Swooning For You || 7 Characters That Will Steal Your Heart

Hello everyone! Bianca here. (Still cramming my shows and books for the remaining days of the year haha) 2017 has introduced me to a lot of interesting characters, varying from one genre to the other. Certainly, such characters had the charisma that they figuratively radiate off the page. It usually depends on the reader, but these characters managed to hook me in and had me swooning and cheering for them. I admire good character development, and it is one of the things I often look for when I read. With that, I could say that my year was made with these characters. Each one now has a special place in my heart, and here are 7 of them.

Gifford Dudley || My Lady Jane

Okay technically, MLJ came out in 2016 but it’s hard not to fall in love with the characters of this epic tale. While inspired by a real person, Gifford “G” Dudley is a handsome Tudor lad who turns into a horse. He has caring and sweet, a loyal fellow to the person he loves, and has a way with words. (Hah! Beat that Shakespeare!) I swear Jane is so lucky to have this guy. //faints

Molly Peskin-Suso || The Upside of Unrequited

I think it’s kind of ironic but I dig it. Molly is absolutely crush-worthy. She has all the qualities of a person that I would admire in real life. I’m swooning over her in the sense that I really want her mason jar cookie dough and eat Cadbury mini eggs with her all the time. Does that make sense? Who wouldn’t want to be best friends with Molly? She’s too adorable. Wait, aghhh blushies.

Henry “Monty” Montague || The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Monty is a sassy soul. Though he slowly developed into the rogue-ish bisexual MC that we all know and love, Monty is the star of the best grand tour that I have ever read. Ever since his loving mother Mackenzi Lee introduced him to the world, I have been swooning over him because his story is truly interesting. Having read his story in full, it’s no surprise if you will fall in love with him, too. But yeah, so sorry to all those who hope with me but he’s smitten. ;)

David Drucker || What To Say Next

Look, I’m not the smartest when it comes to Algebra, Quantum Physics, or Calculus. But when David Drucker started talking about equations, I found myself blushing. While reading Julie’s sophomore novel, I immediately fell in love with David. He has Aspergers, but it does not make him less of a great guy. He’s too cute. Imagining him as an anime character did not help. When I imagine him, I just go “Yeah David. Talk Quantum Physics to me.”

Emika Chen || Warcross

Hacker? Check. Rainbow-colored hair? Check. Amazing female lead? Check, check, check. At first, I actually considered putting Hideo Tanaka on the list but then I realized, eh. Emika deserves to be on this list. She is incredible, with her skill set at the age of 17. I admire her spirit and will to live, as well as her talent to adapt quickly in the fast-paced world of Warcross. You wouldn’t know it for sure, but she’ll have your heart one way or another.

Mia Corvere || Godsgrave

Where do I even start with this gal? She’s fierce, she’s badass, she can make you kneel to the ground with her presence alone. If you have read Nevernight, you know that she’s someone who will do anything to get justice for her Familia. In Godsgrave, she becomes this untouchable goddess. I can’t say much without spoiling anything, (and I might have overexaggerated just a teeny tiny bit) but flaws and all, Mia brings the house down.

Saaket “Scott” Ferdowsi || Down and Across

I know most of you have yet to meet Scott because his story is not due until 2018, (don’t worry but you will just have to wait for a little while) but I can assure you that he is certainly one of the best. His voice is unique, and there’s this coolness to it. Relatable to a certain point, and an all-around nice guy who has the spunk and will. Thank goodness that we don’t have to wait longer for his debut.

Who are the characters that stole your heart this year?


Bianca has a lot of fandoms. While she usually has her nose stuck in a book if she's not busy creating content for it, she babbles on about her favorite books as a blogger at Stay Bookish and as a ridiculous version of herself at The Ultimate Fangirl. She loves just about anything worth fangirling on.

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  1. Sam@WLABB on December 25, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Whoo hoo! I am really excited to see Scott on this list, because I loved him! Emika, Molly, and Gifford were all great too. Sadly, I still need to read some of the books you mentioned, but those characters sound pretty awesome.

  2. Jen on December 25, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Tyrannus Basilton Pitch and Simon Snow in Rainbow Rowell’s /Carry On/ are fabulously fierce young men. The story of these magical boys is first featured as fan fiction inspiration in Rowell’s novel /Fangirl/. Each has a unique voice, sassy and spirited, respectively. Though each is desperate to be seen and loved, they couldn’t come from more different backgrounds. Their adventure in the wizarding school, Watford, references an expansive magical world and a daunting villain. Each wizard will have you cheering him on as heroes and young people discovering themselves… and love.

  3. Jo on December 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    I haven’t read Gentleman’s Guide yet but everything I’ve heard about it makes me sure I’ll love it!

  4. Kyra Morris on December 25, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    I NEED to read Warcross and My Lady Jane – they sound amazing!

