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.