“The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation”.
– The Secret History || Donna Tartt
“The king stood in a pool of blue light, unmoored.”
-Station Eleven || Emily St. John Mandell
“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”
-The Night Circus || Erin Morgenstern
“Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’s been told that she would kill her true love”.
-The Raven Boys || Maggie Stiefvater
“To many, I was myth incarnate, the embodiment of a most superb legend, a fairy tale. Some considered me a monster, a mutation. To my great misfortune, I was once mistaken for an angel. To my mother, I was everything. To my father, nothing at all. To my grandmother, I was a daily reminder of loves long lost. But I knew the truth- deep down, I always did. I was just a girl.”
-The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender || Leslye Walton
“Kell wore a very peculiar coat”.
-A Darker Shade of Magic || VE Schwab
“God was dead: to begin with. And romance was dead. Chivalry was dead. Poetry, the novel, painting, they were all dead, and art was dead”.
-Winter || Ali Smith
“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen”.
-1984 || George Orwell
“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. ‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.'”
-The Great Gatsby || F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Mary sometimes heard people say: ‘I can’t bear to be alone’. She could never understand this. All her life she had needed the benison of occasional solitude, and she needed it now more than ever. If she could not be with the man she loved, then she would rather be by herself”.
-Mariana || Monica Dickens
“It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times. Again. That’s the thing about things. They fall apart, always have, always will, it’s in their nature”.
-Autumn || Ali Smith