Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week’s challenge was to focus on platonic relationships, which makes me think of one of my favorite tropes: found families. ♥ If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s basically a group of non-blood-related individuals who have claimed one another.
10. Victor Hanoverian, Brandon Eddison, and Mercedes Ramirez
This trio of FBI agents is great from the start, but by book 3 (The Summer Children), you really see the love between them.
Sadly, this was the only one I couldn’t find any fanart of!
9. Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley
Obviously, I have to include my OG fave found family. Again a trio that forms in book 1, but I thought their love for one another really started to shine in book 2.
8. Prince Elian and his pirates
I loved TKAK so much, and part of the reason it meant so much to me was how wonderful Elian and his ship-family were together. (And we can’t forget Lira, of course, who is with Elian in the fanart since I couldn’t find any art of the crew!)
7. Lihn Cinder and her crew
I absolutely love the bonds we started to see form in book 3, and it’s one of many reasons I want to reread Cress before continuing on to Winter. They’re all from such different circumstances, yet they make these incredible connections so easily.
6. The Dregs
How could I not mention Kaz, Inej, Nina, Matthias, Wylan, and Jesper? My sweet, bizarre, murderous little babies. ♥ No spoilers, but the ending of this book BROKE me.
5. …everyone from The Illuminae Files
Okay, I can’t be specific at all without spoiling things, but I’ll just say this: that Marie Lu drawing of them all together at the end of Obsidio? And a certain father figure’s “notes”? Excuse me while I cry tears of joy FOREVER.
4. Aelin and her court
This is another I can’t say much on without spoiling things, but I loved the weird little band of misfits Empire of Storms gave us—and an honorary shout-out to the Thirteen, naturally. I STILL HAVEN’T FINISHED KINGDOM OF ASH, SO PLEASE DON’T POST ANY SPOILER COMMENTS! ?
3. Kell and Rhy Maresh (and Lila and Alucard, too)
I know they were raised as adopted brothers, but I’d still consider them fitting of this trope, plus when Alucard and Lila come into the mix, well… what a gorgeous, dysfunctional little bunch of miscreants. How I love them so.
2. Blue and her Raven Boys
I could literally just cry, like… forever over how much I love Blue and the boys. I adore how they love each other and every single interaction is pure gold. While I love the whole series, I think BLLB was my favorite for its “turning points” regarding certain relationships.
If you didn’t see this coming for #1, I’m disappointed in you:
1. The inner circle ♥♥♥
Listen. LISTEN. I cannot tell you all how many times I have just lost my shit over this precious found family. I love them so damn much. ACOMAF is probably my single favorite book of all time and honestly, it’s 90% because of watching these damaged little souls love on each other and support one another. Especially watching them pull Feyre into their little fold and help her heal? I’m literally choking up while typing this.
Like, yo, that scene where Cassian is training Feyre and she burns through his gloves and he doesn’t say anything? FUCK ME UP, FAM, I cry every damn time I think about my sweet bat baby and what an amazing big brother he is for Feyre. ??? And don’t even get me started on ACOWAR and that whole “the flash of Illyrian blades looked like home” shit. Excuse me while I go cry in the corner for the rest of the evening…