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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Reviews~!

Okay, so I've been trying to think of different things to talk about here at Jessie's Book Place. Some bookish, maybe some personal.

I finished writing my reviews yesterday for the month! Which might not seem strange, but I actually save all my reviews for the end of the month if anyone noticed. I didn't notice this until about halfway through April, when I had finished some book and thought "eh, I'll write at the end of the month, I've been doing it that way all year anyway." Yeah, that's when I noticed.

I wrote about five reviews yesterday, I don't know why I save them up for the end of the month. I know most people will put up a review one or twice a week. Nope, not Jessie here. They all go up at the end of the month. Part of the reason I think is that I like to give myself some time to take in what I read. Sometimes I read a book and think I liked it/didn't like it, but the farther away from it I get, I find faults with it, or I start to remember the book more fondly.

I don't know though, would it make a difference if I wrote my reviews weekly than at the end of the month?

On another note, I'm finding that I'm not any good with Netgalley. One book I did mean to read and review this month was Poison, which I started last week sometime. I found that I really couldn't get into it, though I'm hoping to powerhouse through it today (who knows maybe I'm not finished with my reviews this month). I received the book just a few weeks before it came out and didn't have time to read it (let's be honest I didn't even think I would be approved for it). So I've decided I'll just leave Netgalley alone and I don't really care about ARC's unless I win them in giveaways.


Monday, April 29, 2013

Abarat: Absolute Midnight by Clive Barker

midnightDescription (from Goodreads): "Abarat: Absolute Midnight continues the thrilling adventures of Candy Quackenbush in the Abarat, a vast archipelago where every island is a different hour of the day—from The Great Head that sits in the mysterious twilight waters of Eight in the Evening to the sunlit wonders of Three in the Afternoon, where dragons roam, to the dark terrors of Gorgossium, the island of Midnight, ruled over by the evil Mater Motley. With villains resurrected and morphed and the Old Mother of darkness herself, Mater Motley, at the heart of a ruthless scheme, Abarat is in danger of being destroyed forever.

Mater Motley plans to create a darkness so complete that it blots out every glimpse of the light and vanquishes the sun, moon, and stars from the Abarat, ending all hope and happiness. Her hour has come—she is prepared to unleash the end of the world. When evil begins rising from the sea, tumbles The Great Head, and sets islands aflame, the Abarat is filled with fear.

Only one person can stop her—Candy Quackenbush from Chickentown, U.S.A., a heroine who has traveled between the Hereafter and the Abarat. She valiantly fights for the sake of her friends and her mother and to speak and act for those who have no voice. Candy and her crew battle on to ultimately defuse Mater Motley and rescue the 7,000 who have survived, with the message that even in the face of this terror and loss, they may find hope. An enthralling ride, with nonstop action, adventure, and suspense, Barker has delivered an epic dystopian battle."



Okay, well first thing first, I feel like I should explain my rating for this book which is a 4/5. I have a few complaints for this book. More than I would probably have for a book I would give 4/5, however, I finished the book in like two days. I really couldn't put it down, the book over all probably would have gotten a 3/5 if I had been able to put the book down all things considering. Okay, now for the rest of my review.

Alright, the book started off all fine, however, for a good, I don't know third of the book, Candy is dealing with Princess Boa. This really wouldn't be much of a problem, if this whole Boa thing had to do with what was going on later on in the book. And, honestly I found it a bit boring after a bit, I just wanted to get it over and done it, I was all but skimming it after awhile, if it hadn't been for the other things that were going on I probably would have put the book down. Never mind the fact that Boa is nothing like the way we were led to believe. I wonder if maybe there's more to it than we think?

Speaking of Boa, after she and Candy "split" she runs off, and we don't really see her again. She goes to find Finnegan, who I thought would play a big part in this book, who I was looking forward to doing more. However, he really did nothing. So I wasn't very happy with that.

There is another part where Candy "dreams" and goes to visit her mother. A number of things happen. What it really has to do with the rest of the story, I still have no idea. I guess it's really just one of those things we have to hope actually has to deal with the bigger picture and will come up again in a later book. One of my favorite parts did happen while Candy was dreaming so while it all seemed kind of crazy at least it was something I did enjoy.

