Welcome to another week of Tell Me Something Tuesday, the weekly meme set up by Cambria Hebert where she asks the questions and we answer. This week's question is:
Who is your favorite heroine in a book? (Okay, you can name more than one)
It's good that I can name more than one because I have a lot to list! Almost every book I've read in the past 2 years has had a strong heroine; narrowing it down will be the problem.
#1 - Peyton Giles - Gravity by M. Leighton
On her 18th birthday, Peyton Giles finds out her life is not what she thought it was - and neither is every person in her small town of Two Lakes. After a bizarre episode of repeating the same day twice, Peyton learns more about this weird connection to her brother's best friend and the creatures that reside within everyone in town. She shows courage, guts and angst all in perfect measure. The twists within the book show Peyton as a normal teenager with extraordinary abilities. The decisions she makes show how strong of a character she is and her stand at the end shows there is a lot more to come from this character.
#2 - Rosemarie Hathaway - Vampire Academy
Rose Hathaway is one kick ass dhampir. Even though she ran away with her best friend, only to be dragged back to the Vampire Academy, she did so with a very valid reason. She loves her friends, loves her mentor completely, and has a huge attitude - and don't even mention her mother to her. But even though Rose is training to be a guardian and quickly becomes top of her class once again, she usually acts without thinking and pays the consequences later. Rose development throughout the six book series shows a young girl growing up into a young woman and I have laughed, cried, cheered and yelled with her along the way many times.
#3 - Maximum Ride - the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson
Max starts out as a fourteen-year-old kid living on the streets with her "siblings": Fang, Angel, Gazzy, Nudge and Iggy. All of them have one special ability in common - they were genetically engineered to fly and have various sized wings growing out of their back. Max is the leader of her flock and though not everyone agrees with the heart wrenching decisions she has to make along the way, they all follow her (until late in the series). I have grown up with these books and feel like these kids are my own. Max is a strong character who faces adversity at every turn, including flying beasts called Erasers and having to defeat evil bad guys like the Uber Director. Max always does what she thinks if best for her flock, looking out for them before herself. I love these kids!
#4 - Kate Mercier - Die For Me by Amy Plum
This book has been on a few lists of mine and for good reason - it's just that good! One thing that makes it that good is the main character, Kate Mercier. She and her sister just lost their parents and have to live in Paris with their grandparents. While her sister Georgia parties it up and goes on with her life, it takes Kate a while to get there. But when she does, she finds herself thrust into a world she never knew existed - with a boyfriend who shouldn't even be real. The fact that Kate stands strong despite all the adversity she faces makes me relate to her and want to keep reading. Kate is also a typical teenager, getting upset when I thought she should, laughing, crying - all of it. It's seeing those two sides of her so well put together that make Kate such a great heroine.
#5 - Heven - Masquerade by Cambria Hebert
I'm not adding this just to suck up to the host of this meme. ;) I truly feel that Heven is one of the strongest heroines I have read about lately. The fact that she overcomes her fear and the scars on her face shows a strength of character that some other heroines have not been able to exhibit. I enjoyed Heven's journey to self discovery and her romance with Sam. Heven faces adversity at every turn, whether it is when she avoids a mirror, has to sub on the cheer squad, or has her mother telling her she's evil, Heven comes through it stronger than when we first meet her. It is that strength that I admire. Also, the fact that she takes the changes in her life with such grace is just awesome. I don't know that I would be able to live through everything Heven goes through and come out a stronger person.
There you have it, everyone! So how about you; who are your favorite heroines?