It’s the end of the school year (for most people-those of you are still going, I’m sorry) and I want to celebrate with some classic school things :) What is more classic than yearbook superlatives? I agree. Nothing. So I’ve assigned some of my (and your) favorite characters to popular superlatives! Enjoy ?
Best car / wheels
Explanation: For any of you who have read The Raven Boys series, you get that this one is kind of a given. Gansey, one of the main characters, drives an orange Camero that has seen much better years, and that was even before Gansey inherited it. It’s name is Pig and it is pretty much the epitome of awesome. Sure, it doesn’t always run right. Yeah, it breaks down a lot. But it represents Gansey and is one of the surest things in this wonderful series. The Winchester Brothers wish they had a car this cool. When they come out with Raven Cycle Funko Pops, they need a Pig, too!
Explanation: At first, I’ll admit, I was a bit stumped by this one. I was looking at the promo poster of Strange the Dreamer on my wall and thinking to myself “Dammit, I don’t have time to read that and get this post out on time!” Mostly because I don’t have a copy yet :) but then I saw my copy of Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, book #2 in the Raven Boys series, and started to laugh at myself. Why didn’t I think about Ronan?! Ronan. How does one accurately describe Ronan to someone who has never read the books, and make them like him? I’m not sure that I can. He’s…a sharp edge, loyal, selfish, endlessly caring to those he loves, brutal, rude, and completely loveable! Yeah, that’s not entirely accurate. I tried. If you haven’t yet, read the books! And I also can’t explain this category without spoiling :) But he is a lovely, lovely man that I absolutely adore. I can’t wait for his series to come out!!
Explanation: Amelie is my hero. She kicks booty (well, not really). I forgot I was out of the fantasy books for a moment! She kicks verbal and rebuttal booty, Amelie is always looking her best, which makes sense considering she is a Domme. But I loved Kristen Ashley’s interpretation of the lifestyle. There were no full-leather catsuits or screaming orders in The Deep End. She had Amelie being so giving with her love and genuine and gentle … despite her natural proclivities. Everything was for Olivier, his enjoyment, and his wonder and his awe, but he was still very much an Alpha, and her, his woman. Kristen Ashley’s interpretation was genuine and sweet and I couldn’t tear my eyes away.
Explanation: Oh yeah. Jest from Heartless was definitely the most entertaining guy on my shelf. This guy has a brand of magic that is just… cool! I remember reading the scene he was introduced in, while he was performing his magic show, and I was suitably impressed by his show. It was clear that he was a born entertainer and had the crowd absolutely eating out his hand! And he got more and more interesting throughout the book :) Until… (My Review)
Explanation: Does anyone else find it absolutely impossible to take pretty pictures of Mass Markets? I struggle so much. Considering an entire eighth of my gigantic collection of books are mass markets…that’s a problem. Anyway. For this category, Max’s nickname for Nina, “Duchess” in The Gamble by Kristen Ashley came directly to mind. To Max, a mountain man of Colorado, this fashionable and passionate British woman must have seemed like such a princess–except, of course, since she was from England, it was “Duchess”. It was just so sweet! Every time I read this book (all…eight times now?) and Max calls her Duchess, I melt.
Explanation: Katy comments a lot about Daemon’s eyes throughout the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. For this category, I had a ton of contestants to weed through, but in the end, I decided on Daemon. Not because his eyes look kind of creepy on the cover (which they do) but because Daemon Black is actually my soul mate and I love him. He has the best sense of humor, is so affectionate, so attractive, and is really the best boyfriend ever. He surprises Katy with little treats all the time, and is the perfect Alpha male. There isn’t anything I don’t love about Daemon, anything, his eyes included.
Explanation: There isn’t anything about the boy-girl-BFFs-since-childhood-now-grown-up-and-in-love trope I don’t absolutely adore. Of course, JLA wrote it, so I knew there wasn’t anything I had to worry about with the romance in Frigid. But my favorite thing about this book ended up being the friendship between Kyler and Sydney. They were so close and it was obvious they had a rich history together by the way they interacted. Seeing their friendship blossom into a wonderful relationship was purely enjoyable! I cannot wait to take this journey with them again in the future :)
Explanation: Of course I chose Will Herondale from the Clockwork Prince for the Best Quoter! He was always reciting excerpts and passages from the books he loved to Tessa to explain himself and share with her. Having Will Herondale be such a man’s man (even if he wasn’t quite a man yet) and a Badass, but in love with books, was such a great experience to read. His way of explaining his love for the written word was absolutely spot on and I have snippets of it hung on my bedroom wall. Will Herondale, I love you and your quoting, quotable self!
