BLOG TOUR: YOU OUT OF NOWHERE

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.




Another day, another #romanceclass book to read and review! I'm excited to be sharing my thoughts with you about Jay E. Tria's new release, You Out of Nowhere, because it was A M A Z I N G!

GOODREADS REVIEW // THROWING RULES TO THE WIND

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.


Throwing Rules to the Wind by Thessa Lim
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
















Throwing Rules to the Wind is a hidden gem that you should definitely add to your TBR list A S A P! An intriguing story that captures the beauty of forgiveness, not only for yourself but others as well.

GOODREADS REVIEW // GHOST OF A FEELING

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.


Ghost of a Feeling by Celestine Trinidad
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
















This book is for anyone who finds themselves lost right now, that are hurt, afraid, or confused about anything in their life. Ghost of a Feeling filled me up with a lot of hope and I think everyone should read it.

GOODREADS REVIEW // MAKING IT COMPLICATED

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
















I absolutely loveeed Making it Complicated - an amazing coming-of-age story full of my three favorite things: family, friendships, and love!!


"Show me."
"What?" My eyes snapped back to his.
"Tonight. Show me how nice you can be," Hunter said, his easy smile belying the weight of his words, the dimple on his cheek a warning sign he was trouble.

MAKING IT COMPLICATED COVER REVEAL + GIVEAWAY



Today is the cover reveal for Making it Complicated by Clarisse David! I'm so excited to be sharing this beauty with you!! The first book in this series, Keeping the Distance, was one of the first books I read by #romanceclass so it definitely holds a special place in my heart! This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The cover designer is Daniel Tinagan.

WHAT'S HAPPENING: IT'S BEEN AWHILE



Why, hello there.
It sure has been awhile since I've sat down to write something just for fun or for myself and I've missed it.. But life has been busy. With three children starting a new school year, my own responsibilities building, and taking care of a family - well, it's been hard for me to find the time to share a small update of where I'm now at after my huge panic attack.

GOODREADS REVIEW // THE BIG F

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.


The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
















I enjoyed this book so much more than I was anticipating I would! Seriously. I'm positive it's now up in my top ten favorite YA contemporaries now!


"It's not supposed to be easy to decide what makes life worth living, especially when you have so many things to live for now."

GOODREADS REVIEW // THE COLOR PROJECT

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.


The Color Project by Sierra Abrams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
















I absolutely adored The Color Project and if I could sum it up in one GIF:


SUMMER LOVIN'

Wow, it's finally the last week of summer before school officially begins over here!
Where did our summer go?! I didn't realize how busy we were until it was time to finally start buying school supplies this past weekend. I guess time sure flies by when you're having fun! Our family went on a road trip to California, where we spent a couple of weeks there with family. It was sure an adventure, especially traveling through the beauty that is Colorado (seriously I can not stop gushing about the Rocky Mountains), but a vacation for the books.
So many other fun memories were made this summer, but in general, it's been a relaxing one for all of us! But this mom is ready for three bored children to head back to school.. I *might* also be ready for the holidays already! ;)
Enjoy some photos from our trip!
Hope you all had a wonderful summer vacation!
<3

LET'S TALK. . .

