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I struggled a little bit with this week's topic--Top Ten Books to Read if You Like (insert popular book or author here)--simple because I couldn't think of ten books that were similar to one. I was attempting to compile one list when I got an idea for another based on one of the books on said list: Code Name Verity. I couldn't possibly think of ten books (that I've read, at least) about war and strong friendships and that's written in letters and features flying and all that jazz. But I could think of ten books that, like Code Name Verity (which I loved, by the way) featured strong women in difficult situations who were able to fend/care for themselves and knocking down female boundaries. I've purposely excluded some bigger, more obvious books like Throne of Glass, The Hunger Games, and the Lunar Chronicles. The following ten books feature female characters who can kick ass and defy the standards placed on them.
[Goodreads | Review] Victoria exists in 1909 London, a time when ladies were married of for a good pairing and certainly didn't draw nudes--or pose as one herself--for art. But what Victoria wants is art, plain and simple. In A Mad, Wicked Folly, Victoria will push against society to do what she wants to do--not what they want her to.
[Goodreads | Review] Kate lives in a time where the dirty work is for the boys. But when her father is murdered, she decides to take matters into her own hands and head down the road for revenge. She'll pose as a boy to do it, but she'll do what it takes to seek vengeance.
[Goodreads] Lila Bard simply wants to see the world before she dies. But that's hard to accomplish in her London and as a girl, so she masquerades as a boy, and wears an actual mask as she tries to get by on thievery. The thing about Lila, however, is that she doesn't take no for an answer.
[Goodreads | Review] Sophie is a young girl stuck in the war-filled Congo. In order to get to safety, she has traverse dangerous terrain, but with the help of a young bonobo named Otto. Together, they risk their lives in order to survive--and it's a remarkable story.
Elisa de Riqueza
[Goodreads | Review] I've always seen Elisa as a simple, somewhat average girl with the fortune/misfortune of having power and the potential for greatness stowed upon her. Throughout the entirety of this series, she defies and odds and fights. I love that she's simple and average, because she can be that and still kick some serious ass.
[Goodreads | Review] Penryn is really just a human girl. But it just so happens that her world has been taken over by destructive angels of the apocalypse. Penryn doesn't like that, and she just wants to protect her sister, so she'll do what it takes in order to keep the people she loves safe (and she's a total badass).
Ismae & Sybella
[Goodreads | Review | Goodreads | Review] (I still haven't read Mortal Heart, or it would probably be on here.) What I love about this series is that it pulls these girls from such shitty situation and teaches them to fight back. Ismae and Sybella kick ass in their own ways, and they are both such strong women who fight for what's right--and themselves.
[Goodreads | Review] Scarlet would probably fit in with the girls from the His Fair Assassins trilogy (above). She dresses like a boy--and pretends to be Will Scarlet--so that she can join be a member of Robin Hood's Merry Gang and play like the boys do. She can shoot an arrow and throw a knife and fight for the people, and, you guessed it, she's a badass.
[Goodreads] I almost didn't put Claire on this list, but then I realized she totally fits. I mean, she's like sixteen and already in college (hey, bullies), and she lives in a town run by vampires. But little Claire will still carry a stake and tell of the vamps, and she will go to school and get As, vampires be damned.
[Goodreads | Review] Lottie might be the youngest girl on this list, but she might also be the strongest. You see, Lottie sacrifices a lot not so much for herself, but to try and save her dying best friend. And if you ask me, that's a whole other level of bravery and defiance.
(I totally forgot about the Gone series, so insert like every girl in that series here.)