Welcome to the second half of the Smashing & Dashing Character Awards, created and owned by the fabulous Cait @ paperfury.com. I never specified why I was cutting into two parts but, well, I suppose you can see why for yourself. With only ten categories left to fill out, the challenge totals up to a whopping 20 categories, and Aly’s fingers and brain start to hurt after only five.
Without further ado, let’s begin!
10. Truly Astounding Best YA Parents
Kol’s parents (Ivory & Bone by Julie Eshbaugh)
I read Ivory & Bone last year and fell in love with Julie’s thoughtful plotting, planning and, most of all, the amount of family love she threw into the book. I felt so comfortable and happy reading about Kol’s family (three brothers and two sisters, I believe?) and his parents, who are nothing if not loving and sweet and overall the BEST FAMILY IN A YA BOOK EVER.
11. TOOT TOOT Best Ship Of Them All
Pynch (Adam and Ronan from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater)
WE CRIED REAL TEARS FOR THIS SHIP and finally, finally, finally they all came to fruition in The Raven King, the last installment of TRC that released in March 2016. I cried, I laughed, I died — there are so many emotions tangled up with Adam Parrish and Ronan Lynch, so much so that I spent a glorious, heartbreaking SEVEN HOURS on Tumblr after finishing the series, looking up all sorts of #Pynch fan art and fan fiction. It did not disappoint.
12. The Most In Need Of Protection
Noah (The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater)
If there’s one thing Maggie Stiefvater is good at, it’s making you feel like if you don’t protect your favorite cinnamon roll, it will get eaten by the Big Bad World and it’ll be ALL YOUR FAULT. Noah, the resident friendly (and sometimes unfriendly) ghost is just that: the cutest of all cinnamon rolls that need to be protected at all costs, on pain of death. Imagine Dobby in ghost form: that’s Noah Czerny.
Adam’s response was buried in the sound of the first-story door falling open. Noah slouched in. In a wounded tone, he said, “He threw me out the window!”
Ronan’s voice sang out from behind his closed door: “You’re already dead!”
13. Most Boring As A Barnacle
Jonas (The Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes)
Ah yes, Jonas is the one character able to send me to sleep with his resistible smolder. Although he’s many fans’ favorite boy, don’t mind me as I set all my ships a’sailing with Magnus instead. Jonas is boring, angry, and your typical Brooding YA Hero with nothing to add to the story except for dumb decisions and an insta-love that will last approximately 2.5 seconds.
14. Best Little Royal
Prince Merek (The Sin-Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury)
Prince Merek isn’t “best little royal” in the conventional sense. He’s highly unlikeable and incredibly suspicious and, basically, he will be the best king of ever one day. His admiration of Twylla is admiral in turn, and I love how sarcastic he is. Not only that, but he genuinely cares for Twylla and cares about what she thinks of him, so even though he makes questionable choices (as all human beings do) I appreciated his character far more than Lief’s. Merek is definitely 100% genuine and feels-worthy.
“We’re to be married. Does it matter if I permit it?”
“To me it does, yes,” says Merek. “And I imagine you, like me, appreciate the illusion of having a choice, even when illusion is all it is.”
15. Very Surprised You’re Still Alive
Percy Jackson (Percy Jackson & the Olympians series)
If you haven’t read any of the Percy Jackson books, then I insist you do. Even though I’ve only read the first… three? four? Percy Jackson is one of those books I reach for when I want something fast, light-hearted and magical. Needless to say, Percy isn’t exactly the most intelligent of characters and forever lands himself in trouble when doing something he has been specifically told not to do, so yes, I am most definitely surprised he is still alive, all things considered. From falling off cliffs and diving away from exploding ships, Percy manages to survive every possible situation. He is an Inspiration for most Silly YA Characters.
16. Best At Horrible Decision Making
Princess Lia (The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson)
The Kiss of Deception was a mortal disappointment because Lia is definitely one of the most questionably dumb characters I have ever had the displeasure of meeting. Not only does she run away the day of her wedding, putting herself and her lady in waiting/maid at risk, but she also falls in love with not ONE, but TWO boys who, hello, aren’t exactly trustworthy. They appear out of the blue in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, and it doesn’t occur to her once that they might very well be out to kill her??? No? I guess readers are silly for not trusting every character that appears out of thin air.
SO YES, Lia is definitely the worst person for decision making, because she ALWAYS MAKES THE WRONG CHOICE, NO MATTER WHAT. There could be a sign that spells out BEST DECISION and she would still pick the wrong decision, for the lols.
17. Cutest Dork
Noah (I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson)
Noah is the cutest of all cute dorks, and my favorite contemporary character ever. And I don’t usually read contemporary, because snore. However, Noah is a bright spot of sunshine in a dreary, drab world. He’s artsy and clever and funny, and so damn sweet that my heart breaks just thinking about him. What is it about characters called Noah out to rip you to shreds? ALL NOAHS ARE PAINFULLY WONDERFUL. This particular Noah is no different, and if you haven’t read I’ll Give You the Sun but want to read a book about a special, perfect snowflake, then this is the book for you. Noah is just… *flails*
18. Cleverest Little Hellion
Ronan (The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater)
When I think of Ronan, I think of fast cars, usually on fire, ugly, scary tattoos and ravens. Ronan is very clever, although he usually hides it behind a mask of Screw You ft Hate Your Face. If Ronan is being a dick, it means he’s up to something, usually involving the person he’s being a dick to, so watch out because someone/something will burn. He’s wonderfully intelligent, though, spouting dick jokes in Latin and sitting back to watch the mayhem unfold. RONAN IS LIFE. RONAN IS LOVE.
“Ronan Lynch lived with every kind of secret.”
19. Most In Need Of A Nap
Dorian (Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas)
MY POOR LITTLE BUTTERCUP. Dorian has gone through so much since Throne of Glass, and most of it was not good. Let’s not forget what happened to him in Heir of Fire, what continued in Queen of Shadows, and everything in Empire of Storms. The guy needs a good, long holiday in the Bahamas and one hell of a nap. Not only does he have a kingdom to run and princely duties to perform, but the guy has to survive his closest friend without actually burning himself in the process. No pun intended.
PETITION FOR DORIAN TO HAVE A RESTFUL HOLIDAY IS NOW OPEN.
20. Want To Read More About You
Nikolai (The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo)
Need I say more? Nikolai was one of the most interesting, funniest and best characters Leigh Bardugo wrote, and I WANNA KNOW MORE. Especially after the events of Ruin & Rising: what happened to him? Where is he? What does he do? Is he a full time flying-ship sailor now? Is he in love? DOES HE HAVE A CUTIE FUNNY BABIES or is he more of a cat lover, like myself?
Leigh has said that one day she might write a book about him, and I can’t help but feel it’s wasted if she doesn’t. SHE MUST. WE ALL LOVE NIKOLAI. I NEED MORE.
Well, it’s safe to say that in 2016, I liked more male characters than female, which is strange, and hopefully it balances out this year. This was so much fun to do, and thank you Cait for letting me indefinitely borrow your tag!
What are some of your favorite characters of 2016? Let me know in the comments below!