One Plus One – Jojo Moyes

one plus one

Book Description

One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act

in ages . . . maybe ever.

Divas Thoughts

We´ve been seeing Jojo Moyes´name all over the place. And yet, we took our precious time before actually reading one of her books. Was it worth it? Oh, it sure was.

This book definitely needs to be read.

This story is the perfect example of what real life does. It sometimes screws you over. And when things begin to look brighter again, life comes back and screws with you again.

And that´s what happened to the characters in this story.

The characters were a nice new breeze of fresh air. We loved the realistic issues these characters dealt with. There were alot of highs and lows and we loved it!

We can´t say we swooned over any character because it actually wasn´t THAT kind of story. We loved each figure for who they were. Normal people who went through their own struggles and somehow managed to stay normal despite what was happening to them.

All we´re going to say about this book is that you have to read it yourself to find out what´s so special about it. The story was a delightful, well written read.

We´re glad we chose this one.

Now all we need to do is start reading all Jojo Moyes´ books..:-)

The only thing we disliked was the cover. Those are some special colors. Lol

Would re recommend this book?

Yes, we would. This is a wonderful, charming story.

Would we re-read this book?

We sure will.

The Divas are giving One Plus One by Jojo Moyes 4 out of 5 champagne glasses

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Ruining Me ( Ruining #1) – Nicole Reed

ruining me

Book Description

Eighteen year old Jay Stevenson is living a horrible nightmare.

Two years ago, she had the world in the palm of her hand, but in one moment, it was ruined. Secrets, lies, and the worst imaginable betrayal haunt her new reality. Burying her problems under a cold façade seems to be the only way to cope until it all catches up with her. Soon, she loses control of the lonely world she built around her, and the past, present, and future collide.

Three guys are there when it all comes crashing down: JT, the perfect boyfriend she never wanted to give up; Rhye, the local bad boy “rock star” who made her forget the past; and Kane, the funny and sweet tattooed bartender who wants her future.

Secrets must be kept. Choices must be made. Is it possible to move forward while still chained to the wicked vices of the past?

Divas Thoughts

Nicole Reed is a rockstar in the book world! I usually don´t cry when reading a book because there´s always a little voice inside my head that reminds me that what I´m reading isn´t true. That small voice kind of disappeared while reading Ruining Me. I cried so much. Even my sleeves from my shirt had wet spots with black smears from my mascara. Sheesh. I can safely say I loved this book but I never want to read it again. Lol. Seriously, I don´t do books that beat me up so badly. It was gut wrenching, and soul wrecking. Why did I put myself through such a book? Well, it was recommended to me. I was asked if I wanted a darker kind of read, or something funny. I wanted the darker one, BUT NO ONE TOLD ME I`D CRY!!

Ruining Me ruined me. How am I supposed to read another book now? Everything was fine until I started to read. Someone shoot me now and put me out of my misery!

I felt it all. I felt the pain Jay went through ( even if I never walked down the same road ) and I was silently hoping for her to break free from her locked up state and return to what she was before she went through hell. I was broken-hearted that she struggled ( boy, did that girl struggle! ) to make it all go away. In short: That girl was pretty screwed.

And then…to top it all off… her broken, dark world became a little colorful when 3 guys entered the picture. What these guys did for Jay was unbelievable. I loved how each of them wanted to help her and all would have done anything if they could´ve. Each of them couldn´t have been more different from one another, yet they somehow all mached perfectly to Jay.

This book wasn´t completely to cry for. There were a few moments when I ( not so lady-like ) snorted while laughing. The Dialogue was great and some lines really cracked me up. But the rest….OMG….NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! * sob * No no no no. So awfully devastating * more sobbing *

The end ruined me even more and I thank my lucky stars that there´s another book to this story. How couldn´t there be?

This is the kind of story that gets your hopes up and then crushes you again and again and again. Once you believe you, and the characters, are going to be OK, another event knocks everyone over even harder than the last one did.

