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    Top 10 Book Boyfriends in 2011

    Today is day three of Top 10 of 2011.

    Top 10: A Week of Looking Back….
                                    ………and Looking Forward.

    If you haven’t yet signed up, there’s still time to participate. Just click on the banner above to read the details in the original post and sign up with the Linky.

    I was so excited to be invited by Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Lisa from A Life Bound By Books to co-host this event along with my very best blogger friends Jaime & Patricia from Two Chicks on Books.

    As fun as this event has been so far, it’s still a lot of hard work coming up with so many top tens. Or actually, the hard part is narrowing each list to just ten. I’m all about Top 100, but Top 10 is tough! I have to say, though, that I loved choosing the top ten list for today, though it was a Top 40 list for a few days….

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    Today’s topic is “Top 10 Book Boyfriends in 2011.” This was actually harder than I thought to narrow down. It was fun to think up all my favorite book boyfriends, but it wasn’t as much fun to have to cut so many just to keep the list to ten.

    Fortunately many of my favorite book boys are from series I haven’t read in 2011 like Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments, Daniel and Cam from Fallen, Patch from Hush, Hush, Ash from The Iron Fey and all those lovely boys from Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series.

    While I tend to be partial to the bad boy… oh who am I kidding, I LOVE the bad boy… I tried to keep it a mix between good boys and bad boys for the purpose of this list. Which made things so much more challenging.

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    Not every one of my book boyfriends has a photo associated with him. And as I’m not keen on using random images from around the web of various boys who might look like I imagine my fic boys would look, I simply used my favorite cover of the series or the one with my boy on it. Even if it isn’t the book in that series I read this year.

    I also tagged each boy’s name – black for the bad boy, grey for the good boy and slate grey for those boys somewhere in between.

    1.

    Roland

    There was absolutely no question in my mind that Roland Deschain of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series would top the list of my book boyfriends. He has been my book boyfriend for many, many years.

    I would have followed Roland on his quest even knowing how it ended and knowing exactly what he let happen to his friends.

    Roland is my fictional heartbreak. He is cold, calculating, but not completely unfeeling. He is driven, he is dangerous. He is dark and mysterious and can definitely appear cruel. First and foremost in Roland’s world is Roland. Everyone else is a very, very distant second. If that.

    But there is no better bad boy than he is and no one I’d rather have break my heart.

    2.

    Nick

    Nick Ryves is the ultimate bad boy. He’s dark, he’s definitely dangerous, he’s super sexy and he’s kind of a jerk. But he’s not a jerk just because he can be, it’s just who he is and he works very hard – sometimes – to be not so… well… Nick.

    And the ways he can move that body of his. Well, I would love to watch him dance for demons any day.

    3.

    Luke

    What can I say about Lucifer? He’s not a nice boy. You can’t get much more bad boy than Luke. Aside from the fact – if you can even say that here – that he is Lucifer, he’s in a band. He wears leather pants. He is evil and sexy and manipulates people. Completely plays them.

    He’s sinful. He’s yummy. I can’t get enough of Luke.

    Oh, and he eats Lucky Charms cereal. No, that doesn’t mean he has a softer side, but it does show he has a sense of humor.

    4.

    Tod

    Ahh my favorite Reaper. Well, Tod is my very first good boy on the list. Though I almost didn’t include him because I will always consider him Kaylee’s Tod and not my Tod. Tod is sweet, but not saccharine. He’s good but not too good.

    He’s willing to throw a punch when he has to, or take down someone evil to protect someone he loves, even if it means not playing by the rules. And he’s always willing to sacrifice himself for those he really cares about.

    Yeah, I love Tod. I’d follow him to the Netherworld and back.

    5.

    Cole

    Cole can be a bad boy, but he isn’t always. Just because he is what he is doesn’t make him bad. It just makes him sexy. A little bit dangerous. Definitely arrogant. But I think this bad-ish boy might just have a heart.

    He is an immortal, which is a very good quality for a book boyfriend to have. The fact that he gets his immortality from stripping the life force from other not quite willing participants isn’t so endearing.

    But he is a musician. A guitarist with a band. So, he definitely has book boyfriend appeal.

    6.

    Cassel

    Cassel Sharpe is a perfect book boyfriend. He is the right mix of good boy and bad boy. He comes from a family of curse workers – but is he one? Meet him and you’ll find out.

