Book Review: The Divorce ( The Relationship Quo #1 ) – Nicole Strycharz

Synopsis

Jenzy: I love my husband, but he doesn’t see me anymore. We were collage sweethearts and for seven years I’ve been his wife. Five of those years were bliss; the last two have been a long fall from grace.

He’s the love of my life, the sexy and smart man I saw my future with, but now I don’t think he sees it too. I’m tired of not being seen, I’m tired of not being heard, and I’m tired of being in love alone.
I was his optimistic hippie girl that he couldn’t get enough of. Now I’m just his annoyance.

So I told him, I finally found the backbone and this is our story….

Chris: My wife just told me she wants a divorce. What the hell do I say to that? I thought we were fine-, well fine is a bad word, I thought we were okay. Doesn’t matter what I think because she’s moving out and I can’t really let this happen.

Yeah, she annoys me, we’re total opposites, but I knew that when I met her, she hasn’t changed…maybe I have? I was her anchor, her safety, her home. Now I’m that guy that’s wreaked her and there are plenty of men willing to repair the damage I did.

So I have a plan. Find out what happened to change my affection for her within the last two years, and win her back before someone else does, because I still love her, and she still loves me….I guess….

 

My Thoughts

This is definitely one of those “It´s not the book. It´s me.” cases, as I can see why so many would absolutely fall in love with this book. Everyone except for me.

After I read the synopsis I was ready to dive head first into a story about grown-ups who struggled with married life and a divorce. I mean – The Synopsis revealed that much.

I got exactly what the synopsis promised but in a way I wasn´t prepared for.

I might be completely alone with my opinion but`The Divorce` ( The Relationship Quo #1 ) by Nicole Strycharz wasn´t my cup of tea. The Divorce

The idea of the story was great. The execution wasn´t. In fact – there were a whole list of things I didn´t enjoy about this romance.

  1. Married couple are too opposite and stayed that way.

Yeah yeah. I know. Opposites attract. Hell, I even married a guy who´s my complete opposite. But when you´re a couple you rub off on each other after being together for years. You grow with each other ALL WHILE staying true to yourselves. You have a common ground. The characters in `The Divorce`had nothing of the sort. I expect a little more than just a ” He´s the clean and neat business guy and she´s the chaotic hippy.” I need growth. Couple development. I need to see characters compromise and find a common ground.

2) Hero´s a glorified prick. Oh, how I disliked Chris ( Hero ). But this might be because I have no sympathy for characters who are hurtful and refuse the “see the light”. The message I got from him was, “I´m just an oversized boy wearing a suit who´s lost his favorite toy.”  To this moment, I´m still convinced he didn´t see the light.

3) Jenzy ( Heroine) the hippy was unhappy. I understood that. I also understood why she wanted a divorce. Her character wasn´t exactly grounded, though. She filed for the divorce but kept giving in to her still husband. She dated a guy who suited her more yet she still went back to the prick when he magically popped up.

4) The flashbacks weren´t helpful. Not for the story and definitely not for the characters. In fact – they solified my opinion of the Hero. And they made me think the Heroine was strongly naive. I see how being naiive can be cute but Jenzy being THAT dewy – eyed? There´s nothing remotely cute about that.

5) The divorce. Let´s not kid ourselves. Divorces can be ugly. No matter how settled a couple approaches a divorce, one half always suffers more or both suffer terribly. The approach was a bit flat and ended up in a chaotic mess I hardly understood. I couldn´t feel either side. The divorce didn´t feel like one. The divorce felt like a code word for taking a break.

6) The dialogue. Okay. This is definitely something to argue over. In my opinion the dialogue wasn´t emotional, either. If a couple separates, and one half says he´ll do anything to get the marriage working again, I want to feel it. I wan´t to see it. If the other half says she´s hurt and tired of fighting then maybe, MAYBE a reader deserves to feel that exhaustion or pain in the characters words? Am I asking for too much?

 

Let´s do a quick recap:

The marriage the couple had was a mess. The characters weren´t really into whatever they set out to do. The way they approached their relationship / divorce was chaotic.

I`M unhappy.

Would I recommend this book? This is tricky. I would but only if a reader doesn´t care about emotions in a story. For everyone else who wants all the feels? I´d say skip this read.

Would I re- read this book? No.

 

The Cover – 3 stars ( I like the simplicity of the cover but it´s nothing to go nuts over )

The Characters – 1-2 stars ( *sigh* I´m not going there again )

The Story – 2-3 stars ( I love myself a good relationship story. If it´s good. )

My emotional state after finishing this read – Unhappy.

