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Top Ten Books for People Who Like Fierce Ladies
- All of Tamora Pierce’s books: OF COURSE this was going to be the very top of my list. I read all of her books in high school and it was the first time I realized that girls could do awesome things in epic fantasy novels.
- CROWN DUEL by Sherwood Smith: I’ve read this book literally ten times and will never, ever get sick of it. Despite her general ignorance being completely out of her depth, Mel fights back, educating herself so that she can do right by her people back home.
- Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling: We’ve got Hermione, who’s smart and doesn’t care if it intimidates anyone. There’s Luna, who doesn’t care what anyone else thinks of her. And my favorite character, Ginny, who never lets anyone underestimate her twice. Among many, many others.
- IF I LIE by Corrine Jackson: There were so many times Quinn could’ve just given up Carey’s secret to save herself, or believed it when everyone else in town called her a slut. But she didn’t. She stood by her convictions, even though it cost her a lot.
- Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas: I love how multi-faceted Celaena is. She lets herself feel whatever she’s feeling with no apologies. She loves clothes and other pretty things, and dares you to tell her she’s not still a BAMF. (But seriously, though, if you told her that, she’d probably slit your throat while wearing a gorgeous gown, just saying.)
- Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi: Juliette spends a lot of time doubting herself and thinking about giving up – and then just keeps going, anyway. The fact that she keeps going despite the negative voices in her head telling her not to is what makes her strong, because that’s most of the battle right there.
- THE MOCKINGBIRDS by Daisy Whitney: It takes a lot of courage to do what Alex does in this book.
- Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson: This is one of my favorite series of all-time and it’s because of the journey that Elisa goes through. She starts out not believing in herself and has to look within herself for her confidence. She’s smart, works hard, and is willing to learn, which all lend themselves to her strength.
- A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin: I love how unapologetic the women are in this series. They want what they want and they’re going to use whatever power they have to get it – or to just survive, really.
- ALLEGIANCE by Cayla Kluver: Alera lives in a society in which she is forced to marry a man chosen by her father because she’s not actually allowed to rule the country she inherits. Instead, she has to find her own ways of saving her endangered country – proving yet again that intelligence and good interpersonal skills shouldn’t be underestimated.