KISSING COUPLES OF YA: a battle of the best lip-locks!
The Super Bowl may be over, but that doesn’t mean the competition is: just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’ve got 8 couples hand-picked by the PLL Staff. Well, to be more specific, we’ve got 8 KISSES. These kiss scenes were the steamiest, swooniest, most breathtaking kisses of YA lit. To commemorate the release of the final book in Jacqueline Green’s TRUTH OR DARE trilogy, KISS AND TELL, we’re pitting these 8 kisses up against one another in a battle for the ages. Who will be defeated…and who will live to KISS AND TELL? YOU DECIDE: right here, right now.
Today’s competition lasts until midnight on February 8th, so tell your friends to vote and use the hashtag #PLLKissandTell!
Bella & Edward, TWILIGHT
“He hesitated — not in the normal way, the human way. Not the way a man might hesitate before he kissed a woman, to gauge her reaction, to see how he would be received. Perhaps he would hesitate to prolong the moment, that ideal moment of anticipation, sometimes better than the kiss itself. Edward hesitated to test himself, to see if this was safe, to make sure he was still in control of his need. And then his cold, marble lips pressed very softly against mine.” – TWILIGHT
PLL Marketing Associate Tara says: So much of what makes Twilight steamy is the pervasive feeling that Edward and Bella’s relationship is forbidden. I love this moment when Edward holds back just before giving into the kiss. It makes the actual moment that much swoonier.
Lena & Alex, DELIRIUM
“‘Are you sure that being like everybody else will make you happy?’
‘I don’t know any other way.’
‘Let me show you.’
And then we’re kissing. Or at least, I think we’re kissing—I’ve only seen it done a couple of times, quick closed-mouth pecks at weddings or on formal occasions. But this isn’t like anything I’ve ever seen, or imagined, or even dreamed: this is like music or dancing but better than both.”
PLL Marketing Associate Tara says: I love this moment between Lena and Alex, and her curiosity over what a kiss actually is. What she’s experiencing is so good she isn’t even sure it is one!
Anna & Etienne, ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS
Katniss & Peeta, THE HUNGER GAMES
“This is the first kiss that we’re both fully aware of. Neither of us hobbled by sickness or pain or simply unconscious. Our lips neither burning with fever or icy cold. This is the first kiss where I actually feel stirring inside my chest. Warm and curious. This is the first kiss that makes me want another.” – THE HUNGER GAMES
PLL Associate Editor Rhoda says: I love this scene because it’s tender. Curiosity is such a thrilling, confusing emotion–but it makes you open to things, which is why it’s so important. Because sometimes you don’t know until that very moment that kissing this person feels right, and that you want more…
Karou & Akiva, DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE
“He dropped the pretense, and dropped his head, so his brow came to rest against the sun-warmed top of hers. His arms went around her and drew her in, and Karou and Akiva were like two matches struck against each other to flare starlight. With a sigh, she softened, and it was pure homecoming to melt against him and rest.” – DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE
PLL Marketing Associate Tara says: Rock on Laini Taylor, the writer who can turn an almost-kiss into straight-up poetry. I just love every single thing about this moment, the descriptions are so vivid and bright, like a kiss should be!
Hazel & Augustus, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
“As his parted lips met mine, I started to feel breathless in a new and fascinating way. The space around us evaporated, and for a weird moment I really liked my body; this cancer-ruined thing I’d spent years dragging around suddenly seemed worth the struggle…” – THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
PLL Editorial Fellow Alexa says: Hazel Grace perfectly captures the way a first kiss isn’t only about loving the other person (in her case the inimitably charming Augustus Waters), but also about learning to love yourself.
Celaena & Chaol, CROWN OF MIDNIGHT
“‘There’s no way in hell I’m getting out of this bed and going for a run,’ he murmured onto her head. She chuckled quietly. His hands grazed lower, down her back, not even stumbling over the scar tissue. He’d kissed every scar on her back, on her entire body, last night.” – CROWN OF MIDNIGHT
PLL Marketing Associate Tara says: bow chikka wow wow! I love this afterglow moment between Celaena and Chaol– for a scene to be sexy it doesn’t necessarily need to be pretty. The detail of the scars add an interesting intensity and specificity to the scene that make it romantic.
Adelina & Enzo, THE YOUNG ELITES
“He smiles, draws me close, and leans down. The elaborately carved grooves of his mask brush against my skin, and I wonder if it will leave a touch of glitter behind. I close my eye. A moment later, his lips touch my own. Only a touch.” – THE YOUNG ELITES
PLL Editorial Fellow Alexa says: The kiss isn’t even the best part–it’s Enzo’s elusive smile. So elusive, just like the fleeting touch of his kiss!