Who is Your YA Crush?
One of the wonderful aspects of YA fiction is the romantic plotlines we’ve seen – from vampires who fall in love with mortals, to two regular human kids. First love, first kisses, first encounters are something that many teens will be thinking about and definitely enjoy reading about.
So, we decided to ask some of the fantastic YA bloggers who their book crush is? Which character does it for them? Makes their stomach tingle and wish that characters could step from the pages of novels? Here are their responses!
Jacob from Twilight
Oh my fave YA Crush!?!? I have so many. But I’m loyal to one person. Jacob Black! He was my first Ya crush. He is handsome, lovely, dangerous, loyal. He just so yummy!!
- Siobhán @ Totally Bookalicious
Etienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss
Guys in our world are no match to the boys in book-land. Especially, when it comes to someone like Étienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss. He’s a perfect gentleman. Well, as gentleman-like as guys get. If you’re being bullied he would stand up for you in a heartbeat. When Anna was being bullied by Mickey Mouse sweatshirt-man, Étienne was ready to fight the guy. Talk about sexy. He will be there for you, even when your Christmas break sucks and you just need someone to talk to—yeah, he’ll still be there. St. Clair would go to the ends of the Earth for his friends and that’s mostly what makes him so likeable. Anna is his best friend in the world and even though I am a bit jealous of her, I love St. Clair’s devotion and affection. I would love to hear more about him, but, sadly, there is no sequel to his story.
- Jeanna @ The Bucket List
Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor is my latest YA crush. He’s an angel who cannot help but be lured by a beautiful human from doing what needs to be done. He’s haunted and beautiful, definitely a dreamworthy combination. Akiva is dangerous as well, smiting the bad guys and comes close to offing his love interest because of who she consorts with. And there’s nothing more telling than fire-colored eyes, is there? I’m definitely crushing.
- Kristen @ Book Monster
Sam Roth and Cole St. Clair from The Wolves of Mercy Falls
So, Sam is a little on the sensitive side. Not so much the type to cry during a chick flick, but the type that reads poetry and plays his guitar and loves loves loves Grace with all of his being. And to me that is hot, really hot. He isn’t the super macho tough guy, but his occasional jealous moments and the intimate way he looks at Grace is way better. You see, Sam really is broken, he went through some horrifying things as a child, and even though Grace had family and friends, she was all alone. They needed each other and I think they truly loved each other.
And I stand by that. I think Sam is awesome. But my focus seems to have shifted a bit when we are introduced to another wolf, Cole St. Clair. Oh my stars, is Cole amazing. I didn’t love him in Linger, I liked him a whole lot, but it took me getting to know him and seeing another side in Forever to be completely hooked.
Cole is a lot of things that Sam is not. They are both musicians, intelligent, caring and really good looking guys, but Cole is witty and hilarious and he could charm my socks off in a minute. I basically loved everything he did and said.
- Lauren @ Lauren Gets Literal
Jack Caputo from Everneath
My YA boy crush at the moment is Jack Caputo from Everneath by Brodi Ashton. A word of warning: This isn’t my biggest crush but simply my most recent. I’d agonise too much, otherwise! Jack is completely swoon-worthy because he’s that perfect boyfriend. He’s the quarterback of the football team and adores his girlfriend, Nikki. He’s charming, funny, caring, “sensitive”, adorably sweet, strong, loyal and completely determined. What’s not to love? So many positive adjectives! Everneath tells the story of the past and present. While Jack and Nikki were an inseparable couple in the past (those flashbacks will make you faint with sugar overload), the present deals with the rekindling of their relationship after their surprising break-up. Throughout it all, Jack’s a solid friend who always supports Nikki. He never stopped loving her even when she disappeared for 6 months and deals so well with the supernatural baggage she brings back. He’s an amazing person that everyone would be friends with in real life. What a guy! <3
- Lisa @ Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Perry from Under the Never Sky
Peregrine (Perry) from UNDER THE NEVER SKY is my new book boyfriend. From the very first chapter, Perry is fierce and commanding. He battles with the hunter side of himself that is good at bringing down his foes, as his intentions are to protect his loved ones at all costs, not be a ruthless killer. But he can’t deny he’s a born fighter. His blood cries out to take on his brother to become the Blood Lord of his tribe. Only after he spends time with Aria, his Sense and loyalty to her makes taking on his leadership role complicated. The way he protects Aria, with skills that no other under the Aether sky can match, makes my heart ache for this guy. Strong, protective, amazingly hot with a tanned, muscular body, not to mention his tribal tattoos, Perry is one to be challenged for the top YA crush spot!
- Trisha @ YA Bound
Jace Wayland from the Mortal Instruments
My YA crush definitely has to be Jace Wayland from the Mortal Instruments series. I have to say, as well as him being described as one big hottie, he is such a great character in the books. I love how cheeky and how blatantly rude he can be at times and he has me laughing for quite a while whenever he makes some brash remark. I could read quotes from Jace all day and still want more! Aside from that when he does decide to be serious he can come out with some really heartfelt things that are all the more heartbreaking just because he doesn’t say them often.
- Maryam @ Books Glorious Books
Emrys from The Lost Years of Merlin
My YA crush? I have so many! But I think I’m going to have to go with Emrys from T.A. Barron’s The Lost Years of Merlin. Yes, this is a book series nobody ever talks about ever despite being a New York Times bestseller AND being absolutely fabulous – it’s one of my favorites! – but come on! It’s not that I’m a sucker for anything to do with Arthurian legend. It’s that Emrys is flawed and scared but brave and always willing to do what’s right. Plus we have the same weird snarky sense of humor. Give me a smart guy with a good sense of humor over your stereotypical controlling hottie any day.
- Nicole @ Word for Teens
Noah Shaw from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
My YA crush of this year has to be Noah Shaw from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. There are very few characters that truly spring to life for me. But I could see Noah without having him described much. All of his actions and reactions were so easily visible and felt natural. His witty response to just about everything kept me laughing and fanning myself at the same time. Mara was so full of sarcasm that she needed someone to match her and keep her on her toes. Noah provided this flawlessly with an adorable half smile and rumpled clothes to boot. His willingness to help Mara, even if it was from herself, made him sweet and his charming bad boy way of throwing himself into a fight gave him that dangerous edge that’s completely irresistible. Plus, he’s got a sexy British accent. There are millions of them but here’s one of Noah’s best quotes:
“You’re the girl who called me an asshole the first time we spoke. The girl who tried to pay for lunch even after you learned I have more money than God. You’re the girl who risked her ass to save a dying dog, who makes my chest ache whether you’re wearing green silk or ripped jeans. You’re the girl that I–” Noah stopped, then took a step closer to me. “You are my girl.” –The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
- Amber @ Down the Rabbit Hole
Wes from The Truth About Forever
Sarah Dessen has become known for her boys in the world of YA. And for good reason. Although Owen from Just Listen seems to be the reigning favourite, I have a major soft spot for the hero of The Truth About Forever: Wes. He a troubled art boy who’s dealing with grief and anger issues and he’s pretty damn awesome, to be honest. Wes helps to heal Macy and completely steals everyone’s heart in the process.
- Sophie @ So Many Books, So Little Time
What do you think of this list? Any of your crushes feature?
We’ll be running a few more of these posts, so please do drop us a line if you have a YA Crush you’d like to add!