The first round of YA Sisterhood’s 2nd annual YA Crush Tourney continues today (Friday, July 13) with our Jem Carstairs, the No. 5 seed, going up against No. 28 seed Gale from The Hunger Games.
Time for Shadowhunters, Downworlders and Mundanes to unite and get Jem into the Superior Sixteen.
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Page Turners Blog is advocating for Jem in the YA Crush Tourney. Here’s what they had to say about our lovely Victorian Shadowhunter:
We met Jem in Clockwork Angel and we couldn’t get him out of our heads. He’s the best friend, the one that’s over shadowed by the bright light; but Jem caught our eyes and our hearts! He’s one of those guys, that you hope to find once in your lifetime. He makes you feel wanted.
“Brought up in the Institute in Shanghai, Jem’s parents were killed by a demon who allowed Jem to live—but with a terrible price to be paid. Frail and silver-haired, Jem seems an unlikely demon-killer, but his skills and swift intelligence make him a formidable foe. He finds a kindred spirit in Tessa as both of them feel they are torn between two worlds, neither belonging completely to one or to the other. As Jem’s affection for her grows, will Will have to hurt the only person in his life he’s ever seemed to care about?” (from http://www.shadowhunters.com) Beyond being an amazing person, Jem is also a masterful violin player, a skilled fighter and very intelligent. He speaks multiple languages and likes to quote Mandarin to Tessa.
Jem has a very kind and loving personality and he sees the beauty & goodness in everyone. He’s an optimist; he’s loyal to the end, even when it ends up breaking his heart. Jem is steadfast and caring and loves with all his being. He is also Will’s Parabatai (Blood Brother) which is a very strong commitment between Nephilim (“… we mean a matched team of warriors—two men who swear to protect each other and guard each other’s backs.”).
A quote we think sums up Jem’s personality to a “t.”
“Whatever you are physically…male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy–all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.” (Clockwork Angel)Jem is of Chinese and British decent and this, along with the side effects of the drug based torture he has survived, has given him a very distinct look. He is pale with bright silver hair and eyes. Jem is very tall and lean, with angular bone structure that makes him look younger than 17. Because of the drug based torture he suffered, he is now addicted to the drug. This drug addiction is slowly killing him, but it’s what’s making his hair and eyes go silver, adding to his already stunning looks.
“His beauty did not blaze like Will’s did in fierce colors and repressed fire, but it had its own muted perfection, the loveliness of snow falling against a silver gray sky.” (from Clockwork Prince)
“I can offer you my life, though it is a short life. I can offer you my heart, though I have no idea how many beats it shall sustain. But I love you enough to hope the rest of my life-whatever its length-happy, by spending it with you.” –Jem (from Clockwork Prince)
“Jem is nothing but goodness.” (from Clockwork Prince)
Visit Page Turners Blog for more Team Jem in the YA Crush Tourney!
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