December 18, 2012

Class of 2012 YA Superlative Blogfest: Day 2

Day 2:  Popularity Contest
(All titles are linked to their Goodreads synopses.)


Head on over to the following blogs for more info on this blogfest:
Tracey NeithercottKaty UppermanAlison Miller, and Jessica Love

Umm...brace yourself for a Raven Boys landslide here, folks. You've been warned...

Class Clown
Ronan Lynch

While not an obvious choice, I'm going to go with Ronan from The Raven Boys. He's volatile and scowly, but holy buckets does that boy have some funny lines! I think a good number of the things that made me laugh in this book were due to this crusty character. Most of the other zingers came from Helen, Gansey's quick-witted sister.


Most Likely to Become a Rock Star
Sam

Maybe not so much a rock star, Sam in Incarnate could certainly be a world-renowned musician. He composes music and plays a number of different instruments, so I guess he qualifies as their world's version of a rock star.


Most Likely to Start a Riot
Ronan Lynch...again.

And again, I think this title should be bestowed upon Ronan from The Raven Boys. His surliness and general bad attitude, not to mention the way he and his brother can't seem to keep from pummeling one another make him the perfect choice. I think Ronan was at the centre of more than one scuffle on the pages of this book. Not sure about a riot, but who knows.


Biggest Flirt
Celaena Sardothian + Dorian Havilliard

I'm not quite done Throne of Glass, but I think Celaena Sardothian has this in the bag. Though, I think her flirtatiousness is meant to rattle the guys keeping her on a short leash and it certainly works. An assassin is not supposed to be feminine and attractive and flirty! Or so they thought, anyway. And then there's Dorian, the Crown Prince himself, who can't seem to stop macking on nearly every girl who crosses his path.


Fashion King and/or Queen
America Singer + Prince Maxon

I wasn't really sure who to pick for this because fashion isn't really something I pay much attention to in the books I read (unless it's Lola and the super cute Boy Next Door). America Singer (lame name aside) and Prince Maxon probably earned this title in The Selection—America because she's primped up and prettified to impress the prince and Maxon because he's, well, the prince and already well-dressed and dapper. And just look at that cover! When do I get my gorgeous gown?


Girl You'd Most Want For Your BFF
Linh Cinder or Ismae Rienne

This was a toss-up between Cinder from Cinder and Ismae from Grave Mercy because they're both rad. Who wouldn't want a cyborg for a friend?! As for Ismae, she's just all around awesome and it would probably be a good idea to stay on her good side, you know? All this awesomeness and kickassery aside, I think both are just regular girls who need a friend.


Boy You Wish You'd Dated in High School
Bennett Cooper or Oliver (?)

No. Fair. WAY too many to choose from. There are plenty of book boyfriends, but not all of them are exactly realistic choices. Perry's* wonderful, but can you really see him in a high school setting? No. And Duval*? He would have gotten arrested for dating a minor (he's older than 18). Bennett from Time Between Us is one seriously appealing time-travelling fella. Breakfast in Italy and lunch in Paris? No prob. But then there's Oliver from The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight. Sweet? Check. English accent? Check. All kinds of other great qualities? Check, check, check.


Most Likely to Become President/Head Honcho
The Darkling

Okay, I added on that last bit there. If you read any fantasy, it's tough to think of those characters as a modern-day president (or around these parts, prime minister). I won't say more, but the Darkling from Shadow and Bone definitely has the big cheese title in his sights.


Quirkiest Character
Persephone

Here we go again. There was just such a great cast of characters in The Raven Boys that it's easy to slot them into a number of categories. YA reads seem to be peppered with a fair share of quirky characters; this book is no exception. My sister pointed out that Persephone reminded her of Luna from Harry Potter, which I hadn't thought of while reading it but can totally see it now.


Villain You Love to Hate
Unnamed Bad Dude

How can I answer this without spoilers? Hmm... My favourite villain is in Shadow and Bone, and I'll leave it at that.


Favourite Parental Figure
Too many to list

This category was surprisingly tough because there were a number of really great parents in the books I read this year. Not nearly as much negligent or absent (for whatever reason) parent syndrome. I loved Ella's parents (and relatives) in The Fine Art of Truth or Dare despite being only meh over the book. I thought Jace's parents in My Life Next Door were pretty great too. And then there's the wacky bunch of women raising Blue in The Raven Boys.


Coolest Nerd
Richard Gansey

While probably not the nerdiest person that could spring to mind, I think Gansey from The Raven Boys could qualify as a pretty cool nerd. The guy is fixated on studying ley lines and the history around Glendower. He also has an eighty-year-old (give or take 20 years) British contact/friend, and likes to use expressions like "top shelf". I think it's fair to say he's got a touch of the nerd thing going on, wouldn't you agree? But he's a very, very appealing and seriously cool nerd in my books.



* From Under the Never Sky and Grave Mercy respectively.

37 comments:

  1. I simply love how many times you have Richard Gansey on this list :D And I agree with you on the parents/family being simply wonderful in THE FINE ART OF TRUTH or DARE...and I need to read all those other books you've listed and that I didn't manage to get through yet :D
    Great list, Jaime :D

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    1. Oh and YES for Sam as Rockstar! Totally fitting I think :D

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    2. There were just too many categories that THE RAVEN BOYS fit under. :) I almost forgot about INCARNATE (it wasn't a favourite of mine), but Sam totally screams rock star. I'm getting a number of book recs from these superlatives lists too!

