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Quotations: The Modern Faerie Tales By Holly Black





"Guys don't like weird." - Janet page 13

"You always make things up." - Janet page 14


"Even a badly managed lie would bound better than the truth." - Kaye page 24


"Minimizing my karmic damage." - Kaye page 50

"Don't be a bitch." - Kaye page 51


"People do not visit me. Being social to me is like, tempting the apocalypse or something." - Corny page 56

"Whatever you want you get." - Kenny page 62

"I can't stop thinking about you." - Kenny page 64

"I mean it; I can't get you out of my head. You're all I think about, all day long." - Kenny page 64

"I want to stop wanting you." - Kenny page 64

"Is there some excuse that I could give you that would make it better? Some explanation that you would find acceptable?" - Roiben page 68

"I have little choice in my obedience." - Roiben page 68

"Anger was making her careless and stupid." - Kaye page 68


"Time will tell. It always does." - Thistlewitch page 85


"I don't know, I don't know, I don't know! Can't you understand that I don't know anything at all?" - Kaye page 96

"I don't want to wake up someplace with a screwed-up memory and nobody ever believing me." - Corny page 102

"After all, when you were already in a slippery place, reality-wise, you couldn't afford to assume that things would be straight-forward from here on in." - Kaye page 102

"You can hardly blame me. It is my nature. And it has been a very long time." - Kelpie page 105

"Cripple things are always more beautiful. It's the flaw that brings out beauty." - Kelpie page 110

"You said you wouldn't leave me behind." - Corny page 116


"I want everything that's not for me." - Corny page 122

"What would it be like to be a puppet? What would it be like to watch your own hands disobey you?" - Faye page 129


"I just didn't want you to know. I know you'd be mad." - Kaye page 135

"You think you know everything, don't you? You think that the world is so easy to understand. You don't know me at all - you don't know one single thing about me." - Kaye page 135

"You think that it's enough to want things. You think that if you just want and want then you're going to magically get them." - Kaye's grandmother page 136

"Nothing but hard work gets anyone anywhere. Even then, people don't get what they want. People just suffer and no one knows why they suffer." - Kaye's grandmother page 136

"You can't rely on luck." - Kaye's grandmother page 136

"I want her to have the future she wants." - Ellen page 138

"I can't sleep. I can't eat. All I can do is think about you." - Kenny page 144

"You can't have what you can't catch." - Kaye page 145

"How dare any of them make her feel awkward? How dare they make her measure her words?" - Kaye page 145


"Everything is balance. Everything is ritual. Everything is pain." - Roiben page 153

"You can break a thing, but you cannot always guide it afterward into the shape you want." - Roiben page 158


"You look so fragile. I'm afraid your heart will break."  - Nephamael page 119

"I would give anything for her release." - Roiben page 171

"Are you not absolutely my servant in all things? Have something of yours I do not already possess?" - Queen of Unseelie Court page 171

"What belongs to you, yet others use it more than you do." - Roiben page 174


"One day, someone is going to cut that clever tongue of yours right out of your head." - Roiben page 187

"You're one twisted young man." - Ellen page 195

"Everything has consequences." - Kaye page 198

"Everything is always easier when considered black and white, isn't it?" - Roiben page 200

"Are you completely heartless?" - Roiben page 202

"I thought we were going to be honest with each other. What manner of honesty is this?" - Roiben page 202


"How had he gone from being someone she half despised to being the one person she was relying on, in the space of mere hours?" - Kaye page 207

"You don't know where your loyalties should be." - Spike page 208


"Once you told me that you would do anything to prove your love for me. Would you still?" - Queen of Seelie Court page 230

"She hurt you. I know that, but you will forgive her in time. you always forgive her." - Ethine page 233


"I'm angry. You're screwing around while we have stuff to do." - Kaye page 284

"I'm here because you are kind and lovely and terribly, terribly brave. And because I want to be." - Roiben page 235

"I want to keep him." - Nephamael page 246


"End this or I will end it for you." - Queen of Seelie Court page 256

"I have been patient enough. It is long past time for you to return home." - Queen of Seelie Court page 256

"I will never be powerless again. Whatever it takes." - Corny page 260

"I am your servant. Consider it done." - Roiben page 261




"We have to be a single unit with one goal - winning." - Val's coach page 274

"Doing something other than waiting felt good." - Val page 277

"She was exhausted from the effort of keeping it together." - Val page 281


"I tell people everything. People only believe what they can handle: That's how I know who to trust." - Lolli page 291

