Blitz: Follow me Home by Monica Goulet

Hi, everyone! Today’s blitz is for Follow me Home by Monica Goulet. Be sure to check out the giveaway link in the post. Hope you enjoy the blitz! :D

Follow Me Home by Monica Goulet

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Publication date: 09/16/14
Genres: Young Adult
Formats: e-book
Available at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo Books
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16-year-old Kelsey
thinks her new house far away from Tulsa is the perfect place to escape her
past—until she meets Jay, the boy who used to live there.

After a series of mysterious break-ins at the house, Kelsey discovers the
culprit is Jay, but before she can confront him, Jay inadvertently sets in
motion a series of events that leave Kelsey and her family devastated and wind
Jay up in juvie.

Desperate to fix things, Kelsey confronts him only to discover Jay’s not the
delinquent she expects, but a boy with a past more messed up than hers. Against
her better judgment, the two of them form an unlikely friendship she keeps
secret from everyone.

Then Jay asks for a favor she didn’t see coming – one that leaves Kelsey torn
between her growing loyalty to Jay and throwing away the new future she worked
so hard to build.

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For the first time in almost a year, I feel safe. My sandals slap against the uneven sidewalk, and I wave back at the old man driving by in a green pick-up truck. His toothless grin should scare the crap out of me, but something about this place makes it okay. I’ll even forgive its lack of a real downtown. I went in search of one of those quaint main streets with specialty coffee shops and expensive clothing stores, and all I found were a bunch of empty buildings for lease and a no-name pizza place. So much for small town charm.

I turn the corner to my house and skid to a halt. The edge of my sandal catches in a crack, and I lurch forward, scraping my palms against the cement. There’s a leg dangling out my bedroom window as if it’s not attached to a body. It reminds me of a cricket I caught when I was eight. I’d accidentally ripped its leg off trying to make it dance. I shudder and pick myself up, my palms burning.

I glance at the driveway. Mom and Dad’s cars aren’t there.

The person in the window struggles to squeeze his way out. Blue jeans and a ratty running shoe. Painter, maybe? Repair person? But there’s no work van in sight.

The rest of the body lowers from the window. I suck in a breath and duck behind a parked car just as he jumps.

Five, four, three, two, one. I pop my head up just enough to see over the hood.

He’s crouched on the ground, so I creep up a little higher and let out a breath. He’s tying his shoe? What kind of thief would stop to tie his shoe, let alone come out empty handed?

Anger rises in my chest and I clench my fists. What does this guy think he’s doing? I pop up from behind the car without thinking. “You could have used the door, you know!”

My mouth snaps shut as soon as the words are out. What am I doing? For all I know this guy could have a gun or something. I almost duck behind the car again when he looks up, but he turns away again just as quickly as if I never said a thing. He just finishes tying his shoe and shakes his head to get the hair out of his eyes.

I finally catch a glimpse of his face. He’s young – my age maybe. Too young to be someone my parents hired. He heads toward the street, and I glance up at the open window again.

Something doesn’t seem right.

“Hey!” I yell. “Wait!” Against my better judgment, I start after him, but he still doesn’t turn around. My hand closes around the cell phone in my pocket. The police. I should call the police. I fumble with my phone, and it clatters onto the sidewalk.

The guy looks back.

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I Really Want to Read…

So I notice a lot of post on some of my favorite blogs and vlogs that involve something called a book haul. As far as I can tell, a book haul is when you get a large number of books at the same time, and then it is customary to share this haul with you book buddies.

I do things a little differently when I buy books though. I love to buy online so I hardly ever get a lot of books in the mail at the same time. So while I do buy way too many books every month, I can’t really post about my haul.  My solution to this very minor issue is to just share with you what I am most interested in reading right now instead of telling you every time I get a couple of books in the mail.

Alright, enough yacking. Let’s get to the books!

