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Satisfyingly Fun: Sisters’ Fate by Jessica Spotswood

Hiya!

Moving Sale

Our first yard/moving sale earlier this month.

So, things are getting pretty chaotic around my house! We make our big trans-Atlantic move in less than three weeks and the house is a mess of boxes, not to mention all the stuff we’re selling! Selling most of your things is strange in two ways. First getting rid of it all has mad me understand that yes, it is all just stuff that can be replaced. However, I have also seen myself go all “Gollum” about certain objects! For example, I have these two naked New Kids on the Block dolls (Joe and Donnie for those of you interested) from childhood and Husband gently tried to get me to throw them away. I responded in a very “precious my precious” kind of way and now, needless to say, they are safely inside a box that has been taped up and is going on our shipping pallet.

Somewhere in the midst of all the chaos and NKOTB doll hoarding, however, I managed to find time to read the concluding book in The Cahill Witch Chronicles, Sisters’ Fate! I had been looking forward to this final installment in the series for so long and I’m glad it was able to be my relaxing read in the midst of the transition and change!

Sisters' Fate by Jessica SpotswoodOverview

A fever ravages New London, but with the Brotherhood sending suspected witches straight to the gallows, the Sisters are powerless against the disease. They can’t help without revealing their powers—as Cate learns when a potent display of magic turns her into the most wanted witch in all of New England.

To make matters worse, Cate has been erased from the memory of her beloved Finn. While she’s torn between protecting him from further attacks and encouraging him to fall for her all over again, she’s certain she can never forgive Maura’s betrayal. And now that Tess’s visions have taken a deadly turn, the prophecy that one Cahill sister will murder another looms ever closer to its fulfillment.

My Thoughts

I am not specifically drawn to witches when reading but definitely to any storyline where characters have special magical abilities. I can’t help it! I just am a little obsessed with fantasy! Spotswood’s alternate history series mixed with fantasy is one of my favorite because its just a fun read and a good conclusion to the series. Honestly, sometimes I am let down by the concluding book in a series (ahem… we shall not name some of those infamous let downs here), but none of that happened with Sisters’ Fate. This installment picks right up where book two left off—I would have freaked if it hadn’t—which means that there is pretty much a ton of things happening at all times! We have secret meetings, memory erasing, romance, fighting, angry mobs, prison breaks, fires, pestilence…and did I mention romance?! *winky winky*

Interestingly enough Sisters’ Fate doesn’t read like your average final installment. There wasn’t this sense of things being closed down throughout like in most final books in a series. In fact I found myself wondering just how Spotswood would end everything because there was so much going on! I even checked Goodreads to double check that it was, in fact, the last book. This a unique quality for the end of a series because it shows that Spotswood didn’t check out of the storyline early — she instead continued to bring the same action that we found in the first two books and doesn’t begin tying things up until the last quarter of the story. In the end, some relationships were healed and some weren’t. Some loose ends were tied and some were not and I enjoyed that it wasn’t all tied up in a pretty package!

To be fair however, sometimes I did get annoyed with the back and forth bickering between Maura and Cate…and even sometimes Tess. Maybe this is normal for sisters? I don’t know because I don’t have any. It did seem as though a spat between Cate and Maura punctuated every cool action the storyline had for us and at times I felt like some of the arguing could have been reduced, but it does all play a roll wrapping the story up so I guess I really shouldn’t complain. Either way, the sisterly arguments, while maybe annoying at times, didn’t seriously interfere with my enjoyment of seeing the Cahill sisters’ stories come to conclusion.

Don’t read Sisters’ Fate unless you have read the first two books in the Cahill Witch Chronicles, or else you’ll be utterly and totally confused. But, if you did read and enjoy Born Wicked and Star Cursed than I definitely think you’ll find this to be a satisfying end to a fun trilogy!

Want to win this book? Check back tomorrow morning for my interview with author Jessica Spotswood and a giveaway of Sisters’ Fate!

Details

Author: Jessica Spotswood

Publisher:G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (August 14, 2014)

Format: Hardcover

Length: 368 pages

Series: Third/Final book in The Cahill Witch Chronicles

YA/MG: YA/MG

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Reading Queue: June

The Reading QueueHi friends!

