabulous as ever and this also reminds us that she was also a witch in the present day apocalypse, but was killed before she got the chance to rise with her sister witches.  So why not bring her back too?  It’s also important to note that Bubbles encounters a killer Santa, reminding us of Ian McShane’s character back in season 2.  Madison and Myrtle go to recruit Bubbles and tell her that it’s “all hands on deck.”  After going into elaborate detail about her powers in ostentatious fashion, Madison dryly points out, “So the bitch reads minds.”  This power comes in handy; however, as Bubbles sits in on a dinner with the warlocks and fills the witches in on their intentions.

4

“The Voodoo Queen can fix any problem.”

Dinah finally gets some quality air time in this episode and we learn that she became the Voodoo Queen after Marie Laveau died.  While I am disappointed to not see the return of Marie Laveau, Dinah does a fantastic job and reminds husbands everywhere that they better behave.  Cordelia seeks out Dinah’s help and asks her to summon Papa Legba, played by the wonderful Lance Reddick.  Dinah’s help doesn’t come cheap; however, as she asks for $100,000 in return.  Papa seems fully aware of Cordelia’s dilemma and is interested in striking up a deal.  Cordelia is looking to trap Michael in the underworld, but this will be no easy task and I’m not sure Cordelia is ready to make a deal just yet.  Papa reveals that Fiona Goode made a deal that provided him with the soul of Nan, a witch we all remember from season 3.  Nan seems to be having a good time in hell, but Cordelia is still shocked by this revelation.  Papa wants the souls of all of her girls, but Cordelia is not prepared to do this and offers up her own soul instead.  Papa and Nan laugh at Cordelia when she says that she is the most powerful witch of all, implying that they know that Cordelia’s powers are fading and a new Supreme is ready to rise.  Cordelia is feeling lost and confused and summons Myrtle, finally revealing how one of our favorite witches returned to us.

3

“I’m kind of like a human Weight Watchers.”

Coco continues to deliver on fun, as she is excited to tell her sister witches that her powers are growing.  We learn that Coco can now detect how many calories are in each item of food.  The girls begin testing it out and Coco hilariously makes the groaning noise and rolls her eyes back, as she delivers the right answer each time.  Later on, Cordelia approaches Coco and asks for her help.  Coco is initially confused as to why Cordelia wants her help, but Cordelia reminds her that everyone has an important part to play.  Coco lures out Ms. Mead, who was busy ordering some meat for her beef stew.  It looks like she has always had a fondness for stew or “Stu.”  Sorry it’s still just as funny to me.  Ms. Mead detects Coco following her and shoots her with a tranquilizer gun, but Cordelia’s followers are ready for her and successfully capture Ms. Mead.  “Mission accomplished” Coco!  Now about this pumpkin donut I’m about to eat…

2

“I’ve never seen anything like it.”

After Coco accidentally chokes on a snowball, Mallory is able to magically make an incision into her throat and remove the food, saving Coco’s life.  Zoe comments that she has never seen anything like it and approaches Cordelia, suggesting that Mallory might actually be the next Supreme, which is something many fans have been suggesting for weeks.  Mallory is a good person and she is hesitant about potentially becoming the next Supreme because she knows that she will only rise if Cordelia falls.  Cordelia tells her, “Don’t ever be ashamed of who you are.”  This is the way it has always been with the rise and fall of a Supreme and I’m sure that Cordelia would much rather turn the title over to Mallory than to the Antichrist himself.  Is Mallory truly ready for this?  Is there someone else worthy of being the Supreme?  We’ll have to wait and see, but Mallory puts her powers to good use when she brings back John Henry from the dead at the gas station.  I was thrilled to see John Henry again and he proves to be incredibly useful, as he fills the witches in on who killed him after he went to find out his own answers about Michael Langdon.

1

“Power is often not what it seems.”

Cordelia definitely has a point here, but everyone wants power all the same.  At the end of the episode, the warlocks have created a poison that will only harm female witches, reminding us that the rivalry between witches and warlocks and men and women is nowhere near over.  Cordelia knows everything; however, and spoils their plan, making a grand entrance like a boss.  Ariel and Baldwin are determined to be traitors and are tied to the stake along with Ms. Mead.  They are sentenced to death by fire, but it is revealed that only a fellow warlock can actually light the flame.  John Henry is ready to have his revenge and happily lights the fire.  Ms. Mead’s manic laughing among the flames is definitely creepy, but this threat is over for now.  Now on to Michael Langdon.  Stay tuned!

