Full Steam Ahead, Felix: Adventures of a famous station cat and her kitten apprentice gMy thanks to Flame Tree Press and NetgalleyWhen I first reuested this book I ll admit that I didn t read what it was about All I saw was that fantastic cover and I thought snow cold blood and Flame Tree Really that s all I needed to knowThen I finallyot around to reading it and read a few reviews beforehand Everyone seemed to like it but all I saw was Krampus and killer snowmen I thought crikey What the heck have I otten myself into I hate books like this Still I decided to ive it a o I loved it The concept this author came up with is very imaginative I had a few doubts along the way but I was never bored I ve now one to and put 2 of his books on my wishlist Kudos to the author 35 stars rounded up to 4A bunch f people travelling separately are stranded by a snowstorm in New Hampshire To make matters worse its Christmas eve They are all trying to et home for Christmas but the snow is coming down to heavy for them to move plus they are stuck behind the snow plough but the driver is no where to be seen They all eventually end up together in an RV owned by a strange old couple They decide to pass the time by telling the story of their worst winter Its ot long before they all realise they are not strangers but that they all have a connection in common And things o from bad to worseThis book was not what I expected it to be My thoughts from reading the blurb was it s about a psycho who was killing people who were stuck in a blizzard But it s a supernaturalhorror story The story is told from multiple points of view The story ets interesting in the second half when two of them leave the comfort of the RV in search of help I don t want to say any as I would spoil it for youI would like to thank NetGalley Flame Tree Press and the author Gregory Bastianelli for my ARC in exchange for an honest review Christmas Eve in New Hampshire 2018 A wet rapidly fallingswirling heavy snow would soon produce wipeout conditions unbeknownst to travelers etting a late start enroute to their Christmas destinations The snowplow driver seemingly visualizing a deer and several bucks out in the storm slammed on his brakes and Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood got stuck in snow reaching to the top of his plow blade Attempting to shovel his way out he noticed a tall motionless figure in the road It was a snowman Beneath the coal black eyes and long crooked carrot nose was a black mouthrinning with two rows of sharp teeth The wind screeched and howled An old legend of The Banshee came to mind The Banshee was a mythical messenger of deaththe entity came every year to warn of someone s impending demise with her ominous wailing When swirling snow camouflages the snowplow the next vehicle jackknifed creating an eight car pile up whose occupants would not make it home on Christmas EveWho are these travelers Graham Sawyer picked up Clark Brooks a childhood friend at the
AIRPORT KIRK BRITTON AND HIS GIRLFRIEND Kirk Britton and his irlfriend were college students Dean Hagen was a consultant whose job Entailed Eliminating Expendable Employees Consistent eliminating expendable employees Consistent occurred between parole officer Mason Drake and wife Joy Shelby stuck in her minivan with two children told herself to keep it together and be strong for the sake of the kids Lewis Felker dressed in Salvation Army attire warned I wouldn t o out there in the storm if I were you The majority of the travelers elect to ather in the RV of elderly Mr and Mrs Volkmann The RV had enough propane to keep everyone warm and sufficient food to keep them fed until help came Tucker Jenks decided to stay in his tractor trailerIt started with a snowball This scary horror novel is perfectly spooky for Halloween as well as being an excellent seasonal Christmas read The travelers drinking hot cocoa in the RV exchanged stories of their worst winter ever while waiting for the storm to pass The outline of a figure taking shape in the distanceIt was a man he was almost sureThe man wore a black Coat And Had A and had a shirt underneathhe realized something odd about the figurehe carried a large pair of something metal The wailing wind was disuieting Perhaps these travelers had been forgotten while rescue efforts were underway Graham and Clark noticed a dim light on the other side of the woods In snowdrifts at times almost up to their waists they followed the light and journeyed to a solitary house with the hope of reuesting help An unputdownable readThank you Flame Tree Press and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review Snowball by Gregory Bastianelli SNOWBALL is the first novel I have read from author Gregory Bastianelli This one is published by Flame Tree Press a name that has released some of my top reads over the past two years What begins with a snowplow blocking a road in a full on blizzard ends up with eight cars suddenly stuck behind it with no help in sight the exit ain t there There s nothing there Just snow The tension sets in immediately in this book the reader uickly realizing that these specific people must have something linking them to be stranded together in this otherworldly storm Everything happens for a reason We start out with short chapters introducing us to the individual characters in their respective vehicles I honestly enjoyed this approach as it ave me time to Sister of My Heart get a feel for each person instead of being hopelessly confused if the ten were simply brought in together in the same scene By the time they doet together in one couple s RV I already felt I knew them well enough Sometimes. A King Alfred's Version of St. Augustine's Soliloquies group of motorists become stranded on a lonely stretch of highway during a Christmas Eve blizzard and fight for survival against an unnatural force in the storm Theathered survivors realize a tenuous