Book Review: Let Her Go – Briana Pacheco

Synopsis

Zoë Whitmore is in love with her best friend, but haunting memories and a guilty conscious have been holding her back from letting her be with him. 

Owen Stevenson is unknowingly paying for the sins of his father. He doesn’t understand why Zoë can’t look at him for more than a few seconds or why his touch is unsettling at times. All he’s ever wanted was to love her, to protect her, and to be hers, but it’s not so easy. 

She pushes, he pulls. 
She hurts, he loves. 

Both are holding onto ghosts of their pasts and in order for them to peruse a relationship they’ll have to let them go.

WARNING: This is a darkish New Adult friends-to-lovers romance kind of book. Due to heavy subject matter, strong language, possible triggers of child sexual abuse, and some sexual situations this book is recommended for ages 18+

My Thoughts

`Let Her Go` is a keeper! It´s an unforgettable story that will make a reader ugly cry but also guarantees happy tears.

It´s been a while since I´ve held an emotional book in my hands. If I had known just how emotional this book was going to be I´d have bought a box of tissues. Instead, I had to use the arm of my longsleeve while reading Briana Pacheco´s standalone, `Let Her Go`.let her go

`Let Her Go` is a romance that tackles a highly sensitive topic- Child Abuse – and the author tackled that subject with grace and bravery.

Told in a first person narrative with dual POV´s ( his & hers) this book will tear you to bits because you get to see both sides from the main characters. The „Why I´m doing this.“ and the „Why is she acting like this.“ Which is great because you have the pleasure of suffering twice instead of once. As if suffering once wasn´t enough * snorts *.

Briana Pacheco goes out of her way and makes her reader´s heart break and then she forces the broken pieces together again.

That´s basically what happened to me. I was shocked, stunned and in pain for the characters. I suffered for Zoe and suffered with Owen. And as I got further into the story my feelings intensified for everyone.

Zoe, despite her past, is a wonderful Heroine. Very loveable, down to earth and strong. She´s one of those female leads I´d be best friends with in real life.

Owen, on the other hand…. He´s the definition of perfection. The Hero every romance lover craves for. Smart, good looking, considerate, understanding and determined to keep the one person who means everything to him in his life- Zoe.

“I make her fly while she makes me feel like I´m free falling.”

Both love fiercely. Both want each other deeply. But will the truth, a truth that has already paved a different road for the couple, end everything or will it bring Zoe and Owen closer together?

If you think you have the answer to that question- Think again. The end is not entirely what you would think it is. There´s a nice twist- A show of self-action. I thought it was great!

All in all I can thank the author for giving me a mighty fine book hangover because I haven´t had one in ages. From now on, I will buy a box of Kleenex before purchasing future books from Briana Pacheco.

Would I recommend this book? I most certainly would. Briana Pacheco´s words are captivating. Her characters feel real. Her stories are… so touching.

Would I re-read this book? Yes. I would.

The Cover – 5 stars ( Love.)

The Story – 4 stars ( Although I thought the story itself was worth 5 stars I still feel slightly uneasy about the child abuse topic. Maybe it´s because I have children myself and therefore fear more. It´s a topic that makes my stomach turn. Still, the author did a wonderful job in balancing the details on the event. )

The Characters 5 stars ( I´ve got a whole lot of love for these fictional figures. Including Echo and Freddie!)

My emotional state after finishing this read – Spent. Very satisfied. In love.

I´m giving ` Let Her Go` by author Briana Pacheco 4 out of 5 stars.

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Purchase Links

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Morgana´s Book Box Instagram Feature

Happy Monday! 🍂🍁 And Happy belated New Release for @brianapacheco1 new novel 'Let Her Go' . 😍 The wait was long and so worth it. 💚💚 . Tagged by the lovely Sabrina and Ashley from @5171milesbooks… here's my #winteriscoming by @maddisonwonderland *getting into my GoT mindset* *mentally preparing for my apocalyptic repsonses* . 🌨Jamie Lannister ( a character you used to hate but now love): I always liked Jamie and I do tend to enjoy characters similar to his. e.g. Tony Rawlings from Consequences. . 🌨Tyrion Lannister ( a character you'd get drunk with ): None. Most characters aren't stable enough to drink.😂 And I'm not a psychiatrist when I drink…so… . 🌨Cersei Lannister ( the baddest bitch in town): There is NO character than can reach her bad bitch level. She evil. . 🌨Theon Greyjoy (a character who always suffers): You kidding me? Someone name me a character that has ever suffered worse than Theon has because I cant. Poor bastard. . 🌨Ned Stark ( a character who died too soon): Sean from Carnage . 🌨Sansa Stark ( an annoying character): Sansa isn't annoying. Not everyone can be Arya *eye roll* But I have a long list of annoying characters. Let me roll it out and start a new post just for that😂 . 🌨Jon Snow ( a character you'd spend the night with): does this mean just a dinner and sleepover or actually ending up having sex? Because both lists are a mile long too.😂😂😂😂 And no. I wouldn't want to sleep with Jon Snow. Not my type. I prefer my men to KNOW something instead of NOTHING. *falls off chair, cracking up* Have a great day! 😍😍😍😍

