Book Couple Challenge Day 10
Day 10 already! Today’s topic is Fantasy.
OK what is Fantasy exactly? What’s the difference with PNR etc? Well fantasy happens in a world with magic and magical creatures. So not really vampires and the likes but rather witches, sorcerers, cursed creatures and fairies.
Sorry to disappoint you but I won’t speak about the most famous sorcerer in the world I mean Harry Potter because as much as I’m a huge fan of this series I don’t think he has a place in a challenge about couples. Him and Jenny did not really inspire me undying love etc. honestly.
So who are my other witches/sorcerers/cursed/fairies couples?
Sebastian Vaas and Selena Koren in The Dark of the Moon by E.S. Bell
Frankly this has been an epic read this year and written by none other than Emma Scott under her new penname as a fantasy writer.
What I wrote about the love story:
“Selena Koren is beautiful, kind, gifted, strong and cursed. How she wasn’t bitter and resentful at what happened to her I can’t fathom! She chose to stay in the light and not be swallowed by darkness. As she said: . She is also tired to be cold and alone all the time. My heart ached at this injustice! She could heal everyone but her. “What a crock” said Sabastian. She is badass! The kind of heroine I love to read about.
Of course there is a love story. Or the begin of one. Or… not saying more.
Just know that Aluren are forbidden to love outside their “pool” and that captain Julian/Bastian is a handsome if disillusioned man. What happens when a dark hero meets a luminous heroine? Well let’s say they were attracted like Yin is attracted to Yan. Bastian is a conflicted hero. All in tones of grey with a bloody past. One I want to get his redemption through Selena’s love.”
“That’s how it goes” Julian muttered. “How what goes?” “Lunos. Something bad for something good . There is always a price to be paid”
Amazon -> http://amzn.to/2i1dThn
Safi and Prince Merik in Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
What I wrote about these two:
“Susan Dennard did not stop at two main characters but we had two “not really side but not main either” characters. Prince Meric was really fun to read about. I loved that he was tempestuous and could not stay cool for long. When Sari was in the vicinity these two would ignite, bicker and fight like you have no idea!“
“If you were that sort of girl, then…” Merik lifted a hand to her jaw—tentative at first, then more confident when she didn’t pull away. “Then I would start here and move down your throat.” His fingers whispered over her neck, to her collarbone—and Merik was pleased by how punctuated her breaths grew. How much her lips trembled.”
― Susan Dennard,
“It was fast paced. The storytelling was compelling, the plot solid without any filler or dull moment. The characters are very well portrayed and I could relate to Amami as she wants to be someone worthy and not “just a girl”. She wants to take matters in her own hands and not be ruled by men. I could never live under other’s thumb and could only cheer each time she did something reckless to save someone else or escape by the skin of her teeth. I loved the banter and her sarcastic remarks. I’m always admiring girls with wit and she had it in truckload! I swear you’ll also root for her.
The tandem with Jin worked very smoothly. They had each other’s back and were perfectly assorted always doing some grand last minute escape. I swear I forgot to breathe so many times always believing this would be the end!”
“Tell me that and we’ll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that’s how you want your story to go and we’ll write it straight across the sand.”
― Alwyn Hamilton,
Synthia and Ryder in The Fae Chronicle by Amelia Hutchins
This is certainly NOT YA as there are lots of steamy sex! The Dark Prince is a very hansome and magnetic hero!
Have you ever heard of the old Celtic legends of the Fae—beautiful, magical, and deadly creatures that have a love of messing with humans just for kicks and giggles?
Welcome to my world.
What started out as a strange assignment, lead to one of the most gruesome murder mysteries of our times. My friends and I are set and determined to find out who is killing off Fae and Witches alike.
Couple of problems in the way – I hate the Fae and the Prince of the Dark Fae is bound and determined that I work for him. He’s a rude, overbearing egotistical ass with a compulsive need to possess, dominate and control me. Oh—did I mention that he is absolutely sex-on-a-stick gorgeous and he makes me feel things that I never ever wanted to feel for a Fae… every time he touches me or looks at me with those dangerous golden eyes he seems to pull me further in under his spell, despite my better judgment.
My friends and I can’t trust anyone and nothing is as it seems on the surface—not even me.
“Love is more than just feeling something Syn, it’s the connection of two souls that intertwine and cannot be without the other. It’s not just saying you love someone, it’s showing them with every fucking breath you take, every look. It just is, simple as that. That kind of love doesn’t die. It withers the soul without the other to keep it alive.”
― Amelia Hutchins,
Amazon -> http://amzn.to/2yrIx9V
My winners today are… a tie!!! I can’t decide between these two couples and two books that I loved so much! so you have:
Reece and Angie in Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel
This book is on my “top 15 bests of 2017”. If you haven’t read it yet but love YA and fantasy you really are missing something!
Here is an excerpt of what I wrote about the book:
“To make it short:
-Reece was the perfect YA hero. The one to make you wish go back to your first crush. See what he told Angie and tell me if it does not make you fall hard for him:
“The world reeks of death and pain, and you smell like life and joy and everything I can never have.”
-Angie was the right mix between strong and flawed, caring and curious, beautiful but not ostentatious.
-The side kicks as in her best friends, her dad and Reece’s family had just enough substance to help run the story smoothly.
-The fantasy creatures were a new and fresh concept.
-I love star crossed or doomed lovers.
-The romance was just swoony and had me all starry eyes. A little heart broken for them too.
-The ending was unpredictable and just..right.
Books like this one are real treats for Fantasy YA lovers like me. So read it as it’s one of my best 2017 books. It wil certainly not be my last Meg Kassel’s.
“The world reeks of pain and death and you smell like life and joy and everything that I can never have”.
Amazon -> http://amzn.to/2ypxHB1
Lark and Tiras in The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon (it seems that birds are winners today 😀 )
I loved, loved, loved this couple, this book, the writing. Everything!
Excerpt of what I wrote about this story and quotes intertwined:
Lark is a very endearing heroine. She is not a flamboyant bird but rather a discreet beauty many overlook as she can’t speak. But to those who see her, she is unforgettable.
”You are easy to overlook. Slim and pale and so quiet. But now that I’ve studied your soft grey eyes and traced the fine bones of your face, now that I’ve kissed your pale pink mouth, I don’t want to look anywhere else. My gaze is continually drawn back to you”
She also is a good person afraid of all the power she wields and conscious of all the damages she could cause if she became power hungry. Apprehensive of the fear and revulsion she would see in other’s eyes were they aware of her gift.
”Beneath the ice are all the words. …Have you ever thought that maybe it’s better this way? That I can’t speak? If I can wield words without making a sound, what could I do if they were set free? I scare myself Tiras.” ”You don’t scare me. You frustrate me. You infuriate me. But you do not scare me”
Tiras was a wonderful main character: cursed, desperate to protect Jeru, protective of Lark. He is slowly dying and frightened of what will happen to his kingdom, his friends and people. Proud and arrogant, he was also fiercely loyal and selfless.
I loved watching Lark and Tiras’s relationship unfurl, slowly growing but threatened by Tiras’s impending doom. There was a desperate quality to their interactions, an urgency to save Tiras and give a chance to what could ever be.
A truly haunting and poetic story.
”Why do you walk in the forest at night, all by yourself?” “I know you watch me. That’s why I do it. I am Looking for you”
Goodreads -> https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29008738-the-bird-and-the-sword
And you who is your favorite couple?
Thanks for reading!