• the weight of feathers, anna-marie mclemore
    • "cluck knew the shape of her. he knew her hands. he'd seen her set them on her hips." (p. 58)
    • "having her there made him look at the birds a little less. when she was watching, he could watch her. he could study how her skin and her eyes and hair were all gradations of the same color, lighter to darker. the only parts of her face that broke the sequence was the pink on her lips and the deep red on her cheek, like crushed raspberries. if he stopped thinking of how much it must have hurt her, that patch on her cheek was beautiful." (p. 141)
    • "she wouldn't have caught cluck's laughs if she hadn't been so close to him. they were short, quiet, the same low pitch as the air pulling past the cab. they intertwined with lace's, her hands still sparking with the feeling of him giving her the wheel like she knew how to hold it." (p. 145)
    • "she took a lock of his hair between her fingers. it felt slick as the barbs of a feather, smooth, ready for rain. he shut his eyes as though he felt it, like the blue-black of his hair was living, as full of blood and nerves as his skin." (p. 145)
    • "the relief of her tail going from dax's hands to cluck's was so sharp it was almost pain." (p. 147)
    • "the relief was so perfect it made her escamas sore. it bubbled up through her, spilling out of her, making her kiss cluck's cheek. he ignored it, took it as the same kind of teasing as her shoving his arm. so she kissed him on the mouth to make him understand, lightly, just enough to feel the fine grain of his lips, a little chapped by dust and wind." (p. 150)
    • "'you're beautiful,' he said... 'you don't have to say that,' she said...'i know i don't have to say it,' he said. he stopped himself from saying the word 'beautiful' again. 'it's just true.'" (p. 152-153)
    • "he closed his eyes and held her hand there, kissed her thumb and took it lightly between his teeth, holding onto it. it trembled the veins that held her heart, that feeling of his teeth on her thumb pad and fingernail." (p. 174)
    • "but he must not have felt in his palms how anchored and still he made her. he left the smallest space between their lips and whispered again, 'i've got you,' like he thought she might not know." (p. 222)
    • "'no, there's nowhere i want to be more than where you are.'" (p. 237)
    • "lace would gather up those bits of him before they got swept up and thrown out. how he climbed trees quick as a feral cat. the black salt smell of his hair and sweat. the way his wrecked hand moved over her body. how the sun and water dripped off his back, how warm it stayed even in the river." (p. 258)
  • transcendent kingdom, yaa gyasi
    • "my mother used to say, 'you should have seen the way the chin chin man smiled at nana.' his entire face was in on it." (p. 15)
  • emily of new moon, l. m. montgomery
    • "he smiled up at her his old, beautiful smile, with the love behind it, that emily always found so sweet." (p. 3)
    • "oh, how she loved him! there was no other father like him in all the world – there never could have been – so tender, so understanding, so wonderful! they had always been such chums – they had loved each other so much – it couldn't be that they were to be separated." (p. 12)
    • "in our tiny garden – everything we had was small except our love and our happiness – it was dark and blossomy." (p. 15)
    • "'we'll stay together to the very end, then, little emily-child. we won't be parted for a minute.'" (p. 17)
    • "'i don't want to learn sense and be done a world of good to,' cried emily with a quivering lip. 'i – i want somebody to love me.'" (p. 21)
  • the pull of the stars, emma donoghue
    • "'you said i was a tonic, julia. indispensable. didn't you put balm on my hands when you didn't even know me? gave me your comb. and a birthday as well. when i broke the thermometer, you said it was your own fault! you've taught me so much in two days. made me your helper, your runner. made me matter.'" (p. 249)
    • "i let the kiss happen. never before, never this way. like a pearly moon in my mouth, huge, overwhelming, the brightness." (p. 250)
    • "'oh, my treasure,' i said. (taking her hands.) 'the sweet weight of you on the day you were born – imagine.'" (p. 251)
    • "no matter how cold we got, she and i didn't stir from that spot. every so often our mouths were speaking so close, they stopped for a while and kissed. i was so happy i thought i'd burst, and in the moments between the kissing i was almost more so. when had that spark between us first caught, glowed, begun to singe?" (p. 252)
  • in other lands, sarah rees brennan
    • "elliot put down some of his bags on the big tabletop and knelt down, then gave her a quick kiss on the cheek, near her pink-painted lips. she smelled like grass and perfume. he hesitated as he did it – he'd never kissed a mother-type person before, and he wasn't certain that she wasn't making a joke, that she didn't really mean him to – but she didn't seem to be joking." (p. 123)
    • "she leaned down, close enough to kiss but not quite kissing yet, and her dark hair fell down all around him so the dying night was veiled and the only starshine was her eyes." (p. 173)
