Fictional Boyfriends

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Embrace Your Not-So-Angelic Fictional Boyfriends Of The Week — And Who Should Play Them On TV

Dave Franco and Ezra Miller, our casting choices for a TV show based on "Embrace"

Angels have been a big trend in young adult fiction for a couple of years now, and while I’ve read my fair share of novels about Nephilim and demon fighters and fallen Seraphim and all the rest, I have to admit this isn’t a topic that naturally draws me in. Often angel-themed books have to spend a lot of time explaining their mythology — which is far from standard Judeo-Christian beliefs — before you can get to know the characters. While Fictional Boyfriends I’m about to introduce you to are steeped in their own world too, something about them will draw you in immediately. No joke, I read this book in a single afternoon without coming up for air.

Who: Lincoln and Phoenix

From: Embrace, by Jessica Shirvington

What’s Their Story? Violet Eden met Lincoln a few years ago in a self-defense class and immediately started crushing on him, but the older boy has kept their relationship strictly platonic as he’s taken her on as his private kickboxing/running/rock-climbing student. It turns out, he’s actually something called a Grigori, a half-angel/half-human guardian charged with sending rogue angels on earth back to their own realm. And Violet’s the half-angel destined to be his partner … if she chooses to “Embrace” the Grigori life too.

Violet sensed something strange about Phoenix when they met on the dance floor on her 17th birthday, and the way he tracked her down certainly is creepy. It turns out he’s actually one of the aforementioned rogue angels living on earth. He swears to Violet that he’s got not evil intentions and just really wants to live like a human … and enjoy Vi’s intimate company.

Why We Love Them: Lincoln didn’t have to find Violet and train her before her 17th birthday, but he wanted to. And it turns out he’s been keeping things firmly in the friends zone because to be more to each other would be dangerous. That kind of protective instinct and self control is admirable, and super frustrating. But when he whispers, “Did you ever think we would be anything other than unbelievable?” our knees give way as much as Vi’s. Phoenix, on the other hand, doesn’t play hard to get. He’s got the allure of the completely smitten bad-boy, which Violet can’t resist. Especially since she’s all but given up on Lincoln. Sometimes, the challenge of taming someone so dangerous is an aphrodisiac on its own.

Where Will This Love Go Next? Book two of the series, Entice, is due out in the states on September 15. I’ve heard rumors that the book is being considered for an American TV series, which sounds awesome: It would mean so many opportunities to see Lincoln and Violet as an angel-fighting, humanity-saving team. Plus I can see big potential with Vi’s best friend Steph if she had some screen time. As for fantasy casting, I’m dreaming big for Lincoln, who’s described as having sun-streaked brown hair and a tan: Dave Franco. I can certainly picture a girl crushing on that grin of his. And for black-haired, dark-eyed Phoenix, I’d love to see Perks of Being a Wallflower‘s Ezra Miller in the role — he looks dangerous and heart-melting all at once. It’s hard to imagine either of these up-and-comers going to TV at the moment, but I can dream, can’t I?

Have you read Embrace? Share your casting ideas with us in the comments below! And don’t forget to read about our past Fictional Boyfriends!

[Photos: Getty Images, Sourcebooks]

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Golden Lily‘s Adrian Ivashkov And Timepiece‘s Kaleb Ballard: Your Fictional Boyfriends Of The Week

Last week, I introduced our Fictional Boyfriend feature, a thinly veiled excuse for me to gush about the boys who’ve been leaping from the pages of the latest hot YA reads and may very well make it to the big screen soon. This week, I couldn’t choose between two boys stealing my heart, particularly due to the fact that both books just came out on Tuesday, and the fact that they both have quite a bit in common.

Who: Adrian Ivashkov and Kaleb Ballard

From: Adrian’s from Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series and its Bloodlines spinoff, most recently The Golden Lily. Kaleb’s from Myra McEntire’s Hourglass and its sequel, Timepiece.

What’s Their Story? Adrian is the playboy college dropout son of an aristocratic family. Also, his family happens to be Moroi, a race of vampires (that are born, not made). We first met him when he started hanging around the titular Vampire Academy boarding school and eventually started dating half-vampire Rose Hathaway. We all knew her true love was her mentor, Dimitri, but he was a pretty interesting diversion. Now he’s hanging around another boarding school (and for some reason this is not creepy), as he helps protect and hide the Moroi queen’s younger sister. That’s how he befriends Sydney Sage, a member of the Alchemists, a society of humans dedicated to keeping vampires’ existence a secret from the world. All this sounds very complicated when summed up in a single paragraph, but don’t worry, it’s a mythology that’s easily absorbed in the books.
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White Cat’s Cassel Sharpe: Meet Our Fictional Boyfriend Of The Week

Michael Steger, Tristan Wilds and Blair Redford are our fantasy casting choices for the Curse Worker series
Here’s the #1 reason why I think people of all ages read young adult novels these days: No love feels as dramatic and earth-shattering as your first one. And though I’m pretty relieved to have left that first disastrous romance in my past, through fiction I can recapture that feeling anytime I want to. All summer long, here on VH1 Celebrity, I’m going to introduce you to my favorite new fictional boyfriends — the bad boys, the torn heroes, the sensitive types, the vampires, the demon slayers, what have you — and, naturally, the novels in which they’re waiting to seduce you on a hot, lazy beach day. First up is a boy I’ve been swooning over since last spring.

Who: Cassel Sharpe

From: White Cat, Red Glove and Black Heart, the Curse Workers trilogy by Holly Black

What’s His Story?
Unlike most of the boys I plan on covering here, Cassel is actually the main protagonist of the trilogy. We first meet him when he wakes up from sleepwalking on the roof of his boarding school dorm, and that happens to be one of the safest places we’ll ever see him. In Cassel’s world, a portion of the population has a genetic ability to work magic on others by touching them — these so-called “Curse Workers” can give people luck, erase their memories, make them fall in love, kill them, influence their dreams or, in extremely rare cases, transform them into something else entirely. Many Workers belong to mob-like crime families, like the one led by Cassel’s best friend Lila’s father. Cassel comes from a long line of con artists, and while he can work a con with the best of them, he thinks the Worker gene skipped him. He also thinks he killed Lila three years ago, though he has no memory of how.
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