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Book Review- Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher

Book Description

When Fig Coxbury buys a house on West Barrett Street, it’s not because she likes the neighborhood, or even because she likes the house. It’s because everything she desires is next door: The husband, the child, and the life that belongs to someone else. 

My Thoughts

Sometimes I read a book from a specific author and end up not liking it. That once happened with Tarryn Fisher´s novel, The Opportunist ( Love Me With Lies #1 ), back in 2013. After not seeing what the hype over that book was about, I decided to not include the author´s works in my monthly Amazon shopping lists again.

I wasn´t a fan.

But sometimes, often years later, an author pops out a book that grabs my attention and I decide to give that author another chance.

`Bad Mommy` by Tarryn Fisher wasn´t the shining light I had hoped for. Bad Mommy

Since I want to keep this review clean and spoiler free I´m going say that the problem with this book was a combination of everything and the lack of.

The writing was not close to what I´m usually used to. The topic was rather interesting but it was a bit off. The dialogue Not for me ( a problem I had with the author´s former works). The characters were all over the place. It seemed like someone left the gates to Crazy Town open. The emotions the story brought out in me and the overall feeling the book gave out was closer to negative than positive.

`Bad Mommy` is a thriller. I expect a tad more thrill when reading a thriller. I expect a story to pull me in and make me forget everything else surrounding me.

The story was indeed like a rollercoaster ride. Chaotic and flat. Confusing and long ( as in: it took me forever to finish reading.)

I´m sad to say that `Bad Mommy` wasn´t my cup of tea.

Would I recommend this book? No. Personally, I wouldn´t. I believe a book has to have more than just a flashy cover, catchy title and mysterious synopsis. A story that includes multiple personalities is bound to be confusing but this one takes the cake.

Would I re-read this book? No. I might even go so far and say that Tarryn Fisher isn´t the author for me.

The Cover – 4 stars ( The cover is surprisingly great. I like the vibe it gives off. )

The Story – 1 star ( Too chaotic. Too flat. Not what I expected. Not was I hoped for.)

The Characters – 2 stars ( Confusing. Some characters even felt like shadows. Again, I expected more)

My emotional state after finishing this read– Very disappointed.

I´m giving `Bad Mommy` by Tarryn Fisher 1 star out of 5.

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Purchase Link

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Mug Feature & Book Talk & Private Ramblings

Mug –Ikea

Book – Dangerous To Know & Love by Jane Harvey-Berrick

 

I´m a person who´s mind runs a million miles per hour. I´m not much of a multitasker but I can think of many odd things all at once. I´ve been told it´s an Aquarius trait. Not that I would know. I don´t pay attention to star signs, zodiac readings or whatever else they´re called. I know my mind runs off while I´m doing stuff. A fact I can live with.

Monday and Wednesday´s are my days off. The girls are at my mom´s enjoying their beloved Grandma-time so that leaves me with nothing to do. Literally. With the house clean, laundry done and lunch cooked I have all the time in the world ( 4 hours to myself feel like an endless amount of time) to do the things I enjoy most. 

Call me weird but… I like doing nothing. We live in a fast living world where everyone´s running from A to B all the time. There´s hardly any room during our busy lives to properly relax. Unless we make time. That´s what I do. I make a point out of doing nothing sometimes. Why? It´s important for the mind and body. 

In my case, I like to read and drink hot chocolate during my relax time. I like to aimlessly walk around the house in my hot pink bathrobe and just appreciate the silence. I´ll sometimes look out the kitchen window and watch my neighbors chat on the street, I´ll watch others pass by my house with their dogs.. I swear, there´s nothing better than having enough time to appreciate the little things in life. 

While sipping my hot cocoa I took an extra few minutes to admire the color of the mug. Speaking of mugs- An Ikea purchase ( because I can never walk out of that place without something from the Dining department). Was the color turquoise? Blue? Teal? Then I thought of how great it would be if a book cover had that same color. The search for the matching book cover began.

It took me a full hour of rummaging to find what I was looking for. Voila!

