TOP THURSDAY’S: Kick-Ass Female Characters!

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So every Thursday, I figured I’d do a list of whatever’s to whittle down my favourites! From characters I’d go to the beach with to books I’d like throw into the jungle away from humanity…I’ll pretty much cover it every Thursday! This Thursday I decided to be a little generic and talk about my favourite kick-ass female characters! Without further adieu here are my TOP 5!

 

5. Annabeth Chase (Percy Jackson & the Olympians Series/Heroes of Olympus Series)

Annabeth Chase

Ladies and gentlemen, presenting to you the BRAIN behind Percy’s pursuits: Annabeth Chase. She is so delightfully smart, caring to those who don’t deserve it (ahem, Luke) and she constantly makes Percy (who is also my book boyfriend, ahem) better. And you know what the best part about loving Annabeth is? You can see her character develop immensely from ‘Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief’ all the way to the books in the ‘Heroes of Olympus’ series. That’s a whole lotta Annabeth and a whole lotta kick-assery! (Percabeth is totally my OTP, you guys and I loved how their relationship blossomed!)

PERCY: “What if it lines up like it did in the Trojan War … Athena versus Poseidon?”
ANNABETH: “I don’t know. But I just know that I’ll be fighting next to you.”
PERCY: “Why?”
ANNABETH: “Because you’re my friend, Seaweed Brain. Any more stupid questions?” 

4. Isabelle Lightwood (The Mortal Instruments Series)

Isabelle Lightwood

Hands down, my favourite female character in The Mortal Instruments series. She is so kick-butt and I remember reading her for the first time: white dress on, whip in hand at Pandemonium. Like DAMN, you do not mess with her. Also, her bantering with Jace and their relationship was so endearing to watch and I really think she’s a funny character. You have Jace Wayland and Simon Lewis providing services as the comedic reliefs but then you also have Isabelle providing quips like these,

“Alec looked at her and shook his head. “How do you manage never to get mud on your clothes?”
Isabelle shrugged philosophically. “I’m pure at heart. It repels the dirt.” 

I really love the direction Cassandra Clare is pushing her towards as well as the relationship she has with Simon. *SWOON*! Definitely a character who can hold her own in a battle as well as a caring and doting sister towards Alec.

3. Waverly Marshall (Sky Chasers Trilogy)

Waverly Marshall

I really think this is the most underrated sci-fi trilogy out there. This is one of the best sci-fi books I’ve ever read. It’s pretty much a psychological thriller that kept me up all night. Waverly Marshall is the main female protagonist aboard the spaceship Empyrean and she along with all the other teenage girls are abducted by the sister ship, New Horizon, where they are made to do HORRIFIC things.

I swear, I wanted to vomit just reading what had happened but I really really admired Waverly Marshall. She isn’t kick-ass in the physical sense (but it’s not like she’s frail either) but her character and her determination shone in this book. She is damaged by what had happened to her, but she is brave against all odds.

 “You’re so naïve.” Felicity laughed scornfully. “Don’t you see what people are? They’re animals. Every one of them.”

“Felicity.” Waverly grabbed hold of the girl’s hand and squeezed hard enough to hurt, until Felicity lifted her eyes to Waverly’s. “We’re animals, too. We can fight back.”
Felicity yanked her hand away. “You idiot. It doesn’t matter how hard you fight.”
“It matters to me,” Waverly said quietly.
“So fight, then,” Felicity spat over her shoulder.
Waverly stood up, fists clenched. “I will.” 

2. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games Trilogy)

Katniss Everdeen

Cue *gasp*! Call the press! Katniss Everdeen is not number 1! Oh dear lord. Katniss Everdeen is no doubt the most kick-ass female character out there…but why didn’t I put her as #1, you ask? Well for a number of reasons! For starters, she is everybody’s number 1 and for a period of time, she was my number 1 too! Secondly, it’s just been a long time since I read ‘The Hunger Games’ and although the effect of such an influential character is not lost on me, I’ve had read other characters (just one, actually, heh) that has impressed me so much and is fresher on my mind. Now enough explaining myself…

Here is why Katniss is KICK-ASS! …Actually, I don’t even have to tell you…your cousin/brother/grandpa has probably seen the movie/read the book and would know why she’d be considered an amazing character… but basically, for me,  the love she has for her sister is so admirable which really allowed me to emotionally connect with Katniss. The strength she possessed throughout the 74th and 75th Hunger Games and the obstacles she faced? How could she not be classified as kick-ass?

“I want to tell the rebels that I am alive. That I’m right here in District Eight, where the Capitol has just bombed a hospital full of unarmed men, women and children. There will be no survivors.” The shock I’ve been feeling begins to give way to fury. “I want to tell people that if you think for one second the Capitol will treat us fairly if there’s a cease-fire, you’re deluding yourself. Because you know who they are and what they do.” My hands go out automatically, as if to indicate the whole horror around me. “This is what they do and we must fight back!”

1. Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy Series)

Rose Hathaway

Rose freaking Hathaway. She is probably my most FAVOURITE character in the universe right now. She is fiery, hilarious, strong-willed and fiercely loyal to her best friend Lissa Dragomir. Sure she has a short temper and she occasionally breaks the rules…but her rebelliousness is well-intentioned. She never fails to make me laugh and I love how protective she is of Lissa and that she always puts her before her own interests. She is by no means a perfect character; yes, she has flaws (and many of them), but there is no denying that she is never malicious on purpose (only when they deserve it, LOL). That’s what I love about Rose: she’s not afraid to speak her mind, even when she is outnumbered. I’ll never forget the scene of her hearing at the end of Spirit Bound…and the scene where she stood up for the Dhampirs against the age decree the Moroi agreed on. I fist-pumped the air, holding back a “whoop! whoop!” at 3 am. Also, we can’t not mention her enviable guardian skills. So. Kick. Ass.

Can we also appreciate that Rose is not only confident in her skills but in her appearance? I’m not saying characters with low self-esteem are bad, it’s just a little nauseating that I’ve read so many in a row that were constantly bringing themselves down and then they’re like *gasp* when their love interest  says they’re beautiful. Rose is confident in how she looks like, and I think it’s amazing. Looks aren’t everything, yes, but it’s great to read about someone who is comfortable in their own skin and doesn’t need a guy to tell her that to feel ‘validated’.

I crossed my arms over my chest. “Are you lost, little girl? The elementary school’s over on west campus.”

A pink flush spread over her cheeks. “Don’t you ever touch me again. You screw with me, I’ll screw you right back.”

Oh man, what an opening that was.

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Anticipatin’ & Waitin’: May 2014 Releases!

Hi, everyone!

Well, it’s that time again… The books I’m so looking forward to that are going to be released in the month of May! This time I’m right on track, having written this before May. I’m trying to keep this habit so that I don’t procrastinate…like for this month’s post. Oops! Yesterday marked the start of my small school break, which means I have three weeks of books, books, TV shows, books, movies, books and friends to hang out with! Yay! So there really is no excuse to not update the blog. Without further adieu, here are my most anticipated releases of May 2014! (You will be surprised, as I am, that there are only two contemporaries, heh!)

1. SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE by Morgan Matson (May 6th, 2014)


Since You've Been Gone

Blurb provided by Goodreads: The Pre-Sloane Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend. Apple Picking at Night? Ok, easy enough.Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

Morgan Matson is one of my favourite authors. She writes such beautiful stories that are not your typical contemporaries. I’ve read two books of hers, ‘Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour’ and ‘Second Chance Summer’ respectively and they are just fabulous. Both features two teenage girls with amazing character development. ‘Second Chance Summer’ in particular, brought me to tears.

I’m so very excited for her third book to come out! Not only is this a total cover LOVE, but the premise is so intriguing! Disappearing best friend? Bucket list? This sounds like the PERFECT summer read and I can’t wait to get my hands on it so I can just devour it during Summertime!

2. WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart (May 13th, 2014)

We Were Liars

Blurb provided by Goodreads: A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
 
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

I don’t know a whole lot about this book, if anything at all, but I’m already interested. All the early reviews I’ve read promised greatness and a plot twist like no other, as well as the reassurance that going into this blind is the best way to go. I mean, just read the blurb! It’s so incredibly vague, but it does the trick into making you ultra suspicious and curious! This book, I feel, can be classified as a psychological thriller and I don’t read much of that, especially in YA but I’m so looking forward to it! Agh, suspense!

3. OF NEPTUNE by Anna Banks (May 13th, 2014)

Of Neptune

Blurb provided by Goodreads: Emma and Galen’s kingdom and their love is threatened by long-lost Syrena in the brilliant conclusion to Anna Banks bestselling trilogy.

Emma, half human and half Syrena, and her Syrena love, Galen, need time together alone. Away from the kingdoms of Poseidon and Triton. Emma’s grandfather, the Poseidon king, suggests the two visit a small town called Neptune.

Neptune is home to both Syrena and Half-Breeds alike. But Emma and Galen didn’t sign up to be peacemakers between the ocean and the land-dwelling, freshwater Syrena. They didn’t bargain for meeting a charming Half-Breed named Reed, who can barely disguise his feelings for Emma. And they especially didn’t expect to find themselves in the middle of a power struggle that threatens not only their love but their ocean kingdoms.

This book is the third and final in the ‘Syrena Legacy’ series, following ‘Of Poisedon’ (Book 1) and ‘Of Triton’ (Book 2). I read the first two and I really, really enjoyed it! They are super quick to get through and the pacing of the books are remarkable. It’s a very light mermaid series that covers family, romance, and political problems under the sea! How fun, right!? Honestly, the main reason I’m looking forward to this last instalment is because I just want to get this series over and done with. Book 2 ended with a very clean and respectable solution, so you can imagine mine and everyone else’s confusion when it was announced Book 3 was in the works. I mean, say whaaaaa?! I don’t really get it, honestly. I found no strings loose, and if there were, it was fine so minor and inconsequential! Oh well, still going to pick this up anyway, because the covers are to DIE for.

4. CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Care (May 27th, 2014)

City of Heavenly Fire

Blurb provided by Goodreads: ΕRCHOMAI, SEBASTIAN HAD SAID. 

I am coming.

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series!

Do I even need to elaborate? Do I even need to include this on the list? Like, this is EVERYONE’S anticipatin’ & waitin’! This book is the end to the epic saga that consumed my life back in 2011. This book will tell us who will die. THIS BOOK, you guys. THIS BOOK, and it’s FINALLY over. I sound relieved, don’t I? Well, it’s because I am. As much of a fan I am of the Shadowhunter world, the suspense is just killing me. Finishing ‘City of Glass’, the 3rd book in this 6 book series, was a milestone for me. However, the world was so rich and intoxicating, that I kinda knew Clare wouldn’t deviate from it. The world had lots more potential and BOOM! Three more trilogies were spawned, two of which have yet to be released into the world. Before I gush/whine anymore, I have to disclose that I haven’t read ‘City of Lost Souls’ yet. I know, I know…what the hell?! But I have a plausible reason over here. I finished the first four books in November 2011. CoLS came out 6-7 months later. CoHF was scheduled TWO YEARS LATER (this year). Can you imagine the exasperation? I knew I couldn’t read CoLS, especially after knowing I’d have to wait two years because I knew I wouldn’t remember anything. I don’t particularly like rereading my fantasy books, so this was a huge factor for me. But now that we are merely weeks away, I am salivating.

I. WANT. THAT. BOOK. (After I read CoLS, of course, and remind myself of the events in CoFA).

 

So these are the books I’m looking forward to in the month of May! *happy dance* What are you most looking forward to, stranger?

xoxo