P.S. fun fact:  Cordelia points out that the poison powder the warlocks created was a form of “plagiarism.”  She tells them that a witch named Agnes Sampson first created it back in 1590.  Sampson is a real figure from history who was burned at the stake and accused of witchcraft back in 1591.  The year is also significant because this is around the time that the Roanoke settlers disappeared, connecting us to season 6.

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on American Horror Story:  Apocalypse below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 9 episode 7: “I’m So Far Up Shit’s Creek I Don’t Even Have Lunch Money”

Happy Sunday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 9 episode 7, Lip reminded us that every Gallagher is a “problem child,” but at least they can rely on one another to support each other when in need.  Even when they hit rock bottom, another Gallagher is there to pick up the pieces, reminding us that they may be far from the perfect family, but they all love each other very much.  Well maybe Frank is a lost cause, but you get the idea.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “Down Like the Titanic,” Fiona’s world continues to spiral out of control.  Meanwhile, Carl learns a new word, Kev wants a baby, and Lip crosses paths with Tami again, bringing back his “Jabby” nickname as well.  My top 5 moments from Shameless season 9 episode 7 are:

5

“I never realized how much fun indoor tobogganing could be.”

Me either Ingrid, but I am sort of itching to try it out now.  Frank continues his adventure with Ingrid and encourages her to stay off her meds, which leads to a lot of fun along the way.  Their dates consist of tobogganing down the stairs, Ingrid shaving Frank in the tub, and Frank getting the opportunity to try out being a therapist for the day with a distraction or two.  Ingrid’s ex-husband, Randy, tries to warn Frank that Ingrid is going to crash sooner or later and shows him the 14 stab wounds he has from when she was off her meds before, but Frank is not ready to let his crazy new love go just yet.  While Frank begins to detect signs that Ingrid is losing it, he is still convinced that she is not too much for him to handle and even has a heart-to-heart talk with Randy about it.  While I’m enjoying the fun these two are having, it seems like it will only be a matter of time before Ingrid’s behavior escalates, leading to unforeseen consequences, but is Frank up for the challenge?  We’ll have to wait and see.

4

“You guys invited Jabby?”

Tami is back, played by the wonderful Kate Miner, and she sure knows how to make an entrance at her nephew’s Christening.  Lip tries to initially avoid Tami, but she calls him out in front of the entire church, bringing the “Jabby” nickname back as well.  Tami is now ready to go on a date with Lip after initially insulting his sex game earlier and they actually seem to hit it off.  Tami now scores Lip a 6 out of 10 on his sex game, but he works his way up to a 9.5.  What’s next for these two?  I’m not sure, but it seems like Tami is a lot of fun and can perhaps snap Lip out of his funk.

3

“5 total or 5 per daughter?”

Kev is upset when he sees that V has bagged up all of the baby toys, ready to give it to her friend, Chantal.  Kev is not ready to part with everything yet, even though his daughters are now four.  Kev creates a “keep” and “not keep” pile and even gives us his own rendition of “I’m a little Teapot.”  After coming across a bear that has his voice recorded on it, Kev realizes that he is ready to have another baby, only V is not looking to have another kid.  At the end of the episode, V tells Kev that she is willing to adopt a baby, compromising with Kev and reminding us why we love these two together so much.

2

“She’s nonstop ugly crying.”

During the episode, Debbie is very worried about Fiona and discovers that she was in a car accident after learning about Ford being married.  Debbie is truly there for Fiona and helps her out as best she can.  When Debbie consoles Fiona, it’s almost like she has now become the big sister.  Fiona has been there for Debbie so many times before and it was truly heartwarming to see the role reversal here.  Fiona finally comes face to face with Max, who bails her out enough so that she can keep her credit intact, but Fiona is forced to move out with nothing, even leaving Rusty behind.  I’m hoping that she comes to her senses and brings her new friend back home with her, however.  Seriously who is going to take care of Rusty now?  Fiona continues to drink away the pain and actually makes grocery shopping seem fun and entertaining, as she gathers supplies and plenty of alcohol to throw herself a welcome home party at the Gallagher home.  Is Fiona ready to accept defeat once her buzz wears off?  We’ll have to wait and see, but it looks like Carl will not be able to move into his own room like he initially planned after all.

