Too much badass heroines....

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Too much badass heroines....

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Edited: Aug 26, 2012, 6:43pm

Hi all!
I can't help myself but lately I've been so annoyed with some heroines. The type with leather pants who fights alot and is supercool, sexy and some kind of warrior, protector, murderer or out for some bloody revenge.
I would love some recommendations on more "normal" heroins series or novels. Maybe historical supernatural, paranormal..?


Aug 26, 2012, 4:44am

You might find the heroines in Kim Wilkins' stories more to your liking.

Aug 31, 2012, 8:35pm

Thank you, I'm gonna check it out!

Jul 18, 2013, 12:39pm

I love badass heroines. My favorite is Suzie Shooter from The Nightside series by Simon R. Green.

Jul 19, 2013, 4:45am

Try The Sharing Knife series by Lois McMaster Bujold - the main character is a farm girl and very human. It's fantasy with a fascinating world that is very well built.

Jul 26, 2013, 8:29pm

Rachel Morgan from the Hollows by Kim Harrison -- yeah, she might wear leather pants but she catches crap for her horrible fashion sense through out most of the series. She's kind of badass normal and goes through A LOT of character growth through out the series. IT really is a great series and like most great series out there you might not believe it by the first book. It took me a few tries to get through it but as soon as it did I couldn't have been happier, awesome awesome awesome.

Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, another subtle badass and excellent series.

KATE DANIELS by Ilona Andrews - she is the queen of badass and will continue to put all other heroines to shame.

These are the kind of heroines that earn the title, no overly sexy acts of stupidy here. just pure awesome.

Jul 26, 2013, 9:50pm

Actually, I like the camp of the early Hollows books, so I don't think they need be off-putting, but in any event, the series gets more "serious" as it goes on. My own Number One XXXOOO, though, is Ivy rather than Rachel.

The Mercy Thompson books are excellent too, although I haven't gotten into the companion Alpha and Omega series, but even though they're the same universe the two series don't have to be read together.

Need we say, both series (and especially "The Hollows") should be read in strict order of publication.

I'm also hoping Cherie Priest continued with her Cheshire Red series, but she may be letting it slide in favor of some of her more popular steampunk. I got introduced to Priest through her Eden Moore series, but I wouldn't necessarily call Eden "kick ass."

Aug 1, 2013, 9:16pm

The Unholy Ghost series by Stacia Kane. The main character is a very unlikely heroine. You have to get past her self destructive drug abuse, but otherwise she's more of a "real" person and very likeable. I think there are 5 or 6 in that series.

Aug 3, 2013, 11:54pm

For some reason, Rachel Morgan reminds me of Stephanie Plum from Janet Evanovich's books.

I love the Mercy Thompson series. I think her independence and brains make her badass. She knows she's not the biggest dog in the fight, so to speak, so she has to be the smartest and make bigger friends.

Aug 4, 2013, 8:12am

I've got to add Paladin of Souls to the list. I just re-read it and it the main character, while not ordinary, most definitely does not kick ass; she second-guesses herself and couldn't win a fistfight if she ever got into one.

This is one of my all-time favorite books and a lot of what I love is the non-kick-assness of the heroine.