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Right now, a kiss is the going rate for near-death experiences. It's kind of a point system. -- Marissa Meyer
He asked what she was in for and complimented the find workmanship of her metal extremities, but she ignored him, making him briefly question if he'd been separated from the female population for so long that he could be losing his charm.
But that seemed unlikely. -- Marissa Meyer
Kai neared his desk again, seeing that the fugitive's profile had been transferred to the screen. His frown deepened. Perhaps not dangerous, but young and inarguably good-looking. His prison photo showed him flippantly winking at the camera. Kai hated him immediately. -- Marissa Meyer
Try to find something that makes you happy. Your life is not going to get easier once Queen Levana is your wife. If you had even one small thing that brought you happiness, or hope that things could someday be better, then maybe that would be enough to sustain you. -- Marissa Meyer
A heavy silence was followed by a vibration beneath their feet and Iko's voice. I don't compute. -- Marissa Meyer
His parents, Carswell had learned at a very young age, liked things that did what they were told, when they were told. And that didn't include headstrong felines. Or, as it turned out, thirteen-year-old boys. -- Marissa Meyer
I have returned and I am here to take back what's mine. -- Marissa Meyer
I just think we shouldn't judge her, or anyone, without trying to understand them first. That maybe we should get the full story before jumping to conclusions. Crazy notion, I know. -- Marissa Meyer
You're telling me that this teenage girl has not only escaped from your prison and evaded capture by your highly trained military, but has now invaded your palace and the private quarters of the emperor himself, kidnapped him, and again gotten away with it?'
'Precisely correct, Your Majesty. -- Marissa Meyer
How she'd traced her fingers along the pale scar on his arm, brushed her lips against the faint marks on his face, been taken into his arms -- Marissa Meyer
I'm saying maybe you should stop putting so much energy into lamenting the fact that [redacted] was wrong about you, and start putting your energy into proving her right, instead. -- Marissa Meyer
You have my heart, Jest. I don't know if you deserve it or not. I can't tell if you're a hero or a villain, but it doesn't seem to matter. Either way, my heart is yours. -- Marissa Meyer
This Scarlet ... you're in love with her, aren't you?" He froze, becoming stone still. As the hover climbed the hill to the palace, his shoulders sank, and he returned his gaze to the window. "She's my alpha, -- Marissa Meyer
An animal?" Thorne said, and she realized he'd been waiting for her to further explain what she was seeing.
"It has long legs and horns and ... and it's beautiful."
"Oh, good, we're back to this, then. -- Marissa Meyer
Thorne's voice pitched high in imitation of the queen. The impostor of my beloved niece is vanquished ... Let us put this messiness behind us while we go forward with the coronations ... I am a psychotic, power-hungry nut basket and my breath smells really bad under this veil. -- Marissa Meyer
Do you know what you're going to say to Levana?"
Kai crouched beside her, elbows braced against his knees. "I'm going to tell her I've fallen for one of my captors and the wedding is off."
Cinder's arm froze.
He smirked. "At least, that's what I wish I could tell her. -- Marissa Meyer
Aimery's cheek seemed to twitch, as though he was on the verge of laughing, yet his voice remained as smooth as caramel when he spoke. -- Marissa Meyer
He was still dazed, and though she hated to admit it, he was actually rather attractive. If a girl happened to like that square-jaw, bright-blue-eyes, devilish-dimples kind of thing. Although he was in desperate need of a haircut and a good shave. -- Marissa Meyer
My only mistake was in waiting too long to be rid of you", Adri said, running the washcloth between her fingers. "Believe me, Cinder. You are a sacrifice I will never regret. -- Marissa Meyer
I'm still thanking all the stars, one by one. -- Marissa Meyer
I am a criminal mastermind, I am here to take down this regime. -- Marissa Meyer
The terror of it was in the randomness. The brutality and the senseless way they chose their victims, while leaving so many witnesses to spread the fear. No one was safe. No one was ever safe. -- Marissa Meyer
It is much wiser to let your inner beauty shine through a drab gown than to attempt to conceal it with physical accoutrements. -- Marissa Meyer
I'm surprised Thorne hasn't asked if he can start leading guided tours down here. I bet you could charge a hefty admission fee." Cinder snorted. "Please don't plant that idea in his head. -- Marissa Meyer
I heard of a tradition," said Thorne, "where the guests are supposed to make a bunch of raucous noise outside of the bridal chambers on the wedding night, until you give us candy and send us away."
Scarlet glared at him. "Yeah, please don't do that. -- Marissa Meyer
Not doing pictures these days?" Jacin muttered as they hurried through the shop. "How very Lunar of you."
Cinder glared against the sudden, burning sunlight. "Very wanted criminal of me too. -- Marissa Meyer
The doctor's face brightened, eyes shining like lanterns between the wrinkles. -- Marissa Meyer
I'm going to make it a law that the correct way to address your sovereign is my giving a high five.' Kai's smiled brightened. 'That's genius. Me too. -- Marissa Meyer
You yourself said there will be horrible consequences if she doesn't get what she wants. I am not worth starting a war over." His eyes brightened behind the spectacles. He looked young for a moment, almost giddy. "Actually, you are. -- Marissa Meyer
Kai frowned at her. "Who are you?"
She brightened. "Oh, I'm Iko! You may not remember me, but we met at the market that day you brought in the android, only I was about this tall"
she held her hand at hip height
"and shaped kind of like an enormous pear, and significantly more pale. -- Marissa Meyer
Wolf?" she whispered. His eyes brightened, wild and hopeful. Releasing Winter, he strode forward. His tumultuous eyes scooped over her. Devoured her. When -- Marissa Meyer
It wasn't until that moment, seeing Kai's smile and being wrapped up in his arms
both of them ignoring the fact that the world was watching
that she realized he was the home she'd been missing -- Marissa Meyer
His eyes softened into something almost like amusement, as if such a ragged appearance was all one could expect from a renowned mechanic. -- Marissa Meyer
Thorne waved his hand. "They already showed the clips. And now you've achieved the dream of every red-blooded girl under the age of twenty
"Right, my life is a real dream come true."
Thorne wiggled his eyebrow. "Maybe not, but at least dreamy Prince Kai knows your name. -- Marissa Meyer
Now mine eyes see the heart that once we did search for, and I fear this heart shall be mended, nevermore. -- Marissa Meyer
Her heart split in two. She was an animal. A killer and a predator.
The screams turned to howls.
Sad and broken howls.
Haunting and furious howls. -- Marissa Meyer
We have employed every police and military unit at our dispo - " "NOT GOOD ENOUGH. -- Marissa Meyer
I think my queen is looking for you." Thorne quirked an eyebrow. "Was that supposed to make me feel better about having him on board? -- Marissa Meyer
His eyes twinkled, and Scarlet - to her own surprise - started to blush again. "You two are giving me a stomachache," Thorne griped. -- Marissa Meyer
Little Red was a tender young morsel, and the wolf knew she would be even tastier than the old woman. -- Marissa Meyer
I can see that you're in need of an accomplice," Thorne said, straightening his jumpsuit. "And lucky for you, I happen to be a criminal mastermind."
She glowered at him. "Go away."
"That's a difficult request in this situation. -- Marissa Meyer
Cinders. Embers. Ashes. Michelle hoped that whatever strength had allowed this child to survive the fire all those years ago was a strength that still burned inside her. That it would go on burning, hotter and hotter, until she was as bright as the rising sun. She -- Marissa Meyer
We have had word that some political groups are calling for the forced abdication of Emperor Kaito. -- Marissa Meyer
It's not proper for seventeen-year-old princesses to be alone with young men who have questionable intentions."
She laughed. "And what about young men who she's been best friends with since she was barely old enough to walk?"
He shook his head. "Those are the worst. -- Marissa Meyer
Not a hallucination. Just a normal fantasy, like a normal girl might have when she had a normal crush on her best friend. -- Marissa Meyer
What," Scarlet breathed, clutching the bouquet, "is this?"
Wolf smiled around his canine teeth. "You are the most beautiful sight I have ever laid eyes on."
Scarlet cocked her head. "And you look like you're about to get married." There was blatant amusement in her tone. -- Marissa Meyer
I would have killed everyone of them to get to you. I would have done anything to get you back. Knowing that we were coming here was the only thing that kept me sane." His brow creased. "Though there were a couple times when I went a little insane anyway. -- Marissa Meyer
Then, between the heartbreak and the loneliness, there was love. So open and intense it stole Levana's breath away. -- Marissa Meyer
Amusement touched the corner of his lips. "Animals love me."
"Oh, I'm sure they do," Scarlet said, beaming with fake encouragement. She shut the door before muttering, "What farm animals don't love a wolf? -- Marissa Meyer
Thank you," she murmured, hoping he knew it wasn't just for helping her up the tree and through the window. Hoping he knew it was for everything. The thrills, the laughs, the secrets he'd shared. -- Marissa Meyer
Scarlet blinked tears from her eyes. "I ... this is ... it's perfect, but I think you might have forgotten one important element." She turned back to Wolf. "There's no officiant here. Who's going to marry us?" Wolf's grin widened, and he glanced at Kai. Scarlet followed the look. "Seriously? -- Marissa Meyer
Iko grunted in a most unladylike way, drawing everyone's gaze to her. I get stabbed and she gets to marry Kai. That just figures. -- Marissa Meyer
The man, a huge grin spreading over his face, was slower to stand, first grabbing a cane from against the wall. "Welcome aboard the Rampion, Your Magesticness. Captain Carswell Thorne, at your service." He bowed. -- Marissa Meyer
Never underestimate the stealth of a criminal mastermind. -- Marissa Meyer
Wherarewe?" Thorne muttered.
"Oh, you're awake already," said Cinder, returning with salve and gauze. "I was hoping you'd stay knocked out awhile longer. The peace and quiet was a pleasant change. -- Marissa Meyer
Crazy loves company, Sir Clay. -- Marissa Meyer
A confidence that glimmered. Though her station was beneath the head thaumaturge, her posture and faint smile seemed to indicate that she didn't much believe herself to be beneath anyone at all. Levana liked her immediately. -- Marissa Meyer
You're the only one, Scarlet Benoit. You'll always be the only one. -- Marissa Meyer
Because you can't brainwash us into worshipping you like everybody else? -- Marissa Meyer
I hope our paths will cross again." "Really? In that case, I guess I'll keep following you." She regretted the joke for half a breath before Kai laughed. A real laugh, and her chest warmed. -- Marissa Meyer
Kai shrugged and turned to Cinder. His eyes softened a little with a polite bow of his head. "I hope our paths will cross again."
