Review: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare


--*Spoilers if you haven't read City of Bones or City of Ashes!*--

To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters -- never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight. As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her new found powers to help save the Glass City -- whatever the cost?

I picked up City of Bones last week and made it my goal to finish this series before I started reading any other book. I'm very happy I stuck with it! I was disappointed with Jace and Clary being siblings that I almost quit the reading the books. In City of Glass there relationship is intense! This installment has tons of up and downs between these two characters, which was by far my favorite part in the book.

Jace was raw and vulnerable, yet still brave. I loved the dynamic his personality brought to the story, he's definitely my male favorite character. Isabelle was in A lot of what happened in City of Glass was the progress of all of the characters' relationships and discovering Valentine's secrets.

I had quite a bit of trouble getting into the writing this time. It was about a chapter before book two until I was finally to the point where I really wanted to find out what was going to happen. There's a lot of description making it easy to picture the beautiful city. Although sometimes it is a little much.

The ending was pretty great. Everything was tied up perfectly, although I found one part quite predictable. I'm curious to see how this story will continue on for two more books. What kept me reading was Jace and Clary's relationship along with all of the laugh out loud funny comments! I love the characters' sarcastic and witty sense of humor.

Awesome Quote:
"Patience, grasshopper," said Maia. "Good things come to those who wait."
"I always thought that was 'Good things come to those who do the wave,'" said Simon. "No wonder I've been so confused all my life."

Characters: 5/5
Creativity: 4/5
Voice: 4/5
Plot: 4/5
Impact: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

If you haven't picked up the third installment of The Mortal Instuments you definitely should! It was a funny, adventurous and fast pace read.





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Happy Halloween!


My dog Max is a bumble bee for Halloween!
Buzz, Buzz!




This week I reached 100 followers and to thank you guys I will be holding a giveaway this November! I'm so glad I joined this welcoming book blogging community. A post with more information about my 100 Followers Giveaway will be up soon. Thank you guys so much, you're all truly amazing!

Happy Halloween!


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In My Mailbox (7)

Hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren

I did pretty well this week with not going completely book crazy! My mom had given me a gift card to our bookstore thinking there was only two dollars on there, but it ended up to be twenty! How awesome is that?! So with that I bought Beth Fantaskey's book which I read two weeks ago. I loved it so much I just had to buy my own copy. Then I've read a lot of great reviews on Not That Kind of Girl saying that it's an awesome coming of age and realistic teen story.

Drumroll please....
I got Forbidden! Yes! I was completely bummed that I wouldn't have been able to get this until June in the U.S. so I ordered it from UK Amazon. It wasn't that expensive, which I was expecting the shipping to be crazy, and it got here quicker than items I order from my country! I love the England post offices!

So my question is, since I used a gift card does that count against my buying book ban?

Bought:
-Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian
-Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma


Won:
I won this adorable prize package from the amazing Lori at Pure Imagination as part of her Spooktasktic Halloween Giveaway! As I was typing up this post my dad brought in the mail and with a big smile on his face told me I had a package. I was (okay still am) so excited! How awesome is this? I love the little goodies and the book that I can't wait to read just in time for Halloween! Thank you so much Lori!




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If you had, or would have, a daughter, what book would you want her to read?


If I Stay by Gale Forman. It's such a powerful read and is a definite tear jerker. Mia is a strong character and someone I would want my daughter to look up to. I hope this book would let her know that life isn't always easy and that "living is hard".



Book Blogger Hop
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"What is the one bookish thing you would love to have, no matter the cost?"


I would love to open my own bookstore. I think it would be amazing. I'm cheating and naming two, I want an entire library in my house! One wall would be completely open with windows looking out on our farm fields with a stream going through. That would be my ultimate dream!






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Waiting on Wednesday (12)

Hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine



But I Love Him
Amanda Grace & Mandy Hubbard
May 8, 2011




A haunting, chronologically reversed tale of a young woman's descent into an abusive relationship.







