9 Best Couples (Fictional) Ever!

(This is the look I give my sisters when I find a new really good guy character.)sparrow

So, basically this is a post about my 10 favorite fictional couples, and some reasons why I liked them as characters.

1. Wanda (Wanderer) and Ian O’Shea from “The Host” by Stephenie Meyer:

(1) I loved Wanda as a female character. She was so nice and selfless, which is a rarity these days among heroines. She was also smart, and I really liked how she grew as a character.

(2) What wasn’t wonderful about Ian O’Shea? He was smart, kind, funny, and he cared about Wanda so much even though she was different, and could have been a threat to all that he loved. He believed in her despite other peoples’ opinions, and judged for himself whether she was trustworthy or not; because of that he found her to be true, and more human than anyone he knew.

2. America and Maxon from “The Selection”‘ by Kiera Cass:

(1) America was sweet and intelligent. She was a strong character that I thought set a good example for younger girls.

(2) Maxon was unexpectedly sincere and nice. He was smart, respectful, and really cared about America. He wanted America to be happy even if that meant he couldn’t be with her.

3. Rachel and Logan from “Defiance” by C.J. Redwine:

(1) I thought Rachel was an okay female character, but I wasn’t that impressed with her. I understood where she was coming from, so her personality didn’t really bother me all that much, but she was not my favorite.

(2) I loved Logan. He wasn’t just your average good-looking hero, instead he was also super intelligent, courageous, and he really cared about Rachel and her welfare. He had a lot of depth, and is one of my favorite guy characters of all time.

4. Rhine and Linden from “Wither” by Lauren DeStefano:

(1) Rhine wasn’t (isn’t) my favorite heroine. She was a bit annoying, but she had good reason for it, so I understood her attitude. That said, I really don’t care what happens to her in Sever (don’t tell me what happens! I have yet to read it), but I do want Linden to be happy, so if he wants Rhine, he can have her.

(2) Linden, Linden, Linden…a goodhearted man with a gold tooth? Ha! That was unheard of until Wither. Linden was one of those characters you wanted to hate, even despise, but it was impossible to do so. He was raised in a world that brainwashed him into thinking the society he lived in was “normal” and “good”, when really it is super messed up. Poor guy has a psychopath for a father, and he just lost the love of his life to the same “disease” he will die from in four years. Yeah, I’d say he has reasons to be a little (or a lot) messed up; I would be too, but that still doesn’t justify his behavior. Despite all these horrible issues, though, Linden has a great heart. He’s smart, talented, sweet, and trustworthy, and did I mention his heart? Anyway, he was one of the most confusing but lovable characters of my 2012 book reading experience.

5. Lena and Julian from “Pandemonium” by Lauren Oliver:

(1) Lena was okay in this book; I didn’t hate her and I understood where she was coming from, but what I truly loved about this book was her and Julian’s relationship. They are both technically kids, but they’ve seen more than any eighteen year-olds should have. They live in a sick and twisted society that says love is a disease, they both have lost someone they loved deeply (a family member or romantic love, maybe), and they seem like “old-souls”, weighed down by the sorrow of loss. It was interesting reading how Lena once again began to trust someone other than herself. I liked also how much more grown up her and Julian’s relationship was compared to Lena and Alex’s.

(2) Julian was great! I can’t really put into words why I liked him so much, but I think that he was just super intriguing in a way. He reminded me of Linden in how they both grew up in twisted societies, were bred for one reason (one cause that their father’s hearts were set on, whether the cause was good or evil). Both of them also loved someone who was close to them but was taken by force. It seems like they were cut from the same stone, just different sides of it. Yup, I liked Julian a lot in Pandemonium.

6. Hadassah and Marcus from a “Voice in the Wind” by Francine Rivers:

(1) Hadassah was sweet and cute, and I enjoyed her character.

(2) Ummm, I don’t know exactly why I liked him, but I loved Marcus in The Mark of the Lion trilogy. He was a terrible person, but come on, when you’re raised in a sick society like the Roman Empire, you are bound to be messed up. Francine did a great job of making you not hate him despite the fact he wasn’t a very good person, and instead you find yourself rooting for him to become a better person, and to let the good inside him take control. He wanted to be a good person, but just never knew how.

7. Jane Eyre and Mr. Edward Fairfax Rochester from “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte:

(1) I liked Jane because she stood her ground, and didn’t give in when it would have been easier. I liked that she had a mind of her own, but she wasn’t some crazed feminist. It was refreshing.