What month is it?! June you say?! Oh my gosh! June is going to be crazy. First, my maternity leave is over and I started back at work today for one week until the end of the school year (luckily I have a husband with a flexible schedule), I’m still learning how to be a mother to a now three month old, and we’re moving to the UK. Yup! That’s right friends! We’re packing up our little family and moving across “the pond” to Manchester, England for my husband’s job! So yeah, there’s a lot going on!

Let’s talk about my June Reading Queue in the midst of all this crazy, but exciting, life stuff! Remember that I co-host this monthly event with Jessica at Books A True Story, so be sure to visit her blog (and her Reading Queue) too!

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How I Did Last Month

May was a better reading month than April was. Two were continuations in series that I love and one was a new title by one of my favorite authors so I devoured these three books pretty quickly!

The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson All Fall Down by Ally Carter Sisters' Fate by Jessica Spotswood

The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson

All Fall Down by Ally Carter

Sisters’ Fate by Jessica Spotswood

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My June Reading Queue

I have absolutely no idea how the month of June is going to be on the reading front. Moving to a new country is going to take up a lot of time, and although I am preparing myself mentally for less time to read I’m adding six books to this month’s queue!

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Defy by Sara B. Larson The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare The Diry Diary by Anna Staniszewski

Defy by Sara B. Larson

The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

The Dirt Diary Anna Staniszewski

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What are you planning to read this month? Did you reach your goals in May?  We would love for you to join up with us! It’s a fun way to see what others are planning to read each month. Plus, you never know who wants to read the same book you do! If you’d like to join up, just link to your own Reading Queue post below!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I Can’t Wait to Devour

Hello!

I hope everyone is having a lovely Tuesday! I’m very happy that its officially November because November is my birthday month! Yay! Also, November means that it’s time for YALL Fest and my trip to the UK and Belgium over Thanksgiving Break!

I have so much to look forward to this month, but I’m also looking forward to getting my hands on this list of sequels! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by Broke and Bookish) theme is sequels I’m excited about. Some of the books on my list have already been released and some won’t release for a while now, but they’re all books I can’t wait to devour as soon as possible!

Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail CarrigerCurtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School #2) by Gail Carriger

It releases tomorrow! Its on pre-order!

The Name of the Star by Maureen JohnsonThe Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London #3) by Maureen Johnson

Should be released sometime in 2014.

Prodigy by Marie LuProdigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

One that I own already. I just haven’t read it yet.

Runaway King by Jennifer A. NeilsenThe Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy #2)  by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Already released and I just bought it at my Book Fair!

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFeversDark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2) by Robin LaFevers

Already released, I just need to get it!

Sisters' Fate by Jessica SpotswoodSisters’ Fate (Cahill Chronicles #3) by Jessica Spotswood

Scheduled for August 2014. Come on summer!

Cress by Marissa MeyerCress (The Luna Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

Up for release in February 2014.

Seraphina by Rachel HartmanThe Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) by Rachel Hartman

Not until March 2015?! WHAT?!

The One by Kiera CassThe One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass

I have to wait until May 2014.

United we Spy by Ally CarterUnited We Spy (Gallagher Girls #6) by Ally Carter

This was released a few months ago and I own it!

In the word of my friend Steve, “But I NEED them!” Who else needs these books?

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Cover Reveal: Sisters’ Fate by Jessica Spotswood

I know we’re not supposed to judge books based on their covers, but sometimes I totally do just that!

Are you ready for the cover for Sisters’ Fate by Jessica Spotswood?!

Okay, so this isn’t really breaking news because author Jessica Spotswood recently shared the cover for the third book in her Cahill Chronicles trilogy on her own blog, but I’m so in love with this cover I had to share it too!

Here it is!

Sisters' Fate by Jessica SpotswoodGAH!! I completely love it! It is seriously my favorite in the series, when we’re talking about the new covers (the original Born Wicked cover was absolutely gorgeous!). GAH! In this one we get to see all three Cahill sisters and that completely fierce expression on Cate’s face is just awesome. She looks like she is ready to kick some major Brotherhood butt.

If you haven’t seen the covers for the other two books in the series here you go:

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

Jessica Spotswood also announced that Sisters’ Fate wouldn’t be released until August 14, 2014. Yup. 2014.