    • "'and i want to be with him,' said elliot. 'in this time of emotional turmoil, that is.'" (p. 355)
    • "for a moment, elliot thought that he would throw away the treaty and everything the treaty meant, if only he could make luke feel better." (p. 370)
    • "luke was obviously a long way from relaxed, the muscles of his shoulders knotted and the feathers in his wings trembling as if caught in an upward draft of wind. elliot put a hand on the back of luke's neck absentmindedly." (p. 372)
    • "'stay here where i can see you,' luke said, absently palming the back of elliot's head. 'i'll be in the air. i'll see if anyone approaches and i'll deal with them. don't go anywhere.'" (p. 376)
    • "'there you are,' she said, patting him down, searching for any sign of injury, as he cradled her blood-streaked face in his hands and studied for any sign of the same." (p. 377)
    • "'don't worry about it,' elliot said at last. 'luke and serene take care of me.' 'of course we do,' said serene, smacking a kiss on elliot's cheek. 'and we always will.'" (p. 378)
    • "'you are exceptional, and exceptionally dear to me,' said serene, and elliot could not help smiling.'" (p. 378)
    • "'i'll give luke your love, shall i?' 'he knows he always has my love,' said serene. 'so should you, by now. go tell him something he does not know.'" (p. 431)
  • blanca & roja, anna-marie mclemore
    • "so blanca del cisne became the star that drew me closer, whether i was a wolf cub or a clearing of blue chicory or whatever part of the forest would have me." (p. 67)
    • "'i would have been there,' page said. 'whatever it was, i would have been there.'" (p. 208)
    • "i laughed. it sounded slight and worn out, but she was still the girl who made me laugh, even now." (p. 215)
    • "she was the girl i wanted, and the girl who knew me. she was the girl who let me choose, because she demanded no choice of me." (p. 224)
    • "i wanted as much of her as she'd give me. i'd keep all of it." (p. 246)
  • cemetery boys, aiden thomas
    • "'i kind of made a mess of things, huh?' yadriel said... 'yeah,' julian agreed very matter-of-factly, not malicious or even teasing. 'but now your mess is my mess, too.' he tilted his head toward yadriel and spoke softly. 'it's bound to be easier if we're both cleaning it up, right?'" (p. 193)
    • "yadriel hadn't known it could be that painless and simple for someone to see him as he was." (p. 193)
    • "but julian's bad jokes, easy smile, and nonchalance seemed to suck all the stress out of the situation. or at the very least, dilute it." (p. 208)
    • "'yads?' his name was so soft and sweet coming from julian's lips." (p. 244)
  • catherine house, elisabeth thomas
    • "viktória squeezed my shoulder, suddenly, with kindness. my throat seized. i hadn't been touched that way, so gently, in a long time." (p. 97)
    • "i wondered if i would remember the feeling after catherine. the feeling of seeing a friend – someone i knew and who knew me, too, someone who cared about me – walking in through a door or waving from across a hall or bending to whisper in another friend's ear." (p. 159)
  • silver in the wood, emily tesh
    • "'the bed's big enough to share, surely.' he gave tobias a smile." (p. 13)
    • "'tobias – mr finch that is,' said silver, and then he smiled an irrepressible, dimpled smile and said, 'in fact, no, tobias. it's so good to see you. i missed you.'" (p. 98)
    • "'at this rate maybe i really will manage to charm you someday. i've been trying for so long. since we first met in that rainstorm, do you recall? you helped me take my coat off, and i was sure the moment i saw you that i'd found the wild man of greenhollow. it seemed like the luckiest stroke of my life.'" (p. 100)
    • "'he'll need you.' 'you won't, though.' 'no,' she said patiently, 'because i'm not a people. but i will still love you.' 'you as well, my dear,' tobias said, after a moment when his throat felt too thick to speak. 'you as well.'" (p. 104)
  • a discovery of witches, deborah harkness
    • "'i can't conceive of what you would have to do to make me hate you, matthew. i love you like a brother, and i will until i draw my last breath.'" (p. 108)
  • legendborn, tracy deonn
    • "the affection – and fear – on his face, all for me, makes my head swim." (p. 177)
    • "'nick!' i stop, which is a bad idea, because he runs right into me, and i can feel the press of him against my back, his shoulders shaking with laughter. he steps away after a second and i swat at where i think he is in the darkness - my hands hits air, hits air, then lands on his chest with a hard thwack. he's still laughing, but traps my fingers between his and, before i can say a word, drops a soft kiss on my knuckles." (p. 191)
    • "'that thing you just did. that thing you do,' he says, his eyes filled with humor – and a shadow of hurt. 'tell yourself i'm just teasing. it's okay to be nervous, but please don't dismiss the idea that i like you, b.'" (p. 214)
