I'm not really sure what to make of Small Graces, it certainly painted a beautiful landscape and you can not help but resonate with Grace's epiphany. Perhaps that was enough after all this is just a nibble of what Mary has to offer so perhaps the fault is mine:)
I came to this tale after reading the first two novels in "The Wardstone" trilogy so felt right at home with this style of story telling and Dragon lore. I'm gonna have to read "The Tricky Wizard" to see where the two companions go next because everything is in place for a fun series of stories.
It took me a while to get comfortable with the characters, story and writing style but sticking in there paid off and I enjoyed the book. Looking forward to reading The Reckoning to see how events play out especially with Magnius and Aliane.
Upgrade was my first exposure to the writing of Stephen Hise and to be honest I can't even remember how I came across his work although I got it from Smashwords so maybe their FB group. How I guess doesn't really matter because the blurb to "Upgrades" peaked my interest with it's mix of science and ominous consequences when you have the money and the desire to change a fundamental aspect of what makes you well you.
I can't say any character in the book generated any real sympathy, understanding and maybe recognition but apart from perhaps Kim they all had agendas. Ultimately like Twilight Zone (referenced on Stephens site) there is a sting in the tale and you can quite easily supply the Rod Sterling commentary when you flip the last page:)