I remember the day I lost control like it was yesterday, and every emotion I felt during those ten minutes still causes me to lose sleep weeks later. . .
I was on the floor of my closet with tears rolling down my face, finding it hard to breath, my heart pounding in my chest.. And I was scared out of my mind because I had no clue what was wrong with me. What should I do? Do I call someone, will they even care? Will my family just yell at me, tell me "to get my shit together" or "how are you always so sad, you have such beautiful children that need you"? Is anyone going to believe me when I express how I just don't want to live like this anymore, that I'm so tired of praying, of fighting through this darkness day in and out? Or will they think I'm just being dramatic again? Who will understand this pain that is constantly eating me up inside? These were the questions I asked myself as my hands begun to shake and my breathing became more rapid.. And I realized that I didn't feel like anyone in my life would understand me in that moment, not in the way I needed them to. So, I got my phone and reached out to people that I hoped could finally get me the help that I needed. I dialed the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and I will forever be thankful to Rick who saved my life that day.
And after the phone call.. I felt better but empty.
The only people I spoke to were my mother and boyfriend. I felt like a failure, I could barely look them in the eye. Here I was, a twenty-seven woman who should have her shit together by now but the truth I had to admit to them was.. I don't. I cried and cried, ignored my phone, and slept, barely being able to keep my eyes open for longer than a few hours. I was completely done with life that weekend.
I begged my boyfriend to just let me go, sobbing out the pain, finally breathing the words that I had been holding back for so long.. how tired I was of feeling like I'm not good enough for this beautiful life I've been given. I didn't deserve my children, I didn't deserve anything.
I was tired of praying, done trying to understand my mind, and all the hope I had was drained out of me. I felt as if I was nothing.
I didn't want to keep trying to be everyone to everybody while feeling like I wasn't anyone at all. I couldn't continue being everyone's rock while being left with nothing for myself at the end of the day.
It's now been a couple of weeks since this day. . .
I can't say that I'm better because I'm not sure.
What I can tell you is that I'm still fighting and that has to count for something.
These demons that I face make me feel like giving up every day despite the love I feel from my children telling me that I'm the best mom in the world. I constantly feel like a disappointment and a burden in the lives of the people I love. And sometimes I don't see the light at the end of the tunnel.
But I have more great moments in my life, too. When I'm the one that makes people smile or laugh, when I get to snuggle with my boyfriend and children and feel on top of the world inside their love, or all the times when I'm reminded of what a great life I've been given.
I haven't been the same since that day.. I see it in the way I force my smiles or how I'm overly sarcastic, the way I use distractions to escape the demons inside my head. But I also see that I'm not alone and how I must continue to fight these demons and struggle through the pain to come out alive.
I don't believe that it'll always be this hard, even if I do hit another low point in my life, because a lot of my hope has slowly been restored inside of me.. And for that, I'm thankful.
I'm not writing this to make people feel sorry for me or for strangers to reach out to me, I have the support of the people who are close to me and that's more than enough for me. I don't need that. I'm writing this because I'm tired of being ashamed of something that is such a huge part of what makes me who I am.
And if you've been where I have I want YOU to know that YOU'RE not alone.
YOU'RE NOT WEAK.
You're one of the strongest people in the world. I know how hard it is to wake up every morning and look at yourself in the mirror, and like what you see enough to keep going another day.
You deserve the world and there are people out there that will care about you.. You just have to be brave enough to open up to the people you love, the ones that will hear you.
I'm slowly getting through this and I promise that you can, too.
Please don't be afraid to reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - if you don't like talking on the phone there are texting services and chatting. Trust me, it's a real person on the other end of the line that will care and listen. <3


xxo


BLOG TOUR: THE COLOR PROJECT EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY


I'm super excited to be participating in the blog tour for The Color Project by Sierra Abrams! Guys, this book is seriously something special. I just finished reading it and I'll have my review up within the next few weeks, but what I can tell you. . . There's lots of swooning, laughs, and even tears to be shed. But there is SO much hope in this beautiful story, too. I honestly can't wait for everyone to devour this book like I did!

THE 100 // LET'S TALK SEASON FOUR

This post will contain major spoilers for the show.




It's been one week since the season four finale of The 100, and I've determined that this hiatus already sucks. What an action-packed, emotionally fueled season it was! Maddi and I decided to do this special post where we answer a few questions and discuss some of our thoughts on the past season.
So.. Let's talk season four!

GOODREADS REVIEW // ONE S'MORE SUMMER

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.


One S'more Summer by Beth Merlin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

















To say that our main character, Gigi, is going through a bit of a rough patch in her life would be an understatement. After getting fired from her job and a million other things going south in her life, she's forced to make a decision in hopes to get a much needed break from her life in New York City. With nothing left to lose, Gigi heads off to be the head counselor at her childhood summer camp.

GOODREADS REVIEW // FLAME IN THE MIST

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
















First off, I'll be sharing light spoilers, seriously nothing huge but just in case you want absolutely nothing spoiled for you then I would come back to read this another time! :) Now, I'm convinced that I will read anything and everything Renee Ahdieh writes. Flame in the Mist WAS another gem but.. I just wanted more. If this book was at least 50 pages longer then I think the plot/characters could've been fleshed out more. And I would've been able to connect with them and their story more easily.

WHAT'S HAPPENING: ONE YEAR


This weekend will mark a whole year since my father passed away.
There were moments in the past year when I wasn't too sure I would make it to this point, but here I am, happy to be here with you. It's such a bittersweet feeling when I log onto Facebook and old memories pop up, reminding me of the person I once was and how much I've changed.

THIS MOMENT

This Moment is a weekly ritual of a single photo - no words - capturing a special moment from the week. These photos represent a moment that is dear to my heart, whether it be of someone or something I love.




xxo


THIS MOMENT

This Moment is a weekly ritual of a single photo - no words - capturing a special moment from the week. These photos represent a moment that is dear to my heart, whether it be of someone or something I love.




xxo


BLOG TOUR: QUANTA REWIND + GIVEAWAY

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.



I'm stoked to be participating in this blog tour for Quanta Rewind by Lola Dodge! It's the fourth installment in the Shadow Ravens series, and I just LOVE it. You can check out my review for the previous book, Quanta Reset, here. Make sure to visit all the other great blogs participating in this tour and follow the link at the end to enter the giveaway!

