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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Reading progress update: I've read 20%.

Children of Blood and Bone: The OrÏsha Legacy (Children of OrÏsha) - Tomi Adeyemi

The narration is fantastic and the story has me on the edge of my seat

Pirates and Demons With Feelings

Death Doesn't Bargain - Sherrilyn Kenyon, Holter Graham

Audiobook- excellent narration
4.5 Stars
Death, devils, pirates, princes, demons, love and friendship. All that and there was still some room for smexy time ! You know SK knows how to smex her characters right ! Just thinking about it all hot and bothered. Somebody grab me a fan it's hot in here. If you love her other series you'll love this one.
Man that was a fun ride. I can't tell you anything without ruining the story. it does pick up just after book 1 so go read that one first. it would also help if you read her Dark Hunter Series at least too. She pulls characters in from her other books and doesn't reintroduce them nor tell their back story. You'd be missing out on some seriously good characters if you don't. Acheron, Simi, Thorn, and a few other favorites make an appearance and set up for the next book. The ending is a humdinger of a cliffhanger. You have been warned.

Reading progress update: I've listened 75 out of 585 minutes.

Death Doesn't Bargain - Sherrilyn Kenyon, Holter Graham

Most awesome merman description and the underwater scenes Amazing

Quick and Easy Just The Way I Like Cooking To be

Vegan Bowl Attack!: More than 100 One-Dish Meals Packed with Plant-Based Power - Jackie Sobon

Want to make eating good vegan food easier and faster ? Check this book out. It is packed with easy quick health ideas for keeping your diet on track in these fast paced times. There are food prep recipes to shorten meal prep times, they give you fabulous options when cooking. Okay I struggle with what to pack everyday fro lunch, yeh it gets repetitive. There are some knock out lunch ideas. I know my office groupies will be drooling with lunch envy. I love that there are quick 30 min or less meals as well as feed a crowd quick recipes. Oh let's not forget camping recipes ! The recipes for the basics are there too, bonus.
I tried many recipes but my favorites so far are the Crustless Quiche Bites and the Savory Puff Pastry Tarts, my family has asked for them three times already this month. I think the frozen soup idea is genius, I've loaded my freezer with a couple different soups.
I loved this book. I need more time away from the chore of cooking and this book gives that. I think I'll be gifting it for the holidays

Quick and Easy Just The Way I Like Cooking To be

Vegan Bowl Attack!: More than 100 One-Dish Meals Packed with Plant-Based Power - Jackie Sobon

Want to make eating good vegan food easier and faster ? Check this book out. It is packed with easy quick health ideas for keeping your diet on track in these fast paced times. There are food prep recipes to shorten meal prep times, they give you fabulous options when cooking. Okay I struggle with what to pack everyday fro lunch, yeh it gets repetitive. There are some knock out lunch ideas. I know my office groupies will be drooling with lunch envy. I love that there are quick 30 min or less meals as well as feed a crowd quick recipes. Oh let's not forget camping recipes ! The recipes for the basics are there too, bonus.
I tried many recipes but my favorites so far are the Crustless Quiche Bites and the Savory Puff Pastry Tarts, my family has asked for them three times already this month. I think the frozen soup idea is genius, I've loaded my freezer with a couple different soups.
I loved this book. I need more time away from the chore of cooking and this book gives that. I think I'll be gifting it for the holidays

Quick and Easy Just The Way I Like Cooking To be

Vegan Bowl Attack!: More than 100 One-Dish Meals Packed with Plant-Based Power - Jackie Sobon

Want to make eating good vegan food easier and faster ? Check this book out. It is packed with easy quick health ideas for keeping your diet on track in these fast paced times. There are food prep recipes to shorten meal prep times, they give you fabulous options when cooking. Okay I struggle with what to pack everyday fro lunch, yeh it gets repetitive. There are some knock out lunch ideas. I know my office groupies will be drooling with lunch envy. I love that there are quick 30 min or less meals as well as feed a crowd quick recipes. Oh let's not forget camping recipes ! The recipes for the basics are there too, bonus.
I tried many recipes but my favorites so far are the Crustless Quiche Bites and the Savory Puff Pastry Tarts, my family has asked for them three times already this month. I think the frozen soup idea is genius, I've loaded my freezer with a couple different soups.
I loved this book. I need more time away from the chore of cooking and this book gives that. I think I'll be gifting it for the holidays

