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A Day in the Life (3)

a day in the life

Hey y'all!For those of you who haven't seen this feature before, I started A Day in the Life just to give y'all updates on what I'm reading, thinking, and what's going on in the bookish world! I hope y'all enjoy! A LOT has been going on with me recently and I'm reading three books at once so I have a lot to say! Here goes:The Books:

Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan - I'm reading this one at the moment and my feelings are kind of mixed. On one hand, I love the idea of the story and I ADORE stories that take place in New York City. But it's taking forever to get really started with any kind of action and it's just gotten kind of boring. Honestly, I want to be HOOKED. Hopefully, this improved. Andrea Cremer tends to use a lot of world-building and while that's excellent in fast-paced books and extravagant books such as Nightshade, it doesn't really work that well when combined with a slower plot. I'll finish reading it this weekend and let y'all know what I thought!The Life:Chorus and friends are honestly taking over my life right now. My chorus teacher has this crazy idea that chorus should be the number one priority in our lives and I've had rehearsal so much. Last week, we had Madrigals, a Renaissance-style musical/concert that involved us dressing up as peasants. (See the Twitter picture if you don't believe me.) Friends are being confusing but there's not really that much I can do about that but try to be supportive while wishing that I could be curled up in the corner with a book. I also have a ton of writing things going on (see "The News" below). The problem is that I don't really want to get that involved with my school because there's a chance that I might leave it and at this point, I want to. I enjoy it enough but I really don't like certain parts of it and Interlochen sounds like a fantastic opportunity for me.The Posts:I recently wrote a post Silver Linings: Writing that basically covered all of the writing things that are going on right now for me. It explains what I think about my writing, Interlochen, NaNoWriMo, and more.Last Friday, I revealed the cover for Fanged Princess on the blog. Check out this gorgeous and gothic cover!The News:Today, I won my school's Poetry Jam with my poem "Wallflowers". It's not quite the version that I uploaded on my blog a few weeks ago, but it's close. This means that not only was I lugging around my 1st-place trophy all day, but I'm going to be my school's representative in the District competition. Like I said above, I'm a little hesitant about getting too involved in my school now, and also, I don't want to focus on poetry and whatnot. One of the strengths of Interlochen as opposed to just entering local writing contests is that I feel like that makes me more limited. I do want to focus on novel-writing but frankly, the arts programs down here aren't amazing. They're enough, but I feel like it's just a much better community for me if I attempt to go to Interlochen.The other news: I'm applying for an Interlochen scholarship. Interlochen is an incredible performing arts boarding school filled with passionate young artists. They're currently running a scholarship contest (The Virginia B. Ball Scholarship Contest) and it's one of the only chances that I have to actually get my parents to look at the school.I don't really know. Also, I want to also focus on editing and publishing instead of devoting ALL MY TIME to writing. While writing short stories and poetry is awesome, the publishing business for YA books and whatnot is what I want my life to be devoted to instead of that other writing scene. There's a difference. I'm entering the Interlochen competition and if I'm a finalist, I'm going to figure out what to do from there so that I can get the best of both words.I've also been editing a TON recently. There's an amazing editing opportunity for me coming up in January (that I'm unsure whether I can disclose or not) so I've been critiquing a lot more than I usually do for practice. I definitely want to keep immersed in editing as well as blogging and writing. I love writing, but I want publishing and that world to take precedence over that.I'm saving up to go to BookExpo America (because there may be an opportunity for me to take exams early and be able to go!), as well as normal camp and Interlochen camp. I want to go to all three, which is really expensive obviously. I think I'll be able to because I really only have to pay for BEA, but I'm still basically not going to be buying much in the spring (ahh! book budget!).Other:

Riffle is so unbelievably awesome. It's like Wanelo, but with books! You can create lists of books, recommend books, be "interested" in books, or "finish" books. It's like a mixture of Pinterest and Goodreads! Social media for book nerds - I think yes! I'm a beta user right now and I'm absolutely in love with it. You definitely know what I'll be doing this weekend!That's it for A Day in the Life this week! Thanks so much for reading! I hope y'all enjoyed!Grace

Desire to Acquire (1)

Hey y'all!It's Grace and this week I'm introducing a new feature on the blog. It's basically Waiting on Wednesday with a title specifically for my blog. All credit goes to Breaking the Spine; the only difference is that I won't just be posting on Wednesdays and I'll have a few more books up there. It's where I talk about which books I'm dying to read in the next few months. I've been really busy with WRITING of all things and I've been away for the weekend, so I apologize for the lack of posts. I'm working on a writing portfolio for a huge writing contest and a couple others that are coming up, as well as participating in NaNoWriMo. I'm looking to spotlight five or so titles each time I do one of these. I hope y'all enjoy! I'd love to hear what you think! You can tweet me or leave a comment below.Let's get started, shall we?

Prophecy by Ellen Oh

Prophecy (The Dragon King Chronicles, #1)

The greatest warrior in all of the Seven Kingdoms... is a girl with yellow eyes.

