Friday, August 5, 2011

YA Crush Tourney: Zachary vs. Tod goes to Zachary




ZACH: 5230
TOD: 5172

What an amazing match! Congratulations on an outstanding effort by both teams!

Before we get started, it's the same rules as usual. We've tried as much as possible to keep everything spoiler free, but to really show the best qualities of a character sometimes spoilers are necessary, so BEWARE!!! Also, feel free to write comments in the comments section about either character, but we will not tolerate rudeness. The moment it crosses over from logical argument to rudeness, your comment will be deleted and your vote cancelled. Voting will remain open for 24 hours. With all that said, let the voting begin!

Zachary Moore (Seed 25)

Zachary is a character in Shade and Shift by Jeri-Smith Ready. You can learn more about the books by reading our review . He is represented by Amy & Jen at  (Facebook: Fictitious Delicious Twitter: @FictishDelish)

In a city in Maryland they call Baltimore,
Is a hot Scottish boy named Zachary Moore.
He says funny words like ‘bugger!’ and ‘aye’
And has moments so sweet that it makes us cry.
He’s bold, strong, and smart, a science geek,
Writes shoddy love poems, has a competitive streak.
He’s real good at soccer, which makes him quite fit.
He’ll call you ‘bonnie’ when you’re feeling like sh… (bugger, can’t say that) …crap. 

A once ‘doughy’ lad, with eyes of green,
Has hair of dark brown that he keeps nicely clean.
He’s got giant hands, and you know what they say…
And those dimples of his?  You can’t look away!

But of all his talents we surely can’t miss
Is the way this Scotsman knows how to kiss.
Now take it to the bridge!
     Would he, could he, in a box?
     Yes, and it’ll rock your socks!
     Would he, could he, in a river?
     Yes, and it’ll make you quiver!
     He will kiss you here and there,
     Why, he will kiss you everywhere!

Special Attributes
For attributes, his accent is first on the list.
Watch him roll those R’s… yeah, you get the gist.
His mere presence will ward off those pesky ghosts
Which comes in handy when they bother you most.
And let’s not forget to mention the kilt,
Which fits on that body, so nicely built.

What makes Zach better than Tod?
Supernatural abilities? Zach Moore has none.
But not all boys need them to hit a homerun.
If you’re looking for a crush who will be most loyal
Don’t cast a vote for Malfoy, Crabbe or Goyle.
Vote Zach! Or Tod! You can go either way
But we’ve one more bit for your vote to sway.
Around one thing a mystery’s been built…
A win here gets us closer to what’s under that kilt.

Anything else you’d like to add?
Remember that Zachary is lastly seeded,
So your vote for him surely is needed!
Jeri Smith-Ready has promised a teaser
If Zachary wins! So don’t vote at leisure!
Vote NOW for TEAM KILT for best crush fictitious,
(And then see our blog, Fictitious Delicious!)

Thanks to you bonnie lasses at YA Sisterhood!! 

Tod Hudson(seed #20)

Tod Hudson is from the Soul Screamer by Rachel Vincent. You can learn more about it here. And be on the lookout for a review of the series soon here at YA Sisterhood! Tod is represented by Rachel Clarke. You can reach her at any of the following places:

Blog: (But I'll be posting any tourney related posts on my blog annex
Twitter: @Fiktshun
Blog FB page:


Tod Hudson may be a reaper, but he is anything but grim. And although he may look innocent, he is trouble. He is a reaper after all. Someone assigned to collect souls. Someone who takes a walk on the wild side and ventures into the Netherworld on occasion. And someone who is no stranger to the Hellions and Demons that call it home.

Now, he may not be your typical bad boy, I don’t know many reapers who are, but he is definitely not someone to bring home to meet the parents. Kaylee Cavanaugh’s Dad certainly doesn’t like him hanging around his daughter and they’re not even dating. Especially when he can just come and go as he pleases - any parents worst nightmare. And it seems to please him quite a bit to visit Kaylee. At night. Alone. In her room. Forever stuck at 17, Tod is an eternal boy.

