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Friday, May 31, 2013

June Schedule

Okay, I'm so gonna make myself banner things for my monthly schedules. Anyway.

The month of May was really kind of crazy for me, I needed a way to get myself more organized and I think I found a few ways to do that.


  • One was I discovered Google calendars. I'm hoping it'll be a big help in reminding me of things.
  • Two I made a TBR list for June in advanced.
  • Three I'm posting it all up in one post so that I have it all in one place.
  • And Four I have a number of post for tour and meme's I participate in done in advance (or as much in advance as I can do).


So what's up coming here on Jessie's Book Place?

Blog Tours: 
On the 7th - A Moment (Book Blast)
On the 10th - The Battle for Princess Madeline (Spotlight)
On the 12th - Hidden (Review)
On the 19th - Deviant (Review)
On the 21st - Awakened (Review)


TBR:



I don't know why but I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Siege and Storm. I guess I'm just hoping I like it better than the first book (which I have now come to peace with).

And last I think...

Giveaways!
It is My birthday/follower giveaway, which ends in a little less than two weeks.



Review: The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

Description (from Goodreads): "Percy Jackson isn't expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to diabolical.

In this latest installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos's army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop them, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth-a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn. Full of humor and heart-pounding action, this fourth book promises to be their most thrilling adventure yet."


Okay so I don't know what it was about this one, I don't know if it's because I'm hormonal, sorry to those who didn't want to know, or if it's the actual book. But I cried a bit while reading The Battle of the Labyrinth. 

First, let me say, I need to change my rating from a 4 to a 5. I didn't like it as much as the first book or the third, but it definitely it home. Second, there were a few things that I wanted to see and questions that I wanted answer.

We got to see our first minor god. Which I was finally glad to see, however, it seems that Janus was a Roman god with not Greek equivalent so I'm kind of confused there. We finally meet Hera, who I think I kind of liked, we all know she's a bit crazy, but I think you would have to be to be married to Zeus. Also, we finally learned how Athena had babies. This was kind of bothering me since I first saw the movie. I mean, how is Athena popping out babies? Shouldn't she be I don't know not having those sort of relations with men?

One thing I still wonder however is about minor gods and their children. We meet Ethan who's a child of Nemesis the goddess of revenge. Ethan once spent a summer at Camp Half-Blood and of course was probably forced to stay in Hermes cabin. Who really thought this through with the cabins? I thought about what Nico said to Percy who tried talking him into staying and Nico saying how there was no Hades Cabin. Granted Hades isn't a minor god, but still. What do they do to other half-bloods who are "claimed" or whatever by their minor god parents? Do they say: "Oh well you aren't important you can leave now!" and then kick them out the camp or something? Or do the stay stuck in Hermes Cabin feeling like they don't belong? The least they could do is have a cabin or two for minor gods or something. Sorry for my rant, I was just confused by this.

Speaking of Nico, his little quest to save his sister made me cry just a bit. And, I don't know how to say this without giving it away, but the garden bit in the labyrinth also had me going. Of course, I had thought that that seeming to be such a big thing it wouldn't be dealt with until later, obviously I was wrong.

And of course, I was glad to see Tyson return after his absence during the last book. So it was all good. 5 out of 5 now that I've thought about it. I'm currently reading the fifth and last book, I think I'll have the review for that one up soon. I won't wait till the end of June to get it done.




This is a book from my own personally library.

Review: The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan

Description (from Goodreads): "When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped. And now it's up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared—a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever."


Okay, because of the strange way I do things (saving my reviews till the end of the month), I know from book one to four that The Titan's Curse is my currently my favorite of the Percy Jackson series. 

In this book we are introduced to a handful of characters. On the god front we met Artemis and Apollo, and Aphrodite. Artemis is eh and Apollo is just too much, every time he said something I couldn't help but laugh. The siblings I especially like the small amount of time we got to see them together. We are also introduced to Artemis's hunters, among them Zoe we get to know more about as the book goes one. There is also sibling half-bloods Nico and Bianca, I really liked Bianca (minus one choice she makes at the beginning, but I realize why it was important for her to do that). We meet a powerful Titan. And, of course, we get to know, Thalia. (I know I talk about the characters a lot.)   

This quest is a bit different as the group is bigger. And, Annabeth isn't a part of the group, in fact she was kidnapped, and is Percy's main reason for wanting to go on the quest. I realized that while Annabeth was gone that I didn't miss her at all. And, couldn't care either way about her character. Who knew?

