God Is Able by Priscilla Shirer

God Is Able by Priscilla ShirerGod Is Able by Priscilla Shirer
Published by B&H Books on October 1, 2013
Pages: 176 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
four-stars

Got an IMPOSSIBLE situation? The anxiety it brings can wake you in the middle of a needed night’s sleep and then stalk you in the middle of broad daylight. It can sneak up on you and cast a cloak of fear and concern over your shoulders that you can’t seem to shake no matter how hard you try. It can take you down. Squash all hope. Stop you in your tracks.
IMPOSSIBLE. IMPENETRABLE. UNCHANGEABLE. Maybe so . . . until God gets involved. No matter the details of your circumstance, His raw power potential and immeasurable ability refuse to cower in the face of any challenge. Nothing is impossible with God. Nothing. Not even that thing. This is the uplifting, well-reasoned answer from New York Times best-selling author Priscilla Shirer—not a denial of life’s adversities and troubles, but a biblical reminder that God is always up to great things, even when His great things are greater then instant remedies and visible change. He is a God who cares . . . and a God who CAN. Believe it. Experience it. God Is Able.

When I finished Beth Moore’s A Heart Like His bible study I knew without a shadow of a doubt, although I did try to come up with other suggestions, that God is Able would be the next bible study I would do. I was hesitant because I didn’t think that learning how God is able was something I needed (shows how much I know), but at the same time I knew I needed something less invasive and intense as A Heart Like His was.

As I was trudging along in God is Able I found myself immersed in its pages. The tone and message that Priscilla Shirer wove throughout God is Able was so real and relatable that I found myself able to visualize all that she was trying to get across to her readers clearly in my own life.

My issue with God is Able came from the lack of scripture directives, Shirer did include scriptural passages throughout each chapter but since the entirety of God is Able focused on Ephesians 3:20-21 Shirer pretty much camped there and invited other scriptures to help support her message. More than likely my one fault with God is Able stemmed from unconsciously wanting something of the same caliber of an in-depth bible study instead of something light.

God is Able truly was a book that brought me closer to Jesus than I was when I started, and it helped me to see His actions better instead of focusing on the situations around me. I would recommend this read to anyone who is either struggling over something that they feel has overtaken their life and or someone that just wants to get closer to their Father.

Down Shift by K. Bromberg

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Series: Driven #8
Published by Tantor Audio on October 4, 2016
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
three-stars

Behind the wheel, racing champion Zander Donavan is at the top of his game. But after too much excess in his personal life, he's forced to step away. He needs to accomplish something all on his own-outside of his famous father's shadow. Getty Caster is running away from the abuse that clouds her past. She thinks she's found the perfect escape-until she discovers a stranger in the beachside cottage she'd been promised. He's undeniably sexy, but she's there to heal. Alone. Before long, though, fighting with each other turns into fighting their attraction. And giving into desire sets off a chain reaction that has their pasts colliding. With an unexpected love on the line, can they overcome the fallout to build a future?

If I remember correctly I read the first book of the Driven series and enjoyed it enough that I played with the idea of continuing on in the series but it just never happened. When Down Shift became available to read and review for RT Book Reviews I thought it would be the perfect chance to dive back into this series. Sadly I just couldn’t latch onto Down Shift’s story so when it became available to listen and review I had hoped that things would’ve work out better.

The story of Down Shift started in a way that had me interested, in other words it was a good start, but then the story shifted in a way that gave the story a different feel and I no longer wanted to stay on the ride.

The narrators Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell did an amazing job on Down Shift and they are the only reason my initial rating from my review for RT went up an entire star. Joe’s voice was smooth like maple syrup and Maxine’s voice was the perfect tone for Getty’s character. What they were unable to do though was change my thoughts on the actual story of Down Shift.

Getty’s character felt so real and relatable but as soon as Zander stepped into her world she was pushed back into the background like unwanted wallpaper. Zander’s character was interesting enough but his baggage was stifling.

I know that I will definitely keep my eye open for any other stories these two narrators narrate because its a tall order to make me change my thoughts once I’ve been set on my opinion. And dare I say it, Joe Arden’s voice almost rivaled, or in this case I think it did, Sebastian York’s voice; it was that dreamy.

I’m having thoughts of going back to the beginning and trying this series again because my reaction to the first book in this series couldn’t have been a fluke. If you’ve read this series I would love your opinion.

Fury by Laurann Dohner

Fury by Laurann DohnerFury by Laurann Dohner
Series: New Species #1
Published by Self Published on September 7, 2016
Pages: 327 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
three-half-stars

Ellie is horrified to discover the pharmaceutical company she works for is doing illegal experiments. Company scientists have spliced human and animal DNA, creating exotic new species. One such “experiment” captures her heart and she’ll do anything to save him—even if he hates her for it.

Fury has never known compassion or love. He’s spent his life in a cell, chained and abused by humans. The one woman he allowed himself to trust betrayed him. Now he’s free and set on vengeance. He vows to end her life but when she’s finally in his grasp, harming her is the last thing he wants to do to the sexy little human.

Fury can’t resist Ellie—the touch of her hands, her mouth on his skin, her body wrapped around his. He’s obsessed with the scent of his woman. And Ellie wants Fury—always has. She craves his big, powerful body and wants to heal his desolate heart.

But loving Fury is one thing…taming him is another.

I will not say that I had high hopes for Fury because I really didn’t know what to expect with its story. It’s one thing to read the synopsis and reviews and assume but its quite another to actually read the story and experience it yourself. I was expecting to fall in love with this new paranormal world that Laurann Dohner created and to see if I would enjoy it as much as I did her Claws and Fangs series. .

