Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. A new topic is posted each week, and bloggers post their top ten in the category. I love lists, especially about books, so when I found out about Top Ten Tuesday, I just had to participate.

Top Ten Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines

I was so excited for this topic. I love strong, decisive female characters who know what they want and aren't afraid to kick a little butt to get there. They're so much fun to read about, and this list was just as fun to create. In fact, it was really hard to narrow this topic down, and once I got to eleven, I just couldn't bear to cut any more, so you get a bonus on the list this week. 

10. Rowan "Red" Fox
13 Secrets
By Michelle Harrison

There's no denying that Rowan is tough. She doesn't wallow in her misery after her brother is switched for a changeling - she gets up and does something about it. Of course, she still has a sensitive side, revealed in later books, and this combination makes her a really compelling character. One I wouldn't want to mess with.

9. Kate "Puck" Connelly
The Scorpio Races
By Maggie Stiefvater

Okay, so I know I find a new way to gush about The Scorpio Races every week, but Puck Connelly is pretty awesome. She does what she needs to in order to help her family, even if that means riding in the Scorpio Races. Puck doesn't care that the races are dangerous, that she's the first girl to ever ride in them, or that no one thinks she can succeed. She's so determined. It's awesome. 

8. Sadie Kane
The Kane Chronicles
By Rick Riordan

I absolutely loved Sadie. She was intelligent, witty, powerful, and always seemed to be in control of the situation. Even when she was confused, she didn't let it overwhelm her. She was decisive and found her way out of nearly impossible situations, accepting other's help while knowing it wasn't always going to be there.

7. Wisteria Allgood
Witch and Wizard
By James Patterson

Wisteria's a lot like Sadie, only more kick-ass, if that's possible. A troublemaker from way back, no one - not even The One Who Is The One - is going to stand between her and what she's trying to accomplish or believes is right. Plus, she can make things spontaneously combust. You do not want to mess with this chick.

6. Perenelle Flamel
The Sorceress
By Michael Scott

Okay, I know. Perenelle isn't exactly the heroine of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, but she easily climbs to main-character status during The Sorceress. Where she kicked some major butt. Escape prison? Check. Defeat an evil sphinx? Check. Take over an island filled with monsters with help from a ghost and a giant spider? Check and check. Yeah, there are a lot of other characters in the series, some who are more central to the plot, but Perry is by far the most powerful. 

5. Eona
Eon and Eona
By Alison Goodman

I loved all the characters in these books, and for once, the main character was no exception. The way she handled everything that was thrown at her and her relationships with everyone around her - Eona is strong and complex, and I loved every minute of reading about her. 

4. Alanna of Trebond
Song of the Lioness
By Tamora Pierce

I love this story of a woman trying to make her way in a man's world. Alanna knows that she's going to have to work twice as hard to keep up with the boys and prevent her secret from being discovered, and to prove herself once people find out she's really a girl, and she accepts this challenge readily. Noble, valiant, and could kill you about seven ways with just her right hand, Alanna is eventually able to become on of the king's most valued soldiers. So take that, everyone who said she wouldn't make it. 

3. Katniss Everdeen
The Hunger Games
By Suzanne Collins

Who else could take care of her family after her father's death, provide food for most of District Twelve, survive The Hunger Games - twice - and then become the Mockingjay, a symbol of revolution? None but Katniss Everdeen, The Girl on Fire. She's amazing - and the reason millions of people were so captivated by The Hunger Games trilogy. 

2. Katarina Bishop
Heist Society
By Ally Carter

Katarina was born into a life of crime - she steals artifacts and valuables, cons her way into elite prep schools, and tangles with nefarious gangsters on a daily basis, and she's only fifteen. I can't wait to read more about her escapades in the other Heist Society books.

1. Kiki Strike
Kiki Strike
By Kirsten Miller

Kiki Strike was the only real option for number one on this list. The back of the first book in the series, Inside the Shadow City, describes her as a "black-clad, Vespa-riding, cafe-au-lait-drinking girl who seems to appear and vanish like magic." Kiki is smart, she's fearless, and she's intimidating for all her four-feet-ten-inches. You don't want to mess with her and you especially don't want to mess with the people she cares about. More than all of this, though, Kiki Strike is dangerous.

As a side note, I'd like to point out that Kiki's full name is also Katarina - Princess Katarina of Pokrovia, that is. Hmm. Perhaps there's something about the name "Katarina" that exudes a certain kick-ass quality? The FMC of my NaNoWriMo 2010 novel was also named Katarina, and I think she would have fit in very well with Katarina Bishop and Katarina/Kiki Strike.


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