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"Are you two seriously discussing shooting people?" Deuce asked, appalled by the nonchalance.

Ty turned his head to look at his brother with a frown. "Is that bad?" he asked with complete sincerity.

Deuce looked to Zane, who had the same expression on his face. "Yeah," Deuce concluded. "It is, Ty." Zane shrugged helplessly, though he didn't look particularly remorseful either.

Sticks & Stones by Abgail Roux and Madeline Urban


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His voice haunts me. His sentences are in my ears, his love, which I look for and can’t find because it is gone, has made the entire world seem empty around me.
~ Lauren Groff, Florida

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His dad had told him many times that the definition of a real man is one who cries without shame, reads poetry with his heart, feels opera in his soul, and does what’s necessary to defend a woman.
~ Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing

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“Life is too short to hold in a single tear, a single laugh, a single breath. Biology is how we exist. Emotions are how we live.”

Jewel E. Ann, Scarlet Stone

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“I want ye to make me say, ‘Oh, God,’ for ye.”

“That … could be arranged.” I’d cooled down during our walk, but the last five minutes had lit me like a candle, and if I’d wanted to go home and take off my stays before, I was now wondering whether I could wait that long.

“Good,” he said, pulling his hands out of my skirt. “And then I’ll see what I can make you say, mo nighean donn.”

“See if you can make me say, ‘Don’t stop.’”

~ Diana Gabaldon, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood

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He gave her a look. "I am going to ignore ― just for a minute ― how much my geek side is loving that apparently there is a goblin king in the world. And that he is ― again apparently ― here in the Tri-Cities. Even knowing that David Bowie is gone, I am giddy about this." He said this all in a very dry, professional tone.

I was really starting to like this guy.

Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs


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“If you did not like the show, honey, my name is Nancy Reagan and go fuck yourself.”
~ Chablis
― John Berendt,
Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil

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“Ms. Rachel is like the sun.
See her sparkling there with the wind in her hair and fire in her eyes?
You can’t catch the sun.
You can only feel its touch on your face. And if you get too much of it, it burns you.”
Kim Harrison,
For a Few Demons More

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It is wrong to ask for more than you give freely.
In this way, we come to resemble what we hate.
― Stephen R. Donaldson,
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever

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“If Liam wanted to keep an eye on me,” I said, “he could have stayed in New Orleans.”
Gavin opened his mouth, closed it again. “I can’t really argue with that.”
Moses snorted. “That’s a damn lie. You’d argue with a signpost just for the fun of it.”
“That’s the Irish in me,” Gavin admitted.
“That’s the mule in you,” Moses corrected.

The Hunt by Chloe Neill


Review: Where the Crawdads Sing

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I wasn’t looking for a shrewd, sassy heroine badassing her way around the North Carolina swamps. But now that I’ve met the abandoned little girl who grows up all alone to become the storied and singular and oh-so-free-spirited voice of this novel, I’m completely smitten with living vicariously through her.

Where the Crawdads Sing is a beautifully written, exquisitely crafted tribute to an extraordinary life lived without compromise. It’s a naturalist’s love letter to the incomparable richness and allure of wildness and the tidal marshlands. It’s also a bit of an unconventional romance and a riveting murder mystery.

If you’re intrigued, I hope you’ll let me explain why I enjoyed this book so much. No spoilers, of course.
Go as far as you can — way out yonder where the crawdads sing.

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“Feeling better?”

“Much. I probably won’t be running any marathons soon, but I’m cleared for all, um, normal activities.”

The way she said normal activities made Mason purse his lips. “Would it be vastly inappropriate of me to read something into that?”

“I was kind of hoping that you would, so that I wouldn’t actually have to say it.”

~ Lisa Clark O’Neill, Admit One (Sweetwater #2)

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She'd once crushed on Jericho Barrons violently. Before she'd realized he and Mac belonged together like earth and sky, night and day, fire and ice.

Feversong
~~Karen Marie Moning

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"I saw the Cloud,
though I did not foresee the Storm."

Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders

Review: Before We Were Yours

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Once in a while, a book comes along that packs such an emotional punch that I can’t keep my feelings to myself and remain silent about it. To my great delight, I’ve just found another one of those books.