True, it's a very short blurb about the book, but doesn't it sound amazing? I honestly can't wait to get my hands on this one. I love books that cover difficult topics. It should be interesting to read about this relationship backwards instead of starting at when everything was perfect to the horrible end. The cover reminds me of Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler, I love it! I can't wait for this release!



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Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

--*Spoiler FREE!*--

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go -- especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil -- and also her father.


I picked City of Ashes up right after I finished City of Bones. I was a little hesitant because of the unexpected plot twist from the first book. However with some reassurance from my book blogger friends I picked it up. I'm so glad I did!


The relationship between Jace and Clary remains quite complicated. Clare created the perfect amount of tension between the two. Simon and Clary's relationship also changes greatly making Clary question her true feelings for both the boys. If you know me I adore love triangles so this book was terrific!


Once again the writing is almost flawless. I felt like I was standing next to our heroes fighting the battles with them. The description and character development is absolutely amazing. My only complaint is that sometimes there is too much story for one book. City of Ashes was much smoother organization wise than City of Bones.


I loved Simon in this book! In the first book I found him a little annoying and needy, but City of Ashes brought out all of his best qualities. Throughout this book he becomes heroic and independent. Like Simon, Jace went through major changes of his own. He struggles with his emotions and feelings toward the Clave. I loved how this installment explored all the levels the characters had.


The end of this book was perfect! I adored it! I think my feelings might have been different if I didn't have a copy of City of Glass right next to me since this one ended in an amazing cliff hanger. Two cliff hangers to be exact. I literally had to fix my jaw because it hit the floor! I was in total shock!




Characters: 5/5
Creativity: 5/5
Voice: 5/5
Plot: 4/5
Impact: 5/5
Overall: 5/5


Awesome Quote:
"That you freed a possible criminal by trading away your brother to a warlock who looks like a gay Sonic the hedgehog and dresses like the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?" Simon inquired.


If you liked City of Bones picking up City of Ashes is a must. Don't be discouraged by the unexpected information we received in Book 1. City of Ashes brings an incredible layer to The Mortal Instruments world.




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Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing - not even a smear of blood - to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know....


I've had The Mortal Instruments series sitting on my bookshelf for months and waited until just now to pick it up. For some reason I thought the story wouldn't appeal to me. As usual, I was wrong. Cassandra Clare is amazing at description. I could literally picture myself standing in the institute or hotel fighting battles alongside the characters. The setting is in New York which definitely helps give this tale a modern twist.

The leading lady, Clary, is one of my favorite people of all time. She's strong, independent and genuine. Jace is a tough and cocky shadowhunter that has secrets of his own. I love how much these two grow throughout the story as people. The supporting characters were well developed and unique.

One of the aspects I love most about this book was the sense of humor all the characters had. I found myself laughing out loud so many times during this book. Even in tense situation there was always comic relief. I also really enjoyed the relationship between Jace, Clary and Simon. These two boys are polar opposites, but Clary holds both of them close to her heart.

Even though I ended up really enjoying this book and have started on City of Ashes, I found it quite hard to stick to reading it. At some points I felt like it could have been broken off into a separate book or not even added at all. But then if it was omitted then there would have been something missing... I'm rambling, I'm just not sure how to word it.

It had some major twists from the three books told to me as some evil ploy by a friend so I knew what was coming. And I strongly, strongly dislike the twist at the end. I just kept thinking "Why?! Why must you do this Cassandra Clare?"

Characters: 5/5
Creativity: 5/5
Voice: 4/5
Plot: 4/5
Impact: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

Awesome Quote:
"So when the moon's only partly full, you only feel a little wolfy?"
"You could say that."
"Well, you can go ahead and hang your head out the car window if you feel like it."
"I'm a werewolf, not a golden retriever."



You should definitely check out this book. It's the paranormal adventure of our generation.





