My Favourite Platonic Relationships!

Wednesday, 27 May 2015
Hey guys!

*tumbleweed drifts by*

YES, I've been AWOL again. I know, I know. But life. And exams. And everything else in between. I'm not really going to spend a lot of time trying to excuse the fact I've been disappearing lately. I hate being away for too long and feeling alienated from the blogosphere but life happens. And, in all honesty, I think I've been suffering from bloggers block as well. I don't know whether it's down to the fact I've been feeling a little excluded from the world of book blogging for quite some time now (and not because of any bloggers or anything, just in general) but I'm hoping to rediscover my love for blogging once again.

ANYWAYS. On to the post!

Today I'm going to be talking about some of my favourite platonic relationships in books. We all know how much romantic relationships can take over plotlines so, for a change, I thought I'd showcase some non-romantic relationships that really stood out to me.

Harry and Hermione
Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling
Of course I've got to have a classic. Whether in the books or movies, the relationship between Hermione and Harry really stood out to me. Especially the development of it over time. I just loved how close the pair were and how well they knew each other and their dynamic just generally made me smile (even if a secret part of me wouldn't have minded them being end game but... PLATONIC, Rachel, platonic).
Celaena and Rowan
Heir of Fire - Sarah J. Maas
This is probably my favourite platonic relationship to date. I absolutely love, love, LOVE the relationship between Celaena and Rowan. It's just perfect and I love how solidly it was built up over time and how the pair grew to love each other (in a platonic way of course). I just... gah, I love it so, so, so, so, SO much.
Cinder and Iko
Cinder - Marissa Meyer
Granted, I did read this a long time ago but I still, to this day, remember how much I loved Iko as a character as well as the relationship she shared with Cinder. It was certainly humorous at times and I loved the fact that Iko wasn't human yet so human-like in her relationship with Cinder.
Maya, Simon and Penny
Lost Island of Tamarind/Secrets of Tamarind - Nadia Aguiar
I really loved the sibling dynamic these three shared in both books and how protective they were of each other. Especially the way Maya looked out for her younger siblings in particular. To me, it just epitomised how siblings should act if they found themselves in that situation, and it was rather heart warming.  
The Virals
Virals series - Kathy Reichs
A friendship group which I truly adore. I just love all the different platonic dynamics between Tory and the three boys (even if one may be more romantic...) and the way they all act with each other. It's one of my favourite fictional friendship groups.
What are some of your favourite platonic relationships in books?
Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo

April Wrap Up!

Friday, 1 May 2015
I feel like I've been rather absent from the blogging world this month. I had to sit a bundle of compulsory tests in the last week of school (they seemed never ending!) and Scotland was also blasted with a lot of sun at one point so I was constantly out and about with friends. I also had my last day of school ever, ever, ever - which is a pretty monumental milestone - and I will be waving goodbye to it very shortly - after exams and the like.

On another note, I did get to read a few books this month.

The Golden Specific (The Mapmaker's Trilogy #2) by S.E. Grove - 4 stars | The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis - 4 stars | Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard - 4 stars | The Jewel by Amy Ewing - 3 stars | Salt & Stone (Fire and Flood #2) by Victoria Scott - 4 stars
I'm quite happy about the number of books I managed to get through in April, though it's not the usual number. I can't really decide on a favourite, though - I enjoyed a lot of different aspects in each book.
I only reviewed one book this month and that was Sophomore Year is Greek to Me by Meredith Zeitlin (you can read the review HERE). I also created an original tag which I'm pretty proud of and would love for you to do on your own blog (HERE), talked about my feelings for Dominic Sherwood being cast as Jace in the Shadowhunters TV show (HERE) and talked about my highly anticipated May releases (HERE).

How was April to you?

Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo