Rummanah Aasi
 I'm thrilled to be part of Sonia Gensler's debut novel, The Revenant, blog tour hosted by The Teen Book Scene. For today's post I had invited Sonia to give us her top ten favorite literary couples. Here is her list:

Sonia's Top 10 Literary Couples

Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy in Pride and Prejudice

Lizzie and Darcy are intellectual equals with great chemistry, but socially mismatched. Will they get over themselves and find true love? (Yeah, we know the answer, but we still read it over and over.)

Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth in Persuasion
What do you do when your lost love -- the one you rejected -- comes back to town . . . and seems intent on marrying anybody but you? The romance in this one is more poignant than P&P, and oh so satisfying!

Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester in Jane Eyre
Plucky governess falls for brooding hero with a dark secret. This gorgeous Gothic novel may well be my favorite book of all time.

Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe in Anne of Green Gables (and continuing in subsequent books). 
The sweetest romance on my list -- it's a joy to watch Anne and Gilbert move from animosity to friendship, and finally, to love. 

Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane in Strong Poison (+ subsequent books). 
Elegant, intellectual and aristocratic detective falls for fiercely independent mystery writer -- who happens to be accused of murdering her lover. One of my favorite pairings of all time!

Randolph Ash and Christabel LaMotte in Possession
Doomed love between brainy Victorian poets -- excellent stuff.

Gemma and Kartik in A Great and Terrible Beauty (+ sequels). 
Forbidden passion at a Victorian boarding school for girls. Yes, please!

Katniss and Peeta in Hunger Games (+ sequels). 
You guys, he holds her all night to protect her from her nightmares. Very swoonworthy.

Mary Quinn and James Easton in The Agency: A Spy in the House (+ sequels). 
Victorian girl spies, cross-dressing, and unresolved sexual tension -- it's like this series was written just for me. 

Briony and Eldric in Chime
Since this is a relatively new title, all I'll say is that this pairing is one of the most wonderfully developed romances I've encountered in a stand-alone YA novel. 

Thanks for letting me ramble about my favorite literary pairings, Rummanah! :D
No, thank you, Sonia! Readers, what do you think about Sonia's list? Revenant is now available in bookstores everywhere. Be sure to check it out!

Cover & description courtesy of Goodreads
    When Willie arrives in Indian Territory, she knows only one thing: no one can find out who she really is. To escape a home she doesn't belong in anymore, she assumes the name of a former classmate and accepts a teaching job at the Cherokee Female Seminary.
    Nothing prepares her for what she finds there. Her pupils are the daughters of the Cherokee elite—educated and more wealthy than she, and the school is cloaked in mystery. A student drowned in the river last year, and the girls whisper that she was killed by a jealous lover. Willie's room is the very room the dead girl slept in. The students say her spirit haunts it.
     Willie doesn't believe in ghosts, but when strange things start happening at the school, she isn't sure anymore. She's also not sure what to make of a boy from the nearby boys' school who has taken an interest in her—his past is cloaked in secrets. Soon, even she has to admit that the revenant may be trying to tell her something. . . .

5 Responses
  1. I dearly love Captain Wentworth! I wish I was his HEA.


    Great list. It brings back a lot of beloved memories. :)

  2. We Heart YA Says:

    Heck yes! We're with you on 5 out of these 10, so we're thinking we ought to look into the other ones we haven't read.

    Also, we've heard some good buzz about The Revenant (from a fellow YA author, in fact! we blogged about it a couple posts ago). Thanks to both of you for this fun guest post!

  3. LoriStrongin Says:

    Ooh, Revenant sounds good! Definitely looking forward to seeing your thoughts on this one!

    Re: the favorite couples. Am I a bad reader for saying I haven't read half of these? (*cringes*) But I'm definitely on board with Katniss and Peeta!


  4. Nat Says:

    I agree with these, especially Captain Wentworth. I love the part in the BBC film where Anne's reading his proposal letter and she runs to him and says, "I'm in receipt of your proposal and am of a mind to accept it. Thank you!" It's so formal but you can tell how happy she is.

  5. Small Review Says:

    Yay for Anne and Gilbert! They are the ultimate hate-turned-love romance. I love how Gilbert persisted even though Anne tried to push him away.

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