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Only in Faerieland is a giant toad the less conspicuous choice.
~ Holly Black, The Cruel Prince

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What does it taste like when you are so free you can follow the sun until it dips down into the ocean?
~ Kira Jane Buxton, Hollow Kingdom

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Ya need some girlfriends, hon, ‘cause they’re furever. Without a vow. A clutch of women’s the most tender, most tough place on Earth.
~ Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing

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“It’s a very special couch,” I told her. “Mad Rogan once fell asleep on it. We’re thinking of having it gold-plated and donated to a museum . . .” ― Ilona Andrews, 
Sapphire Flames
(Hidden Legacy #4)

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This is not magic. This is the way the world is, only very few people take the time to stop and note it.
~ Erin Morgenstern,
The Night Circus

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“Might that attitude be a form of self-protection?”

“You mean am I deluding myself?”

“That’s another way to put it.”

“If I say yes, then I’m not deluded. And if I say no, it’s further evidence of delusion.”

~ Leni Zumas, Red Clocks

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She accumulated the dust of other worlds on her skin like ten thousand perfumes, and left constellations of wistful men and impossible tales in her wake.
~ Alix E. Harrow,
The Ten Thousand Doors of January

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“If she was gone, this was it for him. He had lived over a thousand five hundred years. It was enough. If Lijuan had risen monstrous while he and Elena slept, he’d do what he could to burn out that scourge because Elena would want him to do that, but he would not live thousands of years without her. He could not live another day without her.”
– Nalini Singh, Archangel’s War

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“S-word,” she muttered, sliding out of the car. “Bloody F-wording S-word!” This was small relief to her feelings of anxiety and oppression. It really wasn’t fair. Who needed the relief of occasional bad language more than a mother of small children?
Maybe she should start using her mother’s “Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ!” instead. Jem had incorporated that one into his own collection of expletives before he turned four and had long since taught it to Mandy; they wouldn’t be warped by hearing it.
~ Diana Gabaldon, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood

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“In darkness, we are naked. Our truest selves. Night is when fear comes to us at its fullest, when we have no way to fight it,” Ead continued. “It will do everything it can to seep inside you. Sometimes it may succeed — but never think that you are the night.”
~ Samantha Shannon,
The Priory of the Orange Tree

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“I didn’t know you could dance.”

I sounded okay, not like the high-strung mess inside my head.

“There’s a lot you don’t know.”

Of course there was. He was the last of a race the fae had all but wiped out centuries ago. He looked young, my age, but he wasn’t. He looked human, but he wasn’t that either. He had a hunger inside him, one that had once looked at me like prey.

The Nightshade’s Touch, (Messenger Chronicles #3), Pippa DaCosta

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A thread in a tapestry. That’s what it had felt like the night she’d left the gold for Yrene in Innish. Like pulling a thread in a tapestry, and seeing just how far and wide it went. All the way to the southern continent, it seemed. And it had rippled back with an army and a healed, happy friend. Or as happy as any of them might be at the moment.

~ Sarah J. Maas, Kingdom of Ash

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I can’t stand cruelty to animals.

Nothing gives a man the right to take his frustrations out on an innocent creature.


Pitch Black, Elise Noble

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Aunt Vidala said that best friends led to whispering and plotting and keeping secrets, and plotting and secrets led to disobedience to God, and disobedience led to rebellion, and girls who were rebellious became women who were rebellious, and a rebellious woman was even worse than a rebellious man because rebellious men became traitors, but rebellious women became adulteresses.
~ Margaret Atwood, The Testaments

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Don’t confuse loudness with happiness. He’s got the volume all the way up, but that’s just to cover up the gaping hole inside.
~ Chuck Wendig, Wanderers

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I blinked lazily up at the marshal. His grimace spoke volumes.
I had fallen into the dreams. It was easier there. Nothing made any sense in reality. And it hurt. Everywhere I looked it hurt. Dreams didn’t hurt. Compared to the new world, dreams were old friends that didn’t die, unlike real ones.

