Move over, Prince Charming! These ladies have it covered. Of course, just because these book girls don’t need a man doesn’t mean some good guys don’t show up along the way.
Don’t get us wrong, the Fifty Shades of Grey and Twilights of this world definitely have their place, but sometimes we want to read about a woman who’s independent and fierce. These ladies may have some love in their life, but it’s certainly not everything. Here are our favorite picks:
Remy from Hollowmen
Remy fights zombies better than any of the guys. As the leader of her group of humans, this girl knows how to take care of herself.
Lisbeth from The Girl
With the Dragon Tattoo
Lisbeth is the person who makes this book great. She’s such a unique character. Sure, she has some serious flaws but, at the end of the day, takes care of business on her own.
Tally from Uglies
Before Katniss from The Hunger Games, there was Tally. Uglies is one of the original heroine dystopian novels that shouldn’t be missed.
The Immortal Rules
When Allison gets turned into the thing she hates most (aka a vampire), she has to learn to navigate the new world all on her own. She’s as fierce as she is fun.
June from Legend
June is the leader in her class and mature for her age. By leader in her class, we mean in fighting. June is training to be a soldier, and she scales buildings better than anyone, except maybe the illusive rebel named Day.
Dinah from Queen of Hearts
I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this novel and, let me just say, I loved everything about Dinah. Based on the story of the queen from Alice in Wonderland, Dinah is awful yet you fall in love with her all the same.
Cassie from The 5th Wave
She may be the last person alive on the planet, but she’d make our list even if there were billions of people around.
Alanna from the Song of the Lioness series
She dresses up as a man, only to show them all up. Alanna just wants to prove herself in a world that says she can’t. Girl power all the way!
Libby from Dark Places
If you haven’t read Gillian Flynn yet, go buy a novel from her now. Her female characters are all amazing, though Libby is the one who stuck out in our minds to include on this list.
Megan from Steelheart
In a world where the superheroes are the bad guys, Megan stands up against them all. She’s kicking butt and taking names.