Sunday, June 30, 2013

Match 18: Perry (3) vs. The Darkling (7) goes to The Darkling!

Welcome to The YA Sisterhood's 3rd Annual YA Crush Tourney!  We hope that through this all you will meet a lot of book loving people, discover new books, and of course be introduced to many more dreamy crushes!  

Be aware that we have tried to keep all the posts pretty general, but there might still be some spoilers.  If the spoiler is big, it will be marked.  However, still proceed with caution!

Matches will run for 24 hours, 12am to 12am EST every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  For more information please check out our Tournament Page.


The Winner of Match #18 is The Darkling

**WHY HELLO YA CRUSHERS. I'm Nikki over at Fiction Freak and I am here to tell you just how amazing this guy right here is.

Yeah him? Know him? I'll fill you in. 
Perry, our favorite Outsider, is perhaps one of the swooniest YA boys around. And, since I'm me, I'd rather show you than tell you. Be prepared to swoon at the quotes. 


I asked a few friends on why they love Perry.
"1. His tattoo & his markings bc every time I picture it, I pretty much swoon." -@ _extroadiMARY
Oh my. You mean these?
"He had tattoos, just like in the stories. Two patterned bands around each bicep. When he'd turned his back, she'd seen another design on his skin, some sort of hawk with wings spanning shoulder to shoulder."
Yeah, I would love to touch see them too. here is hot. And then there is Perry. You don't resist Perry."-@Kami178xx
Truest words ever tweeted. Blond hair, bright green eyes, and one sexy athletic body of course. What's not to love?

"There're lots of adjectives to describe him but passionate sums it all up -- w his bow, Talon, Aria -- everything".-@LPofimagination

“Your voice sounds like a midnight fire. All warm and worn in and golden. I could listen to you talk forever." 
"I could never do that". 
She laughed at him. He brought his lips to her ear. 
"Your scent is like violets early in spring," he whispered. Then he laughed at himself because though it was true, he sounded like the worst kind of fool.” -Under the Never Sky

Perry responding to Roar (best friend) - "What do you think we are?" and "You're better than a brother."

"He didn't miss once. His name was never sharper than when his blood was up."

"Vale wouldn't fight for Talon, but he would. He was Talon's only hope now."
 yeah. Passionate is definitely something you can call Perry.
Ah, but he's not only passionate. He's loyal and strong and supportive. He'll fight for whatever he believes in and for his people and he'll do whatever he can to help.

The Swoon
Now. Another reason you should totally swoon? He's romantic and sweet. 
“In the afternoon, they stopped to eat on a rocky outcrop. Perry brushed a kiss on her cheek while she was chewing, and she learned that it was the loveliest thing to be kissed for no reason, even while chewing food. It brightened the woods, and the never sky, and everything.” 

"I miss you. I miss you. I miss you, I miss you. Be ready, because when I see you, I'll never let you go again”

"Should we try this again?" he asked. Aria smiled. "The right way," she said, and wove her fingers through his. "Together."

And then...his kisses. Can I have one?

“He kissed her slowly. Everything went slowly so he could follow her temper, and search into her eyes. When they joined, her scent was brave and strong and certain. Perry took it into himself, breathing her breath, feeling what she felt. He'd never known anything as right.” 

“Without thinking, he reached for her hand. Tucked it against her chest, feeling that was where it should be. Perry's heart slammed against his ribs. She had to feel it.” 

“Perry's hand settled on her hip, his grip firm. She felt his kiss settle into something deeper as his mouth moved with more urgency over hers. Suddenly there was more heat between them...” 

“His eyes were heavy with desire, but she saw something else. A gleam that made her suspicious.

"What?" she asked.
His hand slid to her hips. "You're incredible."
"That's not what you were thinking."

"Was so. I always think that." He leaned in, twisting a strand of her hair around his finger as he kissed her bottom lip. 

When the heck do I get to be Aria?

"He smiled and leaned down, kissing her softly, tenderly. She knew she should step away. This was a risk, but she didn't care about anything except him just then. She wove her arms around his neck and parted his lips with hers, stealing a taste of him. Tenderness could wait for another time. Perry went still for an instant; then he cinched her close, momentum sending them thudding into the door behind him. He sank against it, bringing himself closer to her height, kissing her with a sudden urgency. With a hunger she matched. His lips moved to her neck, trailed up to her ear, and the world fell away."

"There are other things I'd rather do when I'm alone with you."

Mmmmm. Perry is definitely the swooniest. Oh, but don't only take my word.

