The Broke and the Bookish where they give us a topic and we give out top ten.
This week: Kick Ass Heroines
1. Keladry of Mindelan from The Protector of the Small by Tamora Pierce
There had to be one Tamora Pierce character, didn't there? (I only let myself pick one) But Kel has always been my favorite. She stands out to me as the most kick-ass because, for the most part, she does what she does without magic. She goes in there, proud of who she is and what she is and owns it.
2. Tris Prior from Divergent by Veronica Roth
Tris is just awesome. She is constantly ready to fight and constantly ready to do what she thinks is right. She proves that being smaller doesn't make you any less fierce. It's okay to be afraid but you need to be able to work through that fear.
3. Mara Dyer from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
We see Mara during such an uncertain time, where she's not sure what is real. But she's always willing to find out the truth and she acts when she needs to. Her bad ass level kicks into high gear in Evolution as well. Plus, she's a snarky bad ass.
4. Kami Glass from Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
There is something to be said for someone who so tirelessly pursues the truth. That is Kami's mission in life. Not to mention she has had years of fending off Rusty so she's pretty physically bad ass as well. Add her wit and ability to take almost everything (we haven't really had the chance to see how she handles the end...) in stride and she is totally bad ass.
5. Puck Connolly from The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
(I was only allowed to pick on Stiefvater heroine as well) Puck is the epitome of feisty. She's fierce and brave. She enters into the Scorpio Races on a horse that physically shouldn't stand a chance and she goes into it knowing that she's afraid. She risks everything with a frank attitude.
6. Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
Tessa never really has much of an idea what's going on. Ordinarily this would be a major fault but why it works for Tessa is that she doesn't know but is still willing to do whatever it is that she needs to. She isn't necessarily the obvious choice but I think it's great that she's still kick ass without completely ignoring the bounds set by her time period.
7. Lila Zacharov from The Curse Workers by Holly Black
Lila goes through so much and still comes out of it cool and fighting. She's not exactly the most upstanding member of society but she knows what she has to do and she does it. Lila is shrewd and detailed and clever. She embraces who she's supposed to become.
8. Arya Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
I've only read the first and I know she's a total bad ass. Arya refused to be bent by the pressure to do what she's "supposed to." She learns to fight and, later, get revenge on those who have wronged her.
9. Sophie Hatter from Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Sophie's amazing. She starts off a little down trodden and resigned to an unremarkable life. When the curse is placed on her it would have been easy for her to become more resigned but it allows her to blossom. She makes mistakes but she fixes them and learns to take control of herself.
10. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I feel like this one is obvious but I love that on top of everything else that Katniss is going through, she's trying to navigate her love life.
I tried to do mostly ones that I didn't think everyone would do (there are a couple of exceptions) which is why Hermione and McGonagall and Molly Weasley are not on my life. Though they are all kick ass.
Who are in your top ten?