Even though I will probably never read this book again I still highly recommend it to anyone who craves a fabulous emotional read. If you appreciate crying and hugging a box of kleenex then this book is definitely for you! If you´re a person who doesn´t like deep, heavy, dark emotional stories…..and if you still chose to read this book….don´t say no one has warned you. You will ball your eyes out. I will forever keep this book in my heart and mind and hope this author never gives up writing.

The Divas are giving Ruining Me by Nicole Reed 5 out of 5 champagne glasses

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This book can be bought through Amazon.com

Forever Black ( Forever Trilogy # 1 )- Sandi Lynn

forever black

** I purchased this book for my own enjoyment **

Book Description

When Ellery moved to New York with her boyfriend, she thought they’d live happily ever after in their small New York apartment. She never thought he’d pack his bags and leave because he “needed space.” With her newfound single status and fear of being alone, Ellery buries herself in her artwork and paintings until one night she helps a mysterious intoxicated stranger get home safely. Little did she know the mysterious stranger is none other than CEO and millionaire Connor Black. After finding Ellery in his kitchen the next morning and assuming she broke his #1 rule about sleepovers, he becomes intrigued, not only by her stubbornness and defiance, but by her kindness.

Connor Black, emotionally dead and damaged, that stemmed from a personal tragedy, made a vow to never love or fall in love with a woman, until Ellery Lane walked into his life by accident. After she opens up and shows him her world, Connor starts to feel emotions and feelings he never knew existed. Despite the rumors and warnings regarding Connor Black and his use and misuse of women, Ellery finds herself being drawn into his world.

Ellery knows they can never be together because she is harboring a deep secret that could destroy Connor emotionally forever.

Join Connor and Ellery as they embark on a journey of courage, love and strength. Will it be enough to save them?

Divas Thoughts:

Saw the cover….fell in love with it…read the book description and purchased the book. What happened after that was actually not what I excpected. I was totally excited because I had a feeling this book would be different. It wasn´t. Reading Forever Black was just like reading all the other New Adult romances. I´m not saying it was bad. This book just had so much missing for me. When I began reading I was so happy to see the direction the story was heading. Then after a while I found myself distracted by my surroundings. Not a good sign.

When I read a book I want to forget everything. I want to see through the characters eyes and actually feel what they´re going through. With this book,…that was such a tough thing to do because I just couldn´t get into the story.

BUT…..the whole problem was….this book had so much potential to be a fabulous read! At the end…I pictured at least 3 different ways to make this story something grand. That is also not what I should be thinking about after I´m done with a book. I should be having a book hangover or fall into some sort of an emotional funk. I should be calling my Divas and tell them how awesome this book was. But it wasn´t. It was just a good book that was ( dare I say ) a gap filler. Oh this book had a HEA. But the way these characters got to that point was oddly fast.

And now to the sex that was in this book. It was good….but sex get´s boring if characters are constantly at it.
 
Forever Black was an emotional story….but it definitely could have been more. If the story or the characters had more to offer then I could have been more WAY more excited about this in my review. All in all I believe this book is enjoyable…not nothing more due to the fact that there wasn´t anything new that knocked our socks off.

Would I recommend this book?
– Yeah, sure. I can see why others would love this book. Just sad that I was blinded by all the 5 star reviews out there.

Would I re-read this book?
– Probably not.

The Divas are giving Forever Black by Sandi Lynn 3 out of 5 champagne glasses

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Purchase Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Forever-Black-Trilogy-1-ebook/dp/B00BGWP24K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394491086&sr=8-1&keywords=Forever+Black+Sandi+Lynn

The Opportunist ( Love Me With Lies #1) – Tarryn Fisher

the opportunist

* We purchased this book for our own enjoyment *
*** WARNING….This is an odd review for an even more odd story ***

Book Description

Olivia Kaspen has just discovered that her ex-boyfriend, Caleb Drake, has lost his memory. With an already lousy reputation for taking advantage of situations, Olivia must decide how far she is willing to go to get Caleb back. Wrestling to keep her true identity and their sordid past under wraps, Olivia’s greatest obstacle is Caleb’s wicked, new girlfriend; Leah Smith. It is a race to the finish as these two vipers engage in a vicious tug of war to possess a man who no longer remembers them. But, soon enough Olivia must face the consequences of her lies, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption.

