To Read Or Not To Read {January 2016}

Sunday, January 31, 2016
This month hasn't been great for my reading habits, I haven't read as much as I'd like to have, but at least I found a couple new favorite books, and finally started rereading Harry Potter. Here lies Mel's post [Last Month: December | Next Month: February]

To Read or Not To Read {TRONTR} is a monthly blog link-up made to keep up with your reading, and help you shove your favorite book in other peoples' faces recommend the books you like. To Read or Not To Read is posted on the last day of every month.

So first you look back on what you read the previous month, you list books you would recommend in the To Read section, and books you disliked/DNFed will be put in the the Not To Read section. Finally if you'd like you can list the books your planning on reading this month in the Reading Next Month section. Feel free to add any other categories you come up with in that superior brain of yours.

{Optional} Underneath/next to every book {but the ones in  Reading This Month} there should be a starred rating or link to a review if you've written one. For the Books I'm Reading This Month section you can link to the book's Goodreads or Amazon page if you'd like.

Me {Cassidy} Hello, I'm a crazy teen blogger from the good old USA. I've been obsessed with books since the second grade, and my life is now consumed by them. Also I adore nightfuries, French ladybugs, black {cats} chats, and curly brackets beyond known measure.

Thee Royally Amazing Co-host {Mel} Mel is a microbiology technician who is obsessed with Disney, fairytale retellings and fantasy. If she's not reading or blogging, she's either busy with gaming, hanging out with family or watching a TV show. She loves summer and bright nail polish. One of her dreams is to travel the world. She has found her Prince Charming and they are together for 7+ years. Her blog: The Daily Prophecy

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To Read
{Books I Enjoyed That You Should Really Read}

The Wrath & The Dawn | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone | Carry On

Not To Read
{Books That I Didn't Much Like Or Didn't Finish}

99 Days | Magonia

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Tricks Of The Code: Add A Transparent Hover Effect To Images {Blogger}

Sunday, January 24, 2016
Add a Transparent Hover Effect to Images on Blogger

Okay this is a really quick and simple tutorial. The transparent hover effect will only affect images in the post body, so your header or images in your sidebar will not be affected.
Remember to always backup your template before making any changes to the code. If your not sure how to do so just go to Blogger > Template > Backup/Restore (Button) > Download Full Template (Button)

Login to your Blogger blog and go to Template > Customize > Advanced > Scroll Down To Find Add CSS.

Then paste the code below into the box. You can also add it before ]]> </b:skin> through your HTML template.

.post-body img:hover { opacity: .5; }

You can change the level of transparency by changing the value .5. The higher the number is the more opaque the effect becomes. The value 1 makes the image completely opaque and the value 0 makes the image completely transparent (as in invisible) when you hover over it.

I hope this was helpful, if this isn't working for you feel free to leave a comment down below, and I'll see if I can be of help.
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How Did I Come To The Book Blogging World?

Monday, January 18, 2016
How Did I Come To The Book Blogging World?

Okay I'm a new blogger. I haven't even been around for a year yet (almost there) But my path into book blogging is honestly a bit different. So I thought I'd talk about it. (I'm not sure why exactly I picked a picture with a mushroom in it.)

I never sat down and decided to become a book blogger. In fact in the start I was determined to be a DIY blogger, but it wasn't really for me. You can see the remains of my failed attempt in the one tutorial I still have up on Quartzfeather for some odd reason.

When that didn't work I tried Booktubing. Being a Booktuber also didn't work out cause 1.) I didn't want to show my face and 2.) I didn't have a really good camera.

After this I stopped trying to blog or make videos for about a year, but by now my trial and errors had already left behind a slew of abandoned blogs and youtube channels.

Then I began writing White As Snow, and I decided I wanted a writing blog of sorts. So I created Cassidy Jiang, which would soon come to be known as Quartzfeather, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

My very first post was appropriately me gushing over the Winter cover. It was posted on May 20th. Then my first ever book review was on The Queen by Kiera Cass and it was posted on May 4th. There wasn't really a particular moment where Cassidy Jiang (now Quartzfeather) became a book blog, I think it was moreover a gradually thing.

Then on August 12th I announced my name change. And a day later I became Quartzfeather. I think this was really the point book blogging became a serious hobby to me. When finally knew I'd found my internet niche.