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In My Mailbox (7)

This was a big release week for me. I have to say I'm pretty proud of myself for not going completely crazy after not being in a bookstore for two weeks straight. My trip was so much fun! Borders had an awesome display for the new YA October releases which had all three books I ended up getting. I didn't plan on getting Beautiful Darkness since I was going to wait until Christmas, but I'm too impatient. I'm going back on my book ban, but with slight exception. I'll buy new releases that I've been dying to get my hands on! I really need to read what I have on my shelves so as soon as that task is done, bookstore here I come!

I'm finishing up City of Bones (seriously this week was way too busy; no time for reading!) I'm debating on whether or not to finish the series this week. If a series is out I just have to read all the books available if not I might forget something important and that just bugs me! Maybe I'll break this habit, I guess you'll be able to tell on my reviews for this week. I hope everyone had a great book-filled week!



Bought:
-Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margret Stohl
-Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrik
-Nightshade by Andrea Cremer


Library:


-Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell
-Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson




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Review: Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

The undead can really screw up your senior year ...
Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancĂ©. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction.

I had read so many positive reviews about this book and just had to pick it up. I'm so glad I did because I fell in love with these characters. Jessica's Guide is definitely not your average vampire story where the girl falls immediately, head over heals in love with the mysterious vampire. Oh no, Jessica does pretty much everything in her power to push away Lucius.

I loved how the book had both aspects of pushing Lucius away then having Jessica become jealous of his new interest. It definitely kept things interesting by having them change roles half way through. At first I completely hated Lucius. He was cocky, chauvinistic and old fashioned in all the wrong ways. My feelings changed for him as the book went on due to the author's amazing character development. Lucius grew so much from beginning to end, along with Jessica.

This is told from Jessica's point of view who was a funny and smart teenage girl who had been thrown into this crazy situation. We also got a chance to get into Lucius' head when we see the letters he writes to his Uncle.

The aspect of Jessica being a long lost vampire princess threw me off at first. I thought it was going to be handled in a fairy tale way where they both would sit on thrones and live happily ever after in a castle. I was really wrong. Everything going on in their home country is insane and on edge of a revolution. It was really interesting to have both a love story mixed in with vampire history over the possibility of war.

Usually the endings of books don't sit well with me, but Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side ended perfectly. I adored the events leading up to the final ending that literally kept you guessing until the very end. What I thought was going to happen was so wrong and that made me love this book even more!

Characters: 5/5
Creativity: 5/5
Voice: 5/5
Impact: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

Cover: 5/5
LOVE this cover and the title, so unique and relates to the story.


There is a sequel on Beth Fantaskey's website that you can only read online and I cannot wait to find out what happens next. Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side is romantic, funny and action packed. If you haven't already read this amazing book, go pick yourself up a copy!




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What are you currently reading? Basically, what book is that?


Right now I'm reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I know, I know I can't believe I haven't read this one already! It's really amazing and just totally action-packed. I love Jace he is just completely awesome. I plan on finishing this read tonight and I can't wait.



Book Blogger Hop


In the spirit of the Twitter Friday Follow, the Book Blogger Hop is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and share our love of the written word! This weekly BOOK PARTY is an awesome opportunity for book bloggers to connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs to read!


"Where is your favorite place to read? Curled up on the sofa, in bed, in the garden?"

I love reading on my cozy bed. It's so relaxing and quiet. During almost anytime of day the sun with be streaming through my window and onto my bed so it's just perfect.




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Top 10 Fictional Crushes


1.Peeta- Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
He is the sweetest guy out there. Peeta cares so deeply for Katniss and would risk his life for people he loves. Not to mention he is understanding, courageous and extremely handsome!

2. Jace- Mortal Instuments by Cassandra Clare
Okay, so he's kind of full of himself, but he is so brave and strong! He's witty and has a difficult past he's trying to overcome. I'm still on the first book, but already know I want to be Mrs. Wayland haha

3. Finnick- Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
*swoon* At first Finnick was a cocky jerk, but once you get to know him he's such a sweetheart. Finnick's endearing and a good listener. Oh, not to mention he's smokin' hot!

