Feyre and Rhys. Cath and Levi. Magnus and Alec. Simon and Blue. Cress and Thorne. Tessa, Will, and Jem. * Percy and Annabeth. Rhy and Alucard. Kell and Lila. Anna and Étienne. Kaz and Inej.
Those are some of the most popular couples in YA. Almost everyone that’s read the books featuring those respective characters loves them together. There are tons of others I forgot or didn’t include because I haven’t read them yet. Honestly, there are some couples that I know of even though I haven’t read their book, because so many other readers love them.
* Even if you like one more than the other, Tessa, Will, and Jem are the perfect trio. Don’t separate them. Just don’t. 😉
But what about the less popular couples? The ones that get overlooked in favor of the ones everyone knows?
Today I’ve got a list of my favorite underrated YA couples. Let’s dive in.
Mnemba + Kara, Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember
I can’t recommend this book enough. More people have read it in the past few months, but in general I think it deserves more attention. Mnemba and Kara are so passionate and they bond over unicorns. How can you get any better?
Charlotte + Henry, The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
Tessa, Will, and Jem take the spotlight in this trilogy, and understandably so. But Charlotte and Henry are not only the heads of the London Institute, they also step in as parent figures for all three of the main characters. They’re one of my favorite older couples, in the sense that they aren’t teenagers.
Simon + Baz, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
This book is well-loved, especially so since the stunning paperback edition recently came out. But even so, I don’t see a lot of people talking about Simon and Baz themselves. I read the book over a year ago so I can’t be sure, but if I remember correctly, it’s a hate-to-love story with a twist.
Denna + Mare, Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
Once again, I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s a stand-alone fantasy with magic and political intrigue, not to mention a great slow-burn romance. Denna and Mare are both rebellious on their own, but together they’re downright mischievous. I love them so much, and I wish more people did too.
Kallias + Viviane, A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Let me explain. We first meet Kallias and Viviane at the High Lord meeting in ACOWAR, and then again at the big battle. Otherwise they aren’t in the story that much. But I kind of want more? A novella or something? I mean, before and during certain events in ACOTAR, Viviane held down the fort in the Winter Court. They’re an epic team, but I feel like they’re overlooked because of the Night Court crew. I mean, I love the latter more, but the former still deserves more recognition.
Nephelle + her wife, A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
We hear Nephelle’s story when someone in the Inner Circle, Mor or Amren I think, tells it to Feyre. We meet Nephelle once in the end, if I remember correctly, and that’s it. Her wife doesn’t even get a name. After all they went through, I want more of them.
Rose + Dimitri, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
VA is a pretty popular series, but before I started reading it last summer I’d heard practically nothing about Rose and Dimitri. When I first started, I definitely was unsure about a relationship between a girl and a guy six or seven years older. By the end of the third book, I was convinced, and now that I’ve finished the series I’m just in love.
Maya + Amar, The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Granted, this one is more complicated than the others. But even on the surface, Amar is romantic, old-fashioned, and completely dedicated. To Maya and most readers, he’s amazing. Together, they’re even better. I need to read that novella about them.
Magnus + Cleo, Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Like with Rose and Dimitri, it took me a few books to jump on board with Magnus and Cleo. Well, I liked Cleo from the start, but it took me about four books to warm up to Magnus. After reading the fifth book, though, I was totally convinced. I need the sixth book just to make sure they survive, intact and together.
Kate + Henry, The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter
I legitimately get so excited when I see someone mention this series online, because I see so few people talk about it. This was one of my first favorites leading up to my discovery of YA, so it has a special place in my heart. Kate and Henry do especially, because I shipped them before I learned what shipping was. I’ve read the series easily five times because I just love them so much.
Jane + G, My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
A reader and a horse. Horse jokes. Days spent reading to said horse. So much sass. What more can you ask for? I only read this book in March, but I loved it and I especially loved their relationship.
Mara + Noah, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
If you were to ask me why I loved Noah so much, I would tell you that I honestly have no idea. I’ve just loved him since he was introduced, and it’s lasted to this day. I’m so excited for his own book coming out in November. That aside, though, Mara and Noah went through so much throughout the trilogy, so of course I’m going to love them.
Basically, my point is that all of these couples deserve more love and recognition. Give me all the fan-art, merchandise, fan-fiction, and novellas, because I’ll devour it all. These aren’t all the couples on the list, though, because I know I’ve forgotten some and there’ll be new additions as I continue to read.
Who are your favorite underrated couples? Do you agree with any on my list? Are there any I forgot, or that are in books I haven’t read? Let’s chat! I’d love to hear your thoughts! 🙂
I’m off to read more of Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers and try to finish it before the month ends. Happy Memorial Day to all my friends in the US! 🙂 I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❤
Until next time…