Teaser Tuesday

#32: Siege and Storm

“”You should eat.” she said. “Leave me alone.” “Sulking gives you wrinkles.” “Well, lying gives you warts.” I said sourly. She laughed, then entered and set down the tray.”
“He just blooms wherever he’s planted.” “And you?” “I’m more of a weed.” I said dryly. Tamar grinned. In combat, she was cold and silent fire, but when she wasn’t fighting, her smiles came easily. “I like weeds.” she said, pushing herself off from the railing and gathering her scattered lengths of rope. “They’re survivors.””

#31: Shadow and Bone

“”And so skinny!” the cook replied. “Never finishes her supper.” Crouched beside the girl, the boy turned to her and whisper, “Why don’t you eat?” “Because everything she cooks tastes like mud.” “Tastes fine to me.” “You’ll eat anything.””
“”I’ll meet you in the meadow.” Something inside me gave way, in fury, in hopelessness, in the certainty of my own death. I felt Mal’s blood beneath my palms, saw the pain in his beloved face. A volcra screeched in triumph as its talons sank into my shoulders. Pain shot through my body. And the world went white.”

#30: Tear You Apart

“There were no new curses anymore, just variations on the same classic roles. Sleeping Beauty’s spindle might be swapped out for an earring, Cinderella might ride to the ball in a limo instead of a carriage, but the heart of the curses never changed.”
“She’d shown him the marchen mark on her lower back: the pink, apple-shaped mark a fairy had put there as a sign of her Snow White curse. He’d recognized it instantly–she’d known he would; his bloodline had curses in it, too.”

#29: The Burning Sky

“The first gleam appeared extraordinarily high in the atmosphere, and seemingly a continent away. A line of white fire zipped across the arc of the sky, curving gracefully against that deep, cloudless blue. It plummeted toward her — searing, bright death..”
“The prince raised his own wand. The housebreaker fell to the broken floor. The girl gawked at him a moment, raised both hands, and pushed them out. Fire hurtled toward him. “Esto praesidium!” The air before him hardened to take the burnt of the fire.”

#28: The Blackwell Family Secret: The Guardians of Sin

““What will it be?” Pugdush pointed to each bottle, “Wet dogs, clogged toilet or spoiled milk? Pugdush prefers clogged toilet.” “Ew.” The little demon smiled proudly. “Makes Pugdush popular with girl demons.” “I think I’ll pass.””
“”Perhaps you shouldn’t have eaten the forbidden fruit.” “It was an apple, for Pete’s sake. How was I supposed to know I couldn’t eat it?” “There’s a reason for the word forbidden.””

#27: Princess of Thorns

“I run down a red mud road, past Janin, my fairy mother, who cradles Thyne in her arms, mourning the son who might as well be dead after what I did to him.”
“His wife. I will never be the prince’s wife, and once he knows it, he’ll have no reason to keep helping me, even if I tell him that my brother’s life, and the future of Mataquin, is at stake.”

#26: Princess of Thorns

“Knowing that the end is near, the Sleeping Beauty embraced her eldest, Princess Aurora, and wished for the girl to be granted fairy blessings. But it was not for grace, or beauty, or the gift of song that the beauty wished..”
“I saw the ladies in their fine dresses and the men in their shining armor washing in and out on the tide, their limp bodies knocking against the rocks like dolls some spoiled child had thrown away. I realized they were dead —”

#25: Imitation (Clone Chronicles #1)

“”My cousin works here and I heard you might come tonight. I just love your outfit. Who’s the designer?” I look down at the girl’s faded black dress, then try for haughty or impatient when I snap, “No one you can afford.” Before she can respond, I whirl away from her..”
“Without a warning, his hand flies across my cheek and I am driven back. My shoulders hit first and then the back of my head thuds dully against the wall. I wince as my head pounds out an echo of the impact. “You are a foolish girl!” He hisses.”

A Thousand Pieces of You#24: A Thousand Pieces of You

“And we can take our revenge for what he did to my father. I don’t know if I’m the kind of person who can kill a man in cold blood. But I’m going to find out.”
“If your mother had any idea we were talking about this, she’d skin me alive. I’m not being metaphorical about that. I think she could actually, literally skin me. She gets these wild eyes sometimes. There’s Cossack blood in her; I’d bet anything.”

A Darker Shade of Magic#23: A Darker Shade of Magic

“He was young and handsome and kind. Perhaps he played the part of rake too often and too well, but behind the charismatic smile and the flirtatious air was a sharp mind and a good intent, the desire to make everyone around him happy.”

“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.”