We have SO LONG to wait! I’ll just spend the next year gazing at the gorgeous cover wishing it into existence!

What do you think of this new cover? Is it your favorite in the series?

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Cliffhanger Central: Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

Hello!

Who is ready for a review?!

Over the summer I finally read Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood! This series is just so much fun!

Star Cursed by Jessica SpotswoodWith the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate’s friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.

Cate doesn’t want to be a weapon, and she doesn’t want to involve her friends and Finn in the Sisterhood’s schemes. But when Maura and Tess join the Sisterhood, Maura makes it clear that she’ll do whatever it takes to lead the witches to victory. Even if it means sacrifices. Even if it means overthrowing Cate. Even if it means all-out war.

In the highly anticipated sequel to Born Wicked, the Cahill Witch Chronicles continue Cate, Maura and Tess’s quest to find love, protect family, and explore their magic against all odds in an alternate history of New England.

The Cahill Witch Chronicles are just such fun reads so far! Ever since reading Born Wicked I had been waiting for Star Cursed. Apparently I never actually reviewed Born Wicked though…which makes NO SENSE! I must have just looked over it when planning reviews, but I completely loved it. So, you should definitely read that one before Star Cursed.

In the second book, we pick up where book one left off. Cate has reluctantly joined the sisterhood and is living at their convent only to discover that it is actually a safe haven for young witches to train their powers. I’m pretty sure this is one of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much; it takes place in a boarding school! Cate’s world opens up a little bit more as we learn of other witches and the divisions within the Sisterhood. She is delving deeper into the history of Prophesy and what must happen in order to stop the tyranny of the Brotherhood. The always reluctant Cate must make decisions based on who she can trust and who has ulterior motives in order to save those she loves the most.

One of my favorite things about Star Cursed are the scenes in the “hospital”…I cannot for the life of me remember what its called (Edit: Jessica Spotswood herself (!) responded to my question on Twitter and the hospital is Harwood. Thank you!) but the characters we meet here really make what the Brotherhood does that much more hateful and evil. Oh and speaking of hateful…Maura?! Seriously…you’re my least favorite character in any book I’m currently reading because you just don’t get it! She is sooo frustrating and creates so much sister drama that I am sooo glad I’ve never had sisters! haha (I’m sure they’re not all bad like Maura!)

Oh and romance? Yes…the romance is back! Finn Belastra is back and just as swoon-worthy as before…almost even more so because he and Cate can only meet in secret due to the roles each of them must play.  Just think of stolen kisses under the cover of darkness…you’re welcome!

The ending? Cliffhanger central!! Seriously, this ending made me immediately check Goodreads for the release date of book three (which, by the way, is still untitled and has no release date yet..)! So, until then I’ll be checking Goodreads regularly to figure out book three’s release date.

If you like supernatural fiction with just the right amount of romance then you should read The Cahill Witch Chronicles… but you should start with Born Wicked first since it’s book one in the series.

Author: Jessica Spotswood

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons (June 18, 2013)

Format: e-book (ARC)

Length: 371 pages

Series: Book 2 in The Cahill Witch Chronicles

YA/MG: MG/YA

Buy the Book:  Star Cursed: The Cahill Witch Chronicles, Book Two

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Boarding School Books

Hola!

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish)!

But before we get there…Happy Anniversary to my awesome husband! As of today we’ve officially been married for 8 years! It’s pretty awesome being married to your best friend, especially when he makes you laugh all the time!

That cake was delicious.

That cake was delicious.

Awwww that was pretty sweet wasn’t it?!

Okay, let’s back to business. The theme this week allows us to base our list around our favorite settings in books. Now, I’ve said this before, but I am obsessed with boarding school books! Chances are if a book is set in a boarding school I’m going to LOVE it…seriously, I don’t think I’ve met a boarding school book I didn’t like! There is just something fun about the idea of being a teenager living away from the supervision of your parents that is just so enticing!

In my opinion, boarding school books are where it’s at!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

A boarding school in France. Romance ensues!

I'd Tell You I Love You but then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally CarterThe Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter

Guys! It’s spy school! What could be cooler?!

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

Okay so a steampunk spy boarding school might be cooler than regular spy school…maybe…

Princess Academy by Shannon HalePrincess Academy by Shannon Hale

Studying to be a princess must be done in a boarding school.