"She had a habit of trusting too much, being too passive, too willing to believe the best of others and the worst of herself. And yet, here she was, falling in with more people, getting swept along with them." - Val page 294

"Tell your friends to take more care whom they serve. It's always the messengers who are the first to know the customer's displeasure." - Man from the store page 296

"You can't tell me what to say." - Lolli page 298


"Another thing about rats. They're neophobic. You know what that means? They don't trust new things. And neither should we." - Luis page 309

"Stay. You won't believe how much fun you'll have." - Lolli page 312

"And I wasn't sure I trusted you yet." - Dave page 313

"It's always trash day somewhere." - Dave page 314

"If you think, it's nice, someone else probably will, too." - Dave page 314

"Don't eat or drink anything or you'll be more fucked than you already are." - Dave page 321

"Believe what you can handle believing." - Lolli page 325

"I know all about liars." -- Val page 326



"It was strange how when crazy things happened, it was hard to follow the tracery of reasons and impulses and thoughts that got you to the crazy place." - Val page 336

"I never asked for you to be my knight in shining armor. I can take care of myself." - Lolli page 337

"You don't need any help. You have everything under control." - Val page 337

"People buy what they're told to buy. They don't know it's ugly, or maybe they do and they think there's something wrong with thinking that." - Lolli page 343

"You can't tell me what to do." - Lolli page 343

"I don't care. You're boring. Maybe I would love you if you weren't boring!" - Lolli page 345

"You can't talk about me like I'm a thing." - Lolli page 346

"Someday you're going to wish you didn't talk that way." - Dave page 346

"Sometimes you wind up doing a lot of crazy stuff that you can't believe you did." - Lolli page 347

"You can't go back. You change and you can't go back." - Lolli page 348

"It's a long way to travel just to come right back." - Lolli page 352


"To know your target's weakness, that is intuitive genius of great liars. Though the Folk differ greatly, one from another and from place to place, we are alike in this: We cannot outright speak that is untrue. I find myself fascinated by lies, however, even to the point of wanting to believe them." - Troll page 359

"When a man tells you he's going to hurt you, believe it. They always warn you and they're always right." - Val's mother page 360

"We can be cruel to those that cross us." - Horned creature page 368

"What makes you think I'm not the one of the bad people?" - Val page 372


"Fuck you. You know nothing about me." - Val page 375

"Because it sucks to be me." - Luis page 378

"Would you have all of us be judged now by the reason of our exile." - Tiny creature page 381

"I will make you terrible as you desire." - Ravus page 396

"But nothing can stop you from being terrible once you've learned how." - Ravu spage 396


"Just because some thing is a bad idea, doesn't mean you help doing it." - Lolli page 402

"That's the most important thing, balance." - Ravus page 403

"Speed, timing, and balance. Those are the things that will make you into a competent fighter." - Ravus page 404

"Thinking makes you slow." - Ravus page 404

"It doesn't matter. I want to fight." - Val page 411

"Pain was no excuse, nor illness. It was all supposed to feed my fury." - Ravus page 411

"That is my flaw and I don't want it to be yours." - Ravus page 412

"You are good. You hate not being great." - Ravus page 412


"I know you were lonely." - Dave page 418

"I'm sorry I was such an asshole." - Ruth page 421

"There's someone I have to say good-bye to. I can't just disappear." 0 Val page 428


"It is my habit to know things." - Mabry page 440

"I thought maybe you wanted me to kiss you. Sometimes I thought I could see it." - Val page 441

"We both know that I am a monster." - Ravus page 442

"I know what I am. What would you want with a monster?" - Ravus page 442

"I'm not very good at explaining things." - Val page 442

"I had thought better of you. I had thought everything of you." - Ravus page 445

"Humans. Liars, all of you." - Ravus page 445

"Had she wanted to go back and change everything, but lacked the power?" - Val page 446

"You know, people don't cry when they're sad. Everyone thinks that, but it's not true. People cry when they're frustrated or overwhelmed." - Ruth page 446

"An imaginary problem needs an imaginary solution." - Ruth page 447


"You think you know me." - Dave page 462


"You used to be so eager to please." - Mabry page 468

"No one like loose ends." - Mabry page 469

"I wished for you to come. I shouldn't have, but I did." - Ravus page 471

"I'm surprised you care." - Val page 473


"It's easier to get forgiveness than permission." - Luis page 479

"I owe you some trust, Valerie, so here it is. Don't make me regret it." - Val's mother page 481

