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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

It's been a really long time!

Five months, actually. I've been really bad. But I think, at this point, sadly, it's time to put an end to Jessie's Book Place. June was a terrible month for me, though I had so many plans for the middle of the summer. I lost someone very important to me, and though those around me tell me to get on with it, it's incredibly hard. I actually haven't picked up a book properly since the end of June, though I have been slowly trying to get myself back into reading. 

I promise that I will wrap up the Quick Fix Challenge for those who are currently participating. Unfortunately the giveaway I had been planing for it will have to be cut a bit short and I'll simply do one for those participating in the challenge.

It would have been Jessie's Book Place 4th Blogoversary this December but I find personal reasons keep me from being interested. Though I miss book blogging, and had tried much harder these past two years to do my best this year I went on two unofficial hiatus (this one lasting FIVE MONTHS). I'll be keeping a tumblr (Jessie's Random Place) as something much more casual and not just for book blogging. So feel free to visit me there! 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Blog Tour: Marry Me For Money by Mia Kayla


Marry Me For Money by Mia Kayla


Publication date: May 4th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:
Leaving her small town behind, Bethany Casse moves to Chicago in search of a new life. Working at a top financial bank brings her into contact with two men who are as different as night and day.

Kent Plack, heir to Plack Industries, has no interest in being with a woman for longer than one night. A spoiled and lazy man-whore, he is completely content with his playboy lifestyle, and Beth is surprised when they form an unlikely friendship.

Brian Burcham, a finance banker, is gorgeous and respectful. A man plucked from Beth’s dreams, he is definite husband material. Unfortunately, Beth has a hard rule against dating coworkers, but Brian is determined to change her mind.

When a deadbeat mother and money problems follow her to Chicago, Beth is offered a solution that could fix everything. Marrying for money seems simple enough, but when lines become blurred, Beth faces difficult choices, making her realize that the easy way out just made her life even harder than before.


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The Prologue starts off as a "how did I get here" wedding set up scene. For me it sucked me in a bit, but after that the first couple of chapters lost me. What I thought could have been a good contemporary romance was just an okay one. This was a reminder of why I'm on the fence with this genre.

Things I hate about contemporary romance: They don't have much family/lost family. This is actually something I half liked, as she was raised by her grandmother because her mother couldn't handle it. (It's something I don't usually see, usually the girl simply lost her parents for X reason.) And, the "wholesome good-girl" is so cliche. Seriously.

Other problems I had were: why would you talk to a guy you basically just met about when you lost your virginity and refer to it as your V-card like you are a high school student? It's one thing that he asked about if she was dating and she mentioned her high school boyfriend and that they broke up, but I really feel that mentioning that she lost her "V-card" to him was completely unnecessary to add. (Yes I just ranted about that.)

I was also rather annoyed with how Beth would throw Kent's lifestyle in his face. Personally, I work full-time, I don't party or anything, but I could relate more to Kent than I could to Beth. She acts like a kid, along with the inability to use the word virginity she sticks her tongue out a lot, she did stupid stuff prior to the beginning/during the duration of the book. Honestly there was a number of times I wanted to slap her.

Okay, so I probably can rant a little more. I know it doesn't sound good. But honestly, I did like the story, and the characters (other than Beth, but even she grew on me about halfway through). Plus I wanted to know how it ended. Overall it wasn't bad. I did like it I promise. I would give it a 3 out of 5, but not more than that. I think my main problem was that I didn't give myself more time to read it and I read it during a bad time for myself personally. I would probably pick it up again and give it a go.

3/5


About the Author


Mia Kayla is a New Adult/Contemporary Romance writer who lives in Illinois.

On the weekdays, she can be caught wearing a suit, commuting to her corporate job in downtown Chicago and raising three beautiful munchkins in the suburbs, four if you count the husband.

In her free time she loves reading romance novels, jamming to boy bands, catching up on celebrity gossip and designing flowers for weddings.

Most of the time, she can be caught on the train with her nose in a book sporting a cheeky grin because the main characters finally get their happily-ever-after at the end.

She loves reading about happy endings but has more fun writing them.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Book Blitz: Guarding Angel by S. L. Saboviec


Guarding Angel by S. L. Saboviec


Series: Fallen Redemption #1
Publication date: May 19th 2014
Genres: Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis:
Guardian angel Enael can’t seem to keep her human Wards in check. They’re the ones who choose their paths before reincarnating—she’s just there to help make sure they stay on track. But it’s not as easy as it might look.

When she meets and falls in love with charismatic Kaspen, a fellow Guardian, Enael’s feelings about Heaven, Hell, demons, and the life she’s known are turned upside down. Worse, angel-turned-demon Yasva, Kaspen’s former love, still holds him in her clutches. Even as Yasva works toward obtaining complete control of Earth, she taunts and haunts Kaspen’s and Enael’s lives.

Now Enael is forced to face her past (which is centuries long and bursting with secrets), her present (which is terribly unfulfilling and full of questions), and her future (which becomes more uncertain as time passes). Armed with a newfound love and fear of losing it all, she must figure out how to save the world—-and the angel she loves. Which side will win? Who will Kaspen choose? Will Heaven and Earth continue to exist, or will everything go to Hell?


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Excerpt


Yasva tipped her head back. “No more. I revoke my place in Heaven.”

Her amethyst eyes went wide and the air shimmered around her. I cringed but couldn’t look away. She screamed as she clamped her hands to her ears. Her wings quivered. No... They flared above her and burst apart in a spray of royal purple. The droplets hung in the air before they contracted into nothingness.

I backed away but bumped into a bush. It’s happening again.

