Favorite Heroines Giveaway Hop

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The Favorite Heroines Giveaway Hop is organized by The Herd Hops and hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup.

What makes a heroine? There are all sorts of ways to be a heroine. There are warrior heroines and princess heroines (sometimes those two things are combined) but there are also plenty of other ways.

In fantasy there is always the option of the wizard/sorceress/enchantress heroine. You know, someone who can light lamps with the flick of her fingers – or set the entire world on fire.

Contemporary stories also provide different ways to be a heroine – women can save lives through medicine or crime-fighting (or fire-fighting). Or they can just be the heroine for their own families or neighborhoods.

fellowship of the ring by tolkien old paperbackWhen I first read The Lord of the Rings, I was in grade school. I remember being annoyed because there were no women on that epic quest. I wanted there to be someone I could identify with in that motley crew. At the time, I was particularly wishing for a female wizard, but I could be flexible about it.

It’s 40 years later, and I’m still pissed that there was no kick-ass warrior woman on that journey.

On the other hand, I think that Harry Potter (and Ron Weasley) would have died an ignominious death early in The Sorceror’s Stone without Hermione. And I know I’m not the only one who thinks that. (But why she ended up with Ron I’ll never understand.)

talon of the hawk by jeffe kennedyJeffe Kennedy’s recent Twelve Kingdoms series features three different types of heroines – the oldest sister is the warrior princess, the middle sister is the magic practitioner, and the youngest sister becomes a goddess avatar. But they are all active heroines with agency. They also do a kick-ass job of showcasing the power of sisterhood.

I play videogames, and the Dragon Age series also contains a terrific group of different types of active and action heroines as well as allowing the player to choose the sex, race and job classification of their player/character hero or heroine. There is a scene early in Dragon Age: Inquisition where Cassandra, the warrior woman and Leliana, the spymistress, turn over the reins of power in a very public ceremony. When the player is female, the scene of two powerful women handing over those reins of power to a third equally powerful woman gives me chills every single time. (If you are curious, the sequence of events is captured in this Youtube vid)

And now it’s time for you to tell everyone who your favorite heroine (of any kind) is. Answer the question in the rafflecopter for your chance at either a $10 Gift Card or a book of your choice ($10 or under) from The Book Depository.

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80 thoughts on “Favorite Heroines Giveaway Hop

  1. Sahar from If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan is my favorite because she can love the woman of her dreams with the determination and passion with which she throws herself into her own love story.

  2. I love Mercy thompson from Patricia briggs series because she is strong willed, determined and fight for what she believe in but she still can be compasionate

  3. Kate Daniels from Ilona Andrews 🙂 she’s so badass and does magic! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I love so many it’s kinda pathetic but I totally just fangirl flailed when you mentioned Dragon Age. The women of the Inquisition are so well portrayed. Loved that game.

  5. At the top of my list are Kate Daniels, Eve Dallas, and Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight Mountains of Despair in the Far Reaches of the Steppes of the Outerplains. Oh, and Livy Kowalski, I keep wanting to forget about her. I enjoy heroines who won’t take any ish off anybody.

  6. I have to say Eve Dallas from JD Robb’s In Death series. She’s strong, can fight as well as any man and heaads the Homicide unit she works iat with all the respect due her.
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  7. I just came from a blog who reminded me why I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer so much. I’ll also add Xena to the list. Any female who has snark and can fight is on my list.

  8. I like Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher, RG Alexander’s Aziza Jane, and Mary Hughes’ Nixie. They’re all witty, bright, and compassionate!

  9. I love Eve Dallas from the In Death series by JD Robb (aka Nora Roberts). She overcame a bad beginning to become the woman she is.

  10. it was kira neryes from star trek: ds9. she is a well rounded heroine who looked after herself in a no nonsense way

  11. It’s interesting how I associate heroines with the paranormal. In reality we have so many in everyday life. I once met Gloria Steinem at a conference and told her she was one of my heroines because she bravely moved forward in a man’s world. It wasn’t until after, when I worked as a phone tech in the 1970s that I realized how brave early feminists really were!

  12. Buffy. She carried the weight of the world on her shoulders but always confronted her problems with confidence and competence.

  13. I liked Lena from Delirium but especially in Pandemonium & Requiem. She grew so much in the trilogy!

  14. My favorite heroine is Anne from Anne of Green Gables because she made her own way even though other people didn’t agree with her decisions.

  15. I love the strong willed, independent and snarky heroines. The ones who can hold their own in a man’s world. Some of my favorites are Kate Daniels, Mercy Thompson and Nix.
    Love the Dragon Age series, it’s one of my favorites. Playing a strong female lead in games is the best and Bioware does it well. Loved my heroine in Mass Effect also, my Fem Shep kicked a$$.

