Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Heroines


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Hello, everybody! Unfortunately, Sondra is currently with very limited wi-fi, so we can’t post pretty graphics like we normally would, but neither of us can resist the chance to fangirl over some fantastic ladies, so here we are!


NOTE: To make things easier for myself, I’m limiting my list to YA, except for a few MG heroines that are particularly special to me).

1) Kami Glass, from The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan

If you know me at all, this probably comes as no surprise to you. Kami is a wonderful protagonist–smart, brave, fiercely protective of the people she loves, and determined to uncover the truth even when it means putting herself in danger. Also, about 75% of what she says makes me laugh hysterically.

2) Ruby Daly, from The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

I talked about how much I love Ruby in great detail when I reviewed In the Afterlight, but I’ll just say again that I love everything about her development from the girl who was terrified of herself to the fighter who walked out of Thurmond on her own two feet.

3) Rachel Berenson, from Animorphs by K. A. Applegate

Do not talk to me about Animorphs, do not ever talk to me about Animorphs, and especially do not talk to me about this wonderful brave girl who always had strength to spare and who gave every part of herself to the war she was fighting. (Please talk to me about all of the above.)

4) Cinder, from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I love all of the Lunar Chronicles heroines, but Cinder has always held a special place in my heart. She’s delightfully sarcastic and down to earth and I love watching her come to terms with who she is.

5) Valkyrie Cain, from Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

The way I’ve frequently seen Valkyrie described is as a female version of cocky daredevil sarcastic hero archetype. She loves fighting and is extremely good at it, she looks great and knows it, she can be bluntly honest, and she has one hell of a dark side. She’s allowed to have flaws and more vulnerable moments while still ultimately being awesome.

6) Celaena Sardothien, from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I don’t know when I started loving Celaena so much, but at the end of Heir of Fire all my feelings about her just hit me like a steamroller. I love her confidence, her love for pretty dresses that in no way detracts from her awesomeness, and the fact that, even after everything she’s been through, she can get up and continue fighting.

7) Julie Beaufort-Stuart, from Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

I’m not sure how much I can say about Julie without it being considered a spoiler, but after I finished the book I was thinking about her for days. And crying. Definitely crying.

8) Luna Lovegood, from Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

I’m going to be honest and say that I don’t remember Harry Potter that well–my last reread was in 2011, when the last movie came out–but Luna was so deeply important to me when I was a child and constantly felt like an outsider that she honestly had to be on this list.

9) Adelina Amouteru, from The Young Elites by Marie Lu

This girl is simultaneously terrifying, sympathetic, and fascinating. She has the potentially to be a hero or a villain or anything in between, and I cannot wait to hear more of her story.

10) Minoo Falk Karimi, Anna-Karin Nieminen, Rebecka Mohlin, Linnea Wallin, Vanessa Dahl, and Ida Holmstrom, from The Engelsfors Trilogy by Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg

This may be cheating, but I don’t care! I finished reading The Key about a week ago, and I’m still so emotional about every one of these six girls. They’re all flawed, and they all have moments where they screw up in a big way, but they’re strong, wonderful heroines and their interactions draw me in every time.


First off, I wanted to say I was sorry that this isn’t fancy. Thursday I got a call that my grandmother had passed and I packed in forty five minutes to catch a flight out of Texas. It’s been a long time coming and so in some ways it’s a relief. But thank you all for beariing with me. And a HUGE THANKS to the amazing Polina, she’s been great and awesome and you all should give her hugs for me.

1) Celaena Sardothien, from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Does this girl need a reason to be here? She’s probably my favorite of the girls. She’s badass and takes names, and even when she gets kicked down she gets up and she keeps going. Her life has been hell and the girl still goes forward and gets stronger every book.

2) Kestrel Trajan, from The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

My favorite thing about Kestrel is that she fights with her mind. She knows where her strong points are, and she knows how to use them to her advantage.

3) Scarlet Benoit, from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I think the best way to explain Scarlet is the way Marissa did once (and I’m paraphrasing because I don’t remember the exact quote): “She cares about finding her grandma. Like, yeah, sure, this guy is hot, but I care about finding my grandma!”

4) Feyre, from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Okay, you guys don’t know her yet. But trust me, trust me, she belongs on this list. This girl, my friends. This. Girl. I don’t want to say any more ’cause of spoilers and such.

5) Isabelle Lightwood, from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

This girl. I love her. She’s strong and powerful and oftenthat’s just a front, and once you know how much of a front it is you can see it. And this girl can fight. I’m always in love with a girl who can fight.

6) Blue Sargent, from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue is a different kind of heroine. She’s not the take names and kick ass type of girl. But even though she’s swept up in this world of everything, she holds her own and pushes back.

7) Liraz, from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Liraz surprised me constantly. The first surprise was suddenly realizing I liked her. For the longest time I didn’t even like her, and then out of nowhere I fell in love with her and she won me over completely.

8) Sydney Sage, from Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Sydney is another one of the non-fighters of my group. She’s a total planner and even has color coded lists for her lists, but she’s totally adorable for it. Mostly, Sydney is the cutest ever. She’s also can hold her own and fight against things that she never thought she could.

9) Tessa Gray, from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Tessa. Oh I don’t even know what to say about her. I love her, I’ve always loved her character.

10) Lila Zacharov, from The Curse Workers by Holly Black

Lila is the daughter of a mobster. She also was thought dead for years and when she gets control of her life she doesn’t even pause. She takes her role as a mobster, she plays with her mind, and in a man’s world too.

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