    He’s dark, he’s unbelievably yummy and he lives in a very dangerous world. He has a few bad boy qualities – honesty isn’t always his friend – but he definitely has a heart.

    And just because he is forced to wear gloves, it doesn’t mean he can’t touch you. Cassel Sharpe is definitely one boy that will leave his mark.

    7.

    Adam

    Adam Kent is a good boy. Probably one of the best. He is kind, caring, brave and beautiful. All the qualities I typically don’t find in my book boyfriends.

    But Adam is different. He’s strong, he’s fearless, he is undeniably sexy. And the fact that he comes across as just a little bit dangerous is probably why I find him so appealing.

    Because he is willing to risk everything to make sure those he loves are safe, he will always be considered a good boy. But as long as he is the Adam I’ve already grown to love, he will forever be on my list of book boyfriends.

    8.

    Luc

    What is it about these demons that I love so very much? Maybe it’s the fact that they could be villains but are just a little bit too good, a little too sexy, a little too willing to take a walk on the bright side to make them so.

    Luc Cain is unquestionably the bad boy, but he isn’t evil…. well, he isn’t always evil. He has been evil. He could be evil again. It’s that fine line he walks between being the bad boy and being just plain bad, the possibility of danger that he brings, that makes him an ideal book boyfriend. At least for me.

    9.

    Daemon

    Daemon Black is the newest book boyfriend to make the list. He gets huge bonus points just for his name. He gets even more points for those gorgeous green eyes of his. And the fact that he is often shirtless makes him totally book boyfriend worthy.

    But what won me over was his personality. Daemon is arrogant, he’s maddening, he’s incredibly sexy, and at times he’s cruel. And he is such an unbelievable tease. He cannot be called a bad boy… not completely anyway…. because he is inherently good. But as far as boyfriend material goes, he is a total jerk.

    Half the time I want Katy to slap him, the rest of the time, well….

    10.

    Warner

    I know, I know, I bet you’re thinking why the heck is Warner on my list of book boyfriends. He’s the opposite of a good boy. He’s a bad, bad, bad, bad boy. There is no question that Warner is a villain.

    But he’s kind of sympathetic. Seriously. And I think deep, deep, deep, deep down he has a heart.

    I am hoping to see that spark of goodness reappear, though after the way things ended the last time I saw him, I’m not so sure I’ll see it again. But there was goodness there. And if Juliette could see it, then it must have been there.

    For some reason, this slightly evil boy has wormed his way into my heart, and so he is my number ten book boyfriend of 2011.

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    Of course I have so many other boys that deserve to be on my top ten book boyfriends list, and I’m so heartbroken that I can’t include them all. But just to give you an idea of who else I love, here are just a few who didn’t make the final cut.

    Honorable Mentions

    Eric Northman – Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.

    Logan – Shade series by Jeri Smith-Ready.

    Ori and Den – The Demon Trappers series by Jana Oliver.

    Arawn and Keane –  Faeriewalker series by Jenna Black.

    Archer – Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins.

    Lucas – Starcrossed series by Josephine Angelini.

    Vincent and Jules – Revenants series by Amy Plum.

    Four – Divergent series by Veronica Roth.

    Ren – Nightshade series by Andrea Cremer.

    Reth – Paranormalcy series by Kiersten White.

    Cam – Unbound series by Rachel Vincent.

    Aiden – Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

    Nick – Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton.

    Wolfe – Slumber by Samantha Young.

    Will –The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

    Tamani – Wings series by Aprilynne Pike.

    Adam – If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman.

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    I decided I just had to stop at twenty honorable mentions or it might be embarrassing. I mean who has this many book boyfriends? I’m sure I left out everyone under the sun, including quite a few of my favorites like the boys from the Morganville Vampires, Wolves of Mercy Falls and Need series, but I seriously had to stop. For my sanity and for yours.

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    This event runs through Friday, and each day I will be posting a different list of top ten favorites. Tomorrow’s topic will be Top 10 Characters in 2011, which I decided just had to be VILLAINS. I think this will be the easiest of them all so far, though I haven’t even started to wrap my mind around who my favorite villains are.

    Demons would have been a nice option, too, but most of the demons I know would either be villains or book boyfriends.

