Favourite Romances in YA Books

It’s Valentine’s Day! The day of love is upon us so I thought I’d do a little something to celebrate it. I’ve asked a number of bloggers and authors what their favourite romances in YA books are so today I’m here to share them all with you. I love reading everyone’s entries and I got a lot of new book recommendations as well.
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Top 10 Fictional Couples

It’s no secret that my love for romance has grown rapidly over the last year and now I just keep fangirling and squealing over the relationships in books. So I thought I’d do a post all about my top 10 fictional couples. This was a hard list to compile considering the fact that I ship so many characters, it’s just ridiculous. So if one of your favourite couples isn’t on here, I’m sorry. I should also just mention this will only include book couples and not couples from TV shows and movies because then that would just be too hard. But if you’re interested, here’s my top 10 fictional TV couples and I might do one based on movies but I’m not sure. Beware there may be spoilers for who ends up with who within these books but most of these are pretty obvious but spoilers for some, especially Shatter Me, The Selection, The Infernal Devices and other books with love triangles in them but I think in the other love triangles it was clear who would end up with who. When I first made this list it had 20 couples in it so first I have 10 honourable mentions but all I’m going to do is mention them and not go into why I ship them. By the way, there will be a lot of fangirling in this. Just saying.

Honourable Mentions(In no particular order):

Aleyx and Cara – Alienated

Erik and Talia – Talented

Adam and Mia – If I Stay

Noah and Mara – The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Dexter and Emma – One Day

Landon and Jamie – A Walk to Remember

Hazel and Augustus – The Fault in Our Stars

Peeta and Katniss – The Hunger Games

Ron and Hermione – Harry Potter

Anna and St Clair – Anna and the French Kiss:

Some of you may be shocked at the ones who are just honourable mentions and didn’t actually make the actual list and so am I! I was working it out and I was like woah, Peeta and Katniss didn’t make my top 10?! And Hazel and Augustus?! I can’t believe it myself. Don’t hate me too much for it.

 

Top Ten(This was so hard to order! I literally sat in front of the computer for almost half an hour debating where to put each couple):

10.Warner and Juliette – Shatter Me:

This was an unexpected couple that nobody saw coming. Honestly, during Shatter Me, did anyone predict this at all? Honestly, after reading Destroy Me, I was silently hoping this would happen but I didn’t think it would because of you know Adam Kent(the asshole he is). But then Chapter 62 happened, and everybody shipped Warnette. And don’t even get me talking about certain scenes in Ignite Me because we all know those were fabulous. If you’re reading this and you haven’t read past Shatter Me(you know who you are), I’m sorry for the spoilers but I did warn you in the introduction(I even put it in bold for you). Not my fault. But in all seriousness, Warnette is complete and utter perfection.

True story
True story

9. Maxon and America – The Selection: 

I ship these two a lot which is odd because a lot of people get frustrated with them throughout the series. Ever since their first meeting, I knew that Aspen was just nobody anymore because Prince Maxon exists so of course she needs to be with him. I love Maxon so very much and his relationship with America is half of the reason why. He is so sweet and loving and just all types of romantic so of course I ship them so very much.

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8.Eleanor and Park – Eleanor and Park: 

I’m going to make this quick because if I keep thinking about this book, I will become so immensely sad and I don’t want that. Eleanor and Park are perfection. How can one not ship them? They make my little shipper heart so happy. Especially when Park had that whole passage about holding Eleanor’s hand. Their love is so sweet and innocent. I just can’t deal with their cuteness. Where’s my Park Sheridan? I could honestly write pages and pages about why Eleanor and Park have an absolutely stunning relationship and how they represent what young love should be like but I’m not going to bore you with that now. Maybe another time.

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7.Simon and Isabelle – The Mortal Instruments: 

Oh Sizzy. Ever since they first met, I was just like ‘I ship this and this needs to happen’. But things kept going wrong and my little shipper heart kept breaking into pieces(I’m going to say shipper hear a lot in this post, deal with it). But then City of Heavenly Fire happened and my heart just exploded with Sizzy feels. Sizzy are just so fabulous together and I need more of them. So Cassandra Clare, there better be one whole short story just on Simon and Isabelle as part of the Simon short story collection because I need more sizzy in my life.

I had to include a gif from the movie because Robert Sheehan <3
I had to include a gif from the movie because Robert Sheehan ❤

 

6.Levi and Cath – Fangirl:

I couldn’t make a list and not include my favourite book right? Levi and Cath are the relationship that I want. He understands her and while he isn’t like her, he lets her be who she is and doesn’t interfere and try to change that about her but he still makes an all round better and happier person and I love that. They are just honestly so perfect and I don’t know what else to say about them. If you want to see how fabulous they are, read the book. Or if you’ve already read it, think about the reading out loud scene and the emergency dance party scene and tell me their relationship isn’t perfect.

