Ski Weekend

Narrated by Katie Schorr
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Pub Date 26 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 24 Jan 2022

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Six teens, one dog, a ski trip gone wrong

Sam is dreading senior ski weekend and having to watch after her brother and his best friend, Gavin, to make sure they don’t do anything stupid. Again. Gavin may be gorgeous, but he and Sam have never gotten along. Now they’re crammed into an SUV with three other classmates and Gavin’s dog, heading on a road trip that can’t go by fast enough.

Then their SUV crashes into a snowbank, and Sam and her friends find themselves stranded in the mountains with cell phone coverage long gone and temperatures dropping. When the group gets sick of waiting for rescue, they venture outside to find help—only to have a wilderness accident leave Sam’s brother with a smashed leg and, soon, a raging fever. While the hours turn to days, Sam’s brother gets sicker and sicker, and their food and supplies dwindle until there isn’t enough for everyone. As the winter elements begin to claim members of the group one by one, Sam vows to keep her brother alive.

No matter what.

Filled with twists, secrets, and life-changing moments, Ski Weekend is a snow-packed survival thriller featuring a diverse cast of teens that will appeal to fans of One of Us Is Lying and I Am Still Alive.

Six teens, one dog, a ski trip gone wrong

Sam is dreading senior ski weekend and having to watch after her brother and his best friend, Gavin, to make sure they don’t do anything stupid. Again. Gavin...

A Note From the Publisher

Rektok Ross is the pen name of Liani Kotcher, a trial attorney turned award-winning young adult author and book blogger. An avid reader since childhood, Liani writes exactly the kind of books she loves to escape into herself: exciting thrillers with strong female leads, swoon-worthy love interests, and life-changing moments. She graduated from the University of Florida School of Journalism and obtained her juris doctorate at the University of Miami School of Law. Originally from South Florida, she currently splits her time between San Francisco and Los Angeles with her husband, stepkids, and her dogs.

Rektok Ross is the pen name of Liani Kotcher, a trial attorney turned award-winning young adult author and book blogger. An avid reader since childhood, Liani writes exactly the kind of books she...

Advance Praise

*Named a Best Book of Fall by Cosmopolitan, Yahoo!Life, SheReads, SheKnows, BookTrib, and more!

*2021 Firebird Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction

The Breakfast Club meets Alive in this gripping tale of survival, impossible choices, and the harrowing balance between life and death.

“Ross offers YA readers genuinely diverse characters, each of whom continues to grow throughout the narrative…Brace for impact readers, this YA thriller holds little back.”

-Kirkus Reviews

“A pacey thriller with moments of great tenderness―and spine chilling horror.”

-Lauren Kate, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“A nail-biter with some surprising moments. Recommended for high school and YA collections.”

-School Library Journal

*Named a Best Book of Fall by Cosmopolitan, Yahoo!Life, SheReads, SheKnows, BookTrib, and more!

*2021 Firebird Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction

The Breakfast Club meets Alive in this gripping...

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EDITION Audiobook, Unabridged
ISBN 9798200859764
PRICE $19.95 (USD)
DURATION 8 Hours, 26 Minutes, 43 Seconds

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I enjoyed this a point. It's a YA thriller but ended up being a bit more deadly then the tone implied....
6 teenagers are in an SUV bound for a junior class ski trip in the mountains. A shortcut causes an unplanned stop and they are stranded in a blizzard. What comes next is a mix of tense moments, young adult discussions, and breakfast club -like arguments.

If you like a cold thriller, this is a book for you! Recommended for YA enthusiasts and humans vs nature lovers. #NetGalley #SkiWeekend

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𝘎𝘳𝘪𝘱𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘶𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘦𝘧𝘶𝘭!

Don’t you love to go into a story blind and end up hooked since page one?
Just wow, this is one of those books that it’s impossible to put down. A story about survival, friendship and family that was fast-paced, twisty, emotional and addictive!

Thank you NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing audiobooks for this ALC.

𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘪𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦: 𝘔𝘺𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘺, 𝘛𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘳𝘴, 𝘚𝘶𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘦, 𝘚𝘶𝘳𝘷𝘪𝘷𝘢𝘭 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴, 𝘠𝘈.

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The good thing about yesterday was finishing this ALC was spooky and terrifying and left me thankful I live in a state with no snow.

@rektokross Publish date: 10/26
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for my gifted copy.
4.5⭐⭐⭐⭐🌠 YA Thriller

Five reasons to jump and read this

1.The author really has you thinking in the beginning a serial killer was going to slash them all..the suspense was perfect.

2. We had a Breakfast Club assortment for the cast of characters, where the cheerleader and the Jock were typical in the beginning , they showed the greatest development of character. Survival brought out the best in them.

3. I have not held my breath in a YA thriller ever. . This author may have been working with teens under 18 but blood, death and terror was palpable. You felt the hunger, the cold, and the final scenes I cried with the main character.

4. Much like CoHo ..this author broke your heart and put it back together (almost) . You wanted to hug your significant other or kids at the end of the book.

