Literary Swoon: YA Authors Dish on their Fictional Crushes!

February 13, 2014 2014, guest post, literary swoon, Uncategorized, Wendy 74

LitSwoon 2014

Welcome to our third annual Literary Swoon series! Every year we invite authors we love to chat with us about all kinds of romantic literary subjects, because who better to find feels-inducing books for us than the writers who excel at that themselves? This year we wanted to know: who are their favorite fictional crushes?

I personally think the people and characters you’re drawn to say a lot about you, so I loved hearing what this year’s authors had to say. All seven of them wrote fantastic pieces that are so great in helping us add swoon-worthy books to our reading piles. Get those TBR lists ready, because you’re going to want to snap up these books if you haven’t already read them!

~ Wendy

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I’m crushing on this fictional character in honor of my teen self, who would’ve died a thousand deaths to save this bad boy from all his glorious bad-boy-ness: Ronan Lynch, from Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys series. Teen me always went after the baddest of the bad, the boys who might as well have been wearing T-shirts that proclaimed, WARNING: I WILL LEGIT BREAK YOUR HEART. She thought she could save them with love, or lust, or something like that, and Ronan would’ve been a prime candidate. The boy is a tortured soul, full of rage, hot-tempered, plagued by nightmares of the most vicious creatures imaginable. He fights. He curses. He drag races. He’s got a crazy tattoo. Yet for all his anger and secrets, Ronan is a fiercely loyal friend with a deeply passionate soul, a combination that would’ve melted teen me’s heart. A date on the dangerous side with a boy who carries a baby raven and never lies? Yes, please.

Maybe not the traditional definition of swoon, but yeah. This is why teen me was always getting into trouble!

Gansey had once told Adam that he was afraid most people didn’t know how to handle Ronan. What he meant by this was that he was worried that one day someone would fall on Ronan and cut themselves.

The Raven Boys

He was clearly related to Declan: same nose, same dark eyebrows, same phenomenal teeth. But there was a carefully cultivated sense of danger to this Lynch brother. This was not a rattlesnake hidden in the grass, but a deadly coral snake striped with warning colors. Everything about him was a warning: If this snake bit you, you had no one to blame but yourself.

The Dream Thieves

Sarah ValentineSarah Ockler is the bestselling author of The Book of Broken Hearts, Bittersweet, Twenty Boy Summer, and Fixing Delilah. Her books have been translated into several languages and have received numerous accolades, including ALA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults, Girls’ Life Top 100 Must Reads, and nominations for YALSA Teens’ Top Ten and NPR’s Top 100 Teen Books. Sarah is a champion cupcake eater, coffee drinker, night person, and bookworm.

When she’s not writing or reading at home in Colorado, she enjoys hugging trees and road-tripping through the country with her husband, Alex. Her latest novel, #scandal, about a girl involved in a social media maelstorm, will be released in June 2014. Visit her online on her website and Twitter.


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My top literary crush is from a book I’ve been reading since I was a kid, but it wasn’t until recent years that I fully appreciated this character’s crush-worthiness: Atticus Finch from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. He’s an intellect, a devoted father, a man unafraid of standing up for justice and equality, and a vulnerable person who’s struggling to keep everything together.

When I was a teen, Gothic romantic heroes such as Mr. Rochester from Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre stole my heart in a second, but now that I’m older, I’ll take Atticus over a brooding, tortured soul any day. It certainly doesn’t hurt that in the movie adaptation Gregory Peck rocks those Atticus suits and glasses (seriously, he does!). My favorite line about the character is the very last one in the book, when he’s keeping vigil over his injured son, who’s just had a brush with violence and death. There’s nothing sexier than a person unafraid to stick around when life turns ugly.

Winters_ValentinesPostCat Winters’ critically acclaimed debut novel In the Shadow of the Blackbirds is a 2014 YALSA Morris Award Finalist, a 2014 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, and a School Library Journal Best Book of 2013.