4. Adam- If I Stay by Gayle Forman
He's in a band, has awesome fashion sense, super caring and is pretty funny. What more could any girl ask for?

5. Carlos- Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
He uses cute spanish words with his hot accent, super funny and completely loyal. Carlos has such a good heart.

6. Patch- Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrik
He's super, super hot and wears a baseball hat. Patch is brave and okay honestly he's just on this list because he's perfect arm candy... girls can be shallow sometimes too!

7. Wesley- The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
I'm not quite sure why Wesley is on here. Maybe because I want to slap him one minuet then admire his abs the next. Probably because he grows into such an amazing person throughout the story and has one of the sweetest lines ever.

8. Jesse- The Mediator series by Meg Cabot
Studmuffin!! Six pack abs, dreamy eyes and swishy hair. But more importantly he's protective and a total gentleman.

9. Lucius- Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
I can't put my finger on it, but there's just something about Lucius that make me adore him. It's something about his humor and protectiveness of Jessica. Along with his love for his heritage.

10. Gale- Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
What, but Peeta is on this list?! Yeah, yeah I know, but Gale is awesome too! He's light hearted and fiercely protects his family. Gale loves his home and will do anything to protect it. He has a fire in his eyes and heart that is so attractive.

Boys R better in books Pictures, Images and Photos
*Note: I know it's been sort of meme central here and I apologize. Things have been a little hectic around here. My goal is to have Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side review posted by tomorrow night.





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In My Mailbox (6)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren.


Hello Everybody! I'm pretty proud of myself once again for not going crazy with my book buying habit this week. I know next week I'll be buying Nightshade and Crescendo on Tuesday so I've been trying to be very patient. I'm going through withdrawal symptoms, I haven't been in a bookstore for a week. Every time I pass one I stare out the window and envy all those lucky people inside. I've been dreaming of rows upon rows of books with the scent of fresh print. The sound of turning a page frantically to find out if the main character will beat the villain. I need to get to a bookstore soon! Only two more days until I'm let loose!! Don't be too surprised if next week the In My Mailbox post is overflowing, I'll do my best though.




Library:
-Crazy by Han Nolan
-Generation Dead by Daniel Waters


Won:
I won this beautiful Need Series by Carrie Jones poster from The Princess Bookie's Contest Craze. I love it! Thank you so much Cindy! Under the three covers it says, "A vampire's bite is nothing compared to a pixie's kiss."


Happy Reading!



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What is your reading suggestion this week?


I read Freefall by Mindi Scott this week and fell in love with it! Seth is such an incredible main character that has lost his best friend and is trying to find his way. He finds refuge in Rosetta, who has struggles of her own. Freefall keeps you guessing until the very end. It's just so amazing!! Check out my review!



Book Blogger Hop

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"When you read a book that you just can't get into, do you stick it out and keep reading or move to your next title?"

If I read the first five chapters of a book and still haven't gotten into it I move onto the next title. I will usually go back to it maybe a month later to see if I can get into it. Then if I can't I'll just move on.




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Friday's Finest (14)


Friday's Finest is hosted by the awesome Steff and Justine at a bookful of thoughts.






"And I guess that's when it starts to hit me: the whole point is, you do what you can."

Before I Fall
Lauren Oliver








I love this quote. Someone told me it's hard to realize that the decisions you made in your past were good for you then. And just because they may not be good for you now, it doesn't mean that it wasn't the right choice at that time. It relates back to the quote in the way that everything might not turn out perfectly, but you just do what you can.





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Lauren Kate Book Signing

Last night I went to a Lauren Kate book signing. There was around sixty people who were dying to meet the amazing author of the Fallen Series. The talk started with Lauren reading the prologue to Torment then she answered questions from the audience.