I was a bit disappointed at Thalia's decision at the end. Granted I can't exactly say I was her biggest fan, however, I can't say I didn't like her. I was hopping we would see more of her in future book, but the way things left off, I felt as if we wouldn't be seeing her. It felt wrong somehow. The part she played in the past just felt so big, she gave up so much, I thought that she would play at least some kind of role in the future, I guess I'll just have to see. I also wished I would be seeing more of Bianca.

I felt really stupid once I realized who Bianca's and Nico's god parent was. I pieced the parts together I thing sometime before the end and I'm actually pretty glad I didn't see that coming. After figuring out the second book before it happened and knowing a good part of the first it was nice to be surprised.

As it was my favorite and I think I read this one in about a sitting or two I give it a 5 out of 5.



This is a book from my own personally library.

Review: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Description (From Goodreads): "Percy Jackson’s seventh-grade year has been surprisingly quiet. Not a single monster has set foot on his New York prep-school campus. But when an innocent game of dodgeball among Percy and his classmates turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things get . . . well, ugly. And the unexpected arrival of Percy’s friend Annabeth brings more bad news: the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and unless a cure is found, the only safe haven for demigods will be destroyed.

In this fresh, funny, and hugely anticipated follow up to The Lightning Thief, Percy and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their beloved camp. But first, Percy will discover a stunning new secret about his family—one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke."


I was so happy to jump right into The Sea of Monsters. I find the Percy Jackson books just so easy to get into, they're so fun. I was debating on whether or not I wanted to read the spin offs, however, one of the store employees at BAM did tell me she liked the spin offs more though she loved this series so I might give them a try. 

Anyway, I think if I have any complaints about this one, I think it's that it seemed very similar to the first. Percy starts at school, he only has one friend at the school, he is attack at the school. Then, he ends up at came, he leaves the camp (though this time the quest isn't his). I think you get the point. I remember seeing someone complain about this, but I didn't think it would bother me as much and I had hoped I would get over it.

That aside, I was happy about everything else, such as the characters. I enjoyed seeing more of Clarisse, who is the daughter of Ares. We also met Hermes and his snakes in this book and the three of them were all highly amusing in this book. After what had happened in The Lightning Thief it was interesting to see what the god thought/felt about it. And, of course, there was Tyson the cyclops. Tyson is my absolutely favorite character of the series, after finishing the book, I hoped we would be seeing much more of him in the future. I also found this one a bit predictable. The end for example, I assumed would be happening sooner or later. However, I thought it was a good sour of predictable.

If I remember correctly, I got through the book rather quickly. Though I didn't like it as much as the first, it kept me hooked and I couldn't help, but jump right into the next book. I gave it a 4/5.




This is a book from my own personally library.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Review: Outpost by Ann Aguirre

Description (from Goodreads): "Deuce’s whole world has changed.

Down below, she was considered an adult. Now, topside in a town called Salvation, she’s a brat in need of training in the eyes of the townsfolk. She doesn't fit in with the other girls: Deuce only knows how to fight.

To make matters worse, her Hunter partner, Fade, keeps Deuce at a distance. Her feelings for Fade haven’t changed, but he seems not to want her around anymore. Confused and lonely, she starts looking for a way out.

Deuce signs up to serve in the summer patrols—those who make sure the planters can work the fields without danger. It should be routine, but things have been changing on the surface, just as they did below ground. The Freaks have grown smarter. They’re watching. Waiting. Planning. The monsters don’t intend to let Salvation survive, and it may take a girl like Deuce to turn back the tide."


As per usual I'm not really sure what to say about a book I just loved. I had read some not too happy reviews (which is strange considering the rating on Goodreads) along with the occasional good one, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Outpost is fantastic.

One thing to take note of is the feel and pace of the book. At one point in the book Deuce thinks about how much slower life feels at Salvation. When she lived in the enclave life was went by faster, there wasn't time for conversation, it was always fight, fight, fight. I feel like the two books were that way. With Enclave it was very much all action, there were pockets of other things happening, but it was always action always fighting. With Outpost there was of course a ton of action, but we also got to see Deuce try to act like a girl.

In Outpost we saw Deuce form relationships with her foster parents and we saw her enter relationship with Fade sort of blossom and then sort of not. I have to be honest, when I thought about it, I was a bit confused as to why Fade pulled away from her in the first book in the first place. Of course, after what had happened to him later in the second one (and not exactly knowing what it was that had happened to him), the second time seems more understandable. However, the Fade we saw while he was with Deuce in this book was rather nice I think. Stalker is a completely different story. And as Teagen was one of my favorite characters from the first book I was a bit disappointed we didn't get to see her much in this book, I'm hoping that will change in the next unless something terrible happens to her.

