Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is:
Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon
I love a bit of romance in books, especially in Young Adult (except where there are love triangles – a particular pet peeve of mine) so there are plenty of books that make me swoon. I enjoy a well-written, deep romance filled with swoon-worthy love interests and there are some books that deliver this in spades. Here is my list of ‘swooniest’ books:
1. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
I love the continuation of the romance of Adam and Mia (this time shown from Adam’s perspective). Watching these two young lovebirds reconcile over the course of an evening in New York City (after a chance encounter) truly made my heart melt.
2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Not as heart-hitting as her previous novel Eleanor & Park, Fangirl nevertheless contained a really sweet love story between fan-fiction writer Cath and Levi, her roommates ex-boyfriend (trust me it is not as bad as it sounds!). Cath and Levi were such a lovable pair of misfits it was hard not to get swept up in their romance.
3. If I Die by Rachel Vincent
Without giving too much away of the plot, the romance in this novel is a genuine treat between two characters who are perfect for each other. Not all fans liked this development but I was a happy camper having shipped these two from the start. The love interest in this book does so much for the heroine – it is really super-sweet.
4. Illumination by Rowan Speedwell
I loved the romance that developed between rock-star Adam and the reclusive artist Miles. Miles was such a genuinely sweet and awkward character and Adam was such a lost soul – a perfect match really. The romance was steamy and charming at the same time.
5. (In)visible by Anyta Sunday
Not a very well-known book which is a shame because the romance between the two main characters Rune and Scott is delightful (at least when it finally happens). Rune is an invisible boy and Scott is the only one who can see him. They meet as young teens but are separated when tragedy strikes. They eventually reconnect when they meet up again years later.
6. Fire With Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Odd choice I know (since it is about three teenage girls getting revenge on those who have wronged them), but the romance between Lillia and Reeve just slays me. The fact that it begins as part of the revenge plot only makes it that much sweeter when Lillia realises Reeve’s feelings for her are genuine and that she returns them.
7. Know Not Why: a Novel by Hannah Johnson
Howie and Arthur – there are just no words for how swoon-worthy this pairing is. This was one of my favourite reads last year as the characters (all of them – not just the two main characters) are straight-up adorable.
8. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Oh Étienne St. Clair. You are my type of love-interest. Sweet and funny but also a little bit selfish and weak at times – yet your flaws just make you more endearing. Étienne and Anna are one of my favourite YA pairings – I really loved their romance and the Parisian setting just made it even more idyllic.
9. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
The non-kiss blew me away (you will need to read the book to get what I mean here!). The slow-budding attraction between the two characters in this book were full of swoony moments and longing looks. Delicious!!
10. The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
I know Adrian and Sydney don’t actually get together in this book (although they do in the next book The Indigo Spell). That kiss at the end of the book would leave just about anyone hot and bothered. I love Adrian and I have also grown to love Sydney as well. They really are perfect for each other so when Adrian finally makes a move on Sydney at the end of the book (after pining for her throughout – which Sydney is utterly clueless about!) I jumped up and down and let out a huge cheer. My other half gave me the side-eye but he is used to my book-related outbursts!! I totally swoon over this couple and their interactions just get better and better.