Day 20: Favorite Romance Book
I have said this many times, I'm not a romantic girl. Romance usually leaves a uncomfortable feeling in my stomach and I rarely swoon for hot bods and sugary words. But I respect a trope called Eternal Love, to a point. Some of the eternal love storylines, I just can't swing with and tend to skim read the romantic parts.
I like eternal love especially when the characters find each other over and over in either past lives or have some long ago (usually in their immortal/reincarnated lives) connection. Three books I feel fit into this category and I enjoyed them. One was a little less romance and more, lets destroy a classic love story. And I liked that.
My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares
Daniel has retained the same soul throughout centuries. And he has in some way fallen in love with the same girl(or old lady) over and over throughout the centuries. Her name changes but she is still the same soul, though she does not know it. And each time they are torn apart by fate. The ending was sad and left a major cliffhanger, but I have a feeling that Sophia (Lucy) will be seeing Daniel once again. And not as a romantic love this time.
This book would also fall under the Reincarnation Romance trope. I count it as Eternal Love though, not every love Daniel feels for Sophia is romantic in nature.
Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan
Nasty (Nastasya) is around 450 years old, but looks good for her age. For the past 100 years she has been a self-absorbed pleasure hound who cares for no one but herself. She grows sick of that life and takes refuge in a house for immortals who've had a little to much fun in their day.
The book had quiet a few of your standard gushy "he is so hot" moments and Nasty is a little immature at times. I liked this though because she can grow from that. She can develop and change into a likeable character. The flashbacks were well written in my opinion and I liked the backstory that carries into the second book. There is a third book in the trilogy which I haven't read yet, I'll be getting on that soon.
Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
This takes the Romeo/Juliet story and reworks it into a battle between good and evil. Juliet was killed by Romeo for immortality. Now she works on the side of "good" as an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. She fights for True Love and to keep Romeo and the Mercenaries from taking their souls.
There were some poorly written plots to the story and an alt universe thrown in at the end but I think the sequel, Romeo Redeemed is going to work out the kinks and hopefully bring Romeo around to the side of good.
Mostly I liked this book because it took a love story, tore it apart, made you hate the character you originally wished was your boyfriend, and made my black little heart happy. But it counts as Eternal Love because I know Juliet and Romeo will work their conflict out. They will be back together, just watch.