Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Whiteout by Cambria Hebert


Whiteout

Lost in a world of white, I lay. Pain and cold were my only companions. How long would it take me to die? Would the cold freeze my heart and stop its beating?

A red plastic sled saved the day. A woman saved my life.

Unfortunately, saving my life might cost Grace her own. We get one day together, Christmas day, one day of bliss among misery. Too soon the tree is down and all that’s left of the cinnamon biscuits are crumbs. 

The people who want me dead come back to see their task complete. I didn’t have a plan, but Grace did. 

Never trust a woman with a shotgun.





Genre:  Paranormal Romance (completely PG)

My Rating: * * * * *

My Review:

I was honored with an ARC of this amazing short story. I'm usually not a huge fan of short stories because it is hard to develop characters and the story in so few words, but Cambria Hebert delivers. From the first sentence, you are drawn into the story; the author's imagery is so vivid that you feel it. The characters feel well-rounded even in the short time we have with them and their growing affection believable. I loved every word of this work. I want more, but at the same time I don't feel like the author should expand the story to a full-length work; it's truly perfect just the way it is.


Cover Art:

Cover art is so essential to selling a book.  What can I say?  We do indeed judge a book first by it's cover.  As an artist I am especially drawn to cover art.  As I read a great deal of self published work, I've had to overlook many a poor cover design to find the gem underneath in the story.
  
This book was published by Otherworld Publications though I do not know their role in the cover design.  I find this cover to be such a compelling piece.  The limited use of shocking red against an otherwise calming background combined with the heart-shaped pool of blood in the snow communicates a lot about the story to us. It's a perfect example of how to draw in your reader before a single word is read.

2 comments:

  1. Oh is this your first post? Woo woo! Love your review, and completely agree about the cover art, ESPECIALLY with Cambria's other books, Before and Masquerade!

    Anagha
    http://book-spark.blogspot.com/

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  2. What a great review!!!! I love your thought on the cover and story. You said exactly how I feel about the cover as well! The cover artist is Regina Wamba at mae i desgin. thanks for posting a great review!

    And i am honored by being your first post!!

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