1

“What kind of torture are we talking?”

“True, brutal, and unrelenting.”  Well said Farhad.  Well said.  Debbie is not about to sit by and let Ford get away with hurting her sister.  She enlists the help of Farhad and Alex and tells them that they are three skilled laborers and that she wants to really make this one hurt.  Alex says she is in after learning that they can use power tools.  At the end of the episode, Debbie puts a blindfold on Fiona and brings her out to the street where they have constructed an enormous sign that says:  “This man is an asshole.”  Sure it gets the point across, but Ford is actually propped up in the middle of the sign with his bare ass hanging out.  Fiona chooses his form of punishment wisely and goes for the paint ball gun, firing away at Ford’s behind.  You should really never ever mess with a Gallagher.  What’s next for Fiona and the rest of the gang?  We’ll have to wait until January 20th 2019 for new episodes, but at least this season was extended from 12 episodes to 14, which means we have 7 more episodes to look forward to.  Something tells me that it will be worth the wait.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts on Shameless below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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If you enjoyed this blog, I would love it if you would click the follow button on your way out to subscribe.  Thanks for your support!

I am so excited to announce that my book, The Search for Alice, is now available!  If you enjoy fairy-tale retellings, paranormal romance, horror, and mystery, then this might be the book for you or someone you know!  Thank you for taking the time to check it out and I appreciate any feedback as well.  I hope you enjoy!

When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” season 13 episode 7: “The Gang Does a Clip Show”

Happy Saturday TV fans!  After watching the FXX network’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 13 episode 7, I realized that doing a clip show doesn’t necessarily mean you are giving in to “lazy writing.”  After all, who knew that doing a clip show could potentially alter reality?  It’s Always Sunny does a clip show brilliantly, bringing us back to some of our favorite laugh out loud moments, while still being original about the premise.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Gang Does a Clip Show,” the gang is bored when they have to wait approximately 30 minutes for their phones to do a system update, which causes them to reminisce about some of the good old days.  As they start to bring us back to some of our favorite moments on the show, they realize that they are also distorting some memories and they run the risk of altering reality.  My top 5 moments from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 13 episode 7 are:

5

“Why was that memory in a different language?”

As the gang begins to bring us back to some of their favorite memories, Charlie takes a stab at it and brings up one of my favorite episodes of all time:  “The Nightman Cometh.”  Only as he takes us back there, he is remembering everything in another language, which confuses the rest of the gang.  The gang tells Charlie that he never spoke Chinese, but Charlie is convinced that he did, reminding us about the episode:  “Flowers for Charlie,” when he is the subject of an experiment and believes in his mind that he has become smart overnight.  This leads to the gang suggesting that they remember times where somebody didn’t know what was happening, which leads to some hilarious moments where characters literally ask, “What is happening?”  I absolutely loved the transition here.

4

“You can’t beat physical comedy memories.”

Dee is excited to bring up some of her favorite memories and tries to recreate some of her favorite characters that she liked to do.  Only the gang has no idea what she is talking about and asks, “What is that?  What are you doing?  Are you just doing a bad accent?”  When Dee tries to remind them about some of the characters, they hilariously ask, “You’ve created characters?”  Poor Dee.  She puts her best effort forward to bring back Crazy Patty, but she ends up falling and hurting herself, which leads to the gang deciding to remember all the times that Dee got hurt, which gives us some more laugh out loud moments from the earlier seasons.

3

“Let’s remember all the classic times.”

Some of my absolute favorite moments on the show come up during the “classic times,” as we get to witness Charlie hilariously ask Santa all over again if he “f*cked his mom.”  Classic Charlie.  We also get to witness “Wild Card bitches,” the high school reunion dance number, and Dennis explaining to Mac “because of the implication,” which is one of my all time favorite laugh out loud moments from “The Gang Buys a Boat.”  Seriously check that episode out now if you haven’t yet.

2

“That was one of the best memories of all time.”