    If you’d like to see what the rest of the topics will be, check out the original post or the update post for more details.

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    NOTE: this is the SAME Linky on each of the Co-hosts Blogs, so please only enter your Name, Blog Name and the URL for YOUR Top 10 post of the day on one blog. Thanks!

     

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    Character Interview: Tod Hudson

    Today on the blog we have a special treat. That’s right, Tod Hudson has agreed to stop by and answer a few questions. Quite a few, as it turns out. I had so many questions I was sure he’d add me to his list, but I’m still here. For now….

    As a thank you to all the loyal fans who voted for him in the YA Crush Tourney, his “agent,” Rachel Vincent, has agreed to allow him to take part in this exclusive interview.

    He gives away no secrets about what he’s getting himself into next. I knew not to ask. But you will get a much better idea of just who he really is.

    And I hope that after reading this interview you’ll come to see just how crush-worthy Tod is and show your support by VOTING TOD, Tweeting with the Hash Tag #TodsLegions, grabbing a button or doing whatever you can (but no Zach bashing please) to help him make it to the final round.

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    Hi, Tod. Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with me today. Between your two jobs, keeping an eye on Kaylee, Emma, Nash and your mom, I know you don’t have a lot of free time. So I really appreciate it!

    Since you are so busy, I’ll skip all the typical boring questions and get right to what your fans want to know….

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    Q. When people think “reaper” they think grim, hooded robes, skeleton-like appearance…you clearly do not fit that description. I’m sure that with your looks people often confuse you with an angel. How do you break the news to them about what you actually do?

    A. Most people I meet on the job never see me coming. It’s a shame, really.

    Q. When given the choice, you decided to become a reaper versus the alternative. If you had to make that choice again knowing what you know now, would you? And why?

    A. Yes. I did what I did for a reason. Things haven’t worked out like I hoped. Yet. But I have faith in my brother.

    Q. What is your favorite part about being a reaper? Is it the teleportation? Invisibility? Near-immortality? Or do you just like hanging around hospitals?

    A. I hate hospitals. I don’t care if I never see another bedpan or IV stand. The best part? The commute.

    Q. You seem to spend a lot of time in the Netherworld. What’s the fascination? Do you have some kind of a deal with those demons that you haven’t told us about yet? Anything you’d care to share?

    A. The Netherworld is like humanity’s trash can. Ready and willing to dispose of the worst the human species has to offer. Have I occasionally played matchmaker between hungry hellions and those who deserve to be eaten? Hell yes. Do I feel bad about that? Not even a little.

    Q. You always seem to pop in on Nash and Kaylee at the most inopportune moments. Is this planned or is it all just coincidence?

    A. How is it my fault they’re always making out? You think I want to see that?

    Q. As a reaper you can travel anywhere in an instant. What are some of your favorite places to visit? And don’t just say Kaylee’s bedroom…

    A. There’s also Kaylee’s living room, Kaylee’s kitchen, Kaylee’s garage…

    Q. As a reaper you aren’t required to eat, but you do seem to enjoy it. What are your favorite munchies?

    A. Popcorn. Nachos. Candy. Anything you can get at the concession stand at the theater.

    Q. Who was the most interesting person you popped in on during your free time?

    A. It used to be Nash. He was always watching, or playing, or listening to something entertaining. But now he’s always at Kaylee’s, and watching that makes me miss the ICU. And bedpans. And, hell, the Netherworld.

    Q. You tend to remain invisible to most people, except Kaylee. Do you do this just to antagonize Nash? Is he an easy target or do you just like to push his buttons?

    A. Yes. Wait, was that an either/or question? Nash takes life too seriously. Also, he doesn’t like me. I’m doing him a favor by staying out of sight.

    Q. You are wonderfully, incredibly sarcastic. It’s probably your most endearing quality. But that’s not all that you are. You have given us the occasional peek at a different side of your personality. What else can you tell your fans about who Tod really is?

    A. What else am I? Do you really need more than this?

    Seriously, what you don’t see is what you get. Death and sarcasm. And pizza. Anything else is just a rumor. A dirty, nasty rumor. *hides playlist full of 90s ballads*

    Q. Your friend Kaylee gets herself into a lot of scary and dangerous situations. You’ve even dragged her into a couple, yourself. Do you regret having to ask for her help?