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 5.Lola and Cricket – Lola and the Boy Next Door: 

Lola and the Boy Next Door is the single book that I have re-read the most and that is simply for one reason; Cricket Bell. Any scene with Cricket in is complete and utter perfection. How can one not love Cricket Bell? He is so sweet and romantic. I mean  the last few chapters with the dance show off perfectly how romantic he is. He came to her for the dance! He helped her get ready. He told her that story that made me want to melt inside. And he gave her the moon and the stars! Don’t even tell me that they aren’t perfect because then I may have to just shoot you.

I must share this beautiful fanart. It's perfection.
I must share this beautiful fanart. It’s perfection.

4.Will and Tessa – The Infernal Devices: 

Some people find it weird that even though I prefer Jem as a character, I ship Wessa over Jessa. Jem says some absolutely perfect lines to Tessa and his romantic side is utter perfection but I honestly believe that Will and Tessa are better suited to each other. They both read and honestly any scene they are both in is complete perfection. I ship them so much but I don’t even know why. I have no reasons for shipping them but I do.

Basically
Basically

3.Sydney and Adrian – Bloodlines: 

IT’S SYDRIAN TIME!! I love Sydrian so much and I don’t understand how some people don’t ship them. Seriously, they are so perfect together. Seeing them in the Fiery Heart just made my little shipper heart but then the ending just broke it again. However, Silver Shadows Sydrian was utter perfection. They really showed how strong they are and how much they love each other because they kept trying to reach the other. And then when they finally found each other again, I couldn’t deal with their amazingness because honestly when Sydrian get together they are so badass and it’s just ridiculous how fabulous they are. I can’t deal with all this Sydrian because I ship them so much.

Anytime Sydrian did something epic together in Silver Shadows, this came to mind.
Anytime Sydrian did something epic together in Silver Shadows, this came to mind.

2.Percy and Annabeth – Percy Jackson:

I think Percabeth are such a typical couple that everyone ships them. You spend all of Percy Jackson and the Olympians waiting for them to get together and then when they finally do, you don’t get to see much of them together until you realise that there’s another series. Mark of Athena was fabulous for Percabeth but House of Hades was so perfect for Percabeth because we got to see so much of them together. We got to see how much they need each other but how they can still do things on their own. House of Hades Percabeth were just complete and utter perfection.

This part was completely fabulous.
This part was completely fabulous.

1.Finnick and Annie – The Hunger Games: 

So my number one couple goes to Finnick and Annie. Honestly, if you’ve read Mockingjay, you probably fell in love with their relationship which of course led to your heart being ripped out repeatedly. Finnick and Annie were always my favourite couple ever since I first read the books. Catching Fire Finnick was so ridiculously in love with Annie and then when we finally met Annie and got to see them interact together, we all fell in love with Finnick and Annie’s relationship. How could we not? I can’t talk much about them without getting sad and depressed so I won’t say anymore.

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Why did I insert these gifs? The pain is real.

 

 

So that’s it for my top 10 fictional couples with my 10 honourable mentions. This was interesting to make, despite me being either really emotional or really fangirly. I apologise.

Sofia

 

 

YABirmingham’s John Green Fanparty

Hey! I’m at home, recovering from my amazing and fabulous weekend that I spent with all my awesome friends. We all slept over at one friend’s house after a very amazing Saturday night. I’m not going to talk about my time with my friends but instead I’m going to talk in detail about Saturday night.

First, after meeting one of my old friends, I went down to Waterstones to meet up with my friends: Veena, Priya, Ambi, Makayla, Asmaa and Hadia. We were just hanging out in there before going to eat when Priya and Ambi found a leaflet with a list of all the upcoming events at Waterstones. Now we are all very regular customers at Waterstones and some of us are also part of their reviewer team at YABirmingham(Definitely go check them out, they are fabulous) and they had hinted that they were announcing three exciting new events tonight. We were all excited to find out what it was so when we found this leaflet we all started squealing slightly. The first exciting event was the launch party for Alice Oseman’s Solitaire(which I received this week from HarperCollins). We were all very excited because we all wanted to read Solitaire(I’m actually starting it today!) and had talked to Alice before on twitter and she was freaking amazing. The next event was a signing with the ever so amazing Lauren Oliver! I’m a big fan of Lauren Oliver and I love all of her books(well at least the ones I’ve read) and I’m so excited to meet her. If you’re interested click here to see my review of Panic and click here for my amazing friend Ambi’s review of Delirium. The final event on the leaflet was for their Maze Runner fan party! They had had three fan parties previously(City of Bones, Divergent and City of Heavenly Fire) and we were there on that night for their fourth one which was for The Fault In Our Stars. I would like to go to all their fan parties because I enjoy them all so much! We immediately bought tickets for all three events and went to eat, already buzzing with excitement.

We then went to the party and met some of our twitter friends(Zarin, Madi, Charli and Maryam)and formed the super TFIOS team quiz of “The Hectic Glow”. We all sat down to do the quiz which we were all excited about and wanted to win badly. We had allocated chapters to everyone and made sure that we all knew our trivia. We ended up getting 19 out of 20 and we were scared that someone would get full marks but we won! We honestly started screaming and jumping up and down a bit with excitement. We were so nervous we wouldn’t win because we all started arguing about the French of Hazel’s pipe t-shirt and what the correct grammar was but we didn’t need it and thanks to Priya, we got that question right. We won fabulous t-shirts, a poster SIGNED by John and Hank Green and various other little goodies. We then went downstairs and all of us were handed amazing goodie bags with 2 free books in them, including Will Grayson, Will Grayson! Next was the time for book browsing(as all books were on buy one,get one half price) and raffle ticket buying! At all of these events I had always spent around £7 on raffle tickets and never won. This time I told myself I wouldn’t spend that much but this time the raffle tickets were half the price so I still spent £7…. When it came to the raffle, my raffle tickets were picked out three times! I was so shocked but I had already got the prizes due to winning the quiz. Because of this, the kind worker took us to the cupboard and she let me pick out three books in exchange. I ended up getting Shattered, Code Name Verity and Popular. After that sadly the event was over but we were all so hyper.

Honestly, if you live in Birmingham you should definitely check these parties out as they are only £1 to get a ticket yet they are just so much fun!  At the first ever party, I just stood around and didn’t talk to anyone whereas at this one I talked to so many people and got to know everyone. Honestly, these parties have made me more confident as a person and I have YABirmingham to thank for that. Honestly thank you Gem and Bex and everyone who is involved in organising these events. If you are reading this, I want you to know how much these parties and your blog have changed me and made me a happier and confident person! I’m so happy that you’re getting people to realise that Birmingham is the second biggest city in the UK because we always get missed out! I’m so excited for the future now for YA and for Birmingham. Thank you. If you are interested in checking them out, click here to go their blog and here to go to their twitter.  Also click here to check out the details about the three upcoming events that they are having.

Thank you for reading,

Sofia.

This is all of us in the fabulous t-shirts that we won. Unfortunately, that's me being awkward and still being on the floor when they took the photo! Damn my short legs!!
This is all of us in the fabulous t-shirts that we won. Unfortunately, that’s me being awkward and still being on the floor when they took the photo! Damn my short legs!!

Top 10 Influential Books Tag

Hey! I haven’t posted a book related thing in a while(well it seems that way to me) so I thought I’d do the Top 10 Influential Books Tag. This is a tag that has been going around the booktube for a while and it looked interesting. In the original version, you aren’t meant to explain why these books are influential to you but I thought I’d give you a brief explanation. These are in no particular order.

Cloud BustingMalorie Blackman:

This book was the one that really sparked my interest in books. This is a short book and every chapter is a poem and honestly if I read it now, it would take me about half an hour but I loved it so much. It made me see friendships in a different light and it affected me so much because without it, I probably wouldn’t have seen how important friendship is.

Harry Potter series- J.K. Rowling:

I think most readers my age would include this on their list because it was the series of our generation. Honestly without this series, I wouldn’t have been friends with any of my main friends now and I wouldn’t have started reading again properly. I have a lot to thank to J.K. Rowling and this series but I won’t bore you with those now.

The Hunger Games trilogy- Suzanne Collins:

Even thought Harry Potter got me back into reading, The Hunger Games got me into YA books and without YA, I don’t know what my life would be like. This series was the first series I read quickly. I read the whole first book in one night and I will always remember how much I loved this series the first time.

Divergent trilogy- Veronica Roth:

Even though the Hunger Games got me into reading YA, it lead me onto Divergent which was another series I devoured quickly. This series has so many morals in it and this is the series that got me into obsessively reading and I will always be eternally grateful.

The Mortal Instruments series- Cassandra Clare:

This series is the series that got me into watching Booktube videos and which then lead me on to creating this blog. I must admit, it’s not the best series out there but I love it and it’s again another series I devoured quickly.

The Infernal Devices trilogy- Cassandra Clare:

This is my favourite series of all time. I could again make a whole other post about this series and I might in the future. The amount of morals in this series is crazy. This is the first series that I extremely fangirled over and it lead me to where I am now. I can’t thank this series enough for what it has done to me.

The Fault In Our StarsJohn Green:

Everyone who has read this book will know how influential this book is. This taught me so much about love and friendship and just life in general. In fact my friend wrote a blog post about The Fault In Our Stars and about why she loved it and I agree with everything she said, so click here to read it.

FangirlRainbow Rowell:

Honestly I talk about this book so much. If you want to know more about why I love this book, click here to go see my review of it. Mainly this book taught me that it is okay to be who I am because there will always be people there who will love me no matter what.

Eleanor and ParkRainbow Rowell:

As well as TFIOS, this book also taught me about love and also about how hard life can get. Even though life can get hard, there will always be someone there to help you and they can make all the difference in the world.

The Perks of Being A WallflowerStephen Chobsky:

This is another book that taught me about how hard life can get and that having people there can make a huge difference. Honestly, this book changed my opinion about so much. I can’t even explain how much I love this book.

The explanations are very brief because it’s hard to explain why a book changes you.  I love reading and I think these books are the reason why I am who I am today. I tag Priya to do this tag.

-S