In honor of Valentine’s Day tomorrow, I decided to compile a list of 7 swoon-worthy males in YA fantasy! These boys are all according to my personal tastes… but I have a feeling you’ll enjoy them too. *wink*
7 Swoon-Worthy Males in YA Fantasy
“Hello, Feyre darling,” he purred.
– A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
CAN WE JUST STOP AND TAKE A MOMENT. Okay, thank you. If you are at all familiar with YA/NA novels, then it should come as no surprise to you that Sarah J. Maas’s Rhysand is on the 7 swoon-worthy males in YA fantasy list. He’s got it all – tall, dark, handsome… and he’s got a wide wingspan. If ya know what I mean. *wink, wink* *nudge, nudge*
Seriously, Rhys is perfect. Like, too perfect. So perfect, in fact, that I don’t even have a proper crush on him. I can only admire him in all his perfect-ness from afar and envy the hell out of Feyre. He’s got that dark, mysterious thing going for him. He’s tough as hell, and brutally protective and loyal. But he’s got a sweet and caring side. Plus, he lives in the prettiest place in the world. I’m all for it.
“Unfortunately, my one true love remains myself.”
– City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
PSA: WHERE ARE ALL OF THE HOT FANART PICS OF JACE?! I searched for ages (minutes), and let me tell you, the pickin’s were slim.
Cassandra Clare’s Jace was my very first true book boyfriend/book boy crush. It’s not his physical appearance that draws me in (I prefer them tall, dark, and, well, Rhysand). It’s his personality. Jace is like the piece of shit bad boy who’s totally full of himself but super loyal (wow themes here) and has a sense of honor and duty. He’s hilariously sarcastic and witty, and the type of guy who doesn’t let anyone in unless you’re that-special-girl-who-is-the-only-person-who-understands *cough* Clary *cough*.
Also, I feel inclined to let you all know that I was 10000% #TeamAlexPettyfer for Jace. But nooo, the fans can’t have what they want! But to be fair, Jamie Campbell Bower was starting to grow on me in the TMI movie. (We’re not even going to talk about Dominic Sherwood, mkay?)
“I am being perfectly fucking civil.”
– The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
What is it with all of these hot YA dudes and wings? Seriously it’s like there’s some kind rule in YA lit that hot dudes have to be associated with some kind of winged-creature, or be one. I don’t even like birds.
Maggie Stiefvater wrote Ronan phenomenally. He is hands-down one of the most complex and interesting characters I have ever read about, ever. Period. There are so many different aspects to his personality and overall character traits. He’s incredibly family oriented, and would do anything for his friends and family.
At the same time, Ronan is also another piece of shit. He’s all jagged edges, but a real softie when you get to know him. But really, even then he’s still an asshole. For me, I’m drawn to the complexity of Ronan’s character, and the fact that all of the dualities that construct his character somehow work perfectly together.
“No fair maiden should die alone,” he said, putting a hand on hers. “Shall I read to you in your final moments? What story would you like?”
– Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
SJM strikes again! It should be no surprised to anyone that there will be multiple SJM characters in this post. That’s just how she writes ’em. Dorian is a precious little baby and I simply adore him. He’s a little bit snarky, but he means no harm. He’s very pure-hearted, and is always thinking about the people around him. As a prince, that’s one of his strongest qualities.
“I can offer you my life, but it is a short life; I can offer you my heart, though I have no idea how many more beats it shall sustain.”
– Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Jem, oh Jem my heart breaks for you. He just had to be one of my 7 swoon-worthy males on this list. You guys may be surprised to learn that I actually wasn’t #TeamWill while reading The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. Not that I don’t love Will, but I love Jem. He’s ill, he’s dying, but he’s the nicest person on the planet and also he plays violin. He was such a sweetheart, but not in an overly-done way. He keeps to himself, mostly, and somehow comes off as shy. But really, he’s thoughtful and caring.
“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”
– Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
SURPRISE, another bad boy.
But Kaz Brekker is like, actually a bad boy, unlike the others (well ok maybe Rhys). He’s like, the villain and the hero? He’s a criminal, but the protagonist (yeah?) of Leigh Bardugo’s stories.
I like a good bad boy (oxymoron much) as much as the next YA-fiend, but personally Kaz Brekker was almost too much for me. He doesn’t really do all of the monstrous things he’s accused of, but the thing I can’t always get on board with is his insane, criminal drive for money. I get it, he’s got a tortured past, and he runs the Dregs. He’s like a criminal mastermind, and it’s all good. I am interested in his character, but I also put him on here because I know he’s a fan-fave.
“Well, no one really knows until they get there, do they, but I know I’ll be in Slytherin, all our family have been — imagine being in Hufflepuff. I think I’d leave, wouldn’t you?”
– Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
Just… let me have this.
TBH, I love Draco Malfoy. There are hardly any good options at Hogwarts in the male-department. Sure, we’ve got Cedric, but he’s a bit overrated (and also kind of a douche?). I had a semi-crush on Dean Thomas, but he doesn’t have a big enough role in the story to really get to know his character.
Draco, while yes a dick and one of Harry’s antagonists, didn’t really have a chance to be good in the series. He wasn’t able to make any of the right decisions that we wanted him to make. And I think we really get to see this conflict in him in the sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Draco doesn’t really want to be bad, but he doesn’t know how to be any other way. There is some kind of compassion, or at least honorable conscience somewhere inside of him. Honestly, if I had gone to Hogwarts with him, I would have probably tried to impress him.
Honorable Mentions for the 7 Swoon-Worthy Males List
Will Herondale (Cassandra Clare), Chaol Westfall (Sarah J. Maas),
Rowan Whitethorn (Sarah J. Maas), Richard Gansey III (Maggie Stiefvater)
And a special shoutout to taratjah on DeviantArt! She seriously draws these characters so well.
So, there we have it. 7 swoon-worthy males in YA fantasy. Looks like I have two “types”: super bad-boys, and heart-of-pure-gold-actual-saint boys. Guess I like the extremes.
The honorable mentions were included to appease the fans. I think that Will, Chaol, Rowan, and Gansey are all fine characters, but they don’t really fit directly into my dichotomy. They’re more like the “in-betweeners”, though they could be argued to one side or another of the dichotomy of my “types”.
See any of your favorites on here? Do you agree with these 7 swoon-worthy males? Think I’m missing out on a few YA Fantasy hotties? Let me know what you think in the comments! I could talk about these hotties aaaalllllllllll day.