He froze, becoming stone still. As the hover climbed the hill to the palace, his shoulders sank, and he returned his gaze to the window. “She’s my alpha,” he murmured, with a haunting sadness in his voice.

Alpha.

Cress leaned forward, propping her elbows on her knees, “Like the star?”

"What star?"

She stiffened, instantly embarrassed, and scooted back from him again. “Oh. Um. In a constellation, the brightest star is called the alpha. I thought maybe you meant that she’s…like…your brightest star.” Looking away, she knotted her hands in her lap, aware that she was blushing furiously now and this beast of a man was about to realize what an over-romantic sap she was.

But instead of sneering or laughing, Wolf sighed, “Yes,” he said, his gaze climbing up to the full moon that had emerged in the blue evening sky. “Exactly like that.

— Marissa Meyer, Cress (via intheworldofbooks)
Captain?”
“Yeah?”
“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.
— Marissa Meyer, Cress (via intheworldofbooks)

Actual Emperor Kai in political meetings

kai: ugh this meeting is so boring
kai: *mockingly* blah blah I'm the leader of the American Republic blah blah
kai: *groans and flips through agenda under the table*
kai: *doodling* kai + cinder 5ever am I right
kai: *long exasperated sigh*
kai: *fake accent* ugh I'm the leader of the European Federation look at all my problems
kai: *falls asleep*
An animal?” Thorne said, and she realized he’d been waiting for her to further explain what she was seeing.
“It has long legs and horns and…and it’s beautiful.”
“Oh, good, we’re back to this, then.
— Marissa Meyer, Cress (via intheworldofbooks)
Knees suddenly weak, she reached for his forearms to stabilize herself. “You came for me.”
He beamed, looking for all the world like a selfless, daring hero.
“Don’t sound so surprised.” Dropping the cane, he pulled her into a crushing embrace that tore her away from Wolf and lifted her clean off the floor. “It turns out you are worth a lot of money on the black market.”
— Marissa Meyer, Cress (via intheworldofbooks)
gilldoesbookstuff:

"She kept her head high, even as her eyes stung, even as panic filled her vision with warnings and precautions.
It was not her fault he had liked her.
It was not her fault she was a cyborg.
She would not apologize.”
Marissa Meyer, Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

gilldoesbookstuff:

"She kept her head high, even as her eyes stung, even as panic filled her vision with warnings and precautions.

It was not her fault he had liked her.

It was not her fault she was a cyborg.

She would not apologize.”

Marissa Meyer, Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles