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Alpha Showdown Round 4: Dimitri Belikov vs. Jace Wayland

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VBC Presents: ALPHA SHOWDOWN 2011We’ve spent the last two days with kick-ass ladies, but today it’s time to get back to the guys. And while we’ve already heard a few of you gripe about how difficult the battles are, today it doesn’t get any easier. Dimitri versus Jace?

Oh, we’re going there. Two of the most popular YA hotties are going to battle it out in Round 4. Will snark win out over stealth with a stake? You decide. (Added bonus, if you’re good and read to the end there just might be several YA titles up grabs.)

You can get a refresher on just what this Alpha Showdown thing is here, but a key point to remember: Each poll is open for only 48 hours. Then, the champion will advance to the next round until only one alpha remains. So, vote while you can. (Jump to the poll)

ROUND 4: DIMITRI BELIKOV vs. JACE WAYLAND

Vampire Academy by Richelle MeadDimitri Belikov

You know him from: Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
First appeared in: Vampire Academy (review | get a copy)
Supernatural status: Dhampir, Guardian

Championing for Dimitri: Marie from VampireAcademy.org

Dimitri isn’t one to waste words, but when he speaks, you’re likely to swoon. You can just imagine that smooth Russian accent and those serious dark eyes looking right through you, telling you you’re so beautiful it hurts. And who could forget that lust spell? Sigh.

One of my favorite things about Dimitri is the way he’s always so capable. If you’ve got a problem, you know he’ll have a solution. Still, he always acknowledges Rose’s abilities and encourages her to improve her skills, with no insecurities about her being stronger than him. If that isn’t sexy, I don’t know what is.

What makes Dimitri a real Alpha Showdown contender isn’t his broad shoulders, all that contained power or even that accent (sigh). The sexiest thing about him is his loyalty, devotion and honesty. When he says something you know he means it; if he makes a promise, you know he will honor it. That is ultimate sexiness in my book. So when he promises he will make you lose control in seconds… you can trust him to deliver.

Sure, there is some great competition out there, and Jace has that sexy snark thing going for him, but, come on, who doesn’t love the brooding, tall, dark and handsome?

City of Bones by Cassandra ClareJace Wayland

You know him from: The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
First appeared in: City of Bones (review | get a copy)
Supernatural status: Shadowhunter

Championing for Jace: Ash from Smash Attack Reads

Snarky, Sexy, Steadfast Shadowhunter. Ok, so he’s not quite legal, but this matters nada to me! Jace is the epitome of awesome, in my eyes. Yes, he can be a downright pompous ass, and if you don’t appreciate witty sarcasm, then he will piss you off in a quick minute. His witty banter about himself provided some of the best lines of the series.

What I love about his narcissistic personality is the obviousness of it all: He acts this way to hide his true emotions. Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s no doubt he truly thinks he’s hot shit (and, he is), but it is a complete defense mechanism. Beneath his animated exterior is a young man who is constantly suffering from his past experiences and lets out his feelings in the form of rage and vengeance.

His fighting skills are damn superb and he doesn’t let anyone forget that. 🙂 His hard shell softens up after he becomes comfortable with Clary, and he finds himself feeling a new emotion. *swoon* Since he feels everything so intensely, his love for Clary is deep and powerful. And while Jace has some unlikeable qualities, he isn’t complete devoid of commendable ones.

He is strong, intelligent, fearless (not always a great quality!) and completely protective of Izzy and Alec, his “brother and sister”. Physically, Jace is perfecto! He uses his stele to apply magical runes all over his skin. Think seriously hot tattoos, ladies! He’s tall with lean muscle, wavy gold hair and long eyelashes. And, let us not forget that he has Angel blood running through his veins…

I admit Dimitri is a smexy Russian with lush brown hair and a body that don’t quit. Oh, and he has superior fighting skills and experiences emotions intensely, as well. I get it. I get it. But Jace is a complex character and one of my top favorite book boys! Regardless if he wins, no one will ever top him. Oh, the dirty thoughts that just brought up…

Come back tomorrow to when we bring back in the big boys, pitting Zsadist from J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood against Curran from Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series. You can see the full bracket, and keep updated on which polls are open by visiting the Alpha Showdown page.

GIVEAWAY: 4 YA BOOKS UP FOR GRABS!

As it’s the first YA battle in the Alpha Showdown, we thought we’d celebrate by giving away some hot YA books. We’re giving away Cindy Pon’s Silver Phoenix, Ann Turner’s Father of Lies, Alison Goodman’s EONA and Ann Aguirre’s Enclave. We’ll pick four winners (one will be international — sorry for the limit, but shipping costs can be a bit much at VBC HQ). Fill out this form on or before May 25, 2011, to be entered.

CONTEST DETAILS AND RULES
1. You must fill out the form. Comments rule, but don’t count as your entry.
2. Because we love our readers, let us know if you follow Vampire Book Club in some fashion (Google, RSS, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and get one bonus entry.
3. We will select three winners from the U.S. and one international winner. (Four winners in all.)
4. Contest is closes at 11:59 p.m. CST on Wednesday, May 25.
5. Winners will be selected using Random.org. Then they will be contacted via email and given 48 hours to claim their prizes. If we do not hear from winner(s) within that time, new winner(s) will be selected.
6. Entrants must be at least 13 years old or have their parent’s permission to enter. Please review our privacy policy, if you have any questions as to how Vampire Book Club uses your information. (Short version: we’ll only use it to contact you for this contest.)
7. Though unlikely, Vampire Book Club has the right to change or cancel any giveaway at any time without prior notice.
8. Vampire Book Club is not responsible for items being lost or damaged in transit.
9. Thanks to Harper Teen and Penguin Teen for providing books in this giveaway.