Our Thoughts

A few days ago we were chatting with the lovely author , Melissa Rolka, about reading something new. Something that would knock us over. And thanks to her recommendation, we started this book right away. The only reason we never thought about reading The Opportunist ( Love Me With Lies # 1 ) by Tarryn Fisher, was because the title and cover gave us the impression that this would be like many other books. Just the same. To our surprise…..The Opportunist was something completey new!

We really really enjoyed this book. The story started out good and turned out to be more than we hoped for. And what was best of all….this book was totally unpredictable! We love being totally clueless and being shifted in the wrong direction with our thoughts.

Now….what we didn´t appreciate so much were the main characters and the past/present switches. But let´s start with the characters before we nag about the rest.* smile *
Olivia was a character who did nothing for us. Yes, she had a poor past, and yeah….she was a bitch ( sometimes )….but she was just your daily chick who had to deal with her usual problems. The only time we felt her was when she was feeling sorry for herself. We hardly understood her actions towards Caleb and we didn´t get why her dialogue was so ” tough cookie” like. We believe if Olivia would have had a softer touch to her persona, then that wouldn´t have affected the story badly. BUT…there were also a few moments when we really liked her ( those moments were there….but not often )

Caleb, on the other hand, was the complete opposite of Olivia. He was fun, kind and….well, he was just your perfect polished, nice, kind….( wait, we´re repeating ourselves, aren´t we?) Caleb was a good character, but he didn´t not leave us wanting more. The impression he made was just okay. We enjoyed reading about him, but that was about it. OH WAIT!! He was supposed to be a bit British ( sounds odd, but read the book, you´ll understand what we mean ). But that tiny bit of ” english” he had didn´t make us see him as such. It´s so hard to imagine a Brit ( please, if you are from England, do not be offended as we did not intend to be offensive ) who plays basketball and has the perfect american picture perfect attitude.

Besides the main characters, we loved ( yes, we ADORED ) Olivia´s friend, Cammie. We thought she should have had the leading role. * Oh well *

Now, you´re probably thinking ” Why did the Divas still enjoy this book when they thought the characters were shitty?” Well, because they weren´t THAT shitty. Olivia and Caleb were good figures, but not catchy and definitely not world class. It was the story that left us wanting more. The complete idea to write about two people who were once in love and then not, and they meet again years later with the hero having amnesia and the heroine knowing their past but taking the situation for granted as long as she could, was so cool!  ( seriously….it was totally AWESOME! )

So, let´s move on to the other thing that we didn´t like: The past/present shifts.
Normally, we don´t really mind them much ( we´re not fans either of jumping back and forth in stories ) but in The Opportunist it was nerve wrecking and we lost interest really fast (about their past) once we found out that the flashbacks weren´t important for the present scenes.

All in all we thought this book was a fantastic read. It was frustrating as hell ( in a good way ) and it made us want to know what happens next! We´d hate to use the words ” emotional rollercoaster ride” because this is way beyond something like that. The Opportunist was a pretty good, screwed up story that left us with tons of questions.
We´ll let that hang like that because we´re afraid if we spend to much time writing this review we might end up giving this book 3 instead of a 4 rating due to not knowing if we LOVED or HATED this book.

The Divas are giving The Opportunist, by Tarryn Fisher, 4 out of 5 champagne glasses

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Last Night At Chateau Marmont – Lauren Weisberger

Last Night at chateau marmont

* I purchased this book for my own enjoyment *

Imagine this: You get a call from your mom, telling you she has a surprise for you. And you start getting excited because surprises are rare at your age and you´re dying to find out what it is your mother has for you. Once your mother arrives all you want to do it rip her purse off her shoulder ( since you see nothing in her hands ) and search for your damn gift. But….you keep calm and wait patiently for your mother to hand it over. Your blood starts pumping and you all of the sudden start to smile. Your mother seems to move in slow motion, raising her hand and shuffling it through her huge purse, until the moment she finds what she´s looking for and pulls out your present at a snails pace.