[I love him] because he is my baby. Or is he my baby because I love him? Hmmm-Ananbelle
Bows and arrows and blonds, oh my! Perry is my ideal male protagonist and swoony hero because he is survival strong :)-Alyssa
He is an awesome, protective sexy beast.-Tahereh
You broke me in half when you left sweet Perry-Ammie

The Darkling from The Grisha Series by Leigh Bardugo

Cheers my dears! My name is Emily and I run the blog Falling For YA. I will be advocating for The Darkling   from the wonderful Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone & Siege and Storm. From the first page I knew I was going to love the Darkling he is my type of guy; dark, sexy, and just the right amount of evil!
I didn’t ask you for flattery.”
– The Darkling, Shadow and Bone

Oh my dear Darkling you didn’t ask for my flattery but I’m going to freely give it. Of all the YA bad boys out there you take the cake. You truly are the villain we love to love!

The Darkling is the ultimate bad boy

 “He had a sharp beautiful face, a shock of thick black hair, and clear gray eyes that glimmered like quartz. I knew that the more powerful Grisha were said to live long lives, and Darklings were the most powerful of them all. But I felt the wrongness of it and I remembered Eva’s words: He’s not natural. None of them are”

He may not be natural but he is hot! Strong jaw line, eyes like granite, and he’s constantly wearing black clothes with his symbol, the sliver of a moon during an eclipse.

The Darkling is complex, deep, and lonely

“Like Calls to Like”

Maybe that is the reason we swoon over The Darkling? Because like calls to like. We see something in him that is reflected in ourselves. Those dark thoughts that creep in to your soul at night, the loneliness that overtakes when we are truly alone, the longing to change the world for good or better, to leave a mark. The Darkling feels those same things.

I knew he was a practiced liar. He could fake any emotion, play on any human failing. But I couldn’t deny what I’d felt in Novyi Zem or the truth of what the Darkling had shown me: my own sadness, my own longing, reflected back to me in his bleak gray eyes.

The Darklings got that Something Special

The Darkling is the leader of the Second Army. He is second only to the Ravkan King and he views the King as nothing more then a child. The Darkling is the most powerful Grisha and he knows it. The Darkling isn’t afraid to use his power for good…or evil…depending on your perspective.

The Darkling also has a host of skills that only he possesses. He can summon darkness to blind his enemies, use darkness to slice his enemies in half (the Cut). He’s also a living amplifier which means that his power can be used to strengthen the power of other Grisha.

The Darkling is someone you want to have on your side in a fight! 
“So I'm the Darkling's prisoner?"
"You're under his protection."
"What's the difference?"
"Pray you never find out.”

 Why should you vote for the Darkling?

The Darkling is:
♥ Powerful
♥ Complex
♥ Lonely
♥ Sexy
♥ Deep
♥ Charming
♥ He is the villain we love to love!

If The Darkling got your vote make sure to tweet using the hashtag #DarklingsDarlings


*The Polls are now CLOSED*

Match 17: Alex (6) vs. Noah S. (7) goes to Noah!

Welcome to The YA Sisterhood's 3rd Annual YA Crush Tourney!  We hope that through this all you will meet a lot of book loving people, discover new books, and of course be introduced to many more dreamy crushes!  

Be aware that we have tried to keep all the posts pretty general, but there might still be some spoilers.  If the spoiler is big, it will be marked.  However, still proceed with caution!

Matches will run for 24 hours, 12am to 12am EST every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  For more information please check out our Tournament Page.


The Winner of Match #17 is Noah Shaw!

