Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is an all about romance freebie, so I picked Top Ten Favourite YA Couples from Books I’ve Read in the Past Year Part Two.
This time last year there was a Valentine’s Day themed freebie for Top Ten Tuesday week, so I chose to feature my top ten favourite couples from YA books. This year I thought it would be fun to go back and choose some new books I’ve read within the past year which feature my new OTP’s. After reading Crooked Kingdom and A Court of Mist and Fury, among others, I have plenty of more OTP’s from my new favourite books I need to talk about more.
Miel and Sam
“When they both realized they were heartbroken enough to want the love torn from their rib cages, they touched each other with their hands and their mouths, and they forgot they wanted to be cured.”
– When the Moon Was Ours, Anna-Marie McLemore
Wylan and Jesper
Wylan leaned forward and kissed him. Jesper’s mind emptied. He wasn’t thinking of what had happened before or what might happen next. There was only the reality of Wylan’s mouth, the press of his lips, then the fine bones of his neck, the silky feel of his curls as Jesper cupped his nape and drew him nearer.
This was the kiss he’d been waiting for. It was a gunshot. It was prairie fire. It was the spin of Makker’s Wheel. Jesper felt the pounding of his heart—or was it Wylan’s?—like a stampede in his chest, and the only thought in his head was a happy, startled, Oh.
Slowly, inevitably, they broke apart. “Wylan,” Jesper said, looking into the wide blue sky of his eyes, “I really hope we don’t die.”
– Crooked Kingdom, Leigh Bardugo
Feyre and Rhysand
“I fell in love with you, smartass, because you were one of us—because you weren’t afraid of me, and you decided to end your spectacular victory by throwing that piece of bone at Amarantha like a javelin. I felt Cassian’s spirit beside me in that moment, and could have sworn I heard him say, ‘If you don’t marry her, you stupid prick, I will.'”
– A Court of Mist and Fury, Sarah J. Maas
Maya and Amar
“My star-touched queen,” he said softly, as if he was remembering something from long ago. “I would break the world to give you what you want.”
– The Star-Touched Queen, Roshani Chokshi
Natalie and Beau
“It wouldn’t matter,” he says. “If we were in the same world, the one where Kincaid was in love with you, I’d still be here. If you wanted me, I’d be here.”
“Why?” I ask.
He hides a grin and runs his thumb over my lips. “I’m not sure the world and me are as complicated as you think, Natalie. I didn’t mean to choose you or anything. I just know if I only get to build one porch in my life, I’d like it to be yours, and if there’s one person I never have to hurt or disappoint, I’d want that to be you too.”
– The Love that Split the World, Emily Henry
Marguerite and Paul
“Fate doesn’t guarantee us a happy ending. We’re not promised to be together no matter what. But in dimension after dimension, world after world, fate gives us a chance. Our destiny isn’t some kind of mystical prophecy. Our destiny is what we do with that chance.”
– A Million Worlds With You, Claudia Gray
Nathan and Gabriel
“Later I wake and he’s asleep and I move over him gently to kiss across his chest and listen to his slow heartbeat, and I want to stay there, listening to his heart. I feel strange. I can’t remember ever feeling like this. I think I’m sort of happy.”
– Half Lost, Sally Green
Yael and Luka
“There was so many things he could say to her.
I love you. I’m not afraid anymore.”
– Blood for Blood, Ryan Graudin
Todd and Viola
His noise is getting quieter, but I can still see it there still—
See how he feels the skin of my hand against his, see how he wants to take it and press it against his mouth, how he wants to breathe in the smell of me and how beautiful I look to him, how strong after all that illness, and how he wants to just lightly touch my neck, just there, and how he wants to take me in his arms and—
“Oh, God,” he says, looking away suddenly. “Viola, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean—”
But I just put my hand to the back of his neck—
And he says, “Viola—?”
And I pull myself towards him—
And I kiss him.
And it feels like, finally.
– Monsters of Men, Patrick Ness
Juliette and Warner
“Warner thinks I’m strong and smart and capable and he actually values my opinion. He makes me feel like his equal—like I can accomplish just as much as he can, and more. And if I do something incredible, he’s not even surprised. He expects it. He doesn’t treat me like I’m some fragile little girl who needs to be protected all the time.”
– Ignite Me, Tahereh Mafi
And again, because like last year I couldn’t narrow my list down to just ten YA couples, I featured an eleventh who are probably my ultimate OTP at the moment. I feel like I definitely saved the best until last this year around.
Lila and Kell from the Shades of Magic series work so well together, and although they spent most of their time apart in A Gathering of Shadows they had some amazing scenes together. A Conjuring of Light is released soon (really, really soon. I can hardly stand the wait) and I desperately need to know what happens to both of them in the finale book of the trilogy.
Lila and Kell
They danced in silence for several long moments, spinning together and apart, a slower version of their cadence in the ring. And then, out of nowhere, Lila asked, “Why?”
“Why did you ask me to dance?”
He almost smiled. A ghost. A trick of the light. “So you couldn’t run away again before I said hello.”
“Hello,” said Lila.
“Hello,” said Kell.
– A Gathering of Shadows, V.E. Schwab
So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so let me know what you picked for this week’s themed free-for-all, or who some of your favourite fictional couples are.