Good morning bookworms!! Happy Tuesday!!
Today’s post is all some* of my favourite characters!! Yes, we’re looking at my fave ladies, gents, folx and occasional non-human creature, whose names start with the letters P-T.
* Acknowledging that this week is definitely out of control again. But next week should be FINE!! Even with 6 letters. Also… YOU CAN’T MAKE ME CHOOSE!!
(Actually, I have dialled it back some… kind of… not really… maybe I should delete this sentence.)
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FYI: October topics will be out later this week!!
P is for Puck
Hello. My name is Meeghan, and I’m a Stiefvater stan. Yes, prepare for today’s post to be approximately 40% Stiefvater characters. And no, I am not even remotely joking.
Puck Connolly (aka Kate) is one of the fiercest, most loyal, and bravest characters I have ever read. She is here to do things on her own terms, and no one else’s. And for her own reasons too. On top of this she is kind, brash, humble, strong, and she feels like a genuinely realistic character. (Not to say that the Mia’s and Aelin’s of the world don’t. But they aren’t Puck.)
Honourable mentions: Penny (Emergency Contact); Paige (The Start of Me and You); Percy (The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue); Petra (Grim Lovelies); Patrick (Soulbound); Penelope (Carry On); Percy (Percy Jackson); Pug (Magician).
Q is for Queen Clara
OK, so ‘technically’ this is cheating. But also, have you read this book?! Queen Clara is one of the BEST mum / queens out there. In fact, I did a whole special shoutout to her in my review for this book, even though she is only in like three scenes.
Why did I love Queen Clara so much? Firstly because she privately and PUBLICLY supports her daughter’s sexuality. But also when Flora was acting out for attention, the Queen didn’t bat an eyelid. OK, she might have rolled her eyes, or raised an eyebrow (that’s probably more queenly), but it didn’t phase her. She just went into ‘supportive mum’ mode and was a total badass. If you loved President Claremont in Red, White and Royal Blue, you will love Queen Clara.
No honourable mentions (because I genuinely couldn’t think of a single Quentin, Quincy, Quinn, Queenie from any of the books that I have read).
R is for Ronan …
How do I describe the one person who is probably my favourite character in all of existence? The answer is I probably don’t. I let the author do it. So, in the immortal words of Maggie Stiefvater, this is two quotes that epitomise Ronan Lynch:
Gansey had once told Adam that he was afraid most people didn’t know how to handle Ronan. What he meant by this was that he was worried that one day someone would fall on Ronan and cut themselves.
From the passenger seat, Ronan began to swear at Adam. It was a long, involved swear, using every forbidden word possible, often in compound-word form. There was something musical about Ronan when he swore, a careful and loving precision to the way he fit the words together, a black-painted poetry. It was far less hateful sounding than when he didn’t swear.
Ok, I’m not really leaving it there. Ronan is sharp and abrasive, but also fiercely loyal and protective of the (very) few that he calls his friends. He suffers from crazy PTSD and he can pull things out of his dreams. And he has a pet raven called Chainsaw. 13/10 would recommend.
… and R is for Rose …
Honestly I tossed up whether or not to leave this just at Ronan for R, but there are SO MANY amazing R characters, and I needed to recognise some of them a bit more in depth. Rose is a total badass, but more than that, she wears her heart on her sleeve. She loves fiercely and passionately, which is something I really admire. And I’m not just talking about her relationships, I’m talking about her friendships too.
When you first meet Rose she is recklessly on the run with her best friend. Although it’s kind of a dumb teenager thing to do, Rose’s heart is in the right place, which is all about protecting Lissa (even though Lissa brings nothing to this friendship and is a wet blanket who swaps Rose for a boyfriend in 3 seconds). To be able to call Rose your friend would be an absolute honour.
… and finally, R is also for Rufus
This is series that I don’t talk about enough, but I wanted to give Rufus a (very loud) shout out as well. Rufus is one of the main characters in the Harmatia Cycle series. Rufus is a mage (wizard), and is just a really exceptional student. He is mentored by one of the best in the school, and he is best friends with the prince. But he’s also plagued by a dark secret.
