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

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.


My Review

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.


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

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?



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.


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

‘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

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'.

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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

My June TBR



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

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Armchair BEA (Day 4: Beyond the Borders)

It’s time to step outside your comfort zone, outside your borders, or outside of your own country or culture. Tell us about the books that transported you to a different world, taught you about a different culture, and/or helped you step into the shoes of someone different from you. What impacted you the most about this book? What books would you recommend to others who are ready or not ready to step over the line? In essence, let’s start the conversation about diversity and keep it going! 

So I know that this discussion was supposed to be about books outside of the comfort zone/other cultures, however, it somehow became about my finding books about characters I could relate to. Oh well.

Outside my comfort zone, honestly, I have to admit that I'm a bit hesitant to read contemporary books. Why? Because they aren't very diverse, and since I read a lot of YA I can only take so many cute blonde girls doing things. Seriously. When I was younger I used to get super excited when I would pick up a book and it would be about a character with some name like "Lashana" or "Maria" (and you know, other stereotypical and overused names. I don't even think I've even met a "Maria" in my life). Of course, I could only take so many contemporary (no matter how few and far between they were) about African American or Hispanic characters having to deal with racism. Especially when half the time I would originally think it was about double dutch or again something as stereotypical, blonde girls have all the fun in fiction too. Honestly, growing up I could probably count the times I've dealt with racism (and it was because the other person was a complete moron), I use to relate to those characters as much as I could relate to those blonde, blue eyed ones. However, every now and then, I would find diverse books that I loved. Sometimes they did deal with racism, which I learned I had to deal with. And, when I'm lucky I find some diversity in fantasy, which you wouldn't think would be that hard, but since it is...

First thing I'm sharing is the Young Wizard series by Diane Duane. I first started this series when I was thirteen and during that time while YA was becoming a big thing, there really weren't many Hispanic characters anywhere. Yet, here in this series (and a fantasy nonetheless!) we were given Kit and his sister Carmela, both characters were ones that I could relate to on some level. Which, was a nice change from dealing with a generic "Maria" whose life was a mess and had to deal with racism.
The next book I'm sharing is A Song For Bijou by Josh Farrar. I actually read this one not too long ago (about a year go). Part of the reason I love this one (other than the fact that it's as cute as the cover makes it out to be), is that the characters are as diverse as they should be. I hate reading things or watching things on TV, and the setting is NYC, but everyone is Caucasian... what?

What about you? How have you stepped out of your comfort zone? (Or found it?)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Armchair BEA (Day 3: Expanding Blogging Horizons)

What do you think about when you think about going beyond blogging or expanding your horizons? Is it a redesign of your blog? Have you branched out into freelance writing or even published a novel of your very own? Or, have you moved into a different venue like podcasts or vlogging? This is the day to tell us about how you have expanded on blogging in your own unique way.

Honestly, I'm always trying to think of things to do. Not anything like podcast or vlogging. And, I do write outside of my blog, I don't talk about it here. Which is kind of funny, since in my personal life most people don't really know about my blog and I don't talk about my other writing on my blog. I have at least three different writing projects.

Anyway, I'm always trying to come up with different things to do here, but I find I'm just really bad at it. I do change the design around every now and then because I get a little bored with it after a while. But every month I always tell myself I'm going to try to push myself a little harder. Again, usually it doesn't work, but I try.

Armchair BEA (Day 2: More than just words)

I know, I know, it's technically day 3. Well, I worked all day so it's still day 2 until I go to sleep!

There are so many mediums that feature more than just words and enhance a story in a multitude of ways. Examples may include graphic novels and comics, audiobooks, or even multimedia novels. On this day, we will be talking about those books and formats that move beyond just the words and use other ways to experience a story. Which books stand out to you in these different formats?
I'm not really sure how I want to say whatever I want to say. I know for some people, things like graphic novels or audiobooks "don't count". Personally, I had a bit of that mentality myself. I wouldn't add the number of graphic novels I had read to my yearly goals. Finally, I realized that was silly, and that if I said reading a graphic novel counted as reading, then it should count toward my yearly goals. I think comic books are the only kind of books my brother will go near, honestly I think as long as he's reading it counts.

I was first introduced to graphic novels/manga when I was about fourteen/fifteen, my first was Vampire Game. It remains to be a favorite of mine.

And there is an all time favorite of mine Ouran High School Host Club.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Armchair BEA 2014 Introduction

Yay! I'm so excited to say that this year I'm participating in the 2014 Armchair BEA! Of course, I'll be working for the next two days. But I'm still super excited! This is my first year participating. The past two years I was a bit hesitated to join, but I figured if I didn't just sign up and do it, I never will, so here I am!

My Introduction: 

Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
    I'm Jessie, I've been blogging... I don't know, three and a half years. (More, possibly, but Jessie's Book Place has been running that long so I'll go with that.) I'm not really sure why I started to be honest, or how I even discovered book blogging. 

Where in the world are you blogging from? Describe your blog in just one sentence. Then, list your social details -- Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. -- so we can connect more online. 
    I'm from Southern New England. Ugh... I'm really bad a describing things, but you can find my Twitter here and my GoodReads here. My Facebook is for personal family use and I have a Pinterest and maybe an Instagram, but I don't understand how to use them or what they are for.

What genre do you read the most? I love to read because ___________________ .  
    Fantasy, for the obvious reasons.Yes, I know I'm no fun.

What was your favorite book read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year? 

What is your favorite blogging resource? 
    When I remember Google Calender!

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 books would you bring? Why? What 3 non-book items would you bring? Why?

