It has been a great year of books and I’m counting down the top 5 in 5 different categories from the list of books I’ve read this year leading up to my most anticipated reads of 2014 on New Year’s Day.
There’s more than one way to be a badass than just being able to physically kick ass and these fictional women exemplify that.
5. Blue (THE DREAM THIEVES by MAGGIE STIEFVATER)
She’s the sole girl in the search for Glendower and she holds her own against the Raven Boys. Whether it’s not taking any shit, working at a part time job to save some cash or brilliantly interrogating her mother’s potential suitors, Blue is a real badass. It’s no surprise given that she was raised my an awesome single mom with the help of her psychic female friends and relatives. Our love for Blue is amplified in this sequel.
4. Delilah Dirk (DELILAH DIRK & THE TURKISH LIEUTENANT by TONY CLIFF)
The title character of this wonderful graphic novel, it’s no surprise that Delilah makes the list. She’s an adventurer who takes on the calm, quiet life and tea loving Turkish Lieutenant, Selim, on the ride of his life. She’s a great swordsman, she can escape from any prison and has a flying boat. A FLYING BOAT. She’s the Doctor Who of this story which makes us love her more.
3. Aurora West (BATTLING BOY by PAUL POPE)
Despite the fact that she’s barely in this graphic novel, Aurora West made a huge impact and I’m twice as excited for her own graphic novel coming out in 2014. With her superhero father killed, Aurora deals with the loss and tries to take on the mantle of Acropolis’ hero. I can’t wait to read more of her.
2. Cath (FANGIRL by RAINBOW ROWELL)
Cath is in her first year of college and deals with A LOT. Her father, a single dad, has a mental illness. Her twin and best friend wants space to be her own person. She’s living away from home and is required to be more out there as a person who would rather write her fanfiction. She has a creative writing Professor who wants her to write original content and doesn’t see her fanfiction – the one thing SHE feels she’s good at – as original. Cath is a normal college freshman who deals with difficult real life stuff and triumphing over them makes her a badass.
1. Violet (MOTHER, MOTHER by KOREN ZAILCKAS)
Having survived a stint in the asylum and the abusive living situation at home, Violet gets out of it through the simplest of solutions: communication. Violet may not be an expert swordsman or grew up with a family of psychics but she was a hero in her own right. She took on a monster that was someone who was supposed to be her biggest protector. She’s a badass through and through.
Who were your picks for badass female characters?
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