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Initial post: Mar 20, 2011 4:53:52 PM PDT
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Posted on Mar 22, 2011 6:56:11 PM PDT
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Posted on Mar 22, 2011 7:30:37 PM PDT
Jaime Arnold says:
My suggestions are The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford, and Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton. All three of those books have seriously kick butt heriones.

Posted on Mar 22, 2011 8:08:48 PM PDT
The Hunger Games. Don't look for anything else until you've read that series. No joke

Posted on Mar 23, 2011 8:18:25 AM PDT
Elenor says:
i feel the exact way you do. You will love Royal Blood Chronicles. Strong female characters and a new twist on vampire. I read all four books in about a week because I couldn't put them down. They are by elizabeth loraine and I just read on her facebook that book five is coming out soon. I can't wait!!!

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 8:35:47 AM PDT
Pulpman says:
Judgment on Tartarus is right up your alley. It is the story of Corona Scott on her first assingment on the space cruiser Astrella II. The story is fast paced and full of charcters you care about. It is by a new author M.R.Tighe I highly recommend it.Judgment on Tartarus

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 2:23:42 PM PDT
Wayward says:
Graceling
Dragon slippers
Most of Shannon Hale's and Robin McKinley's books...

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 4:52:45 PM PDT
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Posted on Mar 24, 2011 5:37:40 PM PDT
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K.L. Brady says:
If you like strong female characters, you'd probably love Worst Impressions: A Novel (The Jane Series). She's based on Pride & Prejudice's Lizzy Bennett. She's strong, flawed, and funny. Only 99 cents for one more week!

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 6:32:01 PM PDT
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Posted on Mar 24, 2011 6:42:05 PM PDT
Cowgirl Dreams. A strong girl who wants to ride steers in the 1920s. Base on my friend Heidi Thomas' grandmother who rode steers in Montana.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 7:05:50 PM PDT
Book nerd says:
Birthmarked! Gaia is strong and a survivor, also The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy the females are strong women who kick butt! check out my website next week for suggestions and reviews of the best YA Dystopian books out there!
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Posted on Mar 26, 2011 9:10:20 AM PDT
Check out STACY'S SONG. Stacy tells her story with humor and humility. Coming of age teen novelStacys Song
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Posted on Mar 26, 2011 9:15:40 AM PDT
J. R. Tomlin says:
I agree on the need for strong female leads. I don't say they shouldn't be interested in romance, just that they not go around swooning and pining. And that they have a backbone.

I kept those in mind when my co-author and I wrote Wings of Evil. Liada at times gets in a bit over her head, but she always has a mind of her own.

Posted on Mar 26, 2011 4:33:02 PM PDT
Susan Rose says:
Rise of the Spyres: The Beginning

Shilo is the heroine in this book.
Years ago, there were two warring races, the Telkins and the Spyres. They were unknown to humans. Both had powers. The evil Telkins cast spells on humans and turned them into slaves. The Spyres fought the Telkins. Shilo's family moved into a house in Salem, West Virginia, located below the peak of a mountain. Shilo and her twin brother, Danko grew up happily with their parents and Uncle Telius. As the twins get older, they notice peculiar activities by their parents and uncle. Uncle Telius takes custody of the twins, after their parent's tragedy. When Shilo falls in love with Trax, Telius begins acting strange and Shilo avoids Telius for a few months. Unbeknownst to Shilo, Telius was secretly watching her. He becomes overprotective and suspicious, when he discovers Trax entering a house that belongs to the Telkins. He decides to tell Shilo parts about the past. Trax had witnessed a murder and he wants to avenge his father's death. He also tells her she is a Spyre and is the only one that can save the people she cares about. Shilo can't believe what she is hearing, but she knows she has to face this new reality. There would be no turning back. Shilo was ready to fulfil her duty as a Spyre.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 1:55:33 PM PDT
Suzi Davis says:
It's already been said - but I LOVED The Hunger Games and immediately thought of it as soon as I read your discussion topic.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 2:11:30 PM PDT
Gwenn Wright says:
Katniss from the Hunger Games. LOVE HER!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2011 9:26:38 PM PDT
Amber Murphy says:
I have a hard time getting people to read that book because when they ask what it's about they always get kind of creeped out. The book is awesome though, and your recommendation is dead on! Don't bother with anything else until you've read this!!

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 2:02:47 PM PDT
I love Collins and the way that she creates complicated strong females. I actually prefer Luksa, her character from Gregor Overlander Series, over Katniss, but they are definitely both kick butt.
Dariana, the character from my book, Hotblood, Hotblood (House of Slide) starts out zombie like then becomes all Hulk after she takes this guy's soul. At that point she's violent and wishes she had a little more (ok a lot more) control over herself. She's definitely a kick butt character.
I also like characters like Kelley Armstrong's Chloe, from her Darkest Powers series who are strong internally instead of being all about how many people you can kill. Ah well, they're all good.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2011 1:44:27 PM PDT
Here's a YA paranormal romance with angels and a strong female lead! Ethereal (Celestra Series Book 1)

Blurb:

Sixteen year-old Skyla Messenger is a dead girl walking.

When her newly remarried mother moves the family to Paragon Island, to a house that is rumored to be haunted, Skyla finds refuge in Logan Oliver, a boy who shares her unique ability to read minds.

Skyla discovers Logan holds the answers to the questions she's been looking for, but Logan's reluctance to give her the knowledge she desires leaves her believing Logan has a few secrets of his own.

Skyla's bloodlines may just be connected to the most powerful angelic beings that roam the earth, and the more she knows, the more danger she seems to be in.

Suddenly an entire faction of earthbound angels wants her dead, at least she still has Logan, or does she?

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 2:23:34 PM PDT
The Daughters Walk---fantastic and I couldn't put it down

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 5:17:42 PM PDT
C Carlsson says:
In the Shadow of Ares (Amber's Mars)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2011 6:59:35 PM PDT
Amy88 says:
also check out most of Tamora Pierce's YA books; almost all have very strong heroines, no swooning, lol. I LOVE her books

Posted on Apr 4, 2011 10:51:01 PM PDT
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KCalumet says:
Love the empowerment of women on this thread, and I can't wait to read all these great stories about strong chickas! If anyone has a soft spot for young adult humor I would love some feedback on my novel, "An American Werewolf in Idaho." The lead is a sassy seventeen year old werewolf. Need I say more?

An American Werewolf in Idaho (The Barking Mad Tale of a Teenage Werewolf)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2011 3:28:15 AM PDT
Boric says:
Other books with strong female leads that I've read recently include:

Lucky Girl in Paolo Bacigalupi's "Ship Breaker"
Malian in Helen Lowe's "The Heir of Night"
Nastasia in Cate Tiernan's "Immortal Beloved"
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