Midnight Thief#22: Midnight Thief

“It had been tracks and droppings the entire trip and nothing else. No sign of human habitations, no campsites. They’d followed the trail through the forest for two days, but the dogs just led them in circles.”
“Tristan suppressed a bitter chuckle. So even though a group of unknown men had snuck into the supposedly impenetrable compound, past the best trained guard force in the region, and carried off a fortune in medical supplies, they could at least comfort in the fact that the thieves had felt the need to hurry while doing so.”

Young Elites#21: The Young Elites

“To love is to be afraid. You are frightened, deathly terrified, that something will happen to those you love. Think of the possibilities. Does your heart clench with each thought? That, my friend, is love. And love enslaves us all, for you cannot have love without fear.”
“Be true to yourself. But that’s something everyone says and on one means. No one wants you to be yourself. They want you to be the version of yourself that they like.”

Under Different Stars#20: Under Different Stars

“”You can stop wishing for Prince Charming to come and rescue you.” Enrique says with a grin, watching me wrap my scarf around my neck and put on my mittens. “I’m right here Kricket. Enrique and Kricket Rodriguez.. that sounds chill.””
“”Families are supposed to love you no matter what.” I say softly, looking into his dark brown eyes. “You’ve really never had a family, have you?” he asks rhetorically.”

Snow Like Ashes#19: Snow Like Ashes

“Please dear, you should be grateful you aren’t needed.” I whip to her. “Just because you’d rather be patching dresses doesn’t mean all women should want that.” Her mouth drops open and I pinch my eyes closed.”
“”The soldiers stumble out of their room. Herod draws closer. The lock doesn’t budge, whether because I’m too twitchy or my hands are slick with sweat or I just need to practice lock picking.”

Beautiful Ashes#18: The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny #1)

“Gorgeous guys do not spend their evenings waiting around me. That’s why I thought he was another hallucination until he spoke. My hallucinations had never spoken to me before. “Hi!” the stranger said, his deep voice tinged with an accent I couldn’t place. “Sorry to tell you, but you’re about to have a really bad night.””
“”You think it’s funny?” I unlocked my seat belt, took off his coat, and threw it into the backseat. With luck, now I wouldn’t have things crawling all over me. “You want to fight demons, and you’re freaking out over spiders. That’s damn funny.”

Stone Cold Touch#17: Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2)

“The guard jerked back, reaching for the microphone on his shoulder. His face was white as the paper in my notebook. “I need an EMT immediately dispatched. I have a teenage male, approximately seventeen or eighteen years of age. Visible bruising along the skull. He’s not breathing.” “Oh my God!” I whispered, clutching Stacey’s arm.”
“I unbuttoned my jeans. and pulled my sweater off over my head. Static crackled in my loose hair, causing thin wisps to stand up around my head. Zayne would know what to do. Since Roth– My bedroom door flew open and Zayne burst in. “Nicolai told me– Holy Christ.””

Iron Trial#16: The Iron Trial

“Could he really learn how to fly? If you could fly, whispered a small treacherous part of his brain, it wouldn’t matter so much that you can’t run.”
“It flew straight and true, farther than a dagger should be able to go. Cal couldn’t take his eyes off it as it whirled at him, blade first. He knew he should do something. He knew he had to get out of the way. But somehow he couldn’t. His feet felt rooted to the spot.”

Winterspell#15: Winterspell

“”I’ll follow your impressive example, but I might stay away from the.. whatever it is on the ground that you’ve pasted over you front.” “You’d do well to use it.” Her breath thinning; she found it increasingly difficult to tamp down her building sobs.”
“”We’ve got to help her.” The figures threw the girl to the ground. “Please don’t!” the girl screamed. “Please!” Clara rose and turned away. She itched to run to them, to wreak havoc with her blades. But the threat of being caught held her still — her family depended on her. That did not ease the sick feeling in her stomach.”

The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5)#14: The Blood of Olympus

“He looked at the silver pocketknife in his hand. An idea came to him – possibly the stupidest, craziest idea he’d had since he thought, “Hey, I’ll get Percy to swim in the River Styx! He’ll love me for that!””

“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.”


#13: Winterspell

“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–”

#12: Gates of Thread and Stone

“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.”

#11: Stolen Songbird

“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.”

#10: Stolen Songbird

“”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.”

#9: The Winner’s Curse

“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.”

#8: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods

“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.”

#7: Shatter Me

“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.”

#6: The Revolution of Mara Dyer

“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.”

#5: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

“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?””

Dorothy Must Die#4: Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1)

“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.”

#3: Unhinged (Splintered #2)

“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.”

#2: Unhinged (Splintered #2)

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.”

Splintered#1: Splintered (Splintered #1)

“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.”


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