In spirit of Valentine's day on Thursday, we decided to mention our favorite YA couples that have stolen our hearts and our sanity. These characters are the reason why we love the novel with such insane passion, and they're pretty much the reason why we must have the next. Share your favorites in the comments!
I like old school couples, partly because my favorite reads nowadays are dominated first and foremost by amazing worlds. The couple seems to always take a backburner. But once in a blue moon, I'll find a book with a romance that dominates and surpasses the world created.
5. Anna and Étienne St. Clair - Anna and the French Kiss
Even despite his height and her skunk streak, the pair are more than insta-love. They're -- dare I say it -- meant to be. The theater scene where the tension escalates, so much that you have trouble watching the film, defines a movie date and sexual chemistry at its peak.
4. Rose and Dimitri - Vampire Academy series
He's a Russian badass. He trains her in hand-to-hand combat that turns from platonic to something awkward (because we all know it's so wrong that it needs to be right). Luckily, this sexy duo will be hitting the big screen with perfect casting.
3. Meghan and Ash - The Iron Fey series
The fantastical book has an ice prince drawn to the half-fey princess, and its his paradoxical cold but warm demeanor and their mutual attraction that makes this series worth reading time and time again.
2. Katsa and Po - Graceling
Yes, the world happens to be overwhelmingly original and strong, but I find that the greatest part of the book -- for me anyway -- is the organic romance between Po and Katsa, despite his horrible name.
1. Claire and Shane - The Morganville Vampire series
Granted, I'm only on book seven (there are so many!). The reason I keep coming back for more is, without a doubt, Shane and Claire. As I read, I constantly mutter, "This is the freakin' best YA couple." And I haven't found one to contest it. The moments between them are so cute, it's blinding.
Unlike Becca, I haven't read many of the "older" series, so my favorite couples tend to be of the "newer" variety. But they're still equally awesome. I actually agree with Becca on one of the favorite couples...ahem can we say Étienne St. Clair. But other than that I definitely have a different taste for my super power couples in YA.
5. Mackenzie and Jason/Kyle - Hemlock series
Okay, I know what your thinking. What the hell is up with the Jason/Kyle thing? You have to choose a team, Krista! No, I don't. That's the beauty of fantastic love triangles. When the author gets it right, I literally can't choose. Because I love them both with Mackenzie way too much. So this is three-way-couple people!
4. Ember and Chase - Article 5 series
Broken, heartbreaking couples are sometimes the ones I root for the most. This is why Ember and Chase just work. They're meant to be even in such a terrible post-apocalyptic world. One of the best dystopian love stories in my opinion.
3. Jacqueline and Lucas - Easy
This may technically be New Adult, but they're still a power couple to the greatest extent. One of the hottest romances, filled to the brim with emotional baggage. It's a tough call between Echo and Noah from Pushing the Limits and the couple from Easy but I definitely think that Jacqueline and Lucas are the contemporary-broken/damaged couple to beat.
2. Anna and Kaidan Rowe - Sweet Evil series
No list is complete without Sweet Evil. Honestly, this is one of the best couples in YA. They polarize each other in innocence and experience. And as the son of Lust, Kai is too hot to contend with.
1. Anna and Étienne St. Clair - Anna and the French Kiss
Becca may have knocked this one down to 5 on her list, but this book can't be beaten. The romance is beyond hot, cute, everything-I'd-ever-want-in-a-contemporary. St. Clair is the sexiest British boy in YA, and Anna gets swept off her feet in the city of Love. Please, there is not contest. St. Clair for the win!
Who's your favorite power couples in YA? Do you agree with our lists? Are we missing someone? Sound off below!