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Favorite YA Speculative Fiction Heroines

I got behind on these for various reasons but here is the next installment of my favorite heroines series. This time I'm focusing on YA Speculative Fiction Heroines. These are in addition to the ones I listed in my original favorite heroines' post. (Irene Attolia)

Roza and Petey from Bone Gap by Laura Ruby: These girls are incredibly different but both amazing in their own ways. This book is well worth reading for both of their stories.

Nix from Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge: This girl is fierce and broken and wonderful.

Natividad from Black Dog and Pure Magic by Rachel Neumeier: Natividad is so young but she is so powerful. I love how she is also one of the sweetest people there are, and I love how she wields her power carefully.

Otter and Kestrel from Sorrow's Knot by Erin Bow: These two have complementary but equally important skills and their friendship and the way they work together is beautiful.

Elisa from The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson: Elisa is a heroine who grows into her power and awesomeness. It's a delightful story to experience.

Tori from Quicksilver by R.J. Anderson: She's an engineer, a genius, and so tough and dedicated to the paths she chooses for herself it's mind-boggling.

Briony from Chime by Franny Billingsley: Briony is broken and damaged and scared, but she is also brave and smart and determined.

Tiffany Aching from The Wee Free Men (and sequels) by Terry Pratchett: Tiffany Aching is the reason the phrase "made of awesome" was born.

Sophie Hatter from Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones: Any girl who can wrangle and handle Howl is worthy of adulation.

 Other Heroine Lists: MG Speculative Fiction


Angiegirl said…
Oh, Nix. Yes, yes, yes.
Brandy said…
Nix is so complicated. I love her.

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