Alex from Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Hola, book lovers! I'm Rachel from Beauty and the Bookshelf, and I'm honored to be an advocate in the YA Crush Tourney this year! I know I'm biased, but I really, truly love my crush; he's one of my top book boyfriends! I hope you've got a fan ready to cool you down and 911 on speed dial, because you're about to meet...
Alex Fuentes
He's the lead male in Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, and he's muy caliente. Alex is made up of several different aspects, and in the end he'll steal your heart and take your breath way. If you've already met Alex, then you probably know what I'm talking about. If you haven't, then you're about to find out. He's the boy your madre warned you about. But beware: the following text is highly flammable.
This is Alejandro Fuentes. When he wasn't hanging out on street corners and harassing innocent people this summer, he toured the inside of jails around the city, if you know what I mean. His secret desire is to go to college and become a chemistry teacher.
Alex has his issues--he's in a gang, he's trying to keep his younger brothers out of the gang, his family doesn't have a whole lot of money--but he hides that. He does his best not to show weakness, so instead he emanates confidence like it's a cologne he's wearing. Sometimes it smells vial, and sometimes it smells mouth-watering, and that's when the good, light-hearted cockiness makes an appearance.
“Makin' mistakes ain't a crime, you know. What's the use of having a reputation if you can't ruin it every now and then?”
Family is a very big thing for Alex; they mean the world to him. And when the right girl comes around, she becomes part of that, too. A handful of people get a special place in Alex's heart, a place that means he'd do anything to protect them. He's not an overbearing bodyguard (most of the time)--he's protective in a way that makes your heart stop a beat then pick up at an extremely fast pace.
“I want to know how to make this girl laugh. I want to know what makes her cry. I want to know what it feels like to have her look at me as if I’m her knight in shinning armor.”
Chico is a Mexicano, a Latino--and he's not afraid to show it. Alejandro Fuentes rolls an r off his tongue so smoothly, like a cat purring. Some of what he says is foul, but a lot of the time it's just another name to call Brittany, his love interest in Perfect Chemistry. Some guys call their girls "babe" and "sweetheart"--Alex'll call you "mi vida," "mujer," and "mamacita."
Mi vida, if I kiss you, I guarantee there’s gonna be tongue.”
What is it about guys working on cars that's so hot? Alex spends a lot of his time in the garage and shop, working on cars and fixing things. Not to get all English-class on you, but working on cars could symbolize Alex's life and what's happening in it. There's also the fact that some, um, interesting things happen at the shop...
“We’re actors in our lives, pretendin’ to be who we want people to think we are.”
I may be describing Alex throughout this post, but there really isn't a true way to say or show who he is. (You just have to meet him yourself.) He's just Alejandro Fuentes, the boy everyone warns you about but your heart leaps for anyway.
“You are the one girl that made me risk everything for a future worth having.”
I've only been saying this for, like, the entire post, but chico es muy caliente. Seriously, he is worthy of some major swoonage. It's not just the obvious sexiness--it's who he is, deep down, as a person. And it's also his smokin' hot looks. (Tattoos. I love tattoos.) He rides a motorcycle. (Holy hotness.) The things he says are pretty sexy, too. Oh, and what he does--woo! Excuse me, I need to go stand in front of a fan for a few days and cool myself down. Alex Fuentes is almost too hot to handle!
“He has eyes so expressive they give a hint to more than what he portrays. He’s dedicated to his friends, family, and even his motorcycle  He touched me as if I were made of glass. He kissed me as if he’d savor it for the rest of his life.” 
"I knew you were trouble when you walked in..." So, Alex isn't an angel. (But really, who is?) He makes some bad decisions and does some bad things. He has tattoos (not that I'm complaining) and is marked up with evidence that he's part of LB, Latino Blood, a gang you really, really don't want to mess with. Boy can handle a gun and take care of himself in a fight. He's trouble, all right. But trouble isn't always a bad thing.
“I'm not starting any fights. I might finish one though.”
To add to being trouble, Alex can be quite the rebel. (He's a Fuentes; I think it runs in their genes.) His mouth can run off and say not-so-nice things, and he also does some very not-so-nice things. He may use you, depending on who you are. Alex isn't always fond of rules, either. However, that rebelliousness has the potential to morph into something great.
It's your image, what Alex Fuentes is all about. It's your brand, your logo...dangerous, deadly, hot and sexy Mexican.
Once he finds the one, that girl that's his life, that's it. He's done. He's pretty darn committed and he's yours, and you're his. He'll say sweet things and do sweet things, all of which put butterflies in your stomach. (For reals, this book will put some major butterflies in your stomach.) Alex Fuentes will make you weak at the knees, and you can't help falling for him. And if he falls for you, then you are one very, very lucky girl. 
Mujer, you own my soul.

So that's Alex Fuentes: sugar, spice, and everything hot. He's the guy you hate to love and a delicious dose of danger that you need in your life. If you haven't met him, I'd highly suggest reading Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. In the meantime, join Alex's Gang and vote for him--you know you want to, amigos! And muchas gracias!


Noah S. from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Hi everyone! I'm Sara from The Page Sage and I'm representing Noah Shaw from the amazing Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin. There are no words to express how excited I am to be advocating a character from one of my favorite series. I can't wait to tell you all about Noah... So let's get started, shall we? 