  16. I have 2 favorites right now, both in series: Mercy Thompson from Patricia Briggs’ novels that start with Moon Called, and Toby Daye from Seanan McGuire’s fantastic series about the Fae in San Francisco. Both are strong women with some magic powers due to their heritage!

  17. Lucy from Love, Lucy by April Lindner because she took risks and went on an amazing trip!

    Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses because she is amazing! She loves her family, she’s spunky, and she will do anything to protect those she loves.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. Currently I’m reading the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas and I am just loving butt-kicking, emotionally repressed Celaena Sardothian. I love that she is strong and independent but also full of flaws and has many personal issues to resolve. Her character has such depth, just like real people. She struggles with doing what is right in the face of her own fears and demons.

  19. My favorite heroine is a toss up between Kami Glass from Sarah Rees Brennan (The Lynburn Legacy series) and Tris (Divergent series). Thanks for the great giveaway!! 😀

  20. My favorite heroines are loyal and loving. They have a smart mouth and take no stuff from anyone .Even if they are physically weaker, they are able to give as good as they get (at least verbally) LOL. My favorites are: Annwyl the Bloody from G.A. Aiken’s Dragon Actually, Keely Walsh Maddox from Monette Michael’s Eye of the Storm, Jessica Ward Smith from Shelly Laurenston’s The Beast In Him, Desiree “Dez” MacDermot Llewellyn from Shelly Laurenston’s The Mane Event, Sissy Mae Smith from Shelly Laurenston’s The Mane Attraction, Maya Josephs O’Connell from Celia Kyle’s Ridgeville series, Dagmar Reinholdt from G. A. Aiken’s What a Dragon Should Know, and Talaith from G. A. Aiken’s About A Dragon.

    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
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  21. My favorite heroine are Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass), Tris (Divergent), and Katniss (The Hunger Games).

  22. I really like Dela Reese from Marjorie M Liu’s Tiger Eye. She’s strong and independent and rescues the hero.

  23. Maxine Kiss from Marjorie M. Liu’s Hunter Kiss series. She is loyal to those she considers hers, fiercely. She has a personal code of honor. She does not apologize for doing what must be done in order to survive.

  24. Hermione Granger, when i was a kid i want be like her. because she is super smart, loyal, brave, and etc, she is awesome

  25. I really like Cat from the Night Huntress series for no other reason than she’s cool :p

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  26. I have so many favorite heroines, my newest crush is Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas because she is willing to sarcafice herself to save her family many many many times over!

  27. My favorite right now is Charley Davidson from the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones. She is feisty and has my sense of humor!

  28. My favorite heroine is Blue Sargent from The Raven Cycle! She is my favorite because she doesn’t need a man or powers to be successful.

  29. Kate Daniels, Charlie Davidson and Eve Dallas are just a few at the top of my list! They are all amazing heroines and keep me coming back for more again and again! There is no better sign of a great heroine that!

  30. I love all heroines from Stacy Eaton’s books – they are strong willed, smart and sexy!

  31. Rose from Vampire Academy. I love her because she cares so much about others, but she’s also badass, full of sass and pretty much awesome!

  32. Claire Danvers from Morganville Vampires because, even though she’s not necessarily strong, she’s very intelligent. Thanks for the giveaway!

  33. Yelena from the Study series. She had a rough life but can still love and trust.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  34. Rachel Morgan from the Hollows series by Kim Harrison is one of my favorite heroines. She is smart, brave, and has a snarky sense of humor.

  35. My favorite heroine is Kahlan Amnell from the Sword of Truth series. She may have a mind destroying power but since it’s taxing after use she has to rely on her mind when fighting against warriors and magical beings.

  36. Kate Daniels is my favorite heroine, but I have a number of others I particularly enjoy, such as Mercy Thompson and Charley Davidson.

  37. Kate Daniels. Mostly because she’s tough as nails, but also compassionate. She does the right thing, even when it’s to her detriment and goes against all her early training.

    (BTW, Marilyn, thanks for using that early Fellowship of the Ring cover in your post. That’s the version I first read and I could kick myself for giving my copies away. I wish I could find a set with those covers–or even the old poster of all 3 that I had on my wall!)

  38. I think mine would have to be Lisbeth Salander from the girl with the dragon tattoo. Her character overcomes so much and she is very strong.

  39. My favorite is Kaylee from the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent. She is fierce, loyal and brave.

  40. Mercy Thompson from the series by Patricia Briggs. She’s smart and kicks a$$ while still being nice.

  41. Kate Daniels. Not only can she kick butt but she’s loyal, fierce and determined. Thanks for the giveaway!

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