Explanation: There really is no other contestant than Han Alister from The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima for the best scheming SOB. Han was great in the beginning of this series, the best. But it was in the last two books that he really blossomed as an individual, really started to get involved in the fight. Once he did, he showed he was super badass. He could scheme a cars salesmen out of the dealership! Han had no problem taking his licks, as long as he was successful in the end. He always had something in the works and nobody ever saw him coming. He’s, like, a teenager. Yet he had all these full-blooded, grown adults wizards chasing their wands. Gotta love the power of Han “Cuffs” Alister.
Biggest Class Clown
Explanation: Duh, Kenzie from the Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi!! Who else?? Kenzie is such a goofball, I absolutely adore him. He’s not afraid to bring on the hurt to his enemies (or his friends with his brutal honesty), but he’s such a good a loyal guy for all his friends and those he protects. Kind of the original “face” of the rebellion, he always has to keep it together, making it seem like he’s not at all worried they are all going to die a fiery death. His #1 priority is making sure that everyone is okay and keeps them laughing. But it’s a lie. He does get sweetly worried and sometimes he just has to find a place to be by himself and not have to worry about putting on a face. He’s probably my second favorite character in this trilogy, after Warner, of course!
Explanation: Indy Savage from Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley is pretty dramatic. She’s so “Drama Queen”, but she is definitely Dramatic. Everything Indy does is dramatic :) She runs off after bad guys (only to get rescued by the Hot Bunch… yay!), she gets into tussles (only to get reprimanded by the Hot Bunch… double yay!) and basically her name is Indy Dramatic Savage. She even did a song with her guy friend who was performing in drag! Of course, then she got shot at …
Explanation: You remember those scenes when Feyre was learning to write. Rhysand (from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas) would give her sentences to copy, work on her penmanship and learn to read. Remember those sentences she had to read and copy? You look delicious today, Feyre. Rhysand is the most handsome High Lord. Rhysand is the most delightful High Lord. Rhysand is the most cunning High Lord. Rhysand is interesting; Rhysand is gorgeous; Rhysand is flawless. Rhysand is a spectacular person. Rhysand is the center of my world. Rhysand is the best lover a female can ever dream of. Oh yeah. All that, and more :) I love Rhysand’s flirtatiousness with Feyre, and when you can enter someone’s mind and plant images… the flirting never stops :)
Explanation: This was a bit more difficult to decides. All the fictional males are affectionate! Well, except for Christian Gray. But that’s for another day. Ezra Zeller of King Hall by Scarlett Dawn is especially affectionate and I loved it! As the Vampire King, he is definitely not supposed (correction: forbidden from) to be having a dalliance with the Shifter Queen, Lily Ruckler. But things happen anyways… delicious things. Ezra is definitely super affectionate. If Lily is near (and they’re by themselves), he is touching her. Little touches, affectionate kisses, and hugs. He may be a badass vampire, but that doesn’t mean he’s afraid to show his feelings.
Explanation: OMG, I just finished Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia the other day (as in I positively devoured it) and it is actually probably the best thing I read this year! Eliza is such an inspiration to fangirls everywhere. Eliza, also known as LadyConstellation, is the creator of the #1 most famous web-comic. She’s a regular high school student, invisible and found disgusting by the majority of her school. But little do they know that she is this amazing artist who is worshipped by millions of people across the world. Eliza is incredibly talented and I think her story is an important one, for all of us.
Explanation: Josie from The Will by Kristen Ashley is an obvious choice for this category! She is a high-flutin woman, used to globe-trotting and rubbing elbows with celebrities. But she is still a super-clutz. An endearing one, yes. Luckily, Jake agrees and when this beautiful clutz comes to town when her grandmother dies, he goes about making her his.
