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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books For People Who Like Kirstin Cashore

It’s Tuesday again and over at The Broke and the Bookish that means it’s time for another Tuesday Top Ten! This week’s topic is the Top Ten Books For People Who Like Kristin Cashore,

Kristin Cashore is the author of three novels: Graceling, Fire and Bitterblue. All of  Cashore’s novels are set in an interweaving fantasy world and all three feature an incredibly strong female protagonist. If you know me at all, or you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know that’s one of my main criteria for selecting a book. I know that there are plenty of people out there who love the Bella’s of the literary world, but that’s just not me.

So, here are ten books for people who love Kristin Cashore’s strong, sassy females!

1. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKInley. I talk about this book ALL THE TIME and that’s because, really, it’s amazing. Aerin is one of my all time favorite fantasy characters and she is one hell of a girl, but at the same time she is human and has her flaws. She fights for her crown, she fights against the expectation placed on her and she fights for love. Oh and did I mention that there are dragons? Cause there totally are.

2. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce. The this expertly executed retelling of Little Red Riding Hood  gives you two completely different, yet equally strong women. In alternating chapters you’re given a look at sisters Scarlett and Rosie March. Scarlett’s strength lays in the gift she’s been given while Rosie’s strengthallows her to forge a different path for herself.

3. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. A work of epic fantasy Pullman’s Lyra is stubborn, headstrong, independent, often reckless, spoiled, bratty and yet still completely lovable. If you loved Graceling and Katsa, the often difficult to love heroine, then Lyra is sure to charm your heart.

4. Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley. Another one of McKinley’s fairy tale retellings, this one gives a unique look at the Sleeping Beauty story. This story gives us two strong women who fall on each end of the social conventions spectrum, Rosie is more likely to wear pants and work on whittling spindle ends while Peony is shown wearing dresses and practicing embroidery. There’s no right or wrong way to be an independent female in YA and McKinley shows that here.

5. Vampire Academy and Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. Another series of books where you see two equally strong and independent woman, who are very different personality wise. Rose is the punch first, ask questions never type of female protagonist, while Sydney is more analytical, methodical and has to always have a plan for everything. I love both of these characters and I think it’s important to how teens that there is no right or wrong way to be a strong woman.

6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. A bit of a departure from Kristin Cashore’s world of fantasy, Anna is set solidly in the “real” world but she is every bit as fierce and determines as the heroines you encounter in the fantasy worlds. The spunky protagonist of this story will easily steal your heart and leave you with an Anna shaped hole when the book ends.

7. Goose Girl  by Shannon Hale. At first glance Ani does not fit the mold of strong and sassy female, she’s a princess who is soft-spoken and socially awkward, not exactly traits that help someone run a kingdom. But when things spiral out of control and ANi is forced to take a different path than the one that was laid out for her she shows jsuthow strong she truly is.

8. Belles by Jen Calonita. Another contemporary book, but one that I feel absolutely needs to be mentioned. Isabelle lives with her grandmother and has been her main caretaker ever since she started rapidly decking health wise. While doing this she manages to hold a job and swim for the local swim team. It takes a strong person to be able to patiently care for someone in her grandmother’s state and it’s easy to see that Izzie is made of seriously strong stuff.

9. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. Not your typical strong heroine, Liesel is a foster child living with a family near Munich in the middle of World War 2. She’s strong willed and that helps keep her alive through the war and she has a thirst for knowledge that drives her to read everything she can find or steal. There are a lot of things thrown at Liesel over the course of the novel and it is only her inner strength that gets her through.

10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I know, I know, everyone has read this already. But on the tiniest of off-chances that you’re one of the select few that hasn’t, I suggest you take some time and get acquainted with Katniss. She’s feisty, loyal, strong willed and determined. She’s willing to sacrifice everything just to save her family.  Katniss is a prime example of kick butt women in YA fiction.

What other books would you add to this list? I’m sure there are some strong females that I left off, so let me know in the comments!

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: June 20, 2012: Fathomless by Jackson Pearce

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly me hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine (gotta love the name!). The idea is that it spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. So, here is my pick for the week:

Fathomless
by Jackson Pearce
Publication Date: September 4, 2012

From Amazon:
Celia Reynolds is the youngest in a set of triplets and the one with the least valuable power. Anne can see the future, and Jane can see the present, but all Celia can see is the past. And the past seems so insignificant — until Celia meets Lo.

Lo doesn’t know who she is. Or who she was. Once a human, she is now almost entirely a creature of the sea — a nymph, an ocean girl, a mermaid — all terms too pretty for the soulless monster she knows she’s becoming. Lo clings to shreds of her former self, fighting to remember her past, even as she’s tempted to embrace her dark immortality.

When a handsome boy named Jude falls off a pier and into the ocean, Celia and Lo work together to rescue him from the waves. The two form a friendship, but soon they find themselves competing for Jude’s affection. Lo wants more than that, though. According to the ocean girls, there’s only one way for Lo to earn back her humanity. She must persuade a mortal to love her . . . and steal his soul.

This is the last book in Jackson Pearce’s fairy tale retelling series, the others are Sisters Red and Sweetly, and the series is simply amazing. The series is rather loosely centered around some of the Reynolds children, but you can read them in any order or pick and choose which one interests you the most.

Pearce puts an interesting spin on the fairly tales that we all gew up with as children. She puts a paranormal spin on the traditional stories while still staying rather grounded in modern society. I know it sounds difficult to do, but she manages it and she does it WELL. If you’re into paranormal fantasy or just really love fairy tales this is definitely a series worth looking into.

 

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Upcoming Author Events in Atlanta!

So, I’m pretty horrible about remembering to check the local bookstores for upcoming author events and as a result I’ve missed out on some pretty awesome opportunities.

HOWEVER, I totally lucked out this week. Like, really truly lucked out. Go me. On Sunday I was wandering around the internet and checked the website for Little Shop of Stories ( a fantastic local children’s bookstore in downtown Decatur) and to my pleasant surprise saw that Jackson Pearce, Elizabeth Eulberg, and Jen Calonita will be there on Sunday May 6th!

I heard Jackson Pearce speak at Dragoncon last fall and I’m super excited about her new book, Purity. I can’t wait to hear her talk about it and explains her thoughts behind the story. I recently read two other books by Pearce Sweetly and Sisters Red and I cannot recommend them enough. The last book in that “trilogy”, Fathomless, will be out this fall as well and I have high hopes for it!

I haven’t read any books by Elizabeth Eulberg or Jen Calonita, but I’m sure I’ll pick up copies of their newest releases while I’m at the store for the event. I’ve heard good things about both writers so I’m sure it will be worth the purchase!

Then, just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I saw that Jane O’Connor, author of the Fancy Nancy books, will be at the Little Shop of Stories the previous Friday evening (May 4th)! Anyone who has young girls or works in an elementary school library knows about Fancy Nancy and her delightful voice and vocabulary. I’ll admit I’m incredibly excited to meet the author and grab a couple of the newest Fancy Nancy books to share with a few of the munchkins I play Aunt to :-).

If any local book bloggers will be at either event let me know, I’d love to meet up and hang out!

 
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Posted by on 24 April, 2012 in Events

 

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