Friday, May 6, 2011

Kirkus' Tough Teen Heroines [You're The Expert]

Recently, Kirkus, who bills themselves as "The World's Toughest Book Critics," (and are probably right) published a list of "Tough Teen Heroines of Science Fiction and Fantasy."

I can't say that I disagree with any of the books on the list, but I was especially thrilled to see Ai Ling from Cindy Pon's SILVER PHOENIX and Billi SanGreal from Sarwat Chadda's DEVIL'S KISS on the list.  These two get passed over a lot, and they shouldn't!

I was also totally excited to read about Misfit coming in August from Jon Skovron, author of Struts & Frets.  I hadn't heard about this one yet, and I was so excited about it that I broke my policy of no preorders to preorder the title.  To say I'm intrigued by Jael is an understatement.   Here's a little about it:
Jael Thompson has never really fit in. She's changed schools too many times to count. The only family she's ever known is her father, a bitter ex-priest who never lets her date and insists she attend the strictest Catholic school in Seattle. And her mother--well, she was a five thousand year old demon. That doesn't exactly help.

But on her sixteenth birthday, her father gives her a present that brings about some unexpected changes. Some of the changes, like strange and wonderful powers and the cute skater boy with a knack for science, are awesome. But others, like the homicidal demon seeking revenge on her family? Not so much.

Steeped in mythology, this is an epic tale of a heroine who balances old world with new, science with magic, and the terrifying depths of the underworld with the ordinary halls of high school.
The only character on the list that I didn't love was Strange Angels' Dru Anderson.  Now, I'm not saying I disagree with her being on the list.  She is definitely tough and deserves to be on the list.  I just think she'd come across tougher if the author got her firearms and tactics right.  And just because I didn't love her doesn't mean she's not someone else's fav, right?

Here are the books on the list.  Who deserves to be there and who doesn't?

Kirkus Reviews' Tough Teen Heroines of Science Fiction and Fantasy

GRACELING Kristin Cashore (Katsa)
DEVIL’S KISS Sarwat Chadda (Billi)
CITY OF BONES Cassandra Clare (Clary)
PROM DATES FROM HELL Rosemary Clement-Moore (Maggie)
THE HUNGER GAMES Suzanne Collins (Katniss)
EONA Alison Goodman (Eona)
HUNTRESS Malinda Lo (Taisin and Kaede)
SILVER PHOENIX Cindy Pon (Ai Ling)
BLEEDING VIOLET Dia Reeves (Hanna)
MISFIT Jon Skovron (Jael)
STRANGE ANGELS Lili St. Crow (Dru)
UGLIES Scott Westerfeld (Tally)

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Enbrethiliel said...


Misfit is totally intriguing. The daughter of an ex-priest and a demon??? I'm in!!!

Ashley @ Book Labyrinth said...

Well, for the ones I've read up there I totally agree with!

Alexa said...

Misfit does sound interesting I just hope that religion doesn't play a huge factor in the book. Lately all the demon stories have way too much religion in them for my taste. It is as if they are saying hey we will talk about demons but we really don't want you to think they are cool because they are bad and we will tell you the religious reasons why. I felt that is what The Demon Trapper's Daughter did and I wasn't a fan. I loved the characters but there was far too much religious influence in the book. *steps off soap box*