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Top 5 Favorite Couples

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, I decided to do something a little different this Monday.  Instead of reviewing a book, I’m going to talk about my favorite couples in books and other media.  Let’s get going.

 

5. Percy and Annabeth (Olympians and Heroes of Olympus)

I love these two because they don’t start off liking each other.  They’re barely even friends.  But as the series progress we see them start to recognize each other’s strengths and support each other when lacking.  Their romantic feelings evolve slowly over the years until they finally admit their love for each other and fight tooth and nail to stay together.  They are a good, healthy relationship that I can stand behind 100%

 

4. Daine and Numiar (The Immortals)

I loved this couple when I was younger, but now….the age difference is a little cringy.  But if you put that all aside, they start off respecting each other.  Numair is Daine’s teacher but he never makes her feel inferior.  He pushes her to be more and truly seems to care for her.  Now at some point, their relationship shifted from mutual respect to attraction.  Even they don’t know when it happens.  When they realize that they have romantic feelings for each other, they don’t know how to handle it.  They don’t want to trap the other in a relationship that they might regret later.  Well, that proves to not be true and they have a wonderful marriage built on trust and respect.

 

3. Feyre and Rhysand (Court Series)

If you haven’t heard by now, I’m a huge fan of Sara J Maas.  Of the multitude of couples in her books, Feyre and Rhysand and my hands down favorite.  Rhysand is willing to give up his mate and let her marry another man if that is what it takes for her to be happy.  Feyre takes in Rhysand’s past abuse (to him) and doesn’t try and make him take part in something that he may not have any desire to do.  Both put the other’s emotions above their own.  And we all can learn from that.

 

2. The 11th Doctor and River Song

I’m a third gen Whovian and I love it.  The 11th Doctor will always be my favorite because he’s the real reason why I love Doctor Who.  And when he and River get together it is nothing but pure gold.  I can’t get enough of their sass and love for each other.  They play so well off each other that I can’t take my eyes off them.

 

1. Harlow and Augustine (House of the Rising Sun)

What do you get when a computer hacker who can’t touch people because she gets overloaded with their emotions and an ex-criminal and playboy turn Guardian?  A fucking epic story.  I love these two.  Augustine falls for Harlow the moment he meets her but doesn’t try to push too far.  He respects her boundaries.  Harlow is a whole heap of issues but eventually she comes to terms with her baggage and realizes that he’s not as bad as she feared (and she hates it).  Augustine is not ashamed of his Fae heritage, but Harlow is.  Through him, she learns to accept a part of her that she’s tried to ignore.  They are so different but come together to create this wonderful duo that is unstoppable.  They are their own people, but they are definitely stronger together.

 

Well. that’s all I got today.  Do you have any other favorite couples?  Let me know by commenting below.

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5 Things That Irritate Me While Reading

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I hope everyone is doing well.  Right now I’m enjoying the first snow of the season.  Any who, I’ve had some people ask me about what I look for when it comes to my book reviews.  I don’t really have a set method per say, just some things or tropes that get under my skin consistently.  So without further ado here are my top five things that irritate me while reading.

Number 1: A world with little to no explanations.

World building can make or break your novel.  There’s a fine line between letting the reader learn about the world as they go and giving them everything in an information dump.  But what frustrates me to no end is when writers introduce their world with it’s strange terminology without any explanation.  Sometimes I have to read a bit two or three times before I either figure out what the hell the author is talking about or give up because I don’t want to get hung up on a small detail.

Number 2: Characters who are bitchy for the sake of being bitchy.

I know that not every character has to be likable but when characters swing back and forth between average and raging bitch like they’re bipolar for no other reason than to create conflict, I’m gonna call you out on it.  On a similar note, when characters themselves are fighting to stay mad at someone then maybe it’s time to rework the relationship.

Number 3: Useless Love interests/Love triangles.

Love is an organic entity, much like writing.  You cannot force it.  If you have to force your characters to like each other, then they shouldn’t be together.  Not everyone needs a love interest.  One a similar note; please, please, please stop making love triangles.  They are the most contrite things in literature.  Almost 90% of the time, the MC doesn’t even care about the triangle, it’s the author trying to get us invested in it.  Please stop.

Number 4: Kicking them while their down.

All writing is about conflict.  It’s the driving force that carries the story along, but sometimes writers channel their inner Satan or whatever and throw one thing after another at their characters.  The constant conflict without comes off as time fillers and a waste of time.  They don’t do anything except play with our emotions and I don’t care.  If you want to make an impact with your conflicts keep them sharp and precise that a well placed blade.  It’s the only way to maximize their impact.

Number 5: Taking forever to get to the point.

This is my number one complaint but number five listed.  I loath it when writers take forever to get to the main conflict.  I don’t mind getting to know the characters or the world but when it’s drawn out for the sake of drawing it out, then most likely I’ll have to put the book down.  My rule is that if I make it through a third of the book and still don’t care, then it goes back on the shelf.  Sometimes it’s my frame of mind that makes it difficult to get into the book but just as often, it’s unlikable characters and slow pacing.

 

Whelp, there you have it.  The five things that I hate when reading.  What are your’s?  Let me know by leaving a comment below!

 

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