The gang hilariously recreates a moment from Seinfeld and is actually pretty spot on with their impression of it.  Only they start to think that it is one of their own memories.  Dennis tells them that it wasn’t them and points out that it took place during the 90’s and asks them who all those people were laughing in the background.  The gang is still not entirely sure about this until Dennis says, “You guys are remembering an episode of Seinfeld and they realize that “memories are tricky.”

1

“Now you’re infecting my memory with your memory.”

After Dennis brings up the time that he left Paddy’s Pub, he gets agitated when the memory starts changing, as everyone thinks that they turned off the lights to the bar and then Frank hilariously points out that he doesn’t even remember Dennis leaving.  Dennis tells them that they are infecting his memory with their own memories and that distorting facts can change history, which leads to a discussion about potentially altering reality.  In this new reality, Frank has hair and Charlie has a kid with the waitress, as he brings us into this new reality by looking in on himself like the Ghost of Christmas Past, which is funny on its own.  At the end of the episode, the phones are updated and it seems like we are back to normal, only Charlie looks through the door of the bar one last time, suggesting that perhaps we are not.  Either way, I was initially disappointed to see that they were going to do a clip show until the episode actually branched out into something funny on its own, reminding us why we all love this series so much.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

**I would love it if you would take a moment to check out my Whizbuzz Book page via the link below for everything you need to know about my new book, The Search for Alice, including my author bio page and links to my website and social media sites!  Thank you!

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If you enjoyed this blog, I would love it if you would click the follow button on your way out to subscribe.  Thanks for your support!

I am so excited to announce that my book, The Search for Alice, is now available!  If you enjoy fairy-tale retellings, paranormal romance, horror, and mystery, then this might be the book for you or someone you know!  Thank you for taking the time to check it out and I appreciate any feedback as well.  I hope you enjoy!

When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 1 episode 7: “Because Fear is Alive”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 1 episode 7 last night, the voice over reminded us that “The Purge is your chance to rise up.  To stand tall.  Reclaim your power.  We’ll all rise up together and march hand and hand to victory.”  Even when you think it may be over on Purge Night, that doesn’t mean that you give you for one second.  There is still plenty of time to reclaim your own power and to fight back.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Lovely Dark and Deep,” Miguel and Penelope escape through the woods, but run into new threats along the way.  Meanwhile, Jane is put on display and Jenna has a Lady Macbeth moment.  “Out damned spot!”  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 1 episode 7 are:

5

“Your looks are an asset.”

David takes things to the next level when he adds Jane to his live art gallery, putting her on display for everyone to see.  Jane tells him that he is disgusting and David reminds her to “hang tight,” pun intended.  During this time, Jane flashes back to her past and remembers her mother talking to her about her looks being an asset, encouraging Jane to enter into beauty pageants to potentially win a scholarship.  Jane has always wanted to prove that she can succeed based on her intelligence, rather than her looks, but her mother tells her to “sparkle baby.”  Jane has also always wanted to change the perception of others in the world, but reality has reminded her that this is not always possible.  Jane spots Anya at the party and begs her to help her.  Anya discreetly speaks to Jane and tells her that they did this to her last year, trying to calm her down.  Jane is horrified that Anya said nothing and let this happen and asks for her to call the Matron Saints.  Even though Anya is not a part of this twisted game, sometimes saying nothing is just as bad as actively participating.   Will Anya make the right decision? 

4

“She’s very convincing when she needs to be.”

Jenna and Rick agree to let Lila into their home, who is absolutely traumatized.  Jenna tries to console her and tells her, “You’re OK.”  Rick later pulls Jenna aside and explains that Lila’s story keeps changing and that this doesn’t add up.  Jenna doesn’t want to hear this; however, as she is very concerned with Lila’s well-being and just wants to be there for her.  Is Jenna blinded by love?  Is Lila hiding something?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but I think Rick is on to something here.

3

“You’re the most important person in the world to me.”

Miguel and Penelope are not getting that pancake break anytime soon, as they make their way into the woods to escape the “Carnival of Flesh.”  They take a moment to finally talk and Penelope asks Miguel how many people he killed tonight.  Miguel explains that he did what he had to do, but Penelope says that she was ready to die.  The woods are anything but “lovely,” as they witness a man being set on fire and try to make their way out undetected.  Penelope gets stuck in a trap and Miguel puts his Marine skills to the test once again to free her.  Later on, Penelope tells Miguel that she is glad that he came back for her.  Finally!  It looks like the immediate threat is over for these two, but something tells me that Penelope will want to go back and face her cult leader.  Is she ready though?

