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Tracey Neithercott, Katy Upperman, Alison Miller, and Jessica Love
(All titles are linked to their Goodreads pages.)
KENJI in UNRAVEL ME
This was a tough category for me, and I almost left it blank, but when I started flipping back through some of my 2013 reads, Kenji leaped out at me as being a real source of laughs in Books 1 + 2 of this series. He's definitely what I'd call comic relief in this series.
MATTY + SPENCER in HOW MY SUMMER WHEN UP IN FLAMES
(Jennifer Salvato Doktorski)
This was another category that I struggled with because I'm not clear on whether this is Rock Star in the musician sense of the word or more in a "this person is so freaking cool" sense. I went with musician and came up with these two characters who always seemed to have guitars in hand all throughout the book's cross-country road trip.
RONAN in THE DREAM THIEVES
I know for certain that I gave this award to Ronan last year for THE RAVEN BOYS, but he still feels deserving of this title. I feel like we've gained more insight into Ronan's motives and I will say he's my second favourite Raven Boy (next to Gansey, of course), but he still comes off as incredibly volatile and spoiling for a scrap any chance he can get. All in all, I'm not sure I really blame him.
CAPTAIN THORNE in SCARLET
This was a bit of a toughie, but I think Captain Thorne was what you'd call a bit of a flirt, if I'm remembering correctly. I suppose there are others who could have taken home this title, but for whatever reason, Thorne came to mind as the most deserving.
(Sarah J. Maas) (Kerstin Gier)
I'm not really sure that either FMC would label herself this way, but both have a soft spot for (and don) some seriously great fashion in their respective books. For Celaena I think it's a way to step away from her role as assassin even for a bit, and for Gwyneth it's to blend in seamlessly on her time travelling escapades. In both cases I loved reading about the gorgeous gowns.
BLUE SARGENT in THE DREAM THIEVES
There are a lot of FMCs that I like, but out of all of them I would most love to hang out with Blue...and Maggie S....and, of course, their merry band of Raven Boys. I think being BFFs with Blue and hanging at her place would NEVER get boring, don't you think?
(Maggie Stiefvater) (Kasie West)
In all honesty, I could just say ALL THE BOYS here, but that's a bit of a cop-out and there isn't space for all those book covers. So, I went with two book boys who felt more realistic as choices. As much as I love characters like Perry and Roar, I'm completely incapable of picturing them in a high school scenario. It just doesn't mesh. Gansey and Xander would've been (still are) my type.
BROOKS in PREMEDITATED
(Josin L. McQuein)
My first thought was Gansey (again), because he fits a certain presidential "type", but I don't think there's any way he'd aspire to take on that lofty role. If anything, I think he'd run screaming in the opposite direction. Brooks in PREMEDITATED, however, is a similar type of character, but I don't think he'd have nearly as big issues with the title and the responsibility that comes with it.
CATH + REAGAN in FANGIRL
This is a tie between roomies. Cath is quirky in a diehard-fangirl-bordering-on-hermit kind of way, but Reagan is just as quirky in her sorta kinda misanthropy. They were both so quirky, it was just fun watching them interact and form a friendship on the page.
WARNER in UNRAVEL ME
I'm not so sure if it's "love to hate" or just "love" after reading both DESTROY ME and UNRAVEL ME. Gaining that insight into Warner's reasons for why he does the things he does, not to mention seeing events from a different perspective and realizing they weren't what we thought, makes it tough to decide whether to love or hate him. Can't wait to see where Mafi takes this guy.
(Sarah Rees Brennan)
Okay, I'm totally cheating on this one. I just finished reading UNSPOKEN (2012) this past week and UNTOLD will be arriving by Wednesday, at which time I will be devouring it, so that's how I'm rationalizing this pick. Kami's dad is one of my favourite parental figures in all of YA. He's hilarious and his relationship with his children in general, but Kami in particular is really special.
GANSEY in THE DREAM THIEVES
Oh, Gansey. How could I not pick you for this category? Gansey and THE DREAM THIEVES pretty well win all the superlatives. Well, except maybe "Girl You'd Most Want For Your BFF"...and I suppose a few others as well. I think Gansey is what you'd call a bit of a nerd, but he's that kind of nerd you can't help but classify as cool. I mean, obsessing over a Welsh legend? So nerdy, but so cool.
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