Today I am taking part in another Top Ten Tuesday this week. Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. This weeks topic is books with my favourite trope. I feel like I have quite a few favourite tropes, so I am probably going to split this post into different sections for different tropes!
Second Chance Romance
First up, it is second chance romance novels. If you had asked me what my favourite tropes were this time last year, second chance romances wouldn’t have even crossed my mind. I hadn’t ever really considered it, but now, after reading a few last year, I can’t get enough of it! I need all of the recommendations.
- The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary – This book has probably become one of my favourite books of all time. I liked that we got to see the ‘before’ timeline romance happening alongside the ‘present’ timeline. We could get a sense of how good it was before, but also what made it fall apart; and how much they were both hurting and grieving the relationship in the present.
- The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling – This was a witchy version of the trope! I loved it so much. The main character places a hex on her ex-boyfriend when he leaves her, but she isn’t a very good witch so it doesn’t quite work. However, when he returns back to the town ten years later, the hex begins to work and things in the town begin going very wrong. The two of them have to work together in order to set the town back on track. It was such a fun novel.
- You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry – Although this was more of a friends to lovers story, this definitely was part second chance romance too. It follows two friends who hadn’t spoken after a failed romantic interaction, trying to reconnect and get their friendship back on track. It is clear the whole way through that the two of them have feelings for each other but neither one are doing anything about it.
The Chosen One
This one is such a classic. Especially in YA fantasy. But it is a classic that I love so much! So many of the core YA fantasy staples have this trope and I think it is one that has so many avenues and directions that it can take to stop it becoming too predictable and boring.
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments is one of my favourite series and I love that it incorporates so many tropes within one series. I think the main one it focuses on is The Chosen One though. This is a recurring one throughout the series, and multiple characters fall into this category. I think it adds so much to the story and really shows the reader why we are following these characters.
- Legendborn by Tracy Deonn – I need to reread this book just to be able to get all of the details to the intricate world building. I’ve never read anything to do with Merlin, so I wasn’t too familiar with the original story. But that did not take away from my reading experience. This was such a fascinating book and I am so excited for the sequel later this year.
- Scythe by Neal Shusterman – I still need to read the final book in this series. But this series does this trope a little differently, because the characters do not want it at all. And because they don’t want it, this means that they will be good at it. It is one of those stories that is wild and has remained wild to me and I cannot wait to reread the series to then be able to finish it.
Enemies to Lovers
Enemies to Lovers is probably my favourite romance trope. It just offers that extra layer for me that they have to overcome. I find that it is more common in fantasy, and makes more sense to me in fantasy, because there are usually more stakes involved. However, I do have a few contemporary novels that I do like that have enemies to lovers in!
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – I feel like I had to include this one in this trope list. It is probably one of the most popular and hyped books with enemies to lovers in it. And I love this series and think it does the trope so well!
- From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout – Every time I mention this book, I am always reminded that I am falling further and further behind with this series. I need to catch up soon! The enemies to lovers in this book/series has layers upon layers upon layers. It is a very fun read.
- Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – This is the conclusion to the Brown Sisters Trilogy and it is no secret that I love this series so much. The novel starts with Eve goes for an interview, it doesn’t go well, and at the end of it she hits the guy interviewing her with her car. Jacob breaks his arm, and is unable to work on the B&B like he usually does, so Eve steps in to help. It is such a funny story and what I love about Talia Hibbert’s writing is that it ways feels authentic, and that is no different for Eve’s story.
- Tweet Cute by Emma Lord – This book follows two characters who’s family each own restaurants. Pepper’s family’s restaurant has turned into a massive chain restaurant and Jack’s is a small family run business. The two of them run the twitter accounts for the businesses and they get into a little social media feud. Additionally, they are also talking to each other on an anonymous website that Jack built for their school, and they are falling for each other. It is a wild story and such a fun one.
What are some of your favourite tropes? And do you have any recommendations for second chance romance, or the chosen one, or enemies to lovers for me? Let me know!