Characters are the heart of books for me, so, as usual at this time every year, it’s time for me to talk about my favorites!
The way authors can create entirely new people and make them feel real is always incredible, but there are some characters that stand out more than others, whether it’s because they’re so relatable or unique or interesting or sweet, and these are my favorites (which may have turned out to be a couple more than ten, oops) from the books I read this year, in no particular order!
Kett – Dowser Series (Books 4-6)
I know I’m always partial to vampires, but Kett was the most interesting character to me from the start in this series. He started out so cool, calm, and collected, but he got even more interesting the more human he became.
Edward – The Ex-Princess
Edward was earnest, open, patient, sweet, a big nerd, and overall just adorable.
Dominic – Dark Destinies Series
I didn’t take to Dominic immediately, but as the series went on and I got see what an emotional, compassionate person (or vampire) he was, how much he cherished his relationships with others, he really grew on me.
X – Captives
The gruff, imperfect, but good-hearted Hell Diver who manages to survive on sheer determination alone sometimes. Gotta love him.
Neil – Thieves Series
I love many characters in this series, and I’ve mentioned some specific ones before in previous years, but this year I wanted to give Neil a shoutout, since I don’t think I have yet. He’s been through so much, but he never let any of it turn him cruel. He’s such a loyal person to those he cares about and an amazing friend.
Reylan – Arcardia Trust Series
Reylan has really grown on me as the series has gone on. He has a good, compassionate side, but he also has a colder, more vampiric side that I find interesting.
Mykal – The Last Hope
I loved Mykal and his roughness and cheerfulness and emotion. I loved how he was always whittling and sewing and doing things the Grenpale way. He was so sweet to those he cared about. But honestly, I loved all the characters in this book.
Simon & Baz – Simon Snow Series (Books 1 & 2)
Baz is a grumpy vampire, Simon is an explosive ball of magic and violent energy, both are adorable, and I love them.
Fetching – The True Bastards
Fetching was such a badass, holding her own in a position of leadership in a man’s world. She had to deal with so much and make so many difficult decisions, but she did a fantastic job, and she never lost her compassion in the process.
Thornby – Salt Magic, Skin Magic
Thornby was unique and just the right amount of quirky to be realistic but fun to read about. I loved his his absurdity, his confidence, and his cheekiness.
Tom – Baal’s Heart Series
I know I said these were in no particular order, but I do like to choose a #1 favorite, the character who made me fall completely head over heels as a reader. And oh, Tom. What do I even say about Tom? Who couldn’t love this loud, foul-mouthed, mischievous, violence-loving pirate? And then this ruffian turned out to have a secret sweet, emotional side, and gaaaaah. He stole my heart, that sneaky, little thief.