Let’s talk looks.
Noah is gorgeous. He has messy, just-got-out-of-bed hair with a sexy five o’clock shadow. His clothes are constantly in disarray, in a way his tall, lean form can most definitely pull off. As for his smile, it’s one of those half-smirks, as if he’s hiding a secret. His eyes? A smoldering gray-blue. 
But what about brains?
I mean, looks are nice, but intelligence is truly attractive. And Noah is smart. I’m not just basing that on his witty repartee- he’s also widely read. (I mean, come on: a BOOKISH hot guy. Excuse me while I swoon.)

British Accent.
He has one. Need I say more?
YA Sisterhood
What else do you need to know about Noah Shaw?
1.) He saved a dying dog.

2.) He’s a tortured soul.

3.) He plays guitar.

4.) He’s the King of Sexual Innuendos.
’Why do you always look like you just rolled out of bed?’
‘Because usually I have.’ And the way he raised his eyebrow at me made my blush.”

5.) He’s also terribly romantic.
“‘Mara, I have never felt about anyone the way I feel about you. And when you're ready for me to show you,’ he said, brushing my hair to the side, ‘I'm going to kiss you.’ His thumb grazed my ear and his hand curved around my neck. He leaned me backward and my eyes fluttered closed. I breathed in the scent of him as he leaned in and kissed the hollow under my ear. My pulse raced under his lips.
‘And I won't settle for anything less.

What more can you want in a Crush, right? He's drop-dead sexy with razor sharp intelligence, with a British accent and devious smile. BUT, in case I haven't convinced you yet, I wrote a song based on his relationship with Mara. (Which, admittedly, may not convince you at all, but I get points for effort, right?)

Mara was told she'd "love him to ruins." Now it's our turn to love Noah to victory!


*The Polls are now CLOSED*

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Match #16: Kaidan(1) vs Tristan(5) goes to Kaidan!

Welcome to The YA Sisterhood's 3rd Annual YA Crush Tourney!  We hope that through this all you will meet a lot of book loving people, discover new books, and of course be introduced to many more dreamy crushes!  

Be aware that we have tried to keep all the posts pretty general, but there might still be some spoilers.  If the spoiler is big, it will be marked.  However, still proceed with caution!

Matches will run for 24 hours, 12am to 12am EST every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  For more information please check out our Tournament Page.


The Winner of Match #16 is Kaidan!

The Dukes have spoken and they are demanding action from YOU! Kaidan Rowe, son of Pharzuph, Duke of Lust, is up for 2013's Debut boy in the YA Crush Tourney and they are demanding that he win! You wouldn't want to upset Lucifer's head demons now... would you? Kaidan's up against some stiff competition so Pharzuph and the other Dukes have recruited me, Kayleigh from K-Books along with the #KaidanStreetTeam to tell you why he deserves to be crowned 2013's champion!

Kaidan Rowe is the hottest of the HOTT!

 Kai is the son of the head demon of Lust... of course he is HOTT! What girl can resist the super gorgeous, confident, lustful Kaidan with his messy brown hair, blue eyes and ENGLISH ACCENT! Oh yes... you heard me... English Accent! Rather that tell you all about Kai... Let's see what Anna Whitt has to say... "Good gracious, he was sexy - a word that had not existed in my personal vocabulary until that moment. This guy was sexy like it was his job or something." He is TT worthy... "He was smokin' hot. As in H-O-T-T hott. I'd never understood until that moment why girls insisted on adding the extra T. This guy was extra T worthy." You can get lost in his swoon-worthy eyes... "Gosh, his eyes were gorgeous - the color of tropical honeymoon waters ringed in dark sapphire and enclosed by thick lashes" He even makes fruit sexy! "That's a shame," he picked up a green pear from his plate and bit into it, licking juice that dripped down him thumb. My cheeks warmed as I set down my glass. "Okay now you're just being crude." I said. He grinned with lazy satisfaction. Now don't tell Pharzuph and the other Dukes I said this but... *Looks around and moves closer*

  Deep down Kaidan is really a sweetheart and uber Swoony!

 Yes Kaidan may be the epitome of snarky sexiness but deep down he is a sweetheart and he always puts the ones he loves before himself. In his own words... "Anna... the night of the summit, when you were saved, it was the only time in my life I've ever thanked God for anything." *SWOOOOONNNNN* NO matter what, he is swoon worthy and wants to be better... "Because all I could think about was you, Anna, and how good you are, and what you'd think of me. You put thoughts into my head that a Neph should never have." He makes every girl want freckles... "What do you want from me Kai?" "For starters?" His voice lowered to sexy, dangerous depths. "I want to introduce myself to every freckle on your body." 


