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Lulu gave him a two-fingered whistle. “The ensemble is fantastic.”

He flipped her off.

“I mean, he is just delectable,” Lulu said quietly.

“He’s not bad,” was all I was willing to give him. I was still too disturbed by the fact that I found him attractive.

“You could bounce a quarter off his ass.”

“I can hear you, Lulu,” he called back, pulling on jeans and a T-shirt. He glanced back, and there was no hiding the masculine pride in his eyes. “Wolf hearing, remember?”

~ Chloe Neill, Wild Hunger

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Another bad sign — someone or something had turned vodka into water. This was not my preferred kind of miracle.
~ Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman

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People cause pain. Even good people hurt those they love. We all do it because we can't help it. Most of us aren't evil; we're just stupid and flawed and not careful with others.

Jane Doe
~~Victoria Helen Stone

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Sometimes, you do things and you do them not because you're thinking but because you're feeling. Because you're feeling too much. And you can't always control the things you do when you're feeling too much.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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Did men ever look in the mirror, I wondered, and find themselves wanting in deeply fundamental ways? When they opened a newspaper or watched a film, were they presented with nothing but exceptionally handsome young men, and did this make them feel intimidated, inferior, because they were not as young, not as handsome? Did they then read newspaper articles ridiculing those same handsome men if they gained weight or wore something unflattering?

~ Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman

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In case it's unclear, I'm not a believer. 

Where I grew up, everyone believed in God. Everyone worshipped Jesus. And they were all poor and miserable and suffering. They lost jobs and children and dignity, but that only made them pray harder. I recognize a con when I see one.

Jane Doe
~~Victoria Helen Stone

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It’s the panic that gets you. Makes it hard to trust what you’re seeing.

~ Force of Nature, Jane Harper

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The air is different in New Orleans.

It holds the scents of fry and the peppery blends the locals drown their seafood in, and the buzzing of cicadas, and the stomps of jazz pianists. It smothers your senses with a slight hint of intoxication, making you want more. Maybe that's why vampires have always loved it here.

The Romeo Catchers
~~Alys Arden

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Women, on the other hand, had to wield their intellects like a scythe, hacking away against the stubborn underbrush of low expectations.

~ Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly


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“You’re sexy as hell,” he says. Lots of men have said this to me. They like a woman with no shame. We’re rare, you see, because we’re told to be ashamed of everything every day by everyone. Ashamed to give them what they want, ashamed not to want to give it to them. Ashamed to show our average bodies, ashamed not to have a perfect one. I have no idea how normal women date. The world seems like it’d be an unbearable place for people with real feelings.

~ Victoria Helen Stone, Jane Doe

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“Well, that’s simple, Nezra. I ran away from him and swore to him that I’d never do anything he says. You should try it sometime.  It’s called ‘I hate you, leave me alone.’ It gets all the psychos foaming at the mouth for more. Add a little ‘I’ll never love you,’ and bam! Instant crazy.”
Sea of Stars (Kricket #2), Amy A. Bartol

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I knew what I had to do — I just didn’t like it. I’d have to blow the remaining two at the same time.

Please don’t quote that last sentence out of context.

Artemis by Andy Weir


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It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches.
― Deborah Harkness, A Discovery of Witches

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There are days when I feel so lightly connected to the earth that the threads that tether me to the planet are gossamer thin, spun sugar. A strong gust of wind could dislodge me completely, and I’d lift off and blow away, like one of those seeds in a dandelion clock.

~ Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman

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Ah, the constant refrain of Midwestern life. Illness? Offer food. Funeral? Bring food. New baby? Drop off food. Suddenly discover you're some sort of illegitimate secret orphan? Food, food, food. 

Half Past
~~Victoria Helen Stone

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On a scale from one to ‘invade Russia in winter,’ how stupid is this plan?

Artemis by Andy Weir

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“I love you and I love your mother with all my heart. I love this House, as well. It is neither my child nor my wife, but it is...” He seemed to struggle with the word.

“It’s yours,” I said simply, and offered him a smile. “And that’s all there is to it.”
Wild Hunger, Chloe Neill

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Frankly, fictional people appeal far more to me than real people do. In fiction, the choices have to make sense. The timeline proceeds rationally. Emotions are explained to me. Characters feel the way they are supposed to feel in response to the actions of others. Nobody stays in a bad situation because of inertia or low self-esteem. That would make for a truly shitty story. But in real life … God, in real life people so rarely behave in ways that improve their circumstances.

Why?

Why, why, why? This is one of those things I’ll never understand. All I know is books are better.

~ Victoria Helen Stone, Jane Doe

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I’d never stood in the sun, never felt the sunshine on my bare skin. But the scent of him made me think of those things.

~ Chloe Neill, Wild Hunger

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Portia faltered; Tav's verbal jab had hit a soft spot, one that had been hidden under a sea of distractions for years and had only just begun to harden. She had no witty comeback for someone telling her they didn't want her around. It reinforced what that ugly voice in the back of her head whispered at the most inopportune moments: no one would care if you left and never came back.

A Duke By Default
~~Alyssa Cole

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Erections and guilt can’t exist in the same plane. One makes way for the other.

~ Victoria Helen Stone, Jane Doe

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“You are your mother’s daughter,” my father said, with not a little pride in it.