Then, then, we actually get into the actual plot stuff, finally. But then, for some random unknown reason Candy is given a love interest, "Gazza". Two-thirds, into the third book, Candy is given a love interest. And, no it isn't a known character which would make sense. No this is a random character who came out of nowhere and somehow, these two know that they are MADE for each other (and the L word is being thrown around). Or some BS like. Now, don't get me wrong, from the second book I was kind of thinking something of a Finnegan thing myself, and I know some people see the whole Carrion thing. However, there was this one little part, when Candy lost her memory while she was dreaming (long story) and her memories returned. It was when her memories of Malingo returned when she's calling out his name in her sleep and I just went: "Oh I guess I see that." It was just this cute part and I thought after that if she would have been given a love interest at any part later on especially after that that it probably would be Malingo. Because seriously, who would really call their friend's name like that, I don't really care how close you are.

Granted on his own this character "Gazza" wouldn't be so bad, however, the characters don't even know him yet when Candy isn't around, he seems to be the "leader", just what? They just met the guy and he gets to play boss? And, in the end, guess who ended up going to save Candy? It sure as hell wasn't the guy thinking he couldn't live without her! Okay, it was one of the guys who thought they couldn't live without her, it just wasn't Gazza. There were other new characters I did like, the first introduced character Zephario who we learn quickly is related to Mater Motley and Christopher Carrion. We also finally introduced to the Commexo Kid, who is well known in Abarat, but we don't actually get to see, though his father Rojo Pixler, made an appearance or two I believe in the past. I was a bit confused on their outcome, I think I'm going to have to go back and reread Pixler's battle with Mater Motley, I imagine we haven't really seen the last of them.

The ending was incredibly disappointing. I don't think I could really explain it. I was rather satisfied with the second book's ending, so I was hoping for something similar with this one, it just didn't happen. I'm just hoping that the next book is better.




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Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker

magicDescription (from Goodreads): "Candy Quackenbush's adventures in the Abarat are getting stranger by the hour. Why has the Lord of Midnight sent his henchman after her? Why can she suddenly speak words of magic? Why is the world "familiar"?

Candy and her companions must solve the mystery of her past before the forces of Night and Day clash and Absolute Midnight descends upon the islands.

A final war is about to begin. . . ."

Oh jeez, okay, this is the second book in the Abarat series. I had started it years ago, right after I had finished the first one. I should have reread the first one, but I didn't. While reading this one I found that I had to stop and try to remember who certain people were from the first book. Yet, oddly enough I could remember where I had left off from when I had stopped reading this one (though I had started from the beginning).

This one took me a little longer to read through than I remember the first one did. I remember that once I had gotten into the first one, I finished it in about a day or two that wasn't really the case with this one. However, for the most part I was really satisfied with the ending for this one, which is more than I can say for the third one, which I will complain about later.

One thing that probably bothered me the most was, after Malingo (who was my favorite character since his introduction in the first book) and Candy are separated, Malingo spends much time worrying about her. However, once they're united, they really don't seem to interact, it's Finnegan who seems to have the most interaction with Candy. Granted I really like Finnegan and I expected a lot from him after his introduction. However, in the end, it isn't Finnegan who drags Candy's behind off the ship as I expected it was Malingo. Things just seemed rather flipped than what I expected them to be. So I thought maybe Finnegan would play a bigger role in the next book.

Anyway, I really enjoyed the book, and I was really happy to jump right into the third one. I gave it a 4/5.




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Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison

Alright so I decided because these are just small books and I don't plan on long reviews for these that I'll do these two reviews together. This if for the second and third books in the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series by Louise Rennison, On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God and Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas.


brightsideDescription (from Goodreads): "Georgia Nicolson has started dating the Sex God (aka Robbie). So life should be perfect . . . except in Georgia's life, nothing is ever perfect. Her cat, Angus (the size of a small Labrador), is terrorizing the neighborhood. Her sister, Libby (who is slightly mad), hides her pooey knickers at the bottom of Georgia's bed.

