My Kind of Romance

Okay, obligatory romance Valentine’s Day post time.

The thing is, I really like reading romance. The other thing is, it takes a lot to make me invested in a romance. I was thinking about why this was, and while there are many specific qualities I like in a romance, the one that encompasses all of them is that I need the characters to earn it. Like, I need them to go through some trials to develop and discover their feelings. No insta-love here.

So, to name a few books and series that have romances I’ve really enjoyed:


17675462.jpgThe Raven Cycle

I know I’ve raved about this series a million times, but truly, The Raven Cycle has the epitome of my kind of romance. Like, if one of the characters kisses her true love, he’ll die. What could get better than that? I believe Maggie Stiefvater said, “Nobody kisses anybody, which is weird because everybody loves everybody.” There’s lots of tension and pining and fighting each other and fighting together. This series seriously makes you earn the romance, and I LOVE it.



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Book Review: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta


Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta / My rating: ★★★★★

One sentence summary: There’s a boy in a tree in Taylor Markham’s dreams, she’s her school’s leader in the annual territory wars, and as she uncovers the mysteries of the kids who started them she begins to unravel her own past.

I ran away one day. He was running in the same direction.

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