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12 of the Most Irresistible Bad Boys and Girls in YA
Sign me up for the latest news from Penguin Teen, including new books, special offers, and promotions. Sometimes we love boys who get us into trouble. Dark, brooding, and dangerous, bad boys make the best book boyfriends. Meet 7 of the baddest boys in YA who make us swoon. Reckless and charming, Tim knows how to have a good time. With his heart of gold, he is the delinquent next door who will always do the right thing.
While most interesting characters have both good and bad in them, sometimes our favorites are the ones that toe the line between the two…and maybe sometimes lean a little bad. Aeduan, trained as a mercenary from an early age, is a Bloodwitch, able to smell magic and track people by their blood as well as regenerate from gruesome injuries. But despite his dark past and connection to the aggressive Raider King, Aeduan at times shows unexpected compassion. Conflicted about his role, he may not be the ruthless killer he seems. Dressed in black, riding a motorcycle, and covered in tattoo-like runes, Jace is a classic example of a fantasy bad boy. But this mask covers a hidden vulnerability and a person fiercely dedicated to those he loves.
Let's be honest, imperfect people are fun to read about. My favorite characters in young adult novels are bad boys and girls. Whether they're the moody.
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For me, it all boils down to potential. Where there is a whisper of redemption in a character, there is allure. I want characters that toe the line between good and bad, not villains who seek nothing higher than their own personal gain. I want to know whether the protagonist will coax a softer side from him or if their spitfire dialogue and romantic tension will take the plot to dizzying heights. Damon, leather and silk and fine chiseled features. Mercurial and devastating. Damon Salvatore bursts into character as the main antagonist and all-round snarky anti-hero in The Vampire Diaries.