His bedroom eyes... "Seriously" I whispered, unable to look away. "You're doing the bedroom-eyes thing again." He sleeps in the buff... "Dear God!" I screamed and buried my face in my pillow. "What?" I heard him ask. "Did you see a roach?" "Why are you naked?!" I did not dare to life my red face. "Huh. Is that all?" He asked. "I always sleep in the buff. I don't know how you can stand all that clothing."


 Kaidan is the drummer in band Lavicious... "There was an intensity in the way he played, like he was unleashing his passion into the music and nothing else mattered. He was feeling it, lost in it, and he was good. A light sheen of sweat shone on his arms and face, dampening and darkening his hair at the temples." "Now, with the drummers' absence of aura, I was able to watch the muscles in his biceps and forearms flex as he slammed the drumsticks down in a whirlwind of precise movement. The beat was intoxicating, bumping each nerve ending inside of me. His whole body moved fluidly, jumping with the force of the beat, his face focused and sure."

He's even got girls writing poems and limericks about him!  Courtesy of @KatieOlley
So we know this real cute guy named Kai Who is so not the type to be shy He is H-O-T-T In the Crush Tourney he'll be So go vote for him and sigh for Kai!
You know he is epically awesome when girls are writing stuff about him!
Now I know you don't wanna get on the Dukes bad sides (all they have are bad sides) so.... Vote for the sexiest, most talented, musical, lustful Neph around. He created the word sexy, he is the epitome of HOTT, the secretly sweetest of them all, and the most swoon worthy of all of the book boys!

  VOTE TEAM KAIDAN ROWE... ... or suffer the consequences of the Dukes' Wrath. You have been warned!


Hi everyone, Angela from Reading Angels here to tell you all why I think you should give your vote (and your undying love) to my man, Tristan from the Grab Your Pole series by Jenn Cooksey.  Be sure to keep up with all the #TeamTristan madness on twitter! You can find me here - @readingangel002!

Sexy Surfer


Some of the Best Things About Tristan - 
One of the #1 things I love about Tristan is that he’s not perfect. This dude is flawed and real. Get that ladies? Tristan could be a guy that you could actually find and fall in love with. (If you are extremely freakin lucky!!)  Trust me, there is no way you aren’t falling head over heels for Tristan. This guy is so funny and witty. He will sweep you into his personality spell and not let you go.

“Well, don't you find it just a little bit twisted that He made a ah...promiscuous reprobate and a chaste ingenue rather perfect for each other, threw them together without warning and then for kicks, He tossed in an inordinate amount of sexual attraction and tension into the mix?  It's like He's created His own warped version of Thunderdome.  I'll bet He's even got Himself a bag of popcorn.” - Tristan, Shark Bait Chapter 24 - God Has A Wicked Sense Of Humor

He does amazing things like; asks a girl out with a quote from her favorite TV show, remembers the song that was playing the first time they kissed (and exactly how long it was), and adopts lost kittens to make them his babies.

Swoon! It’s not often that a guy shows his sentimental side, but this guy has one, and when it comes out I become a puddle of goo at his feet! The whiteboard in his room, the "Wall of Infamy," is a constant source of his humor and his sentimentality!

Tristan’s Mom: What are these?
Tristan: Your granddaughters.
Tristan’s Dad: Don’t worry honey, you don’t look old enough to be a mother let alone a grandmother.
Tristan’s Mom: Again with the flattery, thank you dear. Where did they come from?
Tristan: Camie gave birth last night.
Jeff: I didn’t know she was pregnant.
Tristan: She wasn’t. It was a miracle.
Tristan’s Mom: Do they have names?
Tristan: Phineas and Ferb.
Jeff: From the cartoon?
Tristan’s Dad: That figures, he named the dog Scooby.
Tristan’s Mom: They sound like boy names.
Tristan: Mom! Shhh, you’ll give them a complex.
~Wall of Infamy, Shark Bait - Epilogue