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Book- Dangerous To Know & Love by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Okay, fine. Black, white and gray dominate the cover but there is a color splash of teal.

One of my all time favorite romances. And it´s an older one, too. Not one of those new romances where the Hero is some rich hot-shot who owns half a city and whisks a middle class 20-year-old off her feet with outrageous sex. 

No. This is a simple, relatable romance. It´s emotional. I love it. `Dangerous To Know & Love` is one of those stories where you feel the character´s pain and just want to do everything to jump right in and help out. I remember I felt like a peeping Tom while reading Lisanne and Daniel´s story.  They had a slow-moving relationship with relatable up´s and down´s.  I didn´t really suffer from any emotional trauma after reading this book but I do remember feeling so utterly satisfied and excited. 

There aren´t many books I cherish. I have a handful of books I call my romance Bible. This book definitely belongs to those. 

Two hot cocoa´s later I realized I was rereading the book. Something I wasn´t planning on doing because I have more than enough books on my oversized TBR list. Books that are anxiously waiting for some attention. 

I guess swooning over Daniel and Lisanne´s lovestory was more important. I have time, right? My TBR list isn´t going anywhere. A quick reread and another hot cocoa can never hurt… Especially not me. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed Mug Monday. Until next week….

Much Love,

Morgana xx

Book Info

Title: Dangerous To Know & Love  Dangerous to Know and Love

Author: Jane Harvey-Berrick

Publication Date: May 17th 2013

Genre: New Adult, Romance

Favorite Quote (s): “I don´t want to be defined by this.”

“I´m so fucking happy you´re here,” he whispered. “It makes it hurt less.”

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Review- The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Book Description

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself. 

 

My Thoughts

I said I would get out of my genre comfort-zone and that´s exactly what I did.

I saw the book cover for `The Cruel Prince` by New York Times bestselling author Holly Black and I knew I this was going to be my first 2018 fairytale read. The Cruel Prince

The fact that this book went way beyond my safe-bookish-place would be an understatement, yet I still enjoyed it.

I´d say it was a great experience filled with firsts. This was the first time I´d read anything from Holly Black. I´m a fan now. Her writing is engaging and her storytelling ability is fab. It was also the first time I had read anything like this book.

`The Cuel Prince` started out really cool with a day-to-day scene but with a dark twist. A game changer I didn´t see coming. And what a nice change of wallpaper it was to read about humans living in a world of magic and liking it.

A very colorful and adventurous tale.

What I loved most was the dedication and the map ( God, that map is just so cute ). The map was super helpful while reading because I find it difficult to imagine newly created worlds.

But still, there was something missing for me. I can´t really put my finger on it but it bugged me a bit.

I won´t say that this wasn´t my cup of tea because the story was actually good and I had a great time while reading but I just didn´t spend days afterwards thinking about the story. I didn´t have a bookhanger nor did I feel the need to hit up one of my book besties and rave about the story. Stuff I would usually do after reading a book.

Perhaps that´ll happen with book #2? Let´s keep our fingers crossed. Rumor has it that the next book will come out sometime around 2019. Until then it´s going to be a keep-eyes-open year for news.

All in all I´d say `The Cruel Prince` (The Folk Of The Air #1) was a decent out-of-my-genre-comfort-zone read. ( If that makes any sense)

Would I reread this book? I´m not sure. Let´s wait for book #2 and decide then.

Would I recommend this book? Sure! It´s a great story.

The Cover – 5 stars ( Absolutely gorgeous. I love it. A total eye-catcher.)

The Story – 3 stars ( Although I liked it I felt that a few key points were missing. Maybe that can be blamed on me comparing the book to a contemporary romance. Remember, I´m expanding my horizon! )

The Characters – 3 stars ( They were good. I liked them.)

My emotional state after finishing this read– Satisfied.

I´m giving `The Cruel Prince` by Holly Black 3 out of 5 positive stars.

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Purchase Links

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Review: Her Twisted Pleasures ( The Twisted Mosaic #1) by Amelia James

Book Description

His hand came off my neck, and he wrapped his arms around me, crushing me against him. I grabbed his hair and forced his mouth to mine, feeding the darkness possessing us…. Submission, yes! Not giving up control but having it taken from me. This… this was why I needed Alex. Will was too nice; he would never abuse me like this. But Alex…mmm…Alex had no such qualms. “What have you done to me?”

Talia indulges her sexual pleasures, turning her life into a twisted mess. Sleeping with Alex is dangerous and reckless. She craves that excitement. Loving Will is comforting and safe. She needs that stability. Why can’t she get everything she wants from one man? 

