Top Ten Romances in Books
1) The Harry Potter Romances
And I mean all of them - every single one! Ron and Hermione, Harry and Ginny are the obvious ones, but whom I also love is Lupin and Tonks, James and Lily, Molly and Arthur Weasley, even Cho and Cedric. I think love is one of the main motifs of the series, anyway. The message - that love is stronger than any kind of hate or evil force or power - comes through in every single book, every important twist. Lily's love for her son, in the end, determines the fate of the whole (I know, I know - fictional!!!) wizarding world. Rowling - like no other - shows how love can truly move mountains!
2) Feeling the love...
This is one really important point, I believe. Most of the time, I just take the romance in books as a nessecary side effect in YA. Only when couples really have chemistry, if I feel like they're in front of me and their feelings are real and pure and true, then I start caring for the romance. A great example is Noah and Echo's relationship in Katy McGarry's Pushing the Limits, or Jack and Nicki in Brody Ashton's Everneath.
3) True Friends
Actually, this is probably my favorite kind of love in books, because the two above are so rare. Real friendships, not just main characters with sidekicks are (sadly) not the rule, either, but you do find them. I have only read the first book in the Vampire Academy Series, but I'm already exited to see more of Rose and Lissa who are so incredibly close to and supportive with each other. Also, Clary and Simon in Cassandra Clares Mortal Instruments Series are a great pair and I think Stewart and Jackson from Julie Cross's Tempest series might become friends like that in future installments.
4) Mature Relationships
By which I do not mean the steamy ones (although they do have their advantages,too), but those relationships that develop from the second kind of romance I mentioned. Those characters that are not only deeply in love, but those who are also best friends and who would easily trust the other one with their lives. Noah and Echo are very close to that, I think, but with this one I'm especially thinking Ethan and Lena in Beautiful Chaos and Beautiful Redemption.
Some more of my favorite couples:
5) Cinder and Prince Kai from Marissa Meyer's Cinder
6)Roar and Liv from Veronica Rossi's Under the Never Sky
7) Dash and Lily from Rachel Cohn and David Levithan's Dash and Lily's Book of Dares
8) Kyle and Lindy from Alex Flinn's Beastly
9) Isabel and Simon from The Mortal Instruments
10) Tris and Tobias from Divergent