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quote 2017-08-28 03:50
There is a certain kind of pain that can change you. Even the strongest sword, when placed in a raging fire, will soften and bend and change its form...
Trust me on this one. I know this from personal experience. I hope that you never will, but, since you're a person, and therefore prone to making horrible, soul-splitting mistakes, you probably will one day know what this kind of guilt and shame feels like. And when that time comes, I hope you have the strength...to take advantage of the fire and reshape your own sword.
A Tale Dark & Grimm - Adam Gidwitz

A Tale Dark & Grimm

Adam Gidwitz

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quote 2016-12-02 17:10
The answer to most either/or questions is both; the best response to a paradox is to embrace both sides instead of cutting off one or the other for the sake of coherence.
Hope in the Dark - Rebecca Solnit

Hope in the Dark, Rebecca Solnit

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quote 2016-12-02 15:35
Survive! Kämpft um euer Überleben!

Dagmar sah auf dem kleinen Monitor im Backstage-Bereich des Aufnahmestudios, wie der Moderator in Siegerpose das Mikrophon in die Höhe reckte, während hinter ihm auf einer riesigen Videoleinwand ein schäumender und von bewaldeten Hängen gesäumter Wildwasserbach in den Fokus rückte.
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review 2016-12-02 14:27

“Three Black Witches are born in a glen,
Sweet little triplets Will never be friends.

Three Black Witches, all fair to be seen.
Two to devour, And one to be queen."

Three Dark Crowns - Kendare Blake


I have been looking forward to this book SO very much. I was terrified that it would severely disappoint but after reading some rave reviews from GR friends I trust, I couldn't wait any longer. I am relieved that I gave it a shot because not only did this book not let me down, it succeeded in ways I couldn't have predicted. Some people have complained about the pacing at places and of some info dumping at the beginning but for me, I did not find those to be true.


I have unfortunately (and annoyingly) been chapter checking lately, wishing the ending would arrive quicker. This was the case even when I was completely invested BUT this experience was completely the opposite. I absolutely devoured this in one sitting and time flew by so quickly I was confused when the acknowledgements popped up. There are some major twists and the final one threw me a bit but BEWARE: the ending is a cliffhanger (which I ferociously loathe). My main gripes are that the book isn't long enough and that cliffhanger at the end left me frustratingly anxious for book #2. The writing was seamless/effortless. The characters were rich, intricately complex, gloriously Human, understandably damaged and endearingly realistic.

 

Which sister was my favorite? The queens, and most of the characters, were beautifully/tragically flawed. All three had very interesting back stories, strengths, weaknesses, relationship (of all kinds) woes, and compelling aspects so picking a definitive side was difficult. If I had to pick one to get behind and root for it would most likely be Mirabella. Mirabella is an Elemental and is believed to be the strongest of the three sisters yet she is the most reluctant to kill her siblings. She is beautiful, which is not a reason in and of itself to pick her but that coupled with her tragic love situation (both romantic and filial), I couldn't help but feel for her.

 

This was such a delight, I can not recommended it highly enough for fantasy lovers and lovers of Royal intrigue. The romances were tastefully done and not rammed down the reader's throat...so if that's not your thing don't worry, it's not a raging love fest of yuck.

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quote 2016-11-23 17:59
"The focus on survival demands that you notice the tiger in the tree before you pay attention to the beauty of its branches. The one person who's furious at you compels more attention than the eighty-nine who love you."

I really, really needed to hear this right now.
Hope in the Dark - Rebecca Solnit Rebecca Solnit Hope in the Dark
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