Read-to-Review: The Stranger I Knew by Jennifer Leigh

46140249. sy475 Angela Nash is on track to being the youngest cheer captain at Falsetto High. That is until she is kidnapped by someone who can’t possibly be a stranger. Yet, she doesn’t know who he is. Her fate on the cheer team is on the line as Angie tries to escape the stranger she knew.

 

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Blog Tour: A Five-Minute Life by Emma Scott

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Thea Hughes has five minutes to live.

A car accident stole her parents and left her with the second-worst documented case of amnesia in the world. She now has only minutes of experiences, of consciousness, of life…before her memory is wiped clean. The once effervescent artist with a promising future is reduced to scribbling with pens and paper, living an empty, quiet life, three hundred seconds at a time.

Jim Whelan is on autopilot.

A foster kid shuffled around the system since birth, he’s lived his entire life without knowing love…and it’s taken its toll—until he learned to fight back, carry his armor, and keep his head down.

Working as an orderly in the Blue Ridge Sanitarium, deep in Virginia countryside, Jim looked up…and found Thea.

When Thea has the chance to break free of her five-minute prison with a risky, experimental surgery, it could lead them both to an epic love they never thought possible… or one that could require the ultimate sacrifice.

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50 First Dates meets Awakenings in this emotional love story by international and best selling author, Emma Scott.

WARNING A Five-Minute life contains subject matter that might be sensitive to some readers.
#standalone #newadultromance #notparanormal  (From: Goodreads)

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Read-to-Review: Off the Record by Taylor Danae Colbert

44555542“Dax Thatcher?” I ask. “But isn’t he sorta. . .old?”

Ugh. Celebrities. I mean, I know I took a job as a reporter for the Celebrity and Pop Culture department of our magazine, but it was just supposed to be a stepping stone to the more real stuff.

Despite the fact that Dax Thatcher was the subject of many of my teen fantasies—and I may or may not have an entire playlist made up of his music—he’s still just another star.

Until his golden eyes pierce through me that day on his Malibu deck. I find myself having dinner with him, going backstage with him, lying on the beach with him. I find myself telling him my deepest secrets, and diving deep into his less-than-perfect past.

And then I remember my assignment: a four-issue feature on Dax Thatcher. . .and his supermodel fiancée. Yep, he’s getting hitched.

I have to focus. I’m a serious journalist, and he is mere months from walking down the aisle with someone else. But that doesn’t stop me from wondering what those tattooed arms might feel like wrapped around me, or how soft the sheets on his California king bed are.

Yikes. This celebrity stuff might be a little more real than I thought. (From: Goodreads)

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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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