Hello everyone and happy Friday! Today I’m excited to continue the RENEGADES blog tour with my list of literary heroes. I chose to interpret this as characters who have inspired me or I’ve looked up to rather than literal heroes within their respective works.
Before I get into my list, here’s your chance to add RENEGADES to your TBR and hit that pre-order button!
by Marissa Meyer
Published on November 7, 2017 by Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Dystopian, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.
Are you excited?!
Keep reading for my list of top 10 literary heroes (or should I say heroines because they’re all women of fiction!) and don’t forget the giveaway at the bottom of the post!
Lady Trent from A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
Okay, I’m mostly including Lady Trent on my list because she was my hero for years for getting to study DRAGONS. If I had to ask for a job, fictional or otherwise, it would be hers. To travel and make new discoveries of mythical creatures sounds absolutely amazing! I think it’s the biologist in me. So while I settle for teaching science (which I do love) I will be dreaming of studying dragons.
Irene from The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
For all of those people who think libraries aren’t used, I’m laughing in your face. Because not only are libraries amazing, but this particular librarian from The Invisible Library would put y’all to shame. She’s making my list because she’s both intelligent and adventurous, the kind of person I want to be. Irene carries this understated confidence and it’s intriguing. I want to know more, I want to do what she does, to travel through different dimensions and save books. She’s a hero in her own right.
Daine from Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce
I wasn’t sure if I would include Daine on my list at first because I first loved her character because she could talk to animals and turn into animals — and I think that’s seriously so cool. If I could have any superpower, that’s what I’d want and for that I included her. I also think that her character was one that inspired me to just be myself. She’s down to earth and caring with a bit of spunk thrown in and I’ve found that I really relate to that.
Merit from Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill
This is a character who stands on her own no matter what. She isn’t afraid to learn new things but she also knows when to do what’s best for her and those she cares about rather than falter under pressure. She’s someone that you want to know, to look up to. Merit is one of those characters that I wanted to be. Kind of like when you imagine life as a celebrity.
Elle from Geekerella by Ashley Poston
This character is more of a recent addition to my list, having read the book this past year, but Elle was a character that made it okay to be a geek, to be a part of a fandom. It’s a part of my life that I’ve kept almost exclusively in the book community online because no one else in my life gets it. But seeing a story of Elle living with her fandom so close to the surface gives me hope that I can one day be passionate about my own fandoms outside the internet as she was.
Kel from First Test by Tamora Pierce
The only girl training to be a knight among the boys, Kel was a character that I instantly related to for doing what she wanted to do instead of what was expected of her. I’ve been told by friends and family that I march to my own drummer but most of the time it’s said in a way that makes me feel like it’s a bad thing. Kel showed me that it’s not, that you can overcome that and be strong by being yourself and staying true to that.
Nemesis from The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
She’s an outcast. No matter if she looks like she belongs, she doesn’t, but still manages to stay strong through it all. I needed this book in middle school and obviously it wasn’t out then because that was about 10 years ago, but I needed it. This story, this character. I needed to read about a girl who overcomes the negativity around her like Nemesis did.
Rose from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
I clearly have a thing for fierce ladies in fiction when it comes to role models. I wouldn’t say that Rose was always a character that young girls should look up to but that the same time she demonstrated the meaning of friendship time and again. She dealt with things that I’d never deal with but at the same time made it relatable and her character (as well as those books) hold a place in my heart because they shaped my years in middle school.
Hermione from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
I had to include Hermione on this list. She showed me that it’s okay to be smart. It’s okay to be curious. Where I went to school, those traits were see as weird. Bad, somehow, and I needed to see her spirit in the stories I read. Hermione was a character I saw when I was just starting middle school and everyone was picking on me for being the nerd, for loving books and reading, so reading about her made it seem like that would one day go away and got me through some tough times.
Alanna from Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
I first started reading fantasy in 3rd-4th grade and it all began with the Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce. Alanna was this fierce young girl who pursued her dream of becoming a knight and learned about herself along the way. She always seemed so fearless and brave and someone that I would have looked up to if she had been real (and still looked up to as a young reader). And for that I had to put her at the top of my list. You probably noticed she’s not the first of Pierce’s characters to make it and that’s because those books were a strong influence for me when I was younger.
So wait, what the heck does this have to do with RENEGADES? Well there happen to be two factions at work in this exciting new novel: the Renegades and the Anarchists. And they’re kind of like superheroes (but totally cooler). And now it’s your time to find out which team you REALLY belong on.
Are you a Renegade or an Anarchist?
Cast your vote with the tweet below to enter to win an ARC of RENEGADES by Marissa Meyer!
Are you a Renegade or an Anarchist?
— 🎃Frankaustine🧟♀️ (@AustineDecker) October 27, 2017