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Top Ten Favorite Romances
Man, this is going to be difficult, because as a YA reader, almost everything I read has a bit of romance in it. Even so, some are definitely more endearing than others. (And in YA there’s also a lot of bad romance, so yeah.) You can click on the couples and series names to get to my reviews of that series (if I’ve reviewed them here).
Okay, my love for this series is no big secret, but a lot of it has to do with the romance between these two epic characters. For me, the build up of a relationship is the best part. After the characters get together I have the tendency to get a bit bored if it gets to be too sappy or too angst-filled. The build up here is epic, and it led to an amazing relationship I can’t get enough of. For me, love-hate or hate-turns-to-love kind of relationships are the absolute best. And this is the best example of that, that I know of. These two continually steal my heart. Can’t get enough of them.
2. Percy & Annabeth from Percy Jackson & the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
Ha, a romance from a (kind of) middle grade series! But seriously, I don’t mind that there’s no “hotness” to this romance. It’s just the kind of teasing, playful, light romance that I love. Those two are gold together. Honestly, I need The House of Hades really badly.
Does this even need explanation? It’s funny how much this romance touched my heart given that it’s almost never in the foreground of the story. It doesn’t get a lot of screen time or attention. But every moment and every mention is amazing. I mean, Finnick is (I think) my second favorite character, after Katniss, and I get all of the feels when it comes to him. Fandom has also shaped my opinion about this relationship, if I’m honest, but it’s so great. If you love this couple and haven’t already – definitely watch the Finnick and Annie web series by MainstayPro. (Honestly, check out all their videos.)
4. Penryn & Raffe from Angelfall by Susan Ee
This is perhaps a really surprising pick because Angelfall is not about the romance. It’s a story of survival and has epic amounts of action and intrigue. But these two. They do weird things to my heart. Perhaps because it’s so subtle, every little hint as you see them fall for each other just makes me melt.
Man, do I need to explain? Where’s my tissue box? This is one of those touching, heartwarming romances that really stays with you for a long time. I can’t even imagine not liking it. It’s just beautiful and made even more beautiful by John Green’s awesome writing style. I really can’t wait to see that relationship on the big screen, but in the meantime, the aforementioned awesome MainstayPro made a video one scene of The Fault in Our Stars as well, which gives me all the feels.
6. Akiva & Karou from Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
It’s been a while since I read this one, and I still haven’t gotten around to Days of Blood & Starlight
(don’t hurt me) but this one’s not on my Goodreads “best romance” shelf for nothing. Maybe this kind of approached an instalove situation, in the sense that it was a attraction/lust at first sight kind of thing. But Laini’s prose is flawless and makes the whole romance so endearing. I’m scared to read the sequel, quite frankly, because I don’t know where that romance is going to go.
Pride and Prejudice is definitely my favorite classic of all time and it has a lot to do with this love story. It’s kind of like Daemon & Katy – hate-turns-to-love. I’ve always loved it, and I have an unhealthy obsession with the movie, but lately… this obsession has gone up another notch because of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. ALL OF THE FEELS. If you’re not watching that yet, you’re doing something wrong. You’re missing out.
8. Allyson & Willem from Just One Day by Gayle Forman
It’s surprising how much I love this romance considering it builds up over and lasts one day. But it was so heartwarming. It was believable and touching, and it really brought out the hopeless romantic in me. I’m just so frustrated with the ending. I need more. I need Just One Year, and I need it yesterday.
YES, I’m a Gale fan. I’m sorry, but he just intrigued me more than Peeta did. Though I agree that in the end, the way the story went, Peeta was better for Katniss than Gale would have been, I will forever dwell in those few lovely scenes in Catching Fire. They stole my heart. If there had been more of those in the series, this would definitely be higher on the list.
10. Juliette & Warner from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
I feel so guilty putting this on the list. The thing is, I was a massive Adam fan before Unravel Me. But Unravel Me was so convincing. Tahereh really defies expectations and I began to see Warner in a whole different light. I’m still not sure I think he’s best for Juliette. But I can see that I could be convinced. Chapter sixty-two, though. Favorite romance? Check. That hotness is beyond words. More of that, and I’m convinced.
To be honest, there’s two series that I would include were it not for them being love triangles where I really don’t know which side I’m on… and those would be Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (okay I may be a bit pro-Christian here) and Everneath by Brodi Ashton. Especially Everneath. I just don’t know.
So… what are your favorite romances? Let me know in comments!