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Pull your shirt up over your mouth,” he told Wylan.
“What?”
“Stop being dense. You’re cuter when you’re smart.”
Wylan’s cheeks went pink. He scowled and pulled his collar up.


Leigh Bardugo

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“I have so many good qualities,” Sturmhond...
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Weakness is a guise. Wear it when they need to know you're human, but never when you feel it.
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She wouldn't wish love on anyone. It was the guest you welcomed and then couldn't be rid of.
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We meet fear. We greet the unexpected visitor and listen to what he has to tell us. When fear arr...
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I thought the love I'd had for him belonged to the past, to the foolish, lonely girl I never wanted ...
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I want you to stay. I want you to … I want you.” “You want me.” She turned the words over. G...
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You see, some people are born with a piece of night inside, and that hollow place can never be fille...
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Alone in the gloom, surrounded by books, it was hard not to feel overwhelmed.
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I like to have powerful enemies. Makes me feel important.
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No mourners, no funerals. Another way of saying good luck. But it was something more. A dark wink to...
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Sometimes when we find love we pretend it away, or ignore it, or tell ourselves we're imagining it. ...
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I am done being careful. I am done being quiet. Let them see me angry. Let them hear me wail at the ...
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She would have her ship and he would have his city.
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There are better things than princes.
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A liar, a thief, and utterly without conscience. But he'll keep to any deal you strike with him.
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He’d wanted me to believe in his ruthlessness.
Then I remembered his words from so long ago:<...
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You don’t look like a monster.”
“I’ll tell you a secret, Hanna. The really bad monster...
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I've been nothing but kind to you. I'm not some sort of monster."
"No, you're the man who sits ...
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Greed may do your bidding, but death serves no man.
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Sturmhond had a way of talking that made me want to shoot someone. Preferably him.
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He was a wounded animal who needed to be put down. And Kaz had done it gladly, choked the life from ...
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C’mon,” he said. “One foot in front of the other. You know how it’s done”
“You’re...
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Thanks for being my best friend and making my life bearable. Oh, and sorry I fell in love with y...
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What you want and what the world needs are not always in accord.
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It's not natural for women to fight."
"It's not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is ta...
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No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for 'good luck.
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Inej turned to go. Kaz seized her hand, keeping it on the railing. He didn't look at her. "Stay", he...
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Maybe love was superstition, a prayer we said to keep the truth of loneliness at bay.
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I've been waiting for you a long time, Alina" He said. "You and I are going to change the world.
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I took a breath. “Your highness—”
“Nikolai,” he corrected. “But I’ve also been kn...
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What is infinite? The universe and the greed of men.
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He leaned against the window, and the gilded frame came into sharp focus. “Do you think it would b...
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And there's nothing wrong with being a lizard either. Unless you were born to be a hawk.
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She'd hurt him, but she'd attempted everything in her power to make things right. She'd shown him in...
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I roll my eyes. "Well, if I plan on doing anything exciting I promise to give fair warning so just.....
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What is she to you anyway?"

"Here's my answer captain. She's the thing that made this all...
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Crows remember human faces. They remember the people who feed them, who are kind to them. And the pe...
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I don't care if you danced naked on the roof of the Little Palace with him. I love you, Alina, even ...
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What do you want then?"
The old answers came easily to mind. Money. Vengeance. Jordie's voic...
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Everyone okay?" Mal asked.

"Never better," said Genya shakily.

David raised hi...
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I’m going to get my money, Kaz vowed. And I’m going to get my girl.
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I don't like this."
"To be fair, Matthias, you don't like much.
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When we get our money, you can burn kruge to keep you warm."
"I'm going to pay someone to burn ...
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When had she stopped being a child? The first time a guy whistled at her out of a car window when sh...
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Trevlig långresa ner', sa hon innan hon hoppade upp på räcket och gled iväg som en klick smör i...
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It's always been this way. There were rumors about me even before I was born. It's why my mother nev...
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I have loved you all my life, Mal," I whispered through my tears. "There is no end to our story.
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I hope you weren't looking to me to be the voice of reason. I keep to a strict diet of ill-advised e...
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Wylan looked as if he was ready to wet himself. Helvar appeared grim as always. Jesper just grinned ...
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I saw the prince when I was in Os Alta,” said Ekaterina. “He’s not bad looking.”
“Not...
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Maybe there were people who lived those lives. Maybe this girl was one of them. But what about the r...
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A different kind of knight, one who'd chosen to protect the girl the world wanted to destroy; one bo...
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She righted herself, her balance returning. Had she really thought the world didn't change? She was ...
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You're shaking."

"I'm not used to people trying to kill me."

"Really? I hardly...
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Usually people don't start hating each other until a week into the job, but you two have a head star...
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He was going to break my legs ,” she said, her chin held high, the barest quaver in her voice. “...
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This action will have no echo.
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Everything is a negotiation with you, Brekker. You probably bartered your way out of the womb.
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You can't spend his money if you're dead."

"I'll acquire expensive habits in the afterli...
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You'll get what's coming to you some day, Brekker."
"I will," said Kaz, "if there's any justice...
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He'd broken his leg dropping down from the rooftop. The bone didn't set right, and he'd limped ever ...
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Why do you guys say that, anyway? No mourners, no funerals? Why not just say good luck or be safe?...
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Then the memory of the Darkling's kiss blew through me and rattled my concentration, scattering my t...
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I had spared the stag's life. The power of that life belonged to me as surely as it belonged to the ...
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So I'm the Darkling's prisoner?"
"You're under his protection."
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A moment later the boy whispered, "I don't think you're ugly."
"Shhhh!" the girl hissed. But hi...
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Jesper couldn’t quite believe he was having a conversation with the Sturmhond. The privateer was a...
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He'd told her they would fight their way out. Knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that's what we ...
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You have your own problems right now, Zenik, said a voice in her head. Stop worrying about saving th...
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I think Edith Evans is the most marvelous actress in the world and she can look beautiful. People wh...
VIVIEN LEIGH
It is soooooo necessary to get the basic skills, because by the time you graduate, undergraduate or ...
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I'd like to add that negotiating is not something to be avoided or feared - it's an everyday...
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