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Tracy Deonn

Top 10 Best Quotes

“But grief isn’t a competition. It’s not an identical pain that we all meet one day when death finds us. It’s a monster, personalized by our love and memories to devour us just so. Grief is suffering, tailored.”

“What truly ties us together is not blood but pain. When we love someone and lose them, that loss imprints itself on everyone else we love too.”

“Wishes are the dangerous mind games we play with ourselves. The only way to win is not to play.”

“We ran for many reasons. We ran to protect ourselves. We ran so we would not die, so that our daughters could live.”

“Sel looks between us both. “I cannot believe I am stuck with you two.” The tension lifts, and I smile. “You are, you know. Stuck with us.” Nick makes a sound of disagreement. “Nah. I think you’re stuck with us, Bree.”

“I feel Sel’s gaze on the back of my neck, on my cheek, before I hear his voice. “Mae hi’n brydferth.” “What?” I ask. Nick turns when I do, just as confused. Arthur’s memories don’t recognize modern Welsh, and I only know a little. I do recognize the words for “she” and “beautiful” though. Or maybe Nick isn’t just as confused as me, because a slow, laughing smile spreads across his face, like he understands Sel’s game already. He leans a hip against the wall to watch me beside his Kingsmage, eyes teasing. “Ydi, mae hi. Yn dragwyddol.” Maybe that last word was “forever.” “Beautiful forever”? No, “always”? I flush, then pout. “Because of Arthur, I’m only fluent in Old Welsh, not modern. You know this isn’t fair.” “We know,” they respond together, and laugh.”

“When white people say something's 'not about race,' it's usually because it is and they don't wanna talk about it.”

“We had faith,” he says quietly. “That you’d know how to get us all out safely.” “And if I didn’t?” We look at each other for a long moment, then to Sel, and back to each other. When he finally speaks, Nick’s voice is warm enough to wrap the three of us together, a bond of its own. “Then the world would be broken in more ways than one.”

“Since when has a man's title prevented his brutality instead of further emboldening it?”

“Power is one thing; control is another.”

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Book Keywords:

racism, selwyn-kane, loss, bree-matthews, nick-davis

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