Her upcoming novel  is The Cure for Dreaming, a dark and magical tale involving hypnotism and women’s suffrage in 1900 America (Amulet Books/October 2014). Visit her online on her website or Twitter.

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My fictional crush is Lincoln from the Violet Eden Chapters. I’m not typically a big fan of love triangles, but Jessica Shirvington’s series is one of those rare books where I adore both guys, but even so, Lincoln comes out on top for me. He’s Australian (sigh) and gorgeous (of course), but mostly I love him because he has the fierce edge, charisma, and protectiveness of an alpha male, but he isn’t a jerk. In fact, he’s incredibly understanding and supportive, and even when he’s furious with Violet, he’s still there for her. I just recently started from the beginning and experienced this whole series again in audiobook, and it was just as addictive the second time around. It’s definitely one of the most heart-wrenching and entertaining cases of forbidden love that I’ve read in a long time, with just the right balance of steam and emotion. Speaking of steam, here’s their first kiss from the first book:

“I pushed passed him. He grabbed my hand and swung me back towards him. Then he pushed me against the wall and… he kissed me.

He ran his thumb along my jawline and down my throat, hips pinning me to the wall. He kissed me slowly and with intensity, and once I got over the mind-numbing shock and comprehended what was actually happening, it was incredible. I had never been kissed like that before. We melted together. Every movement of mine was somehow perfectly mirrored by his. My heart was pounding so hard I knew he must be able to feel it and I was sure my legs were giving way, but he held me up, pushed me harder against the wall.

I grabbed a handful of his hair, remembering all the times I’d dreamed of doing it. I let my hand drift down his back and pulled him even closer to me. It all happened so quickly. I heard him make a low kind of growl and lean into me. His hand slid down my leg behind my knee, drawing it to him. I moaned and felt him tense.”

But sadly, as mind-blowing as their kiss is… there’s something that will keep them apart, even though they both want to be together, which is where that emotion comes in!

“Linc, I have no idea what you’re talking about. I actually thought that was kind of unbelievable as far as kisses go.”

I was glad we were in the dark and he couldn’t see me blushing. He made a sound somewhere between a sigh and a growl of frustration. He pulled me in for a hug, which I fell into, feeling crushed. I had the strangest feeling we were stealing this moment and no matter how tightly I held on, it wouldn’t help. Lincoln’s next words were soft and perhaps not even meant for me, but they burned their way right into my soul.

“Did you ever think we would be anything other than unbelievable?”

Cora carmackCora Carmack is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Losing It series. (A new adult series loved by both Kate and Wendy!)

“Seeking Her,” a Losing It novella, was just released in January 2014, and her next series kicks off in May 2014 with All Lined Up. Visit her online on her website and Twitter to keep up with all her latest news!

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Since we’re talking literary crushes, I feel the need to confess a deep and abiding love for Molly Millions from William Gibson’s Sprawl trilogy. She is the Sherlock to my Watson. The Rainbow Dash to my Fluttershy. If Molly asked, I’d become Mr Millions in a heartbeat. Sadly, this would inevitably spell my death at the hands of my current bride, but I’m sure I’d die grinning like a . . .

Wait . . . my real wife’s never gonna read this, right?

Molly is a “razor girl” (basically a hired thug) with jacked up reflexes, razor-sharp retractable claws under her fingernails and mirrored lenses that let her see in the dark affixed to her eye sockets. These lenses have a kinda odd side effect, in that her tear ducts have been re-routed to her mouth, so basically she can’t cry. She either spits her tears out or just swallows them. YES, THIS WOMAN DRINKS HER OWN TEARS WHILE WATCHING SAD MOVIES OH MY GOD.

So yeah, she’s basically a complete badass, and I love her. The end. (and if you happen to be my real wife reading this – it’s just for the luls, u know I luv u baby, right?)

