12 January 2012

Guest Post! Taryn Browning's Top 5 Book Crushes!

Thankyou, Taneika, for having me on your blog. This has been so much fun! I thought I'd write a post about my favourite male characters in YA literature. Yes, each of them is good-looking, but they also have a vulnerable side that makes them more "real". I care about what happens to them. So here they are in no particular order...

Edward from Twilight: Edward was my very first book crush, so I had to include him in the list.

Jace from the Mortal Instruments: Jace is physically the perfect guy (in my eyes), and he has a really fun personality to back it up. Not only is he gorgeous, but he knows he is. I don't know why this is so appealing, but with him, it just is.

Dimitri from The Vampire Academy: I'm usually attracted to blondes, but not this time. Dimitri is tough, strong, moral, and well, just plain HOT!

Four from Divergent: Oh my, what can I say about Four totally swoon-worthy!!! Yes, he's a blonde, so that helps, but he's also a really cool character. I'm really looking forward to reading Insurgent.

Adam from Shatter Me: I recently read Shatter Me and immediately knew I was adding Adam to my list of book crushes. I love how he treats Juliette and how devoted he is to his little brother. He is an all-around great guy. What's not to love about Adam!

Don't forget to check out Kai from Dark Seeker. In Dark Seeker, Kai is the gorgeous hybrid bad-boy with a jaded past that Janie is trained to hunt. But, they describe him best (thanks ladies)...

"Browning had me completely on edge in regards to Kai. His storyline is full of mystery and I constantly found myself wondering about his heritage. I'll tell you this - it certainly isn't an answer you would suspect. I don't want to spoil anything for you guys, but I will tell you this - I LOVED Kai. I have found myself a new book boyfriend. He's endearing and sweet, yet tough at the same time. He's got a backbone, but he has a conscience too. And Janie and Kai together? Magic, my dears. Pure magic. The two are easily one of my favourite new young adult duos." - That Bookish Girl

"As my aunt would say, "Oh, Lawdy". Talk about one sizzling hot bad-boy. Kai is everything Janie has been warned about and trained to kill. But when she starts uncovering secrets from Kai's past, she discovers that everything is not what is seems." - The Bookish Babes

"Kai is adorable, I knew from the first scene with them together I was going to love him and I do." - Book Passion for Life

"Kai... dear, sweet Kai. Ok so guess what? I got me a new fictional boyfriend to add to my list! Kai is a hot mystery." - Girls on YA Books

"Kai... Oh how I fell for this boy from the moment he jumped on the page. All hello, I'm here and look at me. He is amazing considering all he's been through *nope not telling* He is a strong, sexy, snarky and very loveable guy. I really went all fangirl for him." - SupaGurl Books

" The chemistry between Kai and Janie was so intense!" - Livin' Life Through Books

"Kai was just perfect. He captured my heart from the beginning. He was strong, sweet, but at the same time a bit cold. He had a tough past and it showed with how he dealt with his feelings. I loved it and I loved reading about his past. It made him feel so real. He's definitely going into my book boyfriend list. He was just so sweet and swoon-worthy!" - My Cute Bookshelf

"Kai is a gorgeous mystery; he is sarcastic and stubborn and has a knack for showing up wherever Janie is. His guily weighs heavily on him and I was eager to learn more of his past and secrets. He brought out not only the worst in her but also the best. Kai for me was a wonderful male love interest for Janie and I really liked his little bouts of jealousy." - Obsession With Books

" Kai - oh...Kai, Kai, Kai - I love everything about you, my tortured hero. From your green eyes to your scarred chest - from your motorcycle (that I really want) to your blood stained book." - Cassandra

"And Kai. Oh, well I love him. He is incredibily emotional, and the things that he has been through is so gut-wrenching and raw that you understand why is he so protective and you understand why he is the way he is." - Flipping Through the Pages 

Who are your book crushes? There are so many to choose from and even more I could add to my list!! :)

Thankyou Taryn for writing this guest post and writing such a fabulous book :) Yeah, so if you haven't already gathered, Kai is HOT. My Dark Seeker review does no justice to his hotness. Anyway, Taryn has been kind enough to let me host a giveaway! There is an e-copy of Dark Seeker up for grabs AND jumbo bookmarks!

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Giveaway details:
  • This is open internationally.
  • This giveaway will end on the 1st of February 
  • The winner will be announced on this blog
Giveaway conditions:
  • Taryn Browning and myself are not responsible for lost or damaged goods
  • Once this giveaway has finished, all personal information - including email/shipping address will be deleted
  • Winner will be contacted by email and will have 72 hours to respond with your full mailing address otherwise another winner will be chosen
  • The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter
  • Taryn Browning and myself have the right to change giveaway details as I see fit
  • You must be aged 13 or older 

Taryn Browning writes novels for young adults and is represented by agent Christine Witthohn from Book Cents Literary Agency. Her debut novel, DARK SEEKER, is available on Amazon and B&N. Taryn graduated with a BS in Education from Towson University and went on to earn a MS in Reading from Hood College. When she isn't writing, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, dancing, music, movies, and the beach. Visit her at www.tarynbrowning.com, on twitter (@TarynBrowning) and facebook (Taryn Browning). 


