Reading Recommendations: Lovely Couples

February 14, 2015 Recommendations 62

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Something would have definitely been wrong with us if we didn’t choose this month’s theme to be related to romance, the opportunity is just too good to pass up. This topic is particularity helpful if you frequently find yourself using the #foreveralone hashtag, as you can live vicariously through these characters. This month we list our favorite lovely couples from the literature world.

Alise’s Recommendation

I was so tempted to pick another ship from the Throne of Glass series just because Bec picked Celaena and Chaol. But I sacrificed my amusement and chose something else instead, a book most of you have probably heard of.

Xander and Caymen

Review: The Distance Between Us – Kasie West
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
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Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 312
Release Date: July 2nd, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

It was actually pretty hard to choose a couple, as I have enjoyed so many good romances, but in the end I chose this one because it is probably one of the cutest, perfect for Valentine’s Day. Here’s part of my The Distance Between Us review:
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“These two, I swear. It’s not often that I ship a couple as much as I did Xander and Caymen. Every time they had a scene together I was glued to the pages, eager to see how their relationship would develop. They work so well together, listening and supporting each other despite their differences. So, the romance? I loved it.”
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Bec’s Recommendation

Chaol and Celaena

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
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Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Purchased
Pages: 404
Release Date: August 7th, 2012
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another.

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

CHAOLAENA AAAAAHHHHH!!! It really should be no surprise to those who have seen me fangirl about these books that Chaolaena is my OTP. I’ve shipped them from page 1 of Throne of Glass, then they destroyed me in Crown of Midnight and I still haven’t recovered. Why Chaolaena? I have no idea. I just ship it so hard. So very hard. They are my OTP of OTPs in this series at the moment (though I really do ship a wide range of characters in this series. It’s impossible not to) and considering how much joy and pain they have brought me it didn’t seem right not to pick them for this recommendation.

Rachel’s Recommendation

Adam and Ronan

Review: The Raven Boys
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
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Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 409
Release Date: September 18th 2012
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Young Adult
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“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

I picked Adam and Ronan from the Raven Cycle because:

a) I actually care about the romantic lives of the characters in the Raven Cycle, which, from my reviews, you guys probably know is pretty rare for me. It takes really amazing, interesting characters to warrant my interest in who they make out with.

b) It is VERY RARE for a YA fantasy author (I spelled that outhour at first; I really shouldn’t be writing stuff on the Internet this sleep deprived) to write canonically queer characters whose storylines don’t revolve around their sexualities. To remain spoiler free, I will just say that Ronan has a lot of crazy things going on in his life, and his sexuality is the least of his problems. And it would be really nice to see a relationship come out of that that is not the center of the story, (After all, I’m reading these books for the dead kings, not the kissing) but still is just a general nod to the existence of LGBT people.

c) I had to write this in list form with a lot of parenthesis because of aforementioned sleep deprivation.

Do you ship these couples?
Have you heard of/read any of these books?
What did you think of them?
What book would you recommend for this topic?

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62 Responses to “Reading Recommendations: Lovely Couples”

  1. Renee Bookboyfriends

    AWWWW!!!!! PYNCH PYNCH PYNCH!!!!! <3 <3 <3 Also BluexNoah coz I ship them a lot but it probably won't happen… Because they are so cute! And just think chapter 31 in The Dream Thieves, omg so cute!!!! ^_^

    Ahem. *pushes TOG higher up on TBR list* I already ship it, I don't care if I haven't read it. It already sounds amazing.

    And as for The Distance Between Us? Well, that seems really sweet!!! I think I'd like Xander. In Matched I liked the guy called Xander (Although I did prefer Ky) so I'm totally just going to base him off his name here. (whoops?)

    I'D ALSO SAY THAT SAM AND GRACE FROM SHIVER AND VIOLET AND LINCOLN FROM THE VIOLET EDEN CHAPTERS BY JESSICA SHIRVINGTON!!!! <3 <3 <3
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    • Alise

      I actually always liked Blue and Gansey but I enjoy the Blue / Noah moments as well, they are definitely cute and I know exactly what scene you are talking about ;)

      YES. Plus the series is great in general, too! :D

      I preferred Ky in Matched too xD Xander is pretty fun, I love the support he shows to Caymen.

