Review: Into the Hollow by Lynn Vroman

36056036The hollow was the perfect place to hide.

Or so Free’s dad thought. His plan: flee California with Free’s five-year-old brother illegally in tow, hide out in the mountains of West Virginia, make fast cash during ginseng season, then escape to a nicer place where the law can’t find them. Free isn’t thrilled about living in a holler alongside drug dealers and thieves, but she’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep her family safe. Unfortunately, with their father disappearing into the woods with increasing frequency, Free and her brother exist largely alone. Until their neighbor Cole appears with lots of questions.

Cole’s spent his entire life in the holler—and his entire life working out a way to leave his druggie mother and incarcerated brother. As the editor of the school newspaper, he’s an expert at getting to the bottom of a story, and he’s determined to crack Free—who seems un-crack-able.

When the family she was desperate to protect is ripped apart, Free turns to Cole for help, the only person willing. But while her plan escalates, Free can’t deny the pull she feels toward the boy with too many questions—and who holds just as many secrets. As they become closer, she finds that Cole might need her help as much as she needs his.  (From: Goodreads)

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Read-to-Review: Yours Truly, Cammie by S.J. Sylvis

40500876I follow one rule in life: Don’t get involved with a Marine.

After this past year of heart-wrenching misery, and an entire childhood as daughter of one of the highest ranked officers in the Marine Corps, I’ve had enough of saying goodbye. I’ve had enough heartbreak to last me a lifetime.

But in an attempt to avoid an awkward run-in with a previous blind date, whom I may or may not have abandoned mid-dinner, I found myself standing in an exam room with Lucas Wells. He was exceptionally handsome on the outside, but the second he started to run that egotistical mouth of his, I wanted to do one of two things: smack him or kiss him.

Lucas Wells, the United States Marine, has me bending my rule in more ways than one.

But the real question is, will I succumb to breaking my rule altogether, or will he break me before I even get the chance? (From: Goodreads)

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Cover Reveal: Yours Truly, Cammie by S.J. Sylvis

Hey, guys! Happy July!!! Today I’ve got not one but TWO exciting cover reveals for some of my most coveted reads this year for you so stay tuned and don’t forget to add them to your TBR. 😀

The first one is a contemporary romance written by my newly discovered favorite author, S.J. Sylvis, whose debut novel, Three Summers, has been one of the best books I’ve read this year. *I’ll be posting my full review of Three Summers this weekend. :P*

I fell in love with S.J. Sylvis’ writing style and plot design right after I dove into Three Summers; hence, when I heard she has another book coming out in July, I immediately signed up for both the cover reveal and ARC review opportunity. 😉

P.S. If you’re interested in participating in the upcoming book promo, I’ll leave the link later in the post!

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Read-to-Reviews: “Invitation to Poetry” & “Alignment of Thoughts” by Mihai Brinas

Happy Friday!

How are you? I’ve fallen in love with poetry these days and it all started with Mihai Brinas’ poetry collections! So I’m super thrilled to share my thoughts on his two books, Invitation to Poetry and Alignment of Thoughts, with you today.

By the way, since I have never really reviewed poetry before, these reviews are rather short. I hope you don’t mind!

Here we go!

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Read-to-Review: Anna Undreaming (The Metiks Fade #1) by Thomas Welsh

 

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Anna is a student surviving the city, and she lives by a simple credo, “Never play their game; their game is always rigged.” For every man she has ever known, it’s a saying that has served her well.

That all changes on the night of “The Big Storm,” when Anna is slipped a date rape drug. Though she saves herself and her best friend, Anna is lost to the dark heart of the city and finds herself hunted by The Night Collectors. Unsure if these monsters are real or hallucinations, Anna nonetheless fights them as best she can. The battle attracts a stranger—Teej—who saves her using powers she cannot understand. He explains that she is an Undreamer and possesses the same powers, and in the future, he will not be the one to save her. She will save him.

But Anna is not yet ready to join Teej and stand against The Dreamers. She has difficult decisions of her own to make. Decisions she has always run from. She still has her partner’s suicide letter. It remains unopened. She still wears his ring, though she can’t seem to remember his face.

Anna learns of The Dreamers – artists so preeminent in their respective fields that they can paint, dance, sew or sing new realities – and as she travels through their creations, she learns that there’s as much beauty in the world as there is horror. With a complex conspiracy at work within the community of Dreamers that threatens to undermine reality itself, Anna will have to look deep within herself, and eventually have to face the horrors of her own past, to save her old world as well as her new one.

Anna Undreaming is a dark urban fantasy, and the first book in the The Metiks Fade trilogy.

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Cover Reveal: Rafferty Lincoln Loves by Emily Williams

Hello! Today I’m honored to reveal this amazing book by the one and only Emily Williams, Rafferty Lincoln Loves, which will come out on February 14th, 2018! I can’t wait to dive into this book ASAP and I’ll definitely share my thought with you as usual. 🙂

In case you aren’t familiar with Emily, she’s one of the most admirable authors I’ve known and her debut novel, Letters to Eloise, has been on my top 3 ALL-TIME-FAVORITES list since 2017. You could check out my review for this ultra-5-star book here.

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What’s going on in the book community?

Recently, people in the bookish community have been raving about the rules for requesting ARCs (advanced reader’s copies) on NetGalley and entering giveaways on Goodreads because bigger publishers in the former platform start giving access to U.S. reviewers/bloggers mostly (or other English speaking countries like the U.K., Canada and Australia) and the latter is going to limit their entrants to U.S. residents only.

What about the international readers/people?

Hence, as an international reader myself, I decided to share my opinion on this issue here and hopefully I’ll get to hear yours, too.

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Book Blitz: Forsaken Prince (Kilenya Chronicles #1) by Andrea Pearson

Hello! Welcome to Life of A Simple Reader! Today I’ve got a book blitz for a YA Fantasy novel (umm, it’s actually a HUGE series) called Forsaken Prince and you’ll find some eye candy covers, excerpts and a $50 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway for the U.S. residents in this post so I hope you’ll enjoy! Btw, you could check the tour schedule HERE!!

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Read-to-Review: I Knocked Him Out (Love at First Crime #2) by Jessica Frances

I knocked him out Ebook

She knocked him out, so he knocked down her walls…

He has irritated me ever since we were kids.
He is overprotective.
Controlling.
A complete jerk.
So, I knocked him out.
It was an accident.
I felt terrible … mostly.
It changed things between us.
Life for us both got more complicated.
Add in a stalker who has decided to take an interest in me,
And suddenly our worlds are turned upside-down.
Can things really change between us so fast?
Or are we just making a bigger mess than what we started with?
I think that hit to the head might have knocked things loose for both of us.
Because, from the moment I knocked him out, we saw each other differently.
As some people say, there is nothing quite like love at first … crime.

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Blog Tour: Daughter4254 by Leigh Statham *Highly Recommended*


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Hello! Welcome to Life of A Simple Reader! This is by far the most exciting blog tour I’ve ever hosted because the book I’m gonna introduce to you today is seriously EPIC!!! I can’t be grateful enough to be chosen as one of the bloggers to host this blog tour from Rockstar Book Tours, which is an awesome book tour website. So just sit back, relax and get on this book tour with me, eh?

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