"Really? In that case, I guess I'll keep following you. -- Marissa Meyer
Strom held her gaze, his ferocity once again turning to amusement. "I understand why your mate chose you. -- Marissa Meyer
It felt nothing but right. Nothing but perfect. But -- Marissa Meyer
All right, damsel. Send over those coordinates. -- Marissa Meyer
I'm going to escape now. -- Marissa Meyer
But no. She didn't want to be Channary. She didn't want her beauty, not if it came with her cruelty and selfishness as well. -- Marissa Meyer
Maybe the princess could save herself."
"That sounds like a pretty good story too. -- Marissa Meyer
All right, Miss Cryptic. What's the new plan, then?"
Glancing around the room, Cinder tipped up her chin. "It starts with kidnapping the groom."
Iko's hand shot into the air.
"That is the best idea ever. Count me in. -- Marissa Meyer
I promise not to make fun of your boyfriend anymore."
"He's not my boyfriend! -- Marissa Meyer
The cybernetic operation?"
"No, the sex change."
The doctor's smile faltered.
"I'm joking. -- Marissa Meyer
You said yourself that the people of Luna need a revolutionary." She lifted her chin, holding his gaze. "So I'm going to Luna, and I'm going to start a revolution. -- Marissa Meyer
I am capable of choosing my battles, if that's what it takes to win the war. -- Marissa Meyer
"Do you think it was destiny that brought us together?"
He squinted and, after a thoughtful moment, shook his head. "No. I'm pretty sure it was Cinder. -- Marissa Meyer
At least we have each other. He held out his arms, like he would have given her a huge hug if they hadn't been strapped into their seats. The nose of the ship tipped to the right and he quickly grasped the controls again, leveling it out just in time to dodge flock of pigeons. -- Marissa Meyer
The other girl, Iko, cupped her chin with both hands. This is so much better than a net drama. -- Marissa Meyer
When Rapunzel saw the prince, she fell over him and began to weep, and her tears dropped into his eyes -- Marissa Meyer
Naturally, Cinder got some on her gown - a smear of yellow frosting on the enormous skirt. She was mortified until Iko adjusted the skirt so the folds would hide it. "It was inevitable," Iko said with a wink. "It's part of your charm." Cinder -- Marissa Meyer
Keep your head in the clouds and your hands on the keyboard. -- Marissa Meyer
Then, on the twenty-first day of December in the 109th year of the third era, Queen Channary gave birth to a baby girl. She was officially named Princess Selene Channary Jannali Blackburn of Luna, -- Marissa Meyer
For the murder of Jest, the court joker of Hearts, I sentence this man to death.'
She spoke without feeling, unburdened by love or dreams or the pain of a broken heart. It was a new day in Hearts, and she was the Queen.
'Off with his head -- Marissa Meyer
You don't look like an arctic wolf, either." "I also don't howl." He considered. "Though I might play fetch, depending on the prize." "The prize is another game of fetch." "You drive a hard bargain." Her -- Marissa Meyer
Special circumstances." She surveyed him for a long moment, her brows knitting together. "Murder?" His grin grew. "Thank you, but no. I started a riot on the yard." He adjusted his collar, before adding, "We were protesting the soap. -- Marissa Meyer
That's terrifying, said Iko, who had acknowledged the truth of Cinder's race much as she'd acknowledged Thorne's convict status: with loyalty and acceptance, but without changing her opinion that Lunars and convicts remained untrustworthy and unredeemable as a general rule. -- Marissa Meyer
She forced herself to stand again, though her legs were no stronger than unbaked dough. -- Marissa Meyer
An impish grin spread across the doctor's weathered face. -- Marissa Meyer
Do I have permission to take control of you first? Just your bodies, not your minds."
"I've been waiting for you to admit you wanted my body. -- Marissa Meyer
That you prefer to rule through fear rather than justice? So sorry, Your Majesty, I'm afraid I already knew that about you. -- Marissa Meyer
One by one, they went around the room, bowing and curtsying in turn. Suddenly panicked, Cinder looked at Kai. He gave her a one-shouldered shrug, suggesting that, yeah, it's weird, but you get used to it. When -- Marissa Meyer
You could move to Europe."
"You know, I've actually been considering that lately."
Kai laughed again, the warmth returning to the sound. "If that's not a vote of confidence, I don't know what is. -- Marissa Meyer
Before she knew what she was doing, she was storming after Kai. She grabbed his elbow and spun him back around to face her. Without hesitating, Cinder wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him. -- Marissa Meyer
Cinder twisted up her lips. "Do you think it could have a virus?"
"Maybe her programming was overwhelmed by Prince Kai's uncanny hotness. -- Marissa Meyer
She raised her eyebrows in a look that she hoped conveyed how much she was all right with him leaving her. After all, he was a prince. The most powerful men and women on Earth had summoned him. She understood.
And yet he was still here, with her.
"I'm fine," she said. "Go away. -- Marissa Meyer
It's just mechanics." Kai scooped an arm around her waist and pulled her against him. "No, it's impressive," he said, using the pad of his thumb to brush something off Cinder's cheek. "Not to mention, weirdly attractive," he said, before capturing her lips. Cinder -- Marissa Meyer
I'm going to tell her I've fallen for one of my captors and the wedding is off -- Marissa Meyer
I don't see that her being cyborg is relevant. -- Marissa Meyer
Clearing his throat, Kai murmured, "You have no idea how to dance, do you?"
Cinder fixed her gaze on him, mind still reeling. "I'm a mechanic."
His eyebrows raised mockingly. "Believe me, I noticed. Are those grease stains on the gloves I gave you? -- Marissa Meyer
Oh, my stars! Think about Prince Kai! You could dance with Prince Kai!"
This made Cinder pause and squint into Iko's blinding light. "Why would the prince dance with me?"
Iko's fan hummed as she sought an answer. "Because you won't have grease on your face this time. -- Marissa Meyer
Linh Cinder. The renown. The reputation. The approval rating. New Beijing's best mechanic was ... a teenager? Kai was intrigued. He was amused, but more than that, he was impressed. -- Marissa Meyer
In fact," Cinder continued, "my understanding is that, under Kai - Emperor Kai - Kaito?" She raised her eyebrows at him, realizing this was the first time she'd ever been expected to be formal in his presence.
In response, Kai looked like he wanted to laugh. She glared at him. -- Marissa Meyer
Cinder has a bit of crush in him", Thorne stage-whispered.
"Don't we all?" said Iko. -- Marissa Meyer
As someone who understands why you did this, and admires your ability to actually accomplish it, I am-pleading with you. Cinder. Please. Take me back."
She filled up her lungs. "No. -- Marissa Meyer
When I was figuring out what to say for the wedding, I kept thinking about you and me." Cinder jolted. "I knew it!" Kai's eyebrows shot upward. "I mean, there seemed to be a lot of overlap," she added. "Especially that part about defying race and distance and physiological tampering." He -- Marissa Meyer
Kai caught himself before he could smile at the memory of Cinder, shy and stammering. -- Marissa Meyer
He gave Cress a quick farewell embrace,then pulled Iko into a hug. Iko squeaked, frozen.When Kai pulled away,Iko looked from him,to Cinder, then back.Her eyes suddenly rolled up into her head and she collapsed onto the floor. -- Marissa Meyer
Excellent," said Cinder, standing up and brushing off her hands. "I was beginning to worry we wouldn't have a pilot for when it's time to take Kai back to Earth. Now I just have to worry about not having a competent one. -- Marissa Meyer
Cinder," he said, "will you marry me?" Absurd, she thought. The emperor of the Eastern Commonwealth was proposing to her. It was uncanny. It was hysterical. But it was Kai, and somehow, that also made it exactly right. "Yes," she whispered, "I will marry you." Those -- Marissa Meyer
I must say, the queen does have a flair for the dramatic." Torin cast a sly grin toward Kai. "So, it seems, does her niece."
He smothered a twitch of pride. Cinder did have a knack for making an entrance. -- Marissa Meyer
Have a whirlwind romance, a happily ever after, and have no more worries for the rest of your days. -- Marissa Meyer
Cinder made a special trip to Paris for this girl?"
"My logic aptitude suggests this is a possibility."
"What else do we know about this ... Scarlet? -- Marissa Meyer
Waiting for the gusting wind to take down her temperature, burningly aware of the memory of his hands on her waist, her shoulders, her wrists. Her head was too full of the memory, the too-recent agony of wanting to kiss him. -- Marissa Meyer
After an agonizing silence, Levana tittered. My dear Emperor. How could I resist such a charming proposal? -- Marissa Meyer
I knew they would kill me when they found out, but ... " He struggled for words, releasing a sharp breath. "I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you. -- Marissa Meyer
It meant he was sure to see Linh Cinder again. Maybe he could learn more about her then. Maybe he'd make her smile. A real smile. Maybe ... Maybe he needed another hobby. He -- Marissa Meyer
Oh, Iko ... what happened?" "More stupid Lunar guards, that's what happened. He cornered me in the basement of the med-clinic and did this. I had to play dead until he left me alone. Good thing they have no idea how to kill an android here. -- Marissa Meyer
Look, I really appreciate your helping with the med-droids, and I'm sure the best mechanic in the city has a million jobs to prioritize, but at the risk of sounding like a spoiled prince, could I ask that you move Nainsi to the top of your list? -- Marissa Meyer
She pushed back to arm's length, returning them to the acceptable distance of strangers - or of a mechanic dancing with her emperor. For the first time, Kai missed a dance step, eyes blinking in surprise. She ignored the guilt scratching at her throat. -- Marissa Meyer
I will accept any amount of monsters my mind wants to give me, but I will not become a monster myself. -- Marissa Meyer
As soon as he was gone, Levana whipped the veil off her head and threw it onto the settee. The young emperor has been kidnapped, and from his own palace. Earthens are pathetic. It's amazing they haven't already become extinct. -- Marissa Meyer
It would be like those epic love affairs that exploded into existence and burned white hot for all eternity. The type of love that time and distance and death couldn't seperate -- Marissa Meyer
She was spending too much time with this boy. She was in love with this boy. And -- Marissa Meyer
She met Ryu's yellow gaze across the way and winked. In response, the wolf raised his nose and howled, a short, joyful sound. "You've made a friend." She -- Marissa Meyer
I, Scarlet Benoit, do hereby claim you, Ze'ev Kesley, as my husband and my Alpha. Forevermore, you will be my mate, my star, my beginning of everything. You are the one. You have always been, and you will always be, the only one. Wolf -- Marissa Meyer
One of these days, I just want to open my eyes and see you. -- Marissa Meyer
You're the only person in the galaxy who would ever call me lovable."
