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332 pages, Paperback
First published August 16, 2007
"I was a pretty dhampir, one who didn't mind getting into trouble and pulling crazy stunts. I became a novelty; they liked having me around for the fun of it."
"You flirted with the other guys simply for the sake of flirting. You flirted with Jesse in the hopes of getting semi-naked with him. He was a royal Moroi, and he was so hot, he should have worn a warning: flammable sign."
"I knew I was pretty, but to Moroi boys, my body was more than just pretty: it was sexy in a risqué way."
"I knew perfectly well that there weren't a lot of girls at this school who looked as good in a bra as I did."
"Me. Turning into Alberta. Her...and all the other female guardians. They're all leathery and stuff. Fighting and training and always being outdoors - they aren't pretty anymore." I paused."This...this life. It destroys them. Their looks, I mean."
"Why don't you just leave her alone? Are you so messed up and desperate for attention that you can't tell when someone doesn't like you?" He scowled. "You're some crazy stalker, and she knows it. She's told me all about your weird obsession-how you're always hanging out in the attic together, how you set Ralf on fire to impress her. She thinks you're a freak, but she's too nice to say anything."
"If I let myself love you, I won't throw myself in front of her. I'll throw myself in front of you."
“Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies.”
The before : September 2010
The After : September 2012
Dimitri hovered over us, alert and ready for any threat, his body coiled to attack. I felt safe with him beside us.
In that horrible moment, with him raging like a storm, I knew why Mason had called him a god.
He regarded me with utter seriousness, like he always did. "I think you're beautiful."
"You are so beautiful, it hurts me sometimes."
"I will never endure this sort of pain again. If I’m able to love someone else one day, I will do whatever it takes to hold on to him. No matter the cost."
"Start with something, and go from there. Go until you’re unstoppable."
"Just like Vinh , she thought. So controlled and so good at his duty. So good at sitting on his feelings."
"I miss Dad calling me “little queen” because he always said I ruled our family."
“My name is Dimitri Belikov. I’ve come to take you back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, Princess.”
“You’re Dimitri Belikov. Campus badass. Defender of justice. You’re even dressed like a sheriff, for God’s sake! It’s like Lissa being an angel. Your personalities run so deep you can’t even escape them when you’re in costume. You’re supposed to dress up like who you want to be on Halloween and St. Varvara’s Day. Not who you already are.”
“You want to be an identity thief.”
“Hell no,” I said, impressed he’d correctly identified the costume. “I’m Rose Hathaway. Why would I want to be anyone else?”
"And I’m giving the last one to you, comrade. You should be flattered. Because even if it’s complicated, I hope you realize there are perks to having Rose Hathaway in your life.”
His smile grew as he picked up the chocolate. “Oh, I do, Roza. I do.”