So, this week just happens to have Valentine’s Day, and what better to celebrate than to talk about some of my favorite ships? Don’t worry, I’ll be talking about my book boyfriends later this week, but right now, let’s talk about some romance.
NOTE: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS! If you don’t want to read anything about the ACOTAR, TOG, Legend, Angelfall, Unwind, Young Elites, and Mortal Instruments series, then don’t read on! I’m not responsible for your suffering.
And even more NOTES: none of the fanart is mine! I credit the artists below the picture; feel free to check them out.
(Image from Cocotingo)
But of course, Feyre and Rhysand are on this list! They’re on pretty much everyone’s list. I wasn’t a huge shipper of them in ACOTAR (I wasn’t a shipper of Tamlin and Feyre either), but I found their relationship so interesting since he continued to help her even though she was his supposed “enemy.” Obviously, I should’ve gotten the romance vibes, but I was horrible to catch on. Then I read ACOMAF, and everything changed. Tamlin was revealed to be a jerk (well, he was always a jerk; he was just more ~subtle~) and Rhysand swept in and captured not only Feyre’s heart, but 99.9% of ours.
(Image from taratjah)
Yep, I love Rowaelin. Yes, I used to ship Chaolaena. But, Chaol definitely isn’t right for Aelin (cue flashback to when he outright lied to her “to protect her”) and has a girlfriend he clearly loves and cares for. Besides loving Rowan already, I just love how he treats Aelin as his equal and how happy he is around her and how they rely on each other to talk about the hard stuff and they’re just SO CUTE.
Laurent and Damen
(Image from Cocotingo)
Well, besides absolutely devouring the Captive Prince trilogy, I just love Laurent and Damen together! They have a hate-to-love romance, and there’s zero ~feels~ in the first book, but the sequel comes, and then you read the last chapter and it’s just lfjalfaljflajfla. I just love all their moments together and how happy they make each other. The chemistry is unreal, guys.
Adelina and Magiano
(There is no fanart for this ship. #why)
So, I never shipped Enzo and Adelina in the first novel, and was surprised when he died at the end. The Rose Society was everything I wanted in a sequel, and we were unexpectedly introduced to a new love interest: Magiano. And then they started flirting, and I found myself shipping them??? And now they’re one of my all time favorite ships.
Percabeth and Solangelo
Okay, but who doesn’t ship Percy and Annabeth together? It’s such aV classic ship, especially since, much like Romione, it took several books for them to get together (which doesn’t happen much in books anymore). I remember being so happy when they finally kissed in The Battle of the Labyrinth, and then we got the Heroes of Olympus, which gave us the blessing of even more Percabeth.
And with the Heroes of Olympus came the development of Nico’s character, which helped us learn that he was gay. And then he met Will, and The Trials of Apollo happened, and THE SHIP IS SO PURE. Okay, I haven’t read The Blood of Olympus or The Trials of Apollo but that doesn’t mean I can’t ship them.
Drarry and Romione
I know what you’re thinking. “Drarry isn’t canon. Harry and Draco aren’t gay.” But, one, Harry and Ginny are probably the worst developed couple in the books, and two, does anyone really care if Draco and Astoria arent’ together? I’ve been shipping these two since middle school, and nothing has changed. They’re just such an interesting ship since their characters are pretty much polar opposites, and it’s just cute, okay? And the fanfiction is awesome. (If you want recs, hit me up; I have too many.)
Romione is a canon ship, and before I even read the books, I knew they were going to get together. But reading the books just made it so much better. Their little fights and the way that they pretended not to be in love with each other was so cute. I just love the character development that Ron went through to go from jerk to sweetheart, all for Hermione.
(Image from taratjah)
I’ve mentioned before that this was basically my first ever gay ship that started all the others, but let me tell you, this was probably one of the first few ships that I really cared about. I mean, you should’ve seen me when Magnus and Alec broke up. I was utterly destroyed. And you also should’ve seen me reading Born to Endless Night. I had a permanent smile on my face.
Jesper and Wylan, Nina and Matthias, and Kaz and Inej
(Images from taratjah)
Okay, so my obvious favorite out of all of these ships is Jesper and Wylan because they are SO CUTE, but Kaz and Inej just had some of their beautiful moments, especially Kaz being totally swoon-worthy and the way they always have each other’s backs, and Nina and Matthias’s slightly forbidden relationship that knows no boundaries. They’re all just so absolutely perfect (and I also love it when everyone is paired up in books because it’s CUTE DAMN IT!).
Cresswell and Winter Soldier
All the ships in the Lunar Chronicles are cute and adorable and perfect, but Cresswell guys. I just love the slow-burn between the two of them and that kiss at the end of Cress? Not to mention the fact that Thorne turns into such a dork concerning his feelings for Cress. Also, I like to think of myself as Cress, so there’s that.
And Winter and Jacin, who are just so cute! I love how Jacin treats her no more differently than anyone else just because she’s mentally ill and I absolutely love their pure friendship even before their eventual romance. I LOVE ALL THE SHIPS!
Bluesey and Pynch
Okay, so, I definitely, without a doubt, love Pynch way more than Bluesy by a mile, because they’re absolutely adorable and I love how much they care about each other and I love how weak Ronan is for Adam, but I also love Bluesy’s slow-burn, forbidden relationship and their stupid phone calls and their almost-kisses. But Pynch is the clear winner because lotion and horrible dubstep, obviously.
Day and June
(Image from mree – which is Marie Lu!)
I don’t see this ship being loved enough, and I’m going to give it some more appreciation. I just love how this one is absolutely realistic. Just because the two of them are crushing on each other, and eventually get together, doesn’t mean that things are all sunshine and rainbows. It’s such a breath of fresh air. And, yes, I loved it when they met each other at the end of Champion and he remembered her.
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Before The Cursed Child, I already loved this ship. Yeah, that’s right, I’m the original shipper. It all happened in the seventh grade…(okay, I’m done). But, seriously, this was basically Albus and Scorpius canonized. Anyone coming out of this book thinking that Scorpius and Rose are still destined to be together is either ignoring the obvious or living in a fantasy.
Connor and Risa
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Again, probably a ship on literally no one’s list, but I love their relationship. Yeah, it might have been eye-roll worthy and stereotypical in the first book, but as more of the events unfold in the three sequels, it’s just so sweet to see the two of them rely on each other for everything and see each other as equals, not to mention how Connor was always around for Risa when she was in a wheelchair and how Risa was there for Connor after being completely unwound.
Penryn and Raffe
(Image from bellelune16)
And last but not least, an angel and a human. Their relationship is forbidden, but it’s just so worth it for the slow-build up throughout all three books, especially that moment in the first book when he sees her in a dress and can’t stop staring. Or that moment where he flies her in the air. These two just give me life.
And those are just some of my favorite ships! I’m most likely going to have to make a second part to this one because there’s still a couple more ships that I’ve left out because this was already long enough, not to mention that there’s always going to be more ships because I (hopefully) won’t stop reading all the books!
What are some of your favorite ships? Do we share any?