Grace, by Elizabeth Scott

Reviewed by Candace, age 18, California

Freedom. That's all Grace has ever wanted. She has always done what others told her to do, and now she's ready to take a stand. She didn't choose to be an Angel and have a future dying by suicide bomb. When the chance finally comes, she runs because deep down she doesn't want to die. She wants to live.

This desire to live causes her to find Chris, the only other person she believes can help her, and he sends her on a train. There Grace must travel with a boy named Kerr and hope to make it alive across the border to a better future. But who can she trust? Is this trip through the desert just setting herself up to be killed? Grace must make the right decisions or she could be fighting for her life.

I really liked this book. Most dystopian fantasies are bleak throughout, and basically the whole world collapses. The novel Grace was different because it did provide a hint of hope. The language was very poetic, and I felt like I was reading a poem within a story. I also really enjoyed the interactions between the two main characters, Grace and Kerr. I could never guess what they were thinking. One minute they seemed to be friends, the next enemies. This novel kept me guessing and it had a surprising outcome.

Grace deserves five out of five stars.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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