    1. Hi Taryn! Great post. I haven't checked out all the crushes on this list, but you have me intrigued. Congrats on your book and all your successes!

    2. Aww, thanks Anita! They are definitely swoon-worthy, lol! :)

    3. Oh, goodness. My all time favourite book boyfriend? But...there are so many! Like, Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door, or James Easton from The Agency, or Sebastian Faraday from Ultraviolet, or Severus Snape from Harry Potter, or Kyo from Fruits Basket! Yeah, I could go on and on. I'm definitely with Taryn too about Dimitiri and Adam! Yum! I look forward to getting to know Kai! ;-)

    4. Lots of good crushes! But my all time favorite book boyfriend is Adrian Ivashkov. I also love Four, Jace, Simon, Jem, Jacob, and of course a ton of others. I haven't read Shatter Me yet but I hear Adam is very swoon worthy. I can't wait to meet Kai! I really want to read this! Thanks for the post and giveaway!

    5. Taryn, great post! I love all your 5 YA book crushes. I'm still reading the VA series and wow, Dimitri is absolutely awesome. I am very intrigued with this Kai! Sounds very swoon-worthy! Thank you for sharing! :)

    6. Great post! Gotta love Dimitri and Adam! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

    7. I'm totally with you on Dimitri!! *heart*

    8. My favourite boyfriend is definitely Four :) And I realy like Ky from Matched, too. Oh, God, they are so sweet! :)

    9. When I was 12 I was crazy about Draco Malfoy for some reason, he was rich, bratty, and a total buger with blond hair.

      Right now, is either Zack from the Gallagher Girls or W.W. Hale the Fifth from Heist society.

      1. Haha! I used to like Draco when I was little too! Well, I still sorta do, but it's more Tom Felton than Draco now haha!

    10. I am going to go with Dimitri, and great giveaway. Thanks

    11. My favourite book boyfriend would have to be Etienne St Clair from Anna and the French Kiss... or Ron, from the Harry Potter series (though Rupert Grint may slightly influence that...!)

      1. Etienne <3 Oh how I love him so! And anything/anyone Harry Potter related is just love

    12. Ohh my book boyfriends <3 <3 Well I am between Jace and Daemon <3

    13. Oh my all time favourite book boyfriend mmmmm.....there's so many. I cannot choose between Adrian from VA and Shane from Morganville Vampires

    14. My favourite book boyfriend? mmmmmm....there are so many. I cant decide between Adrian from VA and Shane from Morganville Vampires

    15. Thanks for the giveaway! I've heard so many great reviews on Dark Seeker. My fav book boyfriend would have to be Reese from Destiny's Fire by Trisha Wolfe. :D

    16. Thanks for all of your awesome comments! Great picks for book crushes! I haven't read some. I'll have to check them out! This has been so much fun! Thanks again and good luck in the giveaway! :)

      Baggins: Yay, Dimitri & Adam!

      Jennifer: Oh, Jem, love him! Reading Clockwork Prince right now!

      Celine: Enjoy VA! Amazing series! Definitely a fave.

      Erin: Dimitri & Adam are so devoted to the people they love. I love that about them.

      My Favorite Books & Julie: Yay, Dimitri <3!

      Silvea: I can't wait to read Insurgent! More Four!

      Karen: I'll have to check the last two books out. Thanks!

      Stepping Out of the Page: Anna and the French Kiss is in my TBR pile. It sounds so good.

      Nea: Jace *sigh* & Daemon, he's awesome!

      Suzanne: I really want to read Morganville Vampires. VA is amazing! I loved Bloodlines too - lots of Adrian!

      Infernal Wings: Yay, Destiny's Fire!! Can't wait to read it!

      All the best,
      Taryn :))

    17. There are so many to choose from. But I'm going to go with Etienne St.Clair from Anna and the French Kiss

    18. My fave book boyfriend is actually Derek from Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers series. He has been my fave for a long time. If I'm honest, nn a lot of ways it's also Jace from TMI, but there's just something so special about Derek. In a time where the sexiest, hottest, smoothest male leads seem to be all the range, he seemed to stand out and I just love him for that! <3

      Rachel @ The Rest Is Still Unwritten

    19. Awesome guest post! I love Adam from Shatter Me also <3 and Dimitri mmmm Dimitri :)


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