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Top 5 characters A-E

Happy Tuesday bookworms!! Today’s top 5 Tuesday topic is all about your favourite characters whose names begin with the letters A-E.

Favourite characters!! Originally when I thought about this one I assumed I could fit my top 5 characters into one post. Then I just kept remembering others and, maybe it’s because I’ve read too many books (is this a thing?), but I have a LOT of favourites. Is it enough to fill a whole alphabet? Who knows, but I’m up for the challenge!!

Side note… sometimes (ok fine, all the time) I picked two characters because I couldn’t choose… I am honestly so bad at this!! ??

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Top 5 characters A-E

A is for Andrew …

The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic

Yup, I totally went to the dark side already… and on the very first letter of the alphabet no less. Look, we all know that morally grey characters are my favourite ones, so of course Andrew Minyard is going to make my list.

He’s dark, moody, mildly dangerous, has a few psychopathic tendencies… but he’s also loyal, brave and protective. So he’s kind of f*cked up about it. That’s fair. He’s had a pretty crappy life. I think he’s earned the right to be how he is. Plus he’s actively getting help. I’d adopt him.

… and A is also for Asha

Iskari trilogy #1: The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

Yes, Asha makes this list too. Because she is FIERCE. But let’s be honest, anyone who entices dragons to them by telling stories that are banned is bound to be somewhat of a badass. She also has this amazing character arc as she learns about her past and she grows so much as a leader and a person. She’s willing to right her wrongs and stand up for what is important to her, and I think that’s something we should all aspire to.

Honourable mentions: Aelin (Throne of Glass); Azriel (A Court of Thorns and Roses); Aled (Radio Silence / Heartstopper); Akiva (Daughter of Smoke and Bone); Anouk (Grim Lovelies); Ashleigh (Camp); Axis (Battleaxe); Ari (Poison Study); Adrian (Vampire Academy / Bloodlines); Abby (The Summer of Jordi Perez); Alice (The Hazel Wood).

B is for Baz …

Simon Snow #2: Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

Uh-huh, I even went with the Wayward Son cover to show off Baz‘s amazing style. Yes, Tyrannus Basilton Grimm-Pitch could go under T, but no one calls him by his first name, so B is where he shall remain.

Seriously I would adopt Baz too. I’d start a rat farm for him if I had to. Baz is someone who stands up for what he believes in and doesn’t care what people think about him. He could have had anyone, and I just love that while he thinks Simon is this idiot (true), he loves him anyway. Romance isn’t dead. It might be undead though…

… and B is also for Blue

The Raven Boys by Maggie StiefvaterYes, Blue is making a reappearance after last week. Who knew it would be so soon? I love Blue for all of the reasons that I would swap lives with her. Blue is wild, cutting and one of the most sarcastic creatures (oh, heart eyes) that I have read about. She fights for injustices, she wants to use her life to do something, and she loves unashamedly, even when she knows to do so it to wreak havoc and destruction on her own life. She’s beautiful in an unconventional way, but she is wholly herself and doesn’t care what anyone else thinks.

Honourable mentions: Brimstone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone); Bryson (Date Me, Bryson Keller); Beck (A Thousand Perfect Notes).

C is for Cardan …

The Folk of the Air #1: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

This delightful mess of a child is one of my all-time favourites. Cardan is such a hugely misunderstood character, that it’s really not until the very end of the series that you realise exactly what kind of game he’s been playing. And while he might be fooling everyone around him, he’s fooling himself most of all. (Seriously, these boys weren’t hugged enough as children.) Regardless, my disaster boy is cunning, I’ll give him that. I also love that he’s happy to sit back and give all the power and sword-wielding responsibility to Jude. I’m not sure if it makes him a feminist or lazy though…

… and C is also for Cinder

The Lunar Chronicles #1: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Speaking of total badasses, have you read The Lunar Chronicles?? Cinder is one of my favourite characters in this series, and it’s because she does not care about the social norms or what society thinks. Because she has not had the luxury of being able to care. She has ‘enhancements’ due to an accident, and she makes do with what she has and her talents. And while she has a couple of moments of self doubt (don’t we all?) she gets on with the job at hand, and doing what she thinks is right. She’s role model material.

Honorable mentions: Charlie (Heartstopper / Solitaire); Charlotte (A Study in Charlotte); Chloe (The Brightsiders); Christian (Vampire Academy); Chloe (Get a Life, Chloe Brown); Cricket (Grim Lovelies); Ce’Nedra (The Belgariad); Cadence (Nevermoor); Corinna (Earthly Delights).

D is for Damen …

Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat

*cries for 100 words* I mean, let’s be honest, if I could describe Damen in proper sentences then, well, I’d probably be able to better articulate why I love this series so much. However, I’m willing to give it a go. Damen is principled and strong, but he’s also a giant, soft marshmallow who wants to look after everyone. And he’s one of those men who says his word is his bond, and actually mean it. I don’t think he’d ever stab anyone in the back, even if they did it to him 100 times first. Plus he’s adorable.

… and D is also for Door

Neverwhere by Neil GaimanIt’s a weird name, I agree. But Door is great. She is smart, resilient and charismatic. She also halfway convinces me that with those three qualities (and a little bit of luck) you can probably make it through most fantasy worlds. Which is so ridiculously impractical it actuals bears considering for a moment. I mean, would you have to stab your enemies if you could just trick them into something or call in a favour? Maybe not. I feel like Door and Cardan would be a formidable team… There would be infinitely less bloodshed too.

Honourable mentions: Dimitri (Vampire Academy); Dax (The Last Namsara); Dorian (Throne of Glass); Darien (Geekerella); Darcy (99 Percent Mine); Dex (Under Locke).

E is for Elias …

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa TahirAhh… one of my new favourites for 2o20. Elias is trapped in a world he doesn’t want to be in, and whose values don’t align with his own. However, it would be so easy for him to just go along with the crowd. But he won’t because he’s principled. He wants justice and to fight for what is right. And these are admirable qualities. I am really interested to see where this fight takes him and Laia, but also trying to hold back from binging this series because I need to be closer to release date for the last book!!

… and E is also for Elspeth

Obernewtyn by Isobelle CarmodyHonestly, can I just start by saying this is one of my favourite names in all of the books I have read. It feels magical to me. But also, speaking of fighting for beliefs and justice in the world, Elspeth is one of the best. She’s the chosen one in a prophecy that she barely believes in, and she still goes out of her way to put others’ needs above her own. Those who need help and are down-trodden or treated cruelly by society are always her first stop. Elspeth is at the start of everything without even knowing it, and she makes the world a better place for that quality alone.

Honourable mentions: Esmerelda (Discworld); Eric (Southern Vampire Mysteries); Ember (The Legendsong); Emmy (The Brightsiders); Emily (Well Met); Elle (Geekerella); Ezekiel (LIFEL1K3); Ezra (Illuminae); Eileen (The Switch); Ellery (The Hazel Wood).

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