I haven’t been doing any Top 5 Wednesday posts lately because I simply didn’t like any of the themes (and I didn’t want to post them just for the sake of posting…). This month’s themes look interesting so I might do some more. – and this Wednesday’s is definitely my favorite.
Books Without Romance
It’s very rare for me to find a book without any romance. There are the ones that are full-on about a couple and that’s it (not my favorite kind of book, to be honest) – and there are some(most) fantasy books that have romantic subplots – which may or not involve a couple that was already together before the events of the book.
But there are few where romance isn’t actually a thing that matters to the characters. These books to me are like a breath of fresh air because they’re so rare – and most of the time they even feel more realistic. It doesn’t matter if these two characters are going through a traumatic experience together or if they lots of things in common – if they’re in several life-threatening situations – they should focus on what’s important. And some people aren’t always up for relationships, or simply have other more important goals in their lives.
Vicious by V.E. Schwab [ Goodreads ]
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?
Thoughts: 5 stars !! [Review] This is a really interesting, thought-provoking book. It’s one of my 2017, and possibly all-time favorites. The characters are simply fascinating and relatable and brilliant, and it’s beautifully written.
*V.E. Schwab has recently posted a picture on her Instagram account revealing that she’s currently writing Vengeful (predicted to be Vicious#2).
This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab [ Goodreads ]
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.
Thoughts: 5 stars !! [Review] This book is so well and beautifully written. It was just one of those books that I knew I would love but just didn’t how much. Love the concepts and how relatable it is to our current times.
Here are a few other recommendations for books with very little actual romance that do however mention love and that sort of thing a few times.
- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch [Review]: While this book does involve some romance (namely the main character’s love/devotion for his wife and son), it’s not the main center or even a subplot I think. It’s almost a part of main character’s personality and it’s what keeps him going through his ordeal.
- Red Queen: I didn’t really feel like there was any concrete romance despite Mare’s growing feelings for Cal and Maven. She didn’t really act on them or kept thinking about it because she was more focused on surviving, helping her family and helping her people.