Teen Trendsetters

My Favorite YA Ship – Emily C.

by Emily C.

This one is really hard for me. I think like most fans of YA, I’m a ravenous reader. I’ve shipped many couples over the years: Clary and Jace, Tessa and Will (also Tessa and Jem), Khalid and Sharzhad, Gansey and Blue, Chaol and Celaena, Four and Tris, Day and June, Emma and Julian, Lena and Ethan, etc. The list is practically endless and it’s hard to pick a favorite couple because it’s hard to pick a favorite book. I find them compelling and important and poignant for different reasons. So instead of an absolute favorite (which would be impossible), I will give my new favorite.

*** If you haven’t read A COURT OF MIST AND FURY by Sarah J. Maas then maybe skip this because it is full of spoilers from here on out, though I did try to minimize them. ***

A COURT OF MIST AND FURY (ACOMAF for short) is the sequel to A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES (abbreviated as ACOTAR for the sake of my carpal tunnel). The series is a retelling of a few fairy tales including Beauty and the Beast, Tamlin, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, etc. And in the beginning you think that the character Tamlin is the one that the protagonist Feyre (who is a total, sassy badass) should be with.

But in the beginning of ACOMAF, it becomes very clear that Feyre is not the same as she was in ACOTAR (for many good reasons). She is now a High Fae, and no longer human and she did many terrible things (both in terms of what it did to Feyre and what she was forced to do to others) in order to save Tamlin. Yet, Tamlin does not once treat Feyre as his equal. Yes, he’s pretty to look at and he saved her when she was a human and needs saving. But she doesn’t need saving anymore and finds that she wants more from Tamlin than he’s either willing or able to offer.

So, Feyre does exactly what she needs to in her unhealthy relationship: she leaves. It isn’t easy and it isn’t pretty, but it’s right. And in the process of healing she falls in love with another man, Rhysand — who happens to be Tamlin’s rival. It isn’t because Rhysand saves her — it’s because he treats her as his equal. He encourages her to become the best that she can be and never asks her to compromise who she is.

I think that this is my favorite new ship because Feyre makes the choice that is right for her. She has sacrificed and sacrificed for Tamlin without receiving the same in return and she decides that’s not enough. Rhysand and Feyre are so good together because they are equals and never ask the other to be less than they are. And I think it can be easy to forget about the importance of that kind of equality and respect in a relationship. But between them it’s in the foreground, and I think that’s part of why their relationship is so powerful.

Emily recently reviewed POISONOUS TOUCH on Amazon!

Our favorite love triangle is between Cass, Falco, and Luca in the SECRETS OF THE ETERNAL ROSE series, by Fiona Paul. Have you read these historical romances full of mystery, intrigue, and swoony characters?

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