Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature created by The Broke and the Bookish because as they fully admit, they love lists. I’ve finally jumped on this fun bandwagon because I’m also rather fond of listy type things, including my list of Top Five Things I Enjoyed that I include in each review.

Each week, The Broke and the Bookish posts a new theme. This week’s theme is your top ten heroines, and it was hard. Not hard to come up with ten, but hard to limit it to just ten. There are so many great heroines in fiction. But here is my list.

10. Emma Wrangton from A Game Worth Watching by Samantha Gudger. I love how tough Emma is, and while she’s not a hero in the traditional physical ass-kicking sense, she fights hard for what she believes in, even when it would be easier to give up. Especially when it would be easier to just give up.

9. Nicola Hart from the Titan Series by Cristin Harber. I first met the spunky CIA agent turned Titan in Sweet Girl. I loved her when she was forced to make the ultimate sacrifice for her loved ones. And that love only grew when I got to see how tough she became in Garrison’s Creed.

8. Clary Fray from the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I’ve barely started the series, and already I love her. She makes mistakes, royally screws up, gets everyone pissed off at her, and yet she never gives up. Not on her friends or herself. She never stops trying to do the right thing.

7. Sara Linton from Grant County series by Karin Slaughter. As the town pediatrician and medical examiner, she has her hands full with contrasting roles of ensuring the lives of the town’s smallest inhabitants and helping investigate the darkest events. She’s tough but vulnerable in a way many other female leads in crime thrillers aren’t.

6. Six from The Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore. She’s as tough and hardcore as they come, swooping in and saving John in I Am Number Four. And that’s just the beginning. Able to turn invisible, she has one of the coolest legacies. She’s not afraid to fight alone, but will do anything to protect her friends.

5. Claire Randall-Fraser from the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. This time-travelling nurse from the mid-20th century travels back in time two hundred years and falls for a Scottsman. She lives through some of the most brutal fighting in history, choosing a life of hardship and violence for the man she loves over women’s rights and financial security. And she doesn’t just mind the homestead as an 18th century wife, letting her husband do all the fighting. Nope, Claire is right there in the thick of the things with husband, Jamie, often saving his ass.

4. Stephanie Plum from the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Stephanie bumbles her way through mystery after mystery, usually solving by luck rather than skill, but she never gives up. She’s loyal and her positive attitude makes it impossible not to root for her.

3. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. While she’s not particularly likeable, she is strong, brave, and willing to do whatever it takes to protect those she loves. While you may never want to be friends with her, you always want her to win.

2. Ellie Linton from the Tomorrow series by John Marsden. Ellie is a typical teen thrown into an unbelievable situation when war comes to the Australian continent. Fighting and killing don’t come naturally to her, and she struggles with the things she’s done in order to survive. But she never gives up on her friends or her family, risking everything to protect them.

1. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Hermione is smart, funny, kind, witty, clever, and as loyal a friend as there is. She never leaves Harry’s side as he battles to the very end, always risking her own life, while yelling at Harry for doing the same, in order to save the world. She’s everyone’s favorite Muggle-born witch