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Day 20 - Favorite kiss

Can't really remember. All my favorite romance is unrequited/super duper chaste/ends before it goes anywhere/or lots of stuff off screen/assumed. Or just plain not canon.

Day 21 - Favorite romantic/sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)
I liked Fablehaven's Gavin and Kendra. Gavin's like a lost puppy with badass dragon controlling skills while Kendra is a nerd coming into her own. Its cute kid's stuff with a tragic end. book 4 spoilers ) Sad yet adorable at the same end.

IDK. Does unrequited/super duper short count? Cause Viktor Krum's thing for Hermoine in the Harry Potter series was probably the closest thing to a relationship that I cared for in the series. (At least canonwise~)

Lyra's parents in the His Dark Materials series also have a pretty complicatedly awesome relationship.

For a couple that actually gets together is Eugene/his wife. Though its kinda complicated. And because I never finished the Tears of Artamon series it could very well have a bad end (no clue).

Y do I have a soft spot for messed up relationships?

Oh, oh wait! There's Jack and Myrtle, a mostly upbeat (though troubled at times) relationship that ends well (if only for the fact we only see a few years of it). Essentially its a cheesey teenage romance between an uptight British lady teen girl and a rough space pirate. Probably one of the more realistic (and hilarious) depictions of teen romance I've seen in awhile. While they both seem to care for each other, personal differences and immaturity are big obstacles. Typical opposites attract with a bit of slap, slap, kiss. Well they do get together so its not prolonged and obnoxious. Yet the 'lol teen romance' vibe the narrative has makes it much easier to swallow than ~zomg the one tru teen romance~ that a lot of books have. Which is probably why I hate 9/10 romantic subplots, or like the tragic ones.

Day 22 - Favorite non-sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)
Ranger's Apprentice series - Will and Halt, Will and Horace. The first is an entertaining grumpy and harsh trainer with stubborn kid. The latter is Horace being a former bully but eventually risking his life for Will. Friendship = risking death, trufax.

Fablehaven - Kendra and Seth's sibling relationship is pretty neat to read. Its interesting how it grows according the the development of each character.

In Philip Pullman's Ruby in the Smokestack, I really liked the relationships between the main cast. Its kind of the only reason I finished the book since the mystery was a bit odd to me.

Silver Phoenix - Li Rong and Ai Ling. Well Li Rong is pretty awesome, but Ai Ling's straight man part does help make him funnier. Actually Li Rong's relationship with his bro is pretty spiffy too.

Its weird, logically I know I've read a bunch of adult books but I can't for the life of me remember any of them. I always pick the bland ones I guess.
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Day 06 - Favorite book of your favorite series OR your favorite book of all time

Another Fablehaven blab. My favorite book in the series is Rise of the Evening Star. This is where the story moves away from the slow, whimsy of a kids discovering fantasy creatures and turns into a fantasy, action-adventure. The first book felt sort of like the early Harry Potter books where a decent part of the action was put at the end. Now the series makes its own pacing but putting action and some breathers throughout. This is also where we get our 'big bad', ancient conspiracies (and ancient anti-conspiracies), and other cool stuff. Also the story feels more proactive on the part of the two kids, and less they messed up and have to clean it up. Seth improves loads. I hated him in the first book, but begin to like him around this time. Considering half the story revolves around him, its a good thing.

Basically this is where I feel the series came into its own. I also promise to blab less about this book in the upcoming prompts!

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Day 04 - Your favorite book or series ever

The Fablehaven series
. I did a brief blurb here, so now I'm just going to fangirl over the parts I loved to avoid being repetitive.

The characters. I really love them all. There's Seth who I hated at first, but now I love him because of his continuing struggle with his impulsiveness. IDK, I think it takes some talent to make an obnoxious character, well not. Then Kendra. She's kind of just awesome all around. She is basically the smart, sensible girl but she learns that sometimes you need to take risks to get ahead. My top three side characters are Vanessa, Sphinx, and Gavin massive spoiler alert ). All of them are clever in their own rights. Though Sphinx is probably at the top. One concern I do have is massive 4th book spoilers ), but up until the reveal I like how there are hints here and there so you can figure out the ~mystery~.

NGL, its probably not the best piece of writing. Its pretty decent on pacing and making every scene count. Though the feel of the first book along with the rest of the series is a bit different. Mostly I just like the mixture of gritiness yet hopefulness. Heroes succeed and fail. Villains succeed often. Bad things happen yet good too. Its generally uplifting even when things hit the fan.
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Day 02 - A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about


Uh, there's a bunch so I'm going to spam this a bit.

The Braided Path trilogy. Its an Asian fantasy by Chris Wooding and a pretty good one. And a lot of the main players (including the protagonist) are ladies that do things, so that's a plus. Basically Kaiku is nearly killed one night, and must get behind the mystery of who killed her and how she can survive. The story expands to continent wide battles, political intrigue, and mutants. TBH, I didn't really enjoy the last two books, but that's more personal taste than the actual quality of these books.

Fablehaven series. A kids modern fantasy (not exactly urban, although there are some parts). Two kids visit their grandparents farm only to discover that its a secret preserve for fantasy creatures! Cue ancient conspiracies, more double crossing than you can shake a stick at, a Magnificent Bastard of a villain, and a faery-dragon! No really. Pretty mindless action-adventure, but good at it. Actually I will give it props to realism since there's mentions of a fantasy creature black market and other little details that make the premise seem less ridiculous. Actually, I will also give it props to actually making the fantasy creatures their own beings, with their own wills, desires, and what not. Too often in kidsbooks you'll see a fantasy creature whose job it is to serve the nearest person with little reason whatsoever. Here the kids have to negotiate, often with creatures that think little of eating them. Its awesome.

The Larklight trilogy. More kids stuff, but Steampunk this time. Its an action-adventure/comedy that's pretty tongue-in-cheek every step of the way. Even the romance isn't taken seriously, which is refreshing in a glut of 16 year old romance is tru wuv. Actually what's funny is that in the comedy of the romance, you often get a more realistic look at how two very different people clash than in romances that take themselves too seriously. Though since the story is typically from Art's perspective (and he's still in the girl's have cooties phase) most of the romance is in side snippets. Also, space pirates!

Day 03 - The best book you've read in the last 12 months

I'll have to put Arcadia Snips and the Steamwork Consortium, which I hope isn't cheating since I did a big old post about it here. The pacing is good. Not a scene, not a description, not even a line of dialogue is a waste. The prose is amazing (though more on the side of funny than deep/meaningful). The plot itself is both exciting and silly (something I really love). The cast is full of awesome characters. Its both a good story and good writing, which is something I find really rare (especially since my tastes are rather odd).

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