“As if the thirty-eight hours of labor didn’t prove it,” my mother said with a smile.

“I recall them well,” my father said flatly. “You were ... very angry.”

“Was it the cursing that tipped you off?”

“And the throwing of many objects,” he said, counting them off on his hands. “And challenging an Apex shifter to a knife fight. And accusing your sister of being a Russian spy. And promising to stake the doctor if you didn’t get drugs.”

“Nonsense. I was a paragon of patience and gentility.”

~ Chloe Neill, Wild Hunger

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The kiss...he couldn't regret that. Wouldn't. There would never be another moment in life worth more of a risk. The quiver of her mouth, like her heart was beating so hard it would jump out of her chest. The tentative press of her tongue against his. The hungry way she had clawed at his chest, wanting more. The taste, the connection, the energy. Men has been killed over kisses like that. Careers had been lost. Hearts had been stolen.

Moonshot
~~Alessandra Torres

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“I love you. I am in love with you. I have been for a while. And I know there are limits to what you can give me, and I know you might need time—”

His lips crushed into hers, and he said onto her mouth, dropping words more precious than rubies and emeralds and sapphires into her heart, her soul, “I love you. There is no limit to what I can give to you, no time I need. Even when this world is a forgotten whisper of dust between the stars, I will love you.”

~ Sarah J Maas, Empire of Storms

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Each day had a tranquility a timelessness about it so that you wished it would never end. But then the dark skin of the night would peel off and there would be a fresh day waiting for us glossy and colorful as a child's transfer and with the same tinge of unreality.

― Gerald Durrell, My Family and Other Animals
   (Corfu Trilogy #1)

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And that was how Tav had come to know that Portia had a mole on her left shoulder. He also knew the satiny softness of her skin against his fingertips, that she ran rather warm, and how it felt to brush an errant curl away from her neck and see her shiver from his touch. He didn't need to know any of that. Fucking corsets. The devil's garment.

A Duke By Default
~~Alyssa Cole

Blog Tour: Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill

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We are all atwitter about Chloe Neill's latest release! SinceChicagoland Vampires wrapped up last year the first installment in her new series, a spin-off of our beloved CLV, is hitting your e-readers and bookshelves today! Wench Shau told you all about it in her review yesterday, which you can find here, and today is the day everyone else gets to meet Elisa, Connor, and our new cast of characters. 

Today, we are a stop on Chloe Neill's blog tour, which always features terrific swag and an amazing grand prize! So enter our giveaway and then be sure to hop over to CN's page and enter.


As the only vampire child ever born, some believed Elisa Sullivan had all the luck. But the magic that helped bring her into the world left her with a dark secret. Shifter Connor Keene, the only son of North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, is the only one she trusts with it. But she’s a vampire and the daughter of a Master and a Sentinel, and he’s prince of the Pack and its future king…

Review: Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill

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This will be a spoiler free review of the Chicagoland Vampires series spin-off starring Elisa Sullivan, the daughter of Merit and Ethan.


Review: Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews

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I've just finished devouring Magic Triumphs, the final installment in one of my favourite series. I've been anticipating this book for a long time!

After the jump, I'll explain a bit about why the Kate Daniels series is so special to me and what I think about the way Kate's story ends.

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 “No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books.”

Relentless, Karen Lynch



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Slowly, his gaze lifted to hers. And she could have sworn that hunger—ravenous hunger—flickered there. ...

“I hadn’t realized the effect would be so...” He shook his head. He took in her face, her hair, the combs. “You look like—”

“A queen?”

“The fire-breathing bitch-queen those bastards claim you are.”

~ Sarah J. Maas, Queen of Shadows

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Whatever asshole said that absence made the heart grow fonder was right. Before, I fell for him with a teenager's love, bold and passionate, no real obstacles to overcome, no real consequences to consider. Now, the wind tickling past my legs, I could see the full path of destruction this would cause. I saw it, and in that moment, I didn't care. I wouldn't care. There was right, there was wrong, and there was love. And love trumped it all.

Moonshot
~~Alessandra Torre

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Fans of this series know. When I reread this book, eight electrifying words stole my breath away.



“There you are. I’ve been looking for you.”

~ Sarah J Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses

ARC Review: A Duke By Default by Alyssa Cole

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Award-winning author Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series continues with a woman on a quest to be the heroine of her own story and the duke in shining armor she rescues along the way.

New York City socialite and perpetual hot mess Portia Hobbs is tired of disappointing her family, friends, and—most importantly—herself. An apprenticeship with a struggling swordmaker in Scotland is a chance to use her expertise and discover what she’s capable of. Turns out she excels at aggravating her gruff silver fox boss...when she’s not having inappropriate fantasies about his sexy Scottish burr.

Tavish McKenzie doesn’t need a rich, spoiled American telling him how to run his armory...even if she is infuriatingly good at it. Tav tries to rebuff his apprentice, and his attraction to her, but when Portia accidentally discovers that he’s the secret son of a duke, rough-around-the-edges Tav becomes her newest makeover project.

Forging metal into weapons and armor is one thing, but when desire burns …

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The door swooshed open. A tiny woman in a purple miniskirt, red boots, and a black T-shirt that read STAND BACK—I’M GOING TO TRY SCIENCE walked through. Miriam Shephard had arrived.
The Book of Life, Deborah Harkness