Then the Sex God breaks it off because she's too young. It's time for a plan. It's time for a Red Herring. It's time for Georgia to become a "heartless boy magnet!""



knockedDescription (from Goodreads): "As I was going out of my bedroom door I remembered my nungas. Perhaps I should take some precautions to keep them under strict control. Maybe bits of Sellotape on the ends of them to keep them from doing anything alarming? I'd like to trust them, but they are very unreliable.The irrepressible heroine of the Michael L. Printz Honor Book "Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging is back, and funnier than ever! Georgia has finally landed Robbie the Sex God, but he's never around, and Georgia's ex, Dave the Laugh, is starting to look quite dreamy. Strangely, so does just about every other guy Georgia meets, even the new French teacher.

In this third installment of Georgia's hilarious confessions, Georgia's "red bottomosity" is out of control! Whatever will happen next?"



Alright so like the first book, both of these were really quick reads, I read them in a day or two.

I think the second one is my favorite by far. There is a bit of a warning, I believe on the back of the first book about reading the book in public, it's really a good thing to keep in mind when reading any of the books. I received some of the oddest looks as I read these books. Even by my parents. There was this one part I was crying I was laughing so hard and it was my parents who were giving me the strangest looks. Seriously, if you ever read these books I don't recommend reading them with people around.

The third one wasn't as good as the second, I feel, but I think that's mostly because I enjoy the books for the humor, and there seemed to be a bit less, but when there was some it was great. Thing are getting pretty dramatic in Georgia's life though by the end of the third book, as she begins to like both Dave the Laugh and her Sex God boyfriend Robby.

Speaking of Dave though, I was really happy with his introduction in the second book. He seemed like a good character in the movie, and I was so happy we got to see more of his humor in the book. I loved when he had Georgia's friends singing "We are the Champions" in the second book, and he was just such a giant sweet-heart. I really want to be on Robbie's side, but Dave really makes it hard. I can't wait to start the fourth book.

I gave both books 4/5.




This is a book from my own personally library.

Guardians of the Grimoire by Natasha Slight

Did Not Finish

guardiansDescription (from Goodreads): "Rumors have spread among the immortals of a book that controls all the magic in both the human and spirit worlds. So what is the Spirit Mother to do when Kaël, a corrupt spirit, attempts to steal the Grimoire from her temple?

With no other option, she instructs Gaïa, a benevolent spirit, to hide the Grimoire in the human realm and to train three young girls in becoming the new guardians. Kerani, Tiluvia, and Cesca are awakened to their destinies, and thrust into a perilous journey as they race to Gaïa’s island. Accompanied by the Kal’rana sisters, the girls discover the magic that lies dormant within them. But fate plays a cruel twist on them, as their magical abilities are unleashed before they are ready, and disastrous consequences follow suit.

In a land shrouded in magic, and filled with as many friends as there are foes, will the girls be able to fulfill their destinies? Or will the balance of magic be thrown into chaos?"



I really don't usually not finish books, however, I don't ever see me bothering to pick up this book again. I was really excited when I was asked to read this book. I love fantasy books, I love YA, I thought perfect. The problem? I can't get into this book. I felt like the first few chapters were just a giant prologue. And, then just when I start to get comfortable BAM different character POV, every single time. I don't know if that changes at some point or what. Maybe if I gave it more time, but my patience has seriously run out with this one. I really don't mind there being different POV, I even enjoy them every now and then, but sometimes a story can be told from just a character or two's point of view. We don't really have to know everyone's (and their mothers', I know I'm blowing it out of proportion now, but you have my point right?) point of view of the story, it isn't necessary, and would just drive me crazy.



This was given to me by the author for an honest review.

Follow the White Rabbit by Kellie Sheridan Cover Reveal

white rabbit coverFollow the White Rabbit by Kellie Sheridan
Series: Beautiful Madness, #1
Publication date: May 21, 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis:
For centuries, Wonderland thrived as the domain of beautiful bedlam and unapologetic madness. It was a place like no other. All it took was one girl slipping in through the cracks of the universe to start chaos spiraling toward order. In the 150 years since Alice’s visit, the realm has become tainted—almost normal. Rabbits in waistcoats and playing card minions are little more than creatures of myth, and Wonderland is literally falling to pieces.

For Gwen, Rose, and Lucky, Wonderland is home, and yet they know little of its former glory. When the Alice prophecy resurfaces, they’ll have one chance to use Wonderland’s own legends to bring a little mayhem back into their reality. For she who controls Alice controls the fate of Wonderland.



