Young Adult Book Quotes

cress by marissa meyer

Quotes from “Cress” by 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.”– Cress and Thorne


“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.
“Yes, Iko?”
“That is the best idea ever. Count me in.”– Cinder and Iko


“He leaned forward to inspect her closer. “Is that all hair?”

… Sudden, overwhelming panic clawed up Cress’s throat. With a squeak, she ducked out of view of the camera and scrambled beneath the desk. Her back struck the wall with a thud that rattled her teeth. She crouched there, skin burning hot and pulse thundering as she took in the room before her— the room that he was now seeing too, with the rumpled bedcovers and the mustached man on all the screens telling her to grab her imaginary partner and swing them around.

“Wha—where’d she go?” Thorne’s voice came to her through the screen.

“Honestly, Thorne.” A girl. Linh Cinder? “Do you ever think before you speak?”

“What? What did I say?”

” ‘Is 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?”

“It was the first big cat that came to mind.”– Thorne, Cinder, and Cress


“Captain,” she murmured. “I think I’m in love with you.”
An eyebrow shot up. She counted six beats of his heart before, suddenly, he laughed.
“Don’t tell me it took you two whole days to realize that. I must be losing my touch.”– Thorne and Cress


“If you honestly believe that,” said Thorne, stowing the gun again, “then you really don’t recognize true value when you see it.”– Thorne and Cress


“The other girl, Iko, cupped her chin with both hands. “This is so much better than a net drama.”– Iko

the winner's curse marie rutkoski

Quotes from “The Winner’s Curse” by Marie Rutkoski.


“Isn’t that what stories do, make real things fake, and fake things real?”– Kestrel


“Arin smiled. It was a true smile, which let her know that all the others he had given her were not.”– Arin and Kestrel


“You might not think of me as your friend,” Kestrel told Arin, “but I think of you as mine.”– Kestrel and Arin


“Happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous.”– ??


“She reminded herself bitterly that this was what curiosity had bought her: fifty keystones for a singer who refused to sing, a friend who wasn’t her friend, some one who was hers and yet would never be hers.”– Kestrel

the one kiera cass

Quotes from “The One” by Kiera Cass


“The best people all have some kind of scar.”– America


“Leave it to you to find beauty in something others would say ruins a day.”– Maxon and America


“Bravery hides in amazing places.”–???


“It doesn’t really matter how you feel about your character; it just matters what you do with it.”– America


“Celeste walked up, as strong as I’d ever seen her, and whispered something into Maxon’s ear.

When she was done, he smiled. “I don’t think that will be necessary.”

“Good.” She left, closing the door behind her, and I stood to take whatever was coming.

“What was that about?” I asked, nodding toward the door.

“Oh, Celeste was making it clear that if I hurt you, she’d make me cry,” he said with a smile.

I laughed. “I’ve been on the receiving end of those nails, so be careful there.”

“Yes, ma’am.”– America, Maxon, and Celeste


“Do you need me to break her leg? I could make it happen.” She chuckled to herself. “I’m kidding.”– Celeste


“When you love someone, you sacrifice.”– America


“They should be proud of everything you’ve endured. If my parents had any idea how low I’ve sunk . . . I don’t know what they’d say. If Maxon’s parents knew, I’m sure they’d have kicked me out by now. I’m not fit for this.” She breathed out, struggling to confess.

I leaned forward, putting my hands on hers. “I think this change of heart would prove otherwise, Celeste.”– Celeste and America


“I’m just realizing, Mer, that no matter what happens . . . there will always be a string tying you to me. I’ll never not worry about you. I’ll never not care about what you do. You’ll always be something to me.”– Aspen and America


“Live your life. Be happy as you can be, let go of the things that don’t matter, and fight.”– Mr. Singer


“I love you beyond paint, beyond melodies, beyond words. And I hope you will always feel that, even when I’m not around to tell you so.”– Mr. Singer


Cress by Merissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #3)

cress by marissa meyer

“Cress” by Marissa Meyer

5 out of 5 stars.

Cress has been held captive for seven long years on an orbiting satellite. She has a lovely view of earth from her small “bedroom” window, and the occasional sight of her home planet, Luna. Despite her ancestry, Cress avoids the sight of Luna whenever she can; as a shell, she is thought to be a traitor just by having been born and was declared to no longer be a citizen of Luna. She is a cast off, the product of Queen Levana’s cruel reign, and some not so pleasant memories come back to Cress unbidden whenever she sees the surface of what should be called home. Cress, however, has found the perfect solution to avoid seeing Luna completely: she hides under her computer desk whenever the satellite passes by the planet. Not the greatest solution, but a solution of sorts.