2

“You saved us.”

While tensions continue to build at Rick and Jenna’s home, they realize that their neighbor, Ross, has gotten inside.  Ross is pissed off about their lack of “neighborly courtesy” and is ready to purge.  You might want to start taking in your garbage cans on time from now on.  Rick and Jenna try to talk Ross out of this and even let him know that they will put something on the books right away so that they can all get to know each other.  Ross is not buying it; however, and tries to attack Jenna.  Lila steps in with perfect timing and brutally stabs Ross, ending the threat.  Go Lila!  Lila is still shaken up after she witnessed her father’s death; however, and reveals to Rick and Jenna, “I just ran when it came to saving my own family.  I didn’t even try.”  Jenna reminds her that she saved them and is extremely grateful.  Jenna is ready to move once this is all over; however, desperately trying to clean the blood out of the floor, which was supposed to be where the nursery would go.  So much for that.  Jenna tells Lila that she can stay there for as long as she needs and embraces her hand in a touching moment.  Rick witnesses this; however, and I’m starting to think that he may be on to something.  As much as I am rooting for Jelinna, there is something not quite right about all of this.  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out what Lila is hiding.

1

“There’s nothing left to say David.”

David continues to play the villain perfectly, as he talks to Jane about capturing the live fear in her eyes.  Jane is horrified by his actions, but the tables are about to finally turn.  The lights all go out and in walks the masked vigilante, Joe, who is there to save Jane and the other women.  Jane tries to help the other women there and tells Anya to help as well, as Anya finally listens and makes the right decision.  Girl power and all that.  Jane picks up the gun and the moment we have been waiting for is finally here.  Without any hesitation, she shoots David in the head and takes off with Joe.  Joe tells her that they will go somewhere safe, but I have to say that I am extremely proud of Jane.  David could not be redeemed and Jane reclaimed her power, refusing to become someone weak like David initially suggested.  While Jane is a good person and against everything this night stands for, she had no choice here.  If she didn’t eliminate David, he would have come after her.  Either way, Jane finally stepped up and Joe has now crossed paths with the first of our main characters.  I’m looking forward to see who he helps next.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The Purge below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

**I would love it if you would take a moment to check out my Whizbuzz Book page via the link below for everything you need to know about my new book, The Search for Alice, including my author bio page and links to my website and social media sites!  Thank you!

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Stay up to date on upcoming premieres of horror TV series @ 12nightsofhorror.com/horror-series-coming-soon

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If you enjoyed this blog, I would love it if you would click the follow button on your way out to subscribe.  Thanks for your support!

I am so excited to announce that my book, The Search for Alice, is now available!  If you enjoy fairy-tale retellings, paranormal romance, horror, and mystery, then this might be the book for you or someone you know!  Thank you for taking the time to check it out and I appreciate any feedback as well.  I hope you enjoy!

When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

Want to read more?  You can click the link directly below for a free preview.  Thanks for your support!

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5 Reasons why you should watch “Castle Rock” on Hulu: “It wasn’t me…it was this place.”

“It wasn’t me…it was this place.”  If you are a devoted television fan like me, then I’m sure you have heard of the Hulu show Castle Rock, which premiered earlier this summer on July 25, 2018.  While the episodes aired each week, all episodes have now officially been added for season one so this is the perfect time to binge-watch the entire season.  The season features 10 episodes and it has been confirmed that the series has already been renewed for season 2.  To give you some background, the series can best be categorized as a psychological horror show with just the right amount of mystery mixed in.  The series is based on the settings and characters from Stephen King and the executive producer of the show is J.J.Abrams.  The show focuses primarily on the small fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine, emerging us into a dark world filled with unexplained deaths, paranormal occurrences, and the elaborate intertwining of characters.  From the moment you watch the first few minutes of episode 1, you are completely hooked and drawn in to the masterful storytelling, which will have you on the edge of your seat at all times.  While there is quite a bit of set up, the episodes are fast paced and move the plot along seamlessly.  The acting and writing is so real and moving that you will find yourself contemplating the moments you see portrayed even after you are done watching.  This is a must watch show and I have quickly become a big fan.  Please note some spoilers are ahead, but major ones have been left out for your convenience.  My top 5 reasons to check out Castle Rock season 1 are: 

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Stephen King & J.J. Abrams.

