Hello bookworms! I’m Nia and today I’m going to be talking about my favourite unlikeable protagonist.
Now I feel like this topic could be interpretated as many things, but I’m just going to stick with the first one that came to my mind, and that would be characters, or in this case protagonists, that are unique and I haven’t come across often in books I’ve read in the past. So all of these are in my opinion different from your tipical YA heros/heroines. And maybe that’s why I love them so much!
If you aren’t familiar with Top 5 Wednesday, it is a Goodeads group now currently run by Sam over at ToughtsOfTomes on Youtube, where each week they give you a topic and you talk about 5 books that fit that category. You can join the group here if you want to participate!
Without any further ado, let’s start with this week’s topic!
And I Darken | Kiersten White
I’ve been thinking about how Lada‘s unlike anything I’ve ever read ever since I started And I Darken. And what it says on the synopsis about “no one expects a princess to be brutal” well… that’s completely true. She’s incredibly intelligent and strong, and her characters usually reach the edges of evil. I love antiheros, so I was really glad to find another character I to love.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone | Laini Taylor
Let me ask you a question: what normal person does rob bones for a living? Yes, no one. Only Karou. I’m not going to be talking about the books and her character much because I feel everything I could say could be a spoiler, but what I will say is that this has one of the most unique and magical love stories I’ve ever read. And Karou is such a special character to me. She’s strong and incredibly loyal, and has suffered a lot.
Also I named my cat after her so if that doesn’t tell you something, I don’t know what will.
Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
I could probably talk about the whole cast of crows in this book, but one I felt is the most unlikeable one, without any doubt woul be Kaz Brekker. He’s selfish, a thief and has a really interesting concept of good and evil. And he does love the eye for an eye. But I just adored him. I feel like knowing her back story made me empathize with him a bit more, but nevertheless I would love him no matter what. He’s a very perfect antihero.
Violet Grenade | Victoria Scott
Now this whole book was the weirdest thing I’ve ever read, so I thought the character would fit perfect into this category. Domino at first wasn’t something special to me, but as I continued reading the book I found her quite unique, and definitely that may had something to do with Wilson. I don’t know, it all kind of reminded me to a mix between the movie Suckerpunch and an episode of Criminal Minds but without the FBI. I don’t know if you guys know what I mean, but oh well, this is quite difficult to explain, ha.
A Darker Shade of Magic | V. E. Schwab
I know most people find Lila incredibly annoying and didn’t like the series because of that reason, but I love Lila Bard. She’s cunning, incredibly strong and stops at nothing to go and pursue her dream, which is to be the captain of a ship. I really like her development throughout the books (I haven’t yet read A Conjuring of Light so please don’t spoil me), and her relationships with the characters (I adore her friendship with Alucard). I can’t wait to read the third installment and see how it all ends.
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