Hey lovelies! Welcome to the blog tour for First & Then by Emma Mills! As you may know, I absolutely adored this book! Today, I'm featuring Emma Mills herself, who has prepared for us her top ten swooniest YA protagonists! Check out the post, and enter the giveaway for a copy of First & Then!
Emma's Top Ten Swoonist YA Protagonists!
- Matthew—The Next Together, Lauren James
In Lauren James’s fantastic debut, you get not ONE adorable, smart, loyal, funny Matthew but FOUR different incarnations of adorable, smart, loyal, funny Matthew.
- Levi – Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell
I love Levi. Love love love love love love.
- Seb – The Year of Secret Assignments, Jaclyn Moriarty
I’m wild about epistolary novels, and I love this cutie at the other end of Lydia’s correspondence in The Year of Secret Assignments.
- Cedric Diggory – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling
I know Cedric Diggory is not technically a “protagonist” of the HP world, but my teenage heart still flutters for him and his Hufflepuff kindness.
- Etienne St. Clair – Anna and the French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins
I appreciate that this handsome and charming French/American/Englishman is not without his own shortcomings—it humanizes him, and that, to me, adds to the appeal.
- Kaz Brekker – Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo
Undeniably, Kaz has been through some stuff. Major Stuff. Really Substantial Stuff. But he is smart, quick, ruthless, relentless—a diabolical fave.
- Augustus Waters – The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
Augustus seems like a typical too-good-to-be-true, charming YA love interest, but really he’s wonderfully complex, and the development and change he undergoes throughout the novel are really something.
- Peeta – The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
- Richard Gansey – The Raven Cycle, Maggie Stiefvater
- Ezra Lynley—First & Then, Emma Mills
Can I throw in my own guy? I’m wild about seemingly-cold-but-actually-super-awkward Mr. Darcy types.
Alyssa's Top Ten Swooniest YA Protagonists!
- Brigan -- Fire, Kristin Cashore
Brigan is my favorite YA male ever. Everything about him appeals to me. If you haven't read this book, read it just to meet Brigan!
- Titus -- The Elemental series, Sherry Thomas
Prince, Master of the Domain, always has a plan B, C, all the way through Z, need I say more?
- North -- Brightly Woven, Alexandra Bracken
Ahh, North. The perfect combination of intelligent, slightly awkwardly adorable, protective and fierce.
- Jackson -- The Game series, Eve Silver
Jackson is one of those brooding jerk types that aren't actually jerks. He's a good guy!
- Khalid -- The Wrath and the Dawn, Renee Ahdieh
The illustrious King of Kings. Tortured and haunted by his wrongdoings, but someone who deserves so much better. He's one of my favorite male protagonists.
- Raif -- Exquisite Captive, Heather Demetrios
Raif is such a fun guy! He's a tough guy, but he's easy to swoon over. *fans self*
- Melek -- Of Metal and Wishes, Sarah Fine
Melek is a hard-working, quiet guy. He's also very intelligent and selfless. His role in Of Dreams and Rust is perfect!
- Gharain -- Lark Rising, Sandra Waugh
Gharain is a Guardian, a protector, but he never tries to hold Lark back. He's a quiet, clever, fierce warrior who would do anything for his lady.
- Duval -- Grave Mercy, Robin LaFevers
Gavriel Duval. Quick-minded, witty, clever, scheming, intelligent, loyal, mistrusting. This is one guy you don't want to mess with, on any fronts.
- Sol -- The Dark Light, Sara Walsh
This book is so under-appreciated! Sol is one of my favorites. He's a quiet big guy, and a prince (yaasss, men of power). He's another protector type, and he butts heads with Mia a lot, but they are the perfect couple!
About First & Then:
First & Then by Emma Mills
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication Date: October 13, 2015
Summary (from Goodreads):
Devon Tennyson wouldn't change a thing. She's happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon's cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn't want them first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.
Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights in this contemporary novel about falling in love with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.
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