    A. The biggest regret of my life (not to mention my afterlife) is being the reason Kaylee almost died in the Netherworld. I’ll never be able to make up for that. But that was the night I got to see the real Kaylee Cavanaugh—the Kaylee who would jump in front of a train to save someone else (anyone else)—and I realized that she didn’t need my help getting herself into trouble. But she might need my help getting out of it.

    Q. At one point, Kaylee thought maybe something might be happening between you and Emma. Was that all in her mind? Were you just being a good friend?

    A. Em’s just a friend. A really hot friend, but just a friend. Did I let Kaylee think I might like her best friend for a while? I have no idea what you’re talking about…

    Q. You’ve been described (and I can see for myself) as having perfect lips. Just how many girls have had the pleasure of discovering just how perfect they are? Or do you not kiss and tell?

    A. What, you want a list? I don’t kiss and tell. Well, I don’t tell, anyway.

    Q. As a reaper you don’t really age. You’re forever seventeen, though technically you’re nineteen. Do you still feel seventeen? Does it freak you out that everyone you know will get older and you’ll still be a teenager?

    A. I haven’t been a teenager since the night I died. Does it piss me off that my little brother is now my older brother? Yes. But I find solace in my flawless timing. I mean, if you have to be stuck in an ageless body for eternity, isn’t this the one you’d pick? Tell the truth. It’ll stay in this room.

    Q. You’ve been described as a bad boy by some of your fans. Would you say that’s true?

    A. Am I overburdened by an abundance of good will? Well, let’s just say that the angel on my shoulder gets a hell of a workout. But my hands are in the right place.

    Oh, no, wait, Kaylee says it’s my heart that’s in the right place. My hands, evidently, are another story.

    Q. If you could be any type of supernatural being, what would you be? Vampire? Werewolf?

    A. I don’t look good in fur, and liquid diets make me cranky. I’m a reaper. Why fix what isn’t broken?

    Q. Right now you’re unattached. Completely understandable given the situation with your former girlfriend. My heart goes out to her and you. But if you were to have a first date, what would be your ideal first date?

    A. A date with death? She’d have to be fearless and enjoy hospital cafeteria food. I work nights.

    Q. What would a girl have to have to grab your attention? Would she need to be smart? Funny? Sarcastic? Adventuresome?

    A. What would a girl need to grab my attention? A death wish. Or a pizza order. Maybe big blue eyes and a stubborn streak.

    Q. What quality do you most admire in your friends?

    A. Corporeality.

    Q. Nash has gone through some difficult times. If he would actually listen to you, what advice would you give him, being his older, wiser, and way cuter brother?

    A. You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone. Quit messing up.

    Q. As a reaper you don’t age, but can you change your appearance? Do you need to get haircuts? Do you have to shave?

    A. I can shave to get rid of stubble, but it’ll never grow any longer than it was when I died.

    If you don’t mind, let’s quickly play “what’s your favorite”:

    Q. Who’s your favorite superhero?

    Kaylee. What do you mean, she’s not a superhero? Would you want to be the only thing standing between her and a friend in danger?

    Q. What’s your favorite video game?

    Pac Man.

    Q. What’s your favorite song?

    It’s Not My Time, by 3 Doors Down. (You thought I’d say Don’t Fear the Reaper, didn’t you?)

    Q. Who’s your favorite author?

    Seriously? With Rachel listening right outside the door?

    Q. What’s your favorite book? Favorite character in a book?

    If I Die. I like the ending.

    Q. Who is your least favorite demon in the Netherworld?

    There are no good hellions. None. That said, Avari can be useful—for a price. But even though he can’t lie, he can’t be trusted.

    ***

    Once again, Tod, thank you for your time. Talking with you has been a dream come true. Your eyes are really hypnotizing…must be one of those bean side side-effects.

    I wish you all the very best on what’s coming up next. I hear that there may be a bit of excitement in your future. Just know that I’ll be rooting for you!

    VOTE TOD

     

    And an extra special thank you goes out to Author Rachel Vincent for taking the time to help her character in this tournament, for setting up this interview today, and most especially for creating such a crush-worthy boy like Tod who it has been my pleasure to get to know and love so much better during the course of this event.

    Please feel free to grab a button or grab the avatar below (both of which were designed by the author’s amazingly talented husband) to show your support for Tod during his match, which ends on Saturday at 8 a.m. Central time, United States.

