Review: Go Small or Go Home

Go Small or Go Home by Heather Wardell: NOOKbook Cover
When massage therapist and aspiring artist Tess begins treating stressed but attractive hockey star Forrest, her art career soars due to his gallery-owning mother, but her creativity plummets under the weight of rules and deadlines. Soon, she’s lost the freedom and joy she’d always found in art. Is having her dream career worth losing doing her art her way, or can she somehow have both at once?

My Review –

Heather Wardell has done it again!  Tess and Forrest just jump right off the pages and the book reads as though it was a movie!  I loved this book as much as I loved Life, Love and the Polar Bear Tattoo. 

The Plot –

Usually, I get frustrated with a book that has two different plot lines running.  In this case, the hockey part of the book and Tess’ art career.  Heather Wardell did a great job of not only balancing the two, but making me want to know what was going on in each.  It was the perfect balance of a love story and finding the perfect career for Tess.  There were smooth transitions between the two and they truly tied together wonderful in the end.

The People –

I love that Heather took the time to develop each character individually as well as how they worked together.  Plus we got to know the people in each person’s life and why they were important.  This is a step that I see missed so often in books.  Kudos to Heather for taking the time and effort to take each life full of people, not just two main characters.

Overall –

This was a great story with twists and turns that I did not see coming (I love that in a book!).  I would highly recommend it, remember that you can get it for $0.99 from her website.

My Rating:
5 of 5 stars.

* This e-book was provided to me by the author for review.  I was not provided any compensation and my thoughts and comments are mine alone.

Early Review: Pale Demon By Kim Harrison

Pale Demon (The Hollows, Book 9)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: February 2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Hardcover , 448pp
  • Sales Rank: 357

Synopsis

Witches always look forward to their annual convention, but none of them are more eager to attend this year’s annual San Francisco shindig than Rachel Morgan. Condemned to death for black magic, this likeable spellbinder knows that she has only three days to get to Frisco to clear her very bad name. Banned by airport security, she is forced to improvise, which in this case means tagging along with a disturbingly live vampire and an elven tycoon on a secret mission. High-spirited fright nights await readers; bound to be a bestseller.

My Ideas:

This is by far one of my favorite series so I could not believe it when I got an early review copy from NetGalley!!  As all of these books have, it hooked me in.  I was kind of disappointed that I started this book in the middle of a week and then had a crazy weekend because all I really wanted to do was sit down and read it all at once.  Now if you have not read any of the books prior to this one do not start here, you will be so confused that you will not enjoy the read.  This is really one that you need to read in order and grow with Rachel Morgan, Ivy and Jenks, plus all that come along the way.

I was pleased that this book picked up right where Black Magic Sanction left off.  Rachel Morgan knows that she is running out of time before she is executed for her black magic practices, even if she only uses them when someone is trying to kill her.  She is due on the West Coast in just three days for her brother’s wedding just before the annual witches’ convention in San Francisco when she is approached by Trent Kalamack, the elf who is kind of an enemy, to help him get to the West Coast for an “elf adventure” that he will not discuss with her.  They end up travelling together as Rachel is not allowed to fly and Trent must travel by land.  So off they go Trent, the elf, Ivy, living vampire, Jenks, pixie and Rachel.  The adventures along the way are not to be missed. 

There are a tons of surprises in this books, things I just did not see coming.  As always, Kim Harrison writing is great!  We get to know each person even more.  While I thought that I knew them, I was proven wrong.  I love the wit and banter in the books.  Great sense of humor and also great handling of difficult situations and tasks. 

I was thrilled with this book.  If you have not read this series, I highly recommend you start it right away.  My rating is 5/5 stars a must read!

–This books was provided to me in e-book format from NetGalley for review.  All opinions and thoughts are my own and no further compensation was provided.

Review: Phantom Universe

Published February 15, 2011 by Obsidian Mountain Publishing
Approximately 280 pages
Genre: Science Fiction
ISBN 10: 0982903340
ISBN 13: 9780982903346
Summary: Sold into slavery to pirates at the young age of four, Summer learns to survive the rough seas of subterfuge and thieves through silence. When the boat she’s lived on most of her life is destroyed, Summer finds herself washed up on the shore of a new world, a phantom universe full of the bizarre and extraordinary. She meets Gage, the one boy who understands the girl with no speech. But when their lives are put on the line, will Summer finally call out? Or will all be lost in the fathomless depth of silence?
My Review:
Wow!  I have been sitting her trying to figure out what I was going to say about this book.  It is really hard to put into words how I felt while reading this book other than I could not put it down and didn’t want to see the end come.  Laura Krietzer did a wonderful job putting this story together.  There are parts that make you uncomfortable with the story line but then others that just touch on your emotions.  The book kept me guessing and I was never quite sure what the next page turn was going to bring.  I really don’t want to give any of this story away – so just go get this book when it launches in February!
I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to review this book by Obsidian Mountain Publishing as an advance “e-copy”. 
5/5 stars READ IT!
I was provided this “e-book” free of charge from Obsidian Mountain Publishing, but all reviews and comments are mine and mine alone.  I was not provided any further compensation for this review.