Wednesday, December 7, 2011

My Book Boyfriend (9) Will Herondale

It's Wednesday, and that, Pretties, means it's time for another edition My Book Boyfriend. As usual, this wonderful meme is hosted by the magnificent Missie from The Unread Reader.

This week, in honor of the latest installment of the Infernal Devices being released yesterday (and, thus, rehashing our previous obsession since we just had to read), we have decided to showcase one of Cassandra Clare's sexy shadowhunters.

That's right, Pretty Readers, directly from the pages of Clockwork Prince (and  Clockwork Angel before that) we bring to you our Book Boyfriend, Will Herondale!

Will Herondale:

* 17 years old
* Black Hair
* Blue Eyes
"Black hair, blue eyes, graceful cheekbones, thick dark lashes, full mouth -- he would have been pretty if he had not been so tall and so muscular." (Clockwork Prince, iBook pg. 28/601)
* His Parabatai (fighting partner) is Jem Carstairs
* He is a nephilim (has angel blood)
* He is a shadowhunter

Due to a certain version of the first chapter floating around (i.e. the audio version, which you can listen to here), our casting Ed Westwick for the role of Will should be no surprise. I mean, when it's his voice speaking, who would you picture? Watch the trailer below, and see what I mean. 

Why We Love Him:

JesseOkay so I'm just gonna rant for this one. *takes deep breath*


Okay. Glad I got that out of my system. Not that I don't love Jem, just not for Tessa.

Anyway, I love Will. He's such a sweetie pie, wrapped inside a horribly self indulgent little boy, but still... I think part of the reason I love Will so much is that (well, besides him being so beautifully broken) it takes a lot to get passed his personality. Or at least what he displays. He puts on a show, pushing people away so he won't hurt them or himself. I sort of like that if you want to know Will, you have to be willing to work with him. Seeing the real Will is sort of like having a stray cat jump into your lap.

It's rare and magical.

I haven't read Clockwork Prince yet, so I don't know what or even if we find out Will's secret in the sequel, but I'm dying to know why he feels the need to push Tessa away even though he obviously loves her!

And, on a side note, Will reminds me a lot of Chuck Bass in a way, and I have so much love for Chuck Bass...

Kira: Believe it or not, Will is not my top choice ID guy (gasp!). Nope, that honor is reserved for Jem Carstairs. HOWEVER, his adorable sweetness is reserved solely for me. :)

That said, I do adore me some Will Herondale, especially for one Miss Tessa Gray. Even if he can be a bit of a prat some of the time.

Will is one of those terribly-broken, semi-self-loathing yet, at the same time, thinks-he's-God's-gift-to-the-world types that we all know and love. Top that off with his own, special brand of witticisms, and his ability to be heartbreakingly-sweet or terribly douche-bag-y, and is he reminding us of anyone else we love, yet, ladies?

No, not Chuck Bass (Ok. Yes, Chuck Bass, but no, not who I was going for. Even if his pretty face is all over this page).

No, see, Will reminds me of all the things I used to love about one of Cassandra Clare's other crowd-favorite shadowhunters, Jace Wayland/Herondale/Lightwood. Only, Will is ten-times better.

Plus, Will is no stranger to the unexpected, and you've gotta love that:
Jem shook his head. "You bit de Quincey," he said. "You fool. He's a vampire. You know what it means to bite a vampire."
"I had no choice," said Will. "He was choking me."
"I know," Jem said. "But really, Will. Again?"
(Clockwork Angel, iBook pg. 312/564)
"Is there a particular reason you keep biting vampires?"
Will touched the dried blood on his wrist, and smiled. "They don't expect it."
(Clockwork Angel, iBook pg. 320/564)

Will's Witty Words:

