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I felt sad.
Being an advocate is hard f@!king work. It's also proven to be one of the most rewarding experiences in my entire life. Because of the YA Crush Tourney, I've come to consider my favorite author one of my closest friends. Because of YA Crush Tourney, I've met some of my best friends in the world. Because of the YA Crush Tourney, we've seen Shade series scenes we'd never dream we'd be able to see. Because of the YA Crush Tourney, this fan site exists. Because of all the greatness that has come out of the YA Crush Tourney, I felt sad that we weren't participating this year.
Then I realized something.
All of these THINGS still exist. They've never gone away. And they're not going any where any time soon. I reread our epic adventures of the 2011 YA Crush Tourney and started getting excited. That excitement turn into crazy a few hours later when I emailed Team Kilt asking them if they'd be willing to put together a faux-advocate post for not just Z-Mo, but for ALL the Shade boys. Sure, we're not officially advocating for our boys in the YA Crush Tourney, but that doesn't mean we can't shout out our love from the rooftops, right? RIGHT? RIGHT.
So, dear world of ours. Team Kilt would like to tell you why Zach, Logan, Martin, Dylan, Mickey, Connor and even Anthony are the most crush worthy crushes in YA...
From Kimberly (@kimberdee)
Reading is such a beautiful escape for me. I don't have to worry about cooking, or cleaning, or paying bills, or working... I however can't 'fully' ignore the hubs and the kids (but I try to)- just being honest. ;)
Anyways, there is a series that is so real and true to my heart. That it's characters have left such an existent impression on me, that I have to pinch myself to remember they are fiction. And characters that I refuse to pick a favorite.
Not a day goes by that I don't think about the SHADEboys from the Shade series by Jeri Smith-Ready. The ones who fascinate me the most are Logan, Zachary, Dylan, and Martin. I have even identified them with terms of endearment. Zachary is Sugar Tush, Logan is Cutie Patootie, Martin is Spunky Monkey and Dylan (Jeri has yet to know his name), is Sweet Meat, *giggles.* I mean, these guys are so sweet, they'd put Hershey's outta business. (Heard that fine pick up line via twitter).
They each have personalities and purposes in their life that make my heart go all googly moogly. The way they fight together for the ones they love possesses a beautiful bond.
So, whenever I think about or hear about Logan, Zachary, Martin and Dylan. This is my reaction:
From Gaby (@GabyLafara)
Why I love the Shade Boys…
I don’t just love Zach and Logan who are the male leads on the books, but I also love Dylan, Mickey, Martin and even Connor! Why? Not because they’re flawless characters if there’s one things they aren’t that certainly that, but that is not a bad thing at all, in fact it’s what makes them believable, what makes it easy to relate and care for them… what makes you fall in love with them.
Logan might be selfish and not care for what others might be feeling, but his ultimate wish is for everyone to be happy, to not mourn his death but to keep on living, and live a happy life. He cares deeply for Aura but also for his family, and he might not admit it but I think he cares a little for Zach too, he’s vivacious, funny, caring, he just draws you in, his personality “sings” to you and you can’t resist this wonderful boy.
Zachary… well for starters you got the accent, I mean, who doesn’t love the Scottish accent? It’s a very powerful thing! And although he’s a really smart guy and into science and everything I assure that’s actually more of a turn on. Among his many qualities, I can say he’s brave, loyal, sweet, and we know how willing he is to sacrifice himself for the ones he love. Our Zachary is a golden boy.
Let’s go for another Keeley boy, Mickey. I care so much for Mickey, he might not appear as much but when he’s there, and he’s got a powerful presence. I get to like him so much because I feel an affinity to him, I think he’s a guy that feels so much but doesn’t really let that show or talk about it, he keeps it to himself despite how much that can hurt. He loves his family, his friends and well, I love him too.
But I also have a crush on Dylan, he evolved from being this cute geeky guy (he’s still a guy, I’m sure) to a hotter and more courageous guy! His comments made me laugh so much, and what he does for Aura at prom, well… kudos Dylan!! I know us girls tend to love bad boys, but don’t deny it, we all got a soft spot for nice guys, and Dylan is one of them. I could totally see myself hanging out with him, watching anime or something hahaha.
And well, then there’s Martin. Yeah I have crush on him, that guy is amazing!! So funny, and he cares so much for Zach which lets you see how a loyal friend he is, he’s witty, funny, he’s Scottish and if you follow him on twitter, you might know he gives massages so I’m definitely on line for that, lol!! I liked him so much on Shine but having him on twitter has just made my love grow and I’m so excited to know more of him, surely he’ll have tons on girls and boys swooning over him.
So, yeah Jeri has given us these amazing characters who are not just cute or hot guys, they have so much more going on and I know for sure they’ve brought joy to my life so I’m forever grateful to Jeri for that, having the Shade boys has me a happier girl and I know I’ll always love them!! n___n
(NOTE FROM JEN: I'm suddenly feeling like Dylan Keeley needs a little more of my attention. WOW!)
From Judy (@shellseeker93)
There’s a book called Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure. I’ve not read the book yet, but the idea has intrigued me since I heard about it. So I decided to try my hand at coming up with only six words to describe why the boys of the Shade world are so awesome. Let me just say that it was HARD! I could have – and did – write more than one six-word reason for them, but in the end I decided that was cheating so I made myself pick just one. Just know that these are not the only six-word reasons.
Six-Word Reasons the These Boys of Shade Are Crush-Worthy
by The Irish Princess
Wishes Aura finds crazy, burning peace.
Scottish. Loves Aura, stars, rivers, castles.
Prom: when Zach’s stupid, Dylan rocks.
Zach’s best mate, keeps him sane.
Are these incredible or what? Team Kilt may not be the biggest fandom out there, but what we lack in numbers we make up for in enthusiasm. I am in awe of your creativity, Team Kilt.
And guess what?!? This isn't even one-third of our submissions! We'll feature another round next week in a Team Kilt Tuesday post that will be as equally amazing as this one.