Hello, wonderful bookworms!♥
I hope you are all having a great week. On Thirsty for a Book Boyfriend Thursdays we will give ourselves the permission to liberally and unapologetically fangirl and thirst over our favorite fictional boyfriends (or girlfriends) ever. Every Thursday I will dedicate it to one and announce the character for next week’s post! If that character I announce happens to be one of your book crushes, you can participate in one of these ways:
- Make your own Thirsty for a Book Boyfriend Thursday post with that character (sharing your thoughts on him/her, why you love them, your favorite book moments of them, favorite quotes, some fanart, fan edit, fanfic or bookish merch of them you might have, etc). If you do not like the character I chose, you can always choose your own. Just please make sure to ping back here so I can read it and fangirl with you! Or…,
- You can fangirl o rant in the comments below and suggest characters you’d like me to do in the following TBFTs.
- You can also submit your favorite moments, quotes, fan art or any other memorabilia you might have of the character and I will have it featured on my post (with the due credits and ping backs, of course). You can submit it in the comments or here.
What I intend to achieve with this book meme is to spread the love and passion we all feel towards certain fictional characters and to maybe inform new readers about certain books they might enjoy as much as us. Sometimes what I read about a person’s thoughts and feelings towards a certain character will make me buy the book faster than any review or rating. Because at the end of the day, when the book is over, all we have left is how the characters in them made us feel and the lessons their journey taught us. Think of this as a character analysis and review where we can explore all of their strongest and weakest points.
NEXT WEEK’S BOOK BF: Peter Kavinsky (January 18th).
For the first ever Thirsty for a Book Boyfriend Thursday, I chose my latest character obsession: Kaz Brekker from the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo.
Ladies and Gents,
here I introduce to you Perfection Incarnate:
(DISCLAIMER: Found this beautiful artwork above over at Kevin Wada Illustration. His work is absolutely amazing!!)
Ok, so maybe ‘perfection’ is the wrong word choice for such a deeply flawed character, maybe what is perfect and utterly unreal is Leigh Bardugo’s ability to make us swoon over a vengeful, manipulating thief and murderer and definitely one of the most amoral anti-heroes I have ever read.
“We can endure all kinds of pain. It’s shame that eats men whole.”
Because behind the beautifully elaborated criminal mastermind is a boy suffering from some serious trauma, a victim to a very dark past that has left him incapable of recognizing any feeling other than anger, bitterness and the overwhelming need to take revenge.
“She’d laughed, and if he could have bottled the sound and gotten drunk on it every night, he would have.”
But Kaz, as most broken people do, just needed a reason to feel other things again. In his case, the reason came in the shape of an acrobat-turned-spy, his right hand and most trusted crew member, Inej Ghafa.
” ‘What do you want then?’
The old answers came easily to mind. Money. Vengeance. Jordie’s voice in my head silenced forever. But a different reply roared to life inside him, loud, insistent, and unwelcome. You, Inej. You.”
From the very beginning, Kaz is portrayed as a very guarded person. From his clothes, to his personality , to his reputation, there are carefully constructed walls and barriers to keep anyone from truly getting to know him.
“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”
In an attempt at irony and mockery, he walks around the city’s underbelly dressed as a respectable business man, as he says there is no difference between them and a proper thief. But what’s most peculiar about his outfit are the ever-present black leather gloves he wears. Legends and myths surrounding him claim no one has ever seen his hands, that they must be very dangerous and bloody hands, and it makes for yet another scale in the impenetrable armor around him.
Those lucky enough (or unfortunate enough) to be close to him – like his most trusted gang members – are able to see Kaz’s insatiable greed and ruthlessness, just as clearly as they can see his remarkable strength, resilience and intelligence. None of them know if Kaz truly cares about any of them – possibly not even Kaz himself knows that – and yet it is undeniable in the spam of two books how they all trust and look up to him. I think the reason they do is because despite all of Kaz’s shortcomings, his word was as good as their Gods and he honored the promises he makes above anything else.
“There was no part of him that was not broken, that had not healed wrong, and there was no part of him that was not stronger for having been broken.”
I love the way Bardugo portrayed Kaz’s trauma so realistically in the books, not once letting Inej or their affection for each other become something that simply overshadowed or overcame everything Kaz went through. She was his salvation in many ways but she didn’t slay his demons; they were , and still are, only his to contend with. I also like that Bardugo didn’t try to write such a big and speedy character growth for him so that at the end of book two he was safe, healed, able to feel and touch freely because it would have subtracted from the complexities that make his character arch so captivating. Instead, she let his growth and healing process develop at its own pace. He isn’t written to please the reader, to satisfy the need we feel to see him safe and happy or to take the course we expect and want him to take. He is written to be his own person, Kaz Brekker, and not many writers are able to achieve that.
Four out of five thirsty crows:
NEXT WEEK’S BOOK BF…
Peter Kavinsky (January 18th).
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