Sunday, February 15, 2015

SFF: The 5 Unconventional Romances that Somehow Worked for You

The Sunday Fun Five #21

Sunday Fun 5:
#19: The 5 Books To Kickstart Your Reading Journey
#20: The 5 Character Couples that are Matches Made in Heaven
#21: The 5 Unconventional Romances that Somehow Worked for You
For the 1st of March: #22: The 5 Books That Remind You of Spring
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 A Countdown of

The 5 Unconventional Romances that Somehow Worked for You

5. The Hollow Kingdom (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy #1) by Clare B. Dunkle
This author took all the classic YA romantic ideas and turned them on their head. The hero of this book is no handsome prince, and although the heroine is quite beautiful, she doesn't find herself drawn to this weird-looking man. What the heroine does do is try her best to avoid getting kidnapped by the hero, only to find that she will eventually come to him of her own volition.

4. Summoned (Summoned #1) by Rainy Kaye
Can one fall in love with a genie when one happens to not be his master? Will a genie allow such a thing to go on, when he knows it endangers his 'friend'? These are some of the reasons I consider this romance unconventional, beyond the fact that the farther you read into this book, the messier it gets for both parties.

3. Tithe (Modern Faerie Tales #1) by Holly Black
The entire Modern Faerie Tales series would qualify for this list, but Tithe has remained my favorite, despite Val of Valiant being relatively kick ass (and a fellow high school dropout). Kaye does a favor for someone she found on the side of the road, only to be granted a boon in return. She asks for his name, which unlocks a can of worms that turns her world upside down. Kaye is supposed to be the enemy of Roiben, but she can't help harboring feelings for him, even when he might very well be the death of her.

2. Dragon's Bait by Vivian Vande Velde
This is not even supposed to be a romance, yet it lingers with the impression of one, and probably is the reason why I consider it 'unconventional'. A girl is left out for dragon's bait, but the dragon is not as he seems, and an unlikely partnership develops. This unlikely partnership isn't a romance, but somehow you feel if there were a second book, it would have bloomed into one.

1. The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke
I think I bought this without realizing what part of the plot was- a human falling in love with a robot. Beyond that, it also explores the unexpected problems sentient robots could bring about: how will they be treated, and will we even accept them as sentient? Even though this could technically be a romance, it is an unconventional one with a lot of food for thought.

Notable Exceptions:
Second Nature by Alice Hoffman
This is also a highly unconventional romance, because it doesn't end up like many of them. It does, however, make you wonder what really separates humans from the rest of the animal kingdom. Although it plays off of Beauty and the Beast, this story is much different from the classic fairy tale.

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies #1) by Isaac Marion
So, a brain-eating zombie gradually falls in love with a human, by consuming her boyfriend's innards and reliving said boyfriend's memories. Yes, it is unconventional, but reminds me of several other love stories I've previously devoured, and therefore it didn't quite make the cut.

What are some of your favorite unconventional romances? 

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