A year ago I did this tag for the first time. I liked it, so I’m going to do it again for the characters from the books I read last year. As far as I know, The Characters of the Year Book Tag is created by Amanda from A Brighter Shade of Hope, but I can’t find the original.
Favourite male character of the year: Daniel Matheson
The Fountains of Silence has multiple narrators, and Daniel is one of them. He is an eighteen year old American with a Spanish mother. When Daniel visits Madrid in 1957, he knows Spain is under the fascist dictatorship of General Franco. As photographer he wants to capture what it is like to live there. But he isn’t aware of a couple of truly terrible secrets. I like how Daniel tries to uncover the truth. I also admire him for following his dream to become a journalist despite his father not supporting him.
Favourite female character of the year: Mia Corvere
The setting and the plot of The Nevernight Chronicles are good, but Mia makes the books extraordinary. She actually isn’t a very likable character. First of all she is an assassin, she also swears all the time and is pretty selfish. I still love her as character. Mia is very loyal too and ready to fight for her family.
Most relatable character of the year: Pan Li Lan
At the start of The Ghost Bride, Li Lan lives quite a sheltered life. As an unmarried girl at the end of the 19th century she isn’t allowed to go anywhere without a chaperone. So far her life doesn’t resemble mine. But I could relate to her kindness and fondness for books and I agree with most of the choices she makes in the story. I also loved to see how Li Lan grows as a character throughout the story.
Couple of the year: Carys & Max
Hold Back the Stars has a love story that’s surprisingly realistic. Carys and Max don’t fall in love at first sight as I see in too many stories. Their relationship isn’t only romantic, it’s messy and complex too. But Carys and Max make it work.
Villain of the year: Scholomance
You could argue that the villain in A Deadly Education is the school. Students can’t leave this magical school until they graduate or die. And the chance to die is pretty big since Scholomance is full of monsters and no teachers to help you.
Most disliked character of the year: Jondalar
In the second part Jondalar was alright, but I disliked him in The Mammoth Hunters. Most of the book he acted jealous and stubborn.
Royal of the year: Kleopatra
The main character from the Kleopatra duology is of course based on the real queen Cleopatra VII. I loved how she is depicted in the story: Kleopatra is intriguing, cunning and intelligent, but also has her insecurities.
Sidekick/non-main character of the year: Margery O’Hare
Alice is the main character of The Giver of Stars, but I liked Margery more. Margery is the leader of Kentucky Pack Horse Librarians. She is a tough, independent woman who refuses to do what is expected of women in the 1930s.
Sibling of the year: Charley Sutherland
Charley from The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is able to bring a character from a book into our world. His older brother Rob thinks this ability causes mostly problems. But I think it would be amazing to have a brother with this talent!