Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Shift by Sidney Bristol

Shift by Sidney Bristol

Shift (Hot Rides, #2)

3.5 stars

Shift is the second book in the Hot Rides series by Sidney Bristol. The first book Drive, introduces Aiden and his team, who work at a classic car garage that is also a front for their FBI operations. Shift picks up shortly after the happenings in Drive and focuses on Emery aka "The Walking Brain" and Tori who is hiding from the Russian Mob. When things hit the fan we find out that they have both been harboring a secret crush on each other without the other ever knowing. Emery is a tech genius and Tori is a mechanic but boy when these two get together do they seem to be just the right fit. Things get hot, fun, and a little crazy while they're on the run but that only helps to bring out the feelings they might would otherwise hide.

I really liked both Emery and Tori and thought it was nice that they were both a bit of an unconventional character. Emery has a limp and is conversationally challenged and Tori is a bit of a Tomboy who would rather work on cars than fix up and who wears a sports bra instead of lace. It was rather refreshing actually. The glimpses of Aiden and Madison were nice for me since I have read Drive but I liked that you wouldn't necessarily have had to read the first book to be able to get into this one. The characters were my favorite part of Shift. I felt that after a while the chase and all that jazz got a bit dull and dragged out, but I still liked the story plot overall. So although I didn't love this one quite as much as I had hoped, I still think it was a solid read and am ready to get my hands on Chase ( Hot Rides #3 ).

** I received this book from the publisher solely in exchange for my honest review.**

Friday, November 11, 2016

Review: The Night Voyage - A Magical Adventure and Coloring Book by Daria Song

My Review:

 I absolutely adore Daria Song's work! The Night Voyage is breathtakingly lovely and I love that there is a story to go along with all the beautiful illustrations. The drawings are gorgeous and range from simple to complex and very intricate. Which is great to suit your many coloring moods. The quality of these books are superb and would make a fabulous gift. Of course you would probably want one for yourself as well! I like using color pencils most of the time but the paper is nice and thick so you could even use paint or watercolors if you like, without having to worry about leak-through. The Night Voyage is one of the most magical coloring books I have came across yet and I am going to love exploring this coloring adventure. 

P.S. There's even a card for you to color and cut out in the back! How cool is that?! 

** I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. **

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Review: With All Due Respect 40 Days to a More Fulfilling Relationship with Your Teens and Tweens By Nina Roesner and Debbie Hitchcock

My Review: 
We are soon to be moving into the tween stage here in my household and when I saw this book I thought it would be a great motivator to keep things positive even as the hormones start to rage. In all sincerity I have a great relationship with my daughter but still thought this sounded like a nice read. I've never read a parenting book from the Christian perspective. I think it makes a big difference in the type of advice you receive. I believe this book has the right approach with lots of prayer and focusing on things that you can do as a parent instead of trying to manipulate good behavior from your child as some other books suggest. One of the first things this book mentions is for the parent to stop clinging to your our expectations of  your child. While this doesn't sound like a mind blowing revelation, it is sage advice. I think it's easy to put too many expectations on our children because we want better for them and from them. I think this book lays out lots of good reminders to help us to keep a healthy relationship with our kids and ourselves. The name is very suiting as I believe the whole book is very respectfully and tastefully done. 
 ** The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through BookLook Bloggers for review purposes. **