My Favourite Meet-Cutes in YA Fiction | Romance Week 2021

Happy Romance Week! This week my single-self is celebrating everything wonderful about love and along with some of the books and characters that prove that love is real and magical! I thought I’d manifest some of my own romance by going back to where it all started and sharing some of my favourite fictional ‘meet-cutes’!

So what is a meet-cute? It’s an amusing or charming first encounter between two characters that eventually leads to the development of a relationship between them. Eli Wallach’s character Arthur from The Holiday (2006) put it’s best, when he explains what a meet-cute is:

“It’s how two characters meet in a movie. Say a man and a woman both need something to sleep in, and they both go to the same men’s pyjama department. And the man says to the salesman, ‘I just need bottoms.’ The woman says, ‘I just need a top.’ They look at each other, and that’s the meet-cute,” he says.

This initial spark between characters pave the way for different and sometimes less traditional relationships and I can’t help but squeal with excitement when this moment occurs especially when two characters who are destined to be together meet but they just don’t know it yet…

Below are 12 of my favourite unexpected moments of serendipity, all of which include swoon-worthy meetings that us readers can’t help but love, from love-at-first-sight to enemies-to-lovers, awkward encounters and heart-warming beginnings that make our hearts flutter.

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Sorcery of Thorns: Rogerson, Margaret: Books

Elisabeth and Nathaniel from Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – I love the innocence behind this encounter and the relationship between these too. The pair meet when Elisabeth is discovered spying on the mysterious Magister Nathaniel, in an attempt to discover if he had pointy ears and cloven hooves or not. After destroying a couple of bookshelves and faking a not-so-convincing stumble, the two engage on magical adventure that strengthens the romantic bond between them.

The Sun Is Also a Star (Yoon, Nicola): Yoon, Nicola: Books

Natasha and Daniel from The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – These two characters meet through a twist of fate and then, of course, fall in love. Daniel saves Natasha from being hit by a car, after briefly meeting in a record store, and continues to spend the day together and prove to her that love is real with just 36 questions. But this isn’t your typical romance, as the book tackles immigration and all types of love and expectation and if you haven’t read it yet I highly suggest that you add it to your TBR.

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Elizabeth and Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – The ultimate enemies-to-lovers duo and a classic fictional couple that I can’t help but adore. Darcy first meets Elizabeth Bennet at a ball, where he makes rather demeaning remarks about her while she is within earshot and it is in this moment that the romantic spark between them is ignited!

The Duke and I | Julia Quinn | Author of Historical Romance Novels

Daphne and Simon from The Duke and I by Julia Quinn – As much as I love Anthony and Kate, it’s Daphne and Simon’s first meeting that earns them a spot on this list. Their meeting is slightly different in the books, but it does still involve Daphne’s punching Lord Berbrooke. Simon then stumbles upon her and Berbrook’s unconscious body, and the two devise a plan to remove him before anyone sees.

Josh and Hazel from Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren – I’ve been on a Christina Lauren binge this week, and the chaos that surrounds their meet cute is brilliant. The pair originally meet at collage, after a few unsuccessful and unfortunate run in’s that include Hazel gracelessly throwing up on Josh’s shoes and a post-surgical and unintelligible email. Fast forward ten years when the pair meets again and realise that maybe (after some unsuccessful blind dates) that they’re exactly what each other needs.

The Final Empire: Mistborn Book One eBook: Sanderson, Brandon: Kindle Store

Vin and Elend from The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – Now it wouldn’t be a favourites list without including Sanderson, would it? Vin (disguised as Valette) first meets Elend when she discovers his reading spot at a ball, and from then the two develop a comforting friendship that ultimately blossoms into something more.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue: V.E. Schwab:  9781785652509: Books

Henry and Addie from The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E.Schwab – He REMEMBERED her! My heart grew two sizes when Henry recognised Addie, even if he did catch her attempting to steal another book. The relationship between these two star-crossed lovers was beautifully heartbreaking and one of my favourite reads of last year.

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Bryce and Hunt from Crescent City by Sarah J Maas – As soon as these two met, I knew I was in for a wildly intense relationship that I was going to fall utterly in love with. The banter and attitude between the two instantly establishes that enemies-to-lovers dynamic that us readers can’t get enough of and leaves us wanting more.

