I'm baaaack! This time I'm actually following the rules and including the picture that goes with this linkup. (Hehe, I'm such a rebel :P) Also, am I the only one who is extremely happy over the fact that the books in the picture are color-coordinated? Yes? No? Okay, moving on.
This edition of Tracey's Lovely Books linkup is focused on allllll the couples! I legit squealed when I saw the topic of this edition. Naturally. In case I still haven't engraved this your cranium, I'll tell you again: I am a hopeless romantic. It's sad. It really is. (Not really because I can flail about all my favorite couples and have an excuse.)
If you have no idea what I'm talking about or happened to miss my last post, then I'll fill you in a little. The beautiful Tracey Dyck is hosting a linkup called Lovely Books during the month of February. Each week, she posts a new edition focusing on one of the aspects of books that we ardently admire and love. She already has three editions out, but doing them on time is boring so I obviously chose to be late to the party. Hop on over to her blog Adventure Awaits and check her out! It's the best decision you'll ever make. (Well...except maybe who you'll marry. But it's next in importance ;))
Onward and...upward? Not sure that really works well in this circumstance, but just go with it.
(Also, please note: these are in no particular order because you can't possibly expect me to rank them. 'Tis unthinkable.)
1.) Adrian and Marcelle (Tales of Starlight series by Bryan Davis)
Oh my goodness, THESE. TWO. I was shipping them from the first chapter of Masters & Slayers. They are one of my favorite Bryan Davis couples (which is saying something, let me tell you). Marcelle is a lot different than the female characters Bryan Davis usually creates. Don't get me wrong, I love all the sweet characters like Bonnie and Sapphira, but I really enjoyed seeing him write a character like Marcelle. She's feisty, independent, and a little hot-tempered at times. For some reason, she ended up being my favorite character in the series. She clashes with Adrian quite a bit, but it seems I like those kinds of relationships the best so it's all good.
2.) Cat and Anne (Isle of Swords, Isle of Fire by Wayne Thomas Batson)
*FLAILS* They are too adorable for words. Firstly, they're pirates. (I mean, does it get any better than shipping two pirates??) Secondly, they're another couple that seems to...ahem...not always get along. (I told you, I'm obsessed with that type.) And thirdly, they are just plain darling. And can...can we talk about the ending to Isle of Fire? I'm not about to spoil it, but it is seriously the. best. thing. ever. If you haven't read it, GET THEE TO A BOOKSTORE THIS INSTANT.
3.) Lockwood and Anna (Illusionarium by Heather Dixon)
|(Of course I'm not looking for an excuse|
to post a picture of this cover again. I'd never
think of such a thing. ;))
Gracious me, what can I say? I just finished Illusionarium last week AND GUYS. It is spectacular! It's one of the funniest, most unique things I've ever read. Totally unlike anything else. And it contains one of the most wonderful couples imaginable. Lockwood and Anna make the sweetest pair. I swear, they are made for each other. Lockwood's cockiness, matched with Anna's saucy stubbornness? Um, YEAH. Seeing these two in action really put me in stitches because they are just hilarious.
4.) Digory and Polly (The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis)
I've always thought Digory and Polly would make a cute couple. Obviously, they bicker quite a bit (ha, doesn't every couple I like?), but you can tell they care for each other. They're really good friends, and I enjoy watching their friendship grow throughout the book.
5.) Walter and Ashley (Dragons in Our Midst/Oracles of Fire/Children of the Bard series by Bryan Davis)
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picture. Oh, and Walter's on the left, Ashley's on the far right.)
I love these two! They are honestly tied with Marcelle and Adrian because they are so awesome. Walter is the comical, lighten-the-mood kind of guy, while Ashley is the serious, no-nonsense kind of girl (with big brains, by the way). They may not always see eye-to-eye, but they learn to overcome their differences. Seriously the sweetest thing that has ever graced a Dragons in Our Midst novel <3
6.) Luca and Lia (River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren)
Like Tracey, I adore this couple. Gabriella and Marcello are lovely, of course, but these two are just so charming. I don't even know. Lia is tough when she needs to be, but she's overall the gentler of the two sisters. And Luca...oh, Luca. He's basically a medieval form of Walter from Dragons in Our Midst. The cheeky guys tend to draw me in, what can I say?
7.) Jorgen and Odette (The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson)
It was almost a draw between these two and Valten and Gisela (they're from A Captive Maiden, by the same author), but Jorgen and Odette won by a smidge. They really complement each other very well. And, surprisingly, they're one of the few couples on this list that doesn't argue quite a bit. (At least I don't think they do. It's been a little while since I read the book.) Jorgen is such a gentleman, and Odette is a sweet, strong, capable young woman. I really do love them.
8.) Hunter and Trista (The Codebearers series by the Miller brothers)
I first read The Codebearers series, oh, about four years ago. And these two really were really one of the greatest things about the series. (Well, actually, that's not true. I basically loved everything about it, and you guys totally need to check them out.) The books are made for slightly younger readers, but they're very well-written and I personally think people of all ages would enjoy them. If you think they look childish, please don't judge them by their covers. (Never mind the fact that I spent the entirety of a post doing just that. *cough*) I actually quite like the covers, but some people might think they look like children's books. Anywhozens, Hunter and Trista are adorbs. You're in Hunter's head throughout the entire series so you get to experience all his humorous thoughts. It's so fun to "hear" his thoughts on Trista. XD It's been several years since I've read these stories, but I do remember loving this delightful duo.
9.) Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)
Okay, so I promised myself I wouldn't include any of the couples from my fangirly post last month, but I couldn't resist. Because these two = loveliness itself. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy...GAH CAN I JUST FLAIL FOR A SECOND? I honestly love these two more than is probably healthy. Pair Elizabeth's strong will and opinionated mindset with Darcy's shyness and reserved demeanor and you have a recipe for perfection. So basically...yes. I adore them.
10.) Teague and Meridian (The Other Half of Everything by Deborah O'Carroll)
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it will take you to the post where I found it.)
This amazing couple is not in published form yet, unfortunately, but I fell in love with them from Deborah's BP post a couple weeks ago. You know a writer has achieved perfection when they can, within the span of one post, make you feel like you need their characters to live. 'Cause that's what she did. I adore these two, and I haven't even read the story yet. XD Forgetful Teague and defensive Meridian make me feel so giddy inside. I especially love it that Teague can remember all of Meridian's quirks in extensive detail yet forget everything else under the sun. SO ADORABLE. <333
And that's all for today, lovely questers! I intended on including loads of glorious snippets of these swoon-worthy couples, but alas, I did not. (Also, this post was supposed to be finished over the weekend. Oops.)