Jay ValentineJay Kristoff is the author of The Lotus War trilogy, a Japanese-inspired steampunk fantasy. Part 3, will be released in September 2014. He’s also co-author of the upcoming Illumiane (with Amie Kaufman), a YA Sci-Fi… thing, to be released by Knopf/Random House in 2015.

Jay is 6’7 and has approximately 13520 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.


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My boyfriend is Michael Moscovitz, from Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries series. (Or at least Michael would be my boyfriend if I were his age, or if he were my age– at this point it would be intensely creepy and illegal if I was introducing around a 17 year old as my life partner.) Michael is basically everything I look for in a guy: he’s incredibly smart, he’s creative, he’s ambitious, he’s a great problem-solver, he respects women, he’s romantic without being pathetic or cliched, he’s into music, and, bonus, he’s Jewish! He even starts a rock band named after a psych experiment– and I majored in psychology in college. That is a true spiritual bond between us.

In the books, it’s so important to Michael that he make something of himself, to be worthy of Mia’s love, but also he doesn’t put up with too much of Mia’s B.S.–when she’s being truly ridiculous, he calls her on it. I’m confident that Michael Moscovitz and I would get along really great. If you ask him, I’m sure he’d say the same thing.

Leila-1FLeila Sales is the author of the novels Mostly Good Girls, Past Perfect, and This Song Will Save Your Life. Much like the characters in This Song Will Save Your Life, Leila regularly stays up too late and listens to music too loud.

When she’s not writing, she spends her time thinking about sleeping, kittens, chocolate, and the meaning of life. But mostly chocolate. Leila lives and writes in Brooklyn, New York, and works in children’s book publishing. Follow her on Twitter @LeilaSalesBooks.


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One of my MANY fictional crushes (What? I’m good at multi-tasking!) is Noah from Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry. I love Noah because he’s a bad boy on the outside, but he’s driven by love and protectiveness on the inside. He’s just been too wounded by the awful things that have happened in his life to trust allowing anyone into his heart. But when he encounters Echo, a damaged girl with scars on the inside and out, he can’t keep his hardened persona in place. He tries. :) But he falls in love with her, and it’s the kind of love that pushes him to move any mountain standing in his way.

Here’s a scene where Noah is realizing that Echo means more to him than he realized.

“Tender hands wove into my hair, guiding my head to hers. I inhaled her delicious, warm scent: cinnamon rolls, straight out of the oven. The first taste of her lips didn’t disappoint. Sweet sugar teased my tongue, heightening my awareness of the gift Echo offered to me.

This girl owned my soul and stole my heart. She’d opened herself to me, giving me love and never asked for anything in return. I deepened our kiss, the words I love you stuck in my mind.”

CJ ValentineC.J. Redwine loves fairy tales, lemon bars, and any movie starring Johnny Depp. She is the author of the Defiance trilogy, a post-apocalyptic fantasy from Balzer + Bray/Harper Collins. C.J. lives in Nashville with her husband, four kids, two cats, and one long-suffering dog.

To learn more about C.J., visit her website, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Tumblr.


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One of the things I love about The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson is that the people seem very, very real. When I read the first book, I had no idea which of the mean I wanted to root for as a romantic match for the heroine, Elisa. But then I just got distracted by the whole thing because I was too busy rooting for Elisa herself. That said, there was one man who I liked the best, from the first mustache twitch: Hector. I fell in love with him slowly (much like Elisa did). He was true, and he saw who Elisa really was from the very start. While other people focused on Elisa’s appearance, Hector appreciated Elisa for her personality and thoughts. He cared about WHO she was, not what, and that is why I adore him.

I can’t help it, I find Hector’s mustache twitches adorable! He’s so stoic–it’s only his mustache that gives away what he’s really thinking :) Here’s a quote from the first book in the series:

My cheeks feel hot, and my hands are sweating. “I just assumed you would be Queen’s Guard.” I wait an eternity for his answer. Then his face relaxes, and his mustache twitches with the influence of a soft smile. “I would be honored, Your Majesty.” I exhale in relief. “Oh, thank God.”