Your eyes dart to the wrapped object in her hand and you know right away what it is: A BOOK! Then everything moves in a blur. You rip the paper in shreds and hold something your mother thought you might enjoy in your shaking hands. BAM! After the excitement washes out of your system and your brain starts to function once again, you read whats on the book cover and tears threaten to flow. But not from joy….you want to cry out of pure frustration!!

Yes, that little, poorly written story above happened to me. Years after I read The Devil Wears Prada, I was the lucky owner of Lauren Weisberger´s novel, Last Night At Chateau Marmont. My first thought was to scream: ” NOOOOOOO!! ” . But I didn´t want to hurt my mothers feelings by letting her know I didn´t want to read anything else from that author. So, I kept my mouth shut, hugged and thanked her for buying a book I had no interest to read.

ANYWAYS….Since I love my mother dearly ( and I knew she´d start asking questions about the book ) I started reading Last Night At Chateau Marmont. NOW I know why I didn´t buy it myself. My inner gut never fails me.

Book Description:

Heartbreak, headlines and Hermes – welcome to Brooke’s new world…

Brooke and Julian live a happy life in New York – she’s the breadwinner working two jobs and he’s the struggling musician husband. Then Julian is discovered by a Sony exec and becomes an overnight success – and their life changes for ever.

Soon they are moving in exclusive circles, dining at the glitziest restaurants, attending the most outrageous parties in town and jetting off to the trendiest hotspots in LA.

But Julian’s new-found fame means that Brooke must face the savage attentions of the ruthless paparazzi. And when a scandalous picture hits the front pages, Brooke’s world is turned upside down. Can her marriage survive the events of that fateful night at Chateau Marmont? It’s time for Brooke to decide if she’s going to sink or swim…

My Thoughts:

This book was just as tough to digest as The Devil Wears Prada. It has the exact same problems I complained about before, so my guess is that the author just doesn´t have enough talent to write a good, capivating, devastating, emotional lovestory. Sad thing is: this book was supposed to have those things, but they never came across. Brooke and Julian characters were absolutely shallow, dull and kind of non existant. You were reading about them…but then again, you knew nothing about them, other than Julian being a musician and Brooke being a nutritionist. This story could have been so super cool. It could have been packed with so many emotions….it could have been so much more! I wanted to feel what the characters were going through. I wanted to believe the devastation, and above all….I wanted to believe Brooke and Julian loved each other. But nothing came through to me. The author tries to give a reader some insight on what rockstars go through and what tough path their girlfriends/wives must take when confronted with the public eye. In all honesty…..with reading so many rockstar stories….I´ve hardly read anything as slow as this one.

This book has ( again ) 400 and something pages. Do you have any idea how many God-awful events you can pack into 400 pages? I even bet if an author would take Keith Richards biography and use only 1/8 of that book combined with a heartbreaking / heartwarming lovestory, then that author could earn him/herself a golden nose! * just saying*

So, what do we have here:
– A emotionally confused, and clueless Brooke
– An asshole who lives off of his wife and then becomes a rockstar
– A relationship ( I´m still looking for that in the book)  that goes through hell
– No build-up throughout the whole book
– No passion, no sparks, no fireworks
– The end was flatter than a piece of paper
– absolutely predictable story

Those are alot of negatives for one book. Which makes me come to the conclusion that this author needs to work on her skills. Head-Theater is a powerful thing, and if I can´t imagine a scene, what good is the book then?

For my mothers sake, I told her it was a good book ( don´t judge, I really do love her…and can´t bare to risk future presents..Lol) but my inner-blogger won´t allow me to polish this story.

Would I recommend this book?
– Hmm….Nope. I wouldn´t.

