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Hiya, Strangers! It’s Wednesday again, so you know what that means! Top 5 Wednesday! This week’s topic is your top five hate-to-love ships. The hate-to-love trope is everyone’s favorite trope… except for mine. I don’t have anything against it, but not many of my ships fit that description. Couldn’t tell you why. It’s just not a dynamic I’m attracted to. But I’m still going to try. I haven’t skipped a Top 5 Wednesday yet and I’m not about to start now. So, let’s get digging.
- Scarlet and Wolf from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer- Scarlet kind of hates Wolf at first. And then there’s the whole part where it turned out he was a Lunar soldier and knew where her grandma was. And he thought Scarlet was… just a job at first? I don’t know. I’m counting them. Anyway, they invented being each other’s alpha and no one does “mates” like them.
- Mariko and Okami from Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh- Neither of them trust the other for the longest time and they get under each other’s skin. They have fantastic banter and never let the other win an argument. But once they get to know each other, they realize they have more in common than they thought. They come out of the first novel as equals and I adore them.
- Sharhzad and Khalid from The Wrath and the Dawn duology by Renee Ahdieh… again- I mean, Sharhzad went to the palace to kill Khalid so… Plus, Khalid took forever to trust Shazi. But then they became a team and were so hot together. They’re a perfect match.
- Agniezskia and The Dragon from Uprooted by Naomi Novik- Okay, now here’s an honest-to-god hate-to-love ship. They spend a good portion of this book loathing each other. They even think they still despise each other when they start to develop feelings for each other. It starts as a mutual attraction and begrudging respect and by the end begins to morph into the beginnings of real love. I wish we could get a sequel about them because I need more of them in my life.
- Gauri and Vikram from A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi- Here’s another ship that fits the hate-to-love trope to a T. Gauri actually starts the story as a prisoner of Vikram’s kingdom about to be executed. The two have very different perspectives and ways of handling situations. It takes a while for them to even become reluctant allies, let alone start falling in love. But they really do grow to care about each other deeply. Even though we leave them before the real epic love story begins, you still feel how strongly they feel about each other. Plus, the teasing is just too adorable.