Beth ValentineBeth Revis is the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and IndieBound bestselling author of the Across the Universe series(Razorbill/Penguin ), as well as several in-world short stories published in various anthologies. The books are currently available in more than 20 languages.

Beth is currently working on a new science fiction novel for Razorbill. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.


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Our thanks to the wonderful authors who stopped by to share their fictional crushes with us today! So what do you think–have you read these books the authors chose? Do you crush on any of these characters, too?

Also, be sure to join us tomorrow when The Midnight Garden girls post our own fictional crushes! SWOON WITH US, PEEPS.

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74 Responses to “Literary Swoon: YA Authors Dish on their Fictional Crushes!”

  1. Vivien

    I utterly agree with Ronan from The Raven Boys. I do think he’s my favorite of the bunch. But OH SO HARD to choose just one. I’m so very eager to read the next in the series!! My literary crush would be Dimitri Belikov. He just swept me off my feet!! *swoon*

  2. Tanja

    This is such an amazing post! I love to see that some of my favorite authors have book crushes as well. That’s amazing. I haven’t meet all of these but yeah Noah is for sure on my list of book boyfriend and of course boys from The Dream Thief. Who can resist them. And I love Jay’s post, cause he is always being, well Jay. Thanks for sharing, Wendy :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, Tanja! I always love hearing who everyone’s crushing on, too, especially authors who write great romances or stories themselves.

      RONAN. <3

      And JAY. <3 Hee hee.

  3. Rashika

    (Don’t mind my lack of organization in this comment :P It’s so hard to organize fangirlingness :P)

    Is it weird that Cat’s comment about Atticus makes me want to give To Kill a Mockingbird another shot???

    Jay just made me laugh with the way he described his literary crush :P

    And Lelia brought up the good old days when I read the first book in the Princess Diary series. I do remember having a huge crush on Michael but I never continued with the series after obsessing over it for a month so my crush could never fledge into love.. :P Maybe one of these days I’ll get around to completing it even though I know everything that happens :P

    My reasons for having a crush on Noah weren’t completely the same as CJ Redwine’s. I wasn’t his biggest fan until his brothers were brought into the picture and I was a goner than. His loyalty and love for what remained of his family broke my heart and made me cry.

    OKAY BETH REVIS WAS THE LAST STRAW. I need to repick the Girl of Fire and Thrones series. The first book didn’t work for me but….Hector was a very intriguing character and what with everything everyone is saying about him makes me want to dive in. And the series is finished so no waiting for last books! :P

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I don’t think I’ve giggled this much in a while :P seeing authors swoon over their literary crushes ;) Now I am off to read your guys’ literary crushes :D
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    • Wendy Darling

      No, because you should read TKAM! Such a great book.

      Jay pretty much makes me laugh no matter what he’s doing. When I sent him a thank you note after I got his crush, he sent me back a youtube video of MeatLoaf singing “I Would Do Anything for Love” which made me burst into giggles at 2 in the morning.

      I think a lot of people love CJ’s choice of crushes for a lot of different reasons. ;)

      Same for me on Fire and Thorns! I feel like I need to give that book another chance.

      And yay, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. This is always one of my favorite features to do every year.

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh my gosh, get thee to a bookstore so you can swoon over Ronan Lynch with us! It’s such a fantastic book, I thought it was even better than The Raven Boys.

      I am a big Maggie boy fan, too. Um. As evidenced by our post today, where I talk about one of my favorite boys that she wrote.

  4. Darith L.

    Lovely post! I really like Cat Winters’ answer! I remember reading To Kill a Mockingbird in grade 10, and even though I don’t remember how it ended, it was a very good read. :D Beth Revis’s answer makes me want to read Rae Carson’s books immediately! :D

    • Wendy Darling

      Atticus Finch is just a fine, fine specimen of a man. :) Such a great book, too.

