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Tracey Neithercott, Katy Upperman, Alison Miller, and Jessica Love
Umm...brace yourself for a Raven Boys landslide here, folks. You've been warned...
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.