About the Author

kelliesheridan Kellie Sheridan is a Canadian author and book blogger. When not reading books or writing, she also works with books. She is currently working with two small publishers on the marketing/publicity side of things, and is also Joan of ARCs at Spencer Hill Press. In her spare time Kellie watches way too much television and travels whenever she has the opportunity.

Kellie’s first YA novel, Mortality was released in March, and she is currently hard at work on future writing projects.

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (16)


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey. I've decided that I'll do this meme, every couple of weeks (or you know, something like that). 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Showers of Books Giveaway Hop


Showers of Books Giveaway Hop is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Books à la Mode.

For this hop, I'll be giving away a book of your choice for up to 10 USD.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Blog Tour: Echo by Alicia Wright Brewster


About Echo

Echo by Alicia Wright Brewster
Publication: April 25th 2013
by Dragonfairy Press
Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Synopsis:
The countdown clock reads ten days until the end of the world. The citizens are organized. Everyone's been notified and assigned a duty. The problem is . . . no one knows for sure how it will end.

Energy-hungry Mages are the most likely culprit. They travel toward a single location from every corner of the continent. Fueled by the two suns, each Mage holds the power of an element: air, earth, fire, metal, water, or ether. They harness their powers to draw energy from the most readily available resource: humans.

Ashara has been assigned to the Ethereal task force, made up of human ether manipulators and directed by Loken, a young man with whom she has a complicated past. Loken and Ashara bond over a common goal: to stop the Mages from occupying their home and gaining more energy than they can contain. But soon, they begin to suspect that the future of the world may depend on Ashara's death.


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My Review

Okay, where to start? First, I have to say that I made a mistake, and I thought I had more time to finish reading and reviewing Echo. However, once I started it, the amount of time I had to get it done wasn't a problem. It was a much faster read than I thought it was going to be, probably because I was able to get into the book quickly and it kept my interest. 

It was also a smooth read for me, I didn't find Ashara voice annoying or anything, I think first person point of view worked rather well for this book. Also, there were a number of things that had potential for me to get confused, however, I didn't have to go back and reread anything to make sure I got everything. What was also helpful was when a change of day happened, it was noted in a countdown at the beginning of the chapter. This was actually something I didn't notice until I saw the countdown the second or third time, it was rather convenient since I had been wondering what day it was.

And, because I could never write a review and not talk about the characters. I just loved Ashara, and her attitude. Some of Ash's lines made me laugh and are my favorites. My favorite characters had to be Krin and Mauryn. Then again, I think the Ethereal task force characters, are just some of my favorites on a whole. 

Easily without much thought I would give Echo a 4/5.

4/5


About the Author

Alicia Wright Brewster is a mild-mannered lady of average height and above average paranormal obsession. By day, she works in an office. At night she is an author, an electronics junkie, and a secret superhero.

In her virtually non-existent free time, she loves to read, watch movies, and eat food. She is particularly fond of the food-eating and makes a point to perform this task at least three times per day, usually more.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (17)


This weekly meme is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week is a rewind week. I decided to go back and do, "Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy...But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread". Half the books on my shelf probably could qualify for this, but these are the ones that I REALLY REALLY wanted. In no real order:

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Blog Tour: Lichgates by S.M. Boyce


About Lichgates

Kara Magari is about to discover a beautiful world full of terrifying things--Ourea.

Kara, a college student still reeling from her mother's recent death, has no idea the hidden world of Ourea even exists until a freak storm traps her in a sunken library. With no way out, she opens an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire and unwittingly becomes its master, which means Kara now wields the cursed book's untamed power. Discovered by Ourea's royalty, she becomes an unwilling pawn in a generations-old conflict--a war intensified by her arrival. In this world of chilling creatures and betrayal, Kara shouldn't trust anyone... but she's being hunted and can't survive on her own. She drops her guard when Braeden, a native soldier with a dark secret, vows to keep her safe. And though she doesn't know it, her growing attraction to him may just be her undoing.

For twelve years, Braeden Drakonin has lived a lie. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. Though he begins to care for this human girl, there is something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.

Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.