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    Everyone Dances with the Reaper

    It’s that time again! Yes, Tod is back in the running for a chance to make the final four in the YA Crush Tourney on The YA Sisterhood‘s blog.

    The match is now not live yet, but it will be at 8:00 a.m. Central time in the U.S. You can just click the YA Crush Advocate button in the sidebar which links to the blog’s main page (or just click the link above), or click here and to vote on the post. This is the only match happening today. And it will run for only one day. Yep, 24 hours.

    Today, Tod Hudson’s competitor will be Michael from Hourglass. As I haven’t yet read the book, I don’t know just how swoon-worthy Michael is, but I’m almost positive that he wouldn’t beat Tod on my crush-worthy boy rankings list. I’ve known Tod a lot longer and he’s only gotten better with each book. Just wait until If I Die comes out and you can see for yourself if you haven’t had a chance to read an early copy.

    There’s a lot of information on my Advocacy post on The YA Sisterhood’s blog – the only portion that’s changed for this round is the paragraph on why he’s better than his competitor – so feel free to check it out.

    But if you’d like to know just a little bit more about Tod, here’s my “Don’t Fear the Reaper” post, which gives some quickie Tod facts.

    Tod’s creator, author Rachel Vincent, has promised some sort of incentive for people who vote for Tod. Check out her blog post, HERE, and leave a comment if you have something specific you might want.

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    For today’s plea post for Tod, I thought I’d do a TOP TEN list. It was tough to decide what top ten things to spotlight – top ten reasons to choose Tod, top ten favorite Tod quotes, or top ten things that make Tod crush-worthy.

    As I’ve listed plenty of reasons on The YA Sisterhood’s blog why you should choose Tod and even more reasons why he is crush-worthy, I thought I’d put together a list of my favorite sarcastic Tod quotes.

    Now, Tod can be quite the charmer, but what first endeared him to me was his ever-present sarcasm. And if you really want to get a good dose of it, just read Reaper.

    It was tough narrowing it down to ten, and I didn’t quite make it, but here they are…

    My Top Ten Favorite Sarcastic Tod Quotes

    10. “So could we please not mob the three-thousand-plus-year-old reaper like tweens at a boy-band concert?”

    9. “You’ve got the wrong guy…Notice the conspicuous absence of wings and a halo.”

    8. “The scythe was a little tricky at first, but–much like golf–turns out it’s all in the swing.”

    7. “So, ‘reaper’ is really just a nice word for ‘covert pervert?’ Is that what you’re saying?”

    6. “Something beyond the fact that I’m dead and invisible, and I was evidently dressed by Edward Scissorhands?”

    5. “I may be dead, but I’m still perfectly functional. More functional than ever, in fact. Watch me function.”

    4. “So, you reap souls and crush hopes? Is that part of the job, or just a service you offer for free?”

    3. “Yeah, it was tough to make time between the compulsive thumb twiddling and the lure of bingo night at Colonial Manor, but I managed to fit you in.”

    2. “So you’re saying the afterlife is hard on the libido? FYI, that’s probably not a good bullet point for your recruiting brochure.”

    1. “So, would you say I’m closer to a zombie or a vampire? I gotta know–are my parts going to rot and fall off, or am I forever frozen in youthful perfection?”

    And my all-time favorite, which I will try to squeeze onto the tip-top of the list is…

    “If I weren’t already dead, I’d be alive with joy.”

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    Thank you for taking the time to get a chance to know Tod just a little bit better. His sarcastic side is one of the things that makes Tod, Tod. But, he is also fiercely protective, loyal and a completely, stunningly beautiful boy.

    So, thank you for heading over to The YA Sisterhood’s blog to…

    VOTE TOD!

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    Random Thoughts: The YA Crush Tourney

    One of the great things about being a book blogger is that it doesn’t always have to be about reading books and writing reviews. That may be why I blog, but there are also some lovely distractions from the blog that help keep things exciting.

    Of course there’s Twitter. That’s probably the biggest distraction from blogging that I know. It’s so easy to follow the timeline and find that hours have passed as I check out all sorts of things that are being tweeted about. And even more hours can slip by if I get caught up in a conversation.

