Valentine’s Day: The Choose Your Favourite Couple competition


Your Aussie Owned and Read bloggers were discussing what to post for Valentine’s Day, and got to talking about our favourite young adult couples. After some vigorous debate (things may* have been hurled across the interwebs!), we were unable to agree on one couple that best represents devotion, sacrifice, sexual attraction and all those other mushy things that go together to make up true love.

So we decided to put it to you, our readers. To the winning blogger go eternal bragging rights. To you, for helping us decide, goes the chance to win a fabulous science-fiction romance, Kier, by Pippa Jay. More information on that, and the poll, can be found at the bottom of this post.

But first, each of us will make our case to you for why you should vote for our choice.

* Ok, not really. The other girls are the souls of decorum. Me, not so much. 😉

Clary and Jace – from City of Bones by Cassandra ClareCity of Bones

“You love each other – anyone can see that, looking at you – that kind of love that can burn down the world or raise it up in glory.”

The Mortal Instruments is a series about loss, discovery, friendship and love, demons, vampires and shadow hunters. Wait, stop. Shadow Hunters? They’re the good guys who keep all the paranormals in line. When Clary enters this supernatural world made up of her worst nightmares and wildest dreams, she meets Jace: snarky, witty, determined to get under her skin. Their relationship builds slowly, but their attraction is so strong you can feel the pages sizzling. Yet something always stands in the way of their love. Over and over they can’t be together, but it never changes the way they feel—they can’t fight it. The strength of their love is death defying and soul melding; they sacrifice everything for each other and to be together over and over again. Oh, and Jace will love Clary until he dies, and if there is life after that, he’ll love her then too. Vote for Clary and Jace! – Stacey

Hazel and Augustus – from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green The Fault in our Stars

“I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labour has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”

The Fault in Our Stars may just be my favourite book in the history of books. It’s hilarious, heartbreaking, cute and fantastically romantic. The relationship between Augustus and Hazel is about existential jokes, misuses of literality and the fact that having cancer doesn’t automatically make you a good person. It’s about an infinity within the numbered days, as John Green so aptly put it. They don’t love each other because of their cancer, but the sickness helps to define their inevitable connection. Despite jokes about pedophilic swing sets, the relationship between Gus and Hazel is one of the most profound I’ve ever encountered in fiction. And that’s why, for Valentine’s Day, they are my pick. – Emily

Layken and Will – from Slammed by Colleen HooverSlammed

I got schooled this year by a boy. A boy that I’m seriously, deeply, madly, incredibly, and undeniably in love with. And he taught me the most important thing of all… To put the emphasis on life.

I am a sucker for a romance. A good ol’ fashioned heart swoon moment leaves tears in my eyes any day (but then again, so do RSPCA commercials, so perhaps I’m just an overly emotional person). Slammed was one of the first YA books I read and I think for that reason the romance of Layken and Will just stuck with me. It’s your typical triumph over adversity love story, without one of them having to change for the other (I’m sorry, but I will not turn into a vampire for any man. EVER. So don’t even bother asking). It’s the sort of love that grows over time and is giving, the kind that I think any and everyone should aspire to. It comes with public declarations and they even write poetry for each other *cough, boyfriend please write me poetry, cough*. Is it my favourite book ever? No. But do I love this couple and everything they stand for? Abso-loving-lutely. – Lauren

Luce and Daniel – from Fallen by Lauren KateFallen

“It’s not like it’s that hard,” she said, stuffing her hands into her pockets because she wanted to reach out for him. “To be good enough for me.”

Daniel’s eyes looked like they were falling; all the violet that had been in them a moment before turned a deep, dark gray. “Yes,” he said. “Yes, it is.”

Luce and Daniel’s relationship is the ultimate struggle of forbidden love. There is something incredibly romantic about the sacrifices both of them go through in order to love each other. Luce is cursed. For thousands of lifetimes she falls in love with Daniel over and over again, only to be ripped away from him each time she realises the truth. Daniel has waited for Luce for thousands of years, and his loyalty to her is unwavering. I love the Fallen series by Lauren Kate because for me it encompasses the true meaning of sacrifice when it comes to those we love. – Kim

Lucy and Shadow/Ed – from Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley Graffiti Moon

Lucy is in love with Shadow, a mysterious graffiti artist. Ed thought he was in love with Lucy, until she broke his nose.

I love the story of Lucy and Shadow/Ed. For starters I love that they start with a love/hate relationship, having already been on a disastrous date. But one of the main things for me was it felt very real. The story also brought back a lot of memories for me as my best friend used to double me on his bike, and even though we weren’t romantic, I used to love the feeling of being so close together riding. It’s an authentic YA romance and it’s so Australian. – Sharon

Ron and Hermione – from the Harry Potter series by JK RowlingHarry Potter

There was a clatter as the basilisk fans cascaded out of Hermione’s arms. Running at Ron, she flung them around his neck and kissed him full on the mouth. Ron threw away the fangs and broomstick he was holding and responded with such enthusiasm that he lifted Hermione off her feet.