      I haven’t read either of those, I need to change that!

  2. Kelly

    Yes! Chaol and Celaena! I only recently read and finished the series and absolutely loved it! The tension and forbidden romance, that slow burn was just delicious. I must try another Kasie West book again, I’ve read one of hers and unfortunately didn’t click with the characters. I’m all for giving her another go and how can I pass up that cuteness overload!

    Sadly, those Raven Boys and I just didn’t see eye to eye. I turfed it halfway through. Will give it another go eventually, but it just fell flat for me.

    My ultimate swoony read is Anna and the French Kiss. I didn’t like the others in the series, but absolutely adored that one.

    Lovely post girls and happy valentines day! <3
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    • Alise

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! Kasie West’s contemporaries are pretty fun, I hope you enjoy this one!

      Aw, no! That’s too bad, I hope maybe you will like it better if you give it another go!

      I still have yet to read that one but everyone seems to love the romance there, I’ve definitely got to check it out soon!

      Thank you, same to you! :)

  3. Kezia

    Omg Xander and Caymen! These two are sooo adorable together. I really enjoyed The Distance Between Us :D Though if I had to choose, I would say I like Addie and Trevor better <333 *SWOONS*

    As for the other couples, I don't really know what to say since I haven't started both of the series lol. (I know, I'm sooo behind!) But Chaol and Celaena seem to be everyone's OTP based on my observation on Twitter.
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    • Alise

      They really are, I love their banter! Addie and Trevor are pretty cute too, yeah :3 I really need to reread that book.

      Chaol and Celaena have a pretty big fanbase but there are plenty of other ships to ship ;D

  4. Frannie Pan @ In Clouds of Pages

    Adam and Ronan, OMG. I just ship them SOOO bad! Maybe more than Blue and Gansey, and that’s saying something :P

    BUT. I’m sorry, Celaena must be with Rowan. Like, I need them to be together, I want them so much to be together! I loved their connection in heir of fire, it was so natural and raw and it just flew through them! *-*

    My favorite couple? That’s hard. maybe… Warnette :3
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    • Alise

      SAME. That’s exactly how I feel! Those are my ships in that book, maybe even my favorite ships in YA paranormal in general.

      Tell me about it, they are my wishful OTP.I love love Celaena’s dynamic with Rowan but I feel like the author won’t make it canon >< Nice pick ;)

    • Alise

      GREAT picks. I really need to go back and reread the Study series when I can dedicate more time to them. I fell hard for Fire and Brigan though, great pair! AHA ;)

  5. Nova @ Out of Time

    SO MUCH LOVE FOR XANDER AND CAYMEN! I was shipping them from the first page with good reason. Caymen is who I want to be and who I sort of am with the whole stand your ground sarcasm thing. However, Xander is part of the dying breed of nice guys that totally need to be seen more. I LOVE HIM.

    I haven’t read TOG. Please don’t judge me! But I want to!!!

    AND I LOVE THE CHARACTERS IN The Raven Cycle! Especially this ship. Its so wonderful that Maggie did something different <3
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    • Bec

      I need to read this romance.

      There’s no problem with not having read the ToG books yet! There’s still three more to come out and it’s not like they’re going anywhere.

      The Raven Cycle characters are amazing! I can’t wait to see where this ship goes in The Raven King :D

  6. Abby @ Enthralling Reads

    Anything from Kasie West is not hard to ship. They are so adorbs together especially Caymen and Xander. Perfect, perfect couple *melts* I am Team Celeana hahaha. It’s kinda hard to choose between Dorian and Chaol, I like both please :D :D Ooooh, so excited to read The Raven Boys! Everyone raves about it. I am so pumped and excited. Need to meet Blue and her Raven boys! <3 Happy Valentine's Day, ladies! :D
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    • Bec

      I’ve only read one Kasie West book (Pivot Point) but the OTP was MARVERLLOUS.

