The Gemma Doyle trilogy (A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels & The Sweet Far Thing) by Libba Bray


Sometimes your place is not something you find, but something you have when you need it.

A Great and Terrible Beauty: Gemma Doyle

‘I had thought Felicity dangerous a moment ago, when she felt powerful. I was wrong. Wounded and powerless, she is more dangerous than I could imagine.’

We create the illusions we need to go on. And one day, when they no longer dazzle or comfort, we tear them down, brick by glittering brick, until we are left with nothing but the bright light of honesty. The light is liberating. Necessary. Terrifying. We stand naked and emptied before it. And when it is too much for our eyes to take, we build a new illusion to shield us from its relentless truth.

The Sweet Far Thing

“We’re each of us our own chiaroscuro, our own bit of illusion fighting to emerge into something solid, something real. We’ve got to forgive ourselves that. I must remember to forgive myself. Because there’s an awful lot of gray to work with. No one can live in the light all the time.”
A Great and Terrible Beauty, Libba Bray (via nitnat7)