Top 5 Wednesday

Some tropes, no matter how annoying, can be absolved if they’re in the hands of a capable author… right?

That might depend on how forgiving the reader is though… you can expect me to be very forgiving.

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Trope: Enemies to Lovers

Okay so this ones kind of a doozy. Because when I read Six of Crows this trope wasn’t even on my radar and you could say I had pretty neutral attitude towards it. But now, I kind of (really) love this trope now or any variation because of this book. I also have a review for Six of Crows on this blog and this book is recommended reading for readers of young adult. It is so damn good.

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Trope: Friends to Lovers

Friends to Lovers is a trope that makes sense in my mind (like a friendship is obviously a good foundation for a relationship), but I just don’t get excited about it. Probably helps that Julian and Emma’s romance is pretty angsty. I’ve even got a review of it on this blog as well!

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Unteachable by Elliot Wake

Trope: Teacher/Student Romance

I don’t ever feel inclined to read romances that feature teacher/student romances, and they almost always scare me off. However, Elliot Wake’s debut novel beats the exception. It has everything to do with his amazing writing style and deeply flawed and raw characters that I can’t help but love.

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The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Trope: Love Triangle

Were you waiting for the love triangle to show up? Here it is! It’s been a while since I read The Kiss of Deception, I’ve actually read it twice (for enjoyment, not even for catching up on a series.) I don’t know if the story would live up if I read it again (it might… I feel like it might…) but for now I’m going to say this is one of my favourite YA fantasy romances with a love triangle featuring some good angst. (I know this one is super trivial.)


The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Trope: Instalove

I won’t talk about this one too much as I just did a review on it, but I was positively obsessed with this book. I did not mind one bit that the relationship felt a bit instalovey because I was so convinced with the characters chemistry, I just went with the flow.

Are there any books you love with tropes you hate? I’d be interested to know what books are your exception!

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  1. Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes, and the enemies to lovers couple in Six of Crows is my fave ❤️ I’m not into love triangles, but the one in The Kiss of Deception was so well done. That reminds me I really need to finish the series! Lovely post 💕


  2. I can never get enough of enemies to lovers and anti-heroes. The sexual tension and chemistry is just magic! I actually haven’t gotten around to Six of Crows yet (I think all the hype scared me off) or The Kiss of Deception but I’ve definitely got to read them before the end of the year. I think it’s about time I got on the band wagon! 😉 Great post, Carly ❤


    1. I so agree! The tension and chemistry of Nina and Matthias is what won me over and onto this trope. I’m definitely struggling to find a series that lives up to it. I totally understand, hype can absolutely ruin things for me too. But I had that experience with Six of Crows, I stayed away because of hype for 2 years but when I finally read it, I loved it 😉 Get on the bandwagon girl! And thank you Lexie that means a lot 😍

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      1. Hahaha I really should get on the bandwagon asap! I’ve just got to finish Ruin and Rising. I don’t know about you, and I know the series don’t continue but I prefer to read books that are from the same universe or world in the order of publication. I always find the world evolves better that way. Plus, if there are any references to past characters or events you get all the little nods and cameos which I just adore. 😍😍😍

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