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Well what do you know....it's CHRISTMAS EVE! We made it! All that hard work and good behavior is going to pay off (one way or the other) in less than 24 hours. Wonder what dear old Santa will bring this year? To help make the waiting less of a watch-the-clock event, let's take a look at another holiday selection...this time from the out-of-the-box shelf.
Now, the title of today's featured title doesn't give anything away. I mean, what could POSSIBLY be sinister or unusual about a helper of Santa? Oh trust me, PLENTY. *-* For those that are fans of the uber popular elf that prefers to perch on a shelf and magically appear throughout the house while taking his reports back to the man in red each evening, you might rethink that whole tradition when you get a load of this. Ladies and gents, you better not shout, you better not cry; you better not pout, you're about to learn why. Today's ebook of choice is....
About the book....
He shows up in a white box, with a bright red book under his arm... He wears a jolly grin and hat, a suit with gold bells and green yarn... He watches you for Santa, or so his red book claims... But though his grin is jolly, he's not here for fun and games...
The children have been chosen, such precious little souls they are... And may the Gods be with them, if they wish to make it very far... For Santa's Little Helper does not say, but knows important things... He knows when you've been bad or good, and what monsters stalk your dreams... He knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you're awake...He's picking out his presents...He's got some souls to take.
Twas the night before Christmas,
And all through the house;
Not a creature was stirring...
Because they got a load of the little man in green claiming to be an elf that's really something more than sinister and they decided "To heck with all this" and ran for cover.
Let me sum this one up with THIS IS ONE TWISTED READ...at some points it was even more dark than need be in my opinion, but the point comes across loud, sinister, and clear, and BOY does it stick! Four little children are all equally surprised by the arrival of a white box one winter day, as are their parents. The contents of these said boxes shouldn't bring nightmares and fright and yet....they DO in a big way. The way they do is SO big in fact that accidents begin to happen. Things go missing, strange noises are heard, and people...begin...to...disappear. *-* The children though young are certainly anything but stupid; in fact, they may be the smartest ones in the bunch. It is they that must devise a way to stop the evil that's lurking in their town. It is they that must overcome their fears and save the day, if it is to be saved at all. Do they succeed? I'll tell you this much...not everyone that matters will make it to the final page.
Overall, the story was definitely creepy (how the elf keeps coming back like a stuffed green Mikey Myers) and the twist at the end that makes you go "Whaaattt?!" is a nice touch (honestly, good one!). The only drawbacks I see are the author's tendency to go a little to heavy on the dark topics covered and the voice of the little children a time or two (sounded older than 4 and 5 at times). So the next time you think about bringing that little "friendly" elf off the shelf to "encourage" your kids good behavior, perhaps you'll think twice. After all, do you REALLY want them afraid of being naughty versus nice because the jolly elf might get a bad report and do more than leave them coal for Christmas? Yeah....that's what I thought.
Recommended read for adult readers only; content people, CONTENT. Special thanks to author H.D. Gordan for the e-copy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title as well as the author behind the work, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title was released earlier this year, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.
Until next time....HAPPY HOLIDAYS...and happy reading!