Review: Holding Smoke by Elle Cosimano

DHVOMJtXUAE5xrqJohn “Smoke” Conlan is serving time for two murders but he wasn’t the one who murdered his English teacher, and he never intended to kill the only other witness to the crime. A dangerous juvenile rehabilitation center in Denver, Colorado, known as the Y, is Smoke’s new home and the only one he believes he deserves.

But, unlike his fellow inmates, Smoke is not in constant imprisonment. After a near death experience leaves him with the ability to shed his physical body at will, Smoke is able to travel freely outside the concrete walls of the Y, gathering information for himself and his fellow inmates while they’re asleep in their beds. Convinced his future is only as bright as the fluorescent lights in his cell, Smoke doesn’t care that the “threads” that bind his soul to his body are wearing thin-that one day he may not make it back in time. That is, until he meets Pink, a tough, resourceful girl who is sees him for who he truly is and wants to help him clear his name.

Now Smoke is on a journey to redemption he never thought possible. With Pink’s help, Smoke may be able to reveal the true killer, but the closer they get to the truth, the more deadly their search becomes. The web of lies, deceit, and corruption that put Smoke behind bars is more tangled than they could have ever imagined. With both of their lives on the line, Smoke will have to decide how much he’s willing to risk, and if he can envision a future worth fighting for. (From: Goodreads)

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Review: The Secrets to Letting Go by Katherine Fleet

28601381One summer can change everything…

Haunted with guilt after his girlfriend’s death, Daniel Hudson has no interest in committing to anyone. At the end of the summer, he’ll be leaving Florida for a new start in college. If only he could avoid the mysterious new girl in town, who seems every bit as naive and eccentric as she looks. Trouble is, she’s hard to ignore, with her beautiful piercing eyes, pitiful-looking dog, and unsettling tendency of finding trouble.

Clover Scott lived her whole life off the grid and arrives on the Gulf coast in search of her grandparents. She never expected to nearly drown, or get caught in a hurricane, or fall in love with the boy who rescues her. Now, she has a chance to rewrite her life’s story, to finally fit in somewhere, but Daniel wants answers about her past. When the police start asking questions about the disappearance of her parents, she must make a choice: go to jail or confess her secrets—even if they might destroy her chance at a happily-ever-after.(From: Goodreads)

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Blog Tour: Little Gray Dress by Aimee Brown

Welcome to Life of A Simple Reader! 

Today’s post is all about this amazing blog tour I’ve signed up months ago and I’m super excited to take part in. This is where you’ll find something interesting about Little Gray Dress, the debut novel written by my lovely friend, Aimee Brown, such as an excerpt picked by the author, my thought and a BONUS TEASER from my favorite chapter! What’s more, this book is also the first one I’ve finished for the #ARCAugust challenge. *Woohoo!* ^^

Without further ado, let’s get started!

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Waiting on Wednesday #1: The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin (+ARC Contest!)

Surprise, surprise!

Look what we’ve got here…the very first bookish meme on Life of A Simple Reader! *heart eyes* To begin with, I’ve always wanted to do these kinds of posts, such as “Top 10 Tuesday”, “Waiting on Wednesday” or “It’s Monday! What are you reading?” but never pluck up the courage to try them. 😛

Today I can no longer contain my excitement for the upcoming (umm…3 months to go, though) release by one of my most favorite authors, Michelle Hodkin (author of the Mara Dyer Trilogy), The Becoming of Noah Shaw, which will come out on November 7th, 2017!!! Therefore, I finally start writing my first post for the “Waiting on Wednesday” thread; in case you’re interested, this meme was created by Jill from Breaking the Spine where bloggers talk about their most coveted upcoming new releases.

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Latest Update, July Hiatus & Blog Tour!

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Happy end of June, peeps!!! How have you been? I hope you’re doing great! 🙂 Honestly, I don’t even know how the past several months passed since I had an incredibly busy semester so basically, everyday was a blur. Anyway, hopefully you didn’t notice that I haven’t been on my blog for nearly a month. 😛 In this post, I’ll be announcing my expected MIA in July, which shockingly, will start two days later, the book reviews I owe you guys for the past few months AND a very exciting blog tour I’ll participate in the beginning (almost middle) of August! *Phew, that’s a lot to take in, right?* So sit back, relax and let’s begin!

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Review: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

30312700The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.   (From: Goodreads)

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