  5. Shealea on December 25, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    I love seeing Emika and David on this list!!! Emika is definitely one of my favorite heroines to date, and with the most stunning rainbow hair, how can anyone /not/ fall in love with her? And although David isn’t my favorite love interest or anything, I did enjoy reading him muse over Physics — a branch of science that I’m very much invested in.

    Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch

    P.S. As promised, I’m leaving 🎄💖✨🎄💖✨ in my wake. Happy holidays!

  6. Erika @ The Nocturnal Fey on December 26, 2017 at 12:41 am

    I badly need to read Gentleman’s Guide and My Lady Jane!!! And I’m so happy to see Emika on this list.

  7. Rafael Ray Borja on December 26, 2017 at 12:43 am

    This is amazing! Can’t wait to dive in the book. Happy Holidays!

  8. Tiana @thebookraven on December 26, 2017 at 12:45 am

    I’m in love with Thomas from Stalking Jack the Ripper! He is socially awkward yet charming and all around amazing and I love Him!

  9. Prags on December 26, 2017 at 12:46 am

    I absolutely adored Reed from Upside. He’s just so amazing. I liked him at first glance and then as the story progressed, gosh. He’s such a cutie!

    And Rishi Patel. That boy is everything. He’s such an amazing, amazing, amazing character! So many times while reading the book I just felt like giving him a big tight hug. It’s just… He’s the best. I absolutely love him.

  10. Taiwo on December 26, 2017 at 5:33 am

    I’ve started reading The Gentleman’s Guide and Nevernight but I haven’t gone far in either. I can’t wait to see Mia as a goddess!!😄

  11. ElleRillaine on December 26, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Sebastian from Autoboyography is everything. I just want to hand the world to him and make him happy. He’s wholesome, and loyal. If anyone hurts him again, I won’t think twice on hitting them.

  12. Smrithi Whence on December 26, 2017 at 7:57 am

    The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue sounds great!

  13. Sam Fowler on December 26, 2017 at 8:02 am

    I loved My Lady Jane :)

  14. VikiT on December 26, 2017 at 8:56 am

    I loved Emika and Mia characters! Great list.

  15. Antonela on December 26, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Molly has a special place in my heart too! She’s just adorable! ♥ And on top of that, I found her character so relatable to me, I just… I LOVE HER, and I love the book as well :D And I’ll take notes of the other ones, because I live for characters that steal my heart ahaha BTW, I’m dying to read Mackenzi Lee’s book! Henry sounds like a character I’d sell my soul for xD

  16. Theresa on December 26, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    I agree about Mia, Molly and Emika!!!
    I also liked Avery from the Conspiracy of Us trilogy.
    Can’t forget about Lada from The Conqueror’s Saga!!
    And Jessamy from the Court of Fives trilogy – I really liked her confidence!!
    Carver Briggs from Goodbye Days – I felt his pain and guilt all throughout the book!
    Winter Kim from the Vicarious duology!
    there have been a lot of strong females in books I’ve read this year!

  17. Rebecca on December 26, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    These characters all sound FABULOUS. I love sassy souls, so think me and Monty will hit it off. Adding these books to my tbr, so I can hurry up and meet these characters!

  18. Giulia on December 27, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Baz (Carry on)
    Kelsier and Elend (Mistborn) they are so beautiful!

  19. Megan S. on December 27, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Yaassss…. I love so many of these characters!

  20. Amy Salieri on December 28, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Diana in Wonder Woman: Warbringer was my favourite this year.

  21. Harman Kaur on December 29, 2017 at 12:16 am

    I haven’t read any of these! :( I do have Warcross on my shelf right now so I’ll definitely have to pick it up!

  22. Sarah on December 30, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Yes on Emika!!! I loved her character!

  23. Amanda on December 30, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    This is such a great post! I found myself a little stumped on bookish boyfriends this year, but obviously I haven’t read any of the books you listed above! I do however have Gentleman’s Guide on my TBR pile- I’ll have to add the rest so I won’t be short on 2018 book boyfriends!

  24. Amieza Balqis on January 1, 2018 at 5:00 am

    This is an interesting post! I’m planning to read My Lady Jane and Gentleman’s Guide this year! I heard lots of good review on both books

  25. Garry Grainger on January 4, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Woohoo, Montyyyyy! Never have I read a character who seemed so much like myself. Love him!

    For the giveaway of Mackenzi Lee’s The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, my name is Garry Grainger (@Garrya254 on Twitter).

  26. Izabela on January 4, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    I haven’t read any of these yet but I definitely have to pick it up! My heart was totally stolen by Simon Snow and Simon Spier (ohh i quess i like Simons :P) this year!

  27. Sabrina on January 4, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Really happy to see Monty on this list, he really did steal my heart (and he could do it again, and again, and again) loved his character so much

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