To start out I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day! That being said, I also wanted to address my issue with romance in YA. Let it be known that I love romance. I am a sucker for ROM-COM movies, cry whenever I listen to Unchained Melody and just get all mushy when I read a story that has the most amazing love story unfold and flourish before my very eyes. **SIGH**
That being said, although I like romance it is not necessary for me to enjoy a book and most times I would rather not have any romantic activity involved because I feel that some reads have romance thrown in just for the heck of it. I find it increasingly irritating when a couple suddenly "fall in love" for no reason whatsoever, or when the romance is totally predictable and cliched, better yet the overplayed love triangle. Do you see what I am getting at? Does anyone feel the same way, or am I just being to harsh on this day of love and romantic notions?
So, I am asking for any suggestions to books that are awesome with no romantic entanglements. Any help would be greatly appreciated for my romance overindulged brain needs a break.
I'm going to make this interesting. I have loads of swag and a few books that I would like to give to the person whose suggestion I select. So, all you have to do is make a suggestion or more and you can be the lucky winner of bookmarks, postards, rubber bracelets and even a signed water bottle.