      When it comes to ToG it is really hard to choose. I think I love Chaol with Celaena most, but saying that I’m pretty sure I’d be happy with any coupling as long as all the characters are happy.

      Definitely read The Raven Cycle! Such amazing characters and a really unique story.

    • Bec

      I’m about to read ACOTAR so cannot wait to meet these new characters! My heart is ready to be torn asunder by glorious OTPs.

    • Bec

      You don’t see any obvious hints of Pynch until The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue. It’s developing really well!

      Chaolena will be the end of me.

      Thanks, Jeann!

    • Bec

      Pynch is the biggest ship in the Raven Cycle fandom, I think. It’s everywhere. But it’s a great ship so who can complain. I hope you like The Raven Boys better the second time round :)

      Chaolena is amazing. So many feels have been felt for that couple.

  7. Jillian

    I still have yet to read Distance Between Us! I feel like the only one who hasn’t started it yet :( BUT I WILL READ IT SOON. I actually ship Celaena with both Chaol and Dorian. I’m in no team, and I’m fine with both sides because (for some strange reason) I love Chaol and Dorian equally YAY <3 Happy Valentine's day to you tooo!
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    • Bec

      Don’t worry, I haven’t read it yet either! I only discovered my library had an ecopy a few days ago.

      I ship Celaena with ALL THE PEOPLE. Seriously, there’s so many potential romances in this series. So many great guys. It’s love triangles/whatever where you love everyone equally (and where the characters all love each other) that make the best love triangles/things.

    • Bec

      Eep I better try and read it soon then! I’ve heard nothing but love for it and West’s other contemporaries. Might try it next time I’m in the mood for something fluffy :D

      I hope you decide to read them one day! Both are great series.

    • Bec

      At least all the love interests are decent people! I ship her with all honestly, but like you have loved Chaol from the very first book. Crown of Midnight was so cruel! The first half was AMAZING and THEN THE BAD THINGS JUST HAD TO START HAPPENING AND MY OTP *sobs*

      I haven’t read that series! But I’m always open to finding more glorious ships :D

  8. Rachel

    God, I can’t even try to sort out what it going on with Celaena’s love life in ToG without getting a migraine. I am impressed that you managed to make something of it, Bec. I just… ignore it. Too confusing. I suppose that at least half of her love interests will be dead by the end of the series, and then things will be thinned out enough to be less confusing. Though there is always the possibility of Maas adding more, in which case my brain will explode of confusion.

    • Bec

      haha best approach to the ToG romance is just to accept them all. They are all glorious. Love all the ships. Then no matter what is endgame, you’ll be happy XD

      I really hope that her love interests survive. All of them :P They’re some of my favourite characters, even without the romance, and I really don’t want them to die. But with how dark the series is getting… I may run out of tears before these books are over.

    • Bec

      CHAOLENA 5EVA!!

      I can’t vouch for The Distance Between Us, but The Raven Cycle series is GREAT. There’s not enough time in life for us to read all the books. Which sucks. A lot.

    • Bec

      I haven’t had the chance to read any of West’s contemporary romances yet! Have plans to change that ASAP though. I love my cute and fluffy romances.

  9. Leigh @ Little Book Star

    Oh man, I love couples that keeps me glued to the book! My favorite couples would have to be Four + Tris from Divergent trilogy and Levi + Cath in Fangirl. They are so cute! Sadly, The Raven Boys didn’t work out for me. I’ll check out Throne of Glass & The Distance Between Us though. Thanks for the recs girls!
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    • Bec

      Fourtrisss! I was a bit weary when it came to these two at first, but they grew on me. Cath and Levi though! I want my own personal, IRL Levi if such a human exists.