I couldn't Get Past The Heroine To Love it

Wicked - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Spoilers ! you have been warned
I usually love this author's stories but this one was rounded off to meh. One, the heroine character felt forced to me. She, had a past love, her first love who she rattles on about ad nauseam through the story. Two, She was this trained for her whole life woman warrior on patrol for these dangerous Fae and yet she acted without thought many times. Three, Tink ? Really she is a super badass with a little horny sidekick named Tink ? I've read that before. Four, the super devotion of Ren after just a few feels and O's ? it's didn't make sense with all her past love mental rehashing his more experienced life and their lack of time together. Why did this gorgeous guy fall insta love for this prickly chick ? I never got that. Five, all the members of this protection group were so distant, there was no feeling of connection between them, the author wrote about them meeting and knowing each other but telling it didn't work for me, I never believed it. Six, Her BFF Val. She was there she did stuff, shocking stuff but I didn't care because I never got to know her. I wasn't surprised, don't know why they were so close, and never really saw it. Seven, Our MC, the big badass fae killer never asked Tink any questions about information that could be a life or death deal ? I feel like such a whiny complainer. The story didn't click together like I'd expected from JLA.
I'll read the next one, the world and story held my interest and I have hope that the characters will develop more in the next books.

Reading progress update: I've read 32%.

Wicked - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Aww how terrible, stuck with a sexy tall green eyed six pack ab guy- I want that job !

DNF @ 47%

Twice Dead - Caitlin Seal

G to PG rated book- language, deaths and fighting
The book starts out with Naya a young girl trying to win the acceptance of her father sets off on a errand for him that leads to her death and resurrection. She is attacked at the door of her destination and falls to the ground When she wakes she finds herself in a strange place with strange people and her clothes are gone. She is told she's undead, a wraith and it to used to help save them all. Ah but things aren't that easy she must learn how to be a wraith and pass a couple tests. So the book goes into what she must learn. On top of her new death her father left before she woke, she is treated like a vermin and she has no good options if she can't make it There is a possible romance building, possible.
I loved the undead/wraith storyline, it was interesting and had many new ideas added to an old myth. I wish there would have been more story and less character development. It felt like I was just following Naya around as she went back and forth collecting her wraith lessons and never really went anywhere else. There were hints of something and then it went back to the same old story. I didn't like the way this book was written I was bored, tired of Naya and her small world. There was too much inner dialog, not enough action, too many useless detailed information dumps. I didn't find enough interest to continue this series
I received this book for an honest review

Reading progress update: I've read 75%.

Hot and Badgered (The Honey Badgers) - Shelly Laurenston

The baddest ones are the women I love that

Reading progress update: I've read 10%.

Twice Dead - Caitlin Seal

It went from third person to suddenly first person. Oh my gods I'm already skimming the useless info dumping is such a waste of time. I like the necromancer stuff it has such an interesting point but no I have to read all this blah blah blah servant/political/memories.... that don't tie in at all and are too long ! I want to quit here but let's see if it improves. I'll give it another 10%

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Harry Potter Fans Would Enjoy This

Ice Wolves - Amie Kaufman

I almost didn't read this when I saw it was middle school level. It's hard, I'm a well aged adult, yes well aged. I like to think I'm mature and need adult level book to be entertained. But, I really loved the Illuminae Files she wrote so I dove in. I am not not mature or this was really good writing. I loved it.
The story follows two orphans, twins as they struggle to live free in a world separated by war and hate. There are humans who need protection, wolves who provide it and dragons who cause all the trouble. When one twin changes and the other goes another way the questions start forming and the truth slowly starts to unfold. One goes to be sacrificed one goes to a magical military school. There are a lot of unknowns, lies, hidden secrets and magic all new to them. One of the twins struggles with the need to save the other twin and new friendships who to trust. Meanwhile something is not adding up, and the teachers know more.
I got Harry Potter like vibes from this. Young magical child who never knew he held magic, finds he is so much more and attends a school for other like him, where a smart loner type girl befriends him. That is were the likeness ends. I think fans of Harry Potter might really enjoy this. There is no sex, no romance.

Reading progress update: I've read 156 out of 326 pages.

Ice Wolves - Amie Kaufman

This author has an amazing ability to suck you completely into a story. The story has a very Harry Potter feel. Young magical boy orphan gains magical ability, meets smart girl who questions the history at school. I almost didn't read this because it was middle school age. Glad I did- so far I'm having trouble putting it down

Reading progress update: I've read 10%.

Hot and Badgered (The Honey Badgers) - Shelly Laurenston

This is better than a bag of chips... LOL My Quilty pleasure,

Another Fabulous Audiobook Production

Obsidio - Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman

4.5 Holy Smokes that was good.
You must read books 1-2 before this one. No spoiler review.
Mesmerizing audiobook read by a full cast with an extensive sound track-amazing. The story was filled with unexpected twists, heartbreak and exhilaration. I felt tired after finishing, like I just went through the trauma with them.
I love this author she develops her characters so completely. I think about them after putting the book down, hope for them, cheer them on, feel the void when one dies. At one point a character died, a selfless death, I teared up while earlier I was inner screaming for their death.
The ending was left with a voice from the past. Could there be another book ? I think so maybe a spin off ? I'd like to see more of this voice's character.

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