"I'm the only person in the galaxy crazy enough to believe it. -- Marissa Meyer
Well," Cinder finally grumbled. "I guess that was pretty fast thinking."
A relieved grin filled up Thorne's face. "We're having another moment, aren't we?"
"If by a moment, you mean me not wanting to strangle you for the first time since we met, than I guess we are. -- Marissa Meyer
Love is a conquest! Love is war! -- Marissa Meyer
I appreciated everything you gave me." He picked up the can of olives and sniffed at them, wary of being tricked again. "Although I didn't deserve any of it. -- Marissa Meyer
If you honestly believe that," said Thorne, stowing the gun again, "then you really don't recognize true value when you see it. -- Marissa Meyer
Thanks," she murmured, fighting the urge to embrace him, to crawl into his arms and hide from the rest of the galaxy. Maybe forever. "Also" - his voice lowered - "you look beautiful." It was Iko who responded, "Thank you for noticing." Kai -- Marissa Meyer
Sometimes your heart is the only thing worth listening to. -- Marissa Meyer
We met less than a week ago and in that time I've done nothing but lie and cheat and betray you. I know. But if you give me a chance ... all I want is to protect you. To be near you. For as long as I'm able. -- Marissa Meyer
He growled and lowered his nose to her neck. Sniffing. "I know you don't want to hurt me, Wolf." His nose bumped against her jaw. His breath caressed her collarbone. "You helped me. You rescued me. -- Marissa Meyer
I know you must be hurting now, but don't give up hope on future happiness, and all the good things that are still to come for you. -- Marissa Meyer
But her grandmother had never suggested she could think the same of Scarlet. You'll be fine, she always said, after a skinned knee, after a broken arm, after her first youthfull heartbreak. You'll be fine, because you're strong, like me. -- Marissa Meyer
Tapping a finger against the flesh of her elbow, she deadpanned, Jacin Clay, there is an assassin under my bed. -- Marissa Meyer
Do you still - " He scratched behind his ear. "Do you still want me to come back with you? Now that I'm ... that I ... " He sucked in a quick breath. "Do you still want me?" Wolf seemed like he was in pain. Actual pain. Her heart softened. "Wol - " She paused and swallowed. "Ze'ev." His -- Marissa Meyer
It's me, it's been me all along and I might have saved your life, but I would be nothing if it wasn't for you. I would be just another mech-droid and I wouldn't know what's like to love someone so much I would give up everything for them. -- Marissa Meyer
You'll want to aim for the head. That usually makes for a fatal shot. Or, if you're feeling shaky, the torso. It's a larger target." "Your head looks pretty big from here." He -- Marissa Meyer
You mean she doesn't intend to blow me up before the ceremony?" said Kai,taking the box."How disappointing. -- Marissa Meyer
She was a girl. A living girl, smart and sweet and awkward and unusual, and she was worth far more than they could ever realize. -- Marissa Meyer
Aces," Carswell Thorne murmured. Dropping his feet to the ground, he leaned forward to inspect her closer. "Is that all hair? -- Marissa Meyer
Scarlet insisted she be given time to bathe, and though Wolf had looked borderline devastated, the time apart was worthwhile. -- Marissa Meyer
I have lived in fear of her my entire life," she continued. "If this is the only chance I'm given to stand against her, then I have to take it. I don't want to hide. I don't want to be afraid. And I don't want to be separated from you, ever again. -- Marissa Meyer
Love is a conquest. Love is a war.
Here is what I think of love. -- Marissa Meyer
She knew it wasn't real. She knew the holograph wouldn't hurt. But she also knew that fire was dangerous, and illusions were dangerous, and being tricked into believing things that weren't real was often the most dangerous thing of all. -- Marissa Meyer
Hello, friend." Winter knelt in front of Scarlet's cage. "Hello, crazy," said Scarlet. It sounded like an endearment. -- Marissa Meyer
After a beat, he revealed a crack in his armor. The tiniest of smiles. "What?" she asked. Rocking back on his heels, Jacin rested his hand on the knife again. "I wasn't sure what kind of girl could make a special op go ballistic over her. I'm glad to see it's not the stupid kind." She -- Marissa Meyer
Brave, stupid girl, Thorne muttered. He sank back down to the floor, his expression torn between relief and increased distress. -- Marissa Meyer
I intend to put an end to the rumors of the darling Princess Selene once and for all. -- Marissa Meyer
You." The word was spat out at her, full of hatred. "What have you done to me? -- Marissa Meyer
She was going to have to train herself not to stare at him quite as often as she was used to. That would be no easy task. -- Marissa Meyer
I'll be safe and happy when I'm no longer afraid of my own mind. -- Marissa Meyer
The mirror answered: You, my queen, are fair; it's true. But the young queen is far more fair than you. -- Marissa Meyer
Idiot! You idiot! -- Marissa Meyer
Timid or arrogant, Charming or infuriating, and Catherine was falling, falling, falling. -- Marissa Meyer
Cinder cast a look toward the road that would take her away from the palace, back to the safety of being an invisible girl in a very big city. Releasing a slow breath, she turned and followed the android. -- Marissa Meyer
Her heart fluttered like a firefly with a missing wing. -- Marissa Meyer
Wolf rolled her away from the edge, landing on top of her. His hands hastily brushed the curls from her face, gripped her shoulders, rubbed her bruised wrist, every ounce of his frenetic energy devoted to checking that she was there. That she was all right. -- Marissa Meyer
Is this what's going to make you happy?'
'How different everything could have been, if you had thought to ask me that before. -- Marissa Meyer
When she was a child, the witch locked her away in a tower that had neither doors nor stairs. -- Marissa Meyer
Scarlet finally built us a landing pad beside the hangar so Thorne would stop flattening her crops." She glanced toward the cockpit. "I hope he didn't miss it." They could hear Thorne's growl from the cockpit. "I didn't miss it!" The -- Marissa Meyer
From this day forward, you will be my sun at dawn and my stars at night, and I vow to love and cherish you for all our days. -- Marissa Meyer
His smile was instinctive. A little bit apology, a little bit politeness. And a little bit of charm because, of all the things he'd expected to come from his trip to the market, meeting a cute girl with messy hair and dirty work gloves had definitely not been one of them. -- Marissa Meyer
...may they rest ever in divine luxury... -- Marissa Meyer
The professional respect he maintained too often made her want to grab his lapels and kiss him, just to see how long it would take for him to thaw. No, -- Marissa Meyer
I understand that it isn't your fault your programmer had so little imagination. The -- Marissa Meyer
Would you consider being my personal guest at the ball? -- Marissa Meyer
The fairest queen that Luna had ever known. For once, she was satisfied. She had Evret. She had her crown. -- Marissa Meyer
There's something I want to show you. Do you think anyone would notice if we slipped away for a bit?" He raised an eyebrow at her. "Given that we make up a full quarter of the guest list, I would be a little insulted if they didn't notice." "It was a rhetorical question. -- Marissa Meyer
My life is an adventure." she said, growing confident as she opened her eyes again. "I will not be shackled to this satellite anymore. -- Marissa Meyer
The first time, he had wondered why she liked books so much, and if it had anything to do with why he liked spaceships. Because they could take you somewhere far, far away -- Marissa Meyer
What's your name, anyway?"
That awkward shrug again. "They call me Wolf at the fights."
" Wolf? " How ... predatory. -- Marissa Meyer
Just to be clear, you're not using your mind powers on me right now, are you?" She blinked. "Of course not." "Just checking." Then he slid his arms around her waist and kissed her. Cinder -- Marissa Meyer
That all hair?'" "Did you see it? It was like a cross between a magpie nest and ball of yarn after it's been mauled by a cheetah." A beat. Then, "A cheetah? -- Marissa Meyer
Iko, did we break into that guardhouse and broadcast Cinder's message across all of Luna?"
"And, Scarlet, did I rescue you and Wolf when the entire city of Paris was under siege?"
She raised an eyebrow at him. "Actually, I'm pretty sure Cinder-"
"Yes, I did. -- Marissa Meyer
She was smiling as she imagined herself as one more star in the sea of millions, and her body decided it had had enough, and she felt the exact moment when her power source gave up and the hum of electricity extinguished.
But she was already vast and bright and endless. -- Marissa Meyer
Winter was fond of paper. She liked the crisp, tactile way it crinkled beneath her fingers. -- Marissa Meyer
From here on, I'll have to wing it." She examined the mess of wires, aligning it with a diagram over her retina display. "Not like that hasn't been my primary tactic this whole time. -- Marissa Meyer
She swallowed, hard. Her wounds were starting to itch on top of the constant, drug-dulled aching. She hoped that her first act as queen wouldn't be passing out. -- Marissa Meyer
Why do I even bother talking to you? You are not helping. You are the capital U of Unhelpful. -- Marissa Meyer
This was why she enjoyed baking. A good dessert could make her feel like she'd created joy at the tips of her fingers. Suddenly, the people around the table were no longer strangers. They were friends and confidantes, and she was sharing with them her magic. -- Marissa Meyer
Leave it to Winter to make a bunch of sadistic, hot-headed predators get all swoony over her. -- Marissa Meyer
Leaning forward, Cinder spoke very clearly. "I have a computer in my brain," she said. "So while I'm not going to tell you that I am the smartest or, by any means, the most experienced person in this room, I would suggest that no one use my youth to believe that I am also ignorant. -- Marissa Meyer
I haven't used my glamour since I was twelve years old," she whispered, gaze piercing as if it were very important to her that Scarlet understand this. "Not since I was old enough to control it. That's why the visions come to me. That's why I'm going mad. -- Marissa Meyer
When they locked you up," Thorne said, "didn't they consider that this prison might have some security weaknesses?" "It didn't at the time. This hand is kind of a new addition." She -- Marissa Meyer
Report for the upcoming wedding. If we're going to be sneaking into New Beijing Palace while Levana is there, why don't we just assassinate her? Not to be all cold-wired murderer about it, but wouldn't that solve a lot of our problems? -- Marissa Meyer
When they arrived, they arrived in force- a dozen military ships surrounding the safe house, guns drawn. -- Marissa Meyer
You have the right to flirt with and kiss and proclaim your love for whoever you want to. Which is good, because you do. All the time." Thorne -- Marissa Meyer
Wait," said Winter as Scarlet nudged the podship forward. Scarlet's heart dropped. "What?" she said, scanning the port for a thaumaturge, a guard, a threat. Winter reached over and pulled the pilot's harness over Scarlet's head. "Safety first, Scarlet-friend. We are fragile things. -- Marissa Meyer
They had stood against all adversity to be together, and now they would forge their own path to love. She would be Kai's wife. She would be the Commonwealth's empress. And she had every intention of being blissfully happy for ever, ever after. -- Marissa Meyer
She could be a fire hazard. Maybe we should remove her from the ship before she spontaneously combusts. -- Marissa Meyer
Sacha snaked one arm out from beneath the blankets and reached toward Cinder, grasping her wrist where skin met metal. Cinder squirmed, trying to pull away, but Sacha held tight. Her hand was marked by bluish pigment around her yellowed fingernails. -- Marissa Meyer
Maybe she'd been screaming for a long time.