Despite her shell status on Luna, Cress is still of great value to the Lunars; as one of their most gifted computer hackers, she can get into any data base on earth and make all of Luna’s space ships undetectable to the earthens’ radar. Cress is a very handy tool to the Lunars, but what they couldn’t ever anticipate is that all of her time spent orbiting earth and watching earthen soap operas (don’t ask), has made her sympathetic towards the human race. With no place to really call home, Cress has deemed herself protector of the earthen rebel and cyborg, Cinder, the Lunar Queen’s most feared enemy. Cinder has the opportunity to stop Queen Levana from destroying earth and her on planet, and Cress will use all of her technological skills to aid the female cyborg in her cause. And maybe along the way, Cinder and her friends will find a way to save Cress, too.

Dreams become reality for Cress when Cinder finds a way to contact her, and offers to take Cress with them. Could this really be happening? Could she be free of this satellite prison forever in only a matter of hours? Soon the Rampion spaceship is within sight of her satellite and Thorne is coming to get her. Cress is positively giddy, just awaiting the moment when she can cast off her chains (hypothetically) and be free, but sooner than she could have ever imagined her plans for escape are thwarted, and she, as well as the dashing Captain Thorne, are trapped on the satellite, plummeting down to earth with no hope of surviving.

Cinder, Wolf, and Scarlet are all fighting for their lives as the Rampion is attacked. How could so much go wrong in such a short time? Surviving by the skin of their teeth, Cinder and part of her crew are still alive, but with Thorne gone and Scarlet captured, she would not call today’s battle a win. If Cinder can’t even protect her own crew, how can she save Luna and earthens? Is she just kidding herself, or can she become strong enough to make her friends’ sacrifices worthwhile? Can Cinder and what remains of her crew take down Queen Levana, or are they destined for failure?

All I can say is…WONDERFUL! I am so happy this pre-order worked out. Me and my sister have been waiting forever for “Cress” to come out, and it was so exciting to get it in the mail, looking all pretty and such.


I think it is my favorite cover for the month of February. Besides the cover being amazing, the book itself is fantastic and so enjoyable to read. It is light and fluffy while still being substantial, and I just love that about this series. Nothing is too crazy and serious, but it isn’t mindless either. Another reason why I loved this book so much was the characters.

Captain Carswell Thorne is flippin’ fantastic. He is such a great, and massively entertaining, character. Granted, he may not be the most upstanding guy, but he seems to have a good heart, and he is quite funny. He actually reminds me a lot of Captain Hook on “Once Upon a Time” and Flynn Rider from “Tangled”; those two might be the reason why I love him so much. They are all just so cheeky, charming, and awesome that I can’t get enough of them! I have kept watching “Once Upon a Time” for no reason but Hook, “Tangled” because it’s “Tangled”, and I will keep reading “The Lunar Chronicles” because of Thorne and Thorne alone.

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Thorne deals with some pretty big issues in this book, but I never felt like he lost his Thorne-ness. I feel that some authors create too many problems, sometimes, for a character and then nothing gets resolved and you end up losing the character along the way; change and growth are good (I look forward to it in books), but when the character(s) becomes compromised and they’re no longer them, that’s when I feel like an author has taken it too far. To make a long story short, Marissa Meyer kept the integrity of each of her characters while still making them move forward, for a lack of better words. I felt quite satisfied at the end of “Cress” with the direction Marissa was taking Carswell as a character, and as long as he gets to keeps his funny, cheeky, charm, I’m cool with the growth and changes she may have in store for him.

Cinder was also a really good character. I felt that she wasn’t SUPER present in “Scarlet” and that I didn’t really get to know her all that well (I haven’t yet read “Cinder.” Oops!). However, in “Cress” she really came out as a strong lead character despite the fact that the title is another girl’s name. I really enjoyed her perspective and seeing how she navigated her newfound abilities. Cinder had to decide whether she would use her powers (which can be harmful to those she imposes them upon), or if she should decide not to use them even if it will stop Levana from hurting others? Cinder goes through a lot of ups and downs in “Cress”, and it was interesting to see her inner struggle between right and wrong, and what makes us different from those who terrorize others. I am looking forward to seeing her grow and become even stronger, while still keeping her conscience and humanity, because those are the things that make her a better person than Levana to lead.

Cress will be my last character to write on (the others are more in the background, and don’t have a huge effect on the overall plot). Cress is a cute character. She’s a smart computer girl with a penchant for daydreaming, and those daydreams tend to include Captain Thorne. I felt that she was a cute character, but I wasn’t particularly endeared to her in any which way. I didn’t at all mind being inside her head, but she doesn’t quite have Cinder’s inner struggle or Scarlet’s spunk, so I wasn’t passionate about Cress, but I also wasn’t dispassionate about her. I am looking forward to, though, “Winter” because I really want to see her mature and become a strong female character that can hold her own.

Okay, so overall, “Cress” is a fantastic book. It is a lighter read, with an interesting and well thought out plot, and a kick butt crew of characters to back it all up; there are quite a few characters to choose from, so you are bound to find at least one you can follow around in this series. I had so much fun getting to know all these characters and I can’t wait to see what Marissa Meyer does next, and I believe this author totally succeeded in what she was attempting to do. Wonderful job!