30 October 2012

TOP TEN: Kick-Ass Heroines!

It's TOP 10 TUESDAY time! Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  


The phrase "kick-ass" initially brings to mind actual ass kicking (which I've included), but it means more than that to me, so this list has smart girls who may not have been in any tough physical situations, but are brilliant in their own kick-ass way.

In no particular order, because ranking them would be IMPOSSIBLE!

First up is Frankie Landau-Banks (#01) from one of my favorite books, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. (E. Lockhart knows how to write girls I love!) And a girl who I think would be great at scheming & ruling boarding school with Frankie, (#2) Cammie Morgan from the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter.

Have you read Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick? Remember (#3) Gobi, the exchange student? She was crazy-awesome at kicking ass! If she teamed up with (#4) Scarlett March from Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce, I bet they could rid the world of monsters in no time.

And then there are two girls who understand a family legacy: (#5) Katarina Bishop (from Heist Society by Ally Carter) who comes from a family of talented thieves, and (#6) Lexington Larrabee in Jessica Brody's 52 Reasons to Hate My Father whose unmet expectation of a multimillion dollar check on her 18th birthday takes her through a year of low-wage jobs.

Then there's Ally Condie's Cassia (#7) in Matched, who has to decide if and how she can rebel against the Society that's made every decision for her and forger her own path, and (#8) Lena Holoway, the lead in Lauren Oliver's Delirium, who lives in a world where love is considered a disease.

And no list of kick-ass heroines in YA would be complete without Harry Potter's Hermione (#9) and (#10) Katniss of Hunger Games fame!

Who's on your list?


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  1. #1-8 were all new to me. Katniss and Hermione made my list as well, wouldn't be complete without them IMO.

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    Holly @ Words Fueled by Love

    1. Hope you added some books to your TBR then! Off to check out your list...

  2. YES! Cassia, Katniss & Hermoine all made my TTT as well! I own of copy of Delirium, but I haven't had a chance to read it...yet. Thanks for sharing, new follower via GFC & Twitter :)

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows

  3. Woot, Katarina! I almost picked Kat, but I went with Cammie instead. Very nice.

    My TTT: http://shelversanon.blogspot.com/2012/10/top-10-tuesday-i-am-no-man.html


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