Star Cursed by Jessica SpotswoodStar Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

Cate has moved to the Sisterhood…yes it’s supposed to be a “nunnery” but it passes as boarding school.

The Cadet of Tildor by Alex LidellThe Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell

A boarding school to train soldiers…yes!

HarryPotter & the Sorcerer's Stone by JK RowlingThe Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

What boarding school book list would be complete without Hogwarts?!

The Name of the Star by Maureen JohnsonThe Name of the Star and The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

A boarding school in London?! My dreams come true.

joltedJolted by Arther G. Slade

Survival school sounds like fun!

Haven by Kristi CookHaven by Kristi Cook

A special school for teens with special abilities….

How do you feel about books set at boarding schools? Are there any that you think I should have added to this list?

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June New Releases

Well hello there everyone!

Happy June 1st!

You may notice a little change. Usually I write a monthly New Releases post as part of the Top Ten Tuesday meme, and I’d just skip one week of the TTT themes. Well, I’ve decided to split New Releases and TTT into two separate entities. Cool right?!

As usual, there are a ton of new books being released this month! I can’t even begin to list them all, so I picked some that sound the most interesting to me. So, let’s get to it!

The Moon and More by Sarah DessenThe Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (June 4)

Cure of the Ancients by Matt de la PenaCurse of the Ancients (Infinity Ring #6) by Matt de la Pena (June 4)

The Pirate's Wish by Cassanra Rose ClarkeThe Pirate’s Wish (Assassins Curse #2) by Cassandra Rose Clarke (June 4)

The Apprentices by Melie MeloyThe Apprentices by Malie Meloy (June 4)

Rules of Summer by Joanna PhilbinRules of Summer by Joanna Philbin (June 4)

When You Were Here by Daisy WhitneyWhen You Were Here by Daisy Whitney (June 4)

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth RossBelle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross (June 11)

Star Cursed by Jessica SpotswoodStar Cursed (The Cahill Chronicles #2) by Jessica Spotswood (June 18)

Neptune's Tears by Susan WaggonerNeptune’s Tears by Susan Waggoner (June 25)

Middle School:How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli and Snake Hill by James PattersonMiddle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli and Snake Hill by James Patterson (June 24)

Out of the Easy by Ruta SepetysOut of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys (June 28)

Don’t these all have potential to be good reads? I’m particularly interested in Out of the Easy, Belle Epoque (I have the ARC thanks to author Elizabeth Ross!!) , The Moon and More and Rules of Summer. Which June new releases are you excited about?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books of 2013

Happy Tuesday everybody!

I am still on vacation this week (Paris!!) so I’ll only be posting my regularly scheduled posts while I’m gone.  You also won’t see me on Twitter because data plans while traveling internationally are mad expensive!

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra ClareEvery Tuesday I participate in a weekly event, called Top Ten Tuesday,  hosted by The Broke and Bookish.  Each week a theme is posted and book bloggers all over create bookish lists to go along with the selected theme.  This week the theme is our Top Ten Most Anticipated Books of 2013.  There are so many books that I can’t wait to read, and 2013 seems so darn far away!

1. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

2. Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa MeyerScarlet by Marissa Meyer

3. Divergent #3 by Veronica Roth (This one is still untitled but I CAN’T wait!)

4. Shades of Earth (Across the Universe #3) by Beth Revis

5. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

6. Star Cursed (Cahill Witch Chronicles #2) by Jessica Spotswood

7. Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society #3) by Ally Carter

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter8. The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass

9. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

10. Size 12 is the New Black (Heather Wells #5) by Meg Cabot (not YA but I love this series!)The Elite by Kiera Cass

There you have it!  Some of my most anticipated books of 2013! As you can see I’m a huge fan of series and always have been!  What books are you excited for in the upcoming year?

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Star Cursed

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases that we’re waiting on!

This past spring I read Jessica Spotswood’s debut YA novel Born Wicked. Book two, Star Cursed, is the title I’m waiting on this week!  I’m really pushing the limit with this one because I have pretty much nothing to report about this book!  The cover hasn’t been revealed yet, and there isn’t even a summary on Goodreads yet! Seriously!! And Star Cursed isn’t scheduled to be released until June 2013, which is a really long way away!

