Thursday Quotables: Roses and Rot


Welcome back to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!

NEW! Thursday Quotables is now using a Linky tool! Be sure to add your link if you have a Thursday Quotables post to share.

Roses and Rot

Roses and Rot by Kat Howard
(published 2016)

The world of fairy tales creeps into this story of two sisters at an elite artists’ retreat:

But there is another thing about midnight. It is when illusions break. When you can see the truth beneath them, if you are looking. There is always a crack in the illusion, a gap in the perfection, even if it is only visible with the ticking of a clock.

Midnight is when you look, if there is a truth you need to see. If you are brave enough to bear what you witness.

For just a moment, the smoke dissipates, the mirrors shatter, and the glamour is gone. All that’s left is the truth of the story, the truth in your heart, your darkest secret.

A glass shoe, abandoned on the stairs.

Once upon a time.



What lines made you laugh, cry, or gasp this week? Do tell!

If you’d like to participate in Thursday Quotables, it’s really simple:

  • Write a Thursday Quotables post on your blog. Try to pick something from whatever you’re reading now. And please be sure to include a link back to Bookshelf Fantasies in your post (, if you’d be so kind!
  • Click on the linky button (look for the cute froggie face) below to add your link.
  • After you link up, I’d love it if you’d leave a comment about my quote for this week.
  • Be sure to visit other linked blogs to view their Thursday Quotables, and have fun!

6 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: Roses and Rot

  1. Fascinating!
    To be honest, this book is already on my TBR list… though my list is so long I really don’t know when I’ll be able to read it.
    I love the idea and the cover and this excerpt just makes me want to read it.

    I actually posted a quote yesterday, but I didn’t visit because I’m trying to figure out how to handle my growing engagement online by trying to assign different tasks to different days. Let’s see whether it’ll work.
    Anyway, I need to do something, because with a book out there, the work to be done online is simply becoming too much to handle as I used to.
    If you have suggestions, please share 🙂

    Ops, I was forgetting the link

    • How are things going with the book release? I’m so excited for you! I haven’t forgotten… but time has really gotten away from me. I’m hoping to have a few other areas of my life ease up soon so I can spend more time reading the books I want to get to, including yours!

      • Ah, thanks, Lisa 🙂
        No problem, whenever is good for you, that’s good for me too.
        Things with my book are pretty slow at the moment. I need to figure out ways to let people know my book exists. I suppose that’s every indie author’s challenge 😉

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