Welcome to Day 4 of my blogvesary celebration! To celebrate, I've come up with a list some of my favorite female characters (in no particular order). Again, I have the giveaway below, so be sure to check it out!
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JOSIE IN OUT OF THE EASY
Josie is such an admirable character. Despite her circumstances as a poor daughter of a prostitute, she never believed she was as worthless as everyone told her she was. At a young age, Josie moved out. She's strong, determined, and wields her own pistol. What's not to like?
HAZEL GRACE IN THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
It's clear from the first pages of The Fault in Our Stars, that Hazel is full of snark and will power. She's a cancer "survivor", dealing with its after effects as best as she can: both emotional and physical. I admire her a great deal. The ending of the book just broke my heart in ways words cannot describe.
ANNA IN ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS
Anna is perhaps the most authentic female character I've had the pleasure to read about. Anna is quirky, not the prettiest or the smartest, but she's REAL. She's awkward, funny, and just so much fun to read about.
CELAENA IN THRONE OF GLASS
Celaena is one complicated girl. One might say she's full of contradiction. She loves make-up, dresses, and balls. She equally loves combat. One doesn't become Ardanlan's greatest assassin without knowing a great deal about combat. She's conceited, but sensitive. She's has snark and passion. Despite all her faults, though, I love her.
ELINOR IN SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY
Elinor is such a fantastic heroine! She's brave, stubborn, and can fight zombies with her parasol. It doesn't get better than that.
ELISA IN THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THRONS
Elisa starts out as a rather self-depricating, unlikeable heroine and turns into a woman, a Queen. She loves, she losses, and she fights back for her people and her county. Elisa's character growth is one of the best I've seen in YA, especially in the sequel (The Crown of Embers). I honestly can't wait to see what's in store for the newly empowered Elisa in the final installment (The Bitter Kingdom).
ALINA IN SHADOW AND BONE
Alina grows up believing she's no one special. When a dire situation reveals a dormant power, she finds out that she's extremely special. In fact, she could be the key to saving her suffering country of Ravka. It takes some time, but Alina eventually finds strength within herself. That strength is further seen in the sequel, Siege and Storm (which I have had the pleasure to read).
CLARA IN UNEARTHLY
One thing that usually turns me off "angel" books is that the angel characters are often portrayed in a way that makes them a gary stu or a mary sue. I don't like perfect characters. They're not that interesting to read about. So imagine my surprise when Clara was not only relatable, but also flawed in her own ways. I loved seeing her character growth throughout the story as she learns more about angels, demons, and purpose.
TRIS FROM DIVERGENT
Tris makes the difficult decision to leave her family and join the Dauntless group. She goes head-in, unaware of what being Dauntless meant. I truly think that Tris is a perfect representation of being Divergent, and she's a reminder that we can't be defined by one singular character trait. I love her strong will and inner strength. Sometimes, that's more important than being able to wield a gun.
KATNISS FROM THE HUNGER GAMES
I had to include Katniss (it's sort of a given). I don't think I've ever come across a person who actually hated Katniss. She has an instinct for survival, and I admire the fact that her feelings always come second to her friends and family. She's not fierce because she survived the Hunger Games. She's fierce because her of convictions and her unwavering determination.
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