'Do you think Charlotte will let me handle the investigation?' 
'Do you think you can be trusted in Downworld? The gaming hells, the dens of magical vice, the women of loose morals...' 
Will smiled the way Lucifer might have smiled, moments before he fell from heaven. 
'Would tomorrow be to early to start looking, do you think?' 
Jem sighed. 'Do what you like, William. You always do.'” (Clockwork Angel, eBook page 20/948)
"As for the temperature of Hell, Miss Gray," he said, "let me give you a piece of advice. The handsome young fellow who's trying to rescue you from a hideous fate is never wrong. Not even  if he says the sky is purple and made of hedgehogs." (Clockwork Angel, iBook pg. 52/564) 
'I suspect he's sweet on Sophie and doesn't like to see her work too hard.' 
Tessa was glad to hear it. She'd felt awful about her reaction to Sophie's scar, and the thought that Sophie had a male admirer - and a handsome one like that- eased her conscience slightly. 'Perhaps he's in love with Agatha', she said. 
'I hope not. I intend to marry Agatha myself. She may be a thousand years old, but she makes an incomparable jam tart. Beauty fades, but cooking is eternal.'” (Clockwork Angel, eBook page 174/948)
The witchlight made his skin paler, his eyes more intently blue. They were the color of the water in the North Atlantic, where the ice drifted on its blue-black surface like the snow clinging to the dark glass pane of a window.” (Clockwork Angel, eBook page 345/948)
“'Remember when you tried to convince me to feed a poultry pie to the mallards in the park to see if you could breed a race of cannibal ducks?'

'They ate it too,' Will reminisced. 'Bloodthirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck.'” 
(Clockwork Angel, eBook page 400/948)
His long lashes veiled them as he said, 'Sometimes, when I have to do something I don't want to do, I pretend I'm a character from a book. It's easier to know what they would do.'” (Clockwork Angel, eBook page 449/948)
'Are you implying that shreds of my reputation remain intact?' Will demanded with mock horror. 'Clearly I have been doing something wrong. Or not something wrong, as the case may be.'

He banged on the side of the carriage. 'Thomas! We must away at once to the nearest brothel. I seek scandal and low companionship.'”
 (Clockwork Angel, eBook page 537/948)
'You know,' Gabriel said, “there was a time I thought we could be friends, Will.' 
'There was a time I thought I was a ferret,' Will said, 'but that turned out to be the opium haze. Did you know it had that effect? Because I didn't.'” (Clockwork Angel, eBook page 537/948)
'Reparations,' said Jem very suddenly, setting down the pen he was holding. 
Will looked at him in puzzlement. 'Is this a game? We just blurt out whatever word comes next to mind? In that case mine is ‘genuphobia’. It means an unreasonable fear of knees.' 'What’s the word for a perfectly reasonable fear of annoying idiots?' inquired Jessamine.” (Clockwork Prince, eBook page 83/1006)
 “'When Will truly wants something,' said Jem, quietly, 'when he feels something — he can break your heart.'” (Clockwork Prince, eBook page 309/1006)


  1. lol your superfastbutincrediblyfunny comment made me giggle. I love Will too...those quotes are some of my favorite!!!

  2. hahahahaha!! Dude, I can SO see "Chuck Bass" (aka Ed) as Will. Smexy! love all the quotes!

    Great pick,

  3. 'I hope not. I intend to marry Agatha myself. She may be a thousand years old, but she makes an incomparable jam tart. Beauty fades, but cooking is eternal.'”

    He banged on the side of the carriage. 'Thomas! We must away at once to the nearest brothel. I seek scandal and low companionship.'”

    He sounds like a fun guy. I haven't read the books but I've heard about him. A LOT. Those two quotes made me laugh. And the trailer is really well done and just-- wow!

    - Mary | Anxirium

  4. Hahaha I love will. And Ed Westwick is a perfect Will.


  5. I have this book on my to read list.. I should probably do that sooner than later.. Will seems like a character I would love to read more about :)

  6. Oh UNF. I have been waiting up to read this series for a long time seeing so many good reviews and all now reading about Will Herondales makes me want to pick up the series right way XD

  7. I have been wanting this series since the first book came out. Now I know why! Yep... I do need this series!!

  8. There is no way she could end up with Jem. He is a brotherly type.

    Will on the other hand... *swooooooon*

    I love him. I had no clue Ed does him voice. That is so awesome!

    Thanks for the quotes to CP. I haven't read it yet!

  9. Ed has such a sexy voice! I haven't read this yet but I might picture Ed too :D

  10. I haven't read this series, but I really need to get going on it. Ed is super fun to look at as well. Great choice!

    Here's mine:

  11. He sounds witty and irreverent - reason enough to start the series!

  12. I watched an episode of him on GOSSIP GIRL once, he's pretty intriguing.

  13. Hello ladies, most of the time I just stop by to return the favor on MBB posts now I just had to come back so I could say hello to you all. *waves*

    Thank you Jesse and Kira for stopping by my blog, looking forward to seeing more book recs from you :D

  14. Thanks for stopping by! Can you believe that I OWN this book but still have not read it? Annnnd I just bought Clockwork Prince! I reallllly need to read these now! Love the quotes!


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