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  2. We have SO MANY OF THESE in common. By which I mean maybe three. Or four. I wanted a "favorite most damaged character" category and added one for Thursday. That would have been Ronan for me. I like the idea of putting him as class clown. I didn't consider the category the way you did and wish I had. I always disliked that designation, so I had a hard time with it. Also, good call on not naming that villain. I just went back to my blog post and edited it the way you did. :)

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    1. Most Damaged Character would have been such a great category! Ronan definitely fits that category. I had a tough time selecting people for a few of the categories, but then that's likely because I read a bunch of books this year that weren't released in 2012. I was operating off of a very small sample. Perhaps that's why THE RAVEN BOYS pretty much snagged almost every category. :)

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  3. Ooh, good call on Persephone! I didn't even think of her. I also love Blue's family and the Garrets, but I had a hunch they'd get a lot of love today so I went a different way.

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    1. I think a lot of THE RAVEN BOYS characters could be classified as 'quirky'. I thought I was being all clever choosing the women at Blue's house for Best Parental Figure, but turns out others were thinking along that line as well. :)

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  4. Yeah, it was hard for me not to give The Raven Boys ALL OF THE THINGS. Love that book.

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    1. It was just so different from most the books that I read, and the cast of characters was so unique and varied that it was tempting to slot them into every category. :)

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  5. I picked Gansey as Coolest Nerd and totally agree with what you said about him!

    I can't believe I forgot to add Oliver to my Boy I Wish I'd dated in HS. He would have been picked for the same reasons you stated. Great list!

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    1. Oddly, Gansey popped into my head right away for that category and then I couldn't think of anybody else to put there. I think he's the perfect nerd. :) And Oliver was just so cute and likeable.

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  6. OH! I also kept thinking of Luna whenever Persephone would pop up. In my world, they're related :-)

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    1. My sister was the one that pointed that out to me. Not sure how I missed the similarity! :)

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  7. Aah, Ronan Lynch... So far, he's my favorite of the Raven Boys so I'm happy to see him represented on your list. And I'm totally with you on the Boys You Wish You'd Dated in High School... Perfect choices!

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    1. I really liked Ronan mostly because he's such a layered character. But then, all of the characters in that book are. My favourite Raven Boy was definitely Gansey, though. :)

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  8. I agree that there were a lot of awesome parents to choose from! I'm glad adults are back in YA... or that we at least could stop talking about that, LOL. And I chose the bad guy from Shadow and Bone too, though I didn't think before posting that it may have been a spoiler! Bad blogger, bad!

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    1. There were almost as many awesome parents to choose from as there were book boyfriends to choose from. Okay, maybe not. :)

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  9. I wasn't a huge fan of The Selection, but I agree about the fashion! That cover makes me drool every time I look at it, haha! And YES at Gansey for Coolest Nerd!!!

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    1. THE SELECTION felt like it got better as it went on. I just really liked the fairy tale kind of feel to it. And, of course, Prince Maxon. :) The cover is just beautiful too!

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  10. I feel like so many of these posts could be retitled "The Raven Boys Superlatives"--including mine! That book gave us so many incredible characters. Love it!

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    1. Haha! Yes. Honestly, it just seemed like that book fit under nearly every category. I guess that's a sign of a really good book. :)

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  11. Ooh we have a lot of the same picks...I really need to read Raven Boys and Shadow and Bone!

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    1. Yes, you do! Both are probably in my top 3 favourites for 2012. :)

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  12. Haha, YES on the Darkling for President XD Also, I love that you went with the British cover for Throne of Glass. It's badass.

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    1. I liked the British cover SO much more than the HB North American cover. You're right, it's totally badass! :)

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  13. I haven't read most of these books, but it looks like you have some great choices! (I agree about the villain from SHADOW AND BONE.) I'll have to add the others to my TBR list. :)

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    1. This superlatives blogfest has been great for getting book recs. :)

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  14. Ahah, omg, I LOVED Gansey's nerdiness. He was nerdy without being like obviously nerdy if that makes sense? I also love that The Raven Boys was all over this post. I had to restrain myself a bit too because I loved the characters in that book so much! Persephone definitely reminds me of Luna!

    Also, I can't believe I didn't think of Prince Dorian for the Flirt category. He totally was SUCH A FLIRT and I love him too.

    Lastly, DARKLING DARKLING DARKLING. :)

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    1. I totally agree about Gansey's non-obvious nerdiness. :) And I have to say, I didn't initially think of Prince Dorian for biggest flirt. When he finally popped into my head, it was kind of a 'duh' moment. :)

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  15. Ronan is my riot starter too. And yeah - Gansey IS the coolest nerd. LOVE him.

    Great choices! This is so much fun!

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    1. For me, there was no other person besides Ronan to list for that category. He just stood out so much! And yes, Gansey is pretty darn cool. (He's my favourite Raven Boy!) :)

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  16. I am seeing a consistency in Celaena chosen as Fashion Queen! lol. I chose her, too. I haven't heard of Smoke and Bone until today. I am going to have to add this one to my list. Great post!

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    1. I'm not sure how I didn't think of Celaena for Fashion Queen. Her outfits are described in fairly great detail in the book (and they sound awesome!). SHADOW AND BONE was one of my favourite books of the year, alongside THRONE OF GLASS. :)

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  18. Good call on Dorian as a flirt! I also like your boys you wish you had dated selections. I listed Bennett (with a couple others) and totally forgot about Oliver! Three was probably pushing it, anyway. ;-) I haven't read The Selection but love those covers!

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    1. Only three? LOL I found that category super hard to narrow down to only two, so I went with the most realistic (which in no way undermines their awesomeness). Seriously, I could have been here all day listing book boyfriends. ;)

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  19. Dorian managed to woo me, even though he's a fictional character. And he's 19, so I couldn't even feel creepy about it ;)

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