With Valentine’s Day being this week, I wanted to take a look back at some of the books I’ve read and the romances, both good and bad, that have blossomed in their pages.
I’ll start with Heartless by Marissa Meyer. The prequel, if you care to call it that, of Alice in Wonderland. The romance in this book damn near broke my heart. Jest and Cath were amazing, even if sometimes sickeningly sweet. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I ugly cried through the last 100 pages or so of this one. It is an excellent book but have the tissues handy.
The world crafted within A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab takes my breath away. So do the characters. While romance is far from the characters mind’s you can’t help but try to mentally shove Kell and Lila together. I adore Lila’s strength and bravery and Kell’s desire to do the right thing. Together they can save the worlds or doom them. The third book in the series, A Conjuring of Light, comes out on the 21st of February and I can not wait to get my hands on it and find out what happens to our dynamic duo.
Going a bit off the deep end on this one. 24690 by A.A. Dark is one of the darkest, most violent books I have ever read. However, within the blood, bondage, murder, and cannibalism lies love. A twisted, slightly deranged love by most standards but it is there none the less. It’s certainly not the kind of affection that the majority of people associate with. Whatever it is, it works for Everleigh and Bram, even after his death. While I did find this to be an interesting book it is not for the feint of heart.
Last, but certainly not least, I give you The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. We have Paige whose special abilities makes her a target for the government. She is captured and sent to a penal colony inhabited by people like her, other people with abilities that are greater than human. Abilities that cause them to be feared by the mass population. Warden houses her in this colony and teaches her but he is of the race that is quietly enslaving mankind. Their relationship as captor and captured develops into something more and I’m looking forward to seeing how it further develops through the series. Shannon plans for there to be seven books in this world. The third, A Song Rising, has a march 2017 release date.
Have you read any of these? What do you think about them? What books have you read where the relationships speak to you?