As for his looks, Tristan is…

  • Tall (6'4”)
  • Super Tan
  • Long Light Brown Hair, sun streaked, that lays in a layered mess.
  • Blue Eyed (we are talking cerulean) with thick lashes.
  • Sculpted Powerful Body, but not bulky.
  • Athlete (Surfer, Swimmer, Water Polo, MotoCross, Lifeguard and more!)
"So how cute is he? Are we talking moderately drool worthy or, ‘hey Cujo, you’re foaming at the mouth?’” She asked and straightened the ears on one of the bunny slippers she was wearing.
“Jilly, he’s Taylor Kitsch hot. In fact, he looks just like Taylor Kitsch with light brown hair and blue eyes. I’m not even kidding.”
“Dang, really?”
Let me explain. Taylor Kitsch is the king of my “Hot Guy Island.” And I really wasn’t exaggerating; Tristan actually does look a lot like him. Besides, by using him as an illustration, Jillian can now appreciate how gorgeous Tristan is, too, because I don’t compare normal people to my favorite hot actor. EVER.
“Yeah, really, so don’t go running for the shotgun when you think I have rabies." ~Camie & Jillian, Shark Bait Chapter 5 - That's Real Dedication To The Cause

Basically Tristan is a sexy ass mother, and I want to have his babies.  I'm normally not really good at sharing, but there can never be too many of Tristan's Bitch Slaves, so in this case I'm willing.

SMART AND SEXY - Tristan has the brain to outshine even his body!!  This boy keeps straight As, and he READS - is there anything better than a sexy guy who reads???

He actually got you pressed up against him with his arm around you under the guise of reading a book you both probably have memorized and he did it front of everybody!
~Kate, Shark Bait Chapter 4 - The Events Of Today Pertaining To Tristan Daniels

There are a million things I could tell you to convince you that Tristan is the #1 guy around here, but you don't just have to take my word for it.

(Grab Your Pole Series Characters)

“Tristan Daniels is one of the best people I know. My very first kiss was with him and I was so petrified right before it happened that I even blurted out that I’d never kissed anyone before, but instead of laughing at me or making me feel stupid or immature, he put me at ease and gave me a beautiful memory that will last a lifetime. He’s honest and kind, and is always one of the first people to step up to offer his help and support. I treasure our friendship and know that I can count on him in everything.” ~ Melissa Matthews, Friend & Co-captain of Varsity Cheer 

“For a teenager, the boy exhibits a great deal of responsibility and respect. His employment status as a California State Beach Lifeguard is a testament to his character of course, but his understanding of mechanics and cars is to be admired also, and the respect he uses in regard to vehicle safety isn’t typical of someone his age in my opinion. I find him to be mature beyond his years and twice he’s more than proven to be the kind of person I wouldn’t hesitate to trust with the safety and lives of my children.” ~ Kevin Ramsey, Father to Camie & Jillian

“In my opinion, as his girlfriend’s sister, Tristan is an incredibly tolerant individual. Although his extensive dealings and vast experience with the female race might suggest otherwise, the relationship between Tristan and my sister is the first of its kind for both of them and I believe the patience and understanding Tristan has exhibited in regard to that to be remarkable, especially taking into account Camie’s lack of being equally educated in boy-girl scenarios and the insecurity that breeds within her. Not only that, but he’s proven extraordinarily devoted to her as well, and his care and concern for her wellbeing is also something that shouldn’t go unnoticed. He makes every effort to ensure she’s his first priority and he does all manner of little things just to make her smile, the big, sentimental doofus.” ~ Jillian, Sister to Camie

“Tristan Daniels is a dick. He fights dirty and we’ve never been friends, but, a little while back he and I went through something where we both had to put our feelings about each other aside in order to help someone else. Like I know he’s a lifeguard and has literally saved lives before, but two times now I’ve witnessed firsthand what he can do for people in a life or death situation and based off those experiences, I can honestly say that when the serious shit goes down, I’d be one lucky son of a bitch to have him get my back. I mean even if he’s a dick, he’s also an honest to God hero and that’s just something that deserves everyone’s respect and recognition, you know?” Zack, Classmate

“I know Tristan better than anyone, including his own mother and best friend. I don’t think people realize the kind of pressure of expectation he lives up to each and every day. Everyone wants to know him in some way; girls love him and guys want to be him. He’s the kind of guy people look up to even if they’re jealous or afraid of him, and although he’s an extremely private person who doesn’t allow many people to get truly close, he’s not above giving people his time or being a mentor to those who hope to learn from him. And I’ll be perfectly frank with you here, he does have a temper and he can be a royal asshole every now and then too, and he’s most definitely arrogant and cocky in some aspects, but he’s not like that without reason and somehow, being that way doesn’t take away from his merits; it only strengthens many of them. But even then, the strength most people see in him is only a fraction of what’s on the inside. He works hard and plays hard, and with a passion that is truly unparalleled. His sense of humor and loyalty to his teammates, friends, and loved ones are two of his attributes that never fail to be seen, his heart can never be questioned by anyone who truly knows him, and there’s no one else on this planet I trust more than him. He was nominated and consistently held a seat in the top seven in all three of the categories he qualified for in this tournament, and speaking as someone who knows him as well as I do and who was also nominated and held a top 10 seat in one of the categories with him, I feel I can say with certainty that the nominating voters got it right. Tristan Daniels rightly deserved his spot in the tournament and honestly, I really believe he deserves to win the whole fuckin’ thing.” ~ Pete, Close Friend & Captain of Varsity Baseball

