A lot of my favorite novels feature women who are strong and independent. Women who can take care of themselves and don’t need saving.
Without further ado, here are some of my favorite kickbutt heroines:
Katsa from Graceling
Katsa was born with the grace to kill and instincts to protect that make her one of the heroines I look up to most as a woman. She takes care of her own and doesn’t need saving. In fact, if you mess with her, you will need a lot of help and a lot of luck to be safe from her. Reading this book was so empowering for me. I wish there were a lot more characters like her portrayed in literature. Katsa is amazing!
Eona from Eon
Eona fights and fights hard. She does what needs to be done no matter how difficult the decision to do so may be. She is flawed, but that makes her more human in my mind. She makes mistakes, but she works through them the best she can. Her strength in the face of adversity inspires me.
Alyssa Gardner from the Splintered series
Alyssa can handle every situation that is thrown at her and I wish that she believed that more during this series. It is her strength and Morpheous’s belief in her abilities that made me fall in love with the story, the world, and beautiful madness that is wonderland. As she grew into who she truly was and embraced the madness of wonderland she was truly the embodiment of a strong and capable heroine who wasn’t afraid of being who she was. It was her wish for humanity paired with the influence of Jeb that created her doubts hindering her from her full potential.
Pressia from Pure
Pressia has so much going against her during this entire novel and probably will have so much more to deal with in the later books, but somehow, she makes it through. The world in this novel is one of the most hostile I have ever seen. The way Pressia handles her grief and pushes herself every single day, surviving in this world of horrors makes her one of the strongest women I have ever read about. She may not be physically that strong, but her wits and intelligence make her a force to be reckoned with.
Finally, we have Jo Montfort from These Shallow Graves
Jo looks for the truth and does not stop until she finds it. She is a breath of fresh air in times where women were seen a nothing more then someone for a man to marry. She has grit and I absolutely adored every minute of reading in her point of view. She puts herself in danger regardless if she has someone to back her up or not. Her spirit is unbreakable.
Who are some of your favorite kickbutt characters? What women in literature inspire you? Let me know down in the comments below! I need some good femme fatale book recommendations. I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!
-Till next time