The Night Circus: Morgenstern, Erin: 9780099554790: Books

Celia and Marco from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – One of my favourite fictional couples ever! Marco meets his opponent Celia initially when she auditions for the circus, but it’s not until 1894 that Celia learns the identity of her opponent when she mistakenly takes Marco’s enchanted umbrella from a cafe in Prague and he chases her down for its return. The two then embark on a magical whirlwind and heartbreaking romance that truly defines the power and wonder of love.

The Raven Boys: Stiefvater, Maggie: Books

Blue and Gansey from The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – I know this one isn’t particularly romantic or charming but this moment is the beginning of everything. Blue meets Gansey soon-to-be dead spirit in a graveyard and is drawn to him, in a way she can’t entirely explain. The two then officially meet a Nino’s, which ends in a disaster and Blue walking away Gansey’s journal with his notes on Glendower. The relationship isn’t instant and is ladened with all sorts of problems (Blue’s prophecy in particular) but they soon became one of my favourite fictional couples.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before: Han, Jenny: Books

Lara Jean and Peter from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – The ultimate meet-cute and another one of my favourite contemporary moments. Many of you probably know how these two meet, but for those who don’t know it all starts with a secret letter that was never meant to be sent and from there the rest is history.

A Court of Mist and Fury A Court of Thorns and Roses: Maas,  Sarah J.: Books

Nesta and Cassian from A Court of Mist and Fury – The two meet when Feyre and the Inner Circle visit her family’s estate and it’s clear that Nesta is an equal match to Cassian’s quarrelling and taunting. It’s only a couple of days now until the release of A Court of Silver Flames and I can’t contain my excitement for much longer!

My Most Anticipated Book to Movie Adaptations

I wrote a post earlier week on 7 books I wanted to see adapted next, so I thought it would be fitting if I wrote a follow-up post about some of my most anticipated adaptations. In this post I’m going to be focusing on films that are currently in development, being filmed or soon to be released this year! I’d love to know what books you’d like to see on the big screen, so please leave us a comment below!

Shadow and Bone/ Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Words can’t describe how excited I am about this adaptation, I’m going to have to write an entire post about because there’s so much I need to gush about! The casting is incredible and filming has already started in Budapest!

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab – I’d love to see this series get the Harry Potter treatment, there’s so much magic and intricate wonder in this series that needs to be shared and carefully adapted by someone who knows what they’re doing! This series was originally going to be a TV series but changed to a film franchise in 2017 with V.E Schwab as one of the producers. As for the choice of writers and producers, we have Derek Kolstad who recently worked on John Wick and the producer of The Fast and Furious franchise, so we defiantly know that all the action scenes are going to be epic!

All The Bright Places by Jenifer Niven – Netflix is seriously killing it at some of its YA adaptations so I’m quietly confident that they’re going to do a good job at adapting this delicate yet powerful read! The trailer looks incredible and it’s clear that a lot of time has been put into this to make it more than just a typical YA film about love. The on-screen chemistry between Elle Fanning and Justice Smith is evidently clear from the trailer and now I’m even more excited, bring on the 28th February.

Dune by Frank Herbert – I’ve mentioned this book a lot recently and its only because I am hugely excited for it as its got all the elements that make a brilliant adaption and sci-fi franchise. I recently purchased the book so hopefully next month I’ll have the opportunity to witness the wonder and adventure first hand.

The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford – Another book I mentioned a lot last year, and I’m so excited that its getting the BBC adaptation treatment! Starring Lily James and directed by Emily Mortimer, I’m quite confident that I’m going to absolutely adore it! The book follows an upper class English family during the war and focuses love, class and relationships, its a classic light-hearted storyline that audiences will love.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera – HBO and J J Abrams have both signed on to adapt this book as a TV series, and its safe to say I’m serious excited!

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman – Another book that has been adapted by the BBC and just from the trailer I can tell that it’s going to be a hit. I remember reading this gripping story of first love in a dangerous, alternative world where racism divides story when I was younger so I might have to do a re-read before the 5th March!

Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness – I totally forgot about this film and I can’t think why because it has such a good cast! Starring Tom Holland AND Daisy Ridley this film already looks epic and we haven’t even got a trailer yet! I will admit I haven’t read these books yet but it’s definitely on my TBR list (along with lots of other series!

Most Anticipated Spring Releases 2018

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Spring might just have to be my favourite and most anticipated season for book releases as there are so many exciting sequels and books being released by some of my favourite authors of 2017! Hopefully, after my exams, I’ll have more time so I will finally be able to get back into reading and I think having these releases will certainly encourage this. Let me know in the comments what spring releases you’re looking

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas – Sarah J Maas is the queen of fantasy and if you haven’t read her Court of Thorns and Roses series then you seriously need to stop what you’re doing and read it because it is just perfection and pure brilliance. I need this series to never end and for Sarah to just keep writing more about Feyre and her friend’s adventures!