Maybe the sound was imprisoned inside this cocoon, trapped like she was. Maybe no one would ever hear her. Maybe she would scream until her throat bled and no one would ever know. -- Marissa Meyer
It was not happiness - she was very sad to know that victory had required such an appalling act. But success was success, victory was victory. She -- Marissa Meyer
Tilting forward, Iko pressed her flat, cool face to Cinder's brow, no doubt leaving a smudge of lipstick. Cinder laughed. -- Marissa Meyer
the prince had the stairway smeared with pitch, and when Cinderella tried to run away, her left slipper got stuck -- Marissa Meyer
Come here, baby sister," she whispered, and despite the terror twisting inside Levana's stomach, her feet obeyed. "I want to show you something. -- Marissa Meyer
He looked terrified as he snaked his hand beneath her arm, entwining their fingers together. Their hands fit like a lock and key. It had been years since they had simply held hands, and she wished they had never stopped. -- Marissa Meyer
He blinked. His eyes fell as he processed her response. Then he lifted his chin and attempted a grin that was almost painfully dejected. "No, it's all right. I understand."
Dr. Erland leaned back against his desk. "My sincerest condolences, Your Highness. In more ways than one, it seems. -- Marissa Meyer
When she was in the middle of a hack, it tended to fill up her brain until her vision hummed with coding and mathematics, skipping ahead to each necessary task faster than she could complete them. It tended to leave her in a state of drained euphoria. -- Marissa Meyer
Your position in this household has not changed, and I do not appreciate being spoken to in such a disrespectful manner by the orphan that I accepted into my home."
"Really?" said Cinder. "Would you like me to list all the things I didn't appreciate being done to me today? -- Marissa Meyer
Scarlet's world was crashing down around her and nobody noticed. Her grandmother was missing and nobody cared. She -- Marissa Meyer
Iko was beginning to comprehend why humans curled into the fetal position when they were afraid. -- Marissa Meyer
Scarlet could feel everyone's curious gazes switching between her and the princess. She cleared her throat. "She's harmless," she said. "I'm pretty sure." Winter -- Marissa Meyer
Dr. Erland's expression had gone dark. He reached forward and pinched Cinder hard above her elbow. "Ow, hey!" "Hmph. For a moment I thought you must be another one of my hallucinations, as surely your plan couldn't be that stupid. -- Marissa Meyer
Even in the future, beware of the big, bad wolf ... -- Marissa Meyer
You can help me pick out a tiara when we're done saving the world. -- Marissa Meyer
After she was born, I wanted to run away, to bring her to Earth, but my wife was even more devoted to Her Majesty than I had been. She wanted nothing to do with the child. And so my little Crescent Moon was taken away, like all the others. -- Marissa Meyer
She was a danger to his hard-earned neutrality. Thinking about her tended to give him an unwanted hitch in his lungs. -- Marissa Meyer
The people of Luna don't need a princess. They need a revolutionary." Cinder furrowed her brow. "A revolutionary," she repeated. She liked that a lot better than princess. The -- Marissa Meyer
Thorne, on the aisle, held out his hand as Cinder passed. She snorted and accepted the high five before floating up the stairs. -- Marissa Meyer
It occurred to Cinder with a jolt that this was why she had no memories. Not because the surgeons had damaged her brain while inserting her control panel, but because she had never been awake to make memories in the first place. If -- Marissa Meyer
They've turned you all into monsters. -- Marissa Meyer
She looked like she hadn't given a passing thought to her hair or clothes that day, maybe ever. She was pretty, but not exceptionally so. Not noticeably so, until you bothered to look. Kai realized, with some surprise, that he was looking. Which -- Marissa Meyer
Iko, too, glanced back. Kinney was sneering contemptuously at Kai's hand on Iko's broken arm. -- Marissa Meyer
Where's the cyborg?" asked the guard. Iko snarled at him. "Bite me." He raised an eyebrow. "Tempt me. -- Marissa Meyer
Stuff and nonsense. Nonsense and stuff and much of a muchness and nonsense all over again. We are all mad here, don't you know? -- Marissa Meyer
He met her gaze and she noticed, with a start, that his ears had gone pink. And then his lips quirked into the faintest of smiles. It was the smile she'd been waiting for. It -- Marissa Meyer
They're the first crew I've ever had and most of them even call me Captain. I'm going to miss them. -- Marissa Meyer
Underground, as Scarlet suggested." "You're not a mole," said Scarlet. "You can't just go underground. Where will you go? What will -- Marissa Meyer
His aim had been perfect. And perhaps if she hadn't kissed his cheek right before the jump, his balance would have been too. -- Marissa Meyer
I am not empty. I am full to the brim with murder and revenge. I am overlfowing and I do not think you wish for me to overflow onto you. -- Marissa Meyer
Over a dozen thaumaturges were stationed around the room. It was almost like the queen expected someone to start trouble. -- Marissa Meyer
Prince Kai?" Peony spun toward her so fast, she tripped on the skirts of Adri's kimono and fell, screaming, onto her bed. "Who's Prince Kai?" she yelled, struggling to sit back up. "Only my future husband! -- Marissa Meyer
He did, in fact, look like a romance hero, all muscles and edges and chiseled bone structure. He also looked miserable. -- Marissa Meyer
It is a beautiful irony that the great queen we've ever had is the first to take off her crown. -- Marissa Meyer
I thought it would be nice to look up at the night sky with you beside me for once, rather than just wishing you were beside me. Cinder -- Marissa Meyer
She cried for the girl who had never belonged. A girl who tried so hard, harder than anyone else, and still never had anything to show for it. -- Marissa Meyer
Always check your hats be-
fore donning them. You never know what might be lurking inside. -- Marissa Meyer
How agonizing it was,this life of silence and yearning. Yet how very worth it when his eyes found hers. -- Marissa Meyer
I keep trying to get rid of this thing, but somehow it keeps finding its way back to me. What made you keep it?" "It occurred to me that if I could find the cyborg that fit this foot, it must be a sign we were meant to be together. -- Marissa Meyer
Would yell if a person didn't coo and aww and tell her what a beautiful mother she would make and how her daughter would surely grow up to be just like her, by all the lucky stars. -- Marissa Meyer
The thaumaturge's gaze narrowed on Scarlet, with a hatred that could have melted skin off bones. -- Marissa Meyer
I like to maintain an air of mystery. -- Marissa Meyer
Hello, friends," said Princess Winter. Ryu dropped his newest stick onto the pile, then sat down, chest high as though he were showing her proper respect. Scarlet scowled. "Suck-up." Winter -- Marissa Meyer
Lunar. Cyborg. Fugitive. Outlaw. Outcast. -- Marissa Meyer
You probably have a client list a mile long. I shouldn't expect royal treatment." His mouth twitched. "Although I guess I do anyway." Cinder's heart tripped as his grin caught her by surprise, every bit as charming and unexpected as it had been at the market. -- Marissa Meyer
Nothing makes an android feel more useless than when a human is crying. -- Marissa Meyer
When she catches you," the guard snarled, "my queen will eat your heart with salt and pepper." "Well," said Cinder, unconcerned, "my heart is half synthetic, so it'll probably give her indigestion." Kinney looked almost amused. -- Marissa Meyer
She would have auctioned off the Milky Way if it would have made his intentions a little less honorable -- Marissa Meyer
Stay down! Wolf yelled, pushing Scarlet to the ground and hunkering over her body. A living shield. His instinct was still there, at least. The desire to protect her above all else. That was all the confirmation she needed. Feeling -- Marissa Meyer
People do not put their faith in phantoms. -- Marissa Meyer
It occurred to him that he may have led them into a topic he had no intentions of exploring further. Fantasies, sure. Wishes, all the time. But reality? No - this was taboo. This would end in nothing good. She -- Marissa Meyer
She picked at the chiffon overlay of her skirt. "Do you think it was destiny that brought us together?" He squinted and, after a thoughtful moment, shook his head. "No. I'm pretty sure it was Cinder. Why? -- Marissa Meyer
Hello, Scarlet," said Maha, composing herself enough to smile. "Ze'ev failed to mention he was in love with you." Scarlet could feel her cheeks turning as red as her hair. Thorne -- Marissa Meyer
Captain," she murmured. "I think I'm in love with you. -- Marissa Meyer
I don't hear anything."
"Exactly. That's what happens when you *stop talking*. -- Marissa Meyer
Do me a favor, Princess. The next time someone says they're going to kill you, don't just let them. -page 244 of Winter -- Marissa Meyer
She was not a girl of ice and glass at all, but a girl of sunshine and stardust. -- Marissa Meyer
The wounds would become her armor, and a constant reminder of her victory.