During the question segment she told us that Passion, the third book in the Fallen series, was originally titled Chaos. Her publishing company changed it for marketing reasons since the book is a love story. I'm not sure which title I like better, maybe Passion since that does a good job describing Luce and Daniel's love for on another. What title do you guys like better?

Another question asked was about the name of the fourth book. Lauren told us it will be titled Rapture. How wickedly awesome is that?! I love it! She plans to end the series after the fourth book. Rapture will take us back to present time after Luce returns from the past in Passion.

However she said her publisher suggested she should do an accompanying novel from Cam's perspective, but she wasn't sure. I hope she does though, I love Cam! Such a studmuffin! He's my favorite character after the sassy Arriane.

Then she signed books for everyone. I got both my Fallen and Torment books signed along with the shirt I got this weekend. Lauren Kate is such a sweetheart!

I plan to meet Laurie Halse Anderson and Becca Fitzpatrick in October and November so I'm definitely looking forward to that. I'll put up posts, like this one, of those signings too.

*Note: My Iphone camera really stinks. It doesn't have zoom and is pretty blurry. Sorry!





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Review: Teens & 20 Somethings

Susie Fishbein

You're young, busy, don't have a lot of time, but like to cook - or would like to learn. Then here's the cookbook you've been hungry for!
Want to make amazing food at home instead of ordering another takeout meal? Thinking about surprising your mother with a superb full course dinner, but need help? Need creative ideas to plan a great party at home - even on short notice? Looking for simple-to-do recipes that don't require fancy kitchen gadgets? You're in luck! Here are 100 uncommonly delicious alternatives to common fast food!
Students, newlyweds, young people at home, in their own apartments, or in dorms - (and the older adults who often feed them) - will all welcome Kosher by Design: Teens and 20-Somethings, the newest and most anticipated member of the KBD family.
100 easy-to-prepare brand new recipes

I received an email asking me if I would review this cookbook for teens earlier last week. I was a little hesitant because I want this blog to be dedicated solely to young adult. Also I wasn't completely sure what kosher food was since I never had it before. But I figured why not? I'm so glad I agreed to review this!

Okay it's honesty time: I cannot cook. At all. My main dish is cereal and for a fancy cuisine I'll make mac n' cheese. So when I opened Teens & 20 Somethings cookbook I was shocked by how mouth watering the dishes looked. I immediately jumped to the conclusion that I was about to burn the house down in attempts to make my family dinner. Once again, I was wrong.

The directions are clear and simple. There's a list of ingredients, what you'll need to make the meal and step by step instructions. With each recipe there is a picture on the following page so you know what the final product should look like.

In the beginning of the book there is a list of special needs diets; like vegetarian and gluten free just to name a few. There's little symbols to go with each special diet and they're listed on the sides of each page, how cool is that?!

There's eight different sections, three are starters, munchies and my favorite section desserts! At the end there is party ideas for sports or a summer themed get together. I made the Frozen Banana Pops for my family. For the first time in my life they actually liked what I cooked.

Recipes: 4/5
Instructions: 5/5
Originality: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

For a cookbook this one rocked! They have tasty recipes and easy to follow instructions.
You should definitely check this one out if you need help in the cooking department, or just like to cook!

These are the Frozen Banana Pops I made. I covered them in gram crackers and sprinkles. They were so delicious!







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Waiting On Wednesday (11)

Hosted by the lovely Jill at Breaking the Spine.




Back When You Were Easier to Love
Emily Wing Smith
April 28, 2011



WHO ZAN IS: Blow-your-mind brilliant. Stop-your-heart gorgeous. Hold-your-breath clever. WHO ZAN WAS: Joy’s boyfriend. WHY JOY NEEDS HIM BACK: So she can breathe again. WHAT THAT MEANS: An elaborate road trip involving a SAAB 900, Sprite, and Barry Manilow. Oh, and Noah, Zan’s irritating-but-almost-charming ex-best friend. Original and insightful, quirky and crushing, Joy’s story is told in surprising and artfully shifting flashbacks between her life then and her life now. Exquisite craft and wry, relatable humor signal the arrival of Emily Wing Smith as a breakout talent.