A romance that began with an eleven-year-old boy saying “she needs to sort out her priorities”, Ron and Hermione’s love seemed impossible. But as the years passed and the magical elements in Hogwarts seemed bent on never letting the trio of best friends rest, something blossomed. Jealousy arose when Krum showed interest in the bookworm girl and took her to the ball, but Ron, being the teenage boy he was, didn’t do anything about it. Then, when Lavender comes along in hot pursuit of some good making out from the ranger, Hermione struggled to keep herself from turning him into a newt. Finally, as they face death while destroying a horcrux, they fall into each other’s arm and have the long awaited kiss. Potter fans everywhere cheered! The best part though was seeing them ten years down the track sending their children off to school and knowing their love continued and always will. – Katie

Taylor and Jonah – from On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta On the Jellicoe Road

“I don’t want to let go, because tonight I’m not looking for anything more than being part of him. Because being part of him isn’t just anything. It’s kind of everything.”

Seeing as we’re an Aussie blog, I thought it would be good to highlight an Aussie couple from an Aussie book written by an Aussie author (just making sure you understand that my couple is Aussie… you got that?!). Taylor and Jonah’s story is different to so many other love stories. There is very little romance and they are both from seriously dysfunctional backgrounds, on different sides of a vicious turf war. Taylor is the leader from the local boarding school, and Jonah is the leader of the enemy cadets. However, they have a history that goes beyond that, and together they embark on a journey of heart healing. I love them because they fight a lot and aren’t all mushy and lovey dovey; yet they need each other and can’t stop thinking about each other. They each hold the other together, helping each other to not fall apart. Their story made me laugh out loud, but it also made me weep out loud (poor hubby didn’t know what to do with me). This couple give me all the feels. ALL. THE. FEELS! And that is why I implore you: VOTE FOR TAYLOR AND JONAH! (I’ll love you forever and ever if you do…and you know that’s worth it!) – Susan

Vanyel and Stefen – from Magic’s Price by Mercedes LackeyMagic's Price

“If you had any idea of the number of times I’ve daydreamed of being right where I am now, you’d laugh…”

Magic’s Price is the third book in The Last Herald-Mage trilogy. In the first, young Vanyel met his true love, his lifebond, in the impulsive and wild Tylendel. When Tylendel dies, Vanyel nearly goes mad—and he resolves never to let anyone get that close to him again. Years later, enter the sweet, charming and, above all, determined Stefen. He doesn’t care that Vanyel is 35 and he is 17. He doesn’t care that gay love is not socially accepted. He knows what he wants, and what he wants is Vanyel. Watching him slowly wear down the older man’s self control, I was just as frustrated as he was. But this relationship isn’t just physical, either. In the end, Stefen saves Vanyel, over and over, because they are in love: the kind of love that transcends death. Twice. – Cass

The Prize: Keir by Pippa Jay

Our prize: an ebook of Keir

Our prize: an ebook of Keir

Wondering why you’d want to win this ebook? Keir is the recipient of the “Best May–December Romance” SFR Galaxy Award. Here is the extract from their website:

Tarquin has spent centuries pursuing the alien monster that destroyed her homeworld. Her chase brings many unexpected joys and conflicts, but perhaps most unexpected of all is true love. Despite their many differences, Quin and Keir find common ground and build upon it. This story kicks butt, with sea monsters, dragons, psy, time travel and more. The romance builds slowly and realistically between the couple. Keir is published by Lyrical Press, Inc., and was released on 1 August 2012.

Also, look at the cover. Look at it. He’s ripped!

If you want to learn more about the fabulous Pippa Jay, you can do so at her blog. That’s also where you can find details of where to buy the book yourself, if you just can’t wait for the contest to close.

Voting closes at 11.59pm on Sunday 17 February. To enter, vote in the poll and then leave a comment explaining why you’ve chosen who you did, and whether you’d have nominated a different couple.

Cassandra Page is an editor and writer who enjoys a good love triangle … in her fiction! Her FICTION! You can find her blog here.

14 Comments

  1. I chose Luce and Daniel, becasue I not only loved their relationship, but it was the first book i’ve read in ages I could just not put down. I read Fallen in one day, adn the rest in the next 2 weeks. I was torn in this choice, becasue I almost picked Clary and Jace- I loved their romance too. I guess i’m just a romantic at heart.

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  2. I loves the romance of Luce and Daniel, it hooked me from the start and had me finish the book in one day (unheard of by me since the book that cannot be named *cough* Twilight). I finished all 4 books in 2 weeks.
    I also liked the romance of Clary and Jace, and really enjoyed reading teh Mortal Instruments series. Hard to pick a winner, but I went with Luce and Daniel.

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  3. Hey!

    Voted for Clary and Jace – one of my favourite literary couples, hands down. If it wasn’t Jace’s sarcastic-yet-soft attitude when it comes to Clary, it’d be the numerous obstacles they overcome. I love them together.

    Unfortunately, and feel free to throw virtual sheep at me, I would have nominated Bella and Edward. What can I say? I’m a Twihard. It’s irreversible once you’ve caught it.

    Also, Kaitlyn and Gabriel from the Dark Visions Trilogy.

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  4. Vanyel and Stefen/Lindel . . . just saying *halo* And you have no idea the number of times I’ve said, “Acres and acres and it’s all mine” to my DH

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  5. There are actually a lot of books on this list that I have yet to read! My vote was for Ron & Hermione. Sweet, real, and lots of room to grow. Clary & Jace would be my 2nd pick for totally different (swoon-related) reasons.

    I totally love Clara and Tucker in Cynthia Hand’s series too!

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