But Tod has another side. And that one is charming, funny and sarcastic. He is mischievous and has one heck of a wicked grin for someone with such an angelic face. He likes to pop in at the most inconvenient times. And surprising Kaylee is one of his favorite things to do. Well... that and popping in on Kaylee and Nash when they don’t particularly want to be disturbed. Tod definitely has issues with boundaries.

The best thing about Tod isn’t his boyish charm or his sense of humor. If that were all Tod had going for him, he wouldn’t have made made my list of crush-worthy boys. It’s his loyalty. Tod is one fiercely loyal bean-sidhe turned reaper.

He will do anything in his power to protect those he cares about. It makes him brave and foolish and reckless to the point of stupidity at times, but his loyalty makes him completely swoon-worthy. What girl wouldn’t want a boy who would go to the ends of the earth to protect her, do whatever he can to make her happy, or cry for her when he can’t?

Tod quick facts: A total flirt, charming, mischievous, not one to play by the rules, funny, sarcastic, bad boy, loves a challenge, brave, reckless, chivalrous, vulnerable, loyal, self-sacrificing.


Tod is definitely mighty fine to look at. He may not be one, but he looks like an angel. Blond curly hair, bright blue sparkling eyes, super sexy thick boy-lashes, perfect full lips, strong, square chin which sports a small goatee. He is total eye-candy.

I usually tend to go for the dark, brooding, dangerous types, but over the course of this series Tod has definitely caught my eye. I’m thinking he’s a stone cold fox. He will be forever young. As a reaper he will never look older than 17. And even though he may be a reaper he has his soul. Just stare into those bright blue eyes and you will get lost. And that’s not from some powers of Influence.

But it’s those kissable lips that are quick with a smile, always ready to quirk up into a lopsided grin, that make Tod the ultimate crush-worthy boy in the looks department. His eyes may be magnetic, but it’s those lips that would be tough to look away from.

Tod quick facts: Angelic, bright blue eyes, sexy smile, perfect, full oh-so-kissable lips, with a lower lip he loves to bite while thinking, thick lashes, pale blond, curly hair, face that expresses his emotions.


Oh, Tod is one talented reaper. He can materialize wherever he wants, whenever he wants. And as he doesn’t need sleep he has a lot of free time on his hands to drop in, unannounced, on his friends and family. Whether they want him to or not.

This can come in handy when there’s trouble, but can be awkward when you don’t want company. And it makes for some quick travel options since he can take you along for the ride.

He can choose who he wants to see and hear him. And can appear to only some people and not others if he feels like it.

As a reaper he doesn’t need to eat, but he can taste and enjoy food. No problem with the pleasure sensors or taste buds in his mouth.

He doesn’t age, which practically makes him immortal. As he’s technically not alive, he can’t get older.

He also has the power to end a life and take possession of a soul. For some power-hungry reapers this can be a problem, but for one as good-hearted as Tod, this is nothing to worry about.

He can move between this world and the Netherworld. It may not seem such an important talent to me or you, but if you had to rescue someone’s soul from a demon who had them trapped, you’d want someone who could bring you in and out of that world as quickly as possible. Just sayin’.

A phenomenal kisser. That’s all I’ll say for right now, but for those in the know, you can back me up on that.

Tod quick facts: Instant teleportation, selective invisibility, ability to end a life and take a soul - yeah it’s grim, but it’s still pretty cool - no need to eat or sleep, ageless, awesome kisser and it’s not just because he has such perfect lips.

Special Attributes:

Since I’ve included most of Tod’s attributes in the personality, looks and talents departments, I thought I’d just give a few examples of why Tod is so full of awesome and why he deserves the title, “Hero.”

*His first assignment as a reaper he saved the life of a little girl that was on the list.

