It’s been over a month since I last posted because….. (two words) Life Happened. I miss the book community so much. 😘 I’m referring to you guys. 😉 Anyway I’m back now so yay! Lol 😂
I’m currently in Japan and being the book lover that I am, the first place I went to was of course, the bookstore. We went to several bookstores but they didn’t have that much English books. Book Off in 吉祥寺 (Kichijoji) was where I found paradise. The English section was not that big but there were best-selling authors and the books were in very good condition despite being used by previous owners. Plus they’re cheap so what a bargain!
Even though I already own some of the books and have read them already, what I have are paperbacks and I want to own hardbacks so yeah… ☺
I’m adopting (my term for buying 2nd hand books) these books! 😄
The thrilling conclusion to the Six of Crows duology.
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets – a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.
“If you couldn’t beat the odds, you changed the game.”
“If you couldn’t open a door, you just had to make a new one.”
“They valued the things he could do instead of pushing him for the things he couldn’t.
“Stop treating your wound like it’s something you imagined. If you see the wound is real, then you can heal it.”
“That was what destroyed you in the end; the longing for someone you could never have.”
“Fear is how they control you. There’s so much in the world you don’t have to be afraid of, if you would only open your eyes.”
“She would fight for him, but she could not heal him. She would not waste her life trying.”
“It was so much more pleasant to think of facing a fight than the shame of how horribly he’d botched everything.”
“Jesper’s life had split like a log into two distinct and uneven pieces: the time before he’d stepped up to that wheel and every day since.”
“You survived the worst of it. The parem is out of reach, and now you can stop thinking about it.”
“Shame crawling over her skin like fire over a forest floor.”
“It isn’t personal. He doubts everyone’s word.”
“Trust but verify or don’t trust at all.”
“How do we prepare for the unpredictable?”
“We broaden our options.”
“Never underestimate the public’s desire to get something for nothing.”
“Sometimes the trick to getting the best of a situation was just to wait.”
“She was right to be cautious. Even of him. Especially of him. Cautious was how you survived.”
“Fear is a phoenix. You can watch it burn a thousand times and still it will return.”
“Meeting you was a disaster. But I am grateful every day for that disaster.”
“You’re not weak because you can’t read. You’re weak because you’re afraid of people seeing your weakness. You’re letting shame decide who you are.”
“We can endure all kinds of pain. It’s shame that eats men whole.”
“The really bad monsters never look like monsters.”
“I suggest rethinking your priorities.”
“You are a stolen painting, Kuwei. Too recognizable to sell on the open market, too valuable to leave lying around.”
“I’m pragmatic. If I were cruel, I’d give him a eulogy instead of a conversation.”
“I can’t tell you what I don’t know.”
“If you still believe in fairness, then you’ve led a very lucky life.”
“Sometimes a proper thief doesn’t just take. He leaves something behind.”
“You could love something and still see its flaws.”
“In the Barrel, we don’t trade in safety. There’s only strength and weakness. You don’t ask for respect. You earn it.”
“I’ve spent my whole life hiding the things I can’t do. Why run from the amazing things you can do?”
“What about the nobodys and the nothings, the invisible girls? We learn to hold our heads as if we wear crowns. We learn to wring magic from the ordinary. That was how you survived when you weren’t chosen, when there was no royal blood in your veins. When the world owed you nothing, you demanded something of it anyway.”
About the Author:
Leigh Bardugo is the #1 New York Times – and USA Today – bestselling author of Six of Crows and the Grisha Trilogy: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm,and Ruin and Rising. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, geaduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and, most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood, where she is occasionally be heard singing with her band.
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:
Break into the notorious Ice Court (a military stronghold that has never been breached)
Retrieve a hostage (who could unleash magical havoc on the world)
Survive long enough to collect his reward (and spend it)
Kas needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.
“Every man is a safe, a vault of secrets and longings.”
“There’s no point to a fortune I won’t be alive to spend.”
“The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.”
“She wouldn’t wish love on anyone. It was the guest you welcomed and then couldn’t be rid of.”
“Hoping for honey and praying ot to get stung.”
“He was bound not just by shackles but of the burden of what he was about to do.”
“Nina had blown into his life with the wind and rain and set his world spinning. He’d been off balance ever since.”
