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Guest Post: Harrow by Amanda Troyer


Hello everyone! Today I am happy to be a part of the blog tour for Harrow by Amanda Troyer. Amanda was awesome to provide me with a guest post on a really cool subject, why she loves the villain, but before I turn the blog over to her, here’s a little more about Harrow.

coverofharrow-webSixteen-year-old Brenna doesn’t believe her vivid imagination can hurt her, until she wakes up in a church, covered in blood. Blood that isn’t hers.

She thinks her life can’t get much worse, but when she finally finds a way to escape her abusive home, her imagination turns to nightmarish hallucinations.

Niven likes staying inside the abandoned church, hiding from his violent father. The two bond through art and misery, but Brenna knows good things in her life don’t last long.

Her delusions take a horrific turn when she thinks she sees two men gruesomely murdered by a monster in the church basement, but in the end, she’s the one with blood on her hands.

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Doesn’t it sound good? Look for my review in a few weeks! Okay, now I’m turning my blog over to Amanda and I’ll be back at the end. Thank you for stopping by!


Villains are far more interesting than heroes, to me at least. They tend to have the strongest and most dynamic personalities. Heroes are standard—they don’t surprise me because their journey is predestined. They win. They don’t suddenly become evil. But a villain can have both really evil and really good motivations all at once.

A recent favorite villain of mine is Regina from Once upon a time. For the most part, she’s out only for herself. Though, there are times when she’s selfless, which proves she can be a good person. But at any point there’s the chance she could u-turn it and take someone down.

Klaus Mikaelson from The Vampire Diaries & The Originals is another great example. He started out wanting to kill everyone and everything to become an ultimate power (not like he wasn’t to begin with). Then he changed overtime and would refrain from acting on his evil tendencies, always keeping us on our toes about what he may do.

Voldemort. He seems like he may just be plain evil. But there is a depth to him that I love. After hearing all of his backstory it sealed my opinion of him because he’s damaged from birth. It would have taken a lot for him to really change his ways, but I still liked him more than Harry anyway. (Don’t kill me!)

There are some cases of people who are just all around unpredictable. Walter White was always trying to be the good person–the father who provides for his family–but he had a side to him that wouldn’t always follow the rules. A side that wasn’t just a character flaw, but maybe a selfish evil side as well.

A newer example of a dynamic hero/villain is Joe Macmillan from AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire. He’s got a shady past, he’s out to make a name for himself, but when the people around him need something he’s fairly easy to persuade to help. These favors don’t always have to help him in the process, but most of the time they do. But a lot of times he’s conflicted about who to help, which makes him so much fun to watch. You don’t know what he might do.

I realize now these are all (aside from Voldemort) examples from TV. I feel like most of the books I’ve read (which isn’t as big of a list as I’d like) all have clear cut characters. You know who the hero is. You know who the villain is. You never have a doubt about a character’s personality, and you know what they will choose to act on.

I’d like to write more dynamic characters who leave you guessing about what they might do. I want some really awesome likeable villains!

Do you know any great books with unpredictable characters, or likeable villains that I should read? Tell me in the comments!

About Amanda


Amanda hasn’t always been a reader, but she’s always been a daydreamer.  Once her sister started giving her young adult books, she realized books fuel her daydreams and has since become an avid reader and a writer as well.

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