So who else is participating in Armchair BEA this year?

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Showcase Sunday (32)

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

I know, I know... what happened to being good? However, these were mostly my birthday gift to myself. It's all good now. I plan on not buying myself any more books for awhile... if I can manage.  

Friday, May 23, 2014

Book Blast: Essence by Mackenzie Lucas

Essence by Mackenzie Lucas

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Publication Date: January 1, 2014
Available Formats: e-Book & audio available; print available in late June

All Haven Jameson ever wanted was to own a little piece of paradise. Now, she does, having established a successful luxury spa in St. Augustine, Florida. But when the property next door is sold to a mega developer and his pro-golf celebrity brother, who design trendy, bustling playgrounds for the rich and famous, she fears her dream could slip away. Confronted by her late husband’s infidelity, Haven learns everything she believed about her marriage was a lie. She finally sets aside her grief and opens her heart to loving the widowed pro-golfer. Haven discovers that living a safe, loveless life is far worse than embracing passion and taking a chance on a man who’s vowed never to love again.

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“I will not let some greedy land developer ruin everything I’ve worked so hard to build.” Haven Jameson slapped the palm of her hand flat onto her desk with a loud thwack. “Owww.”

She rubbed her stinging hand.

Failure wasn’t an option. Sure, it was always a present danger as she forged her way to the top, struggling to establish Essence here in St. Augustine. She’d had plenty of sleepless nights while trying to make a success of her upscale boutique spa chain.

A month ago, the St. Augustine location opened to a raging success and received accolades from the highest society clients who’d she’d given complimentary stays during opening week.

“Unfortunately, Haven, I don’t think you’ll have much say over who buys the land,” Sally, Haven’s business partner and best friend, said, sitting across the desk from her. “Imogen Carmichael will have the last word. She usually does. She sold you this plot of land. And for some reason, I sure as heck can’t figure out, she held on to the adjacent tract. She could have sold you the whole parcel at the same time, but she didn’t. I don’t know what goes on in that woman’s mind. She seems a little off-kilter to me.”

“Don’t be mean, Sally. She’s a little eccentric for a woman in her late fifties, but not crazy.”

“Me? Mean? Never. I’m not the one who waits for a successful, luxury, full-service spa to open next door before I announce I’m offering a prime piece of real estate adjoining it for sale. She could ruin us. We’ve sunk so much time and money into this location. What happens if she sells to a developer who wants to put in a boardwalk and a Ferris wheel? Or she decides the offer from Joe’s Wacky Used Car World is right?”

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About the Author

Mackenzie Lucas is an avid reader of genre fiction. She writes contemporary and paranormal romance, and listens to an eclectic mix of music. She loves a good story, whether it’s an erotic short, a full-length romance novel, or the narrative slice-of-life found in country music. In any story, emotional integrity and authenticity are most important to her as well as a big dose of romping hot sexual tension. She enjoys smart-mouthed, sexy heroines, hunky alpha heroes who know how to take care of their women, and plot twists that surprise her, but most of all, she just wants to experience the satisfying emotional arc of a character falling in love and finding what he or she needs most in life.

Mac is a small-town country girl with a world-traveler’s heart. She grew up in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania and she’s lived in Dublin, Ireland, within throwing distance of New York City in Long Island, and now in the Washington, D.C. area. She obtained her undergraduate degree in English Literature from Dickinson College and received her M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She’s currently an author, a writing coach, a mother, and a wife.

With Mackenzie Lucas—whether you’re reading her light paranormal romance or her small-town-based contemporary romance—you’ll always find a heart-warming love story about connectedness, community, and emotional authenticity. And, no, it doesn’t hurt that all her heroes are panty-melting gorgeous alphas and all their sexy, sensually aware heroines know how to stand up to them, give no quarter, and love them just as they are.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Bout of Books 10 Wrap-Up

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 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th 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 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

It's late, I know. My week was busier than I had expected it to be. That being said, my goal, which was to finish two books... was only halfway met. I finished What's Your Number, and only made it a little ways in The Final Empire. Ugh... well better luck next time.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Cover Reveal: Sticks and Stones by Shawn McGuire

Sticks and Stones by Shawn McGuire

Series: The Wish Makers #1
Publication date: June 15th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Everyone has a dark side. Mandy’s just moved in with her.

The last time sixteen-year-old Mandy Matteo broke a rule, her sister died. Since that day she has done only what is expected of her, but life as a goody-goody has made Mandy so boring her friends have all but abandoned her. And she’s given up on ever getting Ethan, the boy she’s liked forever, to notice her. Desperate, Mandy makes a wish to simply be happy.

Her wish is granted and happiness arrives in the form of Lexi, her childhood imaginary friend come to life. Magical wishes have conditions though: Once started, the wish cannot be altered or stopped. And once Mandy is truly content with her life again, Lexi must go back to where she came from. But Lexi loves being alive and she’ll do whatever it takes to stay that way.

About the Author

Shawn McGuire started writing after seeing the first Star Wars movie (that’s episode IV) as a kid; she couldn’t wait for the next one so wrote her own episodes. Sadly, those notebooks are long lost. STICKS AND STONES is her debut and is the first in the planned five-book YA fantasy series, THE WISH MAKERS. She grew up in the beautiful Mississippi River town of Winona, Minnesota and after graduating college moved to the Milwaukee area of Wisconsin where she lived for many years. She and her family now call Colorado home and when not writing or reading, Shawn enjoys cooking and baking, crafts, interior decorating, and spending time hiking and camping in the spectacular Rocky Mountains.

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