connection among them means it may not. Readers who enjoy supernatural and horror with added elements of over the top fantasy and can settle down for a Rescuing Gus good scary winters tale How to know if a Christmas horror book is for me in three easy steps1 It s a Christmas horror book2 Include this uote in the first chapter The snowman s head rose tilted back as its face came into view Beneath the coal black eyes and long crooked carrot nose was a black mouthrinning with two rows of sharp teeth 3 Actually I don t need any additional information Bah humbug What was your worst winter memory This Christmas Eve during one of the worst snowstorms in New Hampshire s history a Class of 92: Out of Our League group of motorists are faced with the nightmares of winters past Stranded on the highway with the snow building up around their vehicles these strangers will learn there s something that connects them The past is coming back to bite them possibly literally Everythingot screwed up at Christmastime Featuring amongst other creepies snowmen Krampus a snowglobe and a toy maker who wants to play a Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story game our unwitting players have the odds stacked against them Lining up to freeze to death if something worse doesn tet them first This is Toby Hodge s final Christmas with his son Evan and his How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead grandkids before he and his wife Nell move to Florida A snowplow driver who s plowing his final stretch of highway before retirement Toby is the first person we meet The first person introduced in a horror story tends to either be the first victim or the main character I was veering toward hero until I learned he was about to retireIn his late 40 s Mason Drake is a parole officer He and his wife Joy have been together for over 20 years They have teenage children Duncan and Daria They have been arguing today Joyot a tad too friendly with a coworker during an office Christmas party Their arguing and Joy s indiscretion may not bode well for themA trucker Tucker Jenks had planned on visiting his sister in Cranford New Jersey on his way to drop off electronics in Manchester before the storm Trucker s friend in northern New Hampshire is letting him stay with him instead if he can make it there He smokes a joint but he also loved his Nana so his chances of survival are fairDean Hagen flew in from Alaska after his mother called to tell him his father was in the ICU after slipping on ice and cracking his hip so he ets brownie points for that However he d been on a consulting assignment for the past two months there winnowing out the expendable employees at a manufacturing plant The Christmas misery he s dealt to others may attract some bad karmaGraham Sawyer picked up his best friend Clark Brooks at Boston s Logan airport Graham s wife Natalie had wanted Clark to take the bus instead and Graham probably should have listened to her She s waiting at home for him with their three daughters Clark is a divorce Attorney From Emeryville California They from Emeryville California They the potential to be this story s heroes but not all heroes surviveKirk Britton and his irlfriend Sonya Tackett are college students with one semester left before raduation They re on their way to Sonya s parents home for the holidays Kirk has a surprise planned for Sonya on Christmas morning but iven the horror lore surrounding people who have sex they re probably both toastShelby Wallace wasn t supposed to be driving her two children home from their father s but he s drunk Again So Shelby is driving Luke 8 and Macey 10 home to spend Christmas with her Shelby is comfortable in her damsel in distress routine and Macey is kinda whingey so I wasn t overly attached to their survival However I liked Luke he s determined and willing to do what he can to be brave in really scary situationsWerner and Francine Volkmann have been around the country in their RV visiting relatives They planned to see randchildren in New Hampshire for Christmas but were behind schedule so they re joining the other potential popsicles on the highwayFinally Lewis Felker spent Christmas Eve freezing outside a department store ringing his Salvation Army bell collecting donations Sure he stole some of the money to finance his alcoholism but in theory all of that alcohol in his bloodstream should keep him slightly warmer than everyone else He s also the one who seems to figure out how dire everyone s situation is first so maybe he has a chance after all I had fun reading this book I expected bloodshed and less background information about all of the characters although to be fair the relevance of the details of their worst winter memories became apparent as the
STORY UNFOLDED THE REASONING BEHIND WHYunfolded The reasoning behind why was happening to this specific roup of reasoning behind why this was happening to this specific roup of seemed a bit flimsy to me but the images of those snowmen helped distract me from most of my lingering uestions No this toothy uy doesn t line up with the descriptions in the book but I loved him and wanted to share him with you Things aren t always what they seem to be The two main uestions that are still nagging me 1 Why is a Christmas horror story being released in January2 What was inside the box in Tucker s truck Will Santa still come if we re not home in time Content warnings include view spoilermention of death by suicide and alcoholism hide spoiler Oh man this book was freaking fantastic It exceeded all of my expectations If you are a fan of horror you ll definitely want to read this This is the perfect book to read on a winter evening or even when it s 95 degrees out like it is here unfortunatel. E just trying to et home for the holidays Flame Tree Press is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the established; the award winners and exciting original voices.
