Yodamom Finds her Force

The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.
Today and tomorrow are yet to be said.
The chances, the changes are all yours to make.
The mold of your life is in your hands to break.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.


Eclectic reader, nerdy, mother, animal rescuer, beach addict, kayaker, foodie and fan of books that slip me into another world. A life long reader, explorer, traveler and day dreamer who enjoys getting lost in worlds filled with mythical beasts, demons, shifters, vampires and other beasties.






“Tu n'es rien d'autre que ta vie.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre


"You're nothing but your life."
- Jean Paul Sartre


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A Surprisingly Fun Mystery

Collared (An Andy Carpenter Novel) - David Rosenfelt

I picked it up for the cover alone. I found this while shelf surfing at my library. I read the authors blurb, he has 35 dogs, runs a rescue. My kind of human, I had to give the book a try. It was a fun quick  mystery with realistic drama.

The main character is lawyer who doesn't need to work for a living, he does it because it's the right thing to do. He is married to a PI, has and adopted child and several dogs. His humor is snarky and intelligent. His relationship with his family and coworkers was believable and relevant to the story. I liked the guy, liked his wife, his wacky coworkers and how they went about getting things done.

This was book #16 in this series. Why not start towards the end right ?   I have a lot more books to read in this series, and that is good. I have plans to start from book 1 and slowly work my way through them

I Grabbed It, Can't wait to Read it- thanks- Cat's Books: Romance

Just For Now - Rosalind  James

Free right now- rugby romance YES YES YES you betcha I grabbed it

Reading progress update: I've read 51%.

Collared (An Andy Carpenter Novel) - David Rosenfelt

I would have never picked this up if I'd known the MC was a lawyer.  I grew up surrounded by lawyers, practically lived in a law firm. You can see where I'm going with this ? Good thing I didn't know because I'm really enjoying his humor.

Hello 2018! Hello Books! What you've read in 2018, so far


Hello 2018, hello books. Here's a little sneak peek into what you've read so far and how to use tags to find more 2018 reads!


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Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier,Sally BeaumanRebecca - Daphne du Maurier,Sally Beauman 


Rebecca starts with the narration of a sweet, naive heroine. Maybe not so naive anymore after being exposed to the pains of life, but still shy and quiet, a regular and unremarkable woman you can find in any place. This book is not about her. Our heroine is the narrator. It's life from her eyes we're seeing. And yet, everything is Rebecca. Rebecca, that was perfect in every way. Rebecca, that was the most beautiful creature to ever walk earth. Rebecca, that died before the story even started, and yet still manages to be the protagonist. Manderley is still all hers, even months after her death. Little pieces of her perfection are spread all over the house, and her presence haunts our protagonist, that fears she can never be viewed as Rebecca once was. And she can't... read a full review



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The Immortalists - Chloe BenjaminThe Immortalists - Chloe Benjamin 


The novel begins in 1969 with Gold family--Saul, Gertie, and their 4 children Varya, Daniel, Klara, and Simon--living in New York City. One afternoon the 4 kids go to see a psychic who will tell them the dates of their deaths. And from there we follow each of the kids' lives. How accurate was the pyschic? How does her prediction affect each of the kids in their life choices and career decisions? The 4 kids live very different lives in their daring, their career and educational choices--how much of that is a result of the predictions? ... read a full review



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Rock Hard (Rock Kiss Book 2) (Volume 2) - Nalini SinghRock Hard (Rock Kiss Book 2) (Volume 2) - Nalini Singh 


I loved the portrayal of Charlotte and her journey to self-confidence after a horrific incident with an ex-boyfriend. Readers get hints about what happened, but I was not prepared for the details which made me admire Charlotte even more. She is intelligent and shy though she also has a spine of steel when pushed too far. There are many moments where she could have retreated back into her enclosed world, but she kept going and showed how strong she really was. The aforementioned T-Rex whose real name is Gabriel Bishop is a former professional rugby player who is now known for bring businesses back from the brink of disaster. His first few days at his new company results in staff overhauls and plenty of tears... read a full review





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The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl - Stacy McAnultyThe Miscalculations of Lightning Girl - Stacy McAnulty 


Lightning Girl is 12 year-old Lucy Callahan’s screen name in the math forum she loves. Ever since she was hit by lightning at 8 years old, she’s been a math genius. She’s also been homeschooled due to her academic differences and her OCD tendencies. When Lucy’s beloved uncle visits, he and Lucy’s Nana realize that, as smart as Lucy is, she’s missed out on part of her childhood. And so Nana insists that Lucy drag herself away from her computer and experience normal life for 1 year. Lucy’s germ phobia and repetitive sitting behavior don’t make fitting into middle school easy, but luckily, she quickly makes one friend who doesn’t seem to mind her oddities. As Lucy navigates the tricky middle school social world of cafeteria tables and group projects, she will eventually learn the meaning of true friendship, and find out just how far out of her comfort zone... read a full review



