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Waiting on Wednesday #75: Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyer January 11, 2017


Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill at the Breaking The Spine. It showcases upcoming releases we’re anticipating!

My pick of the week is:



Wires & Nerves (The Lunar Chronicles #4.1)

By: Marissa Meyer

Coming: 31 January 2017

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends


The first of two graphic novels in the world of the Lunar Chronicles.

Set after the events of the “Lunar Chronicles,” (but before the Stars Above epilogue) it will feature many of the same characters with Iko as the main protagonist… along with a brand-new villain, and maybe a certain Lunar guard as well.

Why I’m excited:


Why I need you to be excited:




Please Be Kind, Rewind: 11 – 30 August 2014 August 30, 2014

After a super long break that was completely unintended, I’m back and ready to go! Despite having a schedule on paper, it just didn’t translate from paper to web. Sorry to all of those who have had to see my incomplete Hello, Goodbye post. Life just happened and I haven’t been up to staying on top of my blog. After a break, I’m ready to get going again. I’ll be contacting the winners of a few giveaways in the next few days. Sorry that it’s taken so long! On top of failing as a blogger, I’ve also failed as a reader. I’ve been in a MAJOR reading slump. It’s been baaaaaaaad. I just recently got The Young Elites in the mail and I’m hoping that will bail me out of the slump! Especially after an awful DNF encounter! I’d been so excited about it, but ugh, I just couldn’t do it. Nope. Nope. Nope. I’m also in the mood for some fairytales/fairy tale retellings. I recently started binge watching Once Upon a Time and I’m hooked. OH MAN. So. I’m thinking I’ll read some retellings and read the originals with the kiddos. Bug was particularly interested in the princesses in a few episodes of OUAT. Any retelling suggestions? I’ve already read The Lunar Chronicles and Cruel Beauty.


The Jewel by Amy Ewing

Don’t Touch by Rachel Wilson (DNF 19%)


Currently Reading:

The Everything Mother Goose Book by June Rifkin (yes, we’re still working on it!)

The Young Elites by Marie Lu (ARC)




Read to the Kiddos:
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, Pete the Cat: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, and Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach by James Dean & Eric Litwin

The Octonauts and the Great Ghost Reef by Meomi

The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper

New to my shelf:


From the library:

as usual, more audiobooks! (:

Talon by Julie Kagawa

The Diviners by Libba Bray

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (ARC from Mary AND a finished copy from my AWESOME OTSP Secret Sister!)

The Young Elites by Marie Lu (One of my mom’s friends went to ComicCon and scored an ARC for me AND got it signed! HE’S THE BEST!)



*Review* Cress by Marissa Meyer (Chapters 1-5) December 22, 2013

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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