Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube. Here is the link for the Goodreads group where you can find the list of topics and such.
Books without Romance
2. V.E Schwab
I have just finished A Gathering of Shadows and I have all the emotions. Review coming soon. (Update: I have now completed the trilogy...) Sticking to A Darker Shade of Magic this book is known for its lack of romance. It focuses more on the love between family and friends which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I find familial relationships far more interesting that pure romance the majority of the time and I wish it was focused on more so in YA literature.
The Wardstone Chronicles has been a firm favourite of mine for many years and it was one of the first series I thought of when I saw this topic. In the later novels there is more of a romance arc but its never been the central theme of the books. These are absolutely wonderful and bridge the gap from middle grade to YA. I'm now 20, I still read these books and will continue to do so for many years.
This was the first book by Rick Riordan that I've ever read and I loved it! Rick Riordan is known for his diverse characters and I can see why. A hijab wearing Valkyrie...yes please. Sam is so cool. It's full of friendships and adventure. Currently, I've only read the first instalment so I can't comment on the next books in the series.
I can't wait for the next books in this series. There wasn't romance so to speak but an awful lot of flirting. I adored the friendship between Audrey and Thomas - they respected each other enough that they said when the other was acting idiotically. Again, it was definitely more focused on the familial ties. At least in the first novel.
I'm definitely due a reread of this, and I need to finish the series. Kelsea wasn't overly concerned with romantic entanglements but she still noticed a handsome man when they walked past. Kelsea was the typical protagonist of a fantasy novel in and way shape or form and I loved her for that. Relationships weren't on her radar - taking the crown and saving her kingdom was her priority.