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Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1) Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
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“Mors irrumat omnia. Death fucks us all.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House
“I want to survive this world that keeps trying to destroy me.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House
“I let you die. To save myself, I let you die.
That is the danger in keeping company with survivors.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House
“All you children playing with fire, looking surprised when the house burns down”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House
“There were always excuses for why girls died”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House
“But would it have mattered if she’d been someone else? If she’d been a social butterfly, they would have said she liked to drink away her pain. If she’d been a straight-A student, they would have said she’d been eaten alive by her perfectionism. There were always excuses for why girls died.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House
“That was what magic did. It revealed the heart of who you'd been before life took away your belief in the possible. It gave back the world all lonely children longed for.”
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“And maybe he wanted her to be the kind of girl who dressed as Queen Mab, who loved words and had stars in her blood.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House
“Peace was like any high. It couldn't last. It was an illusion, something that could be interrupted in a moment and lost forever.”
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“They'd made the mistake of teaching him he could survive”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House
“Not every flower belongs in every garden.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House
“Take me back. Make me into someone who has never been done harm. Go as far as you can. Make me brand-new. No bruises. No scars.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House
“You couldn’t keep sidling up to death and dipping your toe in. Eventually it grabbed your ankle and tried to pull you under.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House
“He needed her and she needed him. That was how most disasters began.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House
“What do you want?" Belbalm had asked her. Safety, comfort, to feel unafraid. I want to live to grow old, Alex thought as she pulled the curtains closed. I want to sit on my porch and drink foul-smelling tea and yell at passersby. I want to survive this world that keeps trying to destroy me.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House
“Maybe all rich people asked the wrong questions. For people like Alex, it would never be what do you want. It was always just how much can you get?”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House
“We all have spaces we keep blank.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House
“If Alex could have told Darlington anything, it would have been, Come back. She would have said it in English and Spanish. She would have used the imperative.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House
“Only two things kept you safe: money and power.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House
“Even alligators have parents, Dawes. That doesn't stop them from biting”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House
“Do you know what my mother said?" Turner asked. "She told me there's no doorway the devil doesn't know. He's always waiting to stick his foot in. I never really believed her until tonight”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House
“All whiteboards are magical.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House
“They tried to kill me, Hellie,” she rasped as she slid into the dark. That means I get to try to kill them.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House
“Have power on this dark land to lighten it, and power on this dead world to make it live.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House
“Alex felt something dark inside her uncoil. “You’re a flat beast,” Hellie had once said to her. “Got a little viper lurking in there, ready to strike. A rattler probably.” She’d said it with a grin, but she’d been right.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House
“This is where you belong. This is where you were meant to bloom. Don't roll your eyes, Galaxy. Not every flower belongs in every garden.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House
“If she suddenly threw herself in a river or off a building or into traffic, there would be plenty of warning signs to point to. Did she seem depressed? She was distant. She didn’t make many friends. She was struggling in her classes. All true. But would it have mattered if she’d been someone else? If she’d been a social butterfly, they would have said she liked to drink away her pain. If she’d been a straight-A student, they would have said she’d been eaten alive by her perfectionism. There were always excuses for why girls died.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House
“Alex didn’t have money. But she did have power. She’d been afraid of it, afraid of staring directly at that blood-soaked night. Afraid she’d feel regret or shame, of saying goodbye to Hellie all over again. But when she’d finally looked? Let herself remember? Well, maybe there was something broken and shriveled in her, because she felt only a deep calm in knowing what she was capable of.”
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“He didn't know how precious a normal life could be, how easy it was to drift away from average. You started sleeping until noon, skipped one class, one day of school, lost one job, then another, forgot the way that normal people did things. You lost the language of ordinary life. And then, without meaning to, you crossed into a country from which you couldn't return. You lived in a state where the ground always seemed to be slipping from beneath your feet, with no way back to someplace solid.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House
“A lie isn't a lie until someone believes it. It doesn't matter how charming you are if there's no one to charm.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House

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