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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Ridiculous Insta Love I Just Couldn't Go On

State Secrets - Linda Lael Miller

No Stars I did not finish it
I usually love this author but this book is not working for me. First the narration is just sounding too read from a page, not enough emotion and the voice is unpleasant to my ears. Second I'm barely into the book and these two supposed to be wary strangers are already kissing ?!? It makes no sense at all, they haven't even been flirting and she doesn't trust him ?!?! No I'm done. I am not going to finish it.

Love Pies and Apple Picking

The Recipe Box: A Novel - Viola Shipman
audiobook
Excellent narration
Recipes excellent
Sweet, heartwarming this book brought back so many fond memories of my youth in upper Michigan. This is a book with strong family ties, great relationships, honesty and courage, not game playing. I felt good, peaceful and happy while reading it. A fabulous summer feel good read.
I loved this tale of upper an Upper Michigan woman/pastry chef and the orchard her family owns. She was raised on her family's orchard, a multi generation owned business. She wants to make her own mark on the world so she leaves and goes to NY to work under a famous pastry chef. Things happen, life changes, and she finds herself heading home for some thinking and her grandmother's 75th birthday celebration. Once there she is drawn into the power of family and food, and re-centers her life and her heart.
Pie, pie, pie, oh the pies in this book ! There are recipes, good ones I've tried three so far. The only downfall to the audio version is that I had to write them down while play pause/play pause it took some time. I ordered the hard copy so I'll have them soon.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 10%.

The Recipe Box: A Novel - Viola Shipman

Awww such a sweet way to pass down traditions. Yeh Yeh, sweet, now lets talk pie. The book started out with a recipe for crumple right off the bat- winner. I'll make it this weekend. 

Wait There Must Be One More Page

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black

To Ms. Black author and torturer -What ?!?!?  Ms. Black that is how you left it ? You went along basically on a straight path till you blew up the direct path replaced it with a spiral lined with deadly thorns.  I never saw it coming, there were no hints, so sneaky. So how long do I have to wait for the next book ? Forever ? Yep that's what it'll feel like. Thanks for leaving me hanging here. 

Reading progress update: I've read 75%.

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black

Well that went well, not bloody at all.  

Reading progress update: I've read 55%.

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black

Oh something is stinking here, something isn't right, damn it girl, get seriously worried !

Reading progress update: I've read 12%.

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black

Nasty Nasty Nasty, Oh I love a nasty royal

Started off So Well Then it Just Went Flat

Shearwater, Part One: An Ocean Depths Mermaid Romance - James D. Murphy

2.5 stars
Mermaids, Irish Folklore, Magical Arts, Teen Drama and Ireland. How could I not give this book a shot ? I'm glad I did, I see an author to watch here. There were flaws, but there was something alluring too. The story was interesting, the beginning started strong, with mysterious events, people, magic and a new location. The author spent a lot of time researching and detailing mythological stories to give us a history behind the beings involved. The imagery was well written and easily visualized. I was sitting on the edge of my seat when the first part ended. Sadly, I did not have the same felling through the second part.
The second part of the story dragged long and slow for me. it was over filled with detailing of these myths and magics, all dry and too long. I felt like I was reading a school text through some of it. The characters just went flat for me, they seemed very stereotypical in their teen roles. The mean girl, was a cut out replica from other books. The MC was emotionally stoic when we were to feel something for her character, then she'd be enthusiastic at odd times. Oh and she withheld information because it wasn't the right time to bring it up ? Oh I really hate that, it's a life or death situation and a character decides to talk about it later after dinner or party or...There was a stabbing that was just left out there, dead bodies with strangeness all around that was barely talked about. It was frustraiting, I felt like the author got lost in the story trying to check off all the must haves in a young adult read. Hot guys-check, Hot girls- check, Love triangle- check, Dead parents- check, Mary Sue MC- check, School bullies-check, Unfair teacher- check, Clothing drama-check, Feeling of inadequacy-check, Super duper powerful MC-check.
I am not sure if I want to read more in this series. I see talent but it need tuning, an editor, and some good beta readers.

Reading progress update: I've read 83%.

Shearwater, Part One: An Ocean Depths Mermaid Romance - James D. Murphy

I'm looking forward to this ending, not because i don't like the story but this second part is emotionally flat and too long 

Reading progress update: I've read 47%.

Shearwater, Part One: An Ocean Depths Mermaid Romance - James D. Murphy

Which one if good which not ? I have no idea at this point.

Reading progress update: I've read 15%.

Shearwater, Part One: An Ocean Depths Mermaid Romance - James D. Murphy

I am entranced by this book already, the mystery the scenery, the culture, oh Ireland is a magical beauty. The characters, I am unable to stop thinking about them, and boy are they drinking 

Mind Blown- Loved It

LifeLik3 - Jay Kristoff

I just finished this moments ago and am in a whirl of Oh My's. Holy twisted crumpled tales of love, hate, and robotics.  I LOVED IT. Mr. Kristoff, what was that ending ?  Oh you are good, cruel but deliciously good. This is why I read all your books, you challange my expectations. 
The beginning of the book was a slow start, the slang slowed me down. It was different enough that I couldn't flow through it. It was a short struggle, to maybe 15 % and I got it. The story never slows, never goes where you expect, it's an unknown path ahead in this book.

The story follows Eve, who as a young girl loses her everything in a violent event. She is a being raised by her grandfather, surrounded by her best friend, and robots.  Everything is going as well as it can till a reviled being is found in a crash wreckage. This is a world or radiation, gangs, androids, love and hard core everything. It had moments that reminded me of many moves and TV series. It was Thunderdome, Mad Max,  and Westworld. Speaking of Westworld, wait till you met The Preacher, and hold on when you do he's a...well you'll see.

Romance, it's there, unexpected in such a story but fits so well and twists the heartstrings in all the bleeding places. Rocky, filled with pain and sweetness, it's a hard one to walk away from when the book ended.  I was so invested in these characters I was left feeling gutted at the ending. Mr. Kristoff, leaves us hanging off the side of a thousand foot cliff lined with broken bones and scrap metal.

I received this book from the publisher for a non biased review.

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

LifeLik3 - Jay Kristoff

May The 4th

Reading progress update: I've read 51%.

LifeLik3 - Jay Kristoff

Memories can be nightmares, yet filled with hope, Modydick had evolved and the slime, gag  oh it stinks. So now we go to even worse stink. LOL 

Wonderful

Hunting Prince Dracula - Kerri Maniscalco

Audiobook -
Narration 5 stars
Another fun adventure with the young sleuths as they travel to the land of Dracula. The ending was fantastic, I cheered ! I can't wait to read their next adventure in America

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Scout's Heaven
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