I'm so excited to read this one! I fell in love with the summary as soon as I read it. It should be interesting to go on this adventure with Joy to get her boyfriend back. I have a feeling something is going to happen with Noah. I can't wait until April! I adore this cover, it's so cute. I love how it's cartoon-ish but the two people are pictures. Love!






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Favorite Couples

holding hands Pictures, Images and Photos

--*Spoilers*--
I hate when people spoil great books for me so I'm letting you know that there is spoilers in the following post! Beware!


10. Amy & Roger
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
These two came together out of an infortunate situations and made each other overcome their past. I love how this relationship was well developed and the attraction for each other grew over the course of their story. It's sweet how they were able to talk openly about their problems with one another.

9. Suze & Jesse
The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot
We all knew these two would make it on this list. Suze can be a little crazy and not think through dangerous situations. She's funny and just needs to learn to step back to take a deep breath. Jesse is there to remind her of this. He's so mellow, well until Suze throws herself into a battle with the ghosts inhabiting her town. Then he just flips out. They complement each other so well. When the other one needs to calm down or cheer up the other knows just want to do. Oh, and they both kick total butt!

8. Brittany & Alex
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Brittany and Alex are just completely awesome. They defied what everyone around them wanted so they could be together. They want what's best for each other and will do anything in their power for the other to be safe and happy.

7. Mia & Adam
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
I love how these two seem so different on the outside, but have so much in common. They both have such a strong passion for music. Even though they are going through their struggles they stick by each others side. When Adam was at the side of Mia's hospital bed begging her to stay and saying he would do anything, I was balling like a little baby. Okay and in all honesty I love a guy that plays guitar and is in a band!

6. Nora & Patch
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
The main reason why this couple is on here is because of my total love for Patch. He's such a studmuffin!! I love that he gives quiet little Nora a hard time and teases her. Whenever I read the health discussion scene I crack up every time.

5. Bianca & Wesley
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
These two make me giggle. I love how Wesley just laughs off Bianca when she over thinks. He calms her down, even though most of the time he's the one that gets her upset. They were each others' safe havens when no one else was really there for them. They may be completely opposite (are we seeing a pattern in this list?) but they bring out each others best qualities. Wesley at the end of the story was so sweet when he made Bianca realize that she is beautiful and worth the fight...aww!

4. Seth & Rosetta
Freefall by Mindi Scott
Once again complete opposites, but are perfect for each other. Seth is going through an incredibly hard time after his best friend died and Rosetta has struggles of her own. They are both there for each other as a shoulder to cry on and understanding. Rosetta and Seth both push each other to achieve their full potential and be the best person possible. Now that's love.

3. Maggie & Caleb
Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles
I could talk about this couple for an eternity. I mean really how rare is it that you fall in love with the boy that was in jail for (not) hitting you with his car. They are so disfunctional that their relationship works. Yes, they have their differences and fights, but they get past it and grow stronger from it. No matter what the world throws at them they will always be by each other's side. And Caleb's last line in the sequel, may be a little sappy, but so sweet. These two will be eighty years old, sitting on a front porch, holding hands in rocking chairs. They're meant to be.

2. Kiara and Carlos
Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
I know this is the third couple from one of Elkeles' books, but seriously no one writes a better love story of star-crossed lovers than her. Kiara is intelligent and sweet while Carlos is overly confident and a total bad boy. How could they possibly fall for one another... opposites attract! I love that Kiara gives Carlos a hard time and helps turn his life around. These two are perfect for each other.

1. Katniss and Peeta
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Of course!! We all know I'm completely obsessed with Katniss and Peeta. Even though Katniss sometimes pushes him away he always sticks by her side. They would risk their lives for each other. They both have been through the terrible games and will always have that in their memories. They understand and care about the other. Katniss and Peeta are protective, fierce and total powerhouses. They're the perfect couple.





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