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“Congratulate me. I am to marry the heir to the empire.”
She saw him believe it. She saw betrayal wash across his features, then understanding. She saw his thoughts.
Hadn’t she pulled away from his embrace, escaped across his roof, and nearly drawn a weapon on him?
Who was he, to her?
And Kestrel liked to win. Wasn’t the someday role of empress a tempting stake? Power might persuade where Ronan hadn’t.

- The Winner’s Curse, Marie Rutkoski

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She had sworn to herself not to speak to Arin, but then he said, “You’re coming with me to the harbor.”
This suprised her into saying, “To do what? Why not lock me up in the barrackes? It would be a perfect prison for your prize.”
He continued to walk her down the halls of her home. “Unless Cheat changes his mind about you.”
Kestrel imagined the auctioneer unlocking her cell door. “I suppose I’m no good for you dead.”
“I would never let that happen.”
“What a touching concern for Valorian life. As if you hadn’t let your leader kill that woman. As if you’re not responsible for the death of my friends.”
They stopped before the door to Kestrel’s suite. Arin faced her. "I will let every single Valorian in this city die if it means that you don’t.“

- The Winner’s Curse, Marie Rutkoski

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I am Adelina Amouteru, the phantoms whispered to my father, speaking my most frightening thoughts in a chorus of voices, dripping with hatred. My hatred. I belong to no one. On this night, I swear to you that I will rise above everything you’ve ever taught me. I will become a force that this world has never known. I will come into such power that none will dare hurt me again.

- The Young Elites, Marie Lu

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Under The Never Sky memeScenes [3/6] - Aria’s exile

Aria blinked furiously, willing her eyes to adjust. She didn’t see a hangar. She didn’t see anything that looked like Bliss. Empty land ran clear to the horizon. Desert, reaching as far as she could see. She didn’t understand. Couldn’t accept what she saw.

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The colonel peered at me, his weathered face grim. “What are you?”
Assistant Cartographer Alina Starkov. Royal Corps of Surveyors-“
He cut me off. “What are you?”
I blinked. “I… I’m a mapmaker, sir.”

“I don’t care if you think I’m a Saint or a fool or the Darkling’s whore. If you want to remain at the Little Palace you will follow me. And if you don’t like it, you will be gone by tonight, or I will have you in chains.

I am a soldier. I am the Sun Summoner. And I’m the only chance you have.

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Under The Never Sky meme: Scenes [2/6] - The shack in the tree

He kissed her then, parting her soft lips with his. She tasted perfect. Like fresh rain. He deepened the kiss, his hands finding her, bringing her closer. But then she drew away and smiled. Without a word, she kissed the bridge of his nose, then the corner of his lip, and then a spot on his chin. His heart stopped when she tugged his shirt up. He helped her, yanking it over his head. Her gaze ran over his chest and then her fingers trailer over his Markings. He couldn’t slow down his breathing.