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My Review

Okay so jumping in half blind has been working out pretty well in my favor lately. I knew what the book was about when I signed for the tour, of course I did. But long forgot about it when I finally sat down to read it. However, Lichgates started a bit boring for me. I'm not really sure what it was. After the first chapter I had to put it down, I went back to read the description and remind myself why I wanted to read it. It turned out to be unnecessary. After giving myself some time, the second chapter started much better for me and I was able to get into it. Though it probably wasn't until around the time I learned that the Queen/Blood Lorraine was "in the know" that I really got hooked (of course this is the point that made me like the Blood, so that chapter made me a little sad).

However, there were a few parts that seemed to drag. On the flip side, I there were times I felt like I was missing something. Things happened and I wasn't really sure how. I always worry about saying things like that, I don't know, maybe it was just me. There was this one part near the beginning Braeden and Kara are basically being saved by muses and I had to reread that part because I felt like I had missed something the first time. And, that was only the first time.

For the most part the book is written in either Kara's or Braeden's point of view, though when it calls for it we're given another character's. I liked the way this was done. I know sometimes I complain about how there are too many POVs and things are just out of hand. But I think this was well done, more so because I liked the characters, though I had to kind of learn to like Kara. I wasn't especially fond of her at first. Though I really liked Braeden and basically every other character more than I liked Kara at first.

Overall though the book did feel kind of slow to me at first, it felt like what I would call an "in between book". I feel like it's something I would mind picking up again to reread when I'm stuck in between books and am unsure of what I'm going to read next. I don't know I feel like if I reread it again I'd definitely catch things I didn't notice the first time.

3/5


About the Author

International Amazon Bestseller. Fantasy Author. Twitter addict. Book Blogger. Geek. Sarcastic. Gooey. Odd. Author of the action-packed Grimoire Saga.

S.M. Boyce is a novelist who loves ghosts, magic, and spooky things. She prefers loose-leaf tea, reads far too many books, and is always cold. She’s married to her soul mate and couldn’t be happier. Her B.A. in Creative Writing qualifies her to serve you french fries.

Boyce likes to update her blog a few times each week so that you have something to wake you up in the morning.



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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Blog Tour: Divergent Paths by Holly Barbo



Genre: Science fiction, fantasy
Release Date: August 28, 2012

A virulent disease sweeps through the Sawblen Province. The source is unknown. As hundreds fall victim, the healers race to contain it and find a cure before it engulfs the realm, but a would-be healer complicates the situation by concocting dangerous drugs.

While the officials are distracted, a counterfeiter takes advantage of the events. Credentials and money are faked, putting several lives in peril and resulting in deaths.

The Great One's council and sage population hurry to track down the sources of the trouble and right the multiple crises before anyone else falls prey to the events. Rare natives of the planet have important information to impart if the sages can decipher their cryptic message.


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Excerpt

The young woman stopped by the still-room and her brother's workroom, next to his hot shop, before heading out on the path that skirted the edge of the swamp. She paused by a tall cluster of reeds and, taking her pocket knife out, cut down several of the tall leaves, thinking she could weave a basket while she took her turn sitting by the invalids' doorway. She walked a bit further, pausing now and again to watch the abundant bird life. She was enjoying the antics of a red- crested dipper when she became aware of a stirring in the tall grass at the periphery of her vision. Raow's gold eyes peered at her from the cover of the dense grass for a moment before he stepped out onto the path beside her.

Kneeling down on the trail beside the creature, Ree reached out a hand to stroke the ruff at the side of his face with a light touch. 'It's good to see you again, Raow,' she said simply.

The wildcat cocked his head toward her then looked beyond the edge of the path into the reeds before speaking. 'You have a distressing problem with an unfamiliar illness. It is a disease that has struck before. It can be simply uncomfortable . . . or deadly. I came to you today to guide you in your skills; to point you in the direction to discover your strengths. I had thought to let your abilities mature in their own time, with just a nudge now and then from me. The re- emergence of the disease has changed my mind. Ree, Catri told you every sage has unique talents. One of your skills is telepathy, or we wouldn't be able to communicate. Another is psychometry, which will allow you to learn new information through touch. Among the sage population, it is a fairly common ability, even though the pattern of competency is as individual as the sage. You, Ree, also have a strong guild aptitude in herbology and healing.' His gold eyes studied her for a moment before he looked into the swamp. 'That plant that you have likened to a short cattail is a whelk stalk. Grasp one and close your eyes.'

