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Who is your YA Crush?

Welcome to Part Two of our romp through the beautiful boys and gorgeous girls beloved of our bloggers!

As always, please feel free to add your own favourites in the comments section.

Dimitri Belikov from the Vampire Academy series

My YA crush?

Need you even ask?

Four words: Dimitri. Belikov. Is. AMAZING!

If you’ve read Richelle Mead’s entire Vampire Academy series, you’ll know that there are dozens of reasons to crush on Dimitri—assuming you even need a reason other than his sexy, swoon-worthy appearance. He’s smart, witty, great in hand to hand combat… but, honestly, the thing that I love the most about him? He believes in Rose’s strength. In the finale Clockwork Prince Will is so heroic while saving Tessa’s behind, and it’s adorable how Patch is so protective of Nora in Hush, Hush. But the true sign of a great guy? He believes in you. You, being able to save yourself. Dimitri doesn’t save Rose’s life—though he does help her out every now and then—instead, he tells her that he believes in her, encourages her, gives her advice. Somewhere deep inside his muscular chest, Dimitri knows that his girl can kick ass. And he respects that. And this, my friends, is why he is my ultimate YA crush.

Well… assuming I need an excuse to be crushing on Dimitri ;)

– Ana @ What YA Reading

Peeta from The Hunger Games

My YA crush is Peeta from THE HUNGER GAMES. The man is blonde, artistic, a survivor, AND he bakes. Ladies..come on. There’s no competition.

 – Lindsay from Lindsay Cummings

Adam Wilde from If I Stay series

If you would have known me in my teenage years, you would know that Adam from If I Stay was my type. Completely my type. Adam and his skinny jeans, black lucky t-shirt, singer in a band, punk/emo and I would have probably developed an unhealthy obsession with him when I was in high school. Forman doesn’t give much of a physical description of Adam which is probably another thing that draws me in, because I have made him into whatever I wanted him to be in my head.

I also love how much he loves Mia. He loves all of her so much it makes my heart happy to think of it. He encourages her and loves her family as well. He wants the best for Mia because he truly believes she deserves nothing but the absolute best.

Where She Went gives us deeper side of him that we don’t see much of in YA characters. We get to see Adam at his most vulnerable moments and I wanted nothing more than to snuggle him while he was going through so much pain. He is absolutely broken and it’s heartbreaking to see him go through these things.  We see him practically fall apart and we see that he is strong enough to get through it. Basically, he is just amazing on every level.

– Lauren @ Lauren Gets Literal

Ash from the Iron Fey series

My favorite YA Crush is Ash from The Iron Fey series. He’s an ice prince yes, and he gives up everything to be with Meghan. He ignores the fact that it is forbidden for them to be together, and he doesn’t even care what others will think. At first, it appears he has a heart of ice, but he’s super warm-hearted once you get to know him. He also can fight like no other and is completely noble. He is practically perfect! Go Team Ash! :)

 – Erica @ The Book Cellar

Patch from the Hush, Hush series

My YA crush just has to be Patch from the Hush Hush Series he’s perfect! Ultimately perfect!! I mean who wouldn’t want him sent to look after you and keep you safe then fall in love with you! He’s just ever girls dream guy . . .  well mine anyway. What girls always secretly want is a bad boy and Patch fits the description for me amazingly well! Although he isn’t that bad . . . He just has that bad boy streak which appeals to me. I love reading about him and his part in the books as you never know what to expect next from him.

 – Kerry-Ann @ Reading a Little Bit of Everything

Kaleb from Hourglass

My YA crush is Kaleb from Myra McEntire’s Hourglass series. He’s a bad-boy, an empath and completely in love with someone he’s not supposed to be. He flips every single one of my triggers. I can’t wait to read more about him in Timepiece.

