Jun 6, 2013

YA Crush Tourney: You, Me, and the Crush

It's that time of year! The YA Crush Tourney is back for the third time, and it's going to be awesome! Some of my favorite crushes are in the tourney this year, from Augustus Waters and Etienne St. Clair to Maxon Schreave and Tobias Eaton. All the crushes and what day their tourney is, plus the bracket, can be found here

For those who don't know, the YA Crush Tourney is a tournament hosted by the YA Sisterhood that pits YA crushes up against each other, bracket-style (sorry, no mud pits!) until one comes out on top as the winner. There's lots of swoon, lots of boys, lots of fun, and you should totally participate!

If you remember the YA Crush Tourney last year, I was an advocate for Sam Roth from Maggie Stiefvater's Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. As for this year, I get to be an advocate again! I'm so excited about my crush this year--he's one of my favorite fictional crushes! He's a bad boy who's muy caliente...

Alex Fuentes

He's a super hot bad boy and gang member from the super steamy and amazing Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles. While he makes cameo appearances in the last two books, he's the star--along with Brittany Ellis--in Perfect Chemistry. Here's the info about the book!

A fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers.

When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.
In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

So. Alex is in the YA Crush Tourney. Now what? This is where YOU come in.

Alex Fuentes's first round is the first day of the tourney,


This is when you absolutely lose it. Come voting day--heck, even starting now--go crazy. Go loco. (When you go crazy, please be nice--to advocates, readers, voters, authors, competition, etc. Kill them with kindness, not with blood.) Spread the word like it's the plague! Tell everyone to vote--your family, your friends, your coworkers, your enemies, your dog--everyone! All they have to do is take less than a minute to go to the website, click ALEX FUENTES, then VOTE. That's it.

Remember: You can vote from your phone and Kindle and computer--wherever you can get online. (Use your library, school, and work computers!) Vote on Google Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer--each one is a vote! Post about Alex on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, text everyone in your phone, post it on the message board at Starbucks. The more the merrier, because we, of course, want Alex to win!

In the meantime, spread the word like fire! Below I have some button/graphic/icon-y thingies you can use. Post them on your blog, your Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, make them your profile pictures, whatever!

I will be making a third button, but I need your help! I want the button to include Alex's hashtag for the tourney. I don't want to do just #TeamAlex. I want something different. Maybe #FuentesGang, or #AlexsGang? Share your ideas with me!

There's just one more thing I'd like from you--more help! Being an advocate for Alex, I get to write up a post about why people should vote for him. To do so, I need your help. I want to know what YOU love about Alex. Not just "he's so hot!" because we know he is. (And he really, really is.) It's kind of like blurbs on the back of a book, but about Alex. I'll pick some of my favorites and put them in the post!

I think that's it, at least for now. Again, I've got buttons for you to decorate the world with, as well as a form you can fill out to join the street team and share your ideas. If you have any questions, feel free to email me, comment on this post, or tweet me.

THANK YOU SO MUCH for supporting Alex Fuentes in the YA Crush Tourney! It's going to be a crazy ride!

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  1. LOVING the buttons! I am sure you will do Alex proud!

  2. looks so good to me! and I enjoyed the related posts too! thanks for sharing!