5 Great Heroines of Recent YA Fiction

In response to our post about Bella and Katniss, readers came out to let us know that there are other books with strong role models worth reading.

So, we are taking a look and giving you 5 of the best gals in YA fiction in no special order. These girls were heroines of their titles, did the best they could with difficult situations and didn’t let their surroundings decide who they are. They rose above the crowd because of their ability to keep their heads on, lead when needed, and were decent role models for young women.



 Linh Cinder –  In these sci-fi re-takes on fairy-tale characters,Marissa Meyer‘s, gives us new characters in familiar stories with The Lunar Chronicles.  Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)  Linh Cinder is a gifted young mechanic who happens to be a cyborg herself. In the fashion of Cinderella, Cinder must contend with a Step-Mother who blames her for the illness of her step-sister, dreams of a prince to save her, and chances to escape her life and become something more.

Mosca Mye –  Frances Hardinge‘s unlikely heroine in the book Fly By Night. Orphan Mosca Mye must try to survive with the help of her only friend, a goose named year old Mosca’s character is strong and determined. Blessed with the gift of reading, this young lady uses her wits to navigate a dangerous world.

Alyss Heart– Princess Alyss of Wonderland (The Looking Glass Wars) by Frank Beddor is a creative retelling of the classic story of Alice and her adventures in Wonderland.  Alyss must overcome adversities facing her in both Wonderland and London. Befriended by an aspiring author named Lewis Carrol, Alyss tells him story of her chaotic life.

Rose Hathaway -Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead. Rose Hathaway is the bodyguard and best friend of Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. Both girls are strong, fierce, and kick ass. But the character of Rose has more difficulties to face than her princess friend. Lissa who is a sweet girl who depends and trusts the links she has with Rose, who can be frustrating and difficult as she tries to prove she is a badass. I think the story has some merit, and is worth checking out.

Hermione Granger – Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.  I love Hermione. She’s witty, smart, and doesn’t need to prove that she can kill anything with her bare hands. She doesn’t lose her temper or her clothes and even as the books progress, this young woman remains a solid role model for young girls.


Who are your favorite YA heroines? Tell us about them!







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