Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish for sharing your favorite contenders in different book categories.
Happy day, y’all! Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s, Galentine’s, Single’s Awareness, or nothing at all, I hope your day is splendid. The theme for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is, fittingly, romance, so I’m doing a rundown of my favorite fantasy/supernatural romances: any couple where one person is not exactly human qualifies!
The Raven Cycle
When have two broken, adorable, supernatural boys ever been more right for one another? The three-book evolution of Ronan and Adam is full of feels, squee-ing, and everything wonderful. To get a little tarot on this couple, Adam is the Magician and Ronan is basically the High Priest(ess). Together, they can do anything. Hopefully there are heart-felt, perfect journeys ahead for these two in the someday Ronan centered series Maggie is working on!
The Hero and the Crown
I first read this book when I was twelve or so, and it gave me all the feels. Every single time I reread it, the same thing happens. Does it not twist your heart in agony when Tor-sola fails so miserably to express his emotions? Tell me you don’t cry like a baby when Aerin rides away from Luthe. No? Just me? Love, loyalty, and duty clash in a love triangle that (probably) precedes the idea of a love triangle as unbearably cliche. And, y’know, there’s also dueling for the fate of a nation. No big deal.
“I will love you till the stars crumble, which is a less idle threat than is usual to lovers on parting. Go quickly, for I cannot bear this.”
Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie
If a spooky, ethereal read about a talented musician being dogged at every turn by a muse faerie who sucks the life out of the artists she inspires sounds like your jam, skip Stiefvater’s debut, Lament, and treat this gem like a standalone. Bonus points if you read it in the fall; like so much of Maggie’s work, this book is intensely seasonal and will leave you longing for bright leaves and crisp days.
In the Shadow of Blackbirds
This read gets bonus Paranormal Romance points in my book: the romance aspect of the book managed to grip my heart with phantom fingers and bring me to loud, ugly tears, even though protagonist Mary Shelley Black’s sweetheart was dead before the book started in earnest.
The Wolves of Mercy Falls
Did you realize yet that I am total Maggie Stiefvater trash? I adore her, and Shiver‘s beautiful, tender romance between Grace and Sam is all that my love-lorn high school heart ever needed. I’m on the verge of rereading it for the first time since my age was not far removed from “pre-teen,” and I’m scared it won’t hold up to my early love of the series that kicked off my love affair with the magnificent Maggie. Then I remember that Maggie writes the kind of novels that my own soul would write, and all is well. This is going to be a good thing.
A Storm of Swords
There’s tons of love in A Song of Ice and Fire, some of which makes you swoon and some of which makes you gag (looking at you, Lannisters). But is there anyone who’s heart doesn’t break for Jon Snow and Ygritte? Even if their romance didn’t punch you in the heartstrings the way it does, this couple would still get an honorable mention for originating, “You know nothing, Jon Snow.”
Throne of Glass
Because Chaolaena was, once upon a time, endgame, and my heart-of-hearts still feels that miss High and Mighty Queen of Shadows needed a human to keep her grounded.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book, and by how Claire and Jamie grew into their sweet, caring partnership.
The Mortal Instruments
Speaking of my high school days, this list would be amiss without a nod to all the Shadowhunter/Downworlder couples in this series, whether you love ’em, hate ’em, or some mix of both.
His Fair Assassin
There’s a different supernatural romance in each book of the trilogy, but all three were endearing. The romances in Grave Mercy and Mortal Heart especially made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
What about you?
Love a book with a little love? Let me know what other romantic fantasy reads should be on my TBR list, and drop me a comment to share your all-time favorite fantasy romance!