The Faves of TwentyEleven series is hosted by Nomes at Inkcrush! It feels like everything so far has been a warmup (covers, randoms, scenes) but now it’s time to pull out the big guns.
1. favourite female main character
Charlie Duskin from A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley.
Because I loved her. You didn’t ask who wins the trophy for the best female lead or the strongest protagonist.. it’s picking favourites and she’s mine.
2. favourite male main character
It’s a three way tie between:
1) Froi from Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta, because she redeemed him from that awful act in Finnikin and so much more
2) the immortalized Sean Kendrick from The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater who I can’t get out of my head still.
3) the utterly charming, dangerous, and dishonest Alan Ryves from The Demon’s Surrender, because I think Angie said it best—“My love for this boy is utterly indecent”
Honourable mentions: Cas from Anna Dressed in Blood, Cassel from Red Glove, Jack from Blood Red Road, Jace from Split.
3. best couple <3
Charlie and Dave from A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley
It was hard to choose just one, but these two have won it all, apparently. They’re achingly good characters on their own and devastatingly good together. I loved their relationship and mishaps and subtlety of this romance that comes heavy with emotion instead of sex.
Honourable mentions (prepare yourself): Anna and Etienne (Anna and the French Kiss), Andi and Virgil (Revolution), Carly and Ryan (Raw Blue), Tris and Four (Divergent), Saba and Jack (Blood Red Road), Sin and Alan (The Demon’s Surrender), Kat and Hale (Uncommon Criminals), Lucy and Ed (Graffiti Moon), Bria and Rowan (Wanderlove), Puck and Sean (The Scorpio Races), Froi and Quintana (Froi of the Exiles), Harper and Jake (Saving June).
Yeah. I know. I am a fan of YA romance. And there are more couples, seriously.
4. who i so want to be best friends with
I’ve gotta stick with my choice from my half-year list… Anna from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.
Honourable mentions: Jordan (Catching Jordan) and Bria (Wanderlove)
5. who i fell completely in love with (new literary crush)
Oh hey there, Sean Kendrick (The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater), here’s the deal. At first, I was just checking you out from afar, you didn’t look so hot and I thought you were kind of an unimpressionable dick. And then somehow I ended up inside your head and everything started changing and I was getting caught up in your relationship with your horse of all things (your horse! Well okay, I admit, Corr is kick-ass) and then… yeah. I fell in love with you. It was odd, unexpected, but totally awesome.
6. worst (best & baddest) villain
Warner from Shatter Me
Was it weird that I wanted you in the book more, just so I could relish in your creepiness? I liked the fact that you weren’t just another stock villain, you were deliciously and charmingly unnerving.
7. best character twist (who you loved then hated or vice versa)
Emmi from Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Hey, Emmi! I wanted to kick you in the face at first. And now I really don’t. Nice job, girl.
8. best kick-arse female
Saba from Blood Red Road by Moira Young.
Because when it comes down to it, she’s more stubborn and flawed than Tris (Divergent). She’s more bad-ass than Anna (Anna and the French Kiss) and June (Legend), though maybe equally awkward. And okay, Sin (The Demon’s Surrender) can lie way better but you can’t have it all.
9. best kick-arse male
Four from Divergent by Veronica Roth
because damn I can’t stop thinking about you. I think you’ve made quite the lasting impression because I don’t remember thinking so highly of you when I was actually reading the book!
Honourable mentions: Alan from The Demon’s Surrender, Day from Legend, Froi from Froi of the Exiles, Cas from Anna Dressed in Blood (you have a sword, man).
10. broke your heart the most
Quintana from Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta
… if you’ve read the book, you’d know.
11. favourite pet/animal character award
Corr (The Scorpio Races)! A water horse. That’s red. And is amazing.
Super duper honourable mention: Nero from Blood Red Road, I didn’t ever think I could like a crow so much.
12. best YA parents award
Andy and Nathan from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Infinite hearts for loving, involved, and overprotective parents.
13. favourite sibling relationship
Jace and Christian from Split by Swati Avasthi—it’s strained, tough, heartbreaking and beautifully done.
Honourable mentions: Jamie and Mae (The Demon’s Surrender), Nick and Alan (The Demon’s Surrender again!), Chase and Noah (Invincible Summer), Sam and Riddle (I’ll Be There)
It’s true, I like books about brothers
14. favourite best friends/friendship award
Kat and her awesomesauce crew in Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter. They just mesh together so freaking well, I love it! Plus, anything with W.W. Hale cannot be a bad thing.
15. best/worst character names
Hmmm, just some quick ones. I’m probably skipping the book titles, I’ll just give names.
Bad: Beatrice, Delores, Elder, Virgil, Wayland, Four, Leon, Mandy, Nailer
Good: Lucy, Piper, Finn, Cas, Andi, Bria, Rowan, Archer, Harper, Charlie, Archer, Mandarin,
On the fence: Riddle, Julliette, Sin, Froi, Mara, Gaia, Violet
Bonus: best love triangle
Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz
because it wasn’t about the girl.
Whew, that was quite a list. It's hard to pick favourites, and I'm pretty sure that in a week I'll be kicking myself for forgetting someone (and I'm already planning on writing a post with 'new and improved faves of 2011' or something because there are more books to be read!
Anyways, this concludes the fourth segment of this awesome series, my question to you would probably be #6, who's your favourite villain of 2011??