So now I'm here, and I can't wait to continue my little blogging journey. (Stars that was cheesy)
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99 Chapters Of Me Cringing - 99 Days by Katie Cotugno Review

Sunday, January 17, 2016
99 Days by Katie Cotugno Review

99 Days had so much potential. The setting up of the world and characters was done so well, I felt so much sympathy for Molly. I was really enjoying the book, till about halfway or so.


Title: 99 Days
Author: Katie Cotugno
Series: Stand Alone
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Library

Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.


Favorite Quote

"For example, here is my homecoming card from your sister."

I really really like Katie Contugo's writing style. It flows so smoothly. Though unfortunately while I did really enjoy her writing I can't say the same for the plot of 99 days.

The "love triangle" started to drive me nuts in the second half of the novel. I kinda didn't really see the purpose for it. It was literally just Molly repeating her previous mistakes and I wished she'd learned from her previous debacle and had not made the same mistakes.

Though there were some parts that I liked. The author brings up a very valid point about the women normally being blamed for everything and the man getting off scot free when it comes to cheating. Which is totally messed up and unfair. (not that I think cheating is morally right, just both parties should share the blame equally.)

Also though probably not terribly realistic I think the whole mother reveals daughter's huge mistake by writing a best-selling novel about her love life was an interesting addition to the story.

The ending was pretty nicely done. For all my qualms with the book itself I still think that the plot was wrapped up relatively well.

I feel like maybe if this book had gone in a different direction 99 Days might have become a favorite book of mine.


While I didn't have a good experience with 99 Days I think I'd definitely check out the next book of Katie Contugo's. After all I really enjoyed her writing even if the plot really wasn't for me.
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{Quartz Gazette #3} Cats + Snow + 2016 & Bookish Stuff

Saturday, January 16, 2016
Quartz Gazette Jan 2016

Big news people {well not really} but last week I saw my first falling snow. Before this I lived in southern California and Florida so basically no snow. But I moved this summer and my new town just got hit by an historic amount of snow. Eh guess the snow was eager to see me too.

Also if you'll kindly notice Mr. Cat decided to join me on my header. With Christmas gone the reindeer had to go, but my header was lonely without anything extra so I plopped down a cat. Plus the snowflakes are gone {I hope it wasn't too annoying} but the snow and reindeer will be back next year!

PS: My book photo for Wrath & The Dawn was liked and reposted by the author, Renee Ahdieh!!!  *runs around screaming with hands in the air, senpai has noticed me*

PPS: Thanks to Cait from Paperfury I've been eyeing Scrivener (a writing program thingie that helps authors write) what do you guys think? Should I buy it?

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Book Notes AKA Quote Love

  • WINTER Wolf made a strangled sound, pulling everyone’s attention toward him as he lifted a handgun from the crate. “It’s just like the one Scarlet had.” He flipped the gun in his palms, running his thumb along the barrel. “She shot me in the arm once.” This confession was said with as much tenderness as if Scarlet had given him a bouquet of flower rather than a bullet wound. 
  • THESE BROKEN STARS “Major, to what extent did you act upon your feelings for Miss LaRoux?" "Medium." "Excuse me?" "How am I supposed to answer that question?” 
  • SON “Fear dims when you learn things.” 
  • THE WRATH AND THE DAWN “So you would have me throw Shazi to the wolves?” “Shazi?” Jalal’s grin widened. “Honestly, I pity the wolves.”
  • 99 DAYS "For example, here is my homecoming card from your sister."
  • MAGONIA "My disease is so rare it's named Azaray Syndrome. After me, Aza Ray Boyle. Which is perverse. I don't want a doppelgänger in disease form, some weird medical case immortality, which means medical students'll be saying my name for the next hundred years."

The Leaning Pile of Books

  • WINTER 5/5 *pounds fist on wall* Why is this magnificent series over. (okay there's still Stars Above, but... you know what I mean) The Lunar Chronicles have been part of life for the last two years and it sad to it end. But this book was beautiful, perfection.
  • SON 4/5 Am I satisfied? Err No? I don't really think the really wrapped up the series in the way I wanted it too but I can see why it ended the way it did. But still while Son was amazing I can't say it really made my expectations of an end. Though it still gets four stars.
  • THE WRATH & THE DAWN 5/5 *screech* There was no way not to love this amazing book. Renee Ahdieh blew it out of the water. The characters, the plot, the romance, the fooood, all of it was amazing.
  • 99 DAYS 1/5 I disliked this book as much as I wanted to finish it. (which is a lot) Even though the second half of the book (particularity the "love triangle") annoyed me to pieces, I still had to finish it. I'll give it that, it was very addicting. The author's writing style was much loved by me, but the plot ruined the book for me. I just didn't get the point of the book if that makes any sense.
  • MAGONIA 5/5 I've had this one on my TBR for a long long time. Aza is an absolutely snarky darling. I'm also really enjoying how Magonia is being introduced to the story, via folklore and legend plus flying ships.
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A Very Belated Thank You To All Those Who Helped Me With Science Fair

