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Melina Marchetta Week: Day 2: Most Soul-Crushing Scene

Jellicoe Road

They sat by the river and he wanted to take Narnie’s hand but didn’t dare.

“Do you know why I couldn’t count how long it took my mother to die?”

As much as he knew that he didn’t want to hear the answer, he shook his head.

“Because she flew out that window. I could see her the whole time. From where I was sitting. And I knew she was dead straightaway because she didn’t have a head, Jude, and I stayed in that spot, not moving a single inch and everyone thought I was scared but I wasn’t. Because if I moved an inch, Webb would see her, and you don’t know how much Webb loved her, Jude, and I would have died right there if I knew that Webb saw her like that. I would have…I would have…”

It was a despair he could not comprehend, spilling from her mouth. Not knowing any other way to stop her, he covered her mouth with his hand but she pulled it away.

“If he doesn’t come back, there’s no one left, Jude,” she whispered, the horror of it all there on her face. “They’re all gone. Everyone’s dead.”

He held her against him and for once he understood what she had felt every day that he had known her.

“Hold my hand,” she said, sobbing against him. “Hold my hand because I might disappear.”




 Melina Marchetta Week: Day 2: Most Soul-Crushing Scene:

The Piper’s Son

It’s silent in the car, and he doesn’t realize until they reach Byron that he hasn’t said a word the whole time. They change drivers at Lennox Head and sit on the beach for a while, just watching the surfers. It’s cold, but he doesn’t want to move. It reminds him too much of that time with Tara Finke at Maroubra on the night of graduation.

Because back then, there was the promise of the next day when he drove back to Georgie’s and they all got together. All the Mackees and their friends to say “Hooray,” as Bill and Auntie Margie Finch, and the rest of those who came from the Burdekin would say “Hooray” to Joe, who was off to London to a teaching job.

~*~

Then Joe grabbed his face, grinning. “You wanted to. I can see it in your eyes, you cheeky bastard.”

And that look of joy, that look of total euphoria, is the last image he has of Joe.

He starts crying and he can’t stop. He doesn’t know where it comes from, this grief. How it blindsides you. But Justine’s hand comes across to clutch his, like she’ll never let go, and Francesca’s holding him, murmuring his name over and over again, and he just wants to go back to the moment when he was in that water. At that near-perfect moment in his life when Tara Finke was in his arms. Because if he could go there, he could start from scratch and make everything in his life right.





Melina Marchetta Week: Day 2: Most Soul-Crushing Scene
Looking for Alibrandi
So I knocked at her door, and when she answered I hugged her, and like all grandmothers and mothers and people who love you no matter what you do to them, she hugged me back.

“Why?” I asked her when we were seated in the living room.

“Because I was young, Jozzie,” she whispered hoarsely. “Because I was beautiful and for all those years, nobody treated me like I was beautiful but him. Marcus Sandford made me feel special,” she said fiercely.

“Didn’t Nonno Francesco?”

“Your grandfather Francesco treated me like one of his farm animals,” she spat.

I closed my eyes, wondering how she would have felt.

“I dreamt too, Jozzie. I did it because I had dreams just like your dream now. I was not always old.”

I hugged her hard and cried my guts out. More than I’ve ever cried in my whole life because I never thought her capable of dreaming like me.

Melina Marchetta Week: Day 2: Most Soul-Crushing Scene

Looking for Alibrandi

So I knocked at her door, and when she answered I hugged her, and like all grandmothers and mothers and people who love you no matter what you do to them, she hugged me back.

“Why?” I asked her when we were seated in the living room.

“Because I was young, Jozzie,” she whispered hoarsely. “Because I was beautiful and for all those years, nobody treated me like I was beautiful but him. Marcus Sandford made me feel special,” she said fiercely.

“Didn’t Nonno Francesco?”

“Your grandfather Francesco treated me like one of his farm animals,” she spat.

I closed my eyes, wondering how she would have felt.

“I dreamt too, Jozzie. I did it because I had dreams just like your dream now. I was not always old.”

I hugged her hard and cried my guts out. More than I’ve ever cried in my whole life because I never thought her capable of dreaming like me.




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Finnikin couldn’t believe what he was hearing. “This isn’t right for you!” he said.

But she stepped forward and placed a finger to his lips, and there it was before him. The greatest prayer to the gods he could muster with a heart so broken. ‘Don’t let me outlive this woman. Don’t let me exist one moment without her.’

“Is it right for anyone?” she asked, her voice so sad that he had to pray for the strength not to weep before her.