Shrieking, Yasva pressed her hands to her eyes and doubled over. Deep purple blood soaked the back of her robe where her wings had been. She wrenched her hands down and stared at me. I willed myself to move but couldn’t. Her eyes were pits, stark black and seething. She regarded me with a hatred I had seen but once before.

My stomach lurched in fear. Beside me, Kaspen gripped his hair, eyes wide. I’d nearly forgotten he was there.

Yasva thrust out a hand as though to steady herself. “This isn’t...” She wobbled, reaching for Kaspen, who backed away. “... the end...” She coughed and staggered. “... of me! I will have my revenge!” She went to a knee before fading and disappearing into Hell.

Where all angels who renounce their connections to the Source go.

Where they live as demons.

The stench of sulfur washed over me, and I quashed the urge to gag.


About S.L. Saboviec


Samantha grew up in a small town in Iowa but now lives in the suburbs of Toronto with her Canadian husband and expatriate cat. In her spare time, she reads, writes, and thinks about reading and writing—along with playing the occasional video game or eight.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo


Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.


As excited as I was about this book (for reasons unknown), I held it off long enough. I think I was worried I would like it less than the first (and then I would have wasted money on it). However, I liked Siege and Storm a lot more than I liked Shadow and Bone.

We were introduced to a number of new characters. All of them I liked. Nikolai had to grow on me a bit, however, by the end I just loved him. I was originally excited to see more of Mal, I think part of the reason I didn't like him so much in the first book was because we didn't see much of him. That excitement was short-lived. I found him incredibly annoying. Alina, throughout the book, was insecure about her relationship with him, and instead of making her feel better about it, on most occasions he was a complete jerk who wouldn't open up to her. And, I really wished we got to see more of the Darkling.

I think my main problem with this book was that it felt a little slow in the beginning. Where I liked the daily life of Alina in the Little Palace in Shadow and Bone, I really didn't care about it in the first third (?) of the book. After that, I felt like things were happening rather quickly. I also liked the ending better than I did in the first book (which made me angry). Plus, the farther away I get from this book, the more I like it which is a nice change from getting mad every time I thought of the first book.

I gave it a 4/5 only because I didn't feel like it deserved anything less.

4/5

Cover Reveal: Time Shifters by Laura N. Anile

Ahh! I don't know how this wasn't put up earlier! Well lets pretend it went up on time...

Time Shifters by Laura N. Anile


Series: Beyond Time #1
Publication date: June 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

Synopsis:
‘My blood runs cold, and I see the horror etched in the boy’s reflection. Anxiety seeps into my chest, making my heart hammer. I don’t know where I am. I don’t know how I got here. But what worries me most is: I don't know who the hell is looking back at me in the mirror."

When you wake up in the wrong body within a futuristic world, being yourself can get you killed.

17-year-old Ryder is on his way to school when he experiences a pain like he has never felt before. He awakes in a mysterious lab to discover that, as a victim of an unauthorized transfer, he has been pulled into the year 2127.

Now Ryder’s life depends on him succeeding in making everyone believe that he is Ziron, the boy that swapped places with him in 2015. If he fails, he will be captured, imprisoned, or worse. Ryder only has to survive two weeks in this futuristic world he doesn’t understand. But two weeks is a long time when you don’t know who to trust, and when you have to keep away from a girl you have sworn to protect.

Kira refuses to stay away, so how can he prevent her from discovering his secret? And how can he be with her when she thinks he’s someone else?

Time is running out for Ryder to unravel the conspiracy and uncover the answer to the biggest question of all: Just why did Ziron risk everything to change places with him? And what exactly has Ryder been pulled into?

In a desperate quest to find his way home, Ryder will stop at nothing to protect the girl of his dreams, and the secret that could destroy everything.

The expected release date is June 16 (Amazon), with iTunes, Kobo and B&N to follow. For further information, please go to www.LauraAnile.com



About the Author


Laura has had a lifelong love of writing, which she explored in a successful marketing career before penning her first novel. She is fascinated by the ideas of fate and interconnectedness, central themes in her story. She loves all things humorous, laughs too loudly and finds her own jokes amusing. She has a passion for traveling and exploring the world but has a phobia of suspect hotel rooms with questionable hygiene. And, oh yeah, she isn't clairvoyant and doesn't own any crystal balls.
In addition to 'Visions', she has also written a collection of short stories, entitled 'Unmasked Secrets'.

For more information, please go to www.lauraanile.com.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Catch Up June!

You know, at the end of the year, I try to wrap everything up so that I can start anew for the new year. But I have to say that's stressful. So, I have decided that I'm going to reduce that stress (or possibly double it), by giving myself a halfway point.

June is going to be all about reading whatever I couldn't in the first half of the year and getting to those reviews I should have already written. You won't believe how many half-written reviews I have, some even from late last year! I also have to go through all those challenges I signed up for at the beginning of the year and seeing where I stand with everything. So I'm really excited for this month! I plan on having a relatively large TBR list.

Upcoming Reviews:


Horde by Ann Aguirre
The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
The Magician's Guild by Trudi Canavan
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Hush by Donna Jo Napoli
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead


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Other


On the 13 - Time Shifters by Laura N. Anile (Cover Reveal)
On the 24th - Guarding Angel by S. L. Saboviec (Book Blitz)


Saturday, May 31, 2014

Armchair BEA 2014 Wrap-Up




Wow, so this week went by really fast for me! And, even though I had loads of fun, I wish that I had had more time. I hate my job for getting in the way of all the fun! I did, however, get to post most days, I just wish I had more time to stop by more people's blogs.

My post:
Introduction Post
More Than Just Words
Expanding Blogging Horizons
Beyond the Borders