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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! Today we’re talking about our favorite heroines. I feel like my list today is a good mix of fantasy and contemporary heroines: some bookish, some badass, some hilarious and some kind, but all absolutely amazing! Here we go:
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (Alex Stern)
Alex is an unconventional heroine. She has done some terrible things in order to survive and she’s not sorry about any of them. She may not be easy to love, but she’s loyal to those she loves and she would go through hell for them (quite literally) and that’s why I love her. She may do some questionable things, but I’m cheering her on every single time.
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson (Elisabeth Scrivener)
Elisabeth is one of my favorite heroines. She’s not only bookish, she actually grew up in a library and has been called a feral librarian by a certain sassy sorcerer. I love her spunk, her loyalty, her courage and of course her undying love of books.
Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata (Ruby Santos)
Ruby is one of my favorite heroines because she reminded me a lot of myself. Some reviewers called her whiny or too insecure, but I saw myself in her and I admired her kindness and growth throughout the story.
Taming Demons for Beginners by Annette Marie (Robin Page)
Robin is a shy bookworm who likes cookies and dislikes confrontation. #relatable, am I right? But she’s also loyal and brave and that’s why she’s one of my favorite Annette Marie heroines.
Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood (Bee Königswasser)
Bee is an amazing heroine. She’s fun and quirky (her inner monologues and explanations are perfection. Like, I’d want her as a friend for sure) and then she’s also brilliant and amazing at her job (she’s a neuroscientist) AND she runs a Twitter account focused on highlighting misogyny in STEM and it IS EVERYTHING.
Signs of Cupidity by Raven Kennedy (Emelle)
Emelle is one of the most hilarious and fun main characters I’ve ever read. Reading about her adventures as a Cupid and her take on experiencing a physical body for the first time was just A HOOT.
Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (Cat Crawfield)
A half vampire who has grown up hating her vampire side and thinking them all evil, so she has made it her mission to hunt vampires. Cat is badass, sassy and hilarious, but also flawed and insecure in her own way. She’s a complex, but fun character and may be one of my all-time favorite bookish heroines.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Evelyn Hugo)
I loved Evelyn Hugo because she’s such a complex, multi-dimensional main character. A Hollywood movie icon, a bombshell, a bisexual woman of Cuban heritage, a woman with seven husbands – Evelyn was not a perfect character but she was definitely an intriguing one.
Red Winter by Annette Marie (Emi)
Emi is not your average fantasy heroine. She has been very sheltered and is lonely. She may not have great physical strength, but she is filled with so much kindness and courage and it makes her a great protagonist. Her fears and worries are very much present and real, but she handles everything with a grace and maturity that can only be admired.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Lila Bard)
Lila is… well, she’s Lila. Our little thief with a dream of becoming a pirate just does her own thing. Which of course means a lot of trouble and some pretty reckless choices, because that’s just who she is. I mean, she basically has her own theme song. That’s how awesome she is.