~*~

“Once more,” Tesadora ordered as the girl tried to raise herself again. Finnikin watched as Quintana mouthed a word with a weariness that was heartbreaking.

“Froi.”

So Finnikin gently pushed past Isaboe and the women and stepped behind Froi’s girl. Pressing himself against the cave wall, he propped her up against him.

“Lean on me. I won’t let you fall back,” he promised.

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Melina Marchetta Week: Day 2: Most Soul-Crushing Scene

Quintana of Charyn




elidyce:

Headcanon: Years after the books, Kit and Nita have twin boys. Nita insists on naming them Frederic and Edward, despite Kit’s reservations. (She’s always *naming* things and it never ends well.)

Fred is a powerful wizard with a knack for manipulating energy spectra and a near irresistible charm. He loves helping people and going to new places.

Ed is a quiet, gentle wizard who focuses on healing and maintaining balance. He has a powerful affinity for water and anything living in it, but downplays it around his parents so he won’t freak them out.

Years later, Kit asks Tom and Carl if they are the way they are because of their names, or if Nita named them because of what they are. Carl tells him that it’s a chicken and egg question. Tom adds that maybe it’s just a matter of symmetry. Phred and Ed died for Nita and Kit. Nita and Kit brought Fred and Ed into - or back into - the world. It works out.




sehuninthecrotchportal:

YA Lit Meme: [6/7] Friendships → Ronan Lynch and Noah Czerny from The Raven Cycle

"From Ronan’s room, he heard Noah’s laugh. He and Ronan were throwing various objects from the second-story window to the parking lot below. There was a terrific crash.Ronan’s voice rose, exasperated. ‘Not that one, Noah.’
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Adam’s response was buried in the sound of the second-story door falling open. Noah slouched in. In a wounded tone, he said, ‘He threw me out the window!’Ronan’s voice sang out from behind his closed door: ‘You’re already dead!’”

sehuninthecrotchportal:

YA Lit Meme: [6/7] Friendships → Ronan Lynch and Noah Czerny from The Raven Cycle

"From Ronan’s room, he heard Noah’s laugh. He and Ronan were throwing various objects from the second-story window to the parking lot below. There was a terrific crash.

Ronan’s voice rose, exasperated. ‘Not that one, Noah.’

——————————————————————————————-

Adam’s response was buried in the sound of the second-story door falling open. Noah slouched in. In a wounded tone, he said, ‘He threw me out the window!’

Ronan’s voice sang out from behind his closed door: ‘You’re already dead!’”




hi, i don't know if you have a faq or something for this (i couldn't find one) but i've read the raven boys and the dream thieves and really liked them. and your blog has some different books too, i think. so i was wondering if you could recommend something that has a similar air to the ones i mentioned? btw, reccently came across your blog, it's awesome!
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greywaren:

Hellooo! I do not have an FAQ but I should because I do indeed get this question a lot (which is totally fine).

Firstly, thank you for saying “similar air” instead of “books like these” because the former is a much more reasonable request and otherwise the book-comparison algorithm in my brain-area would have given me nothing but hateful error messages and probably insults and maybe some spontaneous combustion.

But given that you were kind enough to use the preferable word choice and prevent the countdown to my mindsplosion, here is a list:

*Holly’s upcoming YA book The Darkest Part of the Forest is also perfect and you will love it, but it’s not out until January.

I hope this helps and I will probably make myself a handy FAQ to keep this list going as I think of more.




nathalie-braconnot:

2014 - Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.
- Watercolor;
- Colored Pencils;
- Photoshop.

nathalie-braconnot:

2014 - Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.




matthewalynch:

the raven cycle + disney (and other) songs ; a playlist

get ‘em youtube links because i hate 8tracks ; belle → beauty and the beast   |   kiss the girl → the little mermaid   |   i just can’t wait to be king → the lion king   |   brothers under the sun → spirit - stallion of the cimarron   |   almost there → the princess and the frog   |   a dream is a wish your heart makes → cinderella   |   one of us → the lion king 2   |   in the dark of the night → anastasia   |   i won’t say (i’m in love) → hercules   |   the mad tea party → alice in wonderland   |   go the distance → hercules   |   something there → beauty and the beast




childishflamingo:

my favorite thing in stories is when the antagonist doesn’t die, but instead they realize they were being kind of a stupid dick (maybe because the protagonist saved them or something) and then they have to kind of awkwardly tag along with the heroes in order to make up for their mistakes and gradually become slightly less evil

sobbing in a corner because Isaac Lahey