Since I have nothing about Star Cursed to share with you, other than the title, check out the summary for book one, Born Wicked. Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word… especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra. If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.

I assume Star Cursed will continue pretty much where Born Wicked left off. Sorry, to not have much to share, but I really want this book to come now!  What book(s) are you waiting on this week?

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Fictional Real World Romances

Top Ten TuesdayHi!

Well, I am in the midst of Pre-Planning week at school.  The 2012-2013 school year is upon us and my kids will be back on campus next week.  I am, as I’m sure all educators are, both excited to get back to work and sad to see my summer freedom go away.

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, my favorite feature, hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Top Ten Tuesday was created because of a love of lists and all things bookish. Each week a theme is posted and we get to create a list based on that theme and share it with others!

Because Jaime from The Broke and Bookish is getting married soon (YAY! Congrats!), this week’s theme  is Top Ten Fictional Romances that I Think Would  Actually Make it in the Real World.  These are fictional couples that have some sort of quality that would give help them to last if they were actually in the non fictional world we all live in.  Each of the couples I’ve listed below have what I think it takes to survive outside of their fictional environments. Yay romance!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins1. Anna Oliphant and Etienne St. Claire

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and Etienne waited out their relationship for-EVER! This couple knows what it takes to work hard at getting something right.  I think they’d do just fine in the real world where relationships are hard work.

Forgive My Fins by Terri Lynn Childs2. Lily Sanderson and Quince Fletcher

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

Quince’s affection for Lily is long standing and he stood by her even when it hurt him. Lily is incredibly loyal and once she makes a decision she pretty much sticks to it. Plus both Quince and Lily push and encourage each other to be better people and are willing to say what needs to be said even if the truth might hurt a little.

Heist Society by Ally Carter3. Katarina Bishop and Hale

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Trust.  Kat and Hale have it.  You can’t pull major heist after major heist with someone unless you trust them.  In the real world, trust really is paramount to a relationship.

Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby4. Sara and Andy

Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby

Sarah and Andy have been through some seriously difficult times together. A real life romance, that has what it takes to make it, is one where the couple can stand firm together through the fiercest trials.  I’d say walking out of the Everglades together is a pretty fierce trial!

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood5. Cate Cahill and Finn Belastra Born Wicked

Cate and Finn both have each other’s backs.  In a real life relationship, you have to be on your partner’s side. If they don’t believe you are on their side fighting through life with them, there is something lacking.  I believe that Cate and Finn, living in a society that is unfriendly to both of them, are on each other’s side when it seems like no one else is.

Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale6. Charlotte Kinder and Edmund Grey

Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale

Charlotte and Edmund hit it off right away.  They have an easy friendship and make each other laugh. Friendship and laughter are two incredibly important factors in a relationship.  If you’re not friends how will you enjoy being with this person every single day? If your partner doesn’t make you laugh how can you make it through the monotony that is day to day life?  In my opinion, you can’t; friendship and laughter are integral to a successful relationship.

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen7. MacLean and Dave

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

MacLean and Dave stick together even when the easy thing to do is run.  They know that relationships take hard work, and sometimes the pain of life can attack and make the relationship seem like more work than it’s worth.  MacLean and Dave seem to get it though.  Any relationship that matters is worth the work.

Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer8. Vlad Tod and Snow

Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer

Healthy relationships call for sacrifice sometimes.  I believe that Vlad and Snow understand that sometimes in a relationship you have to sacrifice for the other person.  I mean come on…she let him suck her blood; if that’s not sacrifice I don’t know what is!

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen9. Catherine Morland and Henry Tilney

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

The best things in life are free! Both Catherine and Henry completely get what is important in life and it’s not money!  Both would give up wealth if it meant they’d get to be together.  Le sigh…maybe my favorite couple on this list!

River Secrets by Shannon Hale10. Razo and Dasha

River Secrets (Books of Bayern #3) by Shannon Hale

Both Razo and Dasha know what it means to be overlooked despite your special qualities.  These two can see past the failures or weaknesses seen by others and into the real quality person beneath.  They’re just so cute together too!

So there you have it!  What’d you think of the couples I’ve chosen? Which fictional couples do you think would survive in the real world?