“Hope and fury. Twin flames burning inside him.”
“What doesn’t kill me better run.”
“Despite all good sense and better intentions, she’d let herself feel something for the bastard of the Barrel.”
“The autumn leaf might cling to its branch, but it was already dead.”
“Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won’t matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.”
Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin and accept the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants – but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.
In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. Things get more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that took place on that very mountain – a discovery that may make her the killer’s next target.
But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy or an ally?
Black Ice is New York Times bestsellingauthor Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the Tetons of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous….
“He called out to me in a reassuring voice, but I wasn’t going to let it fool me.”
“Just because I’m not hurt doesn’t mean I’m okay.”
“Do you hear how stupid and empty that promise sounds?”
“I could hear my heart breaking, splintering into irreparable fragments.”
“The nightmare was dragging me back, a depth I had not known existed.”
“But I immediately resented my attraction. It wasn’t real. If Stockholm syndrome existed, I was sure my attraction was an early symptom of it.”
“It wasn’t even a fair exchange; in the end, I’d given him my heart, the whole of it.”
“Everyone needs secrets. They keep us vulnerable.”
“Why would anyone want to be vulnerable?”
“To keep their guard up, so they don’t get sloppy. If you have a weakness, you have to work hard to defend it. You can’t be lazy about it.”
“Just because I don’t know as much as you doesn’t mean I’m incompetent.”
“The beginning of the end of us.”
“My brain lagged, churning thoughts like it was a rusty gear grinding reluctantly into motion.”
“They say that when you’re about to die, your life flashes before your eyes. They never tell you that when you watch someone you once loved dying, hovering between this life and the next, it’s twice as painful, because you’re reliving two lives that traveled one road together.”
Synopsis: Conner Bailey thinks his fairy-tale adventures are behind him – until he discovers a mysterious clue left by the famous Brothers Grimm. With help from his classmate Bree and the outlandish Mother Goose, Conner sets off on a mission across Europe to crack a two-hundred-year-old code.
Meanwhile, Alex Bailey is training to become the next Fairy Godmother… but her attempts at granting wishes never go as planned. Will she ever be truly ready to lead the Fairy Council?
When all signs point to disaster for the Land of Stories, Conner and Alex must join forces with their friends and enemies to save the day. But nothing can prepare them for the coming battle…or for the secret that will change the twins’ lives forever.
The third book in the bestselling Land of Stories series puts the twins to the test as they bring two worlds together!
Fairies, trolls, goblins, elves, witches, dragons, talking statues, a mystery masked man, the Brothers Grimm, the Grande Armée, life lessons from the Fairy Godmother, clues in a time capsule, secrets unveiled, a wedding in the woods, first loves and broken hearts, betrayal, and magic mirrors. Here are some of the lines I love from the third book:
“You’re overexerting yourself. You’re only one person. No matter how hard you try, you can’t help everyone.”
“Some people can’t be helped, not because they’re helpless, but because they don’t want to be helped.”
“You can’t help anyone if you don’t know how to help yourself first.”
“What was he supposed to do now that he had been diagnosed with a crush? Was there an anti-crush pill he could take? Was there a gland on his heart that could be removed? Was it terminal?”
“The purer the heart, the easier it was to scar, and Alex’s heart was as pure as they came.”
“The first cut is always the deepest, but not every cut leaves a scar.”
“If you spend your whole life worrying about getting hurt, then you aren’t really living. You don’t want to shield yourself so much from the bad stuff that nothing good gets to you, either.”
“There’s a thin line between in love and insane – and I crossed it many times.”
“I don’t think anyone gets remembered exactly the way they want to. You just have to do the best you can with what you have and hope you’re recognized for it.”
“Great lessons come from tragic tales.”
“Misery fills the emptiness that hope leaves behind when the world disappoints you.”
“The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
“All it takes is one bad apple to disgrace a whole tree.”
“I don’t understand why such heavy burden have been placed on your young shoulders, but the taller you stand, the less weight you’ll feel. Don’t ever let anything break your spirit, children. Courage is something no one can take away from you.”
“Don’t ruin the world just because it has ruined you.”
There is so much going on in this book that it’s impossible to put down. The ending is a cliff-hanger and I can’t wait to get my hands on the 4th book! 😄