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Quote Corner #2: Making Faces

Happy Wednesday!!
Today’s Quote Corner is featuring a stunningly gorgeous novel that I rarely hear anybody else talk about. This book deserves so much more recognition! Making Faces by Amy Harmon is a moving story and as you will soon see, the writing is captivating and beautiful.
Happy reading! 🙂

True beauty, the kind that doesn’t fade or wash off, takes time. It takes incredible endurance. It is the slow drip that creates the stalactite, the shaking of the Earth that creates mountains, the constant pounding of the waves that breaks up the rocks and smooths the rough edges. And from the violence, the furor, the raging of the winds, the roaring of the waters, something better emerges, something that would have otherwise never existed.
And so we endure. We have faith that there is purpose. We hope for things we can’t see. We believe there are lessons in loss, power in love, and that we have within us the potential for a beauty so magnificent, our bodies can’t contain it.

You loved ferris wheels more than roller coasters because life shouldn’t be lived at full speed, but in anticipation and appreciation.

“Have you ever stared at a painting so long that the colors blur and you can’t tell what you’re looking at anymore? There’s no form, face, or shape-just color, just swirls of paint? I think people are like that. When you really look at them, you stop seeing a perfect nose or straight teeth. You stop seeing the acne scar or the dimple in the chin. Those things start to blur, and suddenly you see them, the colors, the life inside the shell, and beauty takes on a whole new meaning.”

This novel left me speechless. It’s been years, and I am still at a loss for words. I think about this story all the time, and I think I always will. It was unlike anything else I’ve ever read, and it touched my heart in a way that I’m not quite sure any other book would be able to.  I feel like this is the first time I’ve really spoken about this story, which is unfortunate because it is incredible and deserves so much more recognition. I would highly, highly, highly recommend it.
I am so obsessed with this third quote. I understand exactly what Fern meant when she said that, but she articulated it in a perfect way that I’ve never been capable of. It’s a very strange but difficult experience to describe when you realize this happening. It’s like you’re seeing someone, but like, REALLY seeing them. I also find it to be sort of surreal when it happens, but it for some reason is a very heartwarming experience. Again, it’s challenging to explain it, which is why I adore this quote so much.
I also think that the first quote is so, so, so, so, so beautiful and the one about ferris wheels is adorable and holds so much truth to it.

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Quote Corner #1: The Retribution of Mara Dyer

Hello!! I hope you’re all doing well! Today is the first post in a new little series I’m starting called Quote Corner, in which I will pick a book and share a quote (or maybe a few quotes) that I like from it. I love nothing more than when I stumble across a lovely quote when I’m reading and I scramble to snap photo of it so I can add it to my journal full of quotes. I have collected so many over the years and will continue to do so that I decided it was time to start sharing them! It will also be a nice opportunity for me to babble about my favourite books a little extra.

Today, in celebration of the season of love (I know I’m, a little late from Valenitine’s Day, but shhhh), I will be sharing a couple beautifully romantic quotes from The Retribution of Mara Dyer.

“Je t’aime. Aujourd’hui. Ce soir. Demain. Pour toujours. Si je vivais mille ans, je t’appartiendrais pour tous. Si je vivais mille vies, je te ferais mienne dans chacune d’elles.
I love you. Today. Tonight. Tomorrow. Forever. If I were to live a thousand years, I would belong to you for all of them. If I were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one.”

“You should’ve seen the way he was looking at you while you were out.”
I smiled a little. “How?”
“Like you’re the ocean and he’s desperate to drown.”

Ugh, reading all of these quotes makes me desperately want to re-read the series! I finished it four years ago, and I am still absolutely mind-blown. I don’t think I will ever recover from how creative and intricately-crafted this story was.
If you haven’t read this series yet, I would highly recommend it! It’s thrilling and suspenseful with a swoon-worthy romance, fantastic characters, beautiful writing, and a phenomenal plot.

You can see my review of The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3) here.

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Review: Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1)

Good morning and happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!
Today I’m back with a review of Ace of Shades, which I finished reading back in December, but hadn’t gotten around to finishing a review for until recently. My second semester of university has been incredibly busy and stressful, but in just a couple of months I will be off for the summer and able to read all of the books that my heart desires!
Happy reading!! 🙂

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy, Romance
Series: The Shadow Game #1
Pages: 411
Publication Date: April 2018
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Read December 2019

Goodreads Synopsis:
Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…and secrets hide in every shadow.
Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.
Frightened and alone, Enne has only one lead: the name Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.
Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless Mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have you read it? Have you continued on with the series yet?
Did it live up to the hype?
What were your thoughts on the fake swearing?
I’d love to discuss it in the comments down below!!

Thanks so much for reading. Until next time!

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