Top Ten Tuesdays: Kick-ass Heroine!!

This is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely gals over at The Broke and the Bookish.

I feel like this is a perfect topic for us, if only because of Mary’s slight obsession with Katniss. Unfortunately, Mary does not have power right now (thanks Sandy…), but she texted me her picks. Now that’s what I call dedication!

Mary’s Picks

1. Jane Eyre – I made this my hurricane reading, and she totally kiss ass.

2. Harry Crewe from The Blue Sword – Because she kind of a precursor to many of the fantasy genre heroines popular today.

3. Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass – female assassin who survived the prison camp and a lot more besides

4. Katniss – because the Hunger Games movie also made it on to my Hurricane Sandy playlist

5. Alanna from the Song of the Lioness Series by Tamora Pierce – What’s more kickass (or classic) than a lioness?

Elizabeth’s picks

6. Lessa from Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey – She survives the attack that kills her family, successfully hides for about 10 years before taking revenge, and then become the rider of a queen dragon. And that’s just the beginning of the book.

7. Lyra from His Dark Materials – I love how brave and selfless she is

8. Cammie Morgan from the Gallagher Girl series by Ally Carter –  She’s a highly trained spy who also happens to be a teenage girl. I am totally jealous of some of her abilities (while also really glad I’m not a spy…).

9. Annabeth from the Percy Jackson series - I adore Annabeth. I’ve already announced my desire to name a child after her, and part of the reason for that is she is so kick-ass! I just started reading Mark of Athena and am super excited that it seems likes she’ll be playing an even bigger role in this book. Yay!

10. Poppy from Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George – In general, I love fairytale retellings, especially since many of them give the heroines a more active role than damsel in distress. While I like Princess of the Midnight Ball, the first in this series, I felt like Galen did too much rescuing of the princesses. I like how Poppy basically does the rescuing in this book.