Shoot the Messenger, Pippa DaCosta

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Much as I enjoy using four hundred million credits’ worth of technology to make me a flying human tank, sometimes warm pants are more valuable.
~ Pierce Brown, Morning Star

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In a universe of ambiguity,
this kind of certainty comes only
once, and never again,
no matter how many lifetimes you live.
The Bridges of Madison County,
Robert James Waller

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Sleeping beside a purring cat is the equivalent of three glasses of wine. Note: I just made that up, but, based on my experience, it seems about right.
~ Mary Pipher, Women Rowing North

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Sometimes reality comes crashing down on you. Other times reality simply waits, patiently, for you to run out of the energy it takes to deny it.
~ Taylor Jenkins Reid,  The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

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“Why is it,” Jonathan puzzled, “that the hardest thing in the world is to convince a bird that he is free, and that he can prove it for himself if he’d spend a little time practicing? Why should that be so hard?”
~ Richard Bach,
Jonathan Livingston Seagull

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There are scars on my heart, just as thick, as disfiguring as those on my face. I know they’re there. I hope some undamaged tissue remains, a patch through which love can come in and flow out. I hope.

~ Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman

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“Love is a luxury.”

“No. Love is an element.”

An element. Like air to breathe, earth to stand on.

― Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

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“I am going to keep on defying you. I am going to shame you with my defiance. You remind me that I am a mere mortal and you are a prince of Faerie. Well, let me remind you that means you have much to lose and I have nothing. You may win in the end, you may ensorcell me and hurt me and humiliate me, but I will make sure you lose everything I can take from you on the way down. I promise you this” — I throw his own words back at him — “this is the least of what I can do.”
~ Holly Black, The Cruel Prince

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My happiest place might just be under a showerhead. It is here in the steam, covered in suds, that I do not feel like Monique Grant, woman left behind. Or even Monique Grant, stalled writer. I am just Monique Grant, owner of luxury bath products.
~ Taylor Jenkins Reid,  The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

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“It’s a lovely day and we’re under siege.”

“People are trying to murder us.”

Her eyes shone with excitement. “Isn’t it marvelous?”
One Fell Sweep, Ilona Andrews

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There are no ambitions noble enough to justify breaking someone's heart.
~ Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds

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Humanity, whether you were optimistic or pessimistic, was either a hearty breed of survivors or a swarm of cockroaches in the wall.
~ Chuck Wendig, Wanderers

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... how enjoyable it was to converse with someone who didn't have the brain of a chicken nugget. I was finally—perhaps for the first time in my life—being heard. I let myself ponder the concept before saying, “You know so much, Onida.”

“I have nine brains—which never stop growing—three hearts, and I can regenerate my arms; but mostly, it’s because I’m female.”

~ Kira Jane Buxton, Hollow Kingdom

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“That’s one of the perks of being a writer. You get to put mean people in a book. And then you get to kill them.”
That Guy, Kim Jones

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My dreams, the rope and the knots, I know exactly what they mean. You don’t tie yourself to something unless you’re scared you might float away.
~ Taylor Jenkins Reid, One True Loves

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“You put a spell on the dog,” I said as we left the house.
“Just a small one,” said Nightingale.
“So magic is real,” I said. “Which makes you a...what?"
“A wizard.”
“Like Harry Potter?”
Nightingale sighed. “No,” he said. “Not like Harry Potter.”
“In what way?”
“I'm not a fictional character,” said Nightingale. Rivers of London, Ben Aaronovitch

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Rule number one: Always stick around for one more drink. That’s when things happen. That’s when you find out everything you want to know.
― John Berendt,
Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil

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“Never judge anyone by another's opinions. We all have different sides that we show to different people.”