      I actually had a hard time getting into Fire and Thorns when I first picked it up for some reason (I’m hit or miss with fantasy anyway, but it also could have been my mood), but yes, Beth’s swooning over Hector makes me wish I’d been more patient before I gave the books away on the blog. SO many people love it.

  5. Layla A

    Ah, I love this as an idea for a post.

    YA!Layla would have been head-over-heels for Cath from Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl. Seriously. She is everything that would have made my geeky girl heart go pitter-patter: she’s shy (catnip!), writes fanfic, and has a wicked sense of humor. Part of this is probably also that I loved Fangirl itself so intensely and it’s difficult to separate my love for the book out from this question.

    2014 style: Sebastian Malheur from Courtney Milan’s The Countness Conspiracy. Or Mark Turner from Milan’s Turner series. Talk to me some more about male abstinence and social justice, Mark. (I love Courtney Milan’s heroes with a fiery burning passion because they are, without fail, usually really good at consent and not being total assholes)
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    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, Cath is so great! I can see the appeal of trying to coax her out of her shyness.

      I’ve only read Governess Affair and A Kiss for Midwinter so far, but I really like Courtney Milan’s heroes, too! I need to read the others asap if the other guys are just as swoony.

      I’m all for alpha males, but I’m always surprised when I come across love interests these days that are assholes, too. That’s such a throwback to old school romances (especially rapey historical ones).

  6. Giselle

    Omg I love this post and perfect for near-valentine’s day too! We’re doing our own book boyfriends tomorrow! :D The one I love the most from this list would be Noah from PtL – though Isaiah from that series is who I’d steal! >.< Katie can write some yummy guys!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, awesome! We posted our crushes today, so I’ll have to visit you guys’ boyfriends, too. It’s all so silly but all so fun. :D

    • Wendy Darling

      A lot of people are swooning over CJ’s pick! And Sarah is the COOLEST. Not only as an author and online, but I hear she’s super fun at signings as well.

      Yesssss, please read DREAM THIEVES. It’s mostly Ronan’s story, and it’s an amazing one.

  7. Mel

    Gosh I have so many fictional crushes…. just where to begin? Well. having always loved Maggie Stiefvater, and now eagerly awaiting book 3 of The Raven Boys – I have to say Gansey does it for me – but I can see Sara Ockler’s attraction to Ronan Lynch! I,ve just finished reading Gayle Forman’s Just one day and Just one year so have formed an attachment to Willem. But I think my all time fictional boy crush is Raffe from Angelfall……I don’t know there is just something about bad boys………..Looking forward to hearing about your fictional boy crushes Wendy and Co!

    • Wendy Darling

      Gansey got pretty dreamy in The Dream Thieves! I wasn’t feeling the connection between him and Blue as strongly as other people did in the first book, but I definitely saw it in the second. I loved Sarah’s choice of Ronan.

      I liked Willem as well. I haven’t read JOY yet, but he was great in the first book.

      And hey, if you like Raffe, you will enjoy our own fictional crushes, which we just posted today! ;)

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh man, you will have such a hard time picking just one Raven Boy, Lily. They’re like potato chips. :D

      And yay! Didn’t our authors write fantastic posts for us this year? I’m always so pleased with all the swoon-worthy moments they show us. Sounds like both you and I need to introduce/reintroduce ourselves to some of these crushes, too.

  8. Heather @ Buried in Books

    I’m reading the Girl of Fire and Thorn, well listening to the series, right now and I love Hector, too. And Ronan. Also listening to that. I have never heard of Jay’s crush, but that doesn’t surprise me, in the least!

    What a great post! I love to see what makes authors tick and knowing their literary crushes is just part of that. Thanks for this!
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    • Wendy Darling

      I knew Jay would pick something cool, as well as something no one else would likely choose. There’s a romantic heart beating beneath all that manly swagger, so I was really curious about his choice, too! I haven’t read the Sprawl series, but I hear it’s fantastic.

