Once upon a time, we were all texting about the men of Sarah J. Maas. As you might know, it's almost impossible to choose a favorite... but we definitely each have one. In arguing our case, we realized how much fun it was to compare our taste in book boys. And so, we bring you Book Boy Roulette.
Alexa, Rachel, Kelly and I are collaborating to present a collection of our favorite book boys. We're looking at several series with some seriously swoonworthy guys and forcing ourselves to pick ONE favorite from each. There are 12 series total - three on each of our blogs - and we'll share why we picked our favorites for the three series featured on our post.
And we want to hear from you! Do you agree with our choices... or does another fella have your heart?
Series #1: His Fair Assassin by Robin LaFevers
This was a tough call because I love Duval, but I knew I had to give my heart to Beast. I don't know if it's because I loved Sybella's story a little more - or just because these two characters are so perfectly matched - but Beast was one of the highlights of the series for me. He's fierce and loyal and more than a little dangerous, but he's also a safe haven for the people he loves. I swooned when Sybella said, "It is a raw and uncomfortable realization that Beast is partly behind this newfound will to live. Not for him, but because he reminded me of what life has to offer. He lives life so joyously - it is impossible not to want that joy for oneself." OH, MY HEART.
Series #2: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Books in the Series: Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After
Oh my goodness, Cricket Bell. Talk about seriously swoony! He's a good dresser, a comical inventor, and he's got that whole cool nerd vibe totally down. And I absolutely loved him! He's the epitome of the nice boy next door, and I was rooting for him from the first moment he appeared. I know people generally freak out of Etienne St. Clair (though I love that Rachel and Alexa are mixing it up with their love for the artsy Josh!), but Cricket will always have my heart. He's adorable, he'd make you cool stuff, he'd get along with your parents... and he's the kind of guy that would make you say, "And if I'm the stars, Cricket Bell is entire galaxies." DYING.
Series #3: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Books in the Series: The Assassin's Blade, Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows
I loved Sam and Chaol, but there could never be anyone for me but Rowan Whitethorn. I'm sorry, but he's just too perfect! When I first met him in Heir of Fire, I was put off by his gruff attitude and his tough exterior. But I was also intrigued because I could tell there was more to him than meets the eye! Although, I certainly wouldn't be complaining about his looks... Rowan is definitely more of the strong and silent type, which is just fine with me. I'd echo Aelin and say, "I claim you, Rowan Whitethorn. I don't care what you say and how much you protest. I claim you as my friend." But, you know, replace friend with TRUE LOVE because DUH.
And now, one last question I have to answer:
Who is your #1 book boyfriend?
Gilbert Blythe will always be my first (and forever favorite) book boyfriend. He's practically perfect in every way, as Mary Poppins would say. I recently re-read the entire series for the Return to Green Gables event that I co-hosted with Rachel and Alexa, and it reminded me of all the reasons I love this character. He's faithful, kind, smart, handsome, clever... I could go on! He (and his romance with Anne) taught me so much about love, too. I completely agree with Anne's declaration, "I don't want marble halls and sunbursts. I just want you."