Top Ten Tuesday is, as always, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.
In love with this topic! Let’s see if I can keep it to ten. These are numbered, but aren’t really in a particular order.
1. Elisa from Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Smart, selfless, and brave only when she has to be. Elisa is an amazing example of a timid girl who steps up to the plate when she feels she needs to and saves an entire nation.
2. Vin from Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
My favorite moment in Vin’s story is a major spoiler, so I can’t talk about it, but let’s just say she is a total badass–unstoppable in all ways, extreme in her determination and dedication.
3. Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Rose is frustrating and uncompromising and completely herself. She never lets anyone tell her she can’t do something and she achieves impossible things because of it.
4. Nita Callahan from The Young Wizards series by Diane Duane
Nita is a hero. Not only does she save the universe on a regular basis, she also holds her family together after the loss of a parent and still has time to constantly save the rear-ends of all the boys in her life. She’s dedicated to her cause and unflinching in the face of danger.
5. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Naturally, she’s on this list. She gives all of herself for her family and the people of her country and she’s a no brainer.
6. Lirael from The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix
Lirael goes from quiet outcast to strong and decisive leader over the course of this series and her world would have been completely changed without her.
7. Aly from Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce
Aly is serving as something of a stand in for all of Tamora Pierce’s characters, because they’re all great, but Aly was my first and remains my favorite. She’s a sneaky and smart rather than in-your face physically powerful warrior-type. She’s passionate and fiercely loyal. I read these books years and years ago and I still love her to death.
8. Amy from Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Amy has to learn to rely on herself faster than anyone in any book ever. Her strength and determination hold together her entire community and she never flinches away from what she has to do.
9. D.J. Schwenk from Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
I hate to leave everything to the ladies of fantasy novels, when there is such strength to be had in contemporary fiction as well. DJ doesn’t let anything stop her from pursuing her dreams and she carries that tenacity into every challenge thrown her way, supporting her entirely family and community.
10. Julie/Maddie from Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Ok, so this is technically a #10 and #11, but I couldn’t pick just one girl from this book. These girls don’t let anything get in their way and they display such strength and bravery under fire. They’re both amazing.