Top Ten Tuesday: Females of YA

By: Stephanie Wyatt

My very first post on this page was a tribute to my favorite YA Bad Boys, so I thought since my birthday is this week I would list my Top Ten Favorite Females. (Spoilers Ahead)

10. Aislinn Foy (Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr)

I love novels about characters who grow up believing one thing and get forced to be in the world they despise. Aislinn Foy was probably my first introduction to that trope. She was born with the Sight and grew up fearing the fae would take her like they did her mother shortly after she was born. Then, when a summer fae named Keenan needs her help to defeat his mother and restore the seasons, she becomes a queen of the very people she ran from her entire life. I also appreciate that she kept her foot down about continuing the relationship with her human boyfriend Seth despite the fact that she was now a ruler of the fae. She performed her duty but also kept the aspects of her life that made her happy. I always admired that.

9. Cather Avery (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell)

Cather was basically me my freshman year at college. She didn’t really know who she was outside of her sister and loved writing and reading fan fiction. Throughout the novel, she finds new friends and her own voice as a writer outside of the world of fan fiction. She had to grow up way too fast and learned that she doesn’t have to look out for everyone all of the time. I think she is extremely relatable and shows it’s okay to face your demons through your art.

8. Vivian (A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sara J Maas)

Okay, so I admit that this one is weird because she’s not even in the books that much, but I love that she stood by her High Lord’s side, ran the Winter Court for him while he was away, and then got him to put a ring on it. I also love her friendship with Mor, and I want to read more about her, but I feel like that’s why fan fiction exists.

7. Cristina Mendoza Rosales (The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare)

I love how Cristina is smart. She is an incredible friend to have. She will keep all of your secrets and support you. She knows her worth and isn’t just going to sit around and wait for someone to pick her. I also love that she studies Fair Folk customs and culture because I feel like it’s the fantastic equivalent of being woke. She’s also a good Shadowhunter, which means in a fight you lose, she’ll probably help you up after.

6. Ismae (His Fair Assassin by Robin LaFevers)

Ismae is my favorite out of the series because she came from horrible conditions with no money and became a member of a convent of assassins who serve Death. She is extremely duty-bound, and as much as I love my protagonists who shy away from their duties, I appreciate those who are loyal because they are grateful. She’s stubborn, but she will do anything for the people she loves, even if it goes against her rigid belief system. She’s also immune to poison which is awesome.

5. Donna (Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr)

Donna was Keenan’s ex-girlfriend, and it was her job to stop him from finding his queen since she failed the test. Donna didn’t do that though because she loved Keenan. She wanted him to break the curse. She was just sad she wasn’t the one who could break it. She sacrificed her happiness to help the man she loved. I was happy to see a character who understood sometimes you have to make the best out of a bad situation because we usually just see happy endings for all good characters.

4. Ginny Weasley (Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling)

Ginny Weasley has been my girl ever since we first saw her whining to Molly about how she wanted to go to Hogwarts with her brothers. I appreciated as she got older she moved on to other guys instead of pining over Harry. I actually got mad at Harry in the last two books because he finally saw how awesome she was and then broke up with her. Yeah, he fixed it, but she’s a very capable witch. He should have trusted her more. I’m also happy she was a famous Quidditch player in the play because it made her famous in her own way. She was also smart without being so bossy, which is why I like her more than Hermione.

3. Katsa (Graceling by Kristin Cashore)

Katsa was born with the ability to fight anyone and win no matter the style, so her Uncle King Rand used her to solve conflicts if he needed some arms twisted. Katsa didn’t mind doing this; she was just happy to have a home. She didn’t need a man or marriage. She stumbled across the love of her life, and they’re best friends. She learned to use her gifts and not be ashamed she was different. She’s also incredibly witty and won’t hesitate to tell you off if necessary.

2. Emma Carstairs (The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare)

I love Emma because I think she’s what Clary would have been had she grown up in the Shadowhunter culture. She’s fiercely loyal to her loved ones and would do anything to keep them safe, even if it breaks her heart. I also love that she was actually close with her parents before they were murdered, that’s extremely uncommon in the genre, and it’s refreshing to see. I also love that even though she isn’t a Blackthorn by blood, she’s a Blackthorn in all of the ways that matter. She’s her own person, an amazing Shadowhunter, but she’s also just Emma Carstairs, the girl who magically friend zoned the man she loves. I think anyone can relate to that.

1. Mor (A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas)

Mor made the top of this list for a number of reasons. The first being she will respect your station, but she will call you out if you are doing something she feels is wrong. She can just hang out with the guys and can be feminine when necessary. She has had a dark past but knows when to have fun. I understand why she’s Rhys’ third. She also respects her friends’ boundaries, which I honestly didn’t expect. She’s an excellent fighter, and understands the difficulties of war. She will be hard to beat for a while I think.

Who are your favorites? Do you agree with the list? Let me know in the comments!

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