Jun 13, 2011

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Question – Who Are Some of Your Most Favorite Kick Ass Chicks?

I am beginning to realize that I seem to like books that have kick ass chicks as main characters.  Okay, I’ve known for a while, but I’ve only recently noticed the extent of it.  When I look at the reviews I’ve written and my to-read piles in my book closet, there is a definite trend.  Many of these books are either Urban Fantasy books that have a strong female lead or Paranormal Romance books that have a strong female lead.  And even though I have found many, I want to know more!  This leads me to my question this week:

Who are some of your most favorite kick ass chicks?

  1. There are so many, but right now the first ones that come to my mind are Kate Daniels from the kate Daniels series by İlona Andrews, Katherine “Kitty” Katt from Katherine “Kitty” Katt series by Gini Koch and Merit from Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill.
    What about yours?

  2. I love books with kick ass chicks as main characters too! Some of my favorites… Gin Blanco (aka Spider) from the Elemental Assassin series (Jennifer Estep), Rachel from The Hollows (Kim Harrison), Rose from The Vampire Academy (YA or not, that girl can kick some serious ass), Merit from The CHicagoland Vampires, Jaz from the Jaz Parks series (Jennifer Rardin), Joanna Archer from Signs of the Zodiac (Vicki Pettersson), Jane Yellowrock from the Skinwalker series (Faith Hunter)….

  3. I adore Jane True from the Tempest books by Nicole Peeler. She’s not only got some badass elemental powers – she’s hilarious