39 Responses to “Alpha Showdown Round 4: Dimitri Belikov vs. Jace Wayland”

  1. Erin Danzer says:

    How do you choose? I should have seen this coming, my two most favorite guys in YA lit going head to head. *sigh* But based on the above info, as much as I LOVE Jace, I have to go with Dimitri. Plus, you know, he came back from being Strigoi and loved Rose in the end.

  2. tlmfarmgirl says:

    Well I think I have to go with a slight edge to Dimitri – cause while Jace is a kick ass boy, Dimi is a MAN ;)(love them both!)

  3. Sarah Huxley says:

    I love Dimitri. He and Rose are so perfect together! And I love following you guys on Twitter 🙂

  4. Sara says:

    Since I haven’t read either book, I’m voting based on the information above and I have to go with Jace.

  5. Beatriz Lins says:

    Oooh, that’s not fair, I love both of them!
    But I have to go with Dimitri. He’s awesome =)

  6. @Sara – You’d love both these series. Despite Jace’s worthy attention, I’d suggest starting Vampire Academy first. His counterpart, Rose, will appear in the Alpha Showdown in a few days.

  7. Viki S. says:

    No brainer for me – JACE!

  8. Kristen says:

    My Vote is for Dimitri no question lol Hes just awesome

  9. Deea says:

    Wow! I’ve been staring at this post for 5 minutes. I can’t decide! I mean… These are my favorite (YA) series and my favorite alpha males, how could I choose just one of them?! I love them both! (Ohhh… probably that’s how love triangles are born LOL)

    Ok, fine. Jace is deliciously hot and I love his witty sarcasm and…pretty much everything about him, but I’d go with Dimitri because his age and experience makes him more… appropriate.:)) (beside all his other qualities, of course)

    Awesome post ladies, it’s good to remember all the fab things I loved about these characters.

    Oh, and thanks for the giveaway! I stalk you via Twitter, Facebook, GFC…. everywhere.:))
    xoxo

  10. Zephyr says:

    Gotta go with Dimitri, if only for the fact that he is a man, and Jace is still a boy…

    But when Jace grows up, he would defo be my choice! I’d be in snarky comment heaven!

  11. Diana says:

    Dimitri !!! Without second thought. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. Roza says:

    DIMITRI ♥

  13. Marina says:

    OMG, it´s kind of hard to decide…they´re so different…but I´ll go with Dimitri as Zephyr says…he is a man and Jace a teenager…a ver sexy one..but a teenager still – LOL

  14. Aslı says:

    Oh my God, what a hard question. I love them both, but Jace is my favorite. Always.

  15. tete382 says:

    Jace: Εγω ειμαι το Α και το Ω

    • marsi says:

      xaxa!!saumfono mazi sou alla kalo itan na to postares kai sta agglika!!!tha boithouse tous ksenofonous fun!!!:P

  16. angie d says:

    this is soooo not fair to only choose one but i have to say Dimitri!

  17. Kaitlin says:

    I love both Mortal Instruments and Vampire Academy, but this is no contest for me at all. Jace all the way!!! And to be honest, I liked Adrian more than Dimitri in VA, but Dimitri and Rose fit together better than Adrian and Rose. Jace is my all time favorite character! Go Jace!

  18. Joani S says:

    Since we’re talking fiction here and I can’t go to jail, I’m going to go with Jace. Both guys are great, but I like Jace just a little more! 🙂

  19. marina says:

    I don’t know that Jace but that HOT RUSSIAN GUY is just mouthwatering!!!! So I Vote (and maybe double vote) for HIM! YEAH DIMITRI!!!!

  20. Miss Blue Vampire says:

    I would SOOO vote for Dimitri.. He’s like, SO awesome. The way he fights and looks too. 😉

  21. Jp says:

    I voted for Jace…I haven’t read Vampire Academy. I don’t like Jace much, but I love the Mortal Instruments

  22. Tina says:

    AHHH….MUST CHOOSE….SOOO HARD……OK HERE IT GOES…..JASE!

  23. zara says:

    *sigh8 dimitri, I love you but jace OWNs my heart

  24. Kaz says:

    Dimitri all the way. A man not a boy, loving, strong, supportive, kind, badass – sex on a stick!

  25. Harry says:

    I havent read mortal instruements but i plan on it. I dont think i am going to fall for jace though he doesnt seem like my type of guy so its Dimitri all the way for me!! oh he is just so sexy!! mmm and that russian accent! *faints*

  26. Fola says:

    Dimitri
    😀

  27. Bran says:

    OMG.. How can you vote on just one…They both are awesome there is no way someone can compare the two..

  28. Minas says:

    Jace!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. ROZA says:

    DIMITRI!!!!! Jace is cute and his smartass ways are definitely awesome…but, being serious, Dimitri is just drop dead gorgeous and totally badass at the same time <3

  30. Rose says:

    Though I love both series, I would have to say Dimitri. I love the relationship between him and Rose. I am also a little more partial to to Vampire Academy, as seeing as I share my name with the heroine.

  31. SSound says:

    Jace.

    … I adore Dimitri and LOVE the romance between him and Rose, but I have a feeling that, whenever Clare finishes her MI series, Jace will have my (and obviously Clary’s) heart in a more profound way, so my vote’s there.

  32. Rhonda says:

    Really! Jace won? Though I do love him Dimitri is who I would want by my side in a tough spot.

  33. Ruby says:

    DIMITRI!!!!

  34. Melissa says:

    Omg! how could Jace have won? everyone’s saying they love Dimitri… and god its soooo hard to choose.. hmm i think i would have to go with Jace. i mean i love Dimitri, he’s so good for Rose but im more a Jace fan. LOVE the Mortal Instruments!! must read!!

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