I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday post! I’ll be honest, this post was actually harder to curate than the last one. This week we’re talking about dynamic duos. Aka the friendships we adore, or our favourite characters who are probably causing trouble together! I adore a good friendship, but I wanted a little variety in this list. So we have a few duos that are family too, but that doesn’t make them any less fun.
The Top Ten Tuesday tag was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now held over on The Artsy Reader Girl. It’s a weekly tag where everyone is given a bookish prompt for bloggers to curate a top ten list on. You can then share your blog post over on The Artsy Reader Girl’s post for that week. Just make sure you check out and comment on other people’s blog posts too!
So, in no particular order, these are my top ten bookish duos:
- Ari and Janco (The Chronicles of Ixia by Maria V. Snyder)
These two are hilarious, and cause so much trouble, but you know they’d back you up any time. I do kind of ship them a little bit, but since in text they do just have this wonderful friendship, I had to include them. Both Ari and Janco are loyal and stubborn, they bicker sometimes and like to beat the other, but it just adds to the fun. You know they never mean their insults, and it just makes me feel all warm fuzzy inside seeing them get along with eachother and Yelena.
- Jaime and Eve (Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong)
These two women! You wouldn’t think they’d make good friends as they’re so different. But as a necromancer and a ghost pair, they work well together. Not to mention the way Eve teases Jaime about Jeremy and her sex life. It’s just brilliant and hilarious. I enjoy a lot of the friendships in this series and this world but Eve and Jaime are definitely my favourite.
- Kiva and Tipp (The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni)
Tipp is just so adorable. I want him to be my little brother. And the amount of love Kiva has for him and him for her…it’s precious. On top of that, they work so well together, even if it sometimes gets Tipp into situations I’d rather he avoid. This is just what I like to see.
- Spensa and M-Bot (Skyward by Brandon Sanderson)
I’m giggling thinking about M-Bot and Spensa. I read these through audio, so I’m just thinking about M-Bot complaining in it’s Scottish accent. It might seem weird to have a ship mind and a human on this list but again, they’re hilarious. They get into and out of some sticky situations and I always love reading about their adventures. I just knew I had to put them on this list.
- Allison and Jackal (The Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa)
This is an interesting pair for me to include because though I can remember why I enjoyed these books – with this duo being one of the main reasons – I don’t actually remember all that much about it. I’m a big fan of both found family and sibling relationships in media. With Allison and Jackal, you get both of those things in books 2 and 3. He annoys the hell out of her, but their relationship is a lot of fun.
- Vanja and Ragne (Little Thieves by Margaret Owen)
If you can’t tell, I quite like the wacky friendships where the characters bicker or annoy eachother. Ragne is a weird character and Vanja is kind of a dick, but they do care for eachother and show it in their own ways. I liked their friendship from their first interaction and I really am excited to see more. They’re both such great characters and I think they’re a great example of a dynamic duo.
- Kellen and Reichis (Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell)
Another odd one but this time a human and a squirrell cat. Yeah, you read that right. I love their friendship so much though. Reichis likes to claim he only sticks around for the biscuits and because Kellen wouldn’t survive without him, but in the later books you do see how much they actually care for eachother. Their relationship can be difficult, but Reichis is a wonderful example of a fun animal companion. I adored seeing them interact and get both in and out of trouble.
- Amalia and Zaira (Swords and Fire by Melissa Caruso)
These two girls might not get along at the start but they really are forced to spend time together. Amalia is in charge of Zaira’s magic and Zaira hates both that and the way she’s being forced to live her life. But as they spend time together and go on adventures, they did begin to care for eachother. Amalia does her best to give Zaira the freedom she deserves and is there for her when she can be, even with her romantic relationship. These girls wound up being such good friends and I love them so much.
- Ramya and Marley (Like A Charm by Elle McNicoll)
At this point in the list I was struggling, so I had to go with a friendship I adored recently. I don’t know if they would still be on the list in a few months, but I had fun reading about them. Ramya has the magic sight and Marley has the knowledge of magical creatures. They’ve had different upbringings, but they try to support eachother where they can. Even if Ramya doesn’t always like that Marley sees her. They’re cousins as well as friends and I adored seeing how their relationship evolved. I can’t wait to see more in the next book!
- Alex and Tom (Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz)
I might technically be cheating a little in this one, as you don’t see Alex and Tom interact a lot in the book series. But from what I have seen, Tom is a good friend. He helps out Alex where he can, and was the only person in his school who found out about him being a spy. My love of their friendship has grown with the TV series. One of the things I actually like about the changes is how we get to see Alex and Tom interact more, how it’s nice to see Alex have friends and it makes them feel more like real teenagers. Alex and Tom get in so much trouble in the show and a bit in the books and I love them for it.
That’s it for my top ten dynamic duos! Who are some duos or friendships that you love in books? Let me know in the comments below!