Thursday, December 22, 2011

Match #22: Alex (Seed #23) vs Rose (Seed #7) Goes to Alex

After the closest match yet and near heart attacks the winner is...


Welcome to The YA Sisterhood and round 2 of The Tournament of Heroines, The Superior Sixteen!  Thank you in advance for your participation in our Tournament of Heroines! We hope you make some friends (and not too many enemies), discover some fantastic books, and have a lot of fun!

Some general rules before we begin:

There may be some spoilers in the following post. We've tried to keep it fairly general, but overall, this Tourney will not be spoiler-free. So beware.

Secondly, You are welcome to write your own comments about either character in the comments section, but we will not tolerate rudeness. The minute it crosses over from logical argument into character bashing, your comments will be deleted and your vote canceled.  POLLS WILL BE OPEN FOR 24 HOURS AND WILL CLOSE AT 12:01AM EST ON DECEMBER 24th.

And now for the match....

My name's Momo and I'm the blogger behind Books Over Boys. I got the honor of being the advocate for the awesome Alexandria Andros from Jennifer L. Armentrout's Covenant series for this tournament. You can connect with me via twitter and facebook to stay up to date with the #HalfBloodLegion as we support our girl, Alex!

About Alex Andros:

First off, according to Aiden, this is what he thought of Alex when he first saw her...after those three years:
Long, thick chestnut colored hair fell past a chest that had grown in the last three years. Her face was oval shape; lips full like a pure-blood’s. Cheekbones high and eyebrows delicately arched over two wide, brown eyes. Even with the faint purplish bruises marring an otherwise flawless complexion, she was… unbelievable.

And in Alex's own words:
With all the dirt and overall grossness gone, I looked just like my mom. Long dark hair fell down my back; I had those high cheekbones and full lips most pures did. I was a bit curvier than Mom's willowy frame and I didn't have her amazing eyes. Mine were brown, homely old brown.
Alex is irrational, unstable, out of control, wild, crazy, rash, and stubborn but that makes her everything that she is, which is a fighter. She is unpredictable and very quick to act but she believes strongly in what is right versus what is wrong. She hardly ever lets anything faze her and that makes her high lariously funny. She says the darnest things at the most inappropriate times, lol, but what's life without some humor? She's uber sarcastic and tough and edgy and all-out fierce. She lives in this world where all that matters are the pures and their safety. She doesn't want to be forced into servitude so she is in the process of training to be a Sentinel - one who fights and kills daimons → the scary, looking things that will suck the life out of you. Alex isn't a fighter just physically, but she's also a fighter internally...if you get what I mean. She won't take anyone's B. S and she won't ever give up, you can count on that. Plus, Aiden said this ↓ ↓ ↓ about Alex's...qualities that I had listed above:
...I always thought your irrational nature was a flaw. It's not. It's what makes you so strong.
*nods* Uh-huh, what he said.

Alex's Best Attributes:

Alex stands out to me among all the other female characters because she's funny. I know, anyone can be funny. Okay, not anyone but it doesn't take a mad scientist to crack a joke here and there. Alex is such a smart mouth; she speaks without thinking and that totally comes with its consequences, haha, but you can't help but think, "Omg, I was so thinking that!" She says stuff that you wouldn't say out loud or stuff that you would bite back. She's definitely hard to forget because she has such a character; that's why when the nominations for this tourney began, Alex immediately came to mind. You won't be able to forget her if you tried. Also, she stands out to me because she can definitely hold her own. She'll take things into her own hands when needed; she won't back down and she indubitably won't take no for an answer. Alex is rebellious and at times, that might sound like a bad thing but like I've mentioned, she believes in what's right and if a little rebellious-ness is needed, where's the harm in that?!

What makes Alex a true heroine?