Would I re-read this book?
– No. But I might lend it to my mother..:-)

The Divas are giving the Last Night At Chateau Marmont, by Lauren Weisberger, 2 out of 5 champagne glasses

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The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger

The devil wears prada

* I purchased this book for my own enjoyment *

Ooookay. * loud sigh * What the hell was I thinking to start this book after I saw the movie?! I know I know….not one of my most brightest ideas to do such a thing, but hey! I really thought that the movie was great, so why shouldn´t the book be, right? WRONG.

Book Description:

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA gives a rich and hilarious new meaning to complaints about “The Boss from Hell.” Narrated in Andrea’s smart, refreshingly disarming voice, it traces a deep, dark, devilish view of life at the top only hinted at in gossip columns and over Cosmopolitans at the trendiest cocktail parties. From sending the latest, not-yet-in-stores Harry Potter to Miranda’s children in Paris by private jet, to locating an unnamed antique store where Miranda had at some point admired a vintage dresser, to serving lattes to Miranda at precisely the piping hot temperature she prefers, Andrea is sorely tested each and every day-and often late into the night with orders barked over the phone. She puts up with it all by keeping her eyes on the prize: a recommendation from Miranda that will get Andrea a top job at any magazine of her choosing. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, however, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether or not the job is worth the price of her soul

My Thoughts:

The Devil Wears Prada is about a young woman who wants to become an editer for the New Yorker, but instead, becomes a junior assistant for Vouge Magazine´s bitch on wheels, Miranda Priestly. Andrea doesn´t have a pretty life where she works, but in order to get her dream job easier…she becomes someones beck and call for a year. When life gets a little out of hand, Andrea puts a stop to everything and leaves Vogue Magazine.

Let me put it mildly: This book wasn´t entertaining. 

I also don´t believe I would have liked this book anymore if I hadn´t seen the movie. The writing was acceptable, but the story took so long to start. And when that point arrived….I still wasn´t convinced. I kept thinking that something was way off. It wasn´t until I was 2/3 into the story when it dawned on me that the characters were the problem. Call me picky….but these characters didn´t have their own voices. I mean….if an author creates a character….surely they imagine them a certain way. What happened? What went when wrong? The characters were ( at times ) dull. You always see characters change or grow in stories, but not in this book. I disliked almost every character. They were either to snobby, bitchy, or they were constantly feeling sorry for themselves. COME ON! If you´re not happy with your job and you´re making others miserable…..New York is huge….find something else!

Isn´t this author supposed to be a New York Times Bestselling? Really? Why did that happen? Surely, no one crowned her that because of her amazing ability for story telling. This book took me forever to read and finish. It takes me about 3 nights to read a 400 and something page book. And The Devil Wears Prada took me weeks. I just can´t see why everyone was making such a fuss about this book. Seriously, there is absolutely no reason for anyone to go ape-shit. The story is flat and couldn´t hold my attention long enough. 

The author had an idea and she put it on paper. Write a beginning, write the middle section, and end the story. Hmm….THIS WAS A 400 + PAGE BOOK! Where was the build up, where was the passion for Andrea, her friends / family and her life? I´m not kidding…..I had my hopes set up really high for this one and all it brought me was agony, anger, and frustration
Before you ask….yes. I did end this book. Did at least the end make me happier? Nope. I was even more confused about how this book ended and I was just one happy camper that I didn´t have to pick up this book anymore.

The only thing I liked about this book was the fact that the author tried to make the story fun by adding the fashion business. There was enough potential for a fabulous story.

If you ask me….with the way this book was, it isn´t worth it. The only thing that is keeping me from giving this book to my neighbor is the cover. It just looks to pretty to give away.

Would I recommend this book?
– No. I wouldn´t. BUT I recommend you watch the movie. That´s definitely entertaining and alot cheaper. Plus you get a story and get to look at beautiful people.

Would I re-read this book?
– uuuuh…no.

The Divas are giving The Devil Wears Prada, by Lauren Weisberger, 2 out of 5 champagne glasses.

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