    Late one night I hopped onto Twitter with no real intent to get caught up in anything and I saw a few Tweeters talking about this upcoming event called The YA Crush Tourney. and I decided to check out the blog that was hosting the event. It was mainly for curiosity and the fact that whenever I see a link tweeted I can hardly resist clicking.

    Well, the tournament is hosted by The YA Sisterhood blog and at the time I heard of the event they had chosen their finalists and were looking for advocates.

    I was already behind on my reading, I was stretched thin as it is between work, blogging and my real life endeavors, but seeing this event and seeing that a few bloggers I know were involved, I couldn’t resist asking a couple questions about it. What could be the harm in asking questions?

    Many of the top crushes were already spoken for. Who wouldn’t grab up Jace, Dimitri, Ash or Patch if you had the chance? But there were still a number of crush-worthy boys looking for defenders. And I was immediately drawn to Tod.

    I had somewhat recently finished reading If I Die by Rachel Vincent and had developed a significant crush on the book and the boy. I knew that if I chose Tod, defending him wouldn’t be easy, given the fact that Tod doesn’t really come into the spotlight until that book, unless you count Reaper which is a short novella devoted all to him.

    But I’m never one for easy, and I’m always one to root for the underdog, and so when I heard back from the hosts of the tourney I decided to participate. It sounded like such a perfect distraction from the blog, something to get involved in that would be exciting and different and just really, really fun.

    And it has been awesome. Yes, creating that original defense for my character was a challenge. It actually took me a few hours of searching each book to come up with every bit of information I could about him. And then several more to write up my defense.

    I couldn’t reveal spoilers from the upcoming book, and I wasn’t sure I could properly defend him without some of that knowledge, but I think I managed fairly well. Although, by three in the morning of the day that I needed to turn in my argument I wasn’t even sure I was making any sense.

    But once that was done, the fun could finally begin. Round one was exciting. There was no way to tell how many votes were cast, who was in the lead, but you could vote as many times as you wanted, and enlist your friends to do the same.

    For many of the characters, the authors are involved, which is even more exciting. My character’s author, Rachel Vincent, mentioned the tournament on Twitter and on Facebook. But she wasn’t the only one. Cassandra Clare reached out to her fans in defense of Will, Jeri Smith-Ready in defense of Zachary, as did many other authors who wanted to see their character succeed.

    Round two, which just started this week, has changed things up a bit. There is only one vote allowed, and the voting results are visible, which makes the advocacy process that much more stressful…I mean scary…I mean thrilling.

    Last night’s last minute push for Tod’s competitor Archer Cross by Rachel Hawkins nearly cost Tod the win. But the amazing Rachel Vincent stepped in and saved her reaper, reaching out to her large following. (Believe me, I called in all my favors around the country to get those votes up and probably pestered every single person following me on Twitter and Facebook – sorry!)

    But today, Rachel Vincent is going to give readers a teaser from the next book and put together a Q&A since he’s won. She’s reaching out to fans to ask their questions or leave possible teasers on her blog, HERE. And I can’t wait to see what Tod has to say!

    And although I am Tod’s advocate, I have tried to show my support for some of those other crush-worthy competitors who are just as deserving to be in the competition as he is.

    This event has been a chance to get to meet new bloggers and to compete in a friendly way – after all, all these boys are crush-worthy, there’s just no reason to be mean! And it has offered the perfect mid-summer break from the every day.

    Again I would like to thank the bloggers at The YA Sisterhood who came up with this amazing idea and who have been doing such a super job with the tournament. I really hope they do this next year as it’s been a tremendous amount of fun and by next year just imagine how many new crush-worthy boys will be in the running!

    This is a great way to discover new blogs, meet other amazing bloggers and get more involved in the book blogging community. And it’s the perfect way to get involved if you are just a little bit shy – book-boy crushes, we all have them!

    You can check out their blog by clicking the image.

    Oh, and I’m giving you fair warning – as Tod’s still in the running, and will be facing the victor from the Tucker versus Michael match-up, you will probably be seeing a few more manic posts on my blog’s annex and facebook page, as well as any number of tweets next week.

    So, as a thank you from Tod…

    I would like to give away, to one winner, one paperback copy each of the four Soul Screamers books by Rachel Vincent– My Soul to Take, My Soul to Save, My Soul to Keep and My Soul to Steal.