Explanation: Pippa DaCosta has been on my radar for years, but it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I had the honor of actually reading one her books, Beyond the Veil. And Stefan was there! He isn’t the main character, but he definitely was one of the first to pop in my head in regards to athleticism. Ignoring all the immortal beings who couldn’t lose their ten-pack on a diet of pancakes, the shifters who were genetically enhanced to be yummy and awesome, the high school football players who just have an attractive body and the CEOs who somehow gain muscle while sitting behind a desk was hard. But Stefan, a half-demon, half-human who has been training his entire life to kill other demons… it’s obvious he’s actually earned his bulk. And clearly knows how to use it :) Let’s just say this demi-demon kicks some serious demon ass!
Explanation: Yeah, I know Warner is not really who you were expecting. Since I first read Unravel Me, I’ve been positively in love with him. I melt every time Warner calls Juliette “love”. God, I love it! He definitely loves Juliette and does everything for her. He sacrifices a lot just so he can make her happy and help her find her way. Hell yeah, he is definitely one of the most caring :)
Explanation: I can admit that I was a little worried about Juliette going into the first book of her series, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. She was a scared girl, who’d never experienced love or more than a little bit of human contact. Ever since her parents discovered her touch was lethal at a young age, they stopped loving her. They locked her in a room anytime she was home and refused to go near her. Eventually, they sent her to a kind of prison where she stayed for hundreds of days. After all of those hurdles, she was unsure, afraid, and paralyzingly self-conscious. It didn’t stay that way, though. By the middle of the second book, she was much more confident and found her way through her powers. By the third book, Ignite Me, she was a bonafide badass who made a sweeping change and was ready to take on the world.
Explanation: Yeah. Blue Sargent from Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater is definitely one-of-a-kind. Yes, her name is “Blue” and I love it, but that’s not the basis behind my placement. She’s utterly … just different. Her sense of fashion, for one, definitely leans more towards the interesting DIY projects that you just can’t picture on a person. But Blue wears them with pride. Yes, her entire family is made up of psychics and that’s pretty weird, and she will cause the death of her true love with a kiss. That’s definitely weird. Despite her entire… self… she is one of the most assured characters I’ve ever encountered. She is entirely (and I mean entirely) comfortable with herself and is willing to stand up for what she wants and thinks. My favorite thing about her is that she manages to make all this completely normal, and just makes it this joyful batch of… Blue. She’s one-of-kind, but I definitely love her all the more for it.
Explanation: Um, yeah. If you looked up daring in the dictionary, there would be a picture of Celaena Sardothien right next to it. The main character and resident Badass of the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, Celaena is just the female protagonist we love. She’s brassy, bold, sarcastic, cold-hearted yet warm and caring, and dramatic. She certainly knows how to make an entrance :) As an assassin, she definitely knows when to turn off the decidedly female parts of herself and turns into a veritable killing machine of shadows and death. But she can also be quite devious towards those she despises and loves to take her revenge in public, at high risk but at a dramatic reward. She’s so much fun to read and I can’t wait — you think I’m kidding but I’m really not. I’m a Maas junkie — to read what she’ll get into next!
Explanation: Rowan from Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas is definitely at the top of my list for dependable characters. He always had Celaena’s back – even when they didn’t like each other. He is always there for Celaena, has her back no matter what, even when he was supposed to be on the other side of the world. Everything he does is for her and to support her and that’s beautiful. Plus he’s super dependable in his hotness. He’s always hot. Like constantly. Isn’t that dependable of him? We can always expect him to be hot and there for Celaena.
Explanation: This may not be the most romantic of labels, but Adam Parrish of the Raven Boys is definitely the most economical. If you’ve read this series (which, let’s be real, you probably have), you’re most likely nodding your head smartly in agreement. He is efficient, logical (most of the time), and very frugal. I love him, but he can be a bit stuffy. He needs a good, rough-around-the-edges Ronan to keep him on his toes.
Most Likely To Not Change At All
Explanation: Looking at this from a personality perspective, Lada is the best choice from And I Darken by Kiersten White. She kind of reminds me of my niece…? Vlad the Impaler, but female, she is fierce and brutal and completely set in her ways. My niece may only be five, but she’s showing strong signs of this behavior, unfortunately for my brother. I laugh at him constantly. Lada was brassy from birth, and life hasn’t changed her a smidge. She’ll go off and do her own thing, her way. Damn the consequences in truth I’ll-deal-with-that-bullshit-later mentality.
