So whatever your opinions are on Valentines day (mine are that it’s a fake holiday for capitalist gain but, here we are) you can’t deny that it’s everywhere. So, in order to avoid tidying my bookshelves, I thought I’d talk about my favourite fictional ships!
(spoilers for Deathless, Girls of Paper and Fire, The Tiger’s Daughter, Shadow and Bone, Strange the Dreamer, Queen of Air and Darkness, The Dark Vault, The Song of Achilles, ACOTAR, Heartstopper)
1. Koschei and Marya: Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
“I am a demanding creature. I am selfish and cruel and extremely unreasonable. But I am your servant. When you starve I will feed you; when you are sick I will tend you. I crawl at your feet; for before your love, your kisses, I am debased. For you alone I will be weak.”
So I just want to start off by saying that nothing about Koschei and Marya’s relationship is healthy or anything to aspire to in real life. However, for the purposes of the plot of Deathless, I loved it. The raw, wild way in which they are together really made this book, as well as the fact that they can both in ways be seen as the villains.
2. Lei and Wren: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
“Her kisses heal the parts of me that the King broke. They tell me: You are strong, Lei. You are beautiful. You are mine. And, always, most important: You are yours.”
Months later, and I’m still not over these two. Lei, the soft, shy one, and Wren, the hardened warrior girl, couldn’t be a more perfect fit for each other, and the way they were around each other before admitting their feelings was just so realistic. These two girls were absolutely my favourite part of this book!
3. Shizuka and Shefali: The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera
“I don’t care! In all the lands of the Empire, I’ve only ever wanted to marry you. You fool Quorin! You do not hesitate to slay a tiger, but you hesitate to kiss a girl?”
At it’s heart, The Tiger’s Daughter is a love story. Told in second person and through letters, the entire epic saga is about two women trying to get back to each other. I wept so many times for these girls, it’s unreal, and I don’t think I’ll ever be quite ok until I know this fictional couple is finally happy.
4. Alina and The Darkling: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
“We are alike,” he said, “as no one else is, as no one else will ever be.”
The truth of it rang through me. Like calls to like.”
Again, I know these guys aren’t a dreamy, perfect relationship, but I’m one of those people who just can’t let the Darkling go. Although I’ll admit that he should never have ended up with Alina and you know, literally put a collar on her, their dynamic together was one that I just loved to read.
5. Lazlo and Sarai: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
“Once upon a time there was a silence that dreamed of becoming a song, and then I found you, and now everything is music.”
Lazlo and Sarai are just so perfect for each other through this duology. They are the softest, most protective couple and I just love them. I won’t say too much to avoid spoilers but I just had to include them on this list!
6. Cristina, Mark and Kieran: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
“I wish you could see yourself as I see you. You are so many things I never thought to want, but I do want them. I want all things with you.”
So this love triangle turning into a polyamorous relationship was probably my favourite thing to happen in this series. So many books conclude a love triangle with the girl just picking one guy, and it was so refreshing for a book to acknowledge that Cristina, Mark and Kieran all loved each other and couldn’t choose between each other.
7. Mackenzie and Wesley: The Dark Vault by V. E. Schwab
“Wesley Ayers is the stranger in the halls of the Coronado. He is the Keeper in the garden who shares my secret. He is the boy who reads me books. He is the one who teaches me how to touch.”
Mac and Wes certainly had a few complications throughout these books, and I just want them to be happy! They’ve definitely been through enough and deserve some peace together. I also love how well they work together whilst on missions for the Archive.
8. Achilles and Patroclus: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
“I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.”
I don’t think I can talk about these guys without bursting into tears. Just, read this if you haven’t yet. You’ll see why they’re on this list.
9. Feyre and Rhysand: ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas
“He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.”
Obviously Feysand would make an appearance on this list. I know some people have issues with some aspects of their relationship, but I love the way these two were written, and I had to include them!
10. Nick and Charlie: Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
I’ve literally just finished reading this today and loved it so much that I had to include Nick and Charlie. These boys are so soft and I just want to protect them. I actually loved them so much that when I finished the printed version of Heartstopper vol.1, I immediately went to Alice’s tumblr to read the rest of the issues she’s published. These two were just so relatable, two boys in a British grammar school just trying to navigate normal teenage problems. I love them so much!
lots of love,