A couple of weeks ago, I read Lisa Wingate’s novel Before We Were Yours, and ever since I’ve felt the need to recommend this gut-wrenching novel to you, my fellow Wenches. I feel the story is important enough that everyone should have a chance to read it.

If you’re intrigued, let me tell you more, and I’ll try to avoid spoilers.

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Man cannot be freed by the same injustice that enslaved it.
~Pierce Brown, Red Rising

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“I'm not mad, though," Kat said. "You lied to me, and I lied to you. We're even."

Finally he lost the grin. "When did you lie?"

She gave him a Sweet'N Low smile, as if his amusement had been poured into her. "Every time we messed around. I didn't actually enjoy myself, if you know what I mean.”

― Gena Showalter, Alice in Zombieland

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Some shadowy, self-destructive, confused place no longer existed inside me. I was of a single, clear mind. There were goals, and there were methods to attain them. There were my chosen responsibilities and those things I was willing to do to honor them. There were the things I was willing to live with and the things I wasn't willing to live without. There was a quiet, deep abiding love of myself—flaws and all, and I had plenty—and the world around me, and it had plenty, too.

Feversong
~~Karen Marie Moning

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“A man might befriend a wolf, even break a wolf, but no man could truly tame a wolf.”
George R.R. Martin,
A Dance with Dragons

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“Shit!” Cecilia slammed the side of her hand to her head. “Fuck it.”
“What is it?” John-Paul reeled back. She never swore. All these years there had been a Tupperware container of bad language sitting to the side in her head, and now she’d opened it and all those crisp, crunchy words were lovely and fresh, ready to be used.
~ Liane Moriarty, The Husband’s Secret

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Their energy had a strange juxtaposition of sparkly but deadly, which was kind of like New Orleans herself—mixed in with the glitter and revelry was crime and corruption and complete systemic failure.

The Cities of the Dead
~~Alys Arden

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“What d’ya mean, where the crawdads sing? Ma used to say that.” Kya remembered Ma always encouraging her to explore the marsh: “Go as far as you can—way out yonder where the crawdads sing.”
“Just means far in the bush where critters are wild, still behaving like critters.”
~ Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing

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“I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.”
― Oscar Wilde,The Picture of Dorian Gray

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I know the Word. It is the oldest word in any language, first utterance. Ma, ah, oh, mama. Mother. Not the word uttered by God to make life, but spoken by the baby who recognizes the being on whom life depends.
~ Louise Erdrich,
Future Home of the Living God

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“She said, ‘Forgive me for being a dreamer,’ and he took her by the hand and replied, ‘Forgive me for not being here sooner to dream with you.’”—J. Iron Word.

Thank you for making all of my dreams come true.
Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward, Hate Notes

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New York was home for Czerny, the same way Chicago was home for me. You don't really know how attached you are until you move away, until you've experienced what it means to be dislodged, a cork floating on the ocean of another place.

Becoming
~~Michelle Obama

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“Mercy has this ... this uncanny ability to go where the trouble is thickest,” Adam told him. He had decided a while ago that it wasn’t deliberate, and that it had something to do with being Coyote’s daughter. He was pretty sure that Mercy was completely oblivious.
― Patricia Briggs, Silence Fallen

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I’ve found in life that bygones are a bit like collard greens. They tend to taste bitter. It’s best not to chew on them overly long.
~ Lisa Wingate, Before We Were Yours

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“Meaning in art isn’t the same as meaning in science. The meaning of the second law of thermodynamics, so long as the words are understood, isn’t changed by who reads it, or when, or where. The meaning of Huckleberry Finn is.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, No Time to Spare, Thinking About What Matters

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She'd found tatters of legends about the Nine on some of the worlds she'd traveled Silverside, but never managed to find an origin myth, only songs and tales of nine merciless warriors who battled for gain and, despite dying, came back again and again. Unkillable, unstoppable, unbreakable, she hungered to be those many "uns" herself. No matter the price.

Feversong
~~Karen Marie Moning

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None of us ever know all the possible courses our lives could have and maybe should have taken. It’s probably just as well. Some secrets are meant to stay secret forever. Just ask Pandora.
~ Liane Moriarty, The Husband’s Secret

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I think that's why I love my iPod so much. I have music in my soul and can't get it out.