Outpost is just a bit longer than Enclave, which I think is appropriate, especially considering what I said earlier. I wished I couldn't put this book down. I feel like everyone was conspiring against me and didn't want me to finish. I probably would have finished this book sooner. It took me like two weeks I'm so ashamed. May did not start off as a good month for me. Still, I can't wait for Horde. Easily, easily, 5 out of 5.



This is a book from my own personally library.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (18)


This weekly meme is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week is a freebie. Lately I've been thinking about books I want to reread. I haven't done much rereading this year. And most of the rereading that I have done has been for a reason. So for this week's top ten I decided to do is the top ten books I'd like to reread. In no real order:

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Summer Book Exchange!

The *Official* Blog of the Ruby's Reads Book Exchanges

Okay, so I don't know if I've ever talked about this here. I'm participating in a the Summer Book Exchange, it's hosted by Ruby Reads. This is the third time I've participated in an exchange. Anyway, click on the button, sign up, you know you want to. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

My Quest To Make My Books Un-Smelly

Just a few hours ago, I discovered not one, but TWO of my books that smell of cigarettes and as a non-smoker I can barely think of anything less disgusting. I was moving things around on my shelf and randomly I picked a book and opened it and it reeked of smoke. The worst part? It seemed to have started to stink up the other books as well. I had to pull it off the shelf. Later on I found another one, I can't even remember how I came across these books.

I don't even know what I should do with them now. They are ones I want to read, but I can't even open them let alone leave them on my shelves. I tried airing the first one I found out on the deck to see if that worked for a few hours. It didn't work and it looks a bit foggy so I got a bit worried about the book. I'm going to stick the books in a bag with a few air fresheners and see how that goes.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Return of: That one I keep meaning to read (11)

Well this is something I haven't done here in a while. 'That one I keep meaning to read', is something I like to do here at Jessie's Book Place where I like show my readers a book I've had sitting on my TBR pile for a long time. Usually it motivates me to get around to reading it. I also used to do this on the weekends, but eh, I think Mondays are good.

This is a book I've had sitting my shelf for at least four years. The book hoarder in me won't allow myself to get rid of any books I haven't read yet, especially if it's one I can even remember why I bought it.


The Trouble with Kings 
by Sherwood Smith

Description (from GoodReads): Princess Flian finds herself the unwilling object of desire of three royals. Is the one she wants a villainor a hero? Waking up in a strange place, Flian Elandersi at first doesn't know who she is. One wicked prince tells her she is secretly engaged to an even more wicked king who wants to marry her right away. But before that happens, yet another wicked prince crashes through a window on horseback to sweep her off her feet. Memory returns, and Flian realizes that all any of them seem to want is her considerable wealth, not her pleasant-but-ordinary self. She longs to escape the barracks-like, military atmosphere and return to civilization and her musical studies. Who is the villain? Prince Garian Herlesterlanguid, elegant, sarcastic? Prince Jaimhe of the dashing horsemanship? Or King Jason Szinzar, whose ambiguous warning might be a threat? Flian decides it's time to throw off civilization and take action.



Sunday, May 19, 2013

Showcase Sunday (22)


Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books Biscuits and Tea.

Well, I've officially put myself on a book buying ban after the past two weeks. Last Saturday was my birthday so the only reason I bought any new books was because my mother took me to the bookstore and gave me money to buy some books.... And of course, I ended up with more books than the money I was given could pay for so I paid the difference. Then, I went back to the bookstore because I had gotten a coupon. Yes, I know, I'm a sucker.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Let's Talk (3)


Let's Talk is a weekly meme originally hosted by Melissa from i swim for oceans. It is now being hosted by Smash from Smash Attack Reads and Kt from a Book Obsession. It's a meme that I randomly participate in when I have something to say/when I remember.

This weeks topic is: "Have you ever been inspired to do something creative by reading about it in a book? Examples cooking, baking, trying a new food or drink, making jewelry, designing clothes or shoes and even bookish inspired vacations."

I have been. And not just books have inspired me either. I went to Florida about two years ago, and it was the first time I had gone to Universal's Island of Adventures since the first time I had gone when I was eight or something. My main reason for talking my parents into buying tickets for the park was for the Harry Potter section that they had just put in. It was amazing. However, there we went into the "Three Broomsticks" (because we weren't going to stand in a line outside for one of the drink stands and I mean come on the Three Broomsticks!) and tried Butterbeer. We all came back from Florida craving Butterbeer. We tried looking up recipes online, and found a few that almost came close the one at the amusement part.

I've also made jewelry that was inspired by The Night Circus. I had discovered the site Etsy last spring, and whenever I read a book or played a game or something, I would go to the site and see if anyone had made something relating to it. And, of course, after finishing The Night Circus I went on the site and found a number of jewelry pieces. However, I thought "hey these are things I could make myself." I have a few black and white Pandora bracelets that were inspired by The Night Circus.