As defined by...dictionary dot com, a heroine is:

  1. a woman of distinguished courage or ability, admired for her brave deeds and noble qualities.
  2. the principal female character in a story, play, film, etc.
In my opinion, a true heroine is someone who isn't afraid to be heard, someone who speaks up and fights back when they see something that is unjust; someone who isn't afraid to dive head first into a difficult situation. Also, a true heroine is courageous and brave and strong; someone who will step up when needed. And according to that, Alex is all of the above. Alex is a fighter, she's resilient and always bounces back after a horrible tragedy occurs. Like they say, what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger. Because of what she's been through, it has shaped her into the kind of character that she is. You can count on her to save your butt whenever you're in a dire situation, that's for sure. Alex is a true heroine to me because she doesn't need a man to get her out of a ditch when she falls into one. She'll tire out all possible chances of saving herself before she'll resort to a man. Did I forget to mention that Alex can stab stuff? Oh yes, absolutely! She's a feisty little thing! Heck, she don't need no dagger or blade, she'll take you down with a garden spade! (OH WHAT?! That rhymed right there! I'm a genius! ;))

Why should we vote for Alex instead of Rose?

Oh sweet goodness! Why should you guys vote for Alex instead of Rose?! REALLY?! I love both of these girls oh so very much and I think they both share the same attributes that we all look for in a heroine. They are such strong girls; they have both been through the toughest life battles that you could imagine, they love so hard, and they're just flat out, awesome. Rose's story is now over but Alex's has just begun and already she's so top-notch and hardcore. Now just imagine how much more powerful and kick-butt she will become by the time Apollyon releases.

And I totally agree with Jaime and Patricia! I think that if Alex and Rose met in real life, they would be such a force to be reckoned with. If I ever saw, down the street or something, I would totally turn and start running the other way, lol. NO. JOKE.

Anything else you'd like to add?

I actually have a few things to add so bear with me, it might be a little bit overwhelming. ;) First of all, I had organized this...thing (I still don't have a name for it) with a few bloggers about why you should vote for Alex so I'll post all their blog links below and you guys should totally head over to all of their blogs and read their post. And let me include, a few of them are hosting some you know, don't miss them! Additionally, I am hosting a giveaway of the Covenant series; I'll be giving away a copy of Daimon, Half-Blood, and Pure so head on over to my blog and enter! It won't end until Friday, January 6th! And lastly, for this round of Alex's match, Jennifer L. Armentrout has broken down her rewards with vote numbers and it goes something like this:

500 VOTES: If Alex reaches 500 votes, I will give you a juicy scene from Pure. It involves a pool, but will be edited to avoid spoilers.

750 VOTES: If Alex gets 750 votes, I will give you Chapter 16 from Half-Blood in Aiden's POV. Yes, that chapter.

1000 VOTES: If Alex gets 1000 votes, I will give you Chapter 26 from Obsidian in Daemon's POV.

Yes, that chapter.

WINNING VOTES: If Alex wins against Rose, I will write a very lengthy scene/basically a freaking novella from Aiden's POV about a trip he and Leon took that involved searching down a certain daimon that got away at the end of Half-Blood. Now. If she wins, all of this will take me some time, of course.

JLA rocks! So you people, ya'll better vote for Alex because...because that's a whole lot of awesomesauce!

List of blogs that you should totally check out:
1.) Shellie from Creative Reads
2.) Donna from Book Passion for Life
3.) Amber & Crystal from WinterHaven Books
4.) Jena from Shortie Says
5.) Erika from Moonlight Book Reviews
6.) Kayleigh from K-Books
7.) Amy from Book Loving Mom
8.) Linda from Mission to Read
9.) Ishita from The Reading Fish
10.) Valerie from Stuck In Books
11.) Sophia from The Book Basement
12.) Alexa from Collections
13.) Ecey from Ece Red: YA Book Blog
14.) Cate from Going from Nobody to Somebody
15.) Heather from Putting Pen to Page
16.) Fran from BookChowDown
17.) Deea from Deea's Journal
18.) Amy from Amy's Book Den
19.) Vivian from Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
20.) Kate from Nomalicious Reads
21.) Zareen from Reach for the Stars...and the Books
22.) Taneesha from A Diary of a Book Addict
23.) Amanda from Stuck in YA Books
24.) Darla from DforDarla's Definite Reads
25.) Autumn from The Autumn Review
26.) Valia from Words are things...

