SURPRISE SURPRISE. I am, as ever, obsessed with Cait @ Paper Fury’s blog (AM I GETTING REPETITIVE YET???) and she had a fabulous idea to start the Smashing and Dashing 2016 Character Awards #booktag SO OF COURSE I’M JOINING IN BECAUSE GENIUS. Who doesn’t love screaming about their favorite characters? I DO.
SO MANY THANKS TO CAIT AND IF YOU HAVEN’T CHECKED HER BLOG OUT DO SO IMMEDIATELY.
1. MOST RELATABLE CHARACTER
The most relatable character award for me has to go to Jeb from the Splintered trilogy because he has been through abuse and is fighting his demons. It is so much more common than anyone thinks and I love that Howard brought light to it!
2. MOST PURE AND PRECIOUS ANIMAL COMPANION
AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO APPRECIATED ESA THE CAT IN A GATHERING OF SHADOWS? So much sass. #love.
3. FIERCEST FIGHTER
This one is kind of unfair so I will be naming more than one winner.
First, Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows especially the more we get to know him throughout Crooked Kingdom, we see just how much he has fought not only physically but emotionally. I LOVE KAZ GIVE ME MORE.
Second, Matthias Helvar, also from Six of Crows (ACTUALLY CAN I CHOOSE ALL OF THE SIX OF CROWS CAST??????? I CAN’TTT) He has had his crude beleifs hammered into his head since childhood, and still manages to fend them off and choose right (BECAUSE NINA IS EVERYTHING AND MATTHIAS IS BETTER THAN WAFFLES)
Third and last (BUT BY FAR NOT LEAST MY BEAUTIES) I’ll go with Winter from The Lunar Chronicles. She, too has had beliefs thrown at her and resisted, knowing for herself what was right and following it, despite the fact that it is slowly making her lose her mind and will one day kill her.
4. MOST AMAZING SIDEKICK
Not sure if she really counts as a sidekick, but if I say so anything goes! LILA BARD from A Darker Shade of Magic. Is there anyone more badass or daring or wanting for adventure?? I think not.
5. ONE YOU’RE SURPRISED YOU LOVED
Katharine from Three Dark Crowns. Funnily enough, out of all the three sisters, she was the one I fell in love with! I think she will be a force to be reckoned with.
6. BEST SASSMASTER
SASS IS THE BEST. And for the sassiest character of the year I will choose Morpheus. If you have read the Splintered trilogy you will understand 32819270%.
Um and we also can’t forget Nina from Six of Crows. So. Much. Sass. And waffles. And there isn’t a better combination out there.
And one more (is this cheating???? WHO CARES??) Prince Rhys from Shades of Magic because he is the epitome of sass and I love him.
7. BEST ANTI-HERO AND MORALLY GREY GRAPE
Kaz Brekker wins again. I mean, he is the EPITOME of Anti-Heroes………..
8. BEST WORST VILLAIN TO HATE
Hmmmmmm a crappy villain. I can’t really say I had any bad villains this year (lucky me! also knock on wood). SO SKIPPING.
9. TRULY ASTOUNDING WORST YA PARENTS
Honestly pretty much any parents in The Impostor Queen that are willing to give up their daughter forever for money by faking them being a queen (dying their daughters’ hair red, painting birthmarks on, etc.)
Also can I please say JAN VAN ECK IS THE WORST (Six of Crows). Mostly because of the obvious (disowning and trying to have his son killed simply because he can’t read)
UM and the parents of the Triplets in Three Dark Crows. OKAY I HAD THESE TRIPLETS NOW TAKE THEM AWAY AND I’LL DO MY OWN THING.
10. TRULY ASTOUNDING BEST YA PARENTS
Alyssa’s Parents in Splintered because by the end they are all in it together!
11. TOOT TOOT BEST SHIP OF THEM ALL
I have to say hands down my favorite ship is Etolan and Rune from RoseBlood. But, since I know it’s not out yet (BUT I DID READ IT THIS YEAR AND LOVED IT SO FEEL FREE TO READ MY REVIEW AND PREORDER NOW), I will name another (BECAUSE THERE ARE LOTS)
Matthias and Nina from Six of Crows
And also Morpheus and Alyssa from Splintered because. BECAUSE GUYS.
12. THE MOST IN NEED OF PROTECTION
Surprisingly enough (or NOT SURPRISINGLY AT ALL) my nomination here is Kaz Brekker of course. HE NEEDS PROTECTION FROM THE WORLD AND SIMPLY TO BE LOVED.
13. BEST LITTLE ROYAL
UM. RHYS from Shades of Magic. RHYS ALL THE WAY PLEASE.
14. VERY SURPRISED YOU’RE STILL ALIVE
Arisnoe from Three Dark Crowns because she’ll go to literally any length to prove her naturalist skills which have not yet manifested, including getting mauled by a bear she thinks is supposed to be her familiar, and tricking said bear to attend a party full of people. HOW EVEN IS SHE STILL ALIVE.
16. BEST AT HORRIBLE DECISION MAKING
Tee hee. This would most certainly have to be Thorne from Cress (Lunar Chronicles). Because he does some terrible things and almost chases off the love of his life.
17. MOST IN NEED OF A
Nina from Six of Crows. SHE ALWAYS NEEDS WAFFLES. AS DO WE ALL –> Spirit animal (naps are good too but DESSERTS!!!!)
So I left out three because of my #laziness and YOU MUST DEAL.
Tell me, what were some of your favorite characters this year?? CAN YOU EVEN REMEMBER OR DO YOU HAVE MUSH BRAIN LIKE ME??