2 stars

This book is available on Amazon.com

 

 

How Do You Treat Your Books?

 

How well do you treat your books? Do your books look battered up? Do you keep them in an immaculate condition? 

I don´t.

Well, Let´s say: I try to keep all my books in great condition but that hardly ever works out the way I wish it would.

First and foremost Books tend to age. Bummer, right? And here I was thinking print books never get old. I was wrong.

Aging books are hardly our fault, right? It´ll happen even without us helping to speed up the aging process by re-reading.

The thing about re-reading books, especially if it´s a beloved book, is… they start to fall apart. It all starts out with a cracked spine….

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As you can tell, I´ve re-read the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

Like re- re- re-  arrow 6 re- re- read.  I´ve re- read those books so often that I´m afraid if I re- read them again they might fall apart.

It´s what happens next that breaks my heart.

encyclopedia

A 30-year-old children´s Encyclopedia. What an ancient hardcover! I´m so happy it survived for so long.

A little duck tape here, a little duck tape there… and the spine is fixed!

Apparently, I loved to look things up. I still love to look things up. Imagine google was a hardcover.

 

Then we have the hubs. The person I married. The one guy who´s humor matches mine. The person I can rely on. Him. He´s truly my better half.

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But not when it comes to books. We´re enemies in that department.

Christine

This. My husband´s german copy of Christine by Stephen King. CHRISTINE! One of my favorite King books. It´s actually MY FAVORITE King. And thank the fluff that my Christine copy looks nothing like his.

To see my own husband has no love for his books just pains me. IT HURTS!!

And it doesn´t get better, either. I´ve come to the conclusion that the man I love is a book abuser. A book whore. Someone I´m thankful I didn´t meet when he was a teenager because I would have run for the hills.

WHO DOES THIS?!

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I get it. He was forced to read Brave New World by Aldous Huxley in School. I wasn´t happy when I had to read it myself.  So? That doesn´t excuse the abuse done on this book! First he sticks a hideous sticker on the cover then writes IN NOMINI SATANAS on the pages. WHO DOES THAT? Looks like my husband did. His excuse:

“I was going through a dark phase.”


Sometimes…… I just wanna…… Throw a hardcover at him.

But that´s just him. Weird. Even more weird. Let´s get back to my own shameful book abuse.

Then there´s that 4 legged neighbor who slips into the house when I leave the patio door open. That cute ball of fur who shows his love by chewing on new cook books.

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That same day, the dog chewed on my new purse. I didn´t find that cute or funny at all.

 

Despite the book abuse done in my house, I do try to keep my books in prestine shape. Most of my books are spotless ( Key word: most ).

But some… Dear Heavens, some of my books have grease spots from eating chips while reading. I feel ashamed. So, so ashamed.

On the bright side: Dog ears don´t exist in any of my or my husbands books. Yay, for us!

 

Thank you for showing interest in my shameful book abuse post.

PS: I wouldn´t advise googling Abusing Books unless you´re interested in being bombarded with books on actual physical abuse. It´s the reason I pulled out my own treasures.

 

Much Love,

Morgana ❤ ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: A Crack In Everything – L. H. Cosway

Synopsis

Life used to be simple.

I was a city girl with humble dreams. Then Dylan O’Dea broke into my flat, held me against the wall and told me to stay quiet.
It was like in the movies, where the universe zeros in on a single scene. I looked into his eyes and knew he was going to change me.

For Dylan, the sky was always falling. He showed me how our world is a contradiction of beauty and ugliness. How we choose to ignore the awful and gloss over it with the palatable. How you need just a tiny drop of something unsavoury to create every great scent.

Pretty deep for a pair of teenagers living in a block of council flats in inner city Dublin, right? Probably. But we weren’t typical. We both had our obsessions. Mine was growing things, Dylan’s was scent. He taught me how to use my nose, and I introduced him to the magic of flowers.

I had no idea that one day he’d build an empire from what we started together. But before that, there was love and happiness, tragedy and epic heartbreak…

My name is Evelyn Flynn and I’m going to tell you about the crack in everything.

A Crack in Everything is Book #1 in L.H. Cosway’s Cracks duet.

My Thoughts

I had a chat the other night with an author about what´s new in the book world.

From the looks of it, I had been missing out, big time.