Legendary by Stephanie Garber – One of my favourite books of last year was Caraval, the first book in this series, and I totally forgot there was a sequel so now I’m even more excited. I’m a little worried though because I loved the first one and I’ve got high expectations, nevertheless, I’m sure the second book will have all the magic, adventure and romance that the first one had.

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody – I loved Amanda’s first book, Daughter of the Burning City and from the looks of the synopsis for her new series I’m going to love this one too as I’m a sucker for a good old mystery and a bit of danger. Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green – I’ve never read a Sally Green novel, however, the synopsis for this book sounds so good and reminds me of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo which I absolutely loved Five disparate characters—a princess, a soldier, a hunter, a servant, a thief—come together in a new series starter, set in an epic fantasy world marked by the presence and underground trading of an illegal supernatural substance. I love it when completely different characters are forced to work together as I love seeing new relationships form and just the range of characters.

Furyborn by Claire Legrand – What I’m looking forward to the most about this book is the fact that it follows two fiercely independent young women and I’m all about those badass female characters! I’ve only heard good things about this book and I love the idea that it follows two stories that although are centuries apart, intertwine and connect with each other!



The Map of Bones – Francesca Haig

I fell in love with the first book in this series but when it came to the sequel, I was sadly disappointed and saw myself at times skim reading a few chapters, nevertheless, there were many parts of the novel that I enjoyed especially the fact that even from the first page we are thrown back into the action. Francesca Haig once again throws you into a world of conflict, betrayal, hope and despair and likes to keeps the reader on their toes as the plot thickens – every time I think I know what is coming she throws me a curveball. If you haven’t read the first book then I will link my review here!

Following on immediately in the aftermath of part one, we join up with Cass and the resistance for the next part of their intense and often emotional journey. Determined to stop her brother fulfilling his twisted plans for what is left of humanity, Cass must uncover the mysterious of the before whilst trying to prevent the plans of the Council. What really makes this series for me is the captivating writing, gorgeous yet sometimes haunting descriptions and the emotive storytelling that keeps me fully invest in our characters and their journey. Being able to see more of the post-apocalyptic world Haig ahs created was also interesting and enjoyable as well as learning more about the bleak history of the surviving generations of the before.

We are also introduced to a whole range and dynamic of new characters as well as learning more about ones we saw in the first book, especially my favourites Piper and Zoe. I loved them in the first book and I enjoyed the fact that we got to learn more about them and their past in the second book as well as seeing their relationship with Cass develop. I’ve warmed up to Cass more in this book and I still live for those confrontation scenes with her brother because they are so heart-stopping and suspenseful.

Once again I’ve reached the end of the book and found myself demanding what happens next and fearful for the unknown and the fate of these characters who I love! I am now left waiting in excitement the next book in the series because Haig has left us on a cliffhanger with so many possibilities and I can’t wait to see where Cass, Piper and Zoe all end up!

5 Ways to Cure a Reading Slump and Book Recommendations

If you’ve read my April 2017 Wrap Up post then you’ll know that for the majority of the year so far I have been suffering from a major reading slump and am seriously behind on my Goodreads reading challenge! I think I’m 3/4 books behind schedule, whoops! Anyway, my book slump was cured by Lesley Livingston’s ‘The Valliant’ which was a fast paced adventure that I flew through and loved. Since then I’ve spent my Easter reading my heart out as I have exams in May which means my reading time will probably be taken over by work and revision! Nevertheless, I wanted to share different ways to cure your reading slump as well as recommending some books that might get rid of that slump!

Go to a bookshop or scroll through Amazon – By doing this hopefully you’ll find a book that you’ve forgotten and really want to read or just something different that sparks your interest! If you don’t want to spend anything then going to a library is a nice alternative.

Sort our your bookshelves – You’re killing two birds with one stone with this one! I usually find it really refreshing when organising my bookshelf and in doing so you might find a book you didn’t know you had or a book on your TBR that you have been dying to read!

Try a novella – Usually, it’s the size of a book that puts me off reading so a novella is a nice alternative because they’re shorter but you still get that sense of adventure and fix of some of your favourite characters!