(2) I know, I know it’s wrong, but for some weird reason I liked Rochester. He’s evil but I liked him. Don’t judge meeeee!!!

8. Maya and Daniel from “The Gathering” by Kelley Armstrong:

(1) She was one of the first female characters that I liked; everyone is all “Katniss Everdeen” crazed, but she irritated me. Maya was refreshing because when she had a problem with something or someone, she went out and did something about it, unlike other characters that sit around and whine like simpering idiots. Please, authors, don’t torture me that way!

(2) Ahhh, Daniel was great! He was wonderful and the epitome of my type: the good-looking best friend that no one ever notices romantically. *Sigh* I want him and Maya to end up together.

9. Elissa and John Murphy from “Vienna Prelude” by Bodie Thoene:

(1) I’m running out of favorite couples, so heeeerrrreee’ssss Jonny! I didn’t like Elissa much at all, but that does not diminish Murphy in my eyes.

(2)  I’ll be honest, I really liked Murphy and I really enjoyed Vienna Prelude. Murphy was a very likable character, and it’s a good historical novel. They may not be the most amazing couple, but it’s all I’ve got!

Thanks for taking time to read this post, and be prepared to have you heart-broken. Most of my favorite characters have yet to finish their trilogies, so I am waiting (painfully) for their story’s to be wrapped up. I have a feeling my heart is going to be broken multiple times.

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Psalm 19

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“Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest…”

Matthew 11:28

One of my favorite Psalms is Psalm 19. It is beautiful and descriptive as well as a good guideline. One of the greatest downfalls of mankind is where we place credit. All of the world, everything that dwells in and on it (Ps.24), was made by God and is His.  But we don’t see it that way; we think that this is our life, our’s to do whatever we want with it, which is true to a degree (freewill and the likes). If you don’t agree with me, think about it this way: say I purchased the supplies to make a book. I bought ink, a typewriter, paper, and stuff to bind it to create a book. Who’s is the book? Mine! I bought the stuff with my money, I wrote the darn thing and bound it, it’s mine! So, why is it that God is the only one who can create something but can’t call it His??? We were up for randsome and Christ paid the price even though  He had created us, which means we are doubly His. But the amazing thing is He doesn’t see it as we owe Him something. “For you are saved by grace (faith, too!) and not works…”(Ephesians 2:8-9) God gave us freewill, the will to make our own choices and decisions without Him stopping us. If it were me, I wouldn’t give my creation freewill because that would possibly mean that all the work I did would be for naught. But see, that’s why us humans are not God, we look out for ourselves first (most of the time I know I do), but He instead looks out for us first.

One of the reasons I love Psalm 19 is because of how it portrays God. Yes, He is fierce and powerful, but He is fierce against those who hurt His people, to those who persecute them. He is also loving and kind, faithful, wise and just too. Read Psalm 19 and then think about your life and all that has happened (as much or little as you like), and see if God has ever without cause struck you down and left you; God never abandons a Job (he’s a person in the Bible if you didn’t know. He also has his own book).

Psalm 19

New King James Version

The Perfect Revelation of the Lord

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
Their line  has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.

In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,
Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
Its rising is from one end of heaven,
And its circuit to the other end;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can understand his errors?
Cleanse me from secret faults.
13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins;
Let them not have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
And I shall be innocent of great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.

Psalm 19 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible because not only does it show you a little of who God is, but it also is a code to live by; Psalm 19 shows its readers a way to live life, a good life. You can’t just read this Psalm once because there is so much to it, and you need more than one read to make it stick inside of you. I like in verse three and four where it says,There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line  has gone out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.” God speaks to us all differently, but this says that every day God speaks to us, some through the wind, some through the stars, sun, mood, and sky but in a way it is all the same. God cares for us in ways I don’t understand, His love runs so deep I cannot fathom it, but I know it’s there not just for me but for you, too. There is a verse in Jeremiah that says “They forgot their resting place.” We are made to rest in Gods love, in God Himself who is love. We can’t make it on our own, we weren’t built to, and He is the only one who can provide that rest that is more than survival, it’s peace from this world. We may live in the world, experience trials, but our rest is in the One who defeated death and sits on the Throne (John 16:31, Colossians 2:14-15). Asking for His help, His rest is one of His favorite requests. Time with Him is time well spent.