Thursday, January 14, 2016
I'm sorry on being rather late on this... but thank you so much for all of you who helped me. I am extremely grateful as without you guys I most likely would have had a much harder time conducting my experiment. Thank You!
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Waiting On Wednesday: January 2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer WOW

By Marissa Meyer

Publication Date: February 2nd

The enchantment continues....

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.

The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.
Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….
The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.
The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.
After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.
The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess
The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.
Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century...

I just finished Winter this last December {argh still need to get used to the fact that it's a new year} and I already desperately need Stars Above. I really can't wait, and I almost positive that the wedding of a century means Cinder and Kai are getting married!
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{Loves Of Late #2} My New Obsession Miraculous Ladybug

Monday, January 11, 2016
Loves of Late #2 Miraculous Ladybug


I've discovered a few gems lately, even though I haven't been reading much. Life's sort of been catching up with me and even when I do sit down and read it's an audiobook, so I can multitask. Also semester finals are creeping up and I've been reviewing {for school} like crazy.


I really enjoyed this novel, it's fresh take on the old legend of Helen of Troy and the Trojan War.

The story spans several years, from Prince Paris arriving in Sparta all the way to a few years after the Trojan Wars ending.

Beauty's Daughter follows Hermione the daughter of Helen.


I haven't been watching as many movies I'd like to for the same reasons as with books. But I've managed to squeeze in a favorite move and a new obsession over an new animated TV series.


This movie was delightful. It's animation retains the same hand drawn look as from the older animated cartoons. It was a sweet, and very reminiscent.

All of the beloved characters appear, including Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Pigpen, Charlie Brown, Snoopy and etc.

Though I'm not to keen on the fact that during the movie the little red haired girl oddly enough never gets a name.

I have an incredible weakness for animation. And apparently a huge weakness for love squares, especially love squares with only two people.

So basically it's a super hero animation, but what's unique is that the powers are anime style and the original version is in French.

As Americans we don't really have a lot of dubs, subs and translation in our market. Since we kind of are the center of the world's entertainment whether it's movies, TV shows or books all of it tends to be originally in English. Which is why it's so nice to see something like this.

Also it has a lot of diversity, seeing that the main character is biracial {1/2 Asian 1/2 French.}
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Winter "A Beautiful Perfect Happily Ever After" {Book Review}

Monday, January 4, 2016
Winter by Marissa Meyer Review

Where do I even began.... Winter was everything I hope for and even more, all eight-hundred pages were perfect. *Warning this entire review is most likely just going to be me gushing like the fangirl I am* I seriously can't even, *argh* everything was amazing. *Pulls out dictionary filled with ecstatic fangirlish gleeful words* Time to put this to some good use.


Title: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Genres: Fantasy, Retellings, Sci-fi
Source: Purchased

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won't approve of her feelings for her childhood friend--the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn't as weak as Levana believes her to be and she's been undermining her stepmother's wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that's been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer's national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.




Wolf made a strangled sound, pulling everyone’s attention toward him as he lifted a handgun from the crate. “It’s just like the one Scarlet had.” He flipped the gun in his palms, running his thumb along the barrel. “She shot me in the arm once.”

This confession was said with as much tenderness as if Scarlet had given him a bouquet of flower rather than a bullet wound. 

I feel like almost every single character went through some serious character development. For example Kai gets a lot bolder and shows his brave side, we finally get to really know Winter, we see more of Jacin and so on. But Levana was definitely the most built up, though I can't say why without giving out some pretty major spoilers, I will say however that she creeped me out multiple times.

Before this novel we only got small glimpses into 
the corrupt country on the moon

Also Luna, before this novel we only got small glimpses into the corrupt country on the moon. However in Winter we learn so much more about Luna, and that was quite exciting. Because in the rest of the series it was always the central objective {and basically like the most important thing ever} but we never really got to know that much about it.

