Tagged with heroines

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I go bananas for books featuring female characters with agency. I go crazy for stories where the heroine’s story is her own, and she isn’t immediately (or at any point of the journey) chasing after a male stud. I go berserk for novels where the ‘strong’ female lead is something other than an Arthurian / … Continue reading

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

*It is known* that I’m not the biggest fan of contemporary YA fiction around here. Actually, that’s kind of an understatement. Until recently I pretty much avoided this sub-genre like the annoying popular clique at my high school. Rolling my eyes as mentions of it passed me by on twitter, and scurrying down back alleys … Continue reading

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Elisa is not your typical heroine. She is overweight, plain, a bookworm who is unsure of herself and lingers in the shadows of her confident older sister. She would be completely overlooked were it not for the fact that she’s a godstone bearer, someone who is born once every hundred years with a magical gem … Continue reading

Great Women in History: Astrid Lindgren

Great Women in History: Astrid Lindgren

Growing up with a Swedish mother, my sister and I were fortunate enough to be indoctrinated in to all things Astrid Lindgren related, from a very young age. We had hand me down copies of all of her books, dog-eared and crinkled with time. Our mother handmade us dolls of our favorite characters. We were … Continue reading

A Great and Terrible Beauty

A Great and Terrible Beauty

Reading A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, I knew I was going to get a page turning ‘corset drama’ about young women at a Victorian boarding school in England who dabble in the Occult; what I didn’t know I’d get, was a fairly sensitive articulation of the complex struggles that girls entering adulthood … Continue reading