Alright, peeps. It’s that time of year again when I tell you all about my favorite characters! I know this probably won’t be my most popular post, but I love it nonetheless because characters are my lifeblood. They are what gives me the emotion and the feels when I read, and that’s what I love most in books. I might still sometimes give a book a high rating even without great characters if it’s well-written enough, but it’s the books with great characters that are truly memorable to me, regardless of their rating.
And on that note, here are my favorite male characters from books I’ve read this year! (Not really in order since that’s hard.) (Except for #1. That one is definitely #1.) (Also I made the graphic ahead of time and was too lazy to change it, so there’s actually more than ten on this list. You should know by now that I’m unable to make decisions.)
Ten Thirteen Male Characters from Books I Read in 2016
13. Daniel Donovan, Devinshea Quinn, & Marcus Vorenus – Thieves Series by Lexi Blake
This was a reread, so I thought I had included all three on my list last year, but it turns out I only included Marcus. I guess I just love these characters more and more each time I read the books <3
12. Warner – Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi
Warner’s just so interesting and intelligent and broken and those are all things I can never resist in a character.
11. Dougal Gunn – Something Wicked by Carol Oates
Dougal kinda stole the show in this book, despite being a side character. He’s kind of boisterous, but he’s so lovable and high-spirited and an incredible friend to Henry.
10. Robot IV – Saga Series by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
IV was my phone background for a while, so it only seemed fair to include him. He’s not quite the bad guy he seemed to be in the beginning. And the way he helped out and protected Hazel in Vol. 6 was sweet. Plus I love his quippy, sarcastic side :-P
9. Max Pesaro – The Gardella Vampire Hunters Series by Colleen Gleason
All the characters in this series were so witty and hilarious with their digs at each other, but the banter between Max and Victoria was the best because they were both so good at it.
8. Calvin Kinsey – City of Crows Series by Clara Coulson
Cal is so snarky and funny and badass… but he’s also scared, and suffers from PTSD from the trauma he went through, and loses pretty much every fight he gets into with supernaturals. It makes him seem real.
7. Cambrian Branch – The Heartless City by Andrea Berthot
Cam was a side character, but he’s just so genuine and enthusiastic and lovable!
6. Damon – Mad God Walking by Connor Drexler
Damon is such an interesting character because he isn’t human is still trying to understand the human world, including emotions, and it’s all written in a really great way.
5. Lynn Seymour – Wriggle & Sparkle by Megan Derr
Lynn is this big, scary, surly kraken shifter, but with a heart of gold. He’s also a total mushball when it comes to his relationship, and he loves collecting anything with squid/octopi on them. Basically he’s just an adorable mass of contradictions.
4. Riser Thornbrook – Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey
If you read my review for Shadow Fall, then you already know I spent most of the review just talking about Riser. He’s just super interesting and murderous and cunning. He also ate cat food at one point, so there’s that.
3. Thaddeus Dupont & Sarasija Mishra – Hours of the Night Series by Irene Preston & Liv Rancourt
I just kind of adore both of these characters. Sara is hilarious and realistic and super relatable as a twenty-something, and Thad has such a unique perspective on everything because of his religious beliefs and upbringing and now life as a vampire.
2. Matheus Taylor – Real Vampires Don’t Sparkle Series by Amy Fecteau
As I mentioned in one of my reviews, Matheus is my spirit animal. Or really, he’s just me. We’re like the same person, except he’s probably a lot more hilarious.
1. Noah Burckhardt – The Immortal Coil Series by J. Armand
Cowboy turned vampire turned martial arts master/assassin. (By the way, I used the cover that has his image on it since that seemed fitting.) If you had told me upon reading the first book in this series that Noah of all characters would make my #1 spot, I’d have never believed you. He’s so cocky and egotistical and crazy, but, as I got to know him more over the course of the series and see past those walls he built up, I started to really feel for him, and he just kinda stole my heart <3