5 Kick-Butt YA Heroines I’m Totally Obsessed With

Everyone loves a strong female lead, and these YA books deliver! Here are my top five favorite heroines from YA books.

Katniss Everdeen: I mean… duh. The Hunger Games was the first series I practically devoured. And much of that was because Katniss was such a fascinating character. She’s clever, resourceful and skilled with a bow and arrow. Oh, and she leads a revolution. That’s pretty kick-butt in my book.

Tris Prior: As a general rule, whenever I’m talking about how much I love the Divergent series, I’m really just talking about how much I love the first and second books. If you read the third, you probably know why. That aside, Tris is practically the definition of a strong female lead. She’s physically strong and has a strong moral compass, too.

Cassie Sullivan:  Cassie is fiercely protective of her little brother. And the girl faces off against ALIENS. Need I say more?

Cinder: Cinder was a fascinating spin on the classic fairy tale. A cyborg Cinderella? Yes, please! She’s smart. She’s self-sufficient. She’s good at fixing things. And she’s full of sass.

Charlotte Holmes: Charlotte may not be leading uprisings or fighting aliens, but her clever deduction skills make her an incredibly strong female lead. I mean… she’s descended from Sherlock Holmes! And sleuthing skills definitely run in the family.


That wraps up my Top 5. And if you’re looking for your next favorite kick-butt heroine, be sure to check out Daphne in Fate Abandoned. She’s not afraid to stand up to authority. She’s amazing with a sword. And she’s determined to save her brother when he ventures on a doomed quest.

What other heroines should be on the list? Let me know in the comments below.

5 Reasons YA Books Are The Best

  1. YA books are full of raw emotion. The teen years are a time when everything feels so heightened and intense, and it feels like the stakes are so high with every little decision you make.
  2. YA books show that anyone can bring about change. Look at Katniss and Tris. If you looked at where they’d come from, you wouldn’t assume that girls from District 12 and Abnegation would end up leading revolutions. But, due to their circumstances, they became passionate about their causes and led others to stand up for what was right.
  3. YA books show the excitement of all the firsts –  a first love, a first kiss, a first heartbreak.
  4. YA characters haven’t been jaded yet. They’re not bogged down with bills, an overbearing boss or PTA meetings. Their whole lives are in front of them, and there’s excitement in knowing anything is possible.
  5. YA books are all about hope.  Hope in love.  Hope in justice. Hope in a better future. Hope that anyone can be the hero of their own story.

What are some of the reasons you love reading YA books? Let me know in the comments below.