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 Secret Catch by Cassie Mae and Jessica Salyer

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Synopsis:

Tyler Koontz is Trojan gold all the way. There’s nowhere he loves to be more than on the football field.
Sam Nolan is Skyhawk red born and raised. With her mom’s alcohol problem and her dad’s recent death, she lives for her little brother who is a big football fanatic.
There’s one rule in this town…
Trojans and Skyhawks don’t date. EVER.
So when Tyler and Sam fall fast and hard for each other, what are they to do? Keep it a secret of course.
The problem is in a town this small, secrets don’t stay secret for long.

Why I’m excited to read it:

First of all, I am a HUGE Cassie Mae fan! I have loved her books ever since I read Reason’s I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend. Her books are usually funny sweet, and romantic. And there is plenty of kissing and mushy stuff without too much or any sex. But based on the blurb I think I would want to read this book whether it was written by one of my favorite authors or not. I love a good star crossed lovers story and this one seems adorable.

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Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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Synopsis:

In this stunning re-imagining of J. M. Barrie’s beloved classic Peter Pan,New York Times bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson expertly weaves a gripping tale of love, loss, and adventure.
Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair… Tiger Lily. When fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan deep in the forbidden woods of Neverland, the two form a bond that’s impossible to break, but also impossible to hold on to. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland’s inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. However, when Wendy Darling, a girl who is everything Tiger Lily is not, arrives on the island, Tiger Lily discovers how far she is willing to go to keep Peter with her, and in Neverland.
Told from the perspective of tiny, fairy-sized Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily is the breathtaking story of budding romance, letting go and the pains of growing up.
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Why I’m excited to read it:

I just got my copy of this book in the mail a few days ago. The cover and the name were the things that first drew me to this book. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and Tiger Lillies happen to be my favorite flowers. I know those are superficial reasons for being interested in a book, but that’s how my mind works sometimes.  It does take more than a pretty cover and name to get me to buy a book though. (At least most of the time.) I got lucky with this book because not only are the cover and title beautiful, but the synopsis is very interesting as well. I love fairy tale re-tellings, and the idea of turning the story of Tinkerbell and Peter Pan into a love story is genius!

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Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey

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Synopsis:

Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents’ rules – especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father’s office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, she’s tempted to peek inside, as the contents might be key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship.

To better her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen’s sanity. Maybe his life. But Jill’s accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and compels her to risk everything – even Tristen’s love – just for the thrill of being… bad.

Why I’m excited to read it: 

As I mentioned when talking about Tiger Lily, I am a fan of re-tellings. Whether it’s fairy tales, fables, or just classic novels, I enjoy it when someone attempts to retell a story I am familiar with in a new and inventive way. This book caught my eye because I have always been intrigued by Dr. Jekel and Mr. Hyde. Obviously this book isn’t trying to be a true re-telling of that story, but this book has the potential to be a very interesting romance about total opposites falling in love. I’ll let you know what I think after I read it!

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That’s just a small portion of the books that I am really excited to read and review in the upcoming months, but I wanted to give you guys and gals a taste of what’s to come! See you next time!

Anime Review: His and Her Circumstances (Kare Kano)

Hi, guys! I have been watching anime a lot more lately, and I just finished one that I wanted to share with you! If you are just a casual watcher of anime or have never watch one at all, I think that His and Her Circumstances would be a great one for you to check out. There are only 26 episodes and each episode only last for about 20 to 25 minutes so it isn’t that much of a time commitment. Plus this was one of the most romantic and well told love stories that I have ever had the pleasure of watching!

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Blitz & Giveaway: Zoe and the Demon Slayer by Neel Kay

Hi, everyone! Today’s blitz is for Zoe and the Demon Slayer by Neel Kay! I will be giving away a copy of the book and there will be another great giveaway opportunity in this post. I hope you enjoy the blitz!

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Try by Colbie Caillat

Hi guys! Just wanted to do a quick post to hopefully put a smile on your faces!

Try by Colbie Caillat is one of my favorite songs of the moment. The video for the song is nothing new as far as the concept goes, but the imagery and message are still beautiful nonetheless. Whether all made up or makeup free, we each have something great going for us so there’s no need to “try so hard”. I am absolutely crazy about her entire album Gypsy Heart right now, and I think I like every single song, but Try is still one of my favorites. Enjoy the video!