Last, for those of you who don't know, I'm a casual gamer. I am completely in love with the Kingdom Hearts series. One of my favorite games from the series is the game for the DS "Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days". In this game almost every time you complete mission the characters will sit down at their spot and eat sea-salt ice-cream. One day I was just curious, I wanted to know if this was real ice-cream they were eating. I'm still not sure if sea-salt ice-cream is a thing, and if it is where I can find it. I did however, find a few recipes to make my own. They aren't bad, in fact I plan on making more over the summer, and make them look more like ice pops like they look in the game.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 Update

Bout of Books


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


Okay, so the past two days haven't gone too well for me, I did start both Dancing in My Nuddy-Pants and The Sea of Monsters. I'm not gonna say how far I got in them because I'm a bit ashamed of myself. Anyway, today is my day off, so I'm hoping to catch up on some reading time. I also wanted to take part in the Twitter chat on Monday, and I was ready for it to, but I wasn't paying attention and somehow I missed it. I'm thinking I'm going to put an alarm on this time to remind me.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Winners~

Some of these are long over do...

The winner of the Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway was:  Marie. She picked the book Taken by Erin Bowman.

The winner of April Showers Giveaway was Riv. And, she picked Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.

The winner of the Echo giveaway was Raina.

Lastly, the winner of Jessie's Book Place Random Giveaway was Sarah S. To fill the medium flat rate box she picked Glass series, The Swan Kingdom, Island series, The Night Dance, The Girl Who Invented Romance, Eagle and Jaguar series. And just if you see this Sarah, I did try to contact you again after you gave me your info, everything did fit in the box, it was just that I'll hopefully send the box out within the week.

Monday, May 13, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (17)


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). 

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Blog Tour: Sweet Mercy by Ann Tatlock

About Sweet Mercy

Stunning coming-of-age drama set during the Great Depression and Prohibition

When Eve Marryat's father is laid off from the Ford Motor Company in 1931, he is forced to support his family by leaving St. Paul, Minnesota, and moving back to his Ohio roots. Eve's uncle Cyrus has invited the family to live and work at his Marryat Island Ballroom and Lodge.

Eve can't wait to leave St. Paul, a notorious haven for gangsters. At seventeen, she considers her family to be "good people," not lawbreakers like so many in her neighborhood. Thrilled to be moving to a "safe haven," Eve soon forms an unlikely friendship with a strange young man named Link, blissfully unaware that her uncle's lodge is anything but what it seems.

When the reality of her situation finally becomes clear, Eve is faced with a dilemma. Does she dare risk everything by exposing the man whose love and generosity is keeping her family from ruin? And when things turn dangerous, can she trust Link in spite of appearances?


 

My Review

For some reason, I was super worried that this book was going to take me some time to finish. In fact, I gave myself more time to read this book than I do for other books I do with other tours. Surprisingly enough I finished this book in a day.

The book had me hooked right from the start. I really liked the Eve's voice/narrative for the most part. I can't really say much about the character herself. The story was interesting itself. In school we learn about the Great Depression, but nothing about the Prohibition, or at least I hadn't heard of it until now. Granted, this Prohibition seemed kind of stupid all in all and I could understand why so many people would go against it, and I don't even drink myself.

Speaking of which, this was something little Eve didn't seem to understand. She was quite annoying about it in fact, actually for the most part she was just annoying. She thought she was "good", and didn't seem to get over this. She always did what she thought was "right" and whatever. It doesn't mean it was right. I felt like she needed to learn that everything wasn't black and white and I don't think she did. I just kept waiting for that to happen.

There was this character Jones, whose her cousin, I liked him, he did seem to understand things better than Eve and I thought maybe he would be the person to get things across to her. Maybe older Eve understood everything, she seemed less annoying and less like I would want to punch her in the face (yes I went there), however, at no point while we were told the story of when she was seventeen did I feel she had learned anything. I'm sorry to go on about this, but this really bugged me. I liked many of the other characters her friend Marlene and her sister Cassandra for example, just not Eve, who if I had liked her I probably would have liked the book just that much more.

I'd give Sweet Mercy 3/5. I had received Sweet Mercy through Netgalley.

3/5



About the Author

annAnn Tatlock is the author of the Christy-Award winning novel Promises to Keep. She has also won the Midwest Independent Publishers Association "Book of the Year" in fiction for both All the Way Home and I'll Watch the Moon. Her novel Things We Once Held Dear received a starred review from Library Journal and Publishers Weekly calls her "one of Christian fiction's better wordsmiths, and her lovely prose reminds readers why it is a joy to savor her stories." Ann lives with her husband and daughter in Asheville, North Carolina.
 




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