"What good is his heart to you?" - Mabry page 486

"I can't fall and I can't fail." - Val page 489


"It was easy for me to believe that your kisses were false." - Ravus page 499

"I hope that you feel for me as I do for you." - Ravus page 499

"I would remain nearer you for what time there is." - Ravus page 504



"Somehow, I wonder if you are speaking to me at all." - Nicnevin page 512

"Your weaknesses are not for me to know."- Nephamael page 512

"Never again, he told himself. No matter what they said or made him do, he would not react. He would become as indifferent as stone." Roiben page 514


"I don't think it's that simple, I mean it's almost impossible to protect yourself from people." - Kaye page 521

"Disinformation was worse than no information at all." - Corny page 522

"If he wanted answers, he was going to have to go right to the source." - Corny page 523

"I have my own thoughts on the subject. I care nothing for the opinion of others." - Roiben page 526

"It is a weakness. My affection for you." - Roiben page 526

"You are the only thing I have that is neither duty nor obligation, the only thing I chose for myself. The only thing I want." - Roiben page 527


"I will not step down and I will not surrender. You may say to your mistress that having tasted freedom, her service no longer tempts me. You may tell her that nothing about her tempts me." - Roiben page 529

" How many times would he be caught off guard like this? How many times could he be made a fool?" - Corny page 531

"I want to prove that I love you." - Kaye page 539


"Maybe you can lie if you push yourself." - Corny page 550

"You mostly can make people believe things without actually lying." - Kaye page 550



"I'm sure I could list more things about you she hates,  but I think you get my point. Whatever she wants, we want the opposite." - Corny page 582

"I don't belong here." - Kaye page 586

"I'm turning things around. I want another chance." - Ellen page 587

"I don't understand what you are." - Ellen page 589


"And I don't want to screw up your life more than I already have!" - Kaye page 594

"You don't know anything about me." - Corny page 599


"I do not see that you care for my feelings any more than she does." - Ethine page 613

"Let her explain. Let her be your friend again. Forgive each other." - Ethine page 614

"This is where I belong if I belong anywhere at all." - Roiben page 615

"Why do you want me to think the worst of you?" - Ethine page 615

"There was nothing to do but keep going until despair finally froze her." - Kaye page 624

"Perhaps like great pain, great loveliness must be forgotten." - Kaye page 626

"I know what it is to give up something you desire." - Silarial page 629

"I'm not so vain that I cannot appreciate that you outwitted me once, nor so foolish that I cannot understand your desire to preserve your own life. Let us be at odds no more." - Silarial page 631

"There are other ways to persuade you, but I do not like to be cruel." - Silarial page 631



"What it's like finally being so powerful that no one can control you?" - Corny page 654

"The more powerful you become, the more others will find ways to master you. They'll do it through those you love and through those you hate; they will find the bit and the bridle that fits your mouth and makes you yield." - Roiben page 655

"You must risk something if you wish me to risk everything." - Roiben page 658


"You must see that it would be madness to keep me against my will." - Ethine page 670

"We all have people we love that we have to protect." - Luis page 670

"Look, I don't know what happens next, I don't know how we fix things. But I can't just disappear forever without saying good-bye." - Kaye page 684


"I don't know if I can ever forgive you. But it's the middle of the night and I'm too tired to listen to your excuses. I'm exhausted from worrying." - Corny's mom page 694

"Whatever you loved, that was your weakness." - Corny page 701

"I really did want you to touch me. I couldn't tell you that I wanted you. So now I get what I want and it kills me." - Luis page 705

"There's no one to care what I do anymore." - Luis page 705


"You're my problem. You're my people." - Corny page 713


"I won't ask you to forgive me, because I don't deserve it, but I did love you. I do love you." - Roiben page 725

"What makes you think it matters what I feel? What makes you think I feel anything at all?" - Roiben page 733


"You'll always be my baby, Baby." - Ellen page 743

"You know us humans. We talk an enormous amount of shit." - Corny page 748

"Look, I just don't want you to keep hiding things from me or hurt my feelings because you think it's going to keep me safe, or sacrifice yourself for me. Just tell me. Tell me what's going on with you." - Kaye page 749

"It hurts. To feel again. But I'm glad of it. I'm glad of the pain." - Roiben page 749

"I loved you too much to trust you. I failed." - Roiben page 751


"How can I free you when I can't even free myself?" - Cardan page 771

The Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black


I read the Cruel Prince Trilogy and the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare so it feels nice to actually see how the Seelie and Unseelie world works with this compilation of Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside. If you are a fan of both Cruel Prince Trilogy and Mortal Instruments - then this is definitely a must-read. 
Title: The Modern Faerie Tales (Tithe, Valiant, Ironside) 

Author: Holly Black

Type: Fiction

Category: Young Adult

Genre: Fantasy 

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Total Chapters: 

Tithe: 15 + Prologue 
Ironside: 14 + Prologue
Valiant: 15 + Prologue and Short story

Total Pages: 785

Table of Contents: Not applicable

Summary From The Book: 

In Tithe, sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she drifts from place to place with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient and violent power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms - a struggle that could very well mean her death.

