2.11.2011

Love Stories of the Head-over-Heels Variety



I'm talking about love again; specifically the type where a person gets the bug so bad, that life is instantly different. The world rotates around them and their feet have such a hard time keeping up with where their heart has taken them, that they stumble. That type of love is often referred to as "head-over-heels," and that is what is in these books I am presenting you with today. Enjoy!


Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton
If you read one book this year, please, please, please make it this! Not only is there an awesome love story in Tyger Tyger, but the character who falls head over heels in love is the guy. Yes, the guy. How often does that happen in books? Well, it might happen, but not like it does in this one. I'm still swooning over it, and I read it a month ago! This is my favorite book so far this year!!
Teagan Wylltson's best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures--goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty--are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn't worried. Her life isn't in danger. In fact, it's perfect. She's on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She's focused on school, work, and her future. No boys, no heartaches, no problems.

Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. Finn's a bit on the unearthly beautiful side himself. He has a killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. And either he's crazy or he's been haunting Abby's dreams, because he's talking about goblins, too . . . and about being The Mac Cumhaill, born to fight all goblin-kind. Finn knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby's right. The goblins are coming.


Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Okay, okay, I can hear your groans already. Twilight is overdone. But if you haven't read the books (or just want to re-read them), I suggest you do! This is a definite head-over-heels in love story, perfect for any reader. Plus, the books are so much better than the movies, so give them a chance!
About three things I was absolutely positive:
First, Edward was a vampire.
Second, there was a part of him–and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be–that thirsted for my blood.
And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife -- between desire and danger.


The Romance of Tristan and Iseult by Joseph Bedier, translated by Hilaire Belloc
Before there were Romeo and Juliet, there were Tristan and Iseult; two lovers who fall head-over-heels for each other...to their tragic demise. While this tale is touching all on its own, it is made even better by listening to the Librivox audiobook (which is available for free, by the way). The first time I heard it, I was captivated. The narrator's accent brings the story alive.
This immortal tale from the Age of Chivalry concerns the doomed love between Tristan, a Cornish knight, and Iseult, an Irish princess. An enduring theme in Western art, literature, and music, Tristan and Iseult's tragic romance was most famously interpreted by Richard Wagner in his popular opera. This edition features J. B├ędier's seamless weaving of many medieval sources into a captivating narrative, complemented by Hillaire Belloc's eloquent translation.


Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Fantastic writing, and tantalizing love story. Definitely the head-over-heels variety of love.
Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.


Star of the Morning by Lynn Kurland
This one may technically belong to another category (that I may or may not have planned for next week), but I am putting it here. Why? Because both the characters fall head-over-heels in love, but the main character hits it especially hard; she's not supposed to love anyone, especially not someone with magic! This series surprised me because I thought I wouldn't enjoy it...but I really did! Classified as a romance, this book is very chaste, letting the characters bond more and get to know each other better. I like bonding. ♥
Neroche's kingdom is threatened by the darkness of an evil Black Mage- and all hope lies in the legend of two magical swords. Miach, the archmage of Neroche, carries one. And he's found a Wielder for the other in Morgan, a young woman and feared mercenary herself. Now, Miach must choose between endangering the woman who has captured his heart, and defending the kingdom he's sworn to protect.

5 comments:

  1. I am SO with you on Twilight and Tyger Tyger. I must read Delirium. What a great post!

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  2. I've heard really good things about Tyger Tyger . . . and I came really late to the Twilight party, so it hasn't been over done for me yet ;) Loved the post, making sure these are on my TBR list.

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  3. Delirium is such an amazing book. I think everyone should read it :)

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  4. I def am adding Delirium by Lauren Oliver to the top of my TBR list. You've convinced me...can't wait to check it out...thanks for the suggestions.

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  5. Juju: Tyger Tyger is the best!! I remember our conversation. I'm completely in love with Finn.

    Jessica: Good! Yeah, I love Twilight, but I was very early to the party, and now it seems very overdone. But I hope you do read Tyger Tyger!

    Mia: I completely agree!

    Cathy: Awesome! I hope you like it as much as I did! :)

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