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  YA lit meme [2/10] series or books: The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

There is truth in stories, said Arthur. There is truth in one of your paintings, boy or in a sunset or a couplet from Homer. Fiction is truth, even if it is not a fact. If you believe only in facts and forget stories, your brain will live, but your heart will die - Lord of Shadows, @cassandraclare

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My Fav Book Series: 

↳ The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments is a series of young adult novels by Cassandra Clare and is the first of the Shadowhunter Chronicles

 The series follows Clary Fray, Jace Herondale, Simon Lewis, Isabelle Lightwood, Alec Lightwood and other Downworlders and Shadowhunters in the New York Institute. Seemingly normal at first, Clary soon gets sucked into the world of Nephilim and other creatures when she finds out that she is a Shadowhunter.

  • Magnus: If there’s a crisis, you don’t freeze, you move forward. You get the rest of us to move forward. Because you’ve seen worse. You’ve survived worse. And you know, we’ll survive too. You say you’re all dark and twisty. It’s not a flaw, it’s a strength. It makes you who you are. I’m not gonna get down on one knee. I’m not gonna ask a question. I love you, Alec. And I want to spend the rest of my life with you.
  • Alec, smiling: And I want to spend the rest of my life with you.

Magnus’s arms went around him
“My Alec, "Magnus murmured."Welcome home”
Now when Alec asked himself Is this how you want to live your whole life? Alec could answer yes, and yes, and yes. Every kiss was the answer, yes, and the question he would get to ask Magnus someday. They kissed up against the bedroom wall for long bright moments

-The Land I Lost (GotSM)

For You Are Made of Nebulas and Novas and Night Sky

Tessa Gray and Catarina Loss lean on each other through the horrors of World War II, and through the grief of their own losses.

(Tessa/Catarina)

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Something changes the first time Catarina leans back on Tessa for support, a subtle shift in the nature of their relationship.

Until now, Tessa had been the one leaning so hard on Magnus, and later on Catarina and Ragnor as well, in her grief over losing Will, her shattered soul hadn’t had room to process anything else. The others were older, and had already weathered more losses than Tessa could fathom. Part of Tessa was convinced that they had unlocked the secret to surviving it, the secret to navigating a life of immortality, even though Magnus claimed there was no such thing.

Living with Catarina in London during the second World War only reenforces that image for Tessa. Catarina is possibly the most compassionate person Tessa has ever met, always a reassuring presence for her patients, and for Tessa whenever the darkness of her grief threatens to resurface and pull her under. The Angel of St. Bart’s.

But Catarina is made of steel underneath her kindness, unflinching in the face of blood and bombs and fire, always composed and competent while the world burns and falls to pieces around them. Tessa has seen her snap broken bones back into place without even a hint of hesitation, has seen her sprayed with a fountain of arterial blood as she tried to stanch a patient’s bleeding, and has seen her hold organs inside bodies with magic until a doctor could be summoned to finish the job and take credit for her work, all without distress or complaint.

Tessa wonders if that steel gives Catarina some protection against the endless threat of heartbreak an immortal life offers. She wonders if Catarina was born with it, or if it’s something Tessa can learn too.

The illusion crumbles the night they save Jem, when he reveals that the descendants of the Shadowhunter boy Catarina had raised as a son were not only still alive, but were in grave danger.

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Family: *has company over*

Me, in another room: *screams*

Company: Oh my God, is your daughter okay, was that her screaming?

Family:

Family: …she’s reading.