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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Meh to the Meh Meh Meh Meh

The Witch Elm - Tana French, Paul Nugent

How can I like a book when I disliked all the characters ? This book was so boring for 3/4 filed with mundane life experiences, moments of reflection and meh. A lot of words about a bunch of people who I cared not one speck for. The last 1/4 finally started to get some life, but i was already in the "I could care less about any of these people" stage. I will admit there was a twisted twist that I never saw coming that was creative. Yeh, but I was not into it because who cares what happens to these crappy characters. This was a shelf surfing failure for me.
I listened on audio the narrator was really good.

Reading progress update: I've read 23%.

Witched At Birth - Dakota Cassidy

Woah, this starts out really immature and crude. Saying someone smells like "old lady crouch" Ewwww and there is more like that, stupid middle school level stuff. It seems so stupid in the story too these little ridiculous put downs. They don't add anything to the story or character. I hope the female character grows beyond this.

May The Fourth be With You

Mind Blowing and Then Not

Middlegame - Seanan McGuire

3.5 stars Mind Blowing. Complicated, time warping, intense, twisted, genetically bent, confusing, scientific, mathematical, controlling, maniacal, murderous and so much more. This was a lot of book. I will be re-reading it, there was so much I need a second pass. Sadly it wasn't all perfect, it felt too long. The goal a place that was never explained. I waited to find out about the mysterious Imposible City that was mentioned over and over, it had to be great right ? I read the whole book and still don't get what it is. The truth was poked at so many times without resolution, till the end. The time jumping took me back so many times, restarting, going over the same event again. It was an amazing concept, but lost me in the process.

 

People built from parts of other, genetically designed for the ultimate twisted scientific tests. Twins born, are torn apart, kept together, tortured, or... ? They are the key to power. The story follows one pair Roger and Doger. One is a mathematical genius, the other a language genius. They have that weird bond twins have but elevated. Oh their backstory on this is so twisted. Mostly the story follow this pair, as they discover each other, who and what they are. I shuttered as each new truth finally unfolded, some were just horrific.

I don't want to ruin this for you, I'm stopping here.

I picked this book to read by cover and author's name alone. I had no clue what it was about I didn't even read the book blurb.

Trigger Warning: suicide, depression and violence

It Was Okay

Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog - Dave Barry

While I liked the lessons from Lucy, she is a wise girl, I didn't get much from the inbetween stories. Dave Barry has something to say, there was inspiration and some chuckling moments there but they were dulled by filler stories. I don't know him, have never heard of him before, perhaps it I had a history with him I would have gotten more out of it. For a short book it felt long to me.

Reading progress update: I've read 65%.

The Poet X - Rosa Elizabeth Acevedo Marin

“Maybe, the only thing that has to make sense about being somebody’s friend is that you help them be their best self on any given day. That you give them a home when they don’t want to be in their own.” ― Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X

Reading progress update: I've read 25 out of 208 pages.

Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog - Dave Barry

Phew, that was a long introduction. I've never heard or read this guys stuff before but I like him already. I'm in the mood for fun with dogs

Reading progress update: I've read 35%.

The Poet X - Rosa Elizabeth Acevedo Marin

Audiobook read by the author- I am not a poetry fan, I usually find it difficult to enjoy it. This author has done something unique- I listened to the first hour loved it. Yeah, me Ms. Anti Poetry. 

And So Begins The Season of Reading My Own :P

I'm free, all reviews are written, all ARC's read. Yes, I over requested myself once again. I seem to have a problem saying no to new sparkly books. I can now read all my owned books and reread some favorites.  

Demons, Angels, Ghosts, Witches and Gargoyles Oh My

Storm and Fury (The Harbinger #1) - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Demons, Angels, Ghosts, Witches and Gargoyles oh my. 

I loved it ! Was it really over 500 pages ? It felt short, I was left wanting more. Sure I missed sleep and maybe a couple social functions so I could stay home and read.  Don't judge it was so good. Action packed, heartwarming, heartbreaking, sexy, and interesting. The world created was unique, an slowly unraveled, no info dumping :D. It's basically about Wardens (Gargoyles),  and others who protect our world from demons. When the demons get testy and force action by stealing a warden and killing many humans. Two characters step up and search for answers..

Let's talk about Zayne the hot, sexy, kind, gentlemanly, protective, honest, loyal, gargoyle, yes  I said gargoyle. This is the perfect man, and he can double as a house ornament. Seriously, this character was swoon worthy plus.

Trinity a child of mixed race who is raised in a gargoyle compound and has some special skills. Her skills make her a target for some very bad things and must remain hidden. She is smart, physically strong, but suffers from a degenerative disease. This only makes her be more. She wasn't all sparkles and sunshine which I loved, she had real qualities. Trinity suffered from some bouts of immaturity, which is expected for an 18 year old.

There are several wonderful supportive characters you'll meet but wait till you get to know Peanut, Peanut rocks ! 

I never read the series this spun off from. Sad right ? While reading it I never felt like I didn't know what was going on or like I was missing something. I own them and will be reading them very soon. I want more of this world. Where is book 2,  Ms Armentrout, hurry. 

I Promised Myself To Not Struggle Finishing With Books Anymore

The Muse of Nightmares - Laini Taylor

Quitting @20%- (audiobook) I just keep losing interest. I find myself ignoring the audio completely. I am putting it aside I may come back some day or not.

A Feel Good Read With

Just One of the Groomsmen - Cindi Madsen

Cindi Madsen is the queen of feel good books. She writes these amazing characters that I can relate too, and feel for. This is the perfect vacation read, fun, uplifting, sexy and filled with good vibes.

This book centers around a man Tucker, who left his small town to practice law at a big city law firm only to find it didn't make him happy. He moves back home and runs into a pair of sexy legs sticking out from under a car that happen to belong to his childhood BFF and one of "the boys". This attraction just can't be, it might ruin their group dynamic, right? Addie, the girl with the legs is a tomboy to the bone. She has some tingly feelings of her own that don't go with the BFF one of the boys history. On top of that one of the boys is getting married and he wants Addie to be a "Groomsman", which is why she was wearing the dress under the car. The struggle is real, trying to stay in the friend zone while the tingles are happening and getting stronger. Fun times, watching them fight not to cross lines, knowing it's inevitable. These two fight a good snarky fight. 

The other characters in the book all support the story perfectly. Each character's personality was developed and each had their own little moments. The friendship tis group has is so positive and uplifting. 

Feel good baby ! Yes I ended it with a smile. 

I received this book from the author for an honest review.

Reading progress update: I've read 20%.

The Muse of Nightmares - Laini Taylor

What is wrong with me ? Everyone love this. I keep toning this audiobook out, I am just not listening.  I swear I have no idea what happened in the first 205% I've heard. I feel like a teenager with parental deafness, It is boring or am I just a space case ?  ARGUH frustration

Reading progress update: I've read 10%.

Storm and Fury (The Harbinger #1) - Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

Wahoo a hot gargoyle 

Bloodwitch - Susan Dennard

Arguh ! Cliffhanger, cliffhanger, cliffhanger ! Dang it ! I realy really wanted to know who lived and who did what and..... I'll just have to wait.
Great fun, lots of death, magic, semi lusty feelings (i think, it's complicated), backstabbing, power struggles and a cute bat.

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