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Top Ten Favorite Kick-Butt Female Heroines

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Technically this week’s topic is the other word for butt, but I’m weird about swearing sometimes :D. At least in titles ;-). In any case, I love this topic, because urban fantasy is (over-)rife with strong female characters, so there are lots to choose from :D.

Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins The Princess Series by Jim C. Hines Mistborn trilogy by Brandon SandersonDestiny Binds by Tammy Blackwell Amazon by Lori Devoti

  1. Mercedes Thompson – So much love for Mercy! This coyote-shifter is a teacher-turned-mechanic with a knack for finding trouble and Patricia Briggs is an amazing author. I’m not sure what is up with the covers constantly changing Mercy’s tattoos, but the books are awesome :D.
  2. Kate Daniels – Kate is a bit more “I have a big destiny but in the mean time I want to make up for all the crap in the world” type of heroine, but has a similar awesome urban fantasy thing going for her. Once again, Ilona Andrews is a wonderful husband and wife writing team. These two series are my favorite in a very over-saturated genre, and I really think you should check them out even if you haven’t had the best luck with urban fantasy in the past.
  3. Hermione Granger – I don’t include the Harry Potter series in my posts enough :D. Hermione is awesome because she uses her smarts instead of mad fighting skills and she’s a good student :D, this is Anya approved! This still counts as butt-kicking when you’ve used a spell to do the actual kicking for you right??
  4. Katniss Everdeen – Katniss is like the definition of butt-kicking right?? ‘Nough said ;-).
  5. Princess Danielle Whiteshore – The next three are all from The Princess series by the way :). A team of Charlie’s Angels-esque princesses?? Definitely kick-butt! Though Thalia is the only one that does much actual butt-kicking at first (Snow is mostly magic), everyone learns :D.
  6. Princess Talia Malak-el-Dahshat – Talia is the martial arts expert of the team, and so does the most butt-kicking of the three princesses, but she doesn’t let Danielle use that as an excuse not to practice :).
  7. Princess Snow White – As I said earlier, Snow is more of the using mirror magic to do her butt-kicking for her, but Talia has taught her some physical fighting too!
  8. Vin – From Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, Vin learns to use her Allomancy skills very creatively and becomes a mad ninja! I won’t spoil it, but she might be the ultimate butt-kicker with where she ends up….
  9. Scout Donovan – Scout starts off as a fairly normal girl, but she finds out a whole lot about herself that turns her into the kick-butt heroine that she needs to be in the Timber Wolves trilogy.
  10. Melanippe Saka – Seeing as Mel is a  modern day Amazon, complete with special powers, she is kind of the definition of kick-butt right? This is an urban fantasy series that doesn’t seem to be continuing which makes me sad, it has a cool premise!
Hey look! It wasn’t all urban fantasy characters, freaking amazing, haha :D. What are your favorite kick-butt heroines?? Link me up!

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  1. I haven’t read any of the books mentioned except Hunger Games, but they look cool.

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  2. Hermione of course! :D

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT! :)

  3. Love Mercy & have been meaning to read Kate’s series (I own the first 2 books). And who wouldn’t include Hermione, really? Gotta say, Vin sounds amazing – yet another TBR! Thanks for the awesome list!!

  4. West Virginia Red (@wvredreads) says:

    People keep remembering all of these great heroines. How could I forget the Stepsisters? Smacks forehead!

  5. Great list! I love that, like me, you’ve included Vin from the Mistborn books. It seems everyone has included Katniss and Hermione!

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT post.

  6. Love this list! I actually don’t know many of these heroines, but of course Hermione and Katniss belong here. Your various mentions of it in your posts make me want to read the Mistborn series so bad.

    • Mistborn, as I think many people will agree, is one of Sanderson’s best stories so far. The magic system is so well thought out and so freaking original (burning metal to get superhuman powers that aren’t the normal ones), the characters are wonderful and wow, Sanderson writes plots that are so intricately woven together and yet obvious at the end, I seriously feel smarter by the end of the book when he brings it all together. I just can’t say enough how much I love reading everything that he writes! And he does a really good job of writing strong female characters that also have good depth, which has become a problem with a lot of the urban fantasy/paranormal romance novels in my opinion :).

      Wow, I apparently had a lot to say, thanks for stopping by :D

  7. Aside from HP and Hunger Games, the rest of these books are new to me! I love seeing all these different lists, as it gives me ideas of new books to check out. :)

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

    • I completely agree, especially with this week’s topic, since one of the top things that draws me to a book is a strong female character :)

  8. I am so intrigued by this princess series! And of course I love Hermione and Katniss!

    • It’s awesome!!!!! Jim C. Hines is an awesome writer, but apparently not that well known outside of Michigan (where he and I are located), and if you like fairytale retellings with kick-butt heroines, you should totally check it out! :D

  9. I think it’s hard to have this list without Katniss! Great choices!

  10. Great list!! I included Hermione on mine as well.
    Check out my TTT here:
    I’d love to hear what you think!

  11. Nice list. I included Hermione as well.

    Check out my TTT

    Holly @ Words Fueled by Love

  12. I really need to read Magic Bites. I’ve heard such great things about that one! Totally with ya on HG and HP! :D Great list! My TTTs are at Musings on Fantasia and LKHill. Happy Tuesday! :D

    • Oo, yes! The Magic books are great! I recall them starting a little weak, but stick with them, they are freaking fantastic!! Especially if you like drawn out romances ;-) Thanks for stopping by, off to visit yours :D

  13. Awesome list. OK, I’ll have to read Mistborn …. ;-)

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