In Valiant, the companion to Tithe, seventeen-year-old Valerie runs away to New York City, trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up with a gang of squatters who live in the city's labyrinthine subway system. But there's something eerily beguiling about Val's new friends. When one talks Val into tracking down the lair of a mysterious creature, Val finds herself torn between her affection for an honorable monster and her fear of what her new friends are becoming.

In Ironside, the sequel to Tithe, the time has come for Roiben's coronation. Uneasy in the midst of the malevolent Unseelie Court, pixie Kaye is sure of only one thing - her love for Roiben. But when Kaye drunkenly declares herself to Roiben, he sends her on a seemingly impossible quest to find a faerie who can tell a lie. Unable to see Roiben until she has fulfilled his quest, Kaye finds herself in the center of the battle of wits and weapons being waged over his throne.

My Thoughts: 

Reading the book's summary had me confused at first because all I know is that this book is supposed to be about Kaye and Roiben which I was introduced to from the books Cruel Prince Trilogy. So I was thinking that who is Valerie for Valiant?!

Anyway, the first book Tithe was focused on Kaye's point of view. The book Tithe got me hooked when Kaye discovered about her true self. I wanted to know how it ends so I finished it off rather fast. 

For the second book, I wanted more action for Kaye and Roiben but I got a little disappointed that the whole story is just about a whole lot of new characters. I find it quite boring at first and I am reading it in a slow pace because my favorite characters and what I was looking for are not included. This book focused on Valerie's point of view. It took me some time to finish this but it is still a requirement to be read in order to understand the last book. 

The last book, Ironside - is now back to focus on Kaye and her friends, her true identity. I was able to appreciate the second book, Valiant during the middle of my reading in Ironside. All the story from the first and second book finally finds its connection in the last book - for that I am grateful!

Like I said on my preview on the top of this blog post, this book is actually nice for the added knowledge and details about the Faeries. However, I am a little sad that it only has a short story about Roiben's interaction at the book The Cruel Prince. I was expecting that the book series will include the major part of the disaster that happened in the Wicked King. 

My favorite character of the story maybe Corny because I find his tenacity quite adorable specially when he finally met the one in Ironside. I also think that all his pent-up emotions are quite real on what is happening to us humans. He is the character that I find most realistic. 

The scene that I love is when Kaye discovered about her true self. I can feel the anticipation, the stress, and the bewilderment. 

All of the titles from the three books are included in the story. I do not want to share it because it may contain some spoilers. 

The book is about friendship, love, trust, and of course - faeries!

My Favorite Line/s:


"Nothing but hard work gets anyone anywhere. Even then, people don't get what they want. People just suffer, and no one knows why they suffer."


"You can't talk about me like I'm a thing."


"Whatever you love, that was your weakness."

Rating: 3.5/5 because I was interested but not as . 


To those who wants more details and stories about the faeries. Specially if you love the faeries from Mortal Instruments and if you love the trilogy - The Cruel Prince.

Quotations: One More Chance By Juan Miguel Sevilla


"Minsan its better for two people to break up. So they can grow up. It takes grown-ups to make relationships work."


"Memory can be a funny thing - we really can't decide what we will remember. Our mind thinks everything and nothing is precious. We remember without bias; the most mundane things occupy the same space as the significant ones. I can't remember the date when I graduated from high school, but I can remember the minutest details from one random day several years ago. I can remember the combination of my locker from elementary school, but I can't recall what I had for lunch three days ago. Then there are the days when you remember almost everthing." - Popoy page 9

"Sometimes, I have to trust the truth a little bit more." - Popoy page 12

"I think when we first fall in love, there's really no turning back. After we become aware of the feeling, we continue to fall in love for the rest of our lives. We suddenly know we are capable of it. No matter who it may be, it just opens us up. It changes us so profoundly that we are never the same once we experience it. We never really go back to our old selves once we feel it. And we're all the better for it." - Popoy page 13

"Why are relationships such hard work?" - Helen page 16


"And sometimes different can be comforting." - Basha page 21

"Some people like to torture themselves more when already in pain." - Popoy page 25