Will has everything under control. Watching his girlfriend flirt with his best friend fuels his lust for her. He loves Talia; he trusts Alex. It’s all good as long as he makes the rules. 

Alex doesn’t give a damn about rules. He knows how to play with fire without getting burned. It’s just sex with Talia. No emotions means no attachments. That’s one rule he won’t break.

Sometimes dirty little secrets are more dirty than secret…

My Thoughts

The book description was tempting and when I started reading `Her Twisted Pleasures` ( The Twisted Mosaic #1 ) by Amelia James, I thought I was reading the wrong book. Sex here….sex there….sex EVERYWHERE! * dramatically falling backwards on sofa * A little less sex and a lot more story would have done this book wonders.

 

I think it´s safe to say that this book wasn´t for me. Like- at all.

Don´t get me wrong- I really appreciate sex scenes in romance novels. Only the sex in this book was too much for me. I needed more depth, more story, more everything in order to not view this read as a porn. I knew damn well what I was getting myself into. I knew there would be sex. I knew about the BDSM, the dom / sub that was in this book. But I didn´t know there was no actually story behind the sex.

It seemed like the balance between dialogue, narrative and action in this book was completely out of proportion, making it difficult to pick out the actual story.

`Her Twisted Pleasures` was supposed to be a love triangle. I didn´t notice one. For me it looked like nothing of the sort happened. It was just sex between 3 people who knew each other.

I was confused, 2 from the 3 main characters were emotionally confused… Everything was just an uncontrolled mess that never should have happened.

And then, after countless screwings without a wink of emotions, the moment of truth happened. All three characters were gathered in the same room! Sadly, that one scene where something monumental should have happened didn´t do much for me either because.. nothing happened.

This book ends on a cliffhanger. One I didn´t care much for because I was not interested in dealing with more sex.

Let´s just put it this way- I didn´t like this one. It was complicated, confusing, twisted and even dull.

I expected more, especially after reading the tons of supportive reviews left on Goodreads and Amazon.com.

Would I reread this book?  Nope.

Would I recommend this book? Not really. Anyone looking for a book with depth and purpose will not find what they´re looking for in this book. If anyone is looking for sex from start to finish then this might be a book for them.

The Cover – 3 stars ( It´s okay. I´m not going crazy over it nor do I hate it.)

The Characters – 1 star ( A generous star, mind you. All 3 main characters were not to my liking, especially the Heroine. )

The Story – 1 stars ( Nope. As much as I enjoy reading about sex, it was too much for my taste. The sex overshadowed everything else.)

My emotional state after finishing this read– Disappointed, to say the least.

I´m giving `Her Twisted Pleasures` ( The Twisted Mosaic #1 ) by Amelia James 1 out of 5 stars.

Book Review- The Unrequited by Saffron A. Kent

Book Description

Layla Robinson is not crazy. She is suffering from unrequited love. But it’s time to move on. No more stalking, no more obsessive calling. 

What she needs is a distraction. The blue-eyed guy she keeps seeing around campus could be a great one—only he is the new poetry professor—the married poetry professor.

Thomas Abrams is a stereotypical artist—rude, arrogant, and broody—but his glares and taunts don’t scare Layla. She might be bad at poetry, but she is good at reading between the lines. Beneath his prickly façade, Thomas is lonely, and Layla wants to know why. Obsessively.

Sometimes you do get what you want. Sometimes you end up in the storage room of a bar with your professor and you kiss him. Sometimes he kisses you back like the world is ending and he will never get to kiss you again. He kisses you until you forget the years of unrequited love; you forget all the rules, and you dare to reach for something that is not yours.

My Thoughts

I had high hopes for `The Unrequited` by Saffron A. Kent. After one look at that cover I had a feeling the book was going to be an epic read.The Unrequitted

Let´s just say this story didn´t do it for me as much as I hoped it would.

`The Unrequited`- A student / teacher, stalker / teacher story that seemed more questionable than anything else. Did I like it? Not so much.

The opening scene starts off with Layla visiting her therapist / guidance counselor, which is a super interesting scene and a fabulous character introduction. A reader gets a colorful POV from Layla, a lonely and special individual who mourns the loss of her stepbrother / best friend / love of her life and can´t seem to function without him. Layla has an unhealthy obsession for Caleb and without him…her life spirals out of control. The weird thing is- ( BEWARE! SPOILER AHEAD ) he´s not dead. He just moved away.

Not too shabby, right?

