[Contains spoilers for these book series: Starcrossed, The Mara Dyer Chronicles, Violet Eden Chronicles, Percy Jackson and the Olympians]
These aren’t the only male book characters I love, but if I had to pick my top 12, that’s how it would look:
- Julien Alexandre Du Cranier (Kuss des Dämons)
If you would ask me which male book character I would marry I guess I would answer Julien. I first read this triology when I was 12 and now I’m nearly 18 and I still love him with all my heart. His love for Dawn is so pure and never-ending, he would do anything to protect her; even sacrifice his life. He is a really mysterious person and it’s not easy to understand him and his intentions all the time, but he has a good heart. And even though he believes that he’s a monster, everyone who has read the books knows that that’s far from the truth. When someone asks me why I would choose Julien, my answer is: He is smart and loves to read, music flows through his veins and I would to die to hear him play something on his violin for me, he loves to travel and is always interested to learn more about the world and most importantly he would never fail to make me laugh and he would love me so deeply and passionate that I woudn’t need to worry about him ever losing interest in me.
- Hector Delos (Starcrossed)
Hector is my all time favorite male book character and I love him for many reasons. The way he cares for his family and how he lightens up every situation with his witty comments. The way he calls Helen “Princess” and how he is always there for her (their friendship is my favorite thing about the books). I love that he is so strong and so vulnerable at the same time and when he temporarely died in the third book, I died with him. Sometimes I still wish that Josephine Angelini would’ve written a spin-off about him.
- Zed Benedict (Finding Sky)
One of the main reasons I love Zed is his relationship with Sky. He was starting to lose himself before they met each other and she helped him to be his true self. I also love how he seems to be this bad, rebellious guy and then turns out to be so sweet and protective. Moreover, I live for characters like Zed, Noah and Daemon (Lux series) who love to provoke others, in a fun and not serious way. They act like jerks, but are actually the best boyfriends you could wish for.
- Noah Shaw (The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer)
Noah is the book character I feel in love with the fastest. Immediately when he was introduced, I knew that he would storm my heart; and he did. His love for books, his good heart, his endless love for Mara, his witty humor, but also his desire to hurt himself, his messed up family and his struggle with his gift: every part of him made me addicted. And after I finished the third book of the series I was so sad that it was over, but now that I know that in november they will release the first book of a spin-off series about him, I’m more than happy.
- Percy Jackson (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
Percy Jackson was the first book character I fell in love with as the books of Rick Riordan were the first fantasy books I’ve ever read (apart from Beautiful Creatures). His humor and relatability are the things that caught my interest first. He started at the bottom and fought his way to the top; and he thaught me that everyone is in some way a hero. Throughout this series, I fell in love and throughout the heroes of olympus series, I just knew that I made the right choice.
- Phoenix (Violet Eden Chronicles)
I was always the one who loved the bad guys more than the good guys and who never understood why the girls did not pick them. Especially Phoenix found a place in my heart. He cared so deeply for Violet and fought against his dark side to be there for here and to protect her.The scene in the last book on the bridge, where he told her how much she meant to him and they say goodbye to eachother, broke my heart. For me, it seemed like Phoenix loved Violet more than Lincoln, even if it was in a different way.
- Theodore Finch (All The Bright Places)
How he struggled from depression reminded me a lot of myself and somehow I found a really deep and strong connection to him throughout the book. The way he helped Violet to find a new purpose in life, while he was suffering to find his own, was so beautiful and tragic. Also the way he thought, described his feelings and tried to fight the dark black hole in his mind really moved me. All The Bright Places is probably my all time favorite contemporary book and Finch is the reason why.
- Julian Blackthorn (The Dark Artifices)
Julian is stubborn, confident, and does not open up to a lot of people – that’s so me – though he can be very considerate and thoughtful too. He is also a very loving person- there is probably no one who has a more pure heart than him – and when he loves someone, he will love them forever. He is close to perfect, but not entirely perfect, which I love. The way he takes care of his siblings and cares about Emma always manages to melt my heart. His passion for art is just another plus on the list of things, that speak for him. [Btw his brother Ty is one of my favs as well]
- Spence Smith (Violet Eden Chronicles)
Spence is the definition of friendship goals. I mean, look how he supported Violet and how he was ready to risk everything to help her. He is such a goofball and so loveable. Also can we talk about the goodbye scene between Violet and Spence in the fourth book? I wish I had a male best friend like Spence. But it’s more than his friendship with Vi that makes him such a good character. It’s just the way he makes the bad times seem good and the good times seem even better, that makes him irrereplaceable. I just know, that I wouldn’t love the books so much if Spence and Phoenix wouldn’t exist.
- Nico di Angelo (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
His character touched me in a way no other character ever did. I mean, we got to know him as this little, weak boy who cared for no one else in the whole wide world except his big sister. We saw him breaking when his sister died and we watched him overcome this pain and becoming stronger than he has ever been. We saw him finding friends, even though he never wanted to get attached to someone again. We watched him as he discovered his half-sister Hazel and his romantic feelings for Percy. Throughout both book series we watched him growing up and evolving; and that’s what brought him so close to me.
- Ronan Lynch (The Raven Boys)
Ronan is a special case, as I started reading The Raven Boys with no expectations. I read about the book on tumblr, bought it a few days later and fell in love with the story. It is such an interesting idea and I love how it is implemented. Ronan stood out the most to me, as his character has so much depth. On the outside, he seems like this selfish, arrogant, rebellious, rich boy who doesn’t give a fuck about anything. But on the inside, he is this caring, vulnerable, self-critical boy who is the best friend you could ask for. The way he cares about Gansey, Noah, Adam and in some way Blue, is so honest and sincere.
updated: 17/07/17 [I just finished the Covenant series and had to add Seth ♥]
The thing I love most about Seth is probably his diversity. He seems to be this cocky, funny and big-mouthed player whose only purpose is to provocate the people around him. But the more you dive into his character, you can see that he’s hiding a very caring, emotional and loyal side. Alex is the first person he shows this side of him which creates a special connection between them. I love both sides of him equally and he always manages to make me smile and even when I don’t feel like smiling at all.