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.
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
Release Date: July 2nd, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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.
Chaol and Celaena
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.
Adam and Ronan
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Release Date: September 18th 2012
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Young Adult
“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.