Valentine’s Day is coming up and you know what’s oneveryone’s mind? Love.
When somebody mentions love, a few names come to mind (none of my exes haha), namely some iconic book couples that have shaped my ideals regarding love. Without further ado, keep reading for my favourite fictional couples of all time!
Rhysand and Feyre
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
“And Iwondered if love was too weak a word for what he felt, what he’d done for me.For what I felt for him.” – Feyre
This couple gives me chills, the definition of ride or die plus they have that whole enemies to lover (MATE) thing going for them –who doesn’t love that?
Rhysand appears to the outside world as ‘cold, arrogant and cold’ but he is so kind, understanding and loving to Feyre which makes my heart flutter.
Rhys is similar to Kaz Brekker in the sense that they both find their partners at the lowest points in their lives and rather than act like knights in shining armour, they give themto tools they needed to heal and prosper. This is a stark contrast to various‘hero – protagonist’ characters I have seen that want their counterparts to solely rely on them. (I understand and appreciate relying on your partner, but some texts cross the line into a toxic relationship).
As a reader and a romantic,I appreciated the way Feyre slowly fell for Rhys – I live for a good well-developed slow burn romance! She is also one of the few people that sees Rhys for who heis completely (good and the bad but still chooses to stay and love all of him *cue All of Me by John Legend). They have mutual vulnerability as well as unconditional love for one another. They are truly soulMATES.
“I see all of you, Rhys. And there is not one partthat I do not love with everything I am.” – Feyre
They are stronger together, for each other ❤
Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky
To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
AHHHHH my sweet smol couple – Lara Jean and PeterKavinsky will always have a piece of my heart. Words cannot explain how much Ilove them. Their relationship captures the sweetness, naivety and issues thatcome with a first love. One of the big reasons they’re in my Top 5 is that it ofreminds me of my first love.
“Love is scary: it changes; it can go away. That’s the part of the risk. I don’t wantto be scared anymore.”
I also am obsessed with how cute they are together, goingabove and beyond for each other! Namely, the adorable little notes Peter leavesfor Lara Jean, the doughnuts he gets for their trip, Lara’s baking for Peter,Lara’s little lunch snacks for Peter (and his friends) and also their mutualwillingness to step outside their comfort zones. They do the classic trope of ‘oppositeattract’ / ‘jock falls for so called nerd’ in such a natural way. It payshomage to a classic romcom of the 2000s.
Give the Netflix movie a watch! But the book will definitely give you 10000000 times more feels because there’s little details that the movie chose to omit that enhances the story of Lara Jean.
Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase
Percy Jackson and the Olympians & Heroes of Olympus byRick Riordan
From “’You drool in your sleep” to “Percy smiled at her – that sarcastic troublemaker smile that had annoyed her for years but eventually had become endearing. His sea-green eyes were as gorgeous as she remembered. His dark hair was swept to one side, like he’d just come from a walk on the beach.”
Truly my first OTP! I will always love Percy and Annabeth, they are the cutest couple ever with the funniest dynamic I have evercome across. This was THE slow burn romance of all slow burn romances, the constantwill they won’t they drama. Percabeth for me captured adolescent love from thestages of “ew boy’s” to “i’m jealous and i don’t know why” to “i think i likehim” to “oh my god i have a crush” to “i love him”. This happens across thecourse of 10 BOOKS, TEN FREAKING BOOKS (including PJO & HoO). They alsonailed the adorable friends to lovers’ transition. They endured so much yet were always there for each other, even the mighty Olympus gods and immortality couldn’t keep them away from each other. They will always find each other (cue sobbing and war flashbacks to Son of Neptune & Mark of Athena – don’t even get me STARTED on House of Hades). Percy and Annabeth are the perfect foil for one another anda power couple that no one else can hope to come close to – they balance one another out.
Seaweed Brain and Wise Girl for the win!
Kaz Brekker and Inej Ghafa
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
What is Dirtyhands without his Wraith?
“I would have come foryou. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken wewere, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Becausethat’s what we do. We never stop fighting.” – Kaz to Inej
This couple well and truly changed the game for me –it definitely is one of the more ‘adult’ couples included in this list. Kaz andInej have such a muted but passionate love for one another that is shownthrough subtle nuances. The amount of tension between them is insane. They aren’t an overtly affection couple but when they are ‘affectionate’ it counts, it well and truly matters. An example of this is many of the scenes within Kaz’s office where it is just him and Inej, the fact that he is able to remove his gloves (I feel as though this symbolizes him dropping his guard) in frontof her and relax in a way he is unable to do so around others. One of the fewtimes we see Kaz well and truly lose it is when Inej is hurt.
“He needed to tell her… what? That she waslovely and brave and better than anyone he deserved. That he was twisted,crooked, wrong, but not so broken that he couldn’t pull himself back togetherinto some semblance of a man for her. That without meaning to, he’d begun tolean on her, to look for her, to need her near.” – Kaz Brekker
Earlier, I stated this was an ‘adult’ relationship, I say this in the sense that *spoiler*could have easily asked Inej to stay back at the end of CK but he understood her very being and what she was passionate about, and therefore what she needed to do. A major shout out to my girl Inej for knowing what shewants and not standing for anything less than she deserves (this is inreference to her conversation with Kaz where she asks for all of him, but he isunable to give he that!). Though she loved him just as much, she had her own dreams that she knew needed to follow. This is very different to other YA books that I’ve read where separation is seen as the be all end all
Inej states, “For all his selfishnessand cruelty, Kaz was still the boy who had saved her. She wanted to believe hewas worth saving too.” – Inej Ghafa
My major take away from his couple is that they understand each other on such a level that they will always be there for each other regardless of their situation. Understanding and companionship.
Tessa Gray, Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
Tsk tsk tsk, this had to be a trio (please don’t hate me) because even after all these years I still cannot choose who would be more perfect for Tessa! I loved that their love for one another was so pure and so selfless that they were so ready to sacrifice personal happiness for the other. Between them they had love, witty banter, sarcasm, adoration, support and understanding.
I could go on for ages but will keep it short andsweet this time haha
Note: Personally, I am a Will Herondale girl all the way – how can I resist a smart charismatic witty yet closed off (for the safety of the people he loved) guy? By this point in my post, you should get an idea of the kind of guy I am into haha.
Honourable Mention – Aelin & Rowan
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
(Please let the record show that I will forever ship Celaena and Sam Cortland though)
Let me know YOUR favourite book couples in the comments below!
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PS. keep a look out for my Valentine’s Day post! It includes an exclusive quote from an author whose book I have featured in the post!
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