Yes, I made the cut. Look, here's proof. So far I've only seen a summary of the "overall impressions" bit of the second round reviews (the full reviews should be available on CreateSpace soon, I hear), but those summaries look pretty good:
Review #1 This is truly unlike much of what I've been reading; two complete, interesting characters, set in an interesting setting, offers so many possibilities of what can happen. I am drawn to the uniqueness and novelty of the story, and feel that it is in great hands!
Review #2 Of the excerpts I've read thus far, this is the book I'd be most likely to continue reading. The school setting resonates with young adults, as well as the varied peer interactions. The dialog sounds genuine for the age group, and the main character doesn't display any preternatural wisdom beyond her years. The author has given Lareina a sly sense of humor and a natural, though not cloying, sensitivity to others. I'd be happy to spend more time in her company in this book.
The first day after the quarterfinal excerpts were posted was funny. Apparently, I have enough tech-savvy friends (especially fellow writers) that my excerpt got downloaded several times right away. This led to shooting up the Kindle Bestseller chart, topping out at #17. That, in turn, led to some poor souls downloading the excerpt to their Kindle and wondering where the rest of the book was. (I take the fact that they wanted to continue reading to be a very good sign.)
So I'm adding another item to my Things to Do While Waiting on an Agent list: reading the other 249 excerpts in the YA category. I've already done eighteen (took notes, but haven't posted reviews for all of them yet). Not a bad start. I should be finished by April 27th, when the semifinalists are announced, right?
I just hope all the reading keeps me from thinking too much about the fact that a reviewer from Publishers Weekly is reading my full manuscript.