Before you wonder, this Top 5 Wednesday topic is not about your favourite relationship that had a side piece, like I first thought 😂 No one wants to promote disloyalty in relationships, for sure! This topic is all about your favourite couples that never got the spotlight. We’re big fans of secondary characters, and love it even more when they get their happily ever after. BUT, this week also meant that I had to delve back into the 2013-2014 archives of my reading tastes because secondary characters are only usually granted well developed relationships in series with three books or over, and seeing as I’ve managed to complete a measly two series this year, I was limited for choice. So, get ready for some oldies but goodies!
Toby and Rin from ‘Geek Girl’ by Holly Smale
If there’s such a thing as a match made in heaven, it’s these two. They suit each other so well, and it was lovely for Toby to go from being weird-stalker-neighbour to actually-worth-getting-to-know, wouldn’t you know? The scene where Toby is explaining what Rilakkuma is to Harriet because Rin loves him so much is the cutest thing ever.
Lissa and Christian from ‘Vampire Academy’ by Richelle Mead
So, yeah, they’re probably the second biggest ship of the series, but seeing as we only get to read from Rose’s perspective, I got way less Lissa and Christian than I wanted. Apart from the shared-visions moments that were morally wrong, but I lived for them. Although it was a rocky relationship, with some jealous and royal tension, they balanced each other out, and where what the other needed in their darkest moments.
Zuzana and Mik from ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ by Laini Taylor
If it weren’t for these two cuties offering comic relief in ‘Days of Blood and Starlight’, I don’t think I would have made it through that 500 pages book. I still smile when I think of the ‘Will you marry me?/ Will you make me a sandwich?’ conversation, and I can’t wait to finish the series to get more of these two.
Simon and Issy from ‘City of Bones’ by Cassandra Clare
Simon is probably the only character that would fit my sleazy side-piece misreading! It was totally Not Cool for him to be juggling Maya and Issy at the same time, but when that drama got ironed out, I was a sucker for the two of them. Enough to make me want to read ‘Tales from Shadowhunter Academy’, even though I said I’d never read another Cassie Clare book! Although, this is the couple that needed to c o m m u n i c a t e more, so ugh. Hate to love couple, maybe?
Link and Ridley by ‘Beautiful Creatures’ by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
These two had a very similar aesthetic to Simon and Issy, and I would love to read more about them. (Though let’s not talk about the ‘Dangerous Whatever’ series that completely messed with their character voices and personalities…) Ridley was so misunderstood, and Link was such a sidekick, it’s nice to think that they were (relatively) happy together.