Monday, April 14, 2014

Blog Tour & eARC Review: For Better or For Worse (Til Death Us Do Part, #1) by Krissy V


Krissy is a mother to two young children, who in turn keep her young. She live's in Dublin, Ireland but, isn't originally from South Devon in the UK. Krissy work's full time in a pharmacy and write in her spare time, whenever the urge takes me. 
She has always been interested in reading from a young age, 2 years ago she was given a kindle as a present and it was the best thing that happened to her. She was able to read lots of books ever week and then she started to write reviews for all the books she read. 
She then took it one step further and started her own Facebook page – Sparkling Pink Bookshelf, she intended to upload all of my reviews for the books she has read. This was purely for pleasure at that stage. She answered a post on Facebook for someone to read for reviews and thought she had died and gone to heaven. She was reading about 7/8 books a week, the kindle made this achievable. She would read at any opportunity she was able to, even staying up til the small hours to finish a book. She loved it. Then one day she was asked to beta read a book – she love's this side of it, it was so exciting. She has worked with a number of indie authors and has remained loyal to a few select authors and she beta read all their books.  
After a year or more of doing this, She thought maybe she could write some of the stories that were in her head and she just decided to write and see what happened. she wrote about 70% of a story and then saw a post for the NaNoWriMo competition – to write 50,000 words in 30 days, She decided that this was a challenge she wanted to take and the Til Death Us Do Part series was born.   She is always thinking of situations that be turned into a story and have started a few stories, which in turn will be completed and released to her readers. 

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Natasha Benson
Invites you, the reader 
to follow her journey of marrying the man of her dreams:- he loves her; protects her; makes her laugh and she wants him to be her forever …….
Until they actually get married!
Natasha ~
“My life was so perfect, so structured and then it all came tumbling down in the worst way possible”
Who knew that my wedding
vows would become thestory of my life?
This is my story, about 
how the perfect love can go horribly wrong. 
Follow me as I go through 
the big highs and great lows in my happy ever after.

Add to your TBR List's


Til Death Us Do Part 

In Sickness and In Health – Releasing May 2014  
To Love and to Cherish – Releasing June 2014  

Spin Off’s from Til Death Us Do Part Series  
To Have and To Hold – Releasing July 2014 – Hopefully 
For Richer or For Poorer – Releasing August 2014 – Hopefully 

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
For Better or For Worse, indeed! Have you ever had a dream that turned into a nightmare and no matter what you tried to do, you couldn't wake up? That's the scene that Krissy V. paints in her first book of the 'Til Death Do Us Part series.

Tasha has been with Felix for quite a while, and after a long engagement, they get married. So far, he's been the perfect man. Attention, gifts, anything she wants, it's hers.

Right after the wedding, though, things start changing. Felix gets more domineering, more controlling, more angry. It's like he wants her entire being in exchange for his past treatment of her and she doesn't quite know what to make of it or how to even process it. Although the signs were there even before, everyone refused to see them - even Tasha. He was just too perfect.

When stories are published of spousal abuse, the most common comment must be, "How could she have stayed with him for so long? Couldn't she have simply left?"

Unfortunately, no. Most women (and men, too) are abused by people who know them very well, those who know exactly what buttons to push to control their behavior and how to hide them from the very people who would care. And the ones in the know? They think the abuser will just "get better." 

Doesn't happen.

Krissy V. captured this scenario perfectly. This is abuse, in all its grisly detail, and how one woman is forced to deal with it at the hands of the person she thought loved her the most. Denial, self-blame, false hope... it's all Tasha can do to convince herself, her friends, and her family that everything is still rosy in her world. Strangely enough, the only person she can talk to is someone she doesn't know at all - her text mate Caleb.

The only negative comment I will make about this book is I felt it was too raw, writing wise. It was difficult to read only because the sentences ran together and were rambling. I understand how this novel came about so I'm not really surprised that it's not very polished. BUT I must mention it because I feel that's the only correction this book needs: the eye of a good editor.

The progression of the story, development of characters (maybe a little more on Luca, I think?), even the description of the abuse Tasha has to go through, all this is chillingly described; so much that you're screaming at Tasha to do something, hating Luca and Kammie for being so undecided, and hoping Felix gets more than he deserves.

Krissy V. has a gift for telling a grisly tale of a subject usually spoken of in whispers then swept under the rug. However, this one is pushed right in your face and you're forced to acknowledge it head on. As For Better or For Worse goes, we see Tasha and Felix at their worst. Here's hoping she gets the better in the next installment.

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