Stephen King is a master at creating a story that is so real and haunting that you find yourself walking along the same path as the characters you are reading about.  King is wonderful at creating vivid images that you can visualize across the page, proving that words can be just as compelling as anything we see on the big or small screen.  Sold already?  So am I.  However, let’s combine that with executive producer, J.J. Abrams, who brought us my favorite show in the world, Lost The world we see on television is so convincing and intricate, which really does King’s stories justice, giving us the chance to get to see these characters and setting come to life right before our eyes.

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Episode 9:  “Henry Deaver.”

While every episode stands out in its own way, episode 9 did the unthinkable.  It completely blew my mind and immersed me into something so mysterious and compelling.  While I had questions the entire time I watched this episode, I refused to pause it for even a moment.  It’s that good.  I don’t want to give anything away because I want you to truly enjoy the experience for yourself, but episode 9 basically takes everything you think you know about Castle Rock and throws it out the window.  You are basically left in a whirlwind of confusion that will have you glued to the television screen, unblinking.  While it may seem that I am going overboard, this episode truly captured what it means to give the audience answers without every really answering anything concretely.  Sure it sounds confusing, but there is something so magnetic about this episode in particular that it will have you completely mesmerized.

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The twist and mystery is not completely obvious.

Even though I love a good twist or mystery, I always find myself trying to figure it out the entire time.  Whether it is from a book, movie, or television series, I really enjoy playing Nancy Drew.  In Castle Rock, we are presented with several mysteries and you can’t help trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together.  However, I never saw the twist in this show coming.  While I came close with some theories, the show does an excellent job of keeping you in the dark for just the right amount of time, while sending clues your way to keep your interest.  If you are able to figure out what’s going on, I absolutely commend you because I was shocked and that much more intrigued once it was revealed.  Even with the twist revealed, there are still so many questions left unanswered.  I’m assuming we will get to this in season 2 so that is even more of a reason why I appreciated it so much.

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The cast.

The acting on this show is so incredible.  The regular cast stands out on its own with amazing performances from André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Bill Skarsgård, Jane Levy, and Sissy Spacek.  While I expected the main cast to be great, I didn’t expect for every single guest star to be unbelievably amazing as well.  In particular, the performances by Terry O’Quinn, Scott Glenn, Noel Fisher, Chosen Jacobs, and Lauren Bowles were outstanding.  Every performance is so real and believable that you really think these people are the very characters they are portraying.  You find yourself sympathizing with them and wanting to know everything about them.  Even characters that show up later in the series still spark an interest, as you find yourself trying to figure out how they come into play.  The intertwining of characters is absolutely spell-binding, bringing Stephen King’s creations to life with new vigor.

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Episode 7:  “The Queen.”

While I would normally focus on a season finale for my top reason to watch a show, episode 7 is something so incredibly powerful and it deserves every amount of praise possible.  This episode would not have been so amazing without the talented Sissy Spacek, who gave us a performance that was so incredibly heartbreaking that you could almost feel your own heart beat out of its chest just from watching.  During the series, we learn that Sissy Spacek’s character, Ruth, suffers from dementia.  The earlier episodes allowed us to see her from the perspectives of other characters, but in episode 7, everything we see is completely from Ruth’s perspective.  Timelines shift around and we see Ruth combining the past and present, but the episode is executed so well that you don’t lose track of what is happening.  The ending moments of this episode are so heart wrenching.  This episode in particular was probably one of the most incredible episodes I have ever seen on television.  I’m ranking it up there with “The Constant” from Lost, “Salud” from Breaking Bad, and “Becoming Part II” from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  If you have seen any of these episodes, then you know that I am not giving out this title lightly.  “The Queen” is out of this world and it elevated Castle Rock to an entirely new level.  Ready to watch? Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on Castle Rock in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Affair” season 4 episode 7: “I Wish I Had Your Life”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s The Affair last night, I realized that sometimes you have to just let the fear in and embrace it.  You may want to maintain control over your emotions or keep your feelings locked away, but sometimes facing what scares us the most and saying it out loud can make a world of difference.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “407,” Helen decides to go to Joshua Tree with Sierra to attend a moon circle.  Meanwhile, Noah continues to involve himself in Janelle’s family affairs and then receives an unexpected phone call from an old friend.  My top 5 moments from The Affair season 4 episode 7 are:

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“Eventually you get old enough and start to figure shit out.”

