Favorite Fridays: Brooding Boys of YA

By: Stephanie Wyatt

These are the boys who look like they could end your life in one blow after making a snarky comment about you, but they just need a hug. Most fans love them. They make me question my real-life dating prospects. Here are my top five brooding boys of YA:

5. Will Herondale (The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare)

Okay, so I will be the first one to admit I love male leads who hide their pain through witty banter. Will is one of my favorites because he’s a little bit of a bad boy in terms of Shadowhunters. He’s the only one I know in all of the series I’ve read so far of Clare’s book that does borderline illegal activities in order to get Ying Feng for his parabatai Jem. Will is fun, and always seemed like he really didn’t want to be a Shadowhunter. He joined out of necessity and found a new family to terrorize in the process. Also, he has an irrational fear of ducks and thinks they are cannibalistic little beasts.

4. Four (Divergent series by Veronica Roth)

He’s not really snarky like the others on this list, but I do consider him brooding because he has daddy issues. I also legitimately thought he wanted to murder Tris when he first saw her because he was trying to be the typical teacher in order to survive as a member of the Dauntless faction. I also think it is extremely attractive that he can throw knives so that’s why he’s on this list.

3. Jace Lightwood (The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare)

Jace has been on my book crush list ever since I read his first character description. I’m pretty sure he has a line somewhere during the series that is, “My rapier wit hides my inner pain.” There isn’t anything he wouldn’t do for his friends or their loved ones. He can also fight demons and play piano.

2. Rowan Whitethorn (Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas)

I love Rowan because he’s loyal to his friends and will try to help them in anyway possible, unless it puts the people he’s sworn to in danger. He’s very good at strategy and will seek to find anyone to help with his cause. He won’t hesitate to call someone out on their attitude, no matter their status. He can also shape shift into an eagle.

1. Rhysand (A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas)

Rhysand is my absolute favorite brooding boy right now. He’s High Lord of the Night Court. He will do whatever it takes to keep his friends and family safe. He will play whatever role he needs to ensure their safety, even when it has longstanding emotional consequences for him. He’s powerful and can break your mind with a single thought if he wanted. He’s a bit of a smart ass though, so don’t be surprised if he makes fun of you or laughs at your dumb mistakes. He seems like he’s the best friend to have in any situation once you figure out his moods, and that’s why he’s number one on this list.

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