      Lots of Hector love today. And yessssss, Ronan, too! That boy breaks my heart. Well, all the Raven Boys do. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post!

  9. Jasprit

    Ha! I would never have thought that I would find a guy with a mustache twitch swoon worthy, but Beth’s description and enthusiasm for Hector definitely makes me want to meet him soon. I remember when I went to the Leila Sales event over here and when she mentioned her love for Michael I was sitting there with a big dopey grin on my face because he is one of my favourite fictional crushes ever. She is totally spot on in why he would make the perfect boyfriend! And how fantastic does Lincoln sound? I really must meet him asap too! I love these author posts that you ladies share with us around Valentines day, thank you for the awesome recommendations, I certainly have a great list of guys to choose from tomorrow ;)
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    • Wendy Darling

      Awww! It’s nice to know Leila is spreading her love for Michael M. around everywhere she goes. I have been meaning to read Princess Diaries for the longest time (even Mira Grant recommend the series–machete-wielding Mira Grant!), and I know it has to be fun.

      Lincoln DOES sound fantastic! I’ve had Violet Eden around forever as well and just never got around to it. Cora’s reminder is timely one. :)

    • Wendy Darling

      It is VERY hard to narrow it down to one Raven Boy for sure. That Blue has all the luck. :P Well, maybe not if we don’t kill the ones we love by kissing them.

      Atticus IS pretty dreamy. A standout among men, and so interesting that we feel this was when the character is presented to us without any romantic figures at all. Just a great father and human being.

  10. Kate

    I tried to post this earlier, but the internet has gone out for a huge chunk of our city–grrr…..
    We’ll see if this goes through! :)

    What a fantastic post for the day before Valentine’s Day!! I’m excited to see the crushes of the Midnight Garden bloggers tomorrow. Valentine’s Day is perfect for talking about our fictional crushes and other fun things. :) I can definitely relate to Beth Revis’s crush on Hector–he is definitely one of my fictional crushes. I’m currently reading The Bitter Kingdom and love that series.
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    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, sorry Kate–we modify our comments, so that may be why you thought there was an issue! Isn’t there a note that pops up saying so? Or does it disappear really fast? I should ask someone to test it.

  11. Kate

    What a fantastic post for the day before Valentine’s Day!! I’m excited to see the crushes of the Midnight Garden bloggers tomorrow. Valentine’s Day is perfect for talking about our fictional crushes and other fun things. :) I can definitely relate to Beth Revis’s crush on Hector–he is definitely one of my fictional crushes. I’m currently reading The Bitter Kingdom and love that series.

    • Wendy Darling

      We’re always coy and make everybody wait to hear our choices, hah. I let a couple of mine slip today as I was visiting blogs because I saw other people confessing their book boyfriends, though. ;)

      I still have yet to read the first GOFAT book! (Oh man, what an awkward acronym.)

    • Wendy Darling

      Thank you, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! We were lucky to have such gracious and playful authors for this year’s feature. I’m always on the lookout for swoon-worty characters, hee hee.

  12. Larissa

    This post was definitely such a fun one to read :) I loved hearing from some familiar authors, and some who I didn’t know of. It’s interesting to hear about who they swoon over! I’ve got to admit though, I haven’t heard of a lot of the people they mentioned. Reading about Atticus Finch and Michael Moscovitz brought back some memories hah. Can’t wait to see who’s going to make tomorrow’s list of swoon worthy guys :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      Yay, I’m glad you liked it! It’s always so fun when authors share what they’re reading or what they love best. And I’m actually pleased when there are books I haven’t read yet, so that I have more things to look forward to. It’s also interesting to me sometimes that I will know about a book for years, and even read a few reviews, but then someone will suddenly say exactly the right thing years later that will make me want to read it straight away.

