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favourite (canon) ships


Hoohoo, guys.

It’s another post in the series of love-centered posts leading up to Valentine’s day. Today, I have ships for you. I decided to go with canon ships only because if I’d count non-canon as well, it would simply get too much and I don’t want to put together a list of enemies to possible lovers here.

What about you? Who are your favourite ships, both canon and not canon?

Nick & Charlie
Solitaire / Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Those two are the cutest. They’re both so soft and caring and loving each other and my heart melts just thinking about them. This is one of the best, most wonderful ships out there and I just… I love them, okay?

What’s the book about?

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.
Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.
They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner… (goodreads)

Sweetie & Ashish
There’s Something about Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

Ahhhhhh. So first of all, I adore both of these characters. Sweetie is so fierce and powerful and Ashish is popular with the girls but actually super soft. I loved how the two of them got to know each other and how they fell in love despite not wanting to and it’s such a beautiful ship. Love them.

What is the book about?

Ashish Patel didn’t know love could be so…sucky. After being dumped by his ex-girlfriend, his mojo goes AWOL. Even worse, his parents are annoyingly, smugly confident they could find him a better match. So, in a moment of weakness, Ash challenges them to set him up.
The Patels insist that Ashish date an Indian-American girl—under contract. Per subclause 1(a), he’ll be taking his date on “fun” excursions like visiting the Hindu temple and his eccentric Gita Auntie. Kill him now. How is this ever going to work?
Sweetie Nair is many things: a formidable track athlete who can outrun most people in California, a loyal friend, a shower-singing champion. Oh, and she’s also fat. To Sweetie’s traditional parents, this last detail is the kiss of death.
Sweetie loves her parents, but she’s so tired of being told she’s lacking because she’s fat. She decides it’s time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she’ll show the world (and herself) what she’s really made of.
Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there’s an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other? (goodreads)

Elisabeth & Nathaniel
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

I love a sorcerer who’s supposed to be evil but is actually sweet and sometimes clumsy, I also love a sword wielding librarian. And together, I love them even more. They’re stuck together but they come to care for each other despite everything they grew up to believe in and I live for this.

What is the book about?

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.
Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.
As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined. (goodreads)

Alex & Henry
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

This ship is just so much fun. Hating on each other which leads to a disaster which leads to pretending to be friends which leads to falling in love but also pretending to be just friends. This is one of my favourite ship dynamics aka idiot who can’t keep his mouth shut while the other either sighs or sighs and shuts them up with a kiss.

What is the book about?

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.
Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through? (goodreads)

Zafira & Nasir
We hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

This is the grumpy one and the angry one. Zafira doesn’t take shit from anyone, especially not the man who plans to kill her. It is an hate to love ship and to be honest, I live for it.

What is the book about?

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.
Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.
War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine. (goodreads)

Warden & Paige
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

So this is a ship where both characters who could do without the other but they don’t want to. Both of them are hella amazing on their own, but together they make an amazing, super fierce team who both bring the best of what their very different worlds have to give. They’re such a power couple.

What is the book about?

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.
It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die. (goodreads)

Lazlo & Sarai
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

A lot of this ship comes from the beautiful writing of the author. Both characters are really well developed and I feel for them with my whole body and heart and soul. They’re supposed to be enemies, yet they cannot. In the contrary. Coming from entirely different worlds, they have to learn what it is like for the other and how to prevent a lot of unnecessary death. Both are smart and have a big, soft heart.

What is the book about?

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around – and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries – including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real? (goodreads)

Charlie & Alyssa
Queens of Geek

Set at a convention? Lots of famous people drama? queer? Yes! What begins as having a crush becomes so much more and let me tell you, Charlie and Alyssa are so cute together. Alyssa is so sweet and more on the quiet side while Charlie is outgoing but they fit really well and their ship is amazing!

What is the book about?

Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.
Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe. (goodreads)

Penryn & Raffe
Angelfall by Susan Ee

What. A. Powerful. Ship. Seriously, both of them have strength, both in body and mind. Penryn is trying to save her family during the apocalypse and basically turns on a rage mode but never turns it off. Raffe is a warrior anyways and this is another ship where both could survive without the other but they don’t want to. Also, they hate each other. A bit.

What is the book about?

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.
Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.
Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.
Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again. (goodreads)

These are my favourite OTPs. Or at least some of them. I’m soft for beautiful couples.

Until next time,

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