Saturday, March 30, 2013

Under the Never Sky

It's taken me a few tries to start this book, but a long flight to Philadelphia and the even longer flight back to Washington helped me. What was I doing in Philadelphia? I was visiting my best friend. I got to see snow, sunshine, downtown Philadelphia, and some classes that made no sense to me because they were high level mathematics. It was awesome. But I digress.

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Aria has spent seventeen years travelling the Realms - virtual worlds accessed through a Smarteye where she can experience all five senses, adventures, all without the possibility of being hurt. She's happy, content. But she also wants to know what's happened to her scientist mother, who went to Bliss pod of Reverie and hasn't contacted her. Events transpire, and she's left to die in the "Death Shop" - the outside world where Aether storms kill and tribes of Savages have developed heightened senses. She meets Perry, a Scire and Seer, who wants to rescue his nephew Talon, who was captured by Reverie. They strike a deal to help each other and travel together, along the way discovering secrets about themselves, and their two worlds.

I was a little wary of this book at first. Much like the market, I'm a little dystopian-ed out. Sure, I love a good dystopian, but when I heard about the idea of the pods, my mind jumped straight to Logan's Run. But this book turned out to be seriously cool. I loved reading from Perry's POV, with his senses giving him insights into peoples' minds. And Aria, who starts off fearing everything about the Death Shop, but comes to love it. Would recommend. Will definitely read the sequel.

Goodreads Rating: 4 stars

Monday, March 25, 2013

Living it Up

This month has been filled with some amazing things - I was signed on to do author interviews with Entranced Publishing. I then later received a job with said company while applying for an internship. I finished my quarter at university, and am now in Philadelphia visiting my best friend.

It has been a good month. A tiring month. And to make it even better, it is snowing here! So while I'm following my friend around the city I get to see some real snow for the first time in over a year.

What amazing things have been happening in your lives? Tell me in the comments!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Done!

Thank the great stars, I am done with finals. I took a science exam, packed up my stuff, and I'm home. Phew.

It's been a crazy quarter. I took a pre-req for my major and I loved it. I got my first internship at an online publisher. I worked for said company, writing articles and doing research. And, perhaps most importantly of all, I GOT A JOB IN PUBLISHING. I cannot stress how happy I am about this. It's unbelievable.

This quarter was crazy and busy, and while I plan on enjoying every single minute of relaxing time, I'm excited to start next quarter.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Amazingly Incredible Spectacular News!

Ya'll know I've been sending out my resume over the past month or so, trying to get an internship with a literary agency or publishing house. I honestly didn't have much hope;  I mean, these are internships adults apply for, already having much more experience in the real world than me. I mean, I am an adult, but a young one. But I wanted to say I had tried.

So what astonished me was, after applying for an internship within Entranced Publishing, based in Minnesota, I ended up as an associate editor within the company!

Guys! I work in publishing now! Not just an internship, but a job! I can't believe it! And that's way too many exclamation marks so I'll stop using them, but I'm so excited.

I'm on my way.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Days of Blood and Starlight

I have wanted this book ever since it came out in November. Sadly, my coffers had been drained by the number of books I bought over the summer, and so decided to grit my teeth until it came out in paperback. But my parents surprised me this weekend with a copy, saying I deserved it with finals starting. Which they are. Today. Two of them. Sigh. But anyways, onto happier things.

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Karou loved the enemy, and then he brought about the near destruction of her species, including the only family she's ever known. Now Karou is the last hope for the Chimaera, taking over the post of resurrectionist with grim determination. Meanwhile, the angel Akiva is back with his fellows, back in the army, but with a different purpose. He wants to save the Chimaera, and find Karou again. Both sides are trying to find peace, but it only seems to breed more slaughter. The White Wolf is cozying up to Karou, but she still can't stand the sight of him, and he's a necessary evil. And Jael, captain of the most evil part of the army, is spending too much time around Akiva and his family. They want peace, but they probably won't get it.

I absolutely loved this book, enough to put off studying for finals longer than was probably wise. From the dazzling views of Prague in the first book, this book delves into the Kashbah in Morocco, and the land of the angels and Chimaera. Laini Taylor is not afraid to pull punches. She kills people you like, saves people you hate, and the entire time you're so sad for everyone. Karou is destroyed. She has no one to help her or even like her most of the time, and Akiva is....well...Akiva. He has to help appear to destroy the Chimaera. Helping with genocide. That's tough on a guy. Love love love this book. Would absolutely recommend.

Goodreads Rating: 5 stars

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Stress, Stress, Everywhere, and No Coffee to Drink

Dead Week again. When did that happen, seriously? How is next week finals already? I feel like I should be gearing up for midterms, not doing research papers and trying to find time to sleep.

To do before finals are over: finish final history paper, edit 10 page story for english, study for my science exam, one last science quiz, intern stuff before I go on break and travel, finish up my internship paper to get credit, keep applying to internships for summer, try somehow to keep on chores.