Explanation: I can’t tell you the many emotions I went through when I read Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews for the first time. But what was most prominent was the amount of time I laughed. I’m not talked tiny giggles, snorts or chuckles: I’m talking a Santa-Claus, knee-slapper of a laugh. Kate Daniels, the main character, is just so witty and brass it just … lord. Kate is one of kind and I can’t help but absolutely adore her, which is why I’ve worshipped her for eight books now. She does what she wants and is absolutely hilarious while doing it – and is also a super Badass with a capital “B.” (My review)
Explanation: Talk about sexy, talented males! Rogan from Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews has both is spades. I just read the sequel White Hot and was thrilled to see it was just as good. Rogan is demanding, possessive, and completely do-it-his-way. He’s a destructive, unending force and he may have some questionable morals, but his loyalty and integrity are without question. He has strong values and they motivate everything he does. Gotta love him <3
Explanation: Yeah, Charlie from Rock Hard by Nalini Singh has been through some shit. Big shit. Shit so enormous, it’s a wonder she is still functioning. Despite all of the deep shit she has to deal with each day, she keeps on, keepin’ on. My favorite part is, throughout the book, she has to battle herself to be happy. Her flashbacks, her reactions, her confidence. But my favorite part is when her man Gabriel Bishop rolls in, he does his best to help her heal. But he doesn’t heal her. He helps her heal herself, and I love that. In books, there’s usually a magic fix-all once he sticks a ring on her finger or they fall in love – a solution that doesn’t exist outside the pages. But this felt real, and I love it.
Most Likely To Put Foot In Mouth
Explanation: I love Rose from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: she’s sarcastic and snarky and a sock-it-to-you kinda female. Her comments are usually a bit rude and hilariously witty – normally at the other party’s expense. This is normally enjoyable, but she does stick her foot in her mouth often. Which is definitely enjoyable!
Most Likely to Roll with the Punches
Explanation: Curran from Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews landed himself in some deep shit when he linked himself to Kate Daniels, and he knows it. But he loves her, respects her, and, despite all that Kate is, is willing to fight for that future with her. Curran, The Beast Lord, is willing to risk his everything for Kate and he treats it like it’s just something he’s gotta do. And that’s wonderful. Plus he’s unbelievably sexy, intelligent, and pretty much lets Kate run the show. Until she gets suicidal or threatened in her escapades – then he’s there to step in and take over (yet still let her run the show) in true Alpha-Possessive-Male-Curran fashion.
Most Likely To Succeed
Explanation: Nevada Baylor from Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews is one of my favorite characters. Ever. She’s loyal, morally efficient, sensible, intelligent, and willing to go the distance for anyone who needs her. She’s a badass, a logical one, but a badass nonetheless. She kicks ass and takes names and I love her for it.
Explanation: Derek … wow. (Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews) I’ve followed this series all the way through and its become one of my top fantasy reads. Ilona Andrews is actually one of the few authors I’ve actually met, they are so high on my list of favorites. Derek, or “Wonder Boy” as Kate fondly calls him, grew extraordinarily throughout this series. He went from an unskilled, cocky boy, to a confident and loyal man. He would follow Curran (but most especially Kate) anyway — and done. Repeatedly. He’s willing to do anything to keep who he loves safe and unconditionally trusts Kate. Despite the fact that she will most likely get him killed with the stunts she pulls :) Ah, but that’s why we love her. (My Review)
Explanation: If you haven’t read The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima, you are seriously missing out. This series is one of my favorite fantasy series — ever. It has everything: political intrigue, romance, sacrifice, manipulation, and secrets … including some things, you wouldn’t necessarily expect of a young adult series. Raisa, the main female protagonist of this series, is an obvious choice for “most spirited”. She takes her licks and still manages to stand tall and to fight for her kingdom and her people, even when they don’t know it. She’s willing to do what no one else is and never loses faith. She’s strong-willed, strong-spirited and I adore her.
Explanation: Gabriel Bishop from Rock Hard by Nalini Singh is very, very intelligent. He rescues failing companies as an acting CEO for a living and his brain is a steel-trap. Gabriel Bishop is my actual soul mate. A notorious flirt and uber-intelligent, sexy male … who could pass that up? Certainly not me. I’ve read this book 13 times to date and he never gets old. Funnily enough, he never changes age at all! ? (My Review)
What popular yearbook superlatives would you assign to some of your favorite characters? Have you read any of the above books? What did you think? Did you disagree with any of the assignments or have a better character? Let me know in the comments below – I’d love to hear from you!
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