    • "when nick stands in front of me, my stomach leaps up somewhere near my lungs. even covered in paint, even ten feet away, his face sends a wave of relief through me. if nick's here, i'll be all right." (p. 257)
  • scavenge the stars, tara sim
    • "why was it that whenever he spoke to her, he felt as if different parts of himself broke open?" (p. 247)
    • "she checked to make sure the tattoo at her wrist was covered by her sleeve, but some part of her didn't mind if cayo saw. in fact, she wanted him to see it, to share a bit of who she truly was." (p. 254)
    • "she turned to find cayo smiling at her drawings. the softness of that smile was like a kick to the chest, and when his eyes met hers, she stood rooted to the spot." (p. 254)
    • "what design had the gods woven to keep bringing this boy back into her life in unlikely ways? amaya didn't understand it, this push and pull, this interlocking of fates." (p. 258)
    • "he looked at his sister, wanting to tear apart the world and remake it for her, a world where she was healthy and happy and nothing bad could ever touch her." (p. 264-265)
  • drowned country, emily tesh
    • "he turned now to give tobias a brilliant smile, unforced, uncalculated, entirely sincere. it was not that it no longer hurt to look at him. the queer ache endured, as it had continuously from the moment he'd set eyes on tobias again and found him larger than memory, sterner and kinder and more ordinary and entirely himself. by god, how silver had loved the man!" (p. 78)
    • "what a shock it was, after months of flirtation that might as well have been aimed at an amiable wall. what an astounding, delightful shock, to find oneself sincerely admired, and wanted, and liked - and by such a sober and immovable rock of a man as tobias finch!" (p. 81)
    • "'i like to hear you talk,' tobias said. 'your voice. always did.'" (p. 104)
    • "there had to be something he could say that was both i loved you, i love you, doesn't that damned well matter? and also so what if i lied, so what if i was selfish - what is love if not selfish - so what if i needed you – i still need you." (p. 109)
    • "silver opened and closed his hands a few times. he would have liked to take hold of tobias just then; to feel for himself the warmth coming back into his chilled fingers." (p. 116)
    • "'you,' tobias said, when they parted, and he touched the side of silver's face, his ear, his hair. silver understood that you to mean my dear, or sweetheart, or - all the things tobias could never quite say." (p. 146)
    • "silver turned towards him and said, 'my dear – my dearest –" and kissed him. it had only been meant as a quick expression of affection, but tobias took the kiss and made it tender." (p. 152)
    • "'well, then. since it seems there's no other option,' silver said, to tobias's little smile and the growing brightness of joy in his eyes, 'i hope you don't mind if we share.'" (p. 153)
  • freshwater, akwaeke emezi
    • "ada meant every world to me." (p. 61)
    • "'i love you. i would do whatever for you to be there in my life.'" (p. 91)
    • "but i loved him and that made him more than human to me. love is transformative in that way. like small gods, it can bring out the prophet in you." (p. 94)
    • "'my mother thinks my palms are rough,' she said... ewan ran his thumb over her life line. 'no,' he said, looking at her as if she was wedding crystal. 'they're very soft.'" (p. 96)
  • the starless sea, erin morgenstern
    • "'i thought i'd dreamed you.'" (p. 288)
    • "'i was looking for mirabel but i couldn't find her and then i got lost so i started looking for something familiar and i found you.' 'am i familiar?' dorian says and zachary wants to say yes, you are the most familiar and i don't understand how." (p. 289)
    • "'how long ago was that?' dorian asks. 'four days? five? a week? it feels longer.' zachary looks at him wordlessly, without a proper answer. he thinks it might be a week, or a lifetime, or a moment. he thinks i feel like i have known you forever but he doesn't say it and so they only hold each other's gaze, not needing to say anything." (p. 297)
    • "dorian reaches up and turns zachary's face to his own, tangling his fingers in zachary's hair. so quietly zachary can barely hear him against the continuing clamor, dorian says, 'i need you to know that what i feel for you is real. because i think you feel the same. i have lost a lot of things and i don't want to lose this, too.'" (p. 312)
    • "'thank you for seeing me when other people looked through me like i was a ghost.'" (p. 356)
    • "'i thought i'd lost you,' he says. dorian takes his arm again, pulling him closer, leaning his forehead against zachary's. he feels warm yet cold and real yet not real, all at once. this person is a place zachary could lose himself in, and never wish to be found." (p. 415)
  • the gilded wolves, roshani chokshi
    • "it seemed the world couldn't help but want to be near her...every beam of light, pair of eyes, atom of air. maybe that's why sometimes he couldn't breathe around her." (p. 54)
    • "'you are real, my girl, for you are loved.'" (p. 102)
  • the death of vivek oji, akwaeke emezi
