Also, I find it amusing that only 6 of the 16 characters mentioned are normal humans. Not sure if that says more about my taste in books or my taste in men ;-)
Anyway, these characters deserve a shout-out! And maybe I can introduce you all to some awesome ones you'll end up loving as much as I do!
This is actually not an official Top Ten Tuesday topic, I’m just doin’ my own thang to commemorate the end of the year. So my topic is:
Top Ten Male Characters from Books I’ve Read This Year
10. Matthew Diogenes Whitman – The Society Series by Christine Price
Matt was only a small side character in the first book, yet he was still my favorite. When he got his own book (which can be read as as standalone), he was just as funny, but also realistic, as I thought he’d be.
9. Samael AKA Grim AKA the Grim Reaper – The Immortal Sorrows Series by Sherri A. Wingler
It feels weird choosing the Grim Reaper, but he’s hilarious. He’s deranged and messed up in the head, but he owns it. (And I’m not even referring to his job.) He is who he is, so he just does his thing.
8. Adrian Faulkner – The Nightlife San Antonio by Travis Luedke
Adrian is the most raw, rough, honest, gritty character I’ve ever read. I love him for it.
7. Ash & Lyre – Steel & Stone Series by Annette Marie
The perfect pair to have your back! Ash is all sorts of mysterious and the most badass of all daemons, but with a heart of gold. And Lyre is playful, kind, and a lot more deadly and cunning than he looks.
6. Danello del’Sebore & Jeatar Bespaar (Is that his last name?) – The Healing Wars by Janice Hardy
Danello is such a sweetheart! You can’t not love him. And Jeatar is badass, but not just in a fighting kind of way, rather in a ridiculously intelligent, stealthy, cool, calm, collected, take-charge kind of way.
5. Elijah Walker – INK Series by Bella Roccaforte
Eli is a manipulative alcoholic, but he’s so realistic, broken, and ridiculously well-written that, even though I wouldn’t want him in my real life, I can’t help but have this soft spot for him as a character.
4. Sasha Kelly – The Incubus Saga by Amanda Meuwissen
Sasha is open, compassionate, and loving. He wears his heart on his sleeve and has insecurities but fights past them and stays pure of heart.
3. Ryn Larkenwood – Creepy Hollow Series by Rachel Morgan
Ryn stole my heart by being an asshole. He’s witty, charming, snarky, and brutally honest, but he’s secretly really caring and all around lovable.
2. Marcus Vorenus – Thieves Series by Lexi Blake & Hunter Series by Lexi Blake
Marcus is trusting and open, but also lonely and brooding (I’m cliche, so sue me). He’s the type of person you could stay up all night with having meaningful conversations. And, to top it all off, he’s a gorgeous, Italian vampire. (Did you really think I was going to make this list and not include at least one?)
1. Emery Thane – The Paper Magician Series by Charlie N. Holmberg
Basically, Emery is quirky and sweet and unique and sees the world differently and has hidden passion for the things he cares about and is always himself and doesn’t care what people think— *gasps for air* In other words, he’s perfect.
Runner Up #3: The Uncle – Drown by Esther Dalseno
I can’t say much because spoilers, but I really liked him, even if he did have a furry parasite on his face ;-)
Runner Up #2: Marko & The Will – Saga Series by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
Marko is just adorable and sweet one of those people who seems beautiful on the inside and out, and The Will is a surprisingly awesome guy despite being sent to kill the main characters.
Runner Up #1: Jeremiah Gallow – Trailer Park Fae by Lilith Saintcrow
He’s this great combination of broken and badass. He’s gruff, harsh, sullen, and sometimes selfish—but sometimes he’s also selfless, and there’s more complexity to him than meets the eye.