Let's hear what a few of Tristan's biggest fans have to say about him.

"I love that he is SO much more than he lets on - i.e. there's depth to him that goes beyond how incredibly gorgeous, talented, and awesome he is."  ~ Allura @ Tea Cups & Bookends

"I loved that Tristan was willing to do anything to get Camie. Dating was whole new territory for him, so it was really endearing to see him struggle and reach out to others for help. Also, he’s really freaking hot." ~ Megan @ Reading Books Like a Boss

"I think my favorite thing about Tristan is that he doesn't sugarcoat shit.  He is so real and honest (just like his maker).  He can be a sweetheart when he wants to be and I REALLY found it refreshing to hear his voice in the prologue to Shark Bait (of course I didn't realize that until his confession later in the book).  I think I reread that section a lot.  He was just so taken by Camie...SWOON!" ~NicM001

"To try and sum up in one small quote exactly why I love Tristan Daniels is near impossible. Obviously he's hot, I have a soft spot for boys with dark hair and blue eyes. Can I get a YUM?! I also really love the fact how realistic and imperfect he is. He can be really sweet and loving but he also makes mistakes and that makes it so much easier to relate to him as a person and love him for it. He's sarcastic, hilarious, handsome, and just a fun guy to read about. It was an easy choice to pick my favorite guy for the YA Crush Tourney." ~Kylee @ Babbling of a Bookaholic



Match #15: Dank Walker(1) vs Jase(4) goes to Dank!

Welcome to The YA Sisterhood's 3rd Annual YA Crush Tourney!  We hope that through this all you will meet a lot of book loving people, discover new books, and of course be introduced to many more dreamy crushes!  

Be aware that we have tried to keep all the posts pretty general, but there might still be some spoilers.  If the spoiler is big, it will be marked.  However, still proceed with caution!

Matches will run for 24 hours, 12am to 12am EST every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  For more information please check out our Tournament Page.


The Winner of Match #15 is Dank!

Hi everyone! I am so excited to representing Dank today! I started reading about Dank about a year ago I would say, and well, let's face it. He's hot; he can sing and he's death. Yeah - Death - talk about bad ass.

Personality: He's pretty honest and upfront. For the most part, each character who has a run in with Dank knows where they stand with him. The only time he withholds anything is when it might effect/affect Pagan in some way. He writes music from his heart. Dank has a sarcastic side, that isn't abrasive, but just enough to tease Pagan. He takes his "work" seriously and after his love with Pagan, understands what he is doing more clearly, so he is willing to grow (how many guys really are?) 

Looks: Bluer than blue eyes. So blue that they have been referred to as gems. Look at the covers. Those babies pop. He also has black, not too long hair, that curls on the ends. A sultry smirk reserved only for Pagan and a dimple. Just one, sinisterly cute dimple. Smoking hot body. Did I mention his blue eyes? 

Talents: Besides easing people into their deaths? He serenades (and well, like soothingly and sensually) his girlfriend Pagan with a guitar and lullabies that he has written about how she has saved him. I mean, what girl doesn't want that? I do. 

Special Attributes/Best Qualities: One of my favorite qualities about him is his compassion. He can be a tough, I know that, but he can be so sweet and he doesn't have to be. For example, there was a little girl in EXISTENCE and he talked to the little girl and tried to make dying easier and made it a beautiful process. He didn't have to. His compassion extends farther than Pagan. Then there is that whole he is Death thing. Ya know - no biggie. Or the fact that he is a deity. 

Anything else? This year, with the help of my street team (WHO ARE AWESOME) and the great Abbi Glines, I have added some other reader's favorite qualities, moments, and quotes. 

One of my favorite quotes: “He's already proven he'll defy Heaven to keep her. If Hell wants a piece of him too, then bring it on.”  SWOON!

