BLOGIVERSARY + GIVEAWAYS – Our Favorite Female Leads

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Since we’ve already had two posts talking about our Fiercest BBFs and Kindest BBFs, today we’re going to talk about some of Our Favorite Female Heroines.  These are the women we look up to, respect and absolutely love!  So have fun meeting our favorite heroines and we’re wishing you lots of luck on our giveaways below!

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Jude from The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
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Okay. The biggest cliché BUT COME ON-She. Is. SOOOO badass. She is a human who takes on all the fae, defeating the worst and most cunning of them all, time after time…only to fall for him. Come. ON. I love her and I want to be friends with her (but not really because she’d not only kick my ass but hand me over in a second to get what she needs HA).

“Well, let me remind you that means you have much to lose and I have nothing. You may win in the end, you may enscroll me and hurt me and humiliate me, but I will make sure you lose everything I can take from you on the way down. I promise you this is the least of what I can do.”

 

Lira from To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
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Lira is yet another fierce female who, in the end, is just so bad I can barely stand how awesome she is. And the writing in this book-WOW. If I could write, it would be like this woman. And, as it goes, the monster falls for the other monster…even though they are both hunting one another (unbeknownst to either, obviously). Seeing this all play out…it was beautiful and epic and just out of this world amazing. I love this book so hard.

Every action will betray. Every choice will slaughter. Despite what my mother says, I seem to be the exact kind of monster she wanted.

 

Isobel from An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
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And then sweet Isobel. Yet another human fallen prey to the fae….or, rather, the charms of a certain fae. A young artist who gets swept away to the faerie courts and worlds-but don’t be fooled, for Isobel is no fool, and she won’t be swayed just for love-but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t fallen for the charming and tortured Rook.

I’d always scoffed at stories in which maidens pine for their absent suitors, boys they’ve hardly known a week and have no business falling for. Didn’t they realize their lives were worth more than the dubious affection of one silly young man? That there were things to do in a world that didn’t revolve solely around their heartbreak? Then it happens to you, and you understand you aren’t any different from those girls after all.

 

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Zara from Bring Me Their Hearts (Bring Me Their Hearts #1) by Sara Wolf
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Zara was sarcastic, witty, spoke her mind and wasn’t afraid to challenge others.  I loved how sure she was of herself and she was a heroine that I could easily respect.  It was so much fun watching what should have just been a job turn into so much more. The more she learned about the Prince and his secrets, the more she found herself conflicted.  Her freedom came first, but at what cost when the Prince started treating her unlike any one else ever had. And I found myself nervous. She was to turn the man I had fallen for into a monster.  How could I ever forgive her………

I want nothing more than to stay in this moment, my hand in his.  But that’s an impossibility. A weakness. I am a monster, and he’s a human.  I want his heart, and I want his other heart. His affection, his blood. I want it all.
But if I take one, I can’t have the other.

 

Amelia from The Importance of Being Scandalous (A Tale of Two Sisters #1) by Kimberly Bell
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I loved Amelia.  She was strong willed, fierce and protected those that she loved.  It was a breath of fresh air that she knew what she wanted and had no problems speaking her mind.  I clicked with her instantly. Amelia made me smile, laugh and my heart hurt for her for the situation she was in.  Thankfully she had a lot of light in her life. And while I loved the relationship she had with her sister Julia I found myself even more addicted to the one she had with Nicholas.

Amelia sighed.  Before she closed the cloak, she turned to her sister. “How do I look, honestly?”
“Like a women who is up to absolutely no good.”
Amelia nodded. “Well, then I suppose I’m ready.”

 

Lauren from Glitter and Sparkle (Glitter and Sparkle #1) by Shari L. Tapscott
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Right from the start I loved Lauren!  She has the most adorable voice.  She was honest, heartfelt, and I loved her passion for crafting and her blog.  She pulled me right in and she was someone I would love to be best friends with!  This was a book I hope all of my friends will read!  Between the back and forth banter, the scenes that made me laugh and cry and the beautiful characters, it was just all so perfect!  And as if that wasn’t enough, the epilogue was the most amazing thing ever!    

He stretches higher, and his shirt shifts a little more. “Like this?”
Bad Lauren.
I rub a spot behind my ear, feeling a little guilty. “Maybe just a little higher…” Oh, I give up. I can look at him, can’t I?
I can detest someone while admiring their hotness?

 

Celaena Sardothian from Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas
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She’s a badass female assassin–the greatest in all of Erilea.  She’s sassy, loves chocolate and books, and is loyal to a fault. This series would be nothing without her.

 

 

Kestrel Trajan from The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski
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I love Kestrel because of how fiercely loyal and clever she is.  She accepted a duel with a man twice her size so that her slave wouldn’t get whipped and refused to tell Arin the truth about being a spy because she knew he would remove himself from the rebellion to save her. One of my favorite series of all time!

 
 

Mare from War Storm (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard
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I loved the character Mare Barrow from the moment I met her in Red Queen a few years ago. While I understand not everyone feels the same way, I appreciate the fact that she’s not perfect and makes mistakes, but tries to learn from those mistakes and keeps her end goal in mind. Which is not particularly easy considering everything that happens over the course of the series. But through it all, she remains loyal, fierce, understanding, funny and kind and I like to think she does ultimately get her happy ending.

 

 

Lila from A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab
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When I first read this series a year ago, I almost instantly fell in love with it. A few weeks ago, I read it for the second time, and I think I liked it even more. While a lot of that is thanks to the four main characters (Lila, Kell, Alucard and Rhy), Lila certainly is a major factor. She unabashedly herself and doesn’t take no for an answer. She is fiercely loyal to her friends and will do anything to help them, even after everything she did for own self-preservation. Underneath her snark and knives, there is a girl who is capable of great love and kindness.

 

Giveaway:

***There will be 5 winners, and prizes will be sent via Amazon Kindle. The first winner drawn will get to chose which book they want first, and so on.  Prizes are ebooks of:
*An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
*Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
*Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman
*Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
*Angelfall, World After & End of Days (YES the whole trilogy!) by Susan Ee***

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6 Comments

  1. Danielle Hammelef

    September 14, 2018 at 11:03 am

    My favorite female lead is Kady from Illuminae.

    • Yes that is a great pick!! I had kind of forgotten how BA she was until reading Obsidio when it came out. I think she was probably my favorite lead of that series.

  2. This is a great list! I loved Isobel, Zara, and Celaena. They’re strong female characters with brave hearts. I haven’t read Cruel Prince, Winner’s Trilogy, To Kill A Kingdom, and ADSOM but they’re all on my TBR list. I haven’t finished Red Queen series yet but I’ve been hearing mixed reviews of Warstorm. I hope I’ll get back to it soon! 🙂
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    • YAY for Zara! 🙂 I haven’t read Cruel Prince, Winner’s Trilogy, To Kill A Kingdom, and ADSOM either, but they’re also on my tbr. Here’s hoping we both love when we pick them up!

  3. I can’t say I’ve read any of these, but I am curious to get acquainted with Lila from A Darker Shade of Magic, because that’s one I’ve got on my Kindle 🙂
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