Ree looked at Raow before she reached out and folded her hand around the stalk. At first she sensed nothing. She was confident that Raow wouldn't have asked her to do this if he didn't have a reason, so she concentrated on the plant. She began to get an impression of what part of the plant was edible and other ways it was useful. When those sensations ceased, she opened her eyes and looked into the gold ones. 'Oh, I didn't know . . . That is a valuable ability to have. Wow!'

Raow nodded. 'Now, stretch your senses to the life forms that live in the swamp. Call to one and ask them if they would be willing to come out and meet you.'

She looked toward the swamp and her gaze became unfocused. All of a sudden, her mind was filled with the awareness of the wet land, teeming with life. She narrowed her range to the area within a few feet of where she knelt and the impressions became more manageable. There was a pretty, little frog just inside the reeds, so she focused on him. 'Hello. You're quite beautifully colored. I've never seen you before. Would you be willing to come out and let me meet you?'

The small frog peered around a leaf half way up the stalk. 'Well, that's a first. I have never had a person speak to me. I don't sense any harm from you. If you'll bring your hand near me, I'll climb onto it.' Ree did as the frog requested.

She heard Raow's voice as she extended her hand. 'Do the same exercise as you did with the whelk stalk while you talk with him.'

A small frog, no bigger than the top joint of her thumb, hopped onto her hand. He had stripes of different greens running up his back and one yellow spot between his eyes and another near his end. Ree and the frog looked at each other.

'I'm Oa.' She heard the tiny amphibian's words in her head, his voice small and low-pitched. 'My family is native to this world. You must be a sage. We have family lore about the Ancients.' He turned his head toward the wildcat. 'I'm pleased to meet you and one of the honorable Lyrix.'

Ree bowed her head to the little frog on her hand. 'My name is Ree and I have just recently become a sage. This is Raow, who is my friend and my guide in developing my sage skills. I am pleased to meet you. Thank you for being willing to come out. I'll let you go back to your activities. It has been a pleasure.' She stretched her hand back toward the leaf and Oa jumped onto the plant. 'May we visit again, Oa?' The frog made a bobbing motion and she sensed an affirmative answer. Within a moment he was gone.


About the Author

Holly Barbo's world is shaped by her love of her family, the beauty of the natural world in Northwest Washington State and an irrepressible creative drive.

Living where the scenery is incredible with a rich abundance of wildlife "is so special and soothing that it feels like a quiet kind of magic," according to Barbo. She is drawn to creating stories where there is just a bit of something unworldly, perhaps it is magic or psychic skills. Her stories are mostly in non-urban settings and usually have some focus on nature, building a discordant drama inside the peaceful frame.

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Top Ten Tuesday (16)


This weekly meme is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week is "Top Ten Favorite Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger". Many of my favorite books were favorites before I became a blogger, so I don't think picking a top ten for this one should be too hard. In no real order:

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Just a Random Giveaway!


It's official! In a few days, I'll start telling people I'm 23 even though it's still a month before my birthday! If I don't start doing it now, I'll spend all of June thinking I'm the wrong age. I wish I were kidding. Anyway! In the spur of the moment kind of way, I decided to throw a giveaway! Yay! It's must be the weather that's making me so generous. I'm kidding. Sort of. 

While I was going through my books I realized there were a few I needed to get rid of, for one reason or another. So before I ship them off to the used book store to get some credit, I decided to throw a giveaway here at Jessie's Book Place! Which seemed kind of random so that's why I'm calling it a Random Giveaway! Unfortunately, this giveaway will be US only, because the shipping price is a little... yeah. But I promise all my other giveaways will be international!

The deets:
-Giveaway will last for one month, it begins April 6th.
-The winner will be chosen using rafflecopter.
-This is a US giveaway only.
-I'm not sure how many books the winner will win. Basically we'll be filling up a Medium Flat Rate Boxes. (So it'll really depends on the books the winner wants. However, I'll do my best to stuff the box as much as I can.)
-I'll give the winner 72 hours to respond to my email before picking a new one.

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