    For U.S. winners it will come directly from Amazon. If you are international, I will order the books and send them to you via U.S. mail as my last three orders from The Book Depository have yet to reach their recipients and I’m not confident in their customer service any longer.

    All you have to do for this quiet giveaway is to leave a comment saying that you want to meet Tod. If you put your email into the hidden comment entry form you don’t need to post it publicly. Or if you are on Twitter, you can leave your @ name and if you’ve won I’ll tweet you.

    This giveaway runs until tomorrow, July 21st at 9 a.m. Pacific time.

    Thank you all for your patience as I campaign for my reaper and if you haven’t yet met Tod I really hope you get a chance to soon! Author Rachel Vincent has made him one seriously amazing character and totally crush-worthy boy.

    I just ran your names through Random and the winner is….

    Congratulations Cara! I will be emailing you for your details. And apparently if you are international Amazon ships internationally so if you are located internationally I’ll ship them direct from Amazon. (Saves a long trip to the post office which isn’t much cheaper.)

    Thanks again to everyone who has entered! As I am such a huge fan of the series be sure to check back around release date of If I Die and I may have another giveaway for the series including a pre-order of the upcoming book!

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    Don’t Fear the Reaper

    Today I am advocating for Tod from Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series in the YA Crush Tourney on The YA Sisterhood‘s blog. As the match is not yet live, I’ve simply included a link to the homepage. Tod and I would love it if you would cast your vote for him over the next couple of days.

    His competitor in the Tourney is Daniel from Lauren Kate’s Fallen series. A pretty tough competitor, given that he’s an angel and all. But please don’t fear this reaper. Tod is anything but grim.

    As I’ve provided quite a bit of information about Tod in my match advocacy post, which you can read over at their blog when you choose who to cast your vote for, I thought I’d simply give a quick backgrounder on Tod which will hopefully give you some information and a few reasons on why this reaper should win out against his angelic competitor.

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    SO, WHO IS TOD?

    Name: Tod Hudson

    Sibling(s): Nash Hudson

    Parent(s): Harmony Hudson

    Age: Eternally 17, but technically 19

    Hair color: Pale blond

    Hair type: Curl

    Eye color: Bright blue

    Facial hair: Some. Short goatee

    Best facial feature: Lips. Perfect lips. Kissable lips that are quick to form a wicked grin.

    Looks: Angelic. Face that expresses emotion.

    Relationship status: Single…(as of the end of My Soul to Steal anyway).

    Best friend: Kaylee Cavanaugh.

    Employment status: Two jobs. Primary job – Reaper – transporter of souls. To fill those extra hours – Pizza delivery boy.

    Status: Deceased, but not. Ageless. Practically immortal. Not soulless.

    Powers: Teleportation, selective invisibility, ability to end a life and take a soul, no need to eat or sleep, wicked awesome kisser.

    Personality: Flirty, charming, mischievous. Bad boy, rule-breaker. Funny, sarcastic. Loyal, self-sacrificing, chivalrous. Brave, reckless, loves a challenge. Vulnerable.

    Finer moments: Saved a little girl. Sacrificed his own life for a loved one. Went to hell and back to try and save his ex-girlfriend’s soul. Watches out for Kaylee and Emma. Tries to keep Nash out of trouble.

    Tod in one word: Hero.

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    Tod is a great brother, the best friend anyone can have and is good to have around when you need to get somewhere fast.

    He will always be there for you and doesn’t let his job get in the way. He will let you be a part of the adventure and won’t leave you hidden away without a clue as to what’s happening.

    If all reapers were as sweet, sexy and lovable as Tod there would be no reason to fear them.

    So, be sure to head over to The YA Sisterhood in the morning to cast as many votes as you’d like for Tod, if you think he is a little more crush-worthy than Daniel. I will love you forever, and so will Tod…and he’ll be around for a long while.

    One more thing…

    I might have mentioned that there’s a LOT more to discover about Tod in the next book. He’s not just some secondary character with a limited role and a flat personality.

    Just to give you a tiny peek into how Tod really feels, from the reaper’s own mouth:

    “…I want the fire. I want the heat, and the light, and I want the burn…”

    Yeah, definitely not soulless.

    VOTE TOD #YACRUSHTOURNEY!!!

    UPDATE: HERE’S WHERE YOU CAN VOTE!

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