Top Ten Tuesday

TTT – Dynamic Duos

Top Ten Tuesday used to be a weekly post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. “It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.” This is definitely something I can understand and want to participate in.

Dynamic duos are iconic in our culture — Batman and Robin, Sherlock and Watson, Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang, Pinky and the Brain, I could go on all day. But there’s just something amazing about seeing a duo that works together in a book. Here’s some of my favorites:

  1. Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell from Stalking Jack the Ripper (and the rest of the books in the series) by Kerri Maniscalco — this snarky and brilliant duo works together to solve crime, and I loved every part of their interaction throughout the series.
  2. Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins — come on, how could you not appreciate how they worked together in this book?
  3. Jace and Alec from City of Bones by Cassandra Clare — this is the ultimate bromance, and I couldn’t help but be fully on board.
  4. Rowan and Neil in Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon — these two were absolutely amazing together, from witty banter, to brains, to finding connections that they never expected. 
  5. Benedikt and Marshall from These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong — this was the cutest pairing, and I was all about these two for so much of the book! They’re funny, snarky, and loyal to a fault.
  6. Jane and Katherine in Dread Nation by Justina Ireland — as different as these two were, they somehow found a way to make a partnership work against overwhelming odds in this book.
  7. Kate and August in This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab — another duo that is as different as can be, but somehow has to find a way to work together. I’m seeing a pattern here …
  8. Rue and Bri in Wings of Ebony by J. Elle — these two were my favorite duo in the story, despite how different they are. But regardless, they work together perfectly!
  9. Koffi and Ekon in Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray — this was such a great combination, even if they weren’t exactly on board right away with having to work together. But somehow, they managed and got to help each other deal with deeper issues than the one they originally set off to solve.
  10. Enne and Levi in Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody — as if I didn’t already have enough in the opposites attract category, here’s another one. These two are ridiculously different, and don’t exactly trust each other. Although they’re forced to work together for a common goal, they find out that they have more in common than simply a goal.

Who are some of your favorite dynamic duos in books?

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  1. I have to confess, I wasn’t blown away by These Violent Delight… I found the shoe-horning in the Shakespeare a little irritating, although Romeo and Juliet might be improved with the introduction of a monster-induced madness! Maybe I should go back and finish it.


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