Top 5… main males

Good morning bookworms!

Today’s Top 5 Tuesday post is ‘main males’. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm. You can visit her here, and join in for Top 5 Tuesday by checking out all the amazing topics that are coming up!

Main males!! *sigh* Yes, it’s true. I have a thing for bad boys, broken boys and surly boys (all wrapped up in a neat little bow and some razor blades). In fact, the more cutting they are, the more I tend to love them!! (I’m sorry. I have a borderline disturbing list of book boyfriends…) I hope we get to do a top 5 females soon too!!

If we’re talking about main males, then Ronan Lynch needs to be up front and centre. My favourite of all the Raven boys, Ronan has this incredibly practiced bad boy thing going on, but secretly he’s a marshmallow inside. He strings curse words together like poetry, drives like a demon, and refuses to engage with technology. (I read the first 8 chapters of Call Down the Hawk and when he answered his mobile I was in shock.) However, he is also gentle and patient and caring, in his own abruptly surly way. Read about Ronan in Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys. (I hated Ronan until mid-way through book 2, so it’s ok if you do as well!!)

Prince Rowan Whitethorn is also up there in my fave males. Another surly, broody, quiet type who occasionally thinks with his fists over his brain, Rowan is one of my favourite characters from the entire Maas repertoire (seconded only by Manon and Asterin). I like the way he keeps Aelin in check while she’s raging and about to do something impetuous, but I love how he backs her decisions no matter what. Rowan is from Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass series.

This list would be remiss if I missed Prince Cardan Greenbriar from The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. In the first book he comes across as a surly, rude and mean prince; however, we find out in book two that Cardan might have a little bit of a heart of gold underneath all that cunning… ONLY to have our hopes ripped away and dashed. (Secretly, I think it’s all part of his long term plan to win Jude over and make her a good Queen – as opposed to someone only obsessed with power.) I am kind of waiting for November to see if I will still love him then, and if not, Cardan gets replaced by Ravus or Roiben – two more Holly Black males (one troll and one fae) who I also love. If you’re keen on hearing more about Roiben and Ravus, check out Tithe and Valiant.

To be honest, I don’t know if anyone could read this one and not fall in love with Tyrannus Basilton Grimm-Pitch, aka Baz. I mean, I know he’s supposed to be the enemy, but he’s all the good (canon and fan-made) parts of Draco Malfoy that even Simon can’t really help but to fall in love with him as well. I reread Carry On by Rainbow Rowell once every 2 years, and Baz is the reason that I do. *bless*

Now, call me crazy, but Andrew Minyard from Nora Sakavic’s The Foxhole Court makes my list. I know he’s (borderline?) psychotic and very likely a sociopath, but he’s also just got something about him that makes me want to wrap him in blankets and give him hot chocolate. Yes, even if he would stab me for it. I think what I love most about Andrew is his protective streak over the others. There aren’t many he would take a bullet for, but those he would, he would protect with his life.

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  1. Rowan is on my list too!!!!! And I have a “thing” for bad boys too Meeghan 😉 I swear one of these days we must buddy read!

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  2. Great post and so many great choices here I wish I had thought of!!! 🙂 Yes to Ronan, ROWAN OF COURSE, and oh my gosh YES Cardan. Such good choices – amazing post!! 🙂

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  3. YES I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO READ THE CDTH EXCERPT. everyone else I’ve talked to was like “I know it’s just going to make it harder to wait for the whole book, so I’ll just wait” aka has more impulse control than me, but how could I resist????? also collegiate Adam and NA-age Pynch is everything I never knew I wanted.

    TWK is in the next 5 books on my TBR but I have yet to actually get to it, I’ve heard that the ending will murder my feels and make the wait for QON that much more urgent and painful. but I’ll probably pick it up soon!

    I’ve also been meaning to reread Carry On sometime soon, what with Wayward Son about to come out; I reread Fangirl earlier this year and now I miss Baz. and Simon.

    honestly Andrew isn’t my favorite of the Foxes (though that competition is fierce), but his protective streak is definitely lovable!

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    1. YAAAASSSS!!!! CDTH first 8 was so good!! I loved them so much. (Also, still want to pinch Declan for good measure…)
      I definitely have a thing for the destructive boys… Andrew is explosive, but that whole scene where we find out what happened to him when he was younger and how awful his aunt and uncle are BROKE my little heart 💔
      Defs recommend TWK and Carry On. I was a Simon fan after Fangirl, but definitely a Baz fan after CO. Seriously, so good. Also, have tissues and pillows (for punching) available when you read TWK!! And message me when you’re reading. I want to live vicariously through your emotions as a first time reader. 😂💕

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  4. I definitely also like bad boys, broken boys, and all types of boys that I’m not supposed to like 😂😂😂 Cardan, yes definitely!!! After TWK, I definitely love him. He is such a broken boy who uses cruelty to cope. Great list ❤

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  5. I’m totally in agreeance with you about Cardan – I’m not sure if he’s actually awful or not. I think we can all agree that after that book’s ending, WE NEEDED QUEEN OF NOTHING LIKE…YESTERDAY. If you can believe it, I’ve not read any of the other books you mentioned beside The Cruel Prince, but I’ve seen SO many people talk about all of them! Maybe I’ll pick one up eventually. Curse you, TBR! *raises fist in the air*

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    1. Thank you!! I can’t wait for The Dreamer trilogy. Did you see Maggie released the first 8 chapters on Scrib’d? I have no self control, so of course I read them. I am so keen to read more!!


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