"Arguments never end with someone winning or being right. They end with exhaustion leading to compromise." - Basha page 31


"When people get into relationships, sometimes they forget they're not only entering into a specific time in a person's life." - Basha page 39

"Bash, I just want what's best for you." - Popoy page 42

"There's no reasonable argument against it. How can she hate someone who just wants the best for her? The more she thinks about it, however, the more it just doesn't feel right." - Basha page 43


"Most people frown upon not knowing what you want in life. They always lament the loss of time, the hours and days wasted on aimlessly drifting without any discernible goal in life. But it takes courage to actually admit that you don't know everything you will do in life and yet, you're okay with it." - Basha page 52

"There are words that have hidden themselves for far too long. Words that have been waiting there, biding their time, waiting for the right moment to be said, for when they're at their truest, when they're at their most painful. Words can become ripe. Words like wine reach a certain point that when they're said, they're at their most potent." - Basha page 53

"I want to stop wondering 'what if'. I want to know 'what is'." - Basha page 54

"But the truth isn't meant to be pleasant; it's meant to tear things down and rebuild once again." - Basha page 54


"When people ask for space, do they really know what they're asking for? What is space after all but a concept no one can really put their finger on. It means different things to different people. Is it time? Time apart? What does it entail? Space is something people ask for when they can't muster enough courage to be the bad guy and ask for what they really want." - Popoy page 57

"And sometimes, people consciously avoid pain, not because they don't want to feel it but because they fear what it might uncover." - Basha page 60

"For her, to let go means to refuse all the happiness they have yet to share." - Basha page 61

"It's tiring to break each other's heart over and over again." - Basha page 65

"But you're asking for too much." - Popoy page 66


"Some wounds heals over time. Some wounds, however, never heal at all." Chinno and JP page 81

"You don't recognize how big the little things are until they're taken away from you." - Basha page 91

"How is it possible for one person to fall out of love? How do you go from loving to not?" - Popoy page 103

"For what good is love if it can be forgotten?" - Popoy page 106


"Sometimes, it's okay to admit you need help too." - Helen page 108

"Being alone for a while will do you good." - Helen page 108

"You were here for me then and I'm here for you now." - Helen page 108


"No matter how definite the end to a relationship was, seeing a former love is certain to bring back feelings that were once thought lost." - Basha page 116


"It's the simplest comment that hurts the most." - Basha page 132


"The past has many inhabitants. Some live in it by choice. Some live in it by circumstance. And there are those who live in it unknowingly." - Popoy page 133

"You just have to learn to live with it." - Popoy page 134

"Pop songs have that power; they grab hold of the heart with a simplicity that some say is dumb. But very few people would admit: it's the honesty of the cheesy love song that people latch on to." - Popoy page 144

"The past has many inhabitants. After all, the past can be a very comfortable place to live in." - Popoy page 145


"It's human nature to want to know more about someone you spent a significant amount of time with." - Popoy page 149

"Both of them love someone from afar. And as anyone with a pulse knows, it's the worst kind of love there is." - Basha page 155

"Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. It's times like this when being single is more of a curse than a blessing." - Basha page 156

"Time moves slowly when you're in pain." - Basha page 158


"But pain isn't really something one can take away, thinks Popoy. People just think they can. But it's impossible. The best they can wish for is happiness that's big enough to overwhelm the pain." - Popoy page 162

"He hates that the same feeling that used to make him feel alive now tears him apart from the inside." - Popoy page 162

"She loved me at my worst. You had me at my best." - Popoy page 166

"But maybe there's no such thing as right and wrong? Maybe people just have to make a choice and convince themselves the choice they made is right." - Basha page 170

"The effect one has on others should not be underestimated. Some people can really damage us so bad that we never recover. We are forever broken - and all happiness we feel from then on is tainted by that heartbreak." - Basha page 170


"Don't ever think that it was a mistake that you chose to find yourself, that you chose to love yourself a little bit more." - Mark page 180

"It's better for two people to breakup so they can grow up. It takes grown-ups to make relationships work." - Mark page 180


"If only apologies can turn back time, Popoy thinks. But they cannot." - Popoy page 189

"I want my heart to stop breaking." - Popoy page 190


"There's really nothing more effective at making you realize what's important than actually losing it." - Helen page 197


"People say we spend half our lives looking for our own place in the world. And for a time, it's all I ever thought about. I guess I was at that age when defining myself was the most important thing in teh world. I didn't want to be identified as someone's girlfriend, someone's daughter, someone's employee - I wanted to be me." - Basha page 199