WHAT'S HAPPENING: LET'S LOSE OUR SH*T TOGETHER



A lot has been happening in my personal life.
I've been stuck in cement, unable to move, only able to watch things passing by or crashing around me. And most of these things passing by are good, such as, my family, especially my children being the amazing little humans that they are. Some of it has been awful, like when I reached my breaking point and had a nervous breakdown last weekend. I've felt like I've been losing my shit because I can't hold on to the good moments or take away the awful things going on in my life right now. All I can do is keep watching.

GOODREADS REVIEW // GEEKERELLA

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.


Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale by Ashley Poston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

















This book was adorable and perfect - I LOVED IT!


"If you believe in yourself and have a few good friends, then you can do anything. You can be anything."

THIS MOMENT

This Moment is a weekly ritual of a single photo - no words - capturing a special moment from the week. These photos represent a moment that is dear to my heart, whether it be of someone or something I love.




xxo


GOODREADS REVIEW // THINGS I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.


Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
















Things I Should Have Known took me by surprise, and completely swept me off my feet through its lovable characters and thoughtful, heartwarming story.


"It's like people have a place in their brain for normal, and they have a place in their brain for something obviously wrong, but they can't deal with something just a little bit different."

THIS MOMENT

This Moment is a weekly ritual of a single photo - no words - capturing a special moment from the week. These photos represent a moment that is dear to my heart, whether it be of someone or something I love.




xxo


WHAT'S HAPPENING: MAKING MOM FRIENDS



The end of my children's school year is quickly approaching, which means I can no longer ignore my PTA duties as the final activities pop up. I actually don't mind volunteering at their school, thanks to it being a smaller school it feels like one big family there. Also, I'm totally one of those moms who likes to know who my children's friends are to make sure I actually know who they are talking about when they tell these crazy stories. But there are other aspects to volunteering that I actually hate.

THIS MOMENT

This Moment is a weekly ritual of a single photo - no words - capturing a special moment from the week. These photos represent a moment that is dear to my heart, whether it be of someone or something I love.




xxo


WRITE THE BOOK



This past November I participated in NaNoWriMo and wrote my very first book! (Side note, if you don't know what NaNoWriMo is then I highly recommend checking their organization out, and even participating yourself later this year.)

BREAKING FREE

"You know, ever since we were little,
I would get this feeling like I'm floating outside of my body, looking down on myself.
And I hate what I see. How I'm acting, the way I sound.
And I don't know how to change it.
And I'm so scared that that feeling is never gonna go away."
- The Edge of Seventeen




I'm embarrassed to admit this, but as the new year came around I was someone who believed that it meant a chance to become a completely new person.

Let's rewind for a second as I share more about the experience I had through each stage of grief. When I lost my father last May there were a lot of factors at play that helped keep his spirit alive. I gained new family members who made me feel as if he wasn't truly gone. I don't remember much from that summer, it truly is a blur when I think back on that time of my life. I just see how happy I was to have another sibling to annoy for the rest of our days. My grief hit me hard once August rolled around, and I like to refer to that time as my dark days. I fell deep into my depression and anxiety.
Every morning I woke up wondering if I'd ever make it out alive.

QUANTA REWIND COVER REVEAL + GIVEAWAY



I'm so excited to be a part of the cover reveal for Lola Dodge's next book, Quanta Rewind!
I'm a huge fan of this series. The previous book, Quanta Reset, left readers with a huge cliffhanger and I'm curious to read what will happen next! If you're looking for a new series to dive into then I highly recommend this one, especially for fans of YA fantasy! You can check out my book review for Quanta here.

THIS MOMENT

This Moment is a weekly ritual of a single photo - no words - capturing a special moment from the week. These photos represent a moment that is dear to my heart, whether it be of someone or something I love.




xxo


GOODREADS REVIEW // YOU DON'T KNOW MY NAME

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.


You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
















Kristen Orlando delivers in her debut, You Don't Know My Name, and I absolutely LOVED this book! It's been awhile since I've found myself sitting on the edge of my seat, not able to stop turning the pages in a book.


"I just wanted to be part of something normal, something that was mine."

THIS MOMENT

This Moment is a weekly ritual of a single photo - no words - capturing a special moment from the week. These photos represent a moment that is dear to my heart, whether it be of someone or something I love.




xxo


KILLER LOVE

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.




Killer Love by Ruthnye Jean-Philippe

When sports reporter Meya Taylor moved to Paris to investigate the death of soccer legend Robert Raymond's wife, the last thing she planned was to fall in love. After a whirl wind romance however, all of that changes when Benny Roman, the son of Paris's notorious loan shark proposes to her. They seem to be in bliss until Benny's business rival Michel Grey steps into the picture.

Focused on solving the mystery behind the death of Roberts's wife and marrying her soulmate, Meya must balance the two very carefully.


Killer Love is told from our three main characters Michel, Meya, and Benny's points of view. This romance thriller set in Paris, is filled with twists, turns, and a fatal love triangle.