HCC Frenzy's Favourite YA Heroines!

It’s wonderful to say that we’re in an age where there are no shortage of fantastic heroines! YA author, Rae Carson, listed the Fierce Female Inspiration that has helped model her own characters.  Her post inspired us to celebrate girl power and share our top ten favourite heroines with you!

1. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I wouldn’t want to get on her bad side! Katniss is the main character of The Hunger Games trilogy and when she’s not participating as a tribute fighting to the death, she enjoys hunting with her bow and arrow.
“Technically, I am unarmed. But no one should ever underestimate the harm that fingernails can do. Especially if the target is unprepared.”

2. Mackenzie “Mac” Dobson from Hemlock by Katherine Peacock

Mackenzie’s a normal girl when she’s not hunting down the werewolf that killed her best friend.
“A tornado. Something that destroyed everything in its path. A natural disaster. Me.”

3. Lynn from Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Lynn will do whatever it takes and fight every obstacle in order to survive, no matter the cost.
“Do you want to die like this?” Mother had asked, that night and every night since then.
Lynn’s answer never changed. “No.”
And Mother’s response, their evening prayer. “Then you will have to kill.”

4. Sahar from If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

Romeo and Juliet have nothing on Sahar and Nasrin. Iran is a dangerous place for two girls to fall in love, but Sahar will fight for her love, even when the path is full of thorns.
“I’ll find a way for us to be together.” I look her in the eye to let her know I mean it.

5. Mason Starling from Starling by Lesley Livingston

Supernatural forces, a dark stranger, and a horrifying family secret have suddenly put Mason in a lot of danger . Good thing she’s a champion fencer with a quick wit.
“That hallmark image of cupid as a fat cherub with arrows? I think the real cupid is some kind of psycho juvie with a taser.”

6. Hazel from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Hazel is dying, she knows it. He knows it. But it takes courage to love, and Hazel is the bravest girl you will ever meet.
“May I see you again?” he asked. There was an endearing nervousness in his voice.
I smiled. “Sure.”

7. Reena from How to Love by Katie Cotugno

Being a teenage mother is no easy thing, especially when you’re a single parent and the love of your life has walked out of your life. Yet Reena doesn’t let that pain keep her from being the best mother she can be.
“I think of how it felt to lose him, slow and painful and confusing, and how it felt to wonder if I’d ever really had him at all.”

8. Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Anne Shirley is an easy to love, classic heroine. Anything boys can do, she can do better!
“There’s such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I’m such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn’t be half so interesting.”

9. Beatrice “Tris” Prior from the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth

It takes more than a makeover to make one Dauntless. Tris never knew near-death experiences could be such an adrenaline rush!
“We both have war inside us. Sometimes it keeps us alive. Sometimes it threatens to destroy us.”

10. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

The strength of Hermione’s loyalty and her love for her friends wins us over every single time. She is a role model for every age, and the epitome of what a heroine should be.
“You said to us once before,” said Hermione quietly, “that there was time to turn back if we wanted to. We’ve had time, haven’t we?”

We hope you enjoyed our list! Let us know who your favourite heroines are on twitter @HCCFrenzy!

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