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11 of the most charismatic, but slightly scary, characters from YA that we actually want to be BFFs with


There’s no denying that River is obsessed with ‘The Graces’ in Laure Eve’s book. It’s their witchy charm, their cool grace and aloof nature. And there’s just something that you just can’t ever put your finger on… You just want to be near them!

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And they aren’t the only characters in fiction to have the same effect on us. Here we list some of our favourite smooth operators. PLEASEBEOURFRIENDANDWEWILLLOVEYOUFOREVER!

1. The Darkling from ‘The Grisha’ series by Leigh Bardugo

Start as you mean to go on eh? And who else has more charisma and dark allure than The Darkling himself?

“I’ve been waiting for you a long time, Alina” He said. “You and I are going to change the world.”

Ooh. Shivers.

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2. River West from ‘Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

This guy is trouble, that’s for sure. And if you’ve read the second book you can understand the path Violet ends up choosing. But there is something about his confidence and his vibe that we just live for his moments on the page. Good or bad.

“You stop fearing the Devil when you’re holding his hand…”

3. Katherine Pierce from ‘The Vampire Diaries’

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You have to admit there is something wickedly charming about this girl. No one would mess with you if she was your BFF that’s for sure.

4. Blair Waldorf and Chuck Bass from the ‘Gossip Girl’ series

One on their own would be enough, but both together? Dangerous. We’d love to witness their cool charisma and presence in the flesh though, stalking finding them on the social medias ain’t enough.

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5. The Sidhe from ‘The Call’ by Peadar O’Guilin

These terrifying and brutal fey might be bad to the bone but you can’t pretend that they aren’t fascinating.

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6. The Commander of Ixia from Maria V. Snyder’s ‘Study’ series

Aside from the MASSIVE SPOILERS which we won’t mention, Yelena starts off as a food taster for the Commander, and then as an emissary and then… enemy? Maybe? But the Commander’s intelligence and cunning is totes enthralling.

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7. Literally every Falcone brother from Catherine Doyle’s ‘Blood for Blood’ series

Literally. Each one. The brothers have their own charm and defining quality and they’re all probably equally as dangerous in their own way too. Don’t mess with the mafia, yo!

8. Sevro from the ‘Red Rising’ series

Why is this guy scary? Because he needs a bath. And you’ll probably catch a disease or lose an eye if you get to close to him, Why is he so magnetic? It’s his honesty. And his devil-may-care attitude. His rough and gruff and rude. And we can’t help but LOVE him.

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9. Sebastian Michaelis from the ‘Black Butler’ series

He is simply one HELL of a butler. He may be a demon but this guy has serious skills. And he’s totally swoonworthy. So.. double points.

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10. Rhysand from ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ and ACOMAF

This dark, aloof, arrogant, perfect-faced beast of a fae is more than a little stand-offish at first. And probably more than capable of destroying you with a look. But seriously… swoon. Very hard swooning.

11. Thalia, Fenrin and Summer from The Graces.

This trio have an ethereal aura about them and its no wonder River becomes obsessed with breaking into that inner circle of captivating individuals.

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Who are your faves? Should we gone there and involved someone like He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named? Let us know in the comments!

And hey, you want to experience the charm yourself? You can get your copy of ‘The Graces’ right here.

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Sarah is the Lead Writer and Design Queen here at Maximum Pop! Sarah holds an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University, and a BA in Creative Writing with English Literature from Marjon (BIG UP THE MARJON MASSIVE!). Sarah joined MP! after seeing an advertisement for writers on Instagram – because where else would a design master find their dream job?

Sarah is currently working on an expose on Draco Malfoy in her spare time. But not if his father hears about it.