She might be broken. She might be crazy. But she would never be defeated -- Marissa Meyer
Having a mental breakdown is not on my list of things to do today. -- Marissa Meyer
But you're the only one, Scarlet. You'll always be the only one. -- Marissa Meyer
Even now, standing in the same room with Torin made him feel like a child, gave him a peculiar urge to be unruly. He -- Marissa Meyer
Oh, Grandmother, what terribly big teeth you have! -- Marissa Meyer
Every day we wait, our chances of success get better -- Marissa Meyer
If I were to go around glamouring people all day, I would at least make myself seem taller, don't you think? -- Marissa Meyer
It always came back to love. More than freedom, more than acceptance - love. True love, like they sang about in the second era. The kind that filled up a person's soul. The kind that lent itself to dramatic gestures and sacrifices. The kind that was irresistible and all-encompassing. -- Marissa Meyer
Cursing, Scarlet pressed the unlock mechanism again. Nothing. Then the control panel pinged, startling her, and a message scrolled across the top. BE CAREFUL, SCARLET. Her jaw fell. What - ? -- Marissa Meyer
The girl has proven herself to be more clever than I would have given her credit for. Kai dragged his hand through his hair, extinguishing an unexpected spark of pride. -- Marissa Meyer
With a quick twist to her heart, Cress's fear of him began to subside. She'd been right back at the boutique. He was like the hero of a romance story, and he was trying to rescue his beloved. His alpha. -- Marissa Meyer
Wolf ... " "How long? How long ago ... ?" She scrunched her shoulders against her neck. "Five days." He grimaced and turned away, his face contorting with pain that had nothing to do with his wounds. Cinder -- Marissa Meyer
A heart, once stolen, can never be taken back. -- Marissa Meyer
She would die here and not complain. She would be buried beneath this avalanche of lifelessness. -- Marissa Meyer
Soon, the whole world would be searching for her
A deformed cyborg with a missing foot.
A Lunar with a stolen identity.
A mechanic with no one to run to, nowhere to go.
But they will be looking for a ghost. -- Marissa Meyer
I am not human.
I am a cyborg.
I am mechanic.
That's all I am ... right? -- Marissa Meyer
You have no idea how to dance, do you?" Cinder fixed her gaze on him, mind still reeling. "I'm a mechanic. -- Marissa Meyer
But if there was one thing she knew from years as a mechanic, it was that some stains never came out. -- Marissa Meyer
What, I'm a mechanic. I get dirty. If he wanted me to get all gussied up, he should have commend ahead. -- Marissa Meyer
He couldn't help it, but a part of him - maybe a large part of him - hoped Cinder would just disappear, like a fading comet's tail. Just to spite the queen, to keep from her this one thing she so desperately wanted. It -- Marissa Meyer
This would be a bad time for someone to look over and recognize you. They'd probably think I was kidnapping you." "You are, in a manner." "No. I'm saving you from your psychotic stepmother. There's a difference. -- Marissa Meyer
We may be animals, but we will never again live in your cage. -- Marissa Meyer
It was not her fault he had liked her. It was not her fault she was cyborg. She would not apologize. -- Marissa Meyer
It was kind of nice to know that they were both wrong.
She was still just Cinder. -- Marissa Meyer
She still looked furious, but now she also looked a little intimidated. Not intimidated enough, but a little. -- Marissa Meyer
But even knowing it, her feelings didn't change. Her skin didn't cool. The fantasy of being tucked in his arms didn't fade. She'd wanted him to kiss her. She still did. She let out a sigh and, -- Marissa Meyer
But just before their lips touched, Thorne thrust his hand in between them, receiving dual kisses on his fingers. Wolf and Scarlet jerked back -- Marissa Meyer
I know this is stupid, but part of me felt like if I could come see you today, if I could convince you to go with me tonight, then maybe I could still change things. It's dumb, I know. It's not like Levana cares if I, you know, might have actual feelings for someone. -- Marissa Meyer
I need him as much as he needs me. But that doesn't make it love. Winter lowered her lashes Actually dear friend, I suspect that is precisely what makes it love. -- Marissa Meyer
Your input is the only input that matters, she whispered. He -- Marissa Meyer
Maybe there isn't such a thing as fate. Maybe it's just the opportunities we're given, and what we do with them. I'm beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don't just happen. We have to make them ourselves. -- Marissa Meyer
...she's the jammiest bit of jam, isn't she -- Marissa Meyer
You want to hear a riddle, you say? I know a very good one. It begins, why is a raven like a writing desk?'
She lifted her chin. 'Have you gone mad, Hatta? I can't seem to tell.'
'They are both so full of poetry, you see. Darkness and whimsy, nightmares and song. -- Marissa Meyer
We all have our weaknesses."
"I know," said Iko. "Mine is shoes. -- Marissa Meyer
Scarlet sat up, heat rushing to her face as she was struck with an almost irresistible yearning to crawl toward him - not to get off the train's roof, but to be wrapped up against him again. To feel warm and safe and content, just for another moment. She smashed the desire down into her gut. Wolf -- Marissa Meyer
Hello?" A girl again. "I know you can hear me. I'm sorry my friend is such a wing nut. You can just ignore him."
"That's usually what we do," said the other feminine voice. -- Marissa Meyer
You mean when we discovered the secret lair under the hangar where I'd been kept comatose for eight years of my life, then turned into a cyborg by some mystery surgeon before being given away to a family who didn't really want me? Yeah, Thorne, those were the good old days. -- Marissa Meyer
I fear tomorrow will be even more difficult for you, Sir Clay. Do try to think of me when you can."
"Try, Princess?" He smirked, meeting her gaze again. "I can't seem to think of much else. -- Marissa Meyer
In case you don't recognize me, I happen to be good friends with Princess Selene. I'm willing to guess you've heard of-"
"I guess you have. -- Marissa Meyer
Something about him seemed crafted for her, and that thought made her face flame, like she was standing too close to a fire. -- Marissa Meyer
The queen's prized artic wolf. Once an alpha male." He turned to Scarlet. "But you need a pack to be an alpha, don't you? -- Marissa Meyer
It was unnerving, to think she was being psychoanalyzed by someone who frequently complained that the castle walls had started bleeding again. -- Marissa Meyer
They took away her beautiful clothes, dressed her in an old gray smock, and gave her wooden shoes. -- Marissa Meyer
You and your taste buds can stop bragging anytime now. -- Marissa Meyer
Scarlet and I are going to start a missing-fingers club. We might let Cinder be an honorary member. -- Marissa Meyer
This is Winter," said Scarlet. "Princess Winter."
Thorne guffawed and pushed a hand into his hair. "Are we running a boardinghouse for misplaced royalty around here, or what? -- Marissa Meyer
Well, it's annoying and we're running out of time. Come on. -- Marissa Meyer
You saved me." "You wouldn't have needed saving if it wasn't for me. -- Marissa Meyer
I knew you were in love with him." Winter tapped her fingers against her elbow. "I can't understand why no one ever listens to me." Scarlet glared, but there was no ire behind it. "You're right, Winter. It's a complete mystery. -- Marissa Meyer
Her stomach was in ropes, her heart in tatters. -- Marissa Meyer
It was nothing compared to his awe as he watched her de-feather the dead fowl like a trained expert, -- Marissa Meyer
Even if I believed I was doing good- for who I am to presume what is good for others? -- Marissa Meyer
Girls, don't suffocate your father. He's had a long trip." "Don't listen to your mother, just this once. You can suffocate me all you like. -- Marissa Meyer
Estimated time of arrival is nine minutes, thirty-four seconds. Which, by my estimation, is enough time for Cinder to be defeated and embarrassed in seven more brawls." Cinder glared up at the ceiling. "Also just enough time to disconnect your audio device. -- Marissa Meyer
Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth. -- Marissa Meyer
He headed back for the door, and a smile so quick and secretive passed between him and Iko that Cinder almost missed it. Iko didn't take her gaze from him until he was gone. -- Marissa Meyer
I lied to you about a lot of things," he finally said. She snorted. "But I meant every apology. -- Marissa Meyer
Her head was too full of the memory, the too-recent agony of wanting to kiss him. Slumping -- Marissa Meyer
Finding it difficult not to grin like a lunatic. As it turned out, being human was every bit as much fun as she'd always thought it would be. * -- Marissa Meyer
What about ... Cinder?" There was a hesitation, and she could tell they were doubtful about the name. She lifted her chin and explained, "It's an unassuming name, but also ... powerful. Because of where she came from. She survived that fire. She was reborn from the cinders." They -- Marissa Meyer
She could be anyone. Become anyone. The thought both sickened and frightened her, but the resolve made her calm again. -- Marissa Meyer
Thank you for riding the European Federation Maglev Train, -- Marissa Meyer
Try to fit in." Winter glanced at her, a moment of perfect clarity and even humor in the look. She was right. They were filthy. They were bloody. Winter was a well-loved princess who was prettier than a bouquet of roses and crazier than a headless chicken. Fitting in would be a miracle. -- Marissa Meyer
Her mind emptied of everything but the gusting wind and how fragile Wolf looked in that heartbeat, like one movement could break him open. -- Marissa Meyer
No. She couldn't stay here. She could not stand to be lost to the darkness forever, when there was still a whole universe she'd never seen. -- Marissa Meyer
We think that if we choose to do good only good, then we are only good. We can make people happy. We can offer tranquility or contentment or love, and that must be good. We do not see the falsehood becoming its own brand of cruelty. -- Marissa Meyer
Winter was a well-loved princess who was prettier than a bouquet of roses and crazier than a headless chicken. -- Marissa Meyer
She was prettier than a bouquet of roses and crazier than a headless chicken. Fitting in was not an option. -- Marissa Meyer
Hey, I'm not judging. I'm familiar with IT-relations. Just wait until you meet our spaceship. She's a riot. -- Marissa Meyer
These days, she would have auctioned off the Milky Way to make his intentions a little less honorable. Her -- Marissa Meyer
When she had gone, Thorne let out a low whistle. "I know, I know. She seems a little" - crossing his eyes, he swirled both fingers around his ears - "but it's really part of her charm, once you get to know her. -- Marissa Meyer
Kai scooped his arm around her shoulders and led her out of the queen's chambers. "I was just thinking about the good future," he said. "The one with you in it. -- Marissa Meyer
Winter tilted her head in Scarlet's direction. A spiral of black hair fell across her cheek, obstructing her scars. "What did you bring me today?" Scarlet asked. "Delusional mutterings with a side of crazy? Or is this one of your good days? -- Marissa Meyer
Jacin. The name brought sunshine and blood and kisses and growls rising to Winter's skin. -- Marissa Meyer
Ze'ev failed to mention he was in love with you." Scarlet could feel her cheeks turning as red as her hair.