With the way Fury started off I was pretty confident that its story was going to stay with me and hold my attention all the way through. It was shortly after the first reunion scene, as intense as it was, that I felt a shift in the story take place. With the character revelations we were being shown I knew that this shift wasn’t going to turn the story in a direction I was going to completely like, it made the story feel off.

The anger Fury held towards Ellie I completely understood, both sides were put in a situation that was almost impossible to get out of, but Ellie did what she thought was best at the time but if she hadn’t acted Fury would’ve been dead. Now that I think about it, this type of response sort of repeated itself not just between Ellie and Fury but by the supporting characters throughout Fury which played a huge part in dragging the story past the point where I felt it should’ve been over. Also, because everything between both Ellie and Fury was so quickly resolved Dohner still had them rehashing what Ellie had done over and over again to the point where it became irritating about half way through Fury.

Also, while I might’ve enjoyed chunks of Fury its contents would’ve filled three different books. There were three different conflicts these characters faced, and each conflict I felt could’ve fed into other books dealing with the other characters introduced.

Fury was definitely a story I was glad to have read and experienced. As of right now I’m debating on whether to continue because I simply don’t want to experience the story overload I experienced in Fury again.

What A Dragon Should Know by G.A. Aiken

What A Dragon Should Know by G.A. AikenWhat A Dragon Should Know by G.A. Aiken
Series: Dragon Kin #3
Published by Zebra on September 1, 2009
Pages: 460 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
five-stars

Attraction that’s off the scale…

Only for those I love would I traipse into the merciless Northlands to risk life, limb, and my exquisite beauty. But do they appreciate it? Do they say, “Gwenvael the Handsome, you are the best among us—the most loved of all dragons?” No! For centuries my family has refused to acknowledge my magnificence as well as my innate humility. Yet for them, and because I am so chivalrous, I will brave the worst this land has to offer.

So here I stand, waiting to broker an alliance with the one the Northlanders call The Beast. A being so fearful, the greatest warriors will only whisper its name. Yet I, Gwenvael, will courageously face down this terrifying…woman? It turns out the Beast, a.k.a. Dagmar Reinholdt, is a woman—one with steel-gray eyes and a shocking disregard for my good looks. Beneath her plain robes and prim spectacles lies a sensual creature waiting to be unleashed. Who better than a dragon to thaw out that icy demeanor?

And who better than a beast to finally tame a mighty dragon’s heart?

What A Dragon Should Know was so unexpectedly amazing I seriously don’t know what to do with myself!

Never would I have thought that Gwenvael’s story would be the one that would entertain me on all cylinders. In the previous stories from the Dragon Kin series Gwenvael was a character that I just didn’t take that seriously because of his jokester attitude and nonchalant ways. Even though I didn’t give much head space to Gwenvael something always told me to watch out for him when it came time for his own story. Even with that warning I never could’ve imagined his story unfolding like What A Dragon Should Know did.

What A Dragon Should Know gave new life to the Dragon Kin series (I’ll probably be saying that with each book because G.A. Aiken’s writing is superb, I saw that under her other pen name Shelly Laurenston). From the birth of growing tensions between the Lightnings and those of the Dark Plains, vengeful gods, Dagmar and Gwenvael’s romance, and Annwyl and Fearghus’ twins this story was explosive. The pacing of the story, the character development, the situations all the characters found themselves in, the romance, and actions, everything about What A Dragon Should Know was on point.

As of right now I don’t know whose story is next, maybe Eibhear, but I want to be surprised because I know that the next story will just ramp this series up even more.

Please Don’t Tell My Parents I Blew Up The Moon by Richard Roberts

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Please Don’t Tell My Parents I Blew Up The Moon by Richard RobertsPlease Don't Tell My Parents I Blew Up The Moon by Richard Roberts
Series: Please Don't Tell My Parents
Published by Tantor Audio on August 2, 2016
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
five-stars

Supervillains do not merely play hooky. True, coming back to school after a month spent fighting-and defeating-adult superheroes is a bit of a comedown for the Inscrutable Machine. When offered the chance to skip school in the most dramatic way possible, Penelope Akk can't resist. With the help of a giant spider and mysterious red goo, she builds a spaceship and flies to Jupiter. Mutant goats. Secret human colonies. A war between three alien races with humanity as the prize. Robot overlords and evil plots. Penny and her friends find all this and more on Jupiter's moons, but what they don't find are any heroes to save the day. Fortunately, they have an angry eleven year old and a whole lot of mad science . . .

When I requested to listen to Please Don’t Tell My Parents I Blew Up the Moon I was hoping for and envisioned a story that would be funny and light and it makes me so glad to say that’s exactly what I got. What made Please Don’t Tell My Parents I Blew Up the Moon even more of a treat was the excellence and uniqueness of the word that Richard Roberts built within this series.

Half of my delight of this audiobook definitely goes to the author, duh, but the other half most definitely needs to go to Emily Woo Zeller for the fantastic job she did narrating Please Don’t Tell My Parents I Blew Up the Moon. I knew as soon as the book started that I was seriously going to like this story. Zeller’s narrating brought this story to life in a way I don’t think another narrator could’ve done.

I had not read or listened to Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m A Supervillain but having listened to Please Don’t Tell My Parents I Blew Up the Moon I might go back just to see what shenanigans these characters get up to. Never would I have thought that I would enjoy a story such as this about super villains, I never could have envisioned it. Please Don’t Tell My Parents I Blew Up the Moon made me a believer and I now find myself wanting to find stories like this one that appear to have the potential to blow me away, who most definitely are part of the same age group.

If the synopsis of Please Don’t Tell My Parents I Blew Up the Moon sounds like its right up your alley pick it up, and I would seriously recommend it in audiobook format.