5. This is a perfect start of winter/ end of spooky season book!!

There were many extra things the author unpacked like anorexia, mental health issues , and the oldest child syndrome which almost never gets brought up . Sam felt responsible for her brother, she needed to protect him, and when she couldnt it was crushing. Sam learned much about humanity and life in this trip and what was most important is living each moment to the fullest. This book makes the reader sit back and really evaluate what's important in the right now, because maybe that is all we have. One of the best YA thrillers of the year.

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ALC in exchange for an honest review. I liked this book! I liked it a lot! it's a great YA survival thriller with characters both loveable and hateable. It has everything. This reminded me of a 2021 version of a spooky Breakfast Club and I loved it!

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This YA survival thriller had me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading it. I can see why it has won so many awards. Fair warning if you read it before a ski trip- you might want to wait until you get back!

Six teens and a dog go on a ski weekend but how many of them will return? When Sam, her brother and 4 friends go on a ski weekend, the last thing they expect is to crash in a snowbank with little food and no cell phone reception. What would you do to survive?

Thank you SparkPress and Blackstone Publishing Audiobooks for my copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I listened to this book and it made it that much more scary to read!

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Ski Weekend is a survival thriller set in the Sierra Nevada of Northern California.

A carload of teenagers are headed to a cabin for a fun weekend of skiing. Sam is a senior at Seaside High. Her brother Stuart, is a sophomore. Also in the SUV are Lily, who is Stuart’s girlfriend; Britney, A very popular cheerleader; Hunter, a handsome flirt; and Champion the dog.

To their dismay they find that snow has the main road closed so Hunter suggests a detour. If the main road is impassable why do they think a side road would be better? Well they are teens and don’t want to miss out on fun. As you guess, very soon into the detour, the SUV swerves on black ice and lodges deep into a snowbank. And… There is no cell service. Thw teens pray that a search party will find them before they run out of food and gas. The vehicle is hopelessly stuck but the heater can keep them warm. Lily hit her head pretty hard in the crash but no one suspected a concussion. After sleeping, she slips into a coma. This is just the first of the challenges to remain alive.

In the cramped, stressful environment, the teens’ true selves emerge. The tension in the car mounts as the situation becomes critical and deadly.

I liked the diversity in the characters even though some were not very likeable.
This is a good survival story, but definitely written for the young adult reader.

I listened to the audio which had a most expressive narrator.

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I received a copy of this audiobook as an eARC from Netgalley. All opinions are my own!

When a fun ski weekend for these high schoolers turns into a terrifying fight for their lives, what lengths will they all go to to survive?

I think my favorite part about this book was how realistic it was. I really found myself in the moment with these characters, which terrified me more than I wanted it to! It was so easy to get immersed with them and to feel like I was trapped as well, and I can definitely say that that creepy feeling has stayed with me the whole time I was listening to the book!

I really enjoyed the way the characters developed and that there was sort of a hidden depth to each of them that the reader wouldn't necessarily have thought about going into the book. It was refreshing to see them as being real and genuine kids who are just trying to figure themselves out.

I do think that the book was a bit predictable, and seemed to follow the kind of stereotypical survival story plot. But overall, I really enjoyed listening to it and being creeped out!

If you're a fan of survival stories, this is certainly the book for you!

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Wow crazy what can happen in onw weekend. Noone planed what happened and noone could belive their story was so incredible to be inspiration for a film after. They was terrified but also so brave for their age. Unfortunatelly no all went good but all together I liked this story of this friends and the dog. For me was really touching the story in the story from an older sister and younger brother. Reccomend.

Thank to Netgalley and Blackstone Publishing - Audiobooks for this audio copy.

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I was on the edge of my seat with this book and I struggled to put it down. I wanted to know what happened to each character and hear their stories and their struggles. Although all on a trip together, the young adults have their differences, which alter the vibe of the group as a whole. I kept waiting to see what drama would happen next. The death was a bit mature for the young adult genre, but overall great book.

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I listened to the audio narration by Katie Schorr who brought the characters to life with each voice distinct. I enjoyed the audio book a lot!

Ski Weekend is a fast paced YA thriller that can be easily read in one sitting. Crammed in an SUV, six high school seniors and their dog go on a road trip for their senior ski weekend. The fun doesn’t last long, when they decide to take a dangerous short cut using the back roads, when the main roads were closed due to a snowstorm. With frigid weather, no cell signal, limited food and water supplies, and the chance of being rescued diminishing by the minute, I just could not put this book down. The choices are to either stay in the SUV or venture out to get help. Either way, their chance of survival is doomed.

Ahhhh what a fun read!

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Ski Weekend Review!

Thank you Netgalley and Blackstone Publishing for this audiobook in return for a honest review! Ski Weekend is out now!

This is a must read for the winter! I may be biased, but I have always loved winter survival stories, since growing up in Minnesota! Ski Weekend was a 4.25/5 ⭐️ for me! I thought this was a pretty perfect ya, full of drama, jealousy, and suspense! I’m not exactly sure how I feel about the ending, but otherwise it was great! It definitely kept me on my toes the whole time and I had no idea what was coming next!

Synopsis: 6 teens and their dog are headed towards the ski lodge for a Christmas weekend senior trip! When they decide to take a short cut, they end up getting stranded in their car. They must think of all the survival skills they can if they want to make it through the storm that is coming.

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