Part one of the episode is from Helen’s perspective and she impulsively decides to go to Joshua Tree with her neighbor, Sierra, even though she initially dismissed the previous invitation.  Helen’s reaction to the idea of the moon circle is hilarious, but she does get the opportunity to step away from her life for one night.  After the women at the circle write down their fears, the Guru begins reading them out loud and Helen provides each of them with really great advice.  Helen has experienced a lot of what they are going through now and her wisdom is very much appreciated.  The Guru passes the baton to Helen for the night, as she touches each and every one of them with her advice.  Maybe Helen has another calling she has yet to tap into just yet.  Either way, it was great to see Helen finally let her guard down for just a moment to really make an impact with these women.

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“I’m not doing it for him.”

In part two of the episode, we see everything from Noah’s perspective and he is surprised when Anton shows up at his home to ask for his advice on whether or not to join the Marines.  Noah stays neutral and suggests that he at least go and see Princeton for himself before making a rash decision.  Noah also explains the importance of involving Janelle in this decision.  Janelle’s ex-husband, Carl, is not happy to see Noah back at his home again and asks him, “don’t you have your own family?”  Noah believes in Anton and does not want to see his potential go to waste.  Later in the episode, Janelle shows up at Noah’s home late and thanks him for what he did.  Noah agrees to take Anton to Princeton so that Janelle can focus on the board meeting and she is happy to see him standing up for her son.  The moment we have been waiting for has finally arrived, as Noah and Janelle enjoy a passionate night together without interruption.  While I’m not sure where they will pick up now that Alison is missing, it seems like this might be the first stable relationship Noah has had in a very long time.

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“Control is really hot.”

In part one, Helen and Sierra continue bonding in their tent.  Sierra clearly feels guilty about sleeping with Vik, but decides to act on her growing feelings for Helen.  She passionately kisses Helen and the two share an intimate moment together.  While I had seen hints and implications at this earlier in the season, it’s nice to see Helen finally enjoy a moment for herself, as she is always so busy being needed by everyone in her life.  Sierra makes her feel wanted and free, as she is able to take a moment to truly relax and give in to what she wants.  She deserves it!

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“I don’t want you to die.”

After Helen goes into the deprivation tank, she begins to panic in the small space.  Sierra opens the tank and asks her if she is all right, but Helen just needs to get out of there, as she takes off quickly in the car.  When Helen returns home, she immediately rushes over to Vik and reveals her own fear out loud.  Helen finally had the epiphany she was searching for and doesn’t want to waste another second.  She tells Vik that she doesn’t want him to die and Vik promises her that he won’t.  This moment was truly something significant and special for Helen and Vik.  Ever since his diagnosis, Vik has been focused on the statistics and the reality of his situation, but in this moment with Helen, he finally allows his heart and emotions to take over.  Whether he believes that he will not die or not, Vik understands the importance of holding on to the belief that he could be OK, giving Helen the glimmer of hope she so desperately needed.  We know that Helen has been speaking about starting menopause, but perhaps a baby is not so far off now.

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“So who’s coming to get us?”

After Noah and Anton miss their connecting flight to New York, Noah notices that he has several missed calls from Cole.  He is finally able to answer and is shocked to hear what Cole has to say.  All of the pieces have now come together, as we finally catch up to the present day timeline, understanding how Cole, Noah, and Anton all end up together in the same car.  When Cole picks them up, Noah tries to stay positive, but Cole is clearly beyond worried that something terrible has happened to Alison.  Will they be able to find out what happened to Alison before it’s too late?  Stay tuned! 