 – Dulcy @ My Summer Girl Books

Hale from Heist Society

W.W. Hale (or just Hale) from Heist society by Ally Carter

Why I love Hale-

He comes with an air of mystery from a non-existent family, and although you don’t really know what he’s thinking, you know that he’ll never let you down. Not only is he gorgeous and an extremely talented thief, but hes loaded. His never ending excess of money lets him do what ever he wants, and help his friends in whatever crazy schemes they come up with, from his multiple private jets and yachts, to a house in every place you can think of. Hale is extremely charismatic, which just aids in letting people fall into Kat and his con’s. Hales is extremely smart, sarcastic, and a good actor, but most of all he’s extremely loving and protective of his friends, and the new family that Kat has brought him into.

 – Dana @ Dana Does Read

Finn from Something, Maybe

Okay, I fell in love with Finn just by reading the BLURB of the book. God, what can’t YA guys be real? I love his humor, his constant blushing and his pure awesomeness in pissing Josh (ick) off. But what I love most is that even though he’s a jock, he’s always nice to everyone and just a really sweet guy. He’s stand up against his jock buddies if they were hurting anyone. PLUS he brings food for Hannah, because he knows she gets hungry every shift. Come on, who couldn’t say no to a guy like that? :D

 – Rabiah @ I Live for Reading

Catcher from The Dead Tossed Waves

Only one character comes to mind when I think YA crush, Catcher. Catcher a major character in Dead Tossed Waves, and Dark and Hollow Places of Carrie Ryan’s zombie trilogy is a traditional look at something different. Traditional meaning Catcher believes that he is a monster when he of course is not. Catcher is the only one immune to zombies. After he was bitten himself he can now walk amongst them without harm. He is awesome, courageous, and always the white knight. His first appearance in Dark and Hollow Places is the smoothest and heroic debut I have read so far that my jaw literally dropped, and yes I read it more than once. He is the quiet loner type that every girl swoons over and never falters when protecting what he loves. Since he is the only immune in existence he does not know if he is able to infect anyone, so he must keep his distant from the very ones he must protect.  Angst, heartbreak, and heroism tied up in a tattered ribbon.

 – Celine @ I Blog U Read

Four from Divergent

There’s lots to love about Four from Veronica Roth’s Divergent. From his dreamy deep blue eyes to his tough yet intelligent demeanour as instructor for the Dauntless, he’s the perfect match for Tris. Mysterious and alluring, passionate yet reserved, it’s obvious that he’s tough – he’s teaching her how to kick-ass and fight! – but you can always tell that there’s more to him than meets the eye. I love how his relationship with Tris is one that’s built on mutual admiration and respect and while obviously they’re attracted to each other, it’s so much nicer that they can fall in love without the need for a dramatic love triangle or an unhealthy obsessive dependency on each other. Four helps Tris conquer her fears and they push each other to succeed on their own merits, which is what every girl really wants in life – someone who can see you at your lowest, and still say, “You look tough as nails.” I’d take that guy over your average brooding bad boy any day.

 – Lisa @ Read Between the Lines

Mara from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

She’s feisty, she’s witty, she’s sarcastic. She’s insane, and the decisions she makes aren’t always the best. Mara Dyer from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is the complete opposite of me. She’s one of those people that says what everybody is thinking. Never thinking about the consequence of her actions or words, Mara is outspoken and sarcastic, and intimidated by almost no one. Where I am thoughtful and non-confrontational, Mara seems to look for every chance she gets. The things that she gets into due to her outspoken nature are the complete opposite of me. And opposites attract, right?

 – HD @ Reading Writing Breathing

Otieno from Shadows on the Moon

My YA crush has to be Otieno from Shadows on the Moon. From the initial description of him with his dreadlocks and blue tattoos I started to swoon, by the time we discover he is a scholar I knew it was going to be love. I found his general attitude pretty attractive, and I loved the way he really understood Suzume. The fact he spends enough time away from his books to be an accomplished archer? Icing on a very lovely cake. Otieno is just the sort of boy I like, smart, sporty and sexy!

 – Jenni @ Juniper’s Jungle

Well, what do you think of the choices above? Any that you adore as well?

And let’s hear more from the boys! You must have YA crushes – or are the girls in YA right now not too crushworthy?

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!