Without further ado, my list:
1. Celaena Sardothien, from Throne of Glass. Who else would I pick as my number one favourite heroine? I love Celaena because she’s so flawed and you still can’t help but love her. Also, she kicks ass.
2. Hermione Granger, from Harry Potter. Before I encountered Celaena, Hermione would have held the top spot. She showed me that being a smart, bookish girl wasn’t something to be ashamed of. And let’s be realistic here, Voldemort would have won if it weren’t for her.
4. Lúthien Tinúviel, from Tolkien’s Legendarium. When Lúthien’s father imprisons her for her own protection, she braids an enchantment into her hair to put her Elven guards to sleep. Yup, the best of King Thingol’s Elven warriors were no match for Lúthien’s mad braiding skills. She then goes after her boyfriend, Beren, who is being held prisoner by Sauron, and defeats him by singing. Does it get more badass than that?
5. Micah, from Liar. Micah isn’t a normal heroine, considering she’s a compulsive liar, but she’s the narrator and main character, so close enough for me. I love her because of her lying; she starts the book saying she will tell the truth this time, but she contradicts herself so much you have no idea what the truth IS.
7. Devi Morris, from the Paradox trilogy. I think I love Devi because she’s so unapologetic. She knows what she wants and she goes and gets it, even if the means are unsavoury. Yet she still has lines she won’t cross, and you know people should really think twice when the mercenary tells them they’re out of line.
8. Catherine Morland, from Northanger Abbey. Catherine doesn’t get much love for an Austen heroine, but I think she’s my favourite. Perhaps it’s because I can relate to her love of reading and her rather foolish wish that life was more like fiction. She’s the kind of protagonist I view almost like a young protégé; I, too, was like that once, but I’ve grown and so, too, does the protagonist through the story.
10. Rose Hathaway, from Vampire Academy. Her entire life, Rose has been taught to put the Moroi vampires first, and when it comes to her best friend, Lissa, this is an easy thing to do. But there’s no way in hell Rose will do something she doesn’t want to 😉