One of the things I love most about him though, is that he is one of the very first bisexual characters in a book and IT WASN’T A BIG DEAL. Rufus dates boys and girls and no one bats an eyelid or questions his sexuality, he just is. And just for that, this book and Rufus made me so happy.
Honourable mentions: Ravus (Valiant); Roiben (Tithe); Roa (The Caged Queen); Richard (Neverwhere); Rushton (Obernewtyn); Reid (Serpent & Dove); Rowan (Throne of Glass); Rosie (Bookish and the Beast); Ranger (Stephanie Plum); Rae (The Spellman Files); Rhysand (ACOTAR); Rob Anybody (Tiffany Aching).
S is for Sean …
Sean Kendrick is a mood. It is also likely that he is some mythological god stepped straight from the pages of a fairytale that has been long forgotten. He is quiet, calm, sure, steadfast and strong. And he carries this presence with him like he is old long before his time. He is definitely the oldest sixteen year old I have ever read about. It’s probably why he is such a brilliant yin to Puck’s yang.
Sean, like Puck, is not afraid of hard work and doing what he has to in order to survive. But he does it in such a stoic way, that in comparison, Puck seems so wild and free, almost bordering on reckless. But he just takes it in his stride as well. On the inside he might be a bundle of nerves and raw emotions. But on the outside? He is indomitable.
… and S is for Sam
Excuse me a moment while I sob into my tshirt while I think about Sammy Lou. The boy who breaks into empty houses to try and find a safe place for he and his brother (who has autism) to sleep in. This story breaks my heart into about a million pieces as Sam and Avery’s story is beautiful yet so absolutely heart-wrenching.
Sam is kind and good and sweet, but also hurt and broken. He’s never really been treated with love and understanding. Even at age 7, Sam was trying to protect and care for Avery, when he had not seen any adults do that for him. He is honestly a treasure and I would adopt him in about 0.5 seconds flat.
Honourable mentions: Severin (The Darkest Part of the Forest); Samantha (American Royals); Sabriel (Sabriel); Sam (Emergency Contact); Simon (Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda); Sydney (Bloodlines / Vampire Academy); Simon (The Mortal Instruments); Safire (The Last Namsara); Scarlet (Aurora Rising); Stephanie (Stephanie Plum); Simon (Carry On); Sam (The Old Kingdom); Sage (Soulbound); Sasha (The Winternight trilogy); Sam (The Wolves of Mercy Falls); Simon (Well Met); Sparhawk (The Tamuli).
T is for Tiffany …
Let’s talk about the brightest witch of her age for a moment. Tiffany Aching is Mistress of the Chalk, and well deserved. Having realised she had the knack of witching from a young age, she was apprenticed to another witch to learn the trade. But while not apprenticed to Granny Weatherwax, that’s who she definitely learnt the most from.
In many ways she is the eleven-year-old girl who is still learning, but might have grown up too fast, and in others she is wise beyond even Sean Kendrick’s years. How many witches under 16 do you know that took on Winter, the Hiver, the Cunning Man, and the Queen of the Fairies (twice). Plus, Tiffany is the hag of the Nac Mac Feegle, and that’s not something anyone else can claim.
… and T is also for Tric
Ahhhh, Tric. Poor Tricky. I wanted so much more for this sweet cherub of a soul. OK, but in all seriousness, I can’t even about the ending of Dardawn. I’m still mad. Yes, I know it’s been like a year. So let’s focus on Tric from Nevernight (not that it was a happier ending for the poor guy).
Tric was not an assassin at heart – that was abundantly clear. Sure, he would kill, but he wore his heart on his sleeve, or more realistically, his face. But, for an assassin who was trained by a thief, spy, poisoner and fighter, he was a kind soul. For someone who did all of this for his love for a family member, he certainly paid a very dear price. And I’m not sure it was worth it.
Honourable mentions: Tori (Solitaire / Heartstopper); Tenpenny (Grim Lovelies); Tessa (The Infernal Devices); Tiffy (The Flatshare).
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Who are some of your favourite characters?