Re-read a favourite – You can’t go wrong in re-reading one of your favourite books as you can guarantee that you will enjoy it and personally I find by re-reading a book you discover bits you missed the first time!

Try a different genre – Whether this is going back and reading something from your favourite genre or switching it up and reading something completely different. When reading grows tiresome, a switch in theme and style can be the exact palate cleanser you need to get back in the groove.


  • I find that anything fast paced will instantly cure my reading slump as it throws you straight into the action and will keep you wanting to read on. Recently I read ‘The Valliant’ by Lesley Livingston and ‘The Murder Complex’ by Lindsey Cummings both of which were really fast paced and equally exciting reads!
  • Other easy reads include ‘The Selection’ by Kiera Cass which is a royal twist on the bachelor or ‘Cinder’ by Marisa Myers which is a sci-fi retelling of Cinderella!



By Your Side – Kasie West

I’ve always been a fan of Kasie West and she’s one of my go-to laid back contemporary authors who’s books I fly through and her new novel wasn’t any different. As soon as I read the synopsis for this book I was instantly drawn in, it’s a contemporary romance set in a library, that’s a book lovers dream. I was surprised then to find out that we got a lot more from this book than just a cute romance set in a library, we dealt with mental illness, child neglect, friendship, and trust.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

Like most of West’s books, the storyline was filled with cute and romantic scenes as well as humour and it was refreshing to see her focus more on mental illness but in a real and genuine way as it wasn’t glossed over but instead presented in a serious and relatable way. Kasie takes things slow, giving Autumn and Dax a fair chance to find reasons why to fall in love, ones that exclude physical attraction and I enjoyed slowly uncovering their secrets and backgrounds.

If you’re a fan of Morgan Matson, Stephanie Perkins or just looking for a cute, relaxing read then this and many other of West’s books will be perfect for you. Plus like I’ve already mentioned this isn’t your typical contemporary and I appreciated the fact that it addressed lots of different elements such as mental health in a proper and realistic way.

The Valiant – Lesley Livingston

This book cured my serious reading slump as I hadn’t read a book for personal enjoyment for a couple of months, which I know is really bad! I’d read books for University but I wanted to read something fun and action packed, and this book had everything I wanted. Its fast pace and short chapters made it really easy to read but addictive so much so that I sometimes struggled to put it down. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book which is set in Ancient Rome and I loved all the mythology that was intertwined in the storyline and I just found it really refreshing and interesting.

Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king, the sister of the legendary warrior Sorcha, and the sworn enemy of Julius Caesar but when Fallon was a child, Caesar’s armies invaded her homeland, and her beloved sister was killed in battle. Now, on the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is eager to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her place in the fearsome Cantii war band but is instead captured and sold to an elite training school for female gladiators—owned by none other than Julius Caesar. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who destroyed Fallon’s family might be her only hope of survival. Now Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries and deadly fights—in and out of the arena.

Doesn’t that synopsis sound epic! I don’t want to spoil the storyline but let’s just say it’s packed with action especially those brutal and badass fight scenes in the arena and lots shocking moments that got me very excited. Like I’ve mentioned the books fast pace not only helps to keep you on the edge of your seat but stops you from putting the book down!

I instantly fell in love with Fallon as soon as we met her because she is just such a brilliant character who is hard-working, fierce but also flawed which allowed her to learn and develop as a character throughout the story. I also liked the fact that sisterhood was such a central part of the story both with family and friends and I appreciated that this wasn’t the cliche plot of a girl out to kill everyone and/or overthrow the rulers for revenge. Fallon was fighting for herself. Cai was also another favourite and I think he may have gained a spot of my fictional boyfriend list because his relationship with Fallon is just so darn cute and romantic. My only criticism is because of the fast pace of the book, we skimmed over their relationship a bit and I would have liked to see more of it especially in the developing stages.

Overall, I’m going to give it 4/5 stars and if you’re a fan of the Throne of Glass series and Ancient Greece then this book is definitely for you as it’s filled with powerful female protagonists, a hint of romance and bucket loads of action! I hope this book gets a sequel because the second half of the book set up lots of elements for the possible sequels to build on and plus I want to see more of Fallon!

Pokémon Go Book Tag

When I saw we were nominated for this book tag, I got very excited as I am one of the millions of people around the world who is obsessed with catching Pokemon, Eleanor on the other hand isn’t the biggest fan so it will just be me (Amy) doing this tag! We were nominated by the lovely Becca @ShihtzuBookReviews and I recommend you go check out her blog!