  10. Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales

    Caymen and Xander are so cute!Caymen is one of my favourite characters ever,as I love myself some cynical and sarcastic MCs,and Xander is a sweetheart.I loved their romance.
    Chaolaena ROCKS!!!They are one of my OTPs,right after Adrian and Sydney,and they break my heart!I even refused to read Heir of Fire because a lot of reviewers said that they stopped shipping this couple after the book.
    I haven’t read The Raven Boys yet,though it’s high up there in my TBR list.
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    • Bec

      Sarcasm is amazing to read about because half the time my own thoughts are sarcastic haha. It’s always great to find a like minded MC.

      SYDRIAN *sobs* I really need to try and get my hands on The Ruby Circle.

      Nooo read Heir of Fire it’s so epic! I still ship Chaolena just as strongly after Heir of Fire. They are a long distance apart so it is hard to develop anything romantically, but right now they need to sort out themselves individually before they try and take their romance further I think. And I think some might have stopped shipping it because a new character was introduced (but I personally don’t see him as a love interest).

  11. A Canadian Girl

    I wasn’t crazy about The Distance Between Us so if I’m picking a couple from West’s books, I’d be picking Addie and Trevor. I’d also pick Blue and Gansey over Adam and Ronan. I love Ronan as an individual though; Adam on the other hand is meh.

    Hmm, other literary couples I ship off the top of my head would be Rose and Dimitri, Karou and Akiva, and Penryn and Raffe.
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    • Bec

      This is the first non-raving thing I’ve heard about The Distance Between Us! I loved Addie and Trevor. And Blue and Gansey’s relationship is so complicated and dfsakhsakjd

      Oh I also love Karou and Akiva and Penryn and Raffe!

  12. Wattle

    I’m more of a Celaena/Dorian shipper at the moment, HOWEVER I can totally see the whole Chaol/Celaena thing and I expect Crown of Midnight to change my mind (when it finally arrives). So we shall see ;)

    The other two I haven’t read, so I guess I have a couple of new things to add to my list!
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    • Bec

      Alise used to ship Dorelaena too, but a reread of Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight helped her see the light ;)

  13. Kirsty-Marie

    I think this is the first time I’ve read all books from a list/recommendations, I’m surprised, haha. But YES. Xander and Caymen were just so damn cute together and I loved Caymen’s sense of humour and how they were together, I was like :D all the way through it.

    CHAOLAENA. IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN. IT WILL. IT BETTER. OR I’LL CRY. IT WILL OKAY?! I pretty much shipped them from the off too, and as much as I love Dorian, I was just STEP AWAY FROM CELAENA, DORIAN. STEP AWAY.

    I still haven’t carried on with The Raven Cycle yet, I’m so going to need to reread The Raven Boys because I can’t remember anything. :(
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    • Bec

      Hooray! Not even I have read all o these haha.

      If you don’t want/have time to reread The Raven Boys you should go to the Recaptains. Maggie Stiefvater submitted a magnificent recap of The Raven Boys. It’s hilarious but also super informative!

    • Bec

      I can see the appeal of Celaena and Rowan, but I still see them as a really good friendship. Not that I’m adverse to anything romantic developing… To be honest I’d be happy with whatever couple ends up being end game as long as all the characters are happy haha.

  14. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    YOU.LADIES.ARE.TRYING.TO.KILL.MEEEEE!!!! GAAAAHHH!

    *ahem* sorry for all the caps, but seriously: Chaol & Celaena AND Adam & Rowan!!! Those are my OTPs for LIFE and omg just reading about them here brought on ALL THE FEELS. Like you ladies, I NEED these couples to be together, and coming from someone who doesn’t read for the romance, my investment in these couples say a a lot!

    I still haven’t read The Distance Between though since I read very little contemporary – but seeing it here, among such FINE company makes me think I need to get caught up asap :) Awesome picks girls ♥
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    • Bec

      *whistles innocently*

      Aren’t feels the most glorious but inconvenient things!

      I’ve heard so much stuff about The Distance Between Us. It might be a nice light read for us to pick up when we’re in the mood for fluff between all that epic fantasy!

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