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“Now, d a r l i n ’, I just had myself a little thought.”

“Did you?” I murmured, distracted by the way he reached up to run his thumb over my bottom lip.

“I did indeed. It being that you are seventeen and I’m eighteen, and we have every damn right to make out like t e e n a g e r s. Like normal, happy, crazy kids.”

He hooked two fingers over the waistband of my jeans and tugged me closer. I loved his voice when he lowered it like that. His accent broadened, warmed like summer air in the minutes before a thunderstorm. It was the full-on Stewart charm assault, and I was totally h e l p l e s s against it.

(Source: fuckingkavinsky)


the darkest minds meme » five characters [2/5] — Ruby Daly

         The truth was, when I looked at my reflection in the window, I couldn’t see any bit of the Ruby that had lived in a little white house at the end of a lane, honey sticking to her fingers and hair falling from her braids. And it made me feel empty in a way—like I had forgotten the words to my favorite song. 


ya lit meme: 3/5 protagonists → ruby daly (the darkest minds)

Life isn’t fair. It’s taken me a while to get that. It’s always going to disappoint you in some way or another. You’ll make plans, and it’ll push you in another direction. You will love people, and they’ll be taken away no matter how hard you fight to keep them. You’ll try for something and won’t get it. You don’t have to find meaning in it; you don’t have to try to change things. You just have to accept the things that are out of your hands and try to take care of yourself. That’s your job.”


lit meme » quotes [5/11]

the darkest minds alexandra bracken


The darkest minds fanart with my fav gold ink



they were never scared of the kids who might die, or the empty spaces they would leave behind. they were afraid of us - the ones who lived. [1/10 books/epics/myths]


Black is the color that is no color at all.
Black is the color of a child’s still, empty bedroom. The heaviest hour of the night-the one that traps you in your bunk, suffocating in another nightmare. It is a uniform stretched over the broad shoulders of an angry young man. Black is the mud, the lidless eye watching you every breath, the low vibrations of the fence that streches up to tear the sky.
It is a road. A forgotten night sky broken up by faded stars.
It is the barrel of a new gun, leveled at your heart.

                                                 The color of Chubs’s hair,
                                                         Liam’s bruises,
                                                              Zu’s eyes.

Sparks Rise



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Don’t miss the thrilling novella that connects the last two novels in the New York Times best-selling Darkest Minds trilogy. Sam didn’t think things could get worse at Thurmond rehabilitation camp. Then the Reds arrive. Everyone assumed the kids with firepower had been killed years ago. Instead they were taken away, brainwashed, and returned as terrifyingly effective guards. To her horror, Sam recognizes one of them: Lucas, the one spark of light in Sam’s dark childhood. Lucas has a deadly secret–he beat the brutal training that turned his fellow Reds into mindless drones. When Sam defends herself against an attack by a vile PSF guard and faces a harrowing punishment, Lucas must risk his everything to save her. Includes a bonus preview chapter from the final Darkest Minds novel, In the Afterlight.

Pre-order now at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the iBookstore (bonus preview images you can peek at!)

For months I’ve been getting questions about whether or not there would be another novella and I’m very, very happy to report that YES! You not only get one, you get it next Tuesday.  For 99 cents! And you get the first chapter of In the Afterlight included at the very end!!

When my editor asked if I’d be interested in writing another novella, I was so sure that I was going to write Clancy’s story of his time at Thurmond… but the more I thought about the camp, the more my mind seemed to circle back to someone else: Sam. For a while there, I was getting a lot of Asks about Sam and I was inwardly freaking out a bit that you guys had somehow divined I was working on Sparks Rise, or that I had unconsciously dropped a hint! In any case, once she started talking to me, I knew it was the right story to tell. She is a fierce, brave girl, and I LOVE her. I was also very surprised about her backstory and I hope you will be, too.

One of my favorite story tropes is Hero of Another Story the idea being that while the main character is running around, having all of this exciting/terrifying stuff happen to them, there are hundreds, thousands of other people populating their world that are the heroes in their own stories. That’s one of the reasons why I’ve always resisted the temptation to write novellas from one of the other main characters’ POVs. I want you to see what’s happening outside of Ruby’s main storyline. In Sam’s case… it’s not pretty.

And because I like to play around a bit more in the novellas with point of view and tense, you get ANOTHER point of view in this story. Lucas is… well, you’ll see. ;) He made my little black heart swell.

Much like In Time was a bridge between TDM and NF, Sparks Rise is a bridge between NF and ITA—but you do not have to read it before ITA!

But unlike In Time, it does, indeed, have a mini playlist:

I can’t wait to hear what you think!!

xx Alex



look what i found! 

this is the australian cover of in the afterlight by alexandra bracken

i really like this colour scheme, this is published on the 1st of november! 


In the Afterlight Playlist (Tracks 3 and 4)


Listen to Tracks 1 and 2

3) Fireproof - The National

You’re fireproof
Nothing breaks your heart
You’re fireproof
It’s just the way you are

4) If You Run - The Boxer Rebellion

If you run
If you run
If you run

I’ll wait, I’ll wait
I’ll wait, I’ll wait
I’ll wait, I’ll wait