“Pretty wouldn’t serve her well. And Lord knew she didn’t envy the ladies with their cinched corsets and abundant skirts, their falsetto laughs and the ridiculous way they used them. The way they swooned and leaned on men, feigning weakness to savor their strength.”
“Every time Leo thought about that he wanted to punch Percy in the face. Leo kept thinking he should bring it up, just to clear the air, but the timing never seemed right. And, as the days went by, the subject got harder and harder to broach.”
“That was her credo these days, and an increasingly difficult one to follow: Keep your head, Clara, while everyone around you loses theirs, or already has.”
”For a few moments Clara dug through the narrow compartment, searching through wrapped envelopes and pages of correspondence. At every slight noise from outside, she froze, sweat beading on her forehead. Then, when she’d started to lose hope, Clara found something promising–”
“Becoming the Kahl’s dog, especially if this man had lived originally in the East Quarter, was a betrayal of the unspoken code of the Labyrinth.”
”It was impossible to see beyond the flat, dry earth illuminated by the energy stone. Avan checked the map every once in a while to make sure we have not gone off course, but we could have been anywhere and nowhere.”
“Beauty is supposed to be good and kind, and to discover it otherwise is like a betrayal of trust. A violation of the nature of things.”
”“Pointed teeth would give one an appearance of ferocity,” he said, tapping a straight white tooth. “Although that might require one to follow through with biting someone from time to time, and the thought is enough to make one feel ill. I don’t even like my meat cooked rare.”
“”I can’t help but think this is the last time we’ll see each other.” Sabine said softly, interrupting my thoughts. “That once you’re in Trianon with your mother, performing and going to all those parties, you’ll forget about the Hollow. And me.””
“”Seventeen. You’re a woman now.” He looked me up and down as though inspecting something that could be bought and sold. A horse at market. Or something worse. He chuckled softly to himself and I cringed.”
“Arin wondered if she would lift her eyes, but wasn’t worried he would be seen in the garden’s shadows. He knew the law of such things: people in brightly lit places cannot see into the dark.”
“She saw, yet again, that her friend’s compliments were just bits of art and artifice. They were paper swans, cunningly folded so that they could float on the air for a few moments. Nothing more.”
“Gaea snarled in frustration. “Don’t be cowards! It’s very simple. You take this sharp pointy blade and you cut your dad into small pieces so he can’t bother us again. Whichever of you does this will be the ruler of the universe! Also, I will make you those cookies you used to like, with the sprinkles.”
“I wake up every morning and think: You know what would be good today? Not dying.”
“Someone picked up the sun and pinned it to the sky again, but every day it hangs a little lower than the day before. It’s like a negligent parent who only knows one half of who you are. It never sees how its absence changes people. How different we are in the dark.”
“I am nothing but novocaine. I am numb, a world of nothing, all feeling and emotion gone forever. I am a whisper that never was.”
“Fuck seventeen.” His eyes and voice were defiant.
“If I were to live a thousand years, I would belong to you for all of them. If we were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one.”
“I wasn’t sorry that I tried to kill him. I was sorry he was still alive. I would kill him again if I had the chance.”
“The redneck’s skull caved in, leaving a gaping, pulpy hole in the side of his head. A thick cloud of flies clogging his mouth. Blood staining the sandy dirt by the lumber pile in a wide, darkening pool around his body. He deserved to die”
“The dimple in Jamie’s cheek deepened.
“Let me guess. A certain unkempt bastard with a panty-dropping smile?””
“I’d tried to ask Indigo what she’d meant, but her eyes had gone from blue to black and she’d threatened to punch me in the face if I came one step closer or asked her another goddamn question”
“Salvation Amy’s trailer trash.
That means she doesn’t have any money and all her clothes are dirty. You shouldn’t go to her birthday party or you will be dirty too.”
“It’s too easy, when you have unharnessed power at your fingertips to forget you’re not invincible. To make rash decisions that can affect your whole future.”
“Morpheus turns his face to the sky.
“I’m afraid you’re the one who’s mistaken, if you think I’m going to let Wonderland fall to rot so you can play ‘pin the male on the virgin’ with your mortal toy.”
My throat constricts at the thought of black wings, bottomless tattooed eyes, and a cockney accent. “He already has my nights. I won’t let him take my days, too.”
“The bugs and flowers have become my sidekicks.. charming reminders of a secret part of me. A part of me even my boyfriend is unaware of.”
“Jen said some guy asked you but you didn’t want to go. Why not?” I shrug. “I have this character flaw? Called dignity?”
“Do you really think these are Alice’s tears?” I ask. “That I’m supposed to make them go away somehow?” “I’m the wrong guy to ask. I just saw a skeleton with antlers and a forest of aphid-noshing flower zombies.”