This is probably a very generic answer but it has to be Harry Potter as they fuelled my love for reading but if you’re looking for what started my love for YA then it would have to be The Hunger Games – thank you Eleanor for recommending it to me!


I am a sucker for a classic especially Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin because it is such a beautiful storyline with some iconic characters which I love! Plus I’m also in love with the film adaptations and if it’s a horrible day or if I’m not feeling well, it will definitely be on my television.


I’ve never been one for horror or spooky books but I recently read last summers thriller Girl on the Train which freak me out a bit especially when I made the decision to read it late at night….


Don’t make me choose just one, I have thousands! Of course theres me and all my fictional boyfriends but the first one that came to my head was Cress and Thorne from the Luna Chronicles as their relationship is just so cute and I ship them so hard!


Any book by Sarah J Maas, as her writing style is just so magical, easy to read and you can find adventure behind every page! Plus they have some pretty good fast paced fight scenes which I can guarantee will keep you on the edge of your seat.


I started the Game of Thrones series ages ago and I managed to get half way through book three before I stopped. They are just all so long and I personally find them all a bit intimidating!


Either Harry Potter or Throne of Glass! These are two of my all time favourite series and I wish they would never end! I would love to see J.K Rowling release stories about the Marauders but I am super excited about both Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts.


I’ve just started the Snow Like Ashes series and I found it to be really awesome and action-packed which is what I look for in YA Fantasy novels. Looking on Goodreads the reviews weren’t all positive but that didn’t stop me and I was pleasantly surprised! You can add both me and Eleanor on Goodreads here.


I would love to own the collectors edition of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit as their covers are just so elegant yet simple and they would look even better on my bookshelf! At £60 I better do a bit of saving!


Red Rising, reminded me a lot of The Hunger Games but that didn’t really bother me as much as it did to other people as I loved the Hungers Games so it wasn’t a surprise that I fell in love with Red Rising as well!


The Red Queen series. I adored the first book as it was just fantastic but the second book was a bit disappointing and certainly wasn’t as good as the first book. Fingers crossed the next book is better!


The Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye as it’s a combination of Shadow and Bone, Red Queen and Ember in the Ashes! Although I haven’t yet read it, I’ve heard it’s a gripping mix of magic, high-stakes action, and romance.pokemon-tag11-lure-module

I instantly thought of Sarah J Maas for this answer but I thought I better pick someone else as I’ve mentioned her a lot in this tag! Leigh Bardugo is another favourite of my and I always get very excited when she writes another book! If you haven’t read her Shadow and Bone Series or Six of Crows stop what you’re doing now and go and read it!


I know I keep mentioning Sarah J Maas but Empire of Storms is a perfect answer to this question! I love this series and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book!!

Snow Like Ashes – Sara Raasch

It’s sad to admit that I actually forgot that I had this book on my bookshelf but I’m really glad that I found it and if it wasn’t for the booktube-a-thon I don’t think I would have! Snow Like Ashes reminded me a lot of Throne of Glass which is one of my all time favourite series but in my opinion it wasn’t as good. Although, it did have everything you would want from a kick-ass YA novel – lovable and strong characters, a unique world and dramatic storyline.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. The fate of their Kingdom now relies on the eight survivors, one of them being Meira, an orphan from the war and a warrior in training who is desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again. Together and with the help of other allies they must help restore their kingdom to its former and uncover secrets left behind by the previous ruler.

The idea of having different seasons as different kingdoms I thought was really unique and it was easy to fall in love with the world Raasch created because the world building was perfect. The idea of only having certain genders being able to control magic in each kingdom was another interesting aspect which lead to equally interesting and powerful rulers both male and female.

Meira as a protagonist was strong and fierce and had realistic thoughts & reactions; she’s a believable badass warrior. There were times where I found her a bit annoying when she had her little tantrums but despite that she was pretty cool. Of course there was a love triangle but that didn’t bother me. Mather made up another third of the love triangle but I wasn’t a massive fan of his relationship with Meira as their relationship was just too ordinary. I have to admit however I think I am in love with Theron as he is just everything you want from a man as not only is he a kick ass fighter but he’s not afraid to stand up for what is important for him and his people and his passion for literature just makes my heart melt! 

Overall, I thought this was an intense and dramatic read which packed full of adventure and kick ass fight scenes! I give it 4/5 stars and I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series as I want to know what happens next because that ending was pretty good and left us on a bit of a cliffhanger…