Two Responses from Abbi Glines! 
What are some of your favorite things about Dank? 
He holds the key to life or death in his hands yet he becomes as weak as a human when he falls for Pagan. There is something about watching a Deity act like a mortal because of love that gets to you. One of the reasons I love Greek Mythology. 

And why was he a fun character to write? Because he wasn't a man. He was something that every human fears but they know they will meet one day. Writing him with emotions and giving him a voice was almost comforting in a way. 

From the Greedy Booker - (and a quote I love) - “I’m not a man so I do not have a heart that loves as a human does. I’m an immortal god that dwells with supreme power because I hold the keys to Death. But you are my existence. I am yours.”- Existence

From Jorie Sus- Confronting Ghede with the Warriors threatening to destroy voodoo if he doesn't release Pagan's soul - (I have to say I loved this too. BAD ASS and it reminded me of how tough Dank is.)

From Erica Cope "It's the scene where Pagan is home from dress shopping and Dank comments on the pale pink dress then....

Both his hands gripped my waist pulling me hard up against his body. "You tempt me. I can't be tempted. I'm not made to be tempted but you, Pagan Moore, you tempt me."
Then he goes on to say:
"I didn't understand it at first. But now I know. It's your soul calling to me. Souls mean nothing to me. They aren't supposed to. But yours has become my obsession."
Totaly swoonworthy moment for me. :)
What's better than having a sexy rockstar serenade you in your sleep? :)

Kayla -  Okay, seriously, this year's tourney is full of total hotness and it was hard to choose which fella I wanted to support. I decided Dank was my man this year to support because, well, what's hotter than the baddest guy ever (hello - he's DEATH) who also plays the guitar plus sings and loves fiercely! <3 font="">

Willow D“I realised you owned me one night in this room. I was singing to you and you were sleeping. You made a little noise in your sleep like you were distressed and I panicked and ran to your side. You grabbed my arm in your sleep and pulled it up against your face and went back to sleep. I didn't want to ever move.”

So if you love Dank or just fell in love with him, support us! Tweet for #TeamDank, on facebook, on your blog and where ever else!


Jase from My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

YA Sisterhood

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Jase is definitely the most swoon-worthy character because he is smart, hard, working dedicated, straight forward, funny, attentive, loyal and he would do anything to help Sam. He puts his family ahead of himself.  He is a modern day Romeo when he climbs up Samantha's trellis to introduce himself. He is every dream girls book boyfriend!!


Jase is described as "rangier, leaner, his wavy hair a lighter brown, already with those streaks of  blonde that brunettes get in the summer.Has wavy brown hair, green eyes, and olive skin.


He is talented at football, likes to fix things especially cars, and vacuums. He is very good with taking care of his younger siblings ex. babysitting.

Special Attributes/Best Qualities

He is very good at training for his upcoming try-outs for football. Jase is also known for his animals which live in his room.

Best Qualities: reliable, attentive, loyal, self-less, family oriented, lovable,

Anything else?

  • His real name is Jason 
  • He is the third oldest Garrett 

His first meeting with Samantha:

"Hey," he says again, sitting down next to me as though he knows me well. "Need rescuing?"
I stare at this boy. He's obviously a Garrett, and not Joel, but which one? Up close, in the light spilling from my bedroom, he looks different from most of the Garretts--rangier, leaner, his wavy hair a lighter  brown, already with those streaks of blond some brunettes get in the summer.
"Why would I need rescuing? This is my house, my roof."
"I don't know. It just hit me, seein gyou there, that you might be Rapunzel. The princess in the tower thing. All that long blond hair and... well..."
"And you'd be?" I know I'm going to laugh if he says "the prince."
Instead he answers "Jase Garrett," reaching for my hand to shake it, as though we're at a college interview rather than randomly sitting together on my roof at night.

                               Jase has a rather unusual... hobby?
"Walking into Jase's room is like walking into... well, I'm not sure... A forest? A bird sanctuary? One of those tropical habitats they have at zoos? It's filled with plants, really tall ones and hanging ones and succulents and cacti. There are three parakeets in a cage and a huge hostile-looking cockatoo in another. vI look, there are other creatures..."

Swoon-worthy moments:

 Jase studies my face, then takes my hand, pulling me down. He carefully curls around me, so my head is resting on his arm, and his head's resting on my shoulder. His fingers move slowly through my hair. The paradox of Jase is that at the same time I'm so conscious of the head of his chest against my back, and the muscles under the shorts on the legs twined around mine, I feel so safe and comfortable that I fall, almost immediately asleep.