Thorne muttered, "How could you not tell?" Cinder kicked him. -- Marissa Meyer
Broken isn't the same as unfixable." Pulling -- Marissa Meyer
Yeah, but broken isn't the same as unfixable. -- Marissa Meyer
Cinder found her reflection almost comforting. The shopkeeper called her brave and beautiful. Jacin called her blinding. It was kind of nice to know that they were both wrong. She was still just Cinder. Tucking -- Marissa Meyer
A laugh came from the cockpit and Thorne appeared in the doorway, strapping a gun holster around his waist. You're asking the cyborg fugitive and the wild animal to be the welcoming committee? That's adorable. -- Marissa Meyer
Go to the ball with me."
'Stars. Didn't you already ask me that?"
"I'm hoping for a more favorable answer this time and I seem to be getting more desperate by the minute.
"Please? -- Marissa Meyer
Yeah, well, I try to think for myself once in a while, rather than buy in to the ridiculous propaganda the media would have us believe. -- Marissa Meyer
Listen, Cress, I hate to break this to you, but I am sweaty and itchy and haven't brush my teeth in two days. This just isn't a good time for romance. -- Marissa Meyer
In fact, I was hoping that if I came to see you off, I would be asked to do manual labor." Iko shrugged. "If you don't want to do any heavy lifting, then stop having such impressive muscles." Cinder -- Marissa Meyer
Her netlink fished for information, telling her that the palace had been built after World War IV, when the city was little more than rubble. -- Marissa Meyer
I know. You'll do what you have to do." Peeling her hands off his shoulders, he placed a sweet kiss against her wrist, where the blood pulsed beneath her skin. "And so will I. -- Marissa Meyer
Don't thank me for telling the truth when it would have been mercy to lie to you. -- Marissa Meyer
It was Cinder's voice. "Hello, dearest Aunt Levana," she said, her tone light and taunting. "I'm sorry to interrupt, but I wanted to make sure I had your full attention. First, allow me to congratulate you. It seems you finally have everything you've always wanted. Now, it's my turn." There -- Marissa Meyer
Hesitated. She looked at the ceiling. Took in a breath. Met his gaze again. "It's me, Kai. I'm Princess Selene. -- Marissa Meyer
I am your guard. I'm here to protect you and keep you out of trouble, and that's it. -- Marissa Meyer
I passed out from stress? That's it?" "I believe the princess term is fainted," said Thorne. Cinder smacked him. -- Marissa Meyer
A good queen was a well-informed queen. -- Marissa Meyer
Regarding Her Majesty, Queen Levana, has she or any of the Lunar court commented on the escape of the convict?"
Kai's jaw tensed. "Oh, she's had a thing or two to say about it. -- Marissa Meyer
Cinder," Iko said after a few silent minutes of explorations. "I'm enormous. -- Marissa Meyer
Oh no," she murmured, her smile thawing, falling, carried away with the undeniable, inevitable, impossible truth of it. She was falling in love with him. -- Marissa Meyer
You're getting really good at your sarcasm -- Marissa Meyer
Maybe she truly was hideous. But so long as she could deceive everyone, what did it matter? -- Marissa Meyer
Attending the royal wedding. Cress hoped it would stay that way. -- Marissa Meyer
Thing is, you were pretty memorable that night, too, what with being publicly humiliated, almost shot in the head, and ultimately arrested. So it strikes me as odd that you seem to be doing everything you can to figure out a way to go back there. -- Marissa Meyer
Maha stared, speechless. I hope you don't mind our intrusion into your hospitality. Your wolf cub welcomed us. He's surprisingly tender, given the teeth. And the muscles. -- Marissa Meyer
One more patronizing comment and I will have you slice off and nail your own tongue to the palace gate. -- Marissa Meyer
Sweet Crescent Moon ... ," he whispered, his lips barely able to form the words. He began to shiver. "Up in the sky ... " He hummed a few bars of a song, a lullaby that seemed barely familiar. "You sing your song ... so sweetly ... after sunshine passes ... -- Marissa Meyer
Are you here for a reason, Cheshire?
Why, yes, I would enjoy a cup of tea. I take mine with lots of cream, and no tea. Thank you. -- Marissa Meyer
You're a good guy, Thorne." She paused. "Well, you have your moments. -- Marissa Meyer
I know you can hear me. I'm sorry my friend is such a wing nut. You can just ignore him." "That's usually what we do," said the other feminine voice. Cress -- Marissa Meyer
What did you bring me today? Delusional mutterings with a side of crazy? -- Marissa Meyer
Part of her felt like she should take Wolf's hand, but the most intimate contact she'd ever had with him before was the occasional friendly punch to the jaw. It wouldn't have felt natural, so instead she stood just within arm's reach, her hands fisted in her pocket. -- Marissa Meyer
Don't try to push your swoony psychodrama on me. -- Marissa Meyer
I have no idea what I'm doing. -- Marissa Meyer
She thought there would be comfort in knowing there was nothing you could do to avoid death. Those who came before the queen having already accepted their fate seemed to have an easier time of it. -- Marissa Meyer
You are not a murderer. I find it difficult to think of that as a personality flaw. -- Marissa Meyer
I do understand that," said Cinder, her tone heavy as she pulled her gaze away from Jacin, meeting each of the others' in turn. "If we succeed, we'll be starting a war. -- Marissa Meyer
All dressed up with nowhere to go," said Iko from the doorway.
Cinder spit out the flashlight with a laugh and glanced down at her oil-stained cargo pants. "Yeah, right. All I need is a tiara."
"I was talking about me. -- Marissa Meyer
I suspect that Martians have pretty much always symbolized parents in those books." "They must, being that they're so ... otherworldly." "And terrifying." This -- Marissa Meyer
Maybe he was leading her to her death.
Maybe Wolf was marching toward his. -- Marissa Meyer
Her fingertips tentatively curled around the hair at the back of his neck, and she found that she was shaking, sure he would push her away at any moment. But he didn't. He did not pull away. Did not grimace. -- Marissa Meyer
Evret had died protecting the queen, his wife. They said that Levana had sobbed hysterically for hours. -- Marissa Meyer
A kiss from the Captain would probably melt my central processor."
Thorne winked at her. "Oh trust me. It would. -- Marissa Meyer
But I'm pretty sure that as long as you're a princess in need of protecting, you're going to be stuck with me. -- Marissa Meyer
And the moral of that is "Once a goldfish, forever a goldfish. -- Marissa Meyer
Some say it is better to have eaten and lost than never to have eaten at all. -- Marissa Meyer
Thorne glanced back at the pantry. "Did you see any rice in there? Maybe we could fill Cinder's head with it." Everyone stared at him. "You know, to ... absorb the moisture, or something. Isn't that a thing?" "We're not pouring rice in my head. -- Marissa Meyer
Did you see any rice in there? Maybe we could fill Cinder's head with it."
Everyone stared at him.
"You know, to ... absorb the moisture, or something. Isn't that a thing?"
"We're not putting rice in my head. -- Marissa Meyer
Although ... somehow, I always pictured the princess ... I don't know. In a dress. -- Marissa Meyer
We should take her with us."
Cinder glared. "Are you crazy?"
"Crazy in love. She's gorgeous."
"You're an idiot. Help me carry her to the living room. -- Marissa Meyer
You think I'm perfect?"
He didn't look away.Didn't look bashful or even nervous. Just stared at her, like she'd asked him if Luna orbited the Earth.Then he leaned over and brushed a kiss against her forehead.
"Just sort of," he said."You know.On a good day. -- Marissa Meyer
Just stay with me. Protect me, like you said you would. -- Marissa Meyer
In a moment of weakness, he craned his head and kissed her on the shoulder, where the drop of blood had fallen before. -- Marissa Meyer
Delete anything that has to do with love, respect, or joy and I'll sign in the dotted line. -- Marissa Meyer
The sight of her showing so much fake patriotism for the Commonwealth made him want to tear off that sash and strangle her with it. -- Marissa Meyer
They passed a netscreen that showed a commercial for a shampoo that claimed to change the color of one's hair based on their moods. -- Marissa Meyer
And the earth if full tonight, tonight, and the wolves all howl, aa-oooooooooo... -- Marissa Meyer
Everyone is trying to impress everyone else. Trying to make themselves out to be smarter or more confident than they actually are. -- Marissa Meyer
Just one more fantasy that wouldn't come true. Just one more lie she'd constructed for herself to escape into, never realizing she was welding the bars of her own cage. -- Marissa Meyer
A captain always knows where his ship is. It's like a psychic bond."
"If only we had a captain here. -- Marissa Meyer
Cinders. Embers. Ashes. -- Marissa Meyer
There was an abyss opening up between them, cutting through whatever they'd shared on the train. -- Marissa Meyer
If this emperor thing doesn't work out, you might have a future career in espionage. -- Marissa Meyer
That's not necessary. I'm doing what any good friend would do, out of loyalty and Lunar patriotism and--"
"I'll buy you a new pair of shoes."
"Sold. -- Marissa Meyer
He leaned closer and his lips found hers, pressing her into the soft pillows. She gasped and dug her fingers into his shirt, afraid he would pull away before she could memorize this moment. But he didn't pull away, and Cress gradually dared to kiss him back. -- Marissa Meyer
I have a retina scanner and display in my eye. It's like a really small netscreen, so there's a lot of wiring. Oh, stars, I can't believe I'm telling you this." She buried her face in her hands. "It's kind of brilliant," said Kai. She -- Marissa Meyer
Perhaps we know each other in the future and you're only remembering backward. -- Marissa Meyer
Winter shook her head, apology swimming in her amber eyes. Scarlet would have wanted to hug her if she hadn't simultaneously wanted to strangle her. -- Marissa Meyer
Being tyrannized by Levana had a way of making allies of enemies. -- Marissa Meyer
She wasn't just a cyborg anymore. She was Lunar now. She could make people see things that weren't there. Feel things they shouldn't feel. Do things they didn't mean to do. -- Marissa Meyer
I just think I'm not the best person to demonstrate all the goodness humanity has to offer. I don't want you to be too disappointed when you realize that. -- Marissa Meyer
Winter trailed her fingers along her harness and sang to herself, The Earth is full tonight, tonight, and the wolves all howl, aa-ooooooooooh ... -- Marissa Meyer
Fair evening, Lady Pinkerton. I hope you enjoy satisfyingly deep breaths during your ride home." Part mortified, part despicably impressed, Catherine marched up the last step and slammed the carriage door shut. -- Marissa Meyer
No. She will never be queen. She swayed toward him, and he felt like he was being encircled by a python, smothered and choked. -- Marissa Meyer
Hold these wires and make sure they don't touch."