*He sacrificed his own life to save someone he loved and kept it a secret so that they wouldn’t have to feel guilty. (If that’s not totally swoon-worthy I don’t know what is!)

*He turned himself corporeal to punch Nash for what he did to Kaylee.

*He watched out for Kaylee’s friend Emma when she was in trouble.

*He went to the Netherworld to try and save the soul of his ex-girlfriend.

*He told Kaylee what she needed to hear about Nash and Sabine, even if it would make her hate him.

*He is frequently willing to put his “life” on the line for those he loves.

*And he is always ready to fight for what he wants.

Tod quick facts: Hero. Seriously, do I need to say more here? He’s a hero in every sense of the word.

What makes Tod better than Zachary?
Why is Tod Hudson better than Zachary Moore? Because he’s Tod. That’s right. He’s better not for the faults in Zach’s character but for the fact that he’s Tod. A mischievous, kind, clever, witty, sarcastic, adorable, sexy, beautiful, nearly immortal, generous, loyal, passionate, and extremely delectable boy.

Tod is fun to be around. There’s never a dull moment when he pops in for a visit. Ever. He is the life of the party, the brightest spark in the room, and the hottest thing you will ever see in the morgue…or in your room if he decides to stop by for a late night visit. Which he can do, in an instant. Yum, yum. He may be the last thing you see before you leave this world, but would that be so bad? No way. Because he’s Tod.

Now, I could never say that Zach isn’t crush-worthy, because he is. He’s hot, has that Scottish accent that’s to die for, is a great friend, and has the patience of a Saint. But, he’s not Logan. Even Aura has a tough time committing herself to him. If her loyalties are divided, and Zach isn’t the always the boy of choice in that series, how can he possibly be the one to steal your heart?

And, his time is limited. Zach is a three book crush. We say goodbye to Zach after Shine comes out next year. He was practically not much more than friend material in the first book, always playing second fiddle to Logan. And in the second book we got that yummy river scene, but he ended up being just one corner of a quadrangle vying for Aura’s affections. Yes, he was just one of three boys that Aura chose to toy with.

But due to his short-lived trilogy, we won’t get that long, burning crush love that we have with Tod.

We’ve known Tod over the course of four books (some of us have had the luxury of knowing him for five), plus a novella dedicated solely to him. Yeah, his author thought him to be just so unbelievably worthy that she wrote an entire novella about him, rather than the main love interest in her story. Now that’s love. Tod love. And an author that has that much love for her character just proves how crush-worthy he really is. If his author is crushing on him, how can anyone who meets him not be?

Plus, there are two more books coming out after If I Die, so there could be more Tod in a total of three future books. I can only promise that he’s there in If I Die, coming out in September, and oh yeah, he is so there. So, unbelievably there. If you think Tod is a hottie now, just you wait. You will not be disappointed.

So, as crush-worthy as Zachary Moore may be. And he is. Tod has the edge that only a practically immortal reaper, with powers of invisibility and teleportation, can have. Time.

And if you lean toward the sarcastic bad-boy with a heart of gold, an angelic face, and perfect kiss-worthy lips, then Tod is definitely the boy to top your crush list.

Anything else you'd like to add?

I'd like to make a final plea for Tod. Those who've only read the first book or two of the series may not have gotten the warm and fuzzies over him. There may not have been any insta-love connection. I know it wasn't like that for me and Tod. I was a Nash fan all the way...

...All the way through the middle of the second book in the series when that slow anger toward Nash began building.

For those who have read all four books in the series and both novellas you may have a little more love for Tod, but still might not be fully convinced that he is crush-worthy. But let me tell you that he so totally is! And if this tourney was just a few months later, after the release of If I Die, I wouldn't even have to do anything to convince you here and now.

But Tod made me smile, he made me cry, he made me breathless and made my heart stop. More than once. If that doesn't make him crush-worthy I don't know what would.

Thanks so much, and I know that Tod would love your vote!


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