Hello, and welcome to Day Five of our 2013 Literary Swoon series. Every day we’re asking a different YA author to tell us: what’s your favorite romantic book scene?
Have you been swooning as hard as we have this week? Well, keep those pearls clutched, my darlings; Marissa Meyer, YA sci-fi author of Cinder and Scarlet (not to mention creator of the seriously swoontastic Wolf) is sharing her favorite scene from one of my personal favorites.
Caution: here be spoilers!
There are so many heart-wrenching, uber-romantic moments in YA fiction that it’s hard to choose a favorite, but when asked, I find myself always returning to Fire by Kristin Cashore.
In this book, Fire, the main character, is a “monster,” meaning she’s astoundingly beautiful. So beautiful, in fact, that she can manipulate people and animals with her beauty. (If you’ve read my books, you know this is a concept that fascinates me!) But Fire’s beauty causes more problems than it solves, especially when it comes to Prince Brigan, who doesn’t trust monsters and does everything he can to keep distance between himself and Fire. After all, how can he ever be sure he isn’t being manipulated by her?
“Did you say my name?” she whispered, remembering what had woken her.“Yes.”“Will you come to bed?”“Fire,” he said. “Will you forgive me if your beauty is a comfort?”She propped herself on an elbow, looking back at him, astonished. “Will you forgive me if I take my strength from yours?”“You may always have whatever strength I have. But you’re the strong one, Fire. Right now, I don’t feel strong.”“I think,” she said, “that sometimes we don’t feel the things we are. But others can feel them. I feel your strength.”
Photograph courtesy of the author.
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And join us tomorrow, when The Midnight Garden bloggers will share their favorite romantic scenes. Talk to us about what you think of the romantic choices daily–we’ll choose our favorite comment every day on each post, and the 6 finalists will be entered into a drawing to receive a box filled with romantic books! The box will includes recent releases featuring love-struck couples.