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Younger” season 5 episode 7: “I Don’t Care Anymore”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching TV Land’s Younger season 5 episode 7 last night, I was pleased to learn that many families have quirky holiday traditions.  I mean not everyone gets up in front of a party to yodel to a song from “The Sound of Music,” especially when your boss walks in to get a glimpse of the show, but it’s all in good fun.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “A Christmas Miracle,” Liza tries to make her daughter’s holiday a special one and is willing to tough out a night with her ex-husband to do so, only an unexpected guest shakes things up quite a bit.  Meanwhile, Diana continues to be surprised by Enzo, Maggie refuses to compromise herself, and Kelsey continues to struggle with balancing her feelings for Jake and Zane.  My top 5 moments from Younger season 5 episode 7 are:

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“It’s so full.  It’s so many pine needles.”

Diana and Enzo’s relationship is continuing to blossom and Enzo decides to show up at her doorstep with a large Christmas tree.  Diana is not too sure that it will really go with her decor and seems worried about the impact it may have on her carpet, but Enzo proves he can deal with Diana’s antics and then some.  He sets up the tree for her and lights it up and even gets her to change her tune a little bit, which shows how much these two truly care for each other.  Enzo is really making Diana happy and she is willing to break out of her comfort zone for him, which may be just what she really needs.

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“I didn’t make all this work for it to be buried in the artistic sunken place.”

Maggie is beyond excited that all of her artwork has been purchased by a wealthy couple and they continue to spoil her with gifts and attention.  While it seems harmless at first, Maggie quickly realizes that the bracelets she received are basically like “golden handcuffs,” and that she will be required to go on vacations with them and fit into their lifestyle whenever they want.  While Maggie appreciates the money and the opportunity, she is not about to stifle her artistic persona in order to fit into some kind of cookie cutter mold of forgotten artists and she tells the couple exactly what she thinks to their shock and disappointment.  Maggie never ceases to amaze me, as she refuses to compromise herself in any situation.

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“Can I have one secret?”

In this episode, Kelsey continues to struggle with seeing both Jake and Zane.  Things get beyond complicated when they show up at the office party and Zane kisses Kelsey in front of people.  Jake notices this from afar and takes this opportunity to approach Charles and request that only Kelsey work on his book from now on.  Zane is beyond upset, but realizes that he should have seen this coming, seeing right through Jake’s act.  He says, “The author gets what the author wants,” and is really hitting closer to home with this statement than he realizes.  It seems like Jake is willing to play dirty to get Kelsey all to himself, but is this really the right person for her?  Zane’s feelings for Kelsey are real and passionate and I would hate to see him hurt when he finds out the truth about Kelsey and Jake.  Will she make the right decision before it is too late?

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“Don’t give up on her.”

Caitlin and Maggie are shocked when Josh stops by before leaving to see his family and gives Liza a holiday gift.  She also gives him one as well and it’s clear that the “just friends” vibe is crossing a line.  Caitlin tries to tell her mother that Josh still loves her, but she dismisses it.  Later in the episode, Caitlin bumps into Josh and tells him, “You’re the best thing to happen to her in a long time…don’t give up on her.”  This causes Josh to stop and think for a moment and it seems like Caitlin may have lit a spark that might not be ready to burn again, especially when we know that Charles is waiting in the wings.  Will this conversation further complicate things between Liza and Josh?

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“I don’t care anymore.”

After Caitlin begs Liza to perform to “The Sound of Music” in front of the holiday party, Liza eventually gives in to make her daughter happy, but is shocked when Charles walks through the door.  Charles is told that Liza is the woman that the hosts wanted to set him up with to make things even more awkward.  Charles plays along and pretends that this is the first time he is meeting Liza and is delighted to also meet her daughter, now learning that everything Liza did was for her.  When asked what he thinks of Liza, he comments, “She is definitely interesting.”  Sparks continue to fly between these two at the office and Liza is shocked when she gets a very large Christmas bonus from Charles.  After she goes to confront him about it, she discovers that he has already left, but Charles has a change of heart when he sees a promotion for “The Sound of Music” in the taxi.  I have to admit that when Liza returned home and found Charles standing on her doorstep, I was squealing with joy.  Charles simply tells her, “I don’t care anymore” and the two begin kissing.  The moment we have all been waiting for is finally here and it seems like Team Charles is finally getting the chance it deserves.  Now that is a “Christmas Miracle!”  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on Younger below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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