Day 8 of the 12 Days of Christmas (Eight Maids Kick-Assing)
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On the eighth day of Christmas, Jessica recommended to me...
Eight Maids Kick-Assing
Celaena Sardothian, Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
First of all, Celaena is an assassin, which is way awesome in itself. She has been brought out of the salt mines to compete to be the King’s Champion, a role she may not want, but one she needs to survive and gain her eventual freedom. She is a complete badass. She just is. She is strong, cunning, precise, and has been hardened by her experiences and losses. Just when we see her to start to soften and open herself up to love, everything comes crashing down around her and her ruthlessness made me cringe. There is so much to Celaena than meets the eye and when you discover that she’s not just an ordinary girl, your mind is blown. In the most recent book, we see a broken woman rise up from the ashes like a phoenix and I was left in awe of her resilience and strength. She is always the first person I think of when someone asks me who I would consider a strong heroine.
Mercy Thompson, The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
In a world of supernatural beings, Mercy isn’t really all that special. She’s a shifter, but really has no special abilities- not like the werewolves, vampires, or fae she finds herself amongst. However, because of Mercy’s associations with these mythical creatures, she often finds herself in some pretty hot water. She is such an admirable character though. She puts others’ needs and well-being first. She is tough as nails and I really liked that about her- even when she’s been completely broken down , she still manages to pick herself back up and move forward.
Cat Crawford, Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost
Cat is a half-vampire who is hell bent on destroying the undead forces in hopes she will find her father- the vampire who hurt her mother and ruined her life. Along the way she meets Bones, an incredibly alluring, sexy vampire bounty hunter- she forms an unlikely partnership with the vampire- he agrees to help her find her father and she will train with him to become a lethal weapon. And boy does she! Together, these two are unstoppable! Cat is not without her flaws though. She makes mistakes and has regrets, but she still comes out stronger because of them.
Feyre, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Feyre is by far one of my favorite maids kick-assing. She’s not an assassin like Celaena, or a supernatural being like Mercy or Cat. She’s a human who is desperate to take care of her family. She is a true survivor and will do what she must to ensure they are at least fed. Feyre has incredible heart and spirit and I love the lengths she goes to for the ones she loves. With no training or special powers, she will venture into faerie lands and learn once again how to survive against a race she has been raised to loathe with every fiber of her being.
Elisa, Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson
When we first meet Elisa in The Girl of Fire and Thorns, she wasn't a very likeable protagonist. She lacked confidence in herself, felt inferior to her older sister, and felt the need to gorge on food to make herself feel better. However, after being married off and kidnapped, Elisa slowly starts to transform. After returning to the palace, Elisa is far from the same girl who was kidnapped. She has faced hardships she never dreamed of. She had to learn to survive on her own and not depend on someone else to take care of her. In The Crown of Embers, Elisa is still transforming into the woman she's meant to be. She now has a kingdom to run and has to face betrayal at every turn, not knowing who she can truly trust. She also sets out on quest to discover the true nature of the Godstone she carries. I love how unyielding Elisa becomes in The Bitter Kingdom. She vows to rescue Hector and makes decisions for the good of her kingdom and her people. Yet, she also manages to secure her happiness as well- which let's face it- she deserves! What I absolutely loved the most about Elisa was the fact that she learned to feel beautiful in her own skin. It doesn't matter what anyone else but her thinks and I think that really shows maturity on her part. Sure, Hector finds her beautiful, but what's important is that she finds herself beautiful.
Kaliope, Goddess Wars trilogy by Trisha Wolfe
Kaliope is one kick ass female and you all know by now how much I love fierce, strong protagonists in my books. Kaliope has gone through some major trials in her past and still bears a heavy burden. She feels that her clamp in her chest is a curse, where her mother had always praised the goddess that it was a gift. Not many know of the stolen mercury that runs through her blood and Kaliope prefers to keep it that way. She serves as one of the Empress's Protectors and she puts duty and honor above all else. Upon receiving a promotion to be the leader of the prestigious Nactue Guard, her first assignment is to protect a prince (the last of his line) from a neighboring kingdom. I loved how devoted Kal was to her friends and her fellow Protectors. She was always willing to put herself at risk for the sake of others and I think that right there tells you just what kind of person Kal really is. Up until the very end, Kaliope is willing to make the hard sacrifices to protect the ones she loves.
What one word would I use to describe Kal? Resilient.
What one word would I use to describe Kal? Resilient.
Sydney Sage, Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead
Sydney definitely doesn’t start off as someone I’d consider to be very kick ass. However, her character goes through so much development and her once solid beliefs are rocked to the very core, forcing her to reexamine her life and the job she’s been doing for the Alchemists.
I was so proud of Sydney though in the most recent book, Silver Shadows. She is resilient! No matter how many times people try to break her, she just won't be broken and I really admired her for the way she handled her situation. It takes her awhile to accept the fact that she needs to play the game in order to be free. Sydney doesn't want to play the game. She has finally become her own person and has her own thoughts and beliefs. The last thing she wants to do is pretend she's complacent and agreeable. Sydney is smart though and she realizes she must do what she needs to if she wants to escape.
Lela Santos, Guards of the Shadowlands trilogy by Sarah Fine
I love Lela. She is such an awesome protagonist. She is fierce, strong, and determined. She has dealt with some serious stuff after having grown up in the foster care system and having dealt with a certain less than desirable foster situation. She keeps people at a distance and is not overly emotional (she does NOT like to be touched). Nadia was the first person she let in- the first person to know all the shit she's endured and the first person who actually cared about her.
Lela has changed a lot since we first met her in the first novel. A lot of it has to do with Malachi, but it also has to do with her inner strength.
And there you have my eight maids kick-assing recommendations!
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