Note: Most of the pairs I am going to mention are not established at the beginning of their respective novels/series’ so this post does contain spoilers from The Raven Boys Cycle and the Wolves of Mercy Falls series’ by Maggie Stiefvater, The Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.
I’m back…and somehow we are well into February, how did this happen!? Ok, I kind of know how it happened: I completely underestimated how tiring going back to uni would be and then one of my modules got cancelled which meant I had to choose another one a week into the course and catch up on reading and all that jazz. Anyway, to cut a long story short, blogging got a little lost on the way and the blogging schedule I had managed to maintain through January was gone (I am literally the cliche who keeps their new years resolution through January and then by February it’s all over!). But, I am back now…yei!! Hopefully I will be catching up a bit more over the next few days with commenting and tags and everything else but for today it is Top 5 Tuesday with a post I have been looking forward to since the lovely Shanah at Bionic Book Worm published February’s topics, so let’s get into it!
This week’s topic is (drum roll please!), top 5 ships I will sail to the ends of the earth. Let me tell you, I have a few of these. Before I start, another note of warning, gushing is about to ensue.
Adam and Ronan – The Raven Boys Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
I don’t normally rank my Top 5 Tuesday posts but if I had to pick my OTP, the ship that I will captain and go down with and never abandon, it would, every single time, be Adam Parrish and Ronan Lynch. I don’t even have the words for this pairing to be honest, they are just so amazing. Ronan was always one of my favourite literary characters and then he and Adam grew steadily from friendship into romance and a relationship and it was wonderful. From the first novel where Ronan protects Adam from his Dad to the last novel where Stiefvater graces us with the heartbreaking line that is ‘the choice was death or hurting Adam, which wasn’t much of a choice at all.’ That’s my OTP guys, that’s my OTP.
Cole and Isabel – The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater
I’m pretty sure that Cole and Isabel are the couple on this list that I have shipped the longest. First, and one of the important things when it comes to my favourite ships, is that I love both of these characters as individuals. It stands to reason then, that when they come together, I melt. They share banter and are sarcastic with each other but when it comes down to it there is no doubting that they care about each other. They are both people who put up barriers to keep people out but allow each other in which ends up being beautiful. Plus, the Cole death fake out and revelation at the end of Forever has me weeping every time.
Nina and Matthias – The Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo
As with Isabel and Cole, I love Nina and Matthias as characters in their own right, so when they come together it’s just amazing. Nina is literally my idol, I want to be like her and Matthias is literally my type, hence, the perfect pairing. Matthias leaving the druskelle for Nina, their stunning dialogue (‘you’re better than waffles, Matthias Helvar.’ A small smile curled the Fjerdan’s lips. ‘Let’s not say things we don’t mean, my love.’ I mean seriously?!) there is nothing not to love about this wonderful couple who completely broke my heart.
Jesper and Wylan – The Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo
Shall we just admit that Leigh Bardugo is a master at writing amazing ships? I think we should. Jesper and Wylan are so cute and I love them. Across the two novels that make up this duology their relationship advances at what, for me, feels like the perfect pace. Not too slow burn, not too fast. I especially love their relationship in Crooked Kingdom because we get both of their viewpoints. We see them helping each other with their families and supporting each other through everything including Jesper coming to accept his Grisha status. They are another fantastic ship.
Simon and Baz – Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Last but certainly not least are Simon and Baz from Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Oh man, what to say about Simon and Baz. I’m not normally a huge fan of enemies to lovers but I think what makes this novel great is when both Simon and Baz realise that neither of them actually ever disliked the other. They are so cute and obviously care about each other so deeply and when Baz tells Simon that even though is not the Chosen One, he is his chosen one, words escape me. It is just so romantic and lovely.
So there we have it. My top 5 ships that I will sail to the ends of the earth. Looking at them as a group I clearly enjoy the way particular authors write couples. Additionally, all of these pairs come from novels where the romance is shared from both of their perspectives and I think that reflects a wider trend in my reading in general in that I enjoy getting these multiple viewpoints.
I have hugely enjoyed this topic and I do apologise for the fangirling but you’ve got to let it out sometimes right? Which ships would you sail to the ends of the earth? Do we have any in common?