I know, there are a lot of blogs to go through (that's probably an understatement) but if you need some more convincing, hey, you know where to go! ;)


Hey it’s Jaime and Patricia from Two Chicks On Books and we’re so happy to be a part of the Heroine Tourney! We had a blast doing the Crush tourney this past summer! You can check us out at our blog and on Facebook and make sure to follow us on twitter for all the #TeamRose updates Jaime  and Patricia.

1. About Her

Rose (Rosemarie) Hathaway is a 17 year old dhampir which basically means she’s half human-half vampire. She has all the good vampire traits agility, strength, and good health and none of the setbacks like having to drink blood or not being able to be out in direct sunlight. She is beautiful even in vampire standards and she has men vampire and dhampir alike vying for her attentions. She is 5 foot 7 and athletic but she has a curvy body that most of us would kill for! She has an exotic look with dark eyes, dark hair, and lightly tanned skin all that’s attributed to her father and, the strength and fighting skills come from her mother Janine who is a Guardian and all around butt kicking woman.

Here’s what Adrian thinks of Rose….

Adrian: "Rose Hathaway, I can't wait to see you again. If you're this charming while tired and annoyed and this gorgeous while
bruised and in ski clothes, you must be devastating at your peak."
Rose: If by 'devastating' you mean you should fear for your life, then yeah. You're right."

2. Best Attributes

Rose is fiercely loyal to those that she loves so loyal that sometimes it gets her into hot water but she always finds a way out. She is willing to sacrifice her life not only for her best friend Lissa (whom she has a psychic bond with), the man she loves, all of her friends, but any other innocent person who might find themselves in trouble. She has an inner strength and outer strength she has fought and killed many strigoi (bad vampires) which is a feat in itself. She’s killed more than most adult guardians.

3. What makes your girl a true heroine?

Rose is our heroine because she is a strong kick butt female who protects the world from evil. She is also intelligent with an amazing quick wit and sarcastic streak that makes us laugh. Her heart has been shattered and put back together again but through all of it she does not crawl in a hole and cry she stands up and fights for what she feels is right and for love.

Rose is a compassionate and true friend and will do whatever is necessary to defend those she's loves and has proved it again and again by ridding the world of the evil Strigoi as evidenced by the marks she bears on her neck which label her a true warrior and someone who can be counted on. 

We wanted to add a little something from Dimitri here to show what he see’s in Rose.

Dimitri: "No, it wont happen to you. You're too strong. You will fight it, just like you did this time"
Rose: "I only did it because you were here, I cant do it by myself"
Dimitri: "You can, you're strong--you're so, so strong. It's why I love you"
(Shadow Kiss)

4. Why should we vote for Rose instead of Alex?

This is a tough one we have both read and loved Half Blood and we really love Alex! Also we absolutely adore her advocate Momo.

Alex and Rose are incredibly similar, but we do love Rose more as our heroine because we’ve known her longer. They both fight for what is right and face insurmountable obstacles. They’re both very strong physically and mentally and love with such passion! We actually believe that Rose and Alex would be pretty good friends!

Therefore we’re not going to say why Rose is better than Alex or why she’s a better heroine because (and we think you’ll agree) Rose and Alex would want this to be a fair fight! So we just ask you vote for Rose because you love her. Let’s have our girls fight it out the only way they know how in a head to head battle with the strongest coming out on top!

 5. Anything else you’d like to add?

Why vote for Rose?? Because Dimitri Belikov and Adrian Ivashkov two of the most swoon worthy men in books say so! Also here’s a little poem by Adrian…

"I'm always crazy around you Rose. Here, I'm going to write an impromptu poem for you."
He tipped his head back and shouted to the sky:
"Rose is in red
But never in blue
Sharp as a thorn
Fights like one too."
(Shadow Kiss)

**voting is now closed**