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!
Marissa Meyer's Favorite Romantic Book
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?
Affection and trust are a constant up-hill battle between these two, so when we finally reach the romantic pay-off, when Fire is admitted into Brigan's tent on the battlefield, for the first time Brigan takes comfort in seeing her. And while he comments on how beautiful she is, we know that he's seeing not only her physical beauty but everything that he loves about her - courage, compassion, and all.
I swoon just thinking about it.
"Did you say my name?" she whispered, remembering what had woken her.
"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."
I'm so glad Marissa chose this as her swoony scene! Fire is a fantastic read, full of intrigue and espionage, and the love that can bloom between two people while they learn to love themselves.
About the Author
Marissa Meyer is the author of CINDER and The Lunar Chronicles, which continues with Book 2: SCARLET (out now). Come geek out with her on her blog or Twitter: @marissa_meyer.
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