I won't pick up a book where I can't figure out how to pronounce a main character's name or if the name just looks annoying. (This is why I have avoided a lot of high fantasy for a long time!) I love it when books have great character names that suit the time, place, character itself, and just sound fun and perhaps slightly different.
Here are my top 5 favorite female and male character names (that I can remember) . Admittedly, I am not great at remembering character names.
5. Tris - The Divergent trilogy
Even though Tris is a nickname, I had to put it on this list. It's easy to say and simple but different.
4. Alina - The Grisha trilogy
Alina is another simple, easy name. I find it beautiful and feminine, and it fits the vaguely Eastern European setting well.
3. Mirren - We Were Liars
I had never heard this name before, but it's beautiful in a preppy, upper class kind of way.
2. Crissa - Cold Shot to the Heart
I love the name Crissa. It sounds like a more modern update to the Christine/Chrissy/Kristin family of names.
1. Sarafine - The Caster Chronicles series
Ok, so, Sarafine is a villain in this series, but you've gotta love this name. It's interesting, different, and beautiful. (I actually prefer Seraphina, but I didn't read that book, so I'm not adding it to this list.)
5. Holden - The Catcher in the Rye
I'm not sure why I'm drawn to the name Holden. It seems like another preppy-type name that's just a little outside of mainstream.
4. Ranger - Stephanie Plum series
I would never name a kid Ranger or anything, but it suits the character and I don't think I've ever read or met another Ranger.
3. Finnick - The Hunger Games trilogy
I love how different most of the names are in this series, but Finnick is probably my favorite because I feel it would translate really well to the real world.
2. Merik - Truthwitch
Honestly, the names are one of the things I enjoyed most about Truthwitch. (Safi is an honorable mention to my favorite female names list.) I think Merik is a fun name - easy to say but unusual.
1. Kai - The Lunar Chronicles series
I love Kai...the character and the name, even though it's technically a nickname.
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