"What happens if they touch?"
"The ship will probably self-destruct. -- Marissa Meyer
Kai clasped his hands together. Right. Now, is that the one where the dominatrix queen throws a tantrum and threatens war every time she doesn't get her way? That relationship? -- Marissa Meyer
I will personally extend invitations to the entire Rampion crew. We'll make a reunion out of it." "Even Iko?" "I'll find her a date." "Because there's a rule against androids coming to the ball, you know." "I think I know someone who can change that rule." Grinning, -- Marissa Meyer
Jacin. I'm sorry that I'm not sort of pretty anymore. -- Marissa Meyer
Cinder pressed a hand against the bars, but the soldiers pulled her away, forming a protective wall between her and the barricade. As if she was worth protecting. Cinder tried not to be annoyed. -- Marissa Meyer
It was their seventeenth kiss (her brain interface was keeping a tally, somewhat against her will), and she wondered if she would ever get used to this feeling. -- Marissa Meyer
Wolf had blue-checkered fabric tied around his waist. -- Marissa Meyer
Because if there was one thing Cress knew about heroes, it was that they could not resist a damsel in distress.
And she was nothing if not in distress. -- Marissa Meyer
A hand landed on Cress's head. She
gasped and recoiled, but Thorne was
already wrapping his arm around her
shoulders and squeezing her against him.
"Just checking it was you," he whispered. -- Marissa Meyer
But the captain just shook his head. That's very good of you to say, Cress. But trust me. I would have blackmailed someone. -- Marissa Meyer
You know as well as I that you're going to break at least one heart before this is over, and I want nothing more to do with you. -- Marissa Meyer
She was dressed like a chameleon in a room full of komodo dragons. -- Marissa Meyer
Many of his coworkers on Luna had made lucrative side businesses offering plastic surgery, melatonin adjustments, and body reconstruction -- Marissa Meyer
Greenwich is a funny word, isn't it? All green and witchy. Like soup. -- Marissa Meyer
One to be a murderer. One to be a Martyr. One to be a Monarch. One to go Mad -- Marissa Meyer
A relieved grin filled up Thorne's face. "We're having another moment, aren't we?"
"If by a moment, you mean me not wanting to strangle you for the first time since we met, then I guess we are. -- Marissa Meyer
Are you being held prisoner right now, or are these bullies on our side?" "They're on our side." Iko -- Marissa Meyer
We think if we choose to do only good, then we are only good. -- Marissa Meyer
He lifted his gaze. "Just to be clear, you're not using your mind powers on me right now, are you?" She blinked. "Of course not." "Just checking." Then -- Marissa Meyer
I feel like I should be going with her," said Kinney. Snarling, Iko stepped over the fallen guard and jabbed a finger at his chest. "I have known her a lot longer than you have, mister, and if there's one of us who should be going with her, it's me. Now open these doors." One -- Marissa Meyer
Database. Another -- Marissa Meyer
Yet she couldn't deny how tempting it was to abandon the plan, to forget patience, to try to end it here, now -- Marissa Meyer
A house. A lot of vegetables. And a giant spaceship. -- Marissa Meyer
She definitely has a crush on you. It's about the size of Jupiter. -- Marissa Meyer
She did not know that the wolf was a wicked sort of animal, and she was not afraid of him. -- Marissa Meyer
We are experiencing a level-one security breach and all elevators have been temporarily shut down. Please enjoy a hot cup of tea while we wait for clearance. -- Marissa Meyer
You might be adding a new scar to your collection, but it kind of matches the one on this side of your mouth, so at least they'll be symmetrical."
"I don't mind the scars." He shrugged, his eyes taking on a mischievous spark. "They hold better memories now than they used to. -- Marissa Meyer
I don't mind the scars." He shrugged, his eyes taking on a mischievous spark. "They hold better memories now than they used to." Scarlet -- Marissa Meyer
I love you, Winter. I always have." He kissed her. -- Marissa Meyer
Levana knelt. She glowed with anticipation. Her lips trembled with a restrained smile. Her eyes were feasting on the crown as Kai turned toward her. -- Marissa Meyer
Knowing it was wrong, he couldn't help but wish that wherever Cinder had gone, they would never find her. -- Marissa Meyer
It was the truth. He was a friend, albeit one she would cut out her heart for. -- Marissa Meyer
A look that was a little bit devious, and all sorts of charming. Cress -- Marissa Meyer
It would be easy to abuse a person when they never recognized it as abuse. -- Marissa Meyer
Scarlet and Wolf are saying gushy things in the galley," Iko said. "Normally I like gushy things, but its different when its real people. I prefer the net dramas. -- Marissa Meyer
The mobile phone acts as a cursor to connect the digital and physical. -- Marissa Meyer
She briefly wished she did have some sort of magic so she could shoot a bolt of lightning through his head. -- Marissa Meyer
If thirty-two is old and decrepit, what does that make you, old man?" "Very valuable in the antique market." Dr. -- Marissa Meyer
Let's pick it up," the man behind her said. "How many more of the tranquilizers do you have?"
"Just three," the girl panted.
"Gonna have to restock."
"Right. I'll just ... head down ... to the convenience store, and-" she didn't finish, the strain too much. -- Marissa Meyer
I love you. I want to be with you for the rest of my life. I want to marry you, and, yes, I want you to be my empress." Cinder gaped at him for a long moment before she whispered, "That's a lot of wanting." "You have no idea." She -- Marissa Meyer
Hello?" said Kai. Her heart thumped - every single time, her heart thumped. -- Marissa Meyer
Levana agreed to a cease-fire," said Wolf, "but we're waiting to hear if it's been implemented." "Also, Cress destroyed me in a game of Mountain Miners," said Iko. Thorne nodded, as if these two announcements carried the same weight. "She is a genius." Cress -- Marissa Meyer
Scars, scars. She was coming to have so many. She wondered if it was wrong to be proud of them. -- Marissa Meyer
You are not damaged like I am. You are not a hundred scattered pieces, blowing farther and farther away from each other. -- Marissa Meyer
Unless you think he is as lucky as you are." "I'm pretty sure he's luckier." Thorne nodded in agreement, -- Marissa Meyer
The rest of her friends were in their reserved seats in the front row. Thorne, on the aisle, held out his hand as Cinder passed. She snorted and accepted the high five before floating up the stairs. Winter -- Marissa Meyer
How are your eyes?" she asked.
"Well, I've been told they're dreamy, but I'll let you decide for yourself. -- Marissa Meyer
I appreciate the confidence, Your Imperial Psychologist, but we're way beyond that. Cress if over me and ... it's for the best. -- Marissa Meyer
Wow, when you research, you really research, don't you? -- Marissa Meyer
Somehow, Thorne's inability to talk about his attraction to Cress spoke so much louder than an outright confession. After all, he had no trouble making suggestive commentary about Cinder. -- Marissa Meyer
She screamed like a thousand birds were picking at her flesh. She screamed like the palace was burning down around her. -- Marissa Meyer
Your Majesty," he greeted. His respectful expression turned sour as he addressed Iko, "Madame Counselor." Iko's eyes went coppery with pride at her new title, even though she met the guard with a sour glare of her own. -- Marissa Meyer
he whispered. "Scarlet." With -- Marissa Meyer
She would have freedom, and friendships, and purpose. And she would be with him. -- Marissa Meyer
You're the only one Ze've Kelsey. You'll always be the only one. -- Marissa Meyer
I don't want to tell you how to be a prince, but shouldn't you have some bodyguards or something?"
"Bodyguards? Who would want to harm a charming guy like me? -- Marissa Meyer
Squinting she jutted a finger at the doctor. "You did use your mind control on me. When we met. You ... brainwashed me just like the queen. You made me trust you"
"Be fair. You were attacking me with a wrench. -- Marissa Meyer
Oh, and hey - She gestured at her hole in my head. I'm still happy about that. -- Marissa Meyer
Ah likes shrimp,' said the flamingo. -- Marissa Meyer
Even with her audio interface turned off, it was the deepest silence she'd ever experienced. "It's so quiet here."
"Creepy, isn't it? I don't know how people can stand it."
"I think it's kind of nice."
"Yeah, like a morgue is nice. -- Marissa Meyer
I think you should go to the ball with me." She clutched her fingers. His expression was too genuine, too sure. Her nerves tingled. "Stars," she muttered. "Didn't you already ask me that?" "I'm hoping for a more favorable answer this time. And -- Marissa Meyer
Robotic cats, two for the price of one, today only! No shedding, just purring! -- Marissa Meyer
You want to know another secret? The biggest secret?" She sat, splaying her legs like a broken doll in front of her. "I'm scared, Kai. I'm so scared. -- Marissa Meyer
Fascinating, isn't it, how often heroic and foolish turn out to be one and the same. -- Marissa Meyer
Scarlet gasped as Wolf buried one hand into her mess of curls and kissed her back. -- Marissa Meyer
Her satellite made one full orbit around Planet Earth every sixteen hours. It was a prison that came with an endlessly breathtaking view - vast blue oceans and swirling clouds and sunrises that set half the world on fire. -- Marissa Meyer
The sahara desert the Rapunzel the charity the gifted tales. -- Marissa Meyer
The cat has caught the bird, and she will scratch out your eyes as well. You will never see your Rapunzel again. -- Marissa Meyer
The witch snipped off her golden hair and cast her out into a great desert -- Marissa Meyer
I am a criminal mastermind," she murmured, "and I'm here to take down this regime." Thorne grinned at her. "That's my line." "I know," she said. "I stole it." Thorne -- Marissa Meyer
Impossible is my specialty. -- Marissa Meyer
Levana knew a great deal about beauty, just as she knew a great deal about ugliness. -- Marissa Meyer
It's like the one Scarlet had.' He flipped the gun in his palms. 'She shot me in the arm once.'