So I really need to gush, so spoiler time I guess?

Reading Fairest made me think, would I want Levana to die? And I worried a bit over whether Levana's fate would satisfy me. But I agree with how Levana died, I'm not saying it didn't make tear up a bit, after all the whole psychotic killer queen thing isn't really her fault. It's just there is no real way to redeem her, and I don't think I'd like it if she was just kept prisoner, and I really wouldn't have liked it either if she was . So the way she died was fitting.

Adri and Pearl, I'm not quite sure if I'm quite happy with their ending, but I suppose it's the only right thing to do. I just hope the money/ordeal on Luna will make these two better people.

One question I hoped to have answered by the end is what is to happen to the Lunar mutants and special operatives. While this question was sort of answered it wasn't really. From what I could discern undoing the procedures would be risky and probably pretty hard. And though Ze'ev/Wolf seemed to be doing quite fine {after becoming a mutant} not everyone has a Scarlet to help. Also from what we saw it seems like most of the other mutants and operatives were a lot more violent than Wolf was.

Now on to the parallels between Winter and Snow White. There were of course the glaringly obvious, but there were a few I didn't expect. Such as Levana glamouring herself as an old hag and giving Winter an sour apple petite poisoned with Letumosis, plus the suspension tank being like the glass coffin from Snow White. I think those really did make the story more fun to read.

I like the way at the end Cinder had made up her mind to turn Luna into a democracy, I guess I secretly suspected this was going to happen from like the very beginning, after all Cinder isn't exactly the queen type. But Marissa did manage to fool me for a little while there, I did think Cinder would stay queen, till she told Kai her plan to abolish the monarchy of course.

Liam Kinney, I liked this guy. And I'm happy that now his's Cinder's guard. I have to admit his disgust for Iko is slightly amusing, however I think the two of them would make a wonderful couple.

So much to talk about!!!! I like how Cress finds out that Thorne likes her, you know the whole he being forced to kiss a Lunar girl, and Cress getting mad then finding out that the girl had glamoured herself as Cress. I just thought that was really really cute.

Oooh ooh! Let's not forget Letumosis, not cool Levana not cool, but sounds just like you to do such an awful thing. Though great foreshadowing Marissa.

I also like how she made the overthrowing of Levana really really hard, made it feel more real, and like every time something was going right something was also always going wrong.

Last but not least in the spoiler department I'd like to discuss the couples.

Let's start off with Wolflet {Wolf Kesley/Scarlet Benoit} I like where they ended, I feel like their relationship was really tested in Winter, and it was nice to see them together again as they were separated for most of Cress. Overall I think they are really adorable together.

Cresswell {Cress Darnel/Carswell Thorne} I think these two make one heck of a duo. They're a match made by the stars. Even though these two {specifically Thorne} literally drove me nuts the first 75% of the book. Despite the fact that they basically spent the entirety of Winter convincing themselves they should be together {Thorne thinking he wasn't good enough for Cress and poor Cress trying to ignore Thorne because he was basically ignoring her and  trying to convincing herself he was no good} even though they were very clearly in love, I still adore this pairing.

Wincin {Winter Hayle/Jacin Clay} Okay this couple is magical, just pure magic. These two are like the cutest thing ever. Even though I only really saw this couple together for a single book I can already tell they are made for each other. Also the backstory is adorable and Jacin is literally the best boyfriend/guard ever. {Kai is still the better boyfriend though, dur}

Kaider {Kaito/Linh Cinder} Side note: Kai doesn't have a last name, how odd. Saved the best for last, Cinder and Kai will always be my favorite. They are simply the cutest, the most adorable. And stars above he bascially proposed at the end! I'm just sad we didn't get to see much of their relationship as you know, there were certain complications keeping them apart. I hope that wedding of a century in the upcoming Stars Above will be theirs! {End of Spoilers}

Stars Above {yes I'm officially totally adopting that term} I was a teensy bit worried that Winter wouldn't live up to my expectations, because after all it is the FINAL book in like my all time favorite series. But I shouldn't have worried. I have to say Winter is the best book I've read in all of 2015, perhaps even in my lifetime.