Kira’s the only female in the king’s army, and the prince’s bodyguard. She’s a demon slayer and an outcast, hated by nearly everyone in her home city of Hansong. And, she’s their only hope...Murdered kings and discovered traitors point to a demon invasion, sending Kira on the run with the young prince. He may be the savior predicted in the Dragon King Prophecy, but the missing treasure of myth may be the true key. With only the guidance of the cryptic prophecy, Kira must battle demon soldiers, evil shaman, and the Demon Lord himself to find what was once lost and raise a prince into a king.Intrigue and mystery, ancient lore and action-packed fantasy come together in this heart-stopping first book in a trilogy.

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: January 2, 2013

Why I Want It: The synopsis reminds me of a few favorites and with the Graceling series over, I have a fantasy void to fill. Kira sounds absolutely awesome. Action, fantasy, and demons? Count me in.

Reminds Me of: Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George; Graceling by Kristin Cashore; Slayers by C.J. Hill; Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

Nobody But Us

Bonnie and Clyde meets IF I STAY in this addictively heart-wrenching story of two desperate teenagers on the run from their pasts.

They’re young. They’re in love. They’re on the run.Zoe wants to save Will as much as Will wants to save Zoe. When Will turns eighteen, they decide to run away together. But they never expected their escape to be so fraught with danger....When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can’t run fast enough.Nobody But Us, told in alternating perspectives from Will and Zoe, is an unflinching novel, in turns heartbreaking and hopeful, about survival, choices, and love...and how having love doesn’t always mean that you get a happy ending. Described as “beautiful, heartbreaking, and exhilarating” by Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF, Nobody But Us will prove irresistible to fans of Nina Lacour, Jenny Han, and Sara Zarr.

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: January 29, 2013

Why I Want It: It looks edgy and sad and inspiring all at once. I completely love a romance that might be screwed up but both people believe wholeheartedly in it. It's something that you don't often see in YA and it seems pretty interesting.

Reminds Me of: Don't Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala; Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Teeth by Hannah Moscowitz

Teeth

A gritty, romantic modern fairy tale from the author of Break and Gone, Gone, Gone.Be careful what you believe in.

Rudy’s life is flipped upside-down when his family moves to a remote island in a last attempt to save his sick younger brother. With nothing to do but worry, Rudy sinks deeper and deeper into loneliness and lies awake at night listening to the screams of the ocean beneath his family’s rickety house.Then he meets Diana, who makes him wonder what he even knows about love, and Teeth, who makes him question what he knows about anything. Rudy can’t remember the last time he felt so connected to someone, but being friends with Teeth is more than a little bit complicated. He soon learns that Teeth has terrible secrets. Violent secrets. Secrets that will force Rudy to choose between his own happiness and his brother’s life.

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: January 1, 2013

Why I Want It: The first book by Hannah Moscowitz that I read was Invincible Summer, but the first book of hers that I really fell in love with was Break. Her quirky writing makes her books stand out and the synopsis of this one is really intriguing to me. "A gritty, romantic modern fairytale"? I love it, and I can't wait for this one.

Reminds Me of: Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers; Nevermore by Kelly Creagh; After by Amy Efaw

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)

Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Release Date: February 5, 2013

Why I Want It: I have a serious love for fairy-tale retellings. I've gotten used to dark paranormal versions. A science-fiction version of those retellings? I took a chance with Cinder and it HIGHLY paid off. I was glued to it and read it under my desk during class because I literally could not part with it. It has this absorbing quality that just pulls you in. Incredible writing, plot twists that will turn your world upside down, and a unique take on lovable fairytales made Cinder incredible. I need Scarlet NOW.

Reminds Me Of: Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakly-Cartwright; Eve and Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant

Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Nobody

There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away. That’s why they make the perfect assassins.The Institute finds these people when they’re young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated.Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they’ve ID’ed her and send seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can’t make the hit. It’s as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they are—because no one else ever notices them.

Publisher: EgmontUSA

Release Date: January 22, 2013

Why I Want It: Jennifer Lynn Barnes is such a versatile author. From her hilarious laugh-until-you-cry spy novel The Squad: Perfect Cover to the darkly electric Raised by Wolves, her books are consistently amazing. I love the concept and I love her writing. What more is there to say? I'm lusting for this book so much.

Reminds Me of: Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan; Legend by Marie Lu

That concludes my first Desire to Acquire post! I hope y'all enjoyed! Leave me a comment below or tweet me with your thoughts. What books are y'all desiring? 

In My Mailbox - November 3, 2012

Hey y'all!I really had an amazing book week although I didn't have such a great blog week. In case you missed it, yesterday I reviewed the graceful and gorgeous Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini! I got a fantastic package from Penguin that I am ecstatic about and I hope y'all enjoy seeing what books I got! Also, for those of you who might not know, NaNoWriMo started Thursday! I will be participating this year so add me as a writing buddy! I won last year and am so excited to participate, although I'm already behind. In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren boasting about the books that we've bought, received, or in some way acquired.  Check out the books that I got this week!

For Review:

Just One Day by Gayle FormanBelladonna by Fiona PaulThe Madness Underneath by Maureen JohnsonInvisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan17 & Gone by Nova Ren SumaAshes on the Waves by Mary LindseyOut of the Easy by Ruta SepetysMoxie and the Art of Rule Breaking by Erin DionneThe 39 Deaths of Adam Strand by Gregory Galloway

Thank you Penguin!

I am SO EXCITED for these books - I've been wanting all of these ever since I heard about them! I hope y'all had a fantastic book week and I hope this week is great for all of you! I'm off to go do community service but I love y'all!Grace