Let me start off by saying this: I’m sorry for my erratic posting lately. It’s difficult to explain, but the simple version is that recent weeks have just been emotionally challenging for me. Most days I find myself lacking inspiration and/or motivation to write, and anything that comes out sounds horrible.
I think a big part of it is all the stress from school now that I’m down to the last few weeks, with summer less than thirty days away. I’m going to do my best to keep my posting consistent until summer, but if I don’t just know that when it comes things will hopefully return to normal.
Anyway, enough of that.
If you know me, you know that more often than not I love the love interests in books. But sometimes there are some that just rub me the wrong way, including some popular ones. Today I thought I’d make a list, because it’s fun to make lists and I wanted to compare opinions. 🙂
So let’s dive right in!
- The Darkling + Mal – The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
I combined these two because they’re from the same series. I didn’t like the Darkling because he was so antagonistic and inconvenient, and Mal was just so whiny. That’s really all I have to say on that. Nikolai was the best, in my opinion, and he’s my favorite of the three to this day. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- Nik – Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
I don’t remember if a romance was developing between Nik and Hanna or if one was meant to later on, but regardless I’m just not a fan. I didn’t really like Nik as a character, or Ezra for that matter. I seem to be liking the girls and unpredictable, antagonistic AI in this trilogy more. #noregrets
- Teach – Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
I read this back in December 2016, and I still remember why Teach got on my nerves. It seems so simple, but to me it’s a major flaw in his character: he was controlling. He thought he could order Anne around, because of his height and strength, and threw around phrases like “you’re mine” and “I know you love me.” Unfortunately, that was most likely common in the time period this takes place in, but it bothered me.
- Chaol – Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Let me explain. Back when I read this in mid-2015, I would always say I was neutral if asked to pick between Chaol and Dorian. After reading the other books in the series and thinking back to the first one, I’ve realized that in general I preferred Dorian’s suave, bookish nature to Chaol’s sweet, awkward one. I like him as an individual character, just not as a love interest. 🙂
Now, though, if you asked me, I’d say ROWAN. Team Rowan 100%. I mean, I think Aelin is amazing on her own, but in terms of love interests Rowan is just my favorite.
- Adrian – Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Those of you that know me are probably completely shocked to see Adrian on this list, but let me explain. He’s only on here because I didn’t like him with Rose, as I had my heart set on her and Dimitri. I love him as a character, and I think he’s perfect with Sydney in Bloodlines. 😉
- Gansey – The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Maybe it isn’t fair to include Gansey, seeing as I never actually finished reading the first book in this series. But I read about half of it, and from what I did read, he’s just not the kind of character I like. To me, he seemed like a combination of two tropes I did like that formed a character I just didn’t. I know he and Blue eventually develop some sort of romance, and that isn’t a spoiler if you spend any time on the Internet. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- Magnus – Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
This is a bit of a complicated story. I started the series thinking Magnus was a cold-hearted, arrogant prince and not knowing why anyone would want him to end up with Cleo, my favorite character. Towards the end of the third book, I warmed up to him a little bit, and by the time I finished the fifth I was completely on board. It was the epitome of a hate-to-love relationship, but with a reader and a character rather than two characters. 😉
- Adam – Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
In the first book, I liked Adam a lot more than Warner. In this one, I was starting to warm up to Warner and liking Adam less and less. Now I would pick Warner if I had to, but don’t love either one. I can’t stand Adam, though. He was so whiny and jealous, and eventually I just got sick of it.
- Kishan – Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck
This book involves two brothers interested in the same girl. Kishan isn’t a bad character. I do like him. But when he was introduced, I was already on board with Kelsey, the protagonist, and Ren ending up together. Though I’ve only read the first book, so this may change…
- Arin – The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
I saved what’s likely the most unpopular for last. I remember liking his charismatic nature, but believing his determination was wrongly placed and not liking much else. In the second and third books I felt he tended to jump to conclusions and spent too much time either angry or guilty. And if I didn’t like him as a character, how was I supposed to like him as a love interest? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Who are your favorite love interests in books? Who are your least favorites? Do you agree with any on my list? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments! 🙂
I’m off to bake cookies and start a new book, most likely Tiger’s Quest by Colleen Houck. 🙂 I hope you all have a fabulous day/night, and happy belated Easter, if you celebrate! ❤
Until next time…