Brooding YA Heroes!

My fellow readers, get ready to get your swoon on! I am so excited to get to be part of the Brooding YA Hero’s Street Team. What is Brooding YA Hero, you ask? Well, Brooding YA Hero’s Guide to Achieving Main Character Status is an AWESOME book scheduled to release in October, book details below. The Brooding YA Hero is also a Twitter account that you NEED to be following. It is absolutely hilarious and oh so swoony!!! Follow Broody McHottiepants here!

In honor of Broody, I’m going to be featuring some of my favorite books that, of course, include brooding YA heroes. I’m a huge fan of all of the Shadowhunters books, and Cassandra Clare has some of the best broody love interests in all of her novels. Here are a few of my favorites!

Broody Shadowhunter Boys


Jace Wayland – Between his rather, ummm, complicated relationship with his father, his sometimes fraught relationship with his adoptive family, and his forbidden love for another character in the series, Jace can certainly brood with the best of them.


Will Herondale – If having a curse put on you that guarantees that anyone who loves you will die won’t turn you into a brooding YA hero, I don’t really know what will. Will has to keep everyone he loves at arms length in an attempt to keep them from returning his feelings, while also playing up the whole debauchery-loving, bad-boy role.


Simon Lewis – There’s nothing like an unrequited love to fuel one’s inner broodiness. As if that weren’t enough, try being an outcast amongst humans and downworlders alike! Poor, Simon!


Alec Lightwood – As if being gay in an underworld that refuses to accept you for you are weren’t enough, Alec also happens to fall in love with boys who are forbidden to him, either by the ever-watchful Clave or his own family.

About Brooding YA Hero’s Guide to Achieving Main Character Status

Have you ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend? Ever dreamed of being the Chosen One in a YA novel? Want to know all the secrets of surviving the dreaded plot twist?
Or maybe you’re just really confused about what “opal-tinted, luminous cerulean orbs” actually are?
Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero’s Guide to Achieving Main Character Status, a “self-help” guide (with activities–you always need activities) that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love.
As his nefarious ex, Blondie DeMeani, attempts to thwart him at every turn, Broody overcomes to detail, among other topics, how to choose your genre, how to keep your love interest engaged (while maintaining lead character status), his secret formula for guaranteed love triangle success, and how to make sure you secure that sequel, all while keeping his hair perfectly coiffed and never breaking a sweat.


Book Details

  • Title: Brooding YA Hero’s Guide to Achieving Main Character Status
  • Author: Carrie Ann DiRisio
  • Publisher: Sky Pony Press
  • Pub Date: October 3, 2017

Who are some of your favorite Brooding YA Heroes? What authors do you think have the best broody characters in their books? Have you added this book to your TBR list yet?

49 thoughts on “Brooding YA Heroes!

  1. TwinBookmarks says:

    Oooh that seems like a cool book to read! Your list of broody guys are just ACE 👌🏻!! A broody character that suddenly popped into both of our minds (yep both of us 😉) was Rowan Whitethorn from Throne of Glass series… There’s more we are sure but yep that popped up right away!

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  2. Book Princess Review (@_bookprincess_) says:

    Blondie DeMeani. XD Oh gosh, I can see this book be tropey goodness at its best. While I saw he had a book coming out, I’ve never seen an actual summary for it, so I’m excited. 😀 And I am sadly behind on my Shadowhunter love, but I do agree Will was brilliant and so very broody. He was definitely my favorite (so sorry, Jem D:). Wonderful post! 😀

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  3. Beware Of The Reader says:

    My broody characters: Magnus from Falling Kingdom; Fynch from All The Bright Places (he is broody at times), Lucas Parker from Shadow Falls.

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  4. Samantha Reed says:

    Ugh, Shadowhunter boys are everything ❤ Some of my favorite, unmentioned heroes, definitely include Dimitri from VA, Rowan from ToG, Wolf from the Lunar Chronicles (because I adore him and I don't think he's talked about enough), and many, many more. My list could go on for miles! ❤

    Awesome post : D

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    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      RIGHT?! Those are some fantastic, broody book boyfriends you’ve listed there. It’s true. As much as The Lunar Chronicles are discussed, you would think that you’d see more about Wolf. I haven’t thought about that before. Thank you, Samantha! <3<3<3


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