Gregory Bastianelli ✓ 5 Read & DownloadOur choices are taken out of our control A sinister feeling continues to amp up rapidly at this point as several characters share their worst winter memories The reader knows this is leading up to something but just what is cleverly concealed yet that s all life is a matter of chance I don t want to ive anything away that would spoil this novel Going into it with no idea of what to expect made the tale so much effective for me I enjoyed the writing style the pressure when the atmosphere began to change in its intensity and all the unseen twists in between The characters whether I liked or disliked them felt real and this helped make the most impossible of ideas seem plausible in the Alien Alpha given situation we re all just pieces moving around Overall another winner from Flame Tree Press and I will be looking up other books by this author for future readsHighly recommendedPurchase on This book was a creepy scary ride TheoodIt was really well written I read this in the middle of August but started thinking it was winter where I was I was drawn into this world and could visualize it all I liked the characters even the bad ones were people you loved to hateIt was scary it was suspenseful it was creepy The not so oodIt was a horror novel so I expect weird But I felt like it was a suspenseful slow build to horror then suddenly it accelerated so fast I ot whiplash There was some ood character development then suddenly it turned super scary and I lost a little bit of The people connection I want to thank the publisher and net alley for an ARC which did not affect my review Get Ready Thrilling And ChillingIt s Christmas Eve and a blizzard is taking place and the snowplows are out trying to make it safe for all the travelers and last minute Christmas Shoppers One plow drver is working on the turnpike when suddenly the snow becomes so deep that his vehicle ets stuck a Underwhelming Snowball is a supernatural horror by Gregory Bastianelli that has a strong start but about halfway its plot starts to weaken It s Christmas Eve and a roup of people et stranded on a highway in the middle of a snowstorm As they await a rescue team they share stories of their worst winters and realize that there s a strange connection between them On seeing a light in the woods a few of them undertake the mission to o seek help and thus begins their nightmare I enjoyed reading the start because it was Beautiful Ghosts gripping and seemed fast paced But the supernatural elements and the twists and the turns all felt a little bland The chapters are short and it s a uick and fun read but sadly it didn t meet my expectations The writing isreat but I didn t Alexandra, Gone get attached to any of the characters which made reading this book a mediocre experience I wouldn t recommend it I d like to thank NetGalley Gregory Bastianelli and Flame Tree Press for this ARC I wish to thank NetGalley and Flame Tree Press for thisripping tale of supernatural and horror Keep in mind that this
a well written fantasy that is divorced from anything that could occur in reality I hopewell written fantasy that is divorced from anything that could occur in reality I hope be prepared to suspend disbelief This is a A Year in 120 Recipes great scary winter tale while watching the snowbanks outside The situation evokes myreatest winter fear I live in the Atlantic Provinces in Canada where we can et some monstrous snowstorms I recall a couple of past storms where the snowdrifts reached the tops of both doors and I was trapped inside for several days The thoughts of being stranded in a vehicle keeps me off the highway in winter months The author writes an atmospheric story with images of a raging snowstorm with accompanying winds is vividly described and believable A snowplow operator becomes stuck in the drifting snow A trailer truck jackknifes across the highway behind him and a row of vehicles become stuck behind with no way past It is Christmas Eve and the people are anxious to et home to family and friends When they realize that rescue is not coming anytime soon their concern is Finding Shelter From The shelter from the Hypothermia is a worry The snowplow driver has vanished As if the freezing cold and the howling blizzard are not enough there are killer snowmen an ugly frightening Krampus a roar perceived to be that of a banshee an iceman carrying a bloody ice pick visions of dead people from the characters past and a The Devil Hath Been Raised: A Documentary History of the Salem Village Witchcraft Outbreak of March 1692; Together With a Collection of Newly Located and Gathered Witchcraft Documents ghost engaged in a diabolicalame with humans as pawns All are lurking about in the darkness bringing fright danger and death This is a well written plot The author All are lurking about in the darkness bringing fright danger and death This is a well written plot The author a story that moves from uiet desperation to spine tingling terror and on to frenzied action and mayhem The personalities of the stranded roup of strangers make them believable Soon the roup starts to suspect that they all have a hidden connection hidden in their past They have a hunch that they are not trapped here by coincidence but have been brought here by some fiendish plan They are not even sure where they are any as some highway landmarks are missing Some of the characters from the vehicles show outstanding resourcefulness and heroism bordering on foolhardiness others exhibit cowardice selfishness and treachery Some have found warmth and shelter in an RV while others chose to remain in their own vehicles Both choices may have terrible outcomes On seeing a distant light from a house two brave men decide to track through snowbanks up to their hips and waists hoping to call for rescue Not a ood idea Who if any will survive this very bad Christmas Recommended for. Be a coincidence that they all ended up on this highway An attempt to seek help leads a few of the travelers to a house in the woods where a twisted toymaker with a mystical snow lobe is hell bent on playing deadly ames with a roup of peopl. ,