Tuesday, October 30, 2012

My kick-ass heroines!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines

I've seen the TTT topics flooding my feed for a while now, and decided it was about time I joined in! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I love a good heroine and I've discovered recently that 99% of the books that are listed as my favourite books have a kick-ass heroine as a main character!

1. Fi from The Tea Rose. I have gone on and on about The Tea Rose and how much I just adore Fi, but honestly, she is the definition of a strong, independent, amazing women. She goes through so much and overcomes more than I ever could imagine and yet she continues to be a force of nature. Rising out of the ashes, so to speak.

2. Hermione from Harry Potter. This little lady needs very little introduction. From the moment she enters Harry and Ron's compartment on the train in first year, she became a force you wouldn't want to mess with. She has the brains, the strength and the heart. That definitely makes her a kick-ass heroine

3. Katniss from The Hunger Games. Katniss is another heroine who I'm sure needs no introduction. This girl is on FIRE (quite literally). She didn't kick-ass in that competition because she was the quickest or the strongest. She kicked ass because she was clever, intelligent and most importantly determined. 

4.Tris from Divergent. While she changes quite dramatically during the duration of the story, she's a whole lotta girl in a tiny little body. She's fiercely loyal, crazy independent, tremendously brave and sometimes a little bit stupid; but at the same time I totally want her to be my BFF. 

5. Emerson from Hourglass. She's another one who is tiny and she's fiesty but dang, she's not one I'd wanna cross when she's having a bad day. She knows right from wrong and she'll do anything to protect her friends, and that includes the people her friends love.

6. Tiggie from The Tiggie Tompson trilogy. This one surprised me actually. Many of you possibly won't have heard of this series. It's probably a MG book series from a New Zealand author, and I started reading them when I was about 10 years old. Tiggie describes herself as a dumpy, plain girl who is a total loser yet has a glamorous TV star for a mother. The book follows Tiggie in her journey of self-acceptance and growth. She's pretty kick ass, simply because despite all the bullying and teasing she's endured, she learns how to get through it and put her energy into something positive which she loves.

7. Ellie from The Tomorrow Series. When I was 13, I wanted to BE Ellie. Not that I wanted to have to go through everything Ellie goes through, but I wanted to be as strong and awesome as this kick-ass heroine is. The Tomorrow Series is an Australian series about a group of teenagers who's town is invaded while they're camping in a secluded spot in the bush. The story follows their survival tactics, largely led by Ellie who is the narrator of the series, as they try and take down the enemy and reclaim their town.

8. Kahu from The Whale Rider. Some of you may have seen the film adaptation of this book, which was very well done. Kahu is a kick-ass heroine who has to accept her destiny as the one chosen to restore the Maori people.

9. Lisbeth Salander from The Millenium Trilogy. Not a YA book but this girl is definitely kick ass. She's tough as nails and despite the fact life throws a lot of hardships in her direction, she overcomes it and comes out stronger than ever. With her photographic memory and sophisticated hacking tools, Lisbeth is a force to be reckoned with.

10. Daenerys Targaryen from George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. Also not a YA book, but there's no denying this girl's level of fiery kick-ass fierceness! Whether you've seen her on TV or read her story in the books, Daenerys is one girl you don't want to piss off. She's strong-willed, brave, and did I mention she has dragons? Don't mess with the Mother of Dragons! DRACARYS!

And there you have it! My top ten kick-ass heroines! I feel I've left off a few that are really important from my teenage years, but these ones were the ones yelling inside my head. There are also a lot of books coming up on my TBR list that I know will have kick-ass heroines! This time next month I would say my list has changed!


  1. Dani! =D I haven't read the books yet but I watched series 1 and loved Daenerys' storyline and how she grew as a character. She definitely became a strong leader.

  2. Yours is the first blog other than my own to list Daenerys! Plus we share a few other similarities!

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  3. I've read some of the books on this list, and I have to agree that those are some serious kickass heroines. I've seen the movie/TV adaptations of WHALE RIDER, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, and GAME OF THRONES and would also agree with those picks. :) I'm sensing a theme in books, TV, and movies lately--kickass gals.

  4. I'm only familiar with some of these but looks like a great list! I think it's important for books to have strong female characters not just as an example for girls, but for boys too. My son loves Hermione and Katniss (although his heart belongs to Ginny Weasley) and I feel like these characters have positively influenced his views on girls. He has no qualms reading a book with a female protagonist and I'm very proud of that :)

    1. I agree, strong female leads are really important for everyone! It's really nice to hear how these strong leads have impacted on your son! How cool!