The ending . . . Endings of my series are always painful, and Winter was no exception. But I felt that the end was exceedingly well executed and well done. Sure there were still a few a things I wondered a bit about, but I feel like most of the plot lines were nicely tied up.


I am so sad that The Lunar Chronicles have come to an end, after being in love with them for nearly three years it makes me sad too know there won't really be more. Sure Stars Above is still coming, but Winter is truly the end. The Lunar Chronicles is thee BEST series I have ever read, I highly highly recommend you read it.

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Snazzy Snippets {The One Where It's 2016 Believe It Or Not}

Friday, January 1, 2016
Snazzy Snippets It's 2016

This is my first ever post ever written ever posted in 2016! Now there's just 2017 and 2018 till I get to see HTTYD 3... {please excuse me as I go cry} Either way there are many fabulous things ahead for you and I this grand new year. So let's kick it off with some excerpts of my writing. [Snazzy Snippets is a link-up hosted by Loony Literate and The Devil Orders Takeout]

Snippet #1 From Page 16

She lay back down; the coolness from the cold stone on her back calmed her. It was for a moment as if the world wasn’t crashing down around her.

Slowly, gradually she drifted back into her thoughts. The scents of Alam Azaleas, peonies, Siberna Irises mingled in the air.

When she needed to forget she often came to this place to play with her aiever, she’d sort through the scents in the air and pick out the varieties of plants that were currently in bloom. Occasionally there would be no blossoms and then she’d run her fingers along the leaves and identify the plants, just another way to tell.

Flowers? She tensed. When she’d left the banquet hall fueled by a desperate need to escape, she hadn’t been thinking. Her steps had led to her garden. The garden. The one her stepmother had made . . .

The pain that had slowly faded to a dull throb and settled into the back of her mind came back. It encircled her, trapping the girl in its agonizing embrace.

Silver sat up and pulled her knees to her chest. In a desperate attempt to forget, to bury the pain, she tried to force her mind to drift away.

 But the world was cruel. One cannot simply forget. No matter how hard they try. The princess only waded in deeper, till her head went under.

She struggled but there was no way out. Then giving in it was suddenly again the day of her sixth birthday, reliving the memory she dreaded.

Snippet #2 Of 16 Words or Fewer

Okay, I'm cheating on this one. I normally write long sentence and I have literally nothing that even remotely makes sense under 16 words.

Eyes blinked open, darkness. Where everyone else went from the dark lids of their eyes to the vibrant colors of life, she went from the colors of her dreams to the darkness of her days.

Snippet #3. Something New

Silver woke up gasping; she always woke up gasping with her chest heaving and drops of sweat beading her forehead. Upon her instruction, her eyes fell shut and she tried to fall back asleep. It was useless. Once awake she was up for the rest of the day no matter how tried she felt.

She pushed herself into a sitting position. Her eyes remained shut. There was no point. Simply no point in opening them, people shied away from her when she stared through them, frankly it made them uncomfortable.

Nightmares. They were getting worse. Every night she went to sleep afraid. Normally she enjoyed her nightly visits to the world of color that was held out of her reach. But. That had clearly changed. Same Voice. Same Words. Always. Never changing. Though they got worse, they were always the same, yet with every night every dark dream it somehow got worse. She couldn’t explain. It never ceased till she woke, and even though she could clearly remember that the words had repeated throughout her sleep, she could never quite remember which words.

The door clicked, signaling that it was now open. She stiffened. The sound came from the left. On that wall she had two doors, one lead to the hall, the other to a parlor that joined all the bedrooms. Who was it?


The girl relaxed, it was her stepmother.

“Is it that dream again?” Silver nodded in response to Renagade’s question. The bed sagged as the stepmother sat down. She began to play with the girls long black hair. “There’s something I think you should know.”

The stepmother paused, unsure how or whether to continue. The information she’d uncovered was troubling. “You know why your blind?” The question was far more a statement then a question.

“A defect discovered at birth,” Silver replied quickly, her words were a question when they should have been a statement.


The girl frowned, what did she mean?

“You were not officially declared blind till three weeks after your third birthday and” – there was a pause – “your mother’s death.” Renagade frowned slightly. “Of course most of the country and all the doctors just assumed you’d been born with impaired vison and had eventually become blind and we’d just never really noticed. It was possible in your case, taken into account that you spent most of your first three years sick. But I think your blindness is connected to the fact that your mother had a dyad aven…”
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