    • "chika had never seen his brother look so tender, the way his long fingers trembled, the love and pride simmering in his eyes." (p. 4)
    • "osita wished, much later, that he'd told vivek the truth then, that he was so beautiful it made the air around him dull." (p. 11)
    • "kavita had been without a mother for so long, her love for ahunna was tactile and rich with childlike affection, a hundred thousand touches." (p. 13)
    • "i didn't tell him how it had felt when she gasped my name into my ear, her fingers digging into my back – like in that moment i was a whole entire world." (p. 31)
    • "'osita,' he said, and his voice was a stream of memory, my oldest friend." (p. 120)
    • "i didn't care. i didn't care. i would do it again, all of it, for him, always for him." (p. 128)
    • "vivek put his mouth to the top of my head. 'you're safe,' he murmured. 'it's just me. it's just you and me.'" (p. 129)
    • "if i didn't love osita already, i would have for that evening alone. for coming to find me, for kissing sense into me. for breaking himself apart, trusting me with his secret." (p. 130)
  • want, lynn steger strong
    • "i look forward, always, to the next time her rough, warm hands grab hold of me." (p. 19)
    • "the buzz of her hands on my neck was the closest that i'd come to joy in years." (p. 48)
    • "i didn't mind because she loved me like that. she loved me most when, at night, she'd rub my back as i cried about whatever small thing made me cry that day and she could tell me my crying was allowed and important, that she'd be there no matter what." (p. 48)
    • "i didn't want to spend long stretches of time without her." (p. 50)
    • "she laughs and i love him in a million different ways from how i did when he hugged her, in a million different ways from how i loved him when she met him that first time years ago." (p. 145)
  • an unkindness of ghosts, rivers solomon
    • "'perhaps you think it's no small thing for you to burn away, but it would mean a great deal to me to lose you.'" (p. 62)
    • "'you got to put in for reassignment,' pippi said. mabel shook her head as she caught her breath. 'i'm not spending my days away from you.'" (p. 71)
    • "'it's good to see you,' theo said. 'our last meeting didn't go as i'd hoped. i haven't thought of much else but you since.'" (p. 81)
  • the night circus, erin morgenstern
    • "marco lifts his hand to brush a stray curl away from celia's face, tucking it behind her ear and stroking her cheek with his fingertips. her eyelids flutter closed and the rose petals around their feet begin to stir." (p. 230)
    • "'i have done nothing for you. everything i have done, every change i made to that circus, every impossible feat and astounding sight, i have done for her.'" (p. 232)
    • "'call me by my name,' he says. he has never heard her speak his name and holding her in his arms he suddenly craves the sound. 'please,' he adds when she hesitates. 'marco,' she says, her voice low and soft. the sound of his name on her tongue is even more intoxicating than he had imagined, and he leans in to taste it." (p. 263)
    • "'how tempting it is to lose myself in you. to let go. to let you keep me from breaking chandeliers rather than constantly worrying about it, myself.'" (p. 263)
    • "'the night of the anniversary party,' she says. 'the night you kissed me. i thought it that night. i didn't want to play anymore. i only wanted to be with you.'" (p. 264)
    • "'i've tried,' marco says, cupping her face in his hands. 'i have tried to let you go and i cannot. i cannot stop thinking of you. i cannot stop dreaming about you. do you not feel the same for me?' 'i do,' celia says. 'i have you here, all around me.'" (p. 265)
    • "'i keep looking for answers, for the right thing to do, and nothing's been clear except for you.'" (p. 269)
    • "and before he can tell her to tell widget goodbye for him if need be, she leans forward and kisses him, not on the cheek, as she has a handful of times before, but on the lips, and bailey knows in that moment that he will follow her anywhere." (p. 270)
    • "'i would have written you, myself, if i could put down in words everything i want to say to you. a sea of ink would not be enough.' 'but you built me dreams instead,' celia says, looking up at him. 'and i built you tents you hardly ever see. i have had so much of you around me always and i have been unable to give you anything in return that you can keep.'" (p. 293)
  • horns, joe hill
    • "'but merrin. merrin was the sweetest little thing. you couldn't hear her laugh without smiling.'" (p. 49)
    • "he wanted merrin back - wanted to cry with his face buried in her lap and her fingers moving over the nape of his neck. all thoughts of peace were wrapped up in her. every restful memory seemed to include her: a breezy july afternoon, lying in the grass above the river. a rainy october, drinking cider with her in the living room, huddled together under a knitted blanket, merrin's cold nose against his ear." (p. 51)
  • the forgotten garden, kate morton
    • "'i knew you first, nellie, i've loved you longest.'" (p. 63)
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