His confession was said with as much tenderness as if Scarlet had given him a bouquet of wildflowers rather than a bullet wound. -- Marissa Meyer
Cath lifted her chin and, for the first time, dared to imagine herself a queen. -- Marissa Meyer
If I don't take care of myself, nobody will. That's something I learned early on, thanks to you. -- Marissa Meyer
At first I thought, why, he might be a perfect little match for my perfect little girl. -- Marissa Meyer
One should never save cake for later when it can be eaten now. -- Marissa Meyer
She was crying when she broke away, and part of her hated that, and part of her felt like it was long overdue. -- Marissa Meyer
If we're going to be sneaking into New Beijing Palace while Levana is there, why don't we just assassinate her? -- Marissa Meyer
His posture spoke of condescension, his expression disinterest. He was all brambles and icicles as he strode closer to her cage. -- Marissa Meyer
His glance flickered toward her, something in his eyes softening. It was a look Cinder had seen a hundred times since he and Scarlet had joined the crew of the Rampion, and yet seeing it still made her feel like she was intruding on something intimate. -- Marissa Meyer
May I request a new uniform? A towel seems inappropriate for the position. -- Marissa Meyer
Pause one second. And be honest." Thorne held up a finger.
"Are you having a mental breakdown right now? -- Marissa Meyer
Besides, I did work for it. Thievery isn't easy, you know. -- Marissa Meyer
When did you become so frustrating?" She -- Marissa Meyer
Sacha's complexion was ashen but for the bruised blotches on her jaw. Her eyes were still open, -- Marissa Meyer
Time it sparked a little glow in Cinder's silicon heart. -- Marissa Meyer
The expression made her uncomfortable - the look that suggested she was a china doll, easily shattered. -- Marissa Meyer
You know, when I was a kid, I was tricked into thinking that princesses wore tiaras and hosted tea parties. Now that I've met a real princess, I must say, I'm kind of disappointed. -- Marissa Meyer
Now he was the Carswell Thorne who had given her strength in the desert. Who had come for her when she was kidnapped. Who had kissed her when hope was lost and death was imminent. Thorne -- Marissa Meyer
Long ago, bats had been a symbol of good luck, but over the years they had come to symbolize safe travels through the darkness of space. -- Marissa Meyer
The Snow White the midnight the moon tales of the mechanics -- Marissa Meyer
While Cinder couldn't imagine him abdicating his throne and setting off on a lifetime of space travel and adventure, it was rather adorable watching him try to fit in. -- Marissa Meyer
Patience, friend. They're coming for you. -- Marissa Meyer
His hands were achingly gentle as he lowered her to the platform, and lingered a second too long after her feet were firmly planted, or not nearly long enough. -- Marissa Meyer
She was the one hallucinating now. She took a stumbling, uncertain step forward. Wanting to run toward him, but terrified it was a trick. -- Marissa Meyer
One to be a murderer, the other to be martyred, One to be a monarch, the other to go mad. -- Marissa Meyer
Yes, Kinney?" said Cinder. "The captain and his crew are requesting an audience." "Ha!" Thorne's voice carried from the corridor. "I told you I could get him to call me the captain. -- Marissa Meyer
a willow tree was weeping from the heavy rain, a coy pond nearly overflowing. -- Marissa Meyer
It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. -- Marissa Meyer
She made room for the discarded foot on the table, setting it up like a shrine amid the wrenches and lug nuts, before -- Marissa Meyer
Irritation hardened in Cinder's gut. She might have pointed out that Pearl and Peony could have been given ready-made rather than custom dresses in order to budget for Cinder's as well. She might have pointed out that they would only wear their dresses one time too. -- Marissa Meyer
Sometimes, it was better to be ignorant. -- Marissa Meyer
I wonder what the princess did to anger her."
Thorne folded his arms. "I'm not sure you have to do anything to earn Levana's wrath. -- Marissa Meyer
But hoping," he said, "is how the impossible can be possible after all. -- Marissa Meyer
Kai reached forward and took her hand, and before she realized what was happening, he had plucked her away from her stepmother and stepsister and taken her into his arms. They were dancing. -- Marissa Meyer
What?" said Li. "What's missing?"
Dr. Erland stepped closer to the window and pressed a sweating palm against the counter. "A little green firefly. -- Marissa Meyer
So glad to be of service," said the disembodied voice. "I'm Iko. Is anyone hurt?" "Everyone's hurt," said Cinder, groaning. -- Marissa Meyer
Thorne "But I'm a wanted fugitive, like Cinder, they do realize I'm missing, don't they?"
Cinder "Maybe they're grateful -- Marissa Meyer
She heard Thorne say something about freeze-dried cardboard and Iko accuse him of being insensitive to those without any taste buds at all. -- Marissa Meyer
I've heard that when citizens are unruly, there's usually a good reason for it. -- Marissa Meyer
He blinked up at Scarlet. "Did you just shoot me? -- Marissa Meyer
The smile she'd been waiting for warmed his face, a -- Marissa Meyer
Kate could not have looked any more stunned if he'd just proposed that they move to Colombia State together and become coffee bean farmers. -- Marissa Meyer
You loved her. I would feel the same if someone wanted to erase Scarlet's identity and give it to Levana's army. -- Marissa Meyer
Thorne scoffed. "Careful is my middle name. Right after Suave and Daring."
"Do you even know what you're saying half the time?" asked Cinder. -- Marissa Meyer
He may be the one dressed like a fool, but it seemed the title was reserved for her. -- Marissa Meyer
Levana's face was fiercely beautiful. Breathtaking in her viciousness. -- Marissa Meyer
She was a cyborg, and she would never go to a ball. -- Marissa Meyer
It is a dangerous thing to unbelieve something only because it frightens you. -- Marissa Meyer
Reminded herself that this was not a monster. This was Wolf, the man who had held her so tenderly on the train. The man who had given her the ID chip to help her escape. -- Marissa Meyer
Oh, I fully intend to form an alliance with Luna." Kai glanced at the cyborg foot again. "I just intend to put a different queen on the throne first. -- Marissa Meyer
If she was alive, she would be the rightful heir to the Lunar throne. She could end Levana's reign. She could save them all. -- Marissa Meyer
She was desperate to see Kai again. To kiss him. To be in his arms. To laugh at his ironic jokes and watch his eyes crinkle when he laughed at hers. It -- Marissa Meyer
It was made out to be some kind of honor, giving your life for the good of humanity, but it was really just a reminder that cyborgs were not like everyone else. -- Marissa Meyer
Batting her hand away, Wolf dug his fingers into Scarlet's hair and crushed his mouth against hers. Her protests died with a muffled gasp. This -- Marissa Meyer
What were promises, anyway, when made to the dying? -- Marissa Meyer
Imagine there was a cure, but finding it would cost you everything. It would completely ruin your life. What would you do? -- Marissa Meyer
She couldn't help a grin, knowing that she had done this. She had brought this monstrosity back to life. It owed her now and it seemed to know it. -- Marissa Meyer
There was an edge to his expression, like he didn't trust anyone who was more attractive than he was. -- Marissa Meyer
But Dataran and the boy in the holograph both had pronounced cheekbones and slender frames that suggested a particular grace. And they had both made her fan sputter. What -- Marissa Meyer
You are a killer. You are a predator. You know nothing aboyt loyality or love. We may be animals, but we will never again live in your cave. -- Marissa Meyer
I promise, I will not let you die without being kissed. -- Marissa Meyer
Does she really call herself my girlfriend?" "Oh, I wouldn't know. We haven't spent an evening gossiping and painting each other's toenails since the kidnapping." Glaring, -- Marissa Meyer
The doctor brushed past her and gestured at the holographic image that jutted from the net-screen. "Let me tell you what is peculiar about it."
"I'd say 36.28 percent of it is pretty peculiar -- Marissa Meyer
Don't leave, and try not to do anything crazy." Winter winked. "I shall be a vestibule of unhampered sanity." With -- Marissa Meyer
I shall be a vestibule of unhampered sanity. -- Marissa Meyer
A laugh reverberated through his chest, into her, and before she was ready Wolf settled her feet onto a patch of squishy moss. She scrambled out of his hold, caught her balance, then punched him squarely in the arm. "Never do that again. -- Marissa Meyer
That's handling it?" "It's my decision." "It's a stupid one!" Kai -- Marissa Meyer
Her heartbeat felt like horse's hooves trampling her chest. -- Marissa Meyer
And they all lived happily to the end of their days. -- Marissa Meyer
A spark of defiance flickered over his face. -- Marissa Meyer
These things do not happen in dreams, dear girl,' he said, vanishing up to his neck. 'They happen only in nightmares.'
His head spiralled and he was gone. -- Marissa Meyer
A reality show about a group of children attempting to run their own small country. -- Marissa Meyer
Is there a certain type of drama you like?" Kate whispered. Carswell twisted his lips up in thought. "Adventure stories, I guess. With lots of exotic places and daring escapades ... and swashbuckling space pirates, naturally. -- Marissa Meyer
Politeness, it turned out, was almost as effective when you wanted someone to do something for you. And kindness went further toward lasting admiration than any amount of mind control. Word -- Marissa Meyer
She was not looking at a girl in the mirror. She was looking at a machine. -- Marissa Meyer
His hair, every bit as wild and soft to the touch as it had looked. Finally, he leaned his head into her touch, gently nuzzling her fingers. -- Marissa Meyer
Levana had not seen the bodies, but she had seen the bedrooms the next morning, and her first thought was that all that blood would make for a very pretty rouge on her lips. -- Marissa Meyer
Speaking of eye surgery, do you realize you're missing
"What? Really? And I thought I was just emotionally
withdrawn. -- Marissa Meyer
Had he done it for her? "I know," said Iko with a dreaminess in her tone, though Cinder hadn't said anything. "He's fantastic." When -- Marissa Meyer
This miserable, awful woman still had no idea what it meant to be truly beautiful, or truly loved. -- Marissa Meyer
Hey, Trouble, he said, leaning his head back against the dial. -- Marissa Meyer
Thorne "I don't like to think of it as 'stolen. They have no proof that I didn't plan on giving it back". -- Marissa Meyer
Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time. -- Marissa Meyer
..and monogamy as rare as an earthen eclipse. -- Marissa Meyer
Do me a favor, Princess," he whispered, his breath warm against her mouth. "The next time someone says they're going to kill you, don't just let them." She -- Marissa Meyer
Why is a raven like a writing-desk? -- Marissa Meyer
Work for someone who believes in you, because when they believe in you, they'll invest in you. -- Marissa Meyer
Yeah, I guess you're right," he said, squeezing. "Maybe there's a little bit of a hero in me after all. But ... really, Cress. Only a little. -- Marissa Meyer
Try princess?" He smirked up at her. "I can't seem to think of much else. -- Marissa Meyer
I have begun to wonder if perfection might be its own flaw." She smirked. "Though perhaps a flaw can contribute to perfection. -- Marissa Meyer