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Please Be Kind, Rewind: 15-21 December 2013 December 22, 2013

Filed under: Books,Weekly Reading Review — Maura @ 9:00 am

Wow. Another week has passed already. This one got away from me. The sinus crud has hit our house again. Throw that in with some holiday prep and BAM I forgot to fix my post and it’s Sunday… so I’m a day late again this week! Oops. This may or may not be my last Please Be Kind, Rewind for 2013. I’m thinking of combining the next two weeks. I’m probably going to take a break for the holidays. Fully enjoy Christmas with my kiddos PLUS my aunt and uncle are coming in from New Mexico for the first time in almost two years. Super. Stoked. (: If this is my last recap for 2013, I hope you all have a great holiday season and I’ll see you in 2014.


City of Glass by Cassandra Clare. (audiobook) The narrator returns from City of Ashes and that makes me super happy! (:

Currently Reading:

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Read to the Kiddos:

City of Glassby Cassandra Clare. We got in the car to run some errands and Punk started chanting, “Book, please, mama!”

The Church Mice at Christmas by Graham Oakley. 3 stars. It wasn’t as good as I was hoping it would be. Kiddos didn’t really enjoy it.

Spot’s Magical Christmas by Eric Hill. 3 stars for me, a bajillion for the kiddos. Punk absolutely LOVED this. Every time one of the characters mentioned Santa’s sleigh being missing he would cry, “OH NO!” It was precious, people!

New to my shelf:

Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott. OMG. Thank you SO much to Scholastic for this INCREDIBLE early Christmas present. SO EXCITED!



*Review* Cress by Marissa Meyer (Chapters 1-5)

Filed under: Book Review,Books — Maura @ 12:00 am
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***I was granted permission by Macmillan Books to read the first chapter in advance in exchange for an honest review. I read chapters 2-5 with the chapter sampler released on #CyborgMonday. The rest of the review will come with reading the full novel upon publication.***


Pub date: 4 February 2014
Publisher:Feiwel & Friends a Macmillan Imprint
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Format: eARC via Netgalley, chapter sampler e-book
Status: Book three of The Lunar Chronicles




Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.


In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.


Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.


When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.


My thoughts:


Oh. Wow. This chapter opener was amazing. I’m hooked already. I can’t wait. Cress seems to be an interesting new character. She does seem a bit childish, but that’s to be expected after being kept in solitary confinement for a large portion of her life.



Just before I started the first chapter from Netgalley, I saw that Marissa released chapters 1-5 on Cyber Monday, renamed “Cyborg Monday.” I jumped on it. So it’s still a month and a half from the release date and I have probably have 0% chance of scoring an ARC, I decided to torture myself a bit more.



Chapter one ends on a cliffhanger AND chapter five does as well. Marissa is incredible with weaving multiple story lines between chapters and showcases how they overlap. I am so excited to see where this book goes. Marissa is amazing taking the fairy tales and reinventing them. Especially since it’s making me fall in love with fairy tales I have never enjoyed. Bring it Cress, I’m ready for your amazingness!




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