GAH! Stressing, people. STRESS!

I'll be back later, hopefully more calm.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Mind Games

This weekend I accidentally pulled my first all-nighter. How, you ask? My best friend who lives out of state came back home for spring break. We hung out all afternoon at her house, and then I spent the night before she went back to school. I am also very good friends with her sister, in whose room I slept. We ended up talking till six in the morning. Woops! So today, understandably, I was rather exhausted. So I finished off Mind Games by Kiersten White.

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Fia has always tried to protect her sister Annie. And Annie has always strived to become the older sister who protects Fia. Both of them think they have failed. Years ago Annie was accepted into a prestigious school that also promised to try to find a cure for her blindness. While learning, she discovers that the snippets of the world she sees are visions of the present or future. Meanwhile, Fia refuses to leave her sister to the school, because her instincts tell her it's wrong. And Fia's instincts are always right. But for Annie, she is willing to give up her sense of right. That is, until the school sends Fia out to kill someone, and she refuses.

I read the first two books of Kiersten's Paranormalcy series over the summer, and enjoyed them greatly. Mind Games is on an entirely different level. Where Paranormalcy is snarky and light-hearted, Mind Games is dark and psychological. Both sisters are complicated in their love and hate for each other (like sisters do), and the shift in time and perspective adds an erratic sense to the book that makes it amazing. The one area I was disappointed in was the lack of change in the characters in the present story. There is change between the past Thia/Annie and the present Thia/Annie, but not through the progression of the current plot. But it had my heart racing on more than one occasion. Kiersten, I take my hat off to you.

Goodreads Rating: 5 stars

Friday, March 8, 2013

Dark Days Tour

Last night I had the privilege to meet Claudia Gray, Lauren Oliver, Debra Driza, Dan Wells, and Kiersten White at the Dark Days Tour stop in Seattle.

I almost didn't go last night - I was exhausted from a long week of school, and ready to collapse with a healthy dose of reading and looking for more internships. But boy oh boy am I glad I went.

Unfortunately, I have only read books from Lauren, Dan, and Kiersten. Claudia's book has been on my TBR list for a while, but I've been trying to save some money by not buying every book I come across. It's hard, guys! Anywho.

This group of people was hilarious. They all discussed their books, whether they would be friends with their protagonist, what their favorite part of their book was, etc. It was pretty funny and inspiring. The first half of the panel was a moderated Q&A. Then the last bit was a Q&A with the  audience. And I've gotten a lot more confident about raising my hand at these things. And boy, was I glad I was assertive. There was time for only three people to ask questions, and who got to be one of them? Me!! I asked how the querying stage was for all of them. And every.single.author.answered. SQUEE!

Then came the signing. I got expedited through line because I only had books for Dan and Kiersten to sign (my Delirium books are, sadly, ebooks). Dan Wells gave me German chocolate and a doctor's slip to get of of class because I am dying of RM. And Kiersten said I looked really familiar and asked if we'd met before. Ohhhh if only I could have said yes!

Awesome night. Now going to bury myself in Mind Games.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Exciting Developments

So, some exciting things have been happening. I answered a twitter ad for Entranced Publishing, which was looking for bloggers who would be willing to review their author's books, as well as host interviews and guest posts.

I was put into their database and told that if they wanted to book something, they would let me know.

Well, yesterday I found out that I would be receiving two ARCs of fantasy novels to review, and that in April and May the authors of said books would be available for interviewing on my blog!

Can you say YAY OH MY GOD YAY! I can, and have quite a bit over the past few days.

Back tomorrow with a book review, hopefully. Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Waiting, Again

Well, all my applications are sent out. Most of them, anyways. I have a couple more internships to apply to, but the majority of them are just awaiting responses.

What shall I do in the meantime, you ask? Excellent question. Guess what? I'm almost done with another quarter of school. What? Seriously, where did this year go? I feel like I just got back from Winter break and here it is almost Spring break.

Which means dun dun dun, it's almost finals time. I have a short story to write, short stories to edit, dinosaur clades to memorize, and a primary source about rock music in 20th century St. Petersburg to read. The last one is kind of weird. Reading? I'll try. Writing? I'll do my best. Obsessively refresh my email while waiting to hear back from my internships? Check.

Waiting is the hardest part.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Next Step

Being almost halfway through my college career has opened my eyes to the fact that I need to get my butt in  gear. No, I have not been slacking. I'm over halfway through my History major and right on track for my English one. I am part of the Equestrian team, I have an editorial internship, and I have a moderately active social life. I read and write when I can, and the same with blogging. No one can say I've slacked off.

But.

But.

But.

I can do more.

Which means I spent a good portion of today applying to internships at publishing houses and literary agencies. I am exhausted. I am now off to bury my nose in The Golden Compass. Or sleep. Maybe sleep.