Okay so last week was my very first time participating in Top Ten Tuesday organised by the fab girls over at The Broke and the Bookish so when I saw that this week’s topic was to choose a favourite from all the past Tuesday’s I was very excited! I’d missed out on so many great posts! The only trouble was choosing which one to write about! In the end I went with kick-ass heroines because growing up there weren’t that many good ones around in books but thankfully that seems to be changing now and that should be celebrated!
1. Celeana Sardothien from Throne of Glass
There’s no real surprise that Celaena is top of the list here. Sarah J. Maas has created a character that well and truly kicks ass and has an edge of steel! Sure there’s some love interest, fierce loyalty to friends and though she might fight it at times, she tries to do what is right and help stop the evil King. But the best bit is that despite these good qualities, she never ever changes into some soft, wishy-washy character. She keeps her edge and you do NOT want to mess with Celaena Sardothien!
2. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games
Again this is a no brainer. Katniss is a survivor, she does what she needs to do to protect her family (and friends) even if it means sacrificing herself. She doesn’t stop fighting for them no matter what. Along the way she also becomes the symbol of a revolution and gives hope to people that had none. Sure she’s screwed up and has a hard time figuring out whether she loves Gale or Peeta, and she never asked to be the symbol of a revolution but despite all the confusion, she just keeps on fighting.
3. Katsa from Graceling
In Katsa’s world there are people who are born with special abilities – Graces – that allow them to excel in certain areas. Her grace, and one that she wishes she didn’t have, is the grace of killing. She is forced by her Uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, to do his dirty work but unbeknownst to him, she and some supporters have formed an underground council who are dedicated to fighting back against the tyranny of Randa and the kings of the other 6 kingdoms. There are obvious similarities to Throne of Glass but this is a great story in its own right – the world building is amazing, the tension is built up nicely and although there is the wonderful Prince Po, there are no love triangles!
4. Jenna Strong from ACID
Jenna Strong is the only female inmate in a high security prison controlled by the brutal and oppressive ACID police force. She’s there for killing her parents although she remembers little about the actual attack. You very quickly get to see just how Jenna has managed to stay alive amongst men that are much bigger and stronger than her! She doesn’t pull her punches and you don’t want to get on her bad side! When she’s broken out of prison she becomes involved in a race against time to take down ACID, find out what really happened to her parents and get her life back.
5. Merit from Chicagoland Vampires
Merit becomes a vampire against her will when the Master of Cadogan House, the deliciously dreamy, Ethan Sullivan, turns her to save her life following a vampire attack that should have killed her. Despite her reluctance to embrace her new life she’s appointed the Sentinel for Cadogan House meaning she has to guard everyone in it against the other big bads that go bump in the night. I love Merit! She’s sarcastic, she’s intelligent and bookish, she LOVES her food and for a long time she doesn’t realise her own strength. Plus the whole tension between her and Ethan is fangtastic – do you see what I did there? Ha ha ha! Okay, I’m sorry that was bad!
6. Elena from Bitten
Elena is another one who was turned against her will but in her case she was turned by her boyfriend, Clay, into a werewolf. Understandably having had no idea that her boyfriend was a werewolf or that they even existed, when she luckily manages to survive the transition (something very rare for a female) she’s more than a tad peeved. She wants nothing to do with Clay or any of the Pack. Then a series of brutal murders threaten them all and she has to make a choice between the life she’s living where she has to hide what she is or to embrace her inner werewolf. This series by Kelley Armstrong is not one for kids. For many reasons. Elena is tough, she doesn’t take any shit and she, like Katniss, will fight to the death to protect the people she cares about. She is one tough cookie!
7. Mackayla Lane from Darkfever
Mackayla Lane, otherwise known as Mac, is just an ordinary girl who suffers a tragic loss when her beloved sister is murdered in Dublin under mysterious circumstances. Mac goes to Dublin to find the truth and finds out not only that there really are fairies and they are definitely NOT the sweet, cheeky Tinkerbell type but that she has the power to stop the Fae, and stop the end of the world as we know it. Like Merit, Mac is sarcastic, fiesty and has some great one-liners. She will stop at nothing to find out the truth and stop the ‘man’ who killed her sister. This series also has the best tension building between her and Barrons who is a bad, bad, bad ‘man’!
8. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter
I don’t think there’s very much I have to say about this one. Intelligent, brave, a study-aholic and you could never ask for a truer friend. She never once strays from doing what’s right despite the risk to herself, she is always there whenever Harry and Ron need her (which let’s face it, is a lot of the time!) and she gives all us bookish geeks hope that we too can be a hero if we want to be!
Okay, so once again I didn’t quite make it to 10 but I’m dying to know what you think? Who would your heroines be?
If you’re doing Top Ten Tuesday, what topic did you choose?