It's not that I don't like females---I am one! But I don't seem to relate to them as often in books. Maybe it's just how they're written, what with all the pressure there is on writing females.
That's why, when I do find one I like, I get ridiculously excited and obsess over them. And I'm so happy to found a few amazing female characters this year, plus more who were maybe not perfect but were relatable and likeable and had me truly rooting for them.
(If you're wondering where the guys are, don't worry, they'll get their time in the spotlight next week!)
This is actually not an official Top Ten Tuesday topic, I’m just doin’ my own thang to commemorate the end of the year. So my topic is:
Top Ten Female Characters from Books I’ve Read This Year
10. Piper Griffiths – Steel & Stone Series by Annette Marie
Piper can seriously kick some ass. She works hard and isn’t afraid to get rough, but she’s still got fears and emotions to round her out.
9. Mia Bowman – Betrayal’s Shadow by K.H. LeMoyne
Mia got thrown into a strange, terrifying situation in which she would travel to a dangerous place in a cell with a strange man every time she slept, but, instead of throwing a tantrum or sitting around asking, “Why me?” she started packing clothing, weapons, food, and water each night, learning to fight, practicing with her newfound magic, researching to figure what was going on, and planning ways to fix things in order to keep herself and the man safe. Talk about a character who is NOT a damsel in distress.
8. Elle Winters – The ARC Series by Alexandra Moody
Elle is possibly the most believable character I’ve read this year, with the way she reacted to things hesitantly, rather than diving in head first to save the world, but still did what was right. It made her relatable and realistic.
7. Eve – The Eden Trilogy by Keary Taylor
Eve is badass and loyal but also handles tough situations with tact and compassion. She always put the safety of her people and those she cared about above all else.
6. Alivia Ryan – House of Royals Series by Keary Taylor
Alivia is super down-to-earth. She has her priorities straight and doesn’t make mountains out of mole hills. She also gets proactive, taking her fate into her own hands, rather than sitting around waiting for other people to make decisions for her or letting them push her around.
5. Kelsey Owens – Hunter: A Thieves Series by Lexi Blake
I’m pretty sure it was this line, after she punched someone who got handsy, that made me realize I definitely loved her character.
Blood dripped from the offended appendage. “I think she broke my nose.”
I contained my gleeful giggle because he sounded like he had a horrible cold. I totally broke his nose.
4. Ava Johnson – The Core Series by Teshelle Combs
While she does have kickass fighting skills, Ava’s real strength is her intelligence and the way she actually uses her head and her common sense to make smart decisions. She’s also a fighter in every sense of the word, never giving up even when situations look bleak.
3. America Singer (in the first book) – The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
First-book America is kind, down-to-earth, respectful of the privacy of others, and relatable to me in a lot of little ways. She stays true to herself and sticks up for herself.
2. Jehenne Corbeaux – Les Corbeaux: The French Vampire Legend Series by Emma V. Leech
Jehenne is young, so she makes the occasional bad decision and gets emotional, but I find her thoughts and actions to be hilarious, understandable, and relatable.
1. Grateful Knight – Knight Games Series by Genevieve Jack
I cannot say enough good things about Grateful. I LOVE HER. Her greatest asset is her mind, and, although she does know when to accept help, she NEVER sits around waiting for help or opportunities—she makes them herself. She’s always thinking, observing, and piecing things together until she’s able to solve her problems. Plus she stands up for herself and never puts up with the males’ controlling, dominating crap.