„You´ve never read a book from L. H. Cosway?!“ She asked.

I didn´t want to admit that I had no clue who L. H. Cosway was nor have I ever heard of her books before. And that´s a shame, really because now I can beat myself up for not finding out much sooner about this fantastic author!

I used my spying time to do some massive research. That´s when I spotted this beauty.

A Crack In Everything

`A Crack In Everything“ by author L. H. Cosway. Honestly- the cover is something beautiful and the title…. There was never a title that had ever described my life as well as this one had.

A Crack In Everything- That pretty much sums up the story of my life. Four simple words.

I had to have this book! Like- yesterday!

I started. I finished. I came to one conclusion….

This is what I would definitely call a picture perfect, dreamy romance.

Not in a cheesy way, mind you. This is a romance packed with hardships and love. With set-backs and growth. But above all- with love.

As us bloggers like to say – This book has the whole package.

There are the emotional ups and downs, the nail-biting guarantee, the swooning, the angst that romances MUST have….Great storytelling and easy reading. I really have nothing to complain about.

`A Crack In Everything` is an interesting, a heart – string – tugging, a breathtaking romance no one should miss out on!

I´m definitely buying the second installment, `How The Light Gets In` ( Cracks Duet #2).

Would I recommend this book? Yes. Yes yes yes yes, YES!

Would I re-read this book? I most certainly would!

The Cover – 5 stars ( I love the colors. Love the art work. And I just fancy the title so much I might even get that printed on a poster.)

The Story – 5 stars ( It´s a great change of wallpaper for me. Not my typical romance and I couldn´t be more happy about that fact. )

The Characters – 5 stars ( Omg. Dylan and Evelyn… What a perfect match! Great figures. Great chemistry.)

My emotional state after finishing this read – So hyped! I have a new favorite author!

5 stars

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Book Review: Still Me ( Me Before You #3) – Jojo Moyes

Synopsis

Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She steps into the world of the superrich, working for Leonard Gopnik and his much younger second wife, Agnes. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her new job and New York life. 

As she begins to mix in New York high society, Lou meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. Before long, Lou finds herself torn between Fifth Avenue where she works and the treasure-filled vintage clothing store where she actually feels at home. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself: Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?

Funny, romantic, and poignant, Still Me follows Lou as she navigates how to stay true to herself, while pushing to live boldly in her brave new world.

My Thoughts

I´ll say this once. I´ll say this twice or as many times as I please- Louisa Clarke is my all time favorite book heroine!

I´ve had the pleasure of accompanying Lou on her journey through 3 books. I can´t really say that I´ve had enough.still me

I want more!

A reader meets Louisa in `Me Before You` ( book #1) who temporarily takes care of a paralyzed Will Traynor. `Me Before You` ruined me beyond words.

In book #2, `Me After You` we meet Louisa again, only she´s filled with grief  and can´t seem to find a way out of her pain after Will´s death. Then she meets someone new. Sam. `Me Before You` was another tear-jerker.

In `Still Me` a reader finally get´s to see the wonderful Lou finally step foot into life and explore the unknown!

It was a joy reading about Louisa finding herself… Because that´s that this book is about.

With who Louisa will start / end her journey is not my story to tell, neither am I going to say what the quirky, good-natured Louisa goes through while on her self finding trip.

It´s emotional. It´s thoughtful. It´s reality smacking someone in the face and guiding them to a happy place.

I loved this `Still Me` just as much as I loved `Me Before You` and `Me After You ` . Even if `Still Me` didn´t make me cry or leave me with a nasty book hangover… I still enjoyed reading the book.

Would I recommend this book? Yes yes YES!

Would I re-read this book? I´m not sure. This isn´t really something I would pick for a re-read. I´d much rather like for the story to continue.

The Cover – 5 stars ( This is a dream book cover for me.)

The Story – 5 stars ( There wasn´t anything exceptionally mind-blow-worthy about this book but it was still a great read.)

The Characters – 5 stars ( I seriously think Louisa Clarke is all the magic. You just can´t help but fall in love with her kindness. Without her the story would be half as good. I also think it´s safe to say that Sam doesn´t come close to Will. His relationship with Lou seems unfitting at first but in this book he grew on me. They were a great match. Lou, the sunshine of the year and Sam, the less emotional type.)

My emotional state after finishing this read – Utterly satisfied.

I´m giving `Still Me` ( Me Before You #3) by Jojo Moyes 5 out of 5 stars

 

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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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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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