― Jacqueline Susann, Valley of the Dolls

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Butterflies live short lives because they have mastered the art of living. They serve to pass it on with luminous bursts of joy, bright flickers from the other side.
~ Kira Jane Buxton, Hollow Kingdom

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That’s what the school did to a boy. It didn’t stop when you got out. Bend you all kind of ways until you were unfit for straight life, good and twisted by the time you left. [snip]

They’d always be on the lam, no matter how they got out of that school.
~ Colson Whitehead, The Nickel Boys

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If a friend lied to me
the way I lie to myself,
I’d say,
‘you’re a shitty friend’.
~ Taylor Jenkins Reid,
Daisy Jones & the Six

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Someone has been tortured on my behalf. Someone has been tortured on your behalf. Someone in this world will always be suffering on your behalf. If it comes your time to suffer, just remember. Someone suffered for you. That is what taking on a cloak of human flesh is all about, the willingness to hurt for another human being.
~ Louise Erdrich,
Future Home of the Living God

Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a delectable tale of ambition and courage, true love, and the price of fame. The more I think about this book, the more it reveals to me its hidden gems, the more I realize how much greater it is than the sum of its parts, and the more I miss Evelyn Hugo.

Writing books that are deceptively richer than they appear seems to be a real strength of this author. Along with creating characters, particularly celebrities, that you’d swear are real. And writing a story far more captivating and unforgettable than the one you expect.

Now that I’ve fallen in love with another Taylor Jenkins Reid character (I wrote about others here), I want to meet more! I’ve already got my eyes on her previous book, One True Loves.

But before succumbing to its charms, I’d like to bask a bit longer in the glow of the mesmerizing Evelyn Hugo by telling you about her.
Seven husbands. Which one did she love best? Which one was the real one?

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“What I say is, a town isn't a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it's got a bookstore it knows it's not fooling a soul.”

~ Neil Gaiman, American Gods

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“You and I keep looking for light in the darkness, expecting it to appear. But it already has.” I touch his shoulder. “We’re it, boyo. Broken and cracked and stupid as we are, we’re the light, and we’re spreading.”
~ Pierce Brown, Morning Star

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It breaks my heart to be loved like this, to be loved so purely that I’m capable of breaking a heart. It is not something I take lightly. In fact, I think it might be the most important thing in the world.
~ Taylor Jenkins Reid, One True Loves

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The weight of responsibility settled around me. Now I had two people counting on me. And while I was sure both of them would be fine without me, I always felt responsible for those in my care. According to my father, it made me a terrible von Hasenberg.
~ Polaris Rising, Jessie Mihalik (Consortium Rebellion #1)

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There is a legend about a bird which sings just once in its life, more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. From the moment it leaves the nest it searches for a thorn tree, and does not rest until it has found one. Then, singing among the savage branches, it impales itself upon the longest, sharpest spine. And, dying, it rises above its own agony to out-carol the lark and the nightingale. One superlative song, existence the price. But the whole world stills to listen, and God in His heaven smiles. For the best is only bought at the cost of great pain . . . Or so says the legend.
~ Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds

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I knew I was in trouble as soon as I saw the obituary.
The fact that it had my name on it was sort of a clue.
~ Touch the Dark, Karen Chance (Cassandra Palmer #1)

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“I think being yourself—your true, entire self—is always going to feel like you’re swimming upstream.”
“Yeah,” she said. “But if the last few years with you have been any indication, I think it also feels like taking your bra off at the end of the day.”
~ Taylor Jenkins Reid,  The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

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Jem made the little Scottish noise again, and Brianna looked sideways at him.
“Are you doing that on purpose?”
He looked up at her, surprised. “Doing what?”
“Never mind. When you are fifteen, I’m locking you in the cellar.”
“What? Why?” he demanded indignantly.
“Because that’s when your father and grandfather started getting into real trouble, and evidently you’re going to be just like them.”

Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, Diana Gabaldon

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Life is not unlike cinema. Each scene has its own music, and the music is created for the scene, woven to it in ways we do not understand. No matter how much we may love the melody of a bygone day or imagine the song of a future one, we must dance within the music of today, or we will always be out of step, stumbling around in something that doesn’t suit the moment.
~ Lisa Wingate, Before We Were Yours

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I fell in love with the wrong guy who was exactly the right guy. And I had made decisions time and time again that made it worse and never made it better.  And I’d finally pushed myself right over the edge.
Daisy Jones & the Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid

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I don’t know how to do life without grits.
~ Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing