Tuesday Top Ten: Favorite Fictional Book Couples!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Well, online almost. But its nearly there and to celebrate, price this week’s Tuesday Top Ten is getting a little romantic. Now, I know this is a post that I’ve already done but that was QUITE a long time ago and I’ve read so many books since then…its hard to narrow it down!

However, my poor sentimental heart was finally able to do so and I present to you my top ten favorite fictional book couples!

10. William Herondale and Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices Series

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Will and Tessa have one of those romances that, if it actually existed in real life, you’d be torn between being massively jealous and also massively apt to throwing up all the time. Its incredibly beautiful, tragic, deep, genuine, intense. Its one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve read and what makes it even more beautiful is the love that the two of them share with Jem as well. Its just…amazingly written. It should be a love triangle but it doesn’t feel that way because the three of them love each other so much. Plus, there’s just something amazing about their love of books and how their love of words bring them together, and how they fight alongside each other…sigh.

9. Cara and Aelyx from The Alienated Series

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This is one of my newest favorite couples to come into my life, just this past summer. I met Melissa at ALA and got an ARC of Invaded and knew I had to read the first one and I am SO glad I did! This two part series is AWESOME and I’m massively in love with Cara and Aelyx and their story. What makes it so great is how annoyed and disgusted (especially on Aelyx’s part) they are with each other and how it slowly builds to something else. I love how they figure things out. I mean, Aelyx GOOGLES how to kiss. Its silly and sweet and intense and I love every single moment of it.

8. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games Series

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DUH. I know its cheesy and so completely unrealistic as far as fictional relationships work out but I still love every minute of it. Because despite everything that their world throws at them, they still make it through. I tend to like Gale more as a character but I love Peeta more for Katniss and I think its because they balance each other out SO much. Plus its kind of bittersweet how they work so hard to protect each other and it always seems to fail but they never ever give up on it. I don’t like the conclusion, so to speak, of their relationship, I don’t think it makes sense with the characters at all but I love their relationship.

7. Four and Tris from the Divergent Series

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This is one relationship that I love, not just because I’m absolutely obsessed with this series but because it turns out to be completely opposite of what you expect. When you meet Tris, she’s unsure, unconfident, struggling to figure out who she is, while Four seems strong, confident, sure. But the closer they get to each other, the more you realize that its Tris that helps Four, brings him out, makes him a better person. He relies on her, looks into her for strength and I love that. I think its better when a couple is equal but I love seeing that a female character can be seen as the strength in a relationship.

6. Aly and Nawat from The Tricksters Series

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This is one of my favorite relationships, so easily because it is one of the most unique ones I’ve come across in any book. Aly is a born noble girl, trained in the ways of a noble lady but also the fighting and stealth of a common born spy. She’s kidnapped and sold into slavery for a wealthy family in an enemy kingdom. She meets Nawat, who is a crow turned man. They each have their own journey to take, though they are inevitably intertwined with each other, and what I love is that they each do the things they need to do before they came together. Its beautiful. It really shows…you don’t need a guy to get where you need to be, and that a really great guy will be there, even if you can’t be there yourself.

5. Levi and Cath from Fangirl

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Okay, I love this relationship because I want this relationship. Seriously. I want this relationship so bad. I love 1-4 so badly on this list but if I had to choose a relationship that I genuinely wanted more than anything…it would be this one. I think a lot of that comes from the fact that I feel very connected to Cath. She feels like me in so so many ways and I can understand her fears and her concerns and her anxiety and her struggle to become close with people because she’s afraid they can’t handle who she is. But Levi comes in and just loves her, for every single thing that she is. And he’s a goofball, which I just love, and he just is so genuine and real and I love everything about their relationship. This is relationship goals.

4. Rose Hathaway and Dimitri Belikov from The Vampire Academy Series

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I want to be Rose Hathaway. Or I want to be with her. I can’t really figure it out. Maybe both. That’s kind of weird ;) Either way, the Vampire Academy series is one of my favorites ever and I love that it takes legitimately all six books for Rose and Dimitri to get where you finally wish them to be. Their relationship is SO tragic BUT neither one of the characters are tragic. They always focus on their job as dhampirs, as guardians and getting the job done, and that’s why they’re one of my favorite relationships. They are awesome together, but as more than a couple, as a team.

3. Adrian Ivashkov and Sydney Sage from the Bloodlines Series

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When I first started reading the Bloodlines series, it was clear that the couple that would come out of this series was Adrian and Sydney. Having met and fallen in love with both of those characters in the VA series, I was so confused on how these two would even WORK. But as the series continued and you watched them fall in love with each other, I was panting alongside everyone else. I just finished the finale book, The Ruby Circle, today, release day and I won’t say much because of spoilers but I’m so happy with this relationship. They both changed from book one to book six and they did it together. They were equals from beginning to end and I love that. They rely on each other and they save each other and I ship it so hard.

2. Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger from The Harry Potter Series

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All you haters can sit down and shut up. Everyone says that Ron doesn’t deserve Hermione and all that junk. I myself read way too much Dramione fan fiction, admittedly. But this is one of my favorite couples because I think they work together. They are different, but I think that’s what makes them work. Ron loves Hermione, even though she’s much smarter than him and is constantly berating him and all that kind of thing. Hermione loves Ron, even though he can be selfish and unthinking. Love, real love, is about accepting each other’s flaws and still loving each other anyway. Of course there’s a limit to that but I think Ron and Hermione are the example of a perfect imperfect relationship. Relationships aren’t beautiful and amazing and all that. They take work and they don’t always go the way its planned and that’s exactly what this relationship is.

1. Jace Lightwood and Clary Fray from The Mortal Instruments Series

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They continue to be my favorite couple and I think that’s because of when I read the book. You want to talk about an overdramatic, tragic story of a relationship? This is it right here. Book One: Jace can’t admit he has feelings. Finally kind of does…oops, him and Clary are brother and sister. Or wait they’re not brother and sister. Oh, wait, he’s being possessed by Lilith, oh, wait, now by the real Jonathan Morgenstern. I mean, seriously. Its the most dramatic relationship that takes place over a period of, like, five months. But I love both of these characters. I love the way they fall in love, I love the way they balance each other out, I love the way they eventually fight together, I love every single bit of them. And that is not going to change.

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Who are some of YOUR favorite book couples? Make sure to share in the comments!

Fictional Crush of the Week-Sirius Black from the Harry Potter Series

Character Name:

Sirius Black

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Book or Series They Appear In:

The Harry Potter Series

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, hospital Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and Half Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 

Author/Creator:

J.K. Rowling

Played By: 

Gary Oldman

Who They Are:

Sirius Black is a one of the important minor characters of the Harry Potter series. At first he is thought of as a serial killer, and the man responsible for Harry’s parents’ deaths. We learn that this is not true and that he was a best friend to them, and he was framed for their murder. He’s a bit of a bad boy, kind of reckless and always in need for adventure but he’s loyal and brave and extremely committed. He was loyal to his friends, James Potter, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew, and eventually, Lily Evans, and those in the Order of the Phoenix. When he comes into Harry’s life, he does everything he can to be a good godfather to Harry. He risks his life, his arrest to be there for him and keep him safe. He’s an incredible wizard, and insanely clever and talented.

Why I Am Crushing On Them: 

Respect for Gary Oldman, who is a VERY good looking man, but he’s not quite the Sirius Black that I had pictured. I pictured a sort of younger, sexier man. Sorry if that offends anyone but I did. Sirius Black was the good looking one of the Marauders. So I pictured someone younger, and he had that sort of bad boy image and the humor. Love you Gary, but you’re not what I picture haha.

That being said, Sirius is the bad boy. He’s the one who was framed for a crime he didn’t commit, spent years in Azkaban, and survived. He is constantly on the run, afraid of being caught for the crime that Pettigrew committed, and yet all he can think of is the safety of his godson and the task of defeating Lord Voldemort and making the wizarding world safe. He doesn’t think about himself, and Sirius can be kind of a selfish person at times, and when it comes down to it, he really cares about the people that loves.

Plus Sirius is just a sexy, badass. He’s a great wizard, and he has that sort of rock star quality. He has that long dark hair, and he’s kind of a rebel, in his own family. He could have been a Slytherin, a Death Eater, on the wrong side but he has a good heart and he goes for the right side. He is a fantastic, talented wizard and he can change into a dog as an Animagus. He is able to do this as a fifth year student, and he and his friends create one of the COOLEST objects in the HP world, the Marauder’s Map.

I also think people should give Sirius more credit than they do. Yes, he was cruel to Kreacher. Yes, he sometimes treated Harry like he was James reincarnate. He was in the same sort of situation like Draco Malfoy and he could have ended up in that same sort of situation but he doesn’t. He doesn’t blindly follow and sure, his life is full of ups and downs, but in the end, he was a good person. He was an incredibly good person and I admit him a ton for getting past his familial past.

Notable Quotes: 

“Mr. Padfoot would like to register his astonishment that an idiot like that ever became a professor.”

“Yes, but the world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters.”

“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”

“You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us?”

“Sirius was lounging in his chair at his ease, tilting it back on two legs. He was very good-looking, his dark hair fell into his eyes with a sort of casual elegance neither James’s nor Harry’s could ever have achieved, and a girl sitting behind him was eyeing him hopefully, though he didn’t seem to have noticed.”

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”

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I hope you enjoyed this week’s Fictional Crush of the Week!

Tune in next week for more :)

J.K. Rowling’s Secret Identity Revealed!

So many of you probably have already heard, physician but Saturday, information pills it came to light that an up and coming mystery author, Robert Galbraith, is actually Harry Potter author, J.K Rowling, in disguise. Mr. Galbraith was supposedly an ex-military man and his debut novel had gained many favorable reviews, being held as an “up and coming author to watch”.

The debut novel is entitled, The Cuckoo’s Calling, and is an adult mystery novel, and was released in April.

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It was revealed and confirmed by JKR on Saturday that it was indeed her. She had hoped to keep the secret for awhile longer, because, “being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience.”

I can see where she’s coming with that. The Harry Potter series is the best selling book series of all time, and the movie adaptation series is the highest grossing franchise of all time. JKR is under the microscope at all times, and is under the inevitable criticism as well. When her book, The Casual Vacancy was recently released, it was received with mixed reviews. Writing under a pseudonym was probably very liberating at her, to not have to write and publish with such incredible pressure and also to have a more open mind with critics.

Like I said, The Cuckoo’s Calling has been receiving great reviews since its April release and since Saturday, its now the number one book on Kindle and stores and websites have been selling out of them.

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The book follows Cormoran Strike, an ex-military man who is now a private detective. Fresh off a break-up with his fiance, Charlotte, and in debt to his ears, Cormoran takes on a case mostly for the money. John Bristow is the older brother of Lula Landry, a famous model, who died three months ago, in a supposed suicide, when she leapt off her third story flat balcony. John, however, doesn’t believe this and is convinced it is a murder and hires Cormoran, a school friend of his brother’s, to solve the case.

I’m about half way through it so far, and I am seriously loving it so far. I am not a huge mystery novel reader; I tend to read Sue Grafton’s alphabet mysteries but that’s about it. The book has the signature J.K. Rowling voice, but is so absolutely unique in the story and the story-telling.

I know that some people didn’t like The Casual Vacancy. It was, I must admit, very hard to get captured by it and most people would probably give up. In fact, according to GoodReads, The Casual Vacancy is one of the TOP books that are abandoned.

However, I really liked The Casual Vacancy and I am notorious for abandoning books. I was determined to give it my 110% because she is easily my favorite author and I’m glad I did because the book picked up and was really, really good. Not exactly my cup of tea but I loved it. Now that I am reading The Cuckoo’s Calling, I am even more in love with this book. The mystery has been building, densely and slowly, but I’m waiting to see what sort of things come to life in this book.

I hope to finish this by Thursday so I can do it as the Book of the Week, and do a spoiler free review for all of you.

What do you think of JK Rowling writing under a pen name? Do you think the reviews of The Casual Vacancy and the reviews of The Cuckoo’s Calling were so different because of the author names? Do you plan on reading it? As always, share in the comments!