October 30, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (25)

This week's topic is
Top Ten Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines

1. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games series)
Honestly, I think one of the most kick-ass things about Katniss is how she held her family together after her father's death.  Aside from that there's, you know, the fact that she volunteered to fight to the death to take the place of her little sister, keeping Peeta alive in the arena (twice), and she became the face of a revolution.  You did the damn thing girl.

2. Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass)
She's a sixteen year old assassin -  and one of the best in the world.  Does it get anymore kick-ass than that?  I also really love that just because she's an assassin (a typically male profession) doesn't mean that she doesn't enjoy dresses and make-up and going to the theater.  She's pretty much the best.

3. Lila Zacharov (The Curseworkers series)
The very fact that Lila came back from spending three years as a cat and is able to function fairly normally is good enough for me.  Add in to that that she's being prepped to take over a crime family and you've got one badass chick on your hands.

4. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series)
The brightest witch of her age who, for the first eleven years of her life, didn't even know magic existed.  She helped take on the darkest wizard of their time and beat him, going on to work in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures and the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.

5. Mia Thermopolis (The Princess Diaries series)
While not exactly taking the news that she was a princess in stride, Mia went on to use her power to inspire great change in Genovia and the world.  She discovered that a former princess installed a Parliamentary system that she relaunched, she bribed her dad to donate $100 a day to Greenpeace in order for her to take princess lessons, and she inspired great actions in those around her (Michael's robotic surgery arm anyone?)

6. Ruby (The Darkest Minds)
Ruby lives in a horrific world where children are feared and locked up and no one can be trusted.  That's why I find it extraordinary that when she finds three other kids on the run she is able to trust them, protect them, and treat them like family.  It's a slow process, of course, but it happens.  Also, her orange powers, which I'm sure we're only beginning to tap into, are totally badass.

7. Callie (Starters series)
Callie lives in a world where there are only Starters (people under 20) and Enders (people over 60).  Before they died, she made her parents a promise that she would take care of her brother Michael.  As things get more desperate, Callie sells her body to a company called Prime Destinations.  This company takes Starters bodies and rents them to Enders who want to be young again.  Having the bravery to do this to take care of her brother makes Callie pretty kick-ass in my book.

8. Amy Haskel (Secret Society Girl series)
Being one of the first girls in a secret society that has, for hundreds of years, only accepted male members takes serious balls.  You're fighting against at least a hundred years of bias.  All of the alumni, and even some of your own class, don't really want you there and are actively trying to get rid of you.

9. Emerson Watts (Airhead series)
You have to be pretty kick-ass to take on the corporation that removed your brain from your dying body and transplanted it into a supermodel's body.  Factor in having to deal with the supermodel's life and missing everything about your own while taking on said company.  I just can't even imagine it.

10. Turtle Wexler (The Westing Game)
The youngest of the players of Westing's game (13) and probably the most discounted by everyone else in the group.  Turtle is the most committed to playing the game and fiercely loyal.  She also has a penchant for kicking people in the shins when they do something wrong, which I really liked when I was little.


  1. hi!
    MIA!! YES! LOVE her, she's totally kick-ass!
    I haven't read a lot of books on this list, but I'll have to check them out cause I'm always looking for more books with kick-ass ladies!
    My TTT: http://nightmareonbookstreet.blogspot.com/2012/10/top-ten-tuesday-kick-ass-heroines.html

  2. Katniss and Hermione both made my list. You have a great list. Reminds me that there's so many good books out there that I haven't gotten to yet.

    Check out my TTT. New follower by the way.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  3. The Westing Game!! I loved that book, too :)

    1. It's such a great book! I'm really in the mood to re-read it right now. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Katniss kicks bootay. Lol. You have a cool list.:)

  5. Ugh, I totally forgot Katniss O_o what a poor fan of the Hunger Games am I? Well, aparently a bad one. Anyway great list!! :)

  6. Mia ia pretty kickass, isnt' she. I've only read the first few books in the Princess Diaries series, but I think she's pretty amazing.

    Great list.