Some days I sit down at my computer with a blog post idea all sorted out in my brain and ready to write. Some days I wander around the house trying to get inspired for something to post about.
Other days, I’m 99% sure that my brain invents ingenious ideas just to give me an excuse to read all day.
On that note, today I’m going to be talking about warrior women in fiction! One of the warrior women I particularly wanted to mention is right at the end, and I’ll explain my introduction then, so hang in for that story. (The header image is a hint. 😏)
A couple of the books I’ve read lately have had some great female characters, and I’m always inspired to see them written well in YA, so let’s dive right in and talk about a few of the inspiring (and sadly fictional) ladies—in no particular order and only from books I’ve read in the 6-7 months, just to narrow it down. Click on the book titles to read my full reviews!
This was actually my first taste of Melanie Dickerson’s books and it wasn’t exactly what I had originally expected, but I still definitely enjoyed it. While the second half of the book was overtaken by more romance and less plot than I would’ve liked, I loved the first part of the story.
Mulan is quite similar to the good old disney character. She has immense love for her mother and a desire for freedom beyond the limits of the culture’s expectations. She’s courageous enough to let that love take her all the way to the battlefield.
Emma is such an amazing character. Her determination and spirit was so beautiful and inspiring. She wasn’t defenseless or weak, but she was still feminine at the same time and that was wonderful to see in the world of modern YA fiction that says female characters cannot possibly be physically weak.
It was amazing to read and witness her inner strength and courageousness.
El’s story is always encouraging for me. It’s not about physical strength or so much about being ‘strong’ and ‘independant’ as it is about being you. Having the courage to look in the mirror and love whatever you see.
El starts off knowing she could never be beautiful because of the birthmark on her face. She grows to accept it as part of her. To see beyond the mark on her skin and to see the beautiful woman she already was, and that courage to accept herself makes her all the more beautiful.
Rhen Tellur and Seleni Lake
Finally the ladies I mentioned right at the beginning.
I just recently got an e-ARC for Mary Weber’s upcoming book, To Best the Boys. I hadn’t read anything of Mary’s before, but I’d been meaning to for ages, and I was really looking forward to TBTB because it looked amazing. (And the cover was stunning, so who am I to resist? 😅) So when I got the chance, I snagged an ARC and promptly devoured it.
Almost as soon as I started, I wanted to talk about the main character. The only problem was that I was only four chapters in this morning and I couldn’t really do a ‘mini review’ without having finished it.
So guess what I did today? I read To Best the Boys. 😆
Rhen Tellur is the main character and let me tell you. She. Is. Amazing. She’s strong, untameable, not defined by what people think she should be or she should do. And quickly after her is her best friend and cousin, Seleni Lake. She’s so different, but so strong and beautiful in her own way.
This book really encompassed how women are called to different things. There’s no shame in a woman like Rhen who is incredibly gifted at science and maths, and there’s no shame in a woman like Seleni who wants to be a wife and a mother. It was amazing to see that shown in YA fiction, and I’d love to see it more often.
When I finished reading, I was just so overwhelmed by how encouraged, how uplifted, and how motivated I was. It was beautiful and everything about the story was so vibrant and full of life right from the first page.
I love being able to leave a book feeling inspired and ready to tackle whatever life might throw next. Fiction might be fiction, but it can still be so encouraging. 😉
Your turn! What fictional people inspire you? Are there any fictional ladies (or guys) that have changed the way you think about something? Have you read any of the books I mentioned?