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  • She pulls up her shirt to expose the pale, taut skin of her stomach, marred by a tangle of gouges.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Four small tents had been set up, too, poles straight and strings taut.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • He realized that his whole body had tensed into a pack of taut wires; he forced himself to relax, still careful to control his breathing.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • The veins in his neck bulged in taut cords.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure

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  • The rope beneath the bull was held taut by other cowboys, and Luke adjusted his wrap.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • She recognized her mother’s voice first, taut with distress.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Alec pulled the rope taut.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • He had an overstuffed duffel bag at his feet and a backpack stretched taut, which contained only books. lie and Hassan were sitting on a black leather couch.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • A strand of taut brown rope extended up from the water and disappeared into the fog.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • It pulled taut just as the mob reached it, and they went sprawling over it and into the mud, a tangled heap of flailing limbs.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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  • Together at the card table, I could relax the taut watchfulness and caution that had governed my every move for the last three days and almost forget where I was, even as I shared every discovery that my new life offered.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • There was a light puff of wind at my back that tousled my hair and caused the tarpaulin covering the wagon to pull taut for a moment.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • He has the body of an Olympic swimmer, taut and muscled.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • She twists herself on the swing until the rope becomes taut, then she lifts her feet and it spins her around, slowly at first, then gaining speed.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Adri’s eyes widened, her temples pulling taut against her skull.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • She could feel the pull of it, and over its taut span strength flowed into her, warm and sustaining.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Bows groaned as the archers on the mezzanine pulled their strings taut.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Blade thin, six feet in height, straight as a sapling, bright eyed, taut; even motionless he seemed whippet quick.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • She followed, along with others, and tied the canes on the taut wire that was stretched post to post.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • HIS AVIATOR’S HELMET again flapping over his ears, Otis Amber danced up to his soup-kitchen companion, flung his arms around the taut body, and squeezed her tightly.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • Her face was pale and taut with fear.
    R.L. Stine  --  Goosebumps - Night of the Living Dummy
  • When he pulled the string taut and affixed the rocket to it, he was excited.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • The bell is suspended and the wire remains taut, running vertically through the hole he has drilled in the wall.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Looking at her now, at her clear gray eyes and her mouth as thin and taut as a bowstring, I feel a tug of fear.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • The Bulldog raised his chin so high his jowls stretched taut.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Her dark hair was down around her shoulders and curling with the humidity, but her skin still looked as though it had been pulled taut over the sharp angles of her face.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • A short novel then, also acclaimed, having to do with my wartime experiences—a taut, searing book eviscerating the military in a tragicomedy of the absurd.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Now Jason was here, drawn as taut as a bowstring.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Mr. Robert’s mouth tightened like a rope pulled taut.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • He eased his shoulders again, stretching the rough linen shirt taut across his back, and shrugged.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Before them was an enormous tent, white and taut, the kind used for weddings and festivals.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • His receding hairline, his tinted aviators and his taut military torso gave him the wind-whipped look of an ex-pilot, a man who monitored delicate instruments at some test site in the Urals.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • My body prickles with nerves, every muscle taut and ready.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • As he drove, the killer’s nerves were taut and excited.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Punk, punk, punk, her needle broke the taut circle.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Arms taut, backs stooped, the boys heave forward, their carts bulging.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Alby yelled, his lips taut with anger, eyes on fire.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Tears streamed down his reddened cheeks in a continual flow, his face a taut mask of pain.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Her body had become a slender, taut line.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Even the muscles in his forearm are taut, defined.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Tally pulled the rope taut and lashed it to the usual tree.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • She stopped at the mirror in the hallway and pulled up her shirt to examine her taut stomach muscles.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • Her voice was as taut as a wire.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • With one finger, she had poked the taut.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • His leg muscles were taut now.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • I lie motionless;—somewhere something clanks, it stamps and stumbles nearer—all my nerves become taut and icy.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The tendons in his neck stand out like taut cables.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The tension in the air was as taut as the glass string I was tugging with my bloody hands.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • She has narrow shoulders and a delicate build, a pleasant face, her hair pulled back taut and held with a crocheted headband.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • The air, which had been stretched taut with excitement, relaxed again.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
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