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Sitting Murder - A.J. WrightSitting Murder - A.J. Wright 


Whoo, what a ride! Loved, loved, LOVED this, I was swept up in this deftly written mystery combining the Victorian fascination with mediums and spirits with a classic whodunit.  I loved the simple yet complex plot that takes twist after turn and by the time the surprise ending was unfolding, I was just holding on for dear life! The tragic stories from the suspects made it hard to single one out, and although you think you know who did it, you’ll be wrong... read a full review







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Double Take - Abby BardiReckless Behavior - L.A. Witt,Cari MeisterOh, Florida!: How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country - Craig Pittman

Wood: A PsyCop Short - Jordan Castillo PriceLook for Me (D. D. Warren) - Lisa GardnerTruly, Madly, Guilty - Liane Moriarty,Caroline Lee

Cut-throat Celts (Horrible Histories) - Terry DearyThe House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros




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Terrible Narration

The Rose and the Dagger - Renee Ahdieh

Spoilers possible and I'm going negative here.
Audiobook- not recommended
Narration 2.5 stars
Book 3.5
-the elders & men's voices were so terrible. I wanted to laugh, it took me out of the story. I didn't enjoy this second book nearly as much as the first. I think the narration destroyed the serious edge of the seat moments when the villain would squeak out a poor example crinkled Disney cartoon type voice. Dang it, I really wanted to listen to this authors words brought to life on audio, such a shame.
That was my only issue with this story. Tariq, WTH ? He did some crappy things, head banging creepy guy things. He turned into this ultra control freak, that Shahrzad should have never gone along with, where did the real Shahrzah I loved in Book 1 go ? This chick is a wobbler. This problem went on for too long and the time between Shahrad and Khalid was too brief.
I loved her discoveries, her realizations during the last 1/2 of the book. Everything and everyone moved into their roles, justice was coming and finally we got out the weirdness that was in the first half. Oh I love the stories, I'd wished there had have been more.
Sadly I don't think I'll reread it in print, I didn't love it enough. If it ever makes it to the screen I'll be there.

Reading progress update: I've read 316 out of 594 pages.

The Winter King - C.L. Wilson

Such loneliness, so much mistrust and dislike. I just feel so badly for her and for the people around her waisting time hating when they could be enjoying her spirit of joy she still carries 

Reading progress update: I've read 73%.

The Rose and the Dagger - Renee Ahdieh

This is cheesy, this stand off, like an old western. The second romance was not developed and just didn't do anything for me. I am sad to say this one is not as good as the first book. The magical feeling is missing for me

Reading progress update: I've read 158 out of 594 pages.

The Winter King - C.L. Wilson

it's so cold in the book and outside my window, it's like i'm living in their world. I wish I had a King like him, yums.

Reading progress update: I've read 43%.

The Rose and the Dagger - Renee Ahdieh

Awwwwwwwwwww <3 <3 <3 <3

Reading progress update: I've read 37%.

The Rose and the Dagger - Renee Ahdieh

This girl is so stubborn, and powerful ? Training makes me want to call her "Grasshopper" I'm having weird Kung Fu flashbacks

Reading progress update: I've read 67 out of 594 pages.

The Winter King - C.L. Wilson

Oh I had forgotten what a total shit her father was. Worst turd in the bowl of turds. I am fuming and want to jump in the pages to throttle him. 

Reading progress update: I've read 15 out of 594 pages.

The Winter King - C.L. Wilson

Reread time :D

What A Wonderful Start For The Year

The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Ahdieh

4.5 stars Oh my, my, my, I am breathless ! What a glorious twist of One Thousand and One Nights. The vivid detailing in this story was so richly done I think I gained 5 pounds on description of foods alone. The clothing, the town, the palace, the horses, the landscape, each given such beauty in this author's words. I found myself rereading sections aloud just to hear them spoken, I have to get this on audio. The story is a tangle of what is believed, what is assumed and the truth somewhere in the middle. Hate, fear, resentment, revenge, friendship, respect, love and sacrifice. I loved it all. Now I must go order book 2 beacuse of a cliffhanger ending, beware. :D

Reading progress update: I've read 303 out of 416 pages.

The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Ahdieh

Oh yes she did Ha ! Ha ! 

Thankfully Better Than The Cover and Title

On the Buckle (a Dreamhorse Mystery) - Candace Carrabus

This was so much better than I expected. The title and cover almost made me skip this book in my collection of Must Love Pets 2. This was a wonderful romance with nicely developed characters and a decent story/mystery. The author clearly has a connection with horses, and while I didn't understand some of the horse lingo I never lacked enjoyment of the story.

Reading progress update: I've read 12%.

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices) - Cassandra Clare

I'm finding it hard to connect in this audiobook. This is my second restart, I may have to go to a print version

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