Burned
~~Karen Marie Moning

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The function of hate, as Sarai saw it, was to stamp out compassion—to close a door in one’s own self and forget it was ever there. If you had hate, then you could see suffering—and cause it—and feel nothing except perhaps a sordid vindication.
~ Laini Taylor,
Strange the Dreamer

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“Because naming things humanizes them. And once you humanize something, you are essentially recognizing its existence.”
Laura Thalassa, Pestilence

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“The greatest products of architecture are less the works of individuals than of society; rather the offspring of a nation’s effort, than the inspired flash of a man of genius...”
― Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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He always thinks because I’m reading, I’m not doing anything. There is no greater plague to an introvert than the extroverted.
~ Pierce Brown, Golden Son

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“In my multifold years of life, I have learned that most people get along as best they can. They don’t intend to hurt anyone. It is merely a terrible by-product of surviving.”
Lisa Wingate, Before We Were Yours

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It's hard to put into words what sometime you pick up in the ether, the quiet, cruel nuances of not belonging—the subtle cues that tell you to not risk anything, to find your people and just stay put.

Becoming
~~Michelle Obama

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“Greedy can be bought, timid can be frightened, smart can be persuaded, but the zealots are immune to money, fear, or reason”
― Ilona Andrews, Sweep in Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles #1)

Review: Red Rising Trilogy

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Pierce Brown’s Red Rising trilogy is a roller-coaster ride of action-packed space opera that kept me gasping and guessing right up until the last page.

About what would happen next (I was usually wrong).
About who would live to fight another day.
About whether I’d survive the next round of heart palpitations to finish the story.

These books ripped my heart to shreds and stomped all over the pieces a few times. But as a trilogy, they soared with intricate plots, flat-out amazing world building — that expanded with each book, and a hellaciously satisfying ending. The characters were diverse and often offbeat, with fascinating histories and a continuously evolving social dynamic that drove many plots.

This is rollicking sci-fi epic at its best, augmented with the excellent social and political commentary and philosophical introspection I expect in dystopian drama. If that whets your appetite for literary adventure, I hope you’ll let me tell you more about each book below. Minimal sp…

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Life goes on, and in the going, reveals itself. Quit being so impatient.

Feverborn
~~Karen Marie Moning

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Violence is a tool. It is meant to shock. To change. Instead, they normalize and celebrate it. And create a culture of exploitation where they are so entitled to sex and power that when they are told no, they pull a sword and do as they like.
~ Pierce Brown, Morning Star

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“You learned appreciation when people proved your worth by spending time with you instead of money on you.”
Hailey Edwards, How to Claim an Undead Soul (The Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy #2)

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He had been told by several people that he drank too much coffee, that it wasn’t good for him. As far as he was concerned, those people were just jealous and cranky because they didn’t drink enough coffee.
A Killer's Mind by Mike Omer

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“He looks up at me with his night-colored eyes, beautiful and terrible all at once. “For a moment,” he says, “I wondered if it wasn’t you shooting bolts at me.”
I make a face at him. “And what made you decide it wasn’t?”
He grins up at me. “They missed.”
Holly Black, The Wicked King

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She’s with me now. Anchoring me among these predators. Without her I could face my enemies, but I would not hold on to so much of myself. I would be darker. More wrathful. I count my blessings that I have people like her to which I can tether my spirit. Otherwise I fear it would run away from me.
~ Pierce Brown, Morning Star

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“When I create works of art, I do it because it is part of me and I must create. But afterward, when the work is done, I hope that it’ll speak to people, that it’ll open up their hearts or their minds. That cannot happen if the art is buried for safekeeping.”
― Nalini Singh, Archangel's Heart

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I sucked in a deep breath and moved faster, following the enchanted thread, tugging it, my desire for what we'd find on the other end becoming intemperate. I could only imagine why Callis would be enthralled with this city — how he thought he was going to make it his own, build a castle where the supernatural dripped with the rain and bebopped alongside the pentatonic scales. A spiritual nexus that drew the willing and beguiled the mundane. It was no wonder descendants of so many of the Great European witching families had ended up here. New Orleans was a place you wanted to be born from and die in. Even I, who'd been drained of magic for centuries, could feel her alluring whisper begging me to stay. 

The Cities of the Dead
~~Alys Arden