Layla, one day, stumbles upon a mysterious, hot guy ( a.k.a The Blue Eyed Smoker ) and follows him across campus and into his class. Yupp. He´s a professor and teaches poetry. Something Layla has no effin´ clue about, yet she finds herself a seat and makes herself comfy.

Okay. So, this is where the story went slightly downhill for me and I fully blame it on both main characters.

As mentioned above – Layla is this lost soul who doesn´t really know what to do with herself because of the one guy she can´t have. Her life looks peachy on the outside but from the inside- she´s an emotional mess. It´s like a thick rain cloud constantly follows her. And, her favorite pastime activity is stalking.

Thomas, the professor, the blue-eyed smoker, the successful published poet- just as depressing only he acts like a glorified dick. BUT, he has his reasons. There´s an explanation for everything. * sigh *

The two together couldn´t have been more different and still, they found a way to be together.

I´m going to be frank, here.

Layla was nuts. Thomas was nuts. The way he treated her was unbelievable and Layla let everything happen to her. Without a word she played the doormat for the professor and it wasn´t pretty reading about it. That doesn´t really put them both in a nice light, if you ask me. But there was a reason for the way he treated Layla. And there was a reason for why Layla let Thomas act the way he did.

But after I was a little over halfway through the story, I didn´t really care if there was a specific reason for their actions anymore. Who in their right mind would treat another person as poorly as the Hero did? For me, he wasn´t worth it. I would have left his class and flipped him off on the way out. Thomas´ mood went up and down, in and out. He wasn´t good with speaking words but boy, did he know how to put someone in their place. I was super close to DNFing the story.

I set the book aside and took a break for a few days. I didn´t want to completely give up but I needed some time away from the crazy. After a few days I reentered Layla and Thomas´ world with a more open mind and finished the story.

I think the main reason why this book didn´t do it for me was me. I´m someone who loves to relate to characters. I love to imagine myself in their position. But with these figures I couldn´t do it. Their actions weren´t anything shocking, to be honest, but I don´t stalk, nor can I imagine myself doing so. I don´t let anyone talk to me in a degrading way and have sex with them afterwards, so their actions weren´t really something to be excited about.

Aside from my dislikes, there were a few things that, indeed, brought me joy.

The writing was impeccable. There was a great reading flow and a perfect balance between action, narrative and dialogue.

The end was really good. I liked how things turned out for the characters, despite me not fully liking them.

Would I recommend this book? Yes and no. I´m not sure to whom I´d recommend this book to. It does come with a warning that this story is for ages 18+ and also deals with sensitive topics, e.g. cheating.

Would I reread this book? Probably not.

The Cover – 5 stars ( It´s a beautiful cover image with eye-catching colors.)

The Characters – 2 stars ( They weren´t for me. )

The Story – 3 stars ( In general, not a bad idea. Just not my cup of tea. )

My emotional state after finishing this read – Indifferent.

I´m giving `The Unrequited` by author Saffron A. Kent 3 out of 5 stars

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Journal Junkie

I have many bad habits. I wouldn´t even call them bad habits because that´s still a nice description for what I´m dealing with. Since “nice” is the little brother of shit I´m going to say I´m an addict. A terrible terrible one.

My top 3 addictions would be:

  1. Amazon.com
  2. reading
  3. journals

( All my other addictions are just as bad but I don´t have enough time, love, energy and space to share them all.)

If I´m shopping I´ll always come home with a small blank paged booklet, a notepad, lose paper, or a journal with a beautiful front. Yes. I´m a Journal Junkie. I even use them ( Ye-hes! I do!!)
It doesn´t matter if I use them for writing down ideas, grocery lists, writing down important stuff… I always use my notepads / books, journals so they´re never a wasted investment.

Today, while snooping on FB, I spotted a post from a dear friend of mine, a book cover designer, and noticed she was promoting journals. EXCUSE MOI?! That got my bad habit´s attention.

As of now- Cover Me Darling isn´t just doing book covers, she´s also creating journals!! YIPPIE! I have always loved the style from Cover Me Darling. It´s simple, it´s modern and it´s a JOURNAL, for crying out loud!

Look at how pretty they are…. I´m so in love.

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These are just 2 from 4 available. ( woop!)

My loving, caring husbands voice ( I barely heard him speak although he was 3 feet away from me ) told me to stay strong and not order it, I did it anyways and will have a new addition to my already large collection of journals! After I clicked the oder button my oh-so loving husbutt called me Gollum. You know- from The Lord of The Rings?

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( My husbutt isn´t getting dinner tomorrow )

If you´re interested in purchasing one of the 4 beauts yourself just go on over to Amazon and order! You have my blessing ( said the addict ).

Order your journal here!

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