    • Wendy Darling

      RONAN! <3 <3 <3 <3 I was happy to see he was the top choice for Sarah, too. I'm so curious what's going to happen to him. And to Blue. And to all the Raven boys. *sigh*

  13. Lucy

    This is so fun! It’s so interesting to see who authors think are crush worthy. I quite like Hector and Noah as well. And I’m curious about the Violet Eden Chapters. Can’t wait to see the Midnight Garden team crushes tomorrow!
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    • Wendy Darling

      I’ve had the first couple Violet Eden books FOREVER and I still haven’t read them yet! Reading Cora’s swoon over them makes me kick myself for not getting to them sooner, though.

      I’m already embarrassed ahead of time about my list. But I swear, I really did narrow it down.

    • Wendy Darling

      Aw, thanks! I loved reading over these when I got their guest posts in, and then it’s fun all over again to see them put together. I’m always interested in seeing whether people will choose the same thing, but it hasn’t happened yet! At least in the same year, I think we had two people pick Jane Austen the first and second year. But that’s understandable.

    • Wendy Darling

      I hear Cora is a darling! It’s so fun you were able to meet her at a signing, I bet she’d be super fun to hang out with. I’m glad we could help add to your no-doubt-miles-high TBR pile, too. :P

      • Jessica Cooley

        Thank goodness! I was worried – none of my heart melters were on the list! Someone should put Park up too. I might just have to make a list of my top heart-melting boys.
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        • Wendy Darling

          Oh yes, please! I’m always curious who everyone’s book boyfriends are. My GoodReads friends challenge question is actually the same thing, hah. I’m a little obsessed. I’d love to hear your answers!

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, thanks! I always look forward to doing this feature every year, it’s one of my favorites.

      And YES you have to give STORMDANCER a try. You will absolutely love Buruu. I would like a Buruu of my own, to cuddle with, and to help me avoid traffic jams.

  14. kimbacaffeinate

    Ooo I will explore all of these crushes and I actually have the first Atticus book and still haven’t read it..apparently I am in the middle of an epic fail and need to remedy this. What a fun post and it is neat to see what some of my favorite YA authors are reading.
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    • Wendy Darling

      TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is amazing. It’s one of those classics that you enjoy reading and stays with you for years and years, I hope you get a chance to read it soon, Kimba! I have to read some of these books myself, too.

      • kimbacaffeinate

        Well now I feel beyond stupid, I am home sick today and when I saw Atticus I was thinking of The Iron Druid Chronicles. Which is why I said I have the first book. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my all time favorite reads, and one I re-read all of the time. I so wish she had written more.
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        • Wendy Darling

          Ohhh, I’m sorry I misunderstood! I’m glad you love TKAM. :) I also need to read those Iron Druid books sometime, I hear they’re fantastic.

          I hope you feel better soon, too. I was sick for almost two months recently and it is such a huge bummer.

  15. Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    Who hasn’t had a crush on Atticus Finch at some point in their lives? Seriously, he should be the role model for ALL men: kind, handsome, and courageous. *dies* Of course, I adore Hector and Ronan too. *dreamy sigh* ;)

    I love hearing from authors, so thanks for this fantastic post, Wendy! :D
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    • Wendy Darling

      III know! A man who is honorable and kind AND might look like Gregory Peck? I’m sold. ;) I have yet to read the Fire and Thorn series, but I do love Ronan, too!

    • Wendy Darling

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post! And yeah, I told the authors it didn’t necessarily have to be a YA crush, because I’m always curious to see what they’ll say. I liked the Atticus pick, too.

  16. julie@my5monkeys

    I love learning all the author’s swoon worthly characters :) Goes and double checks if I have read the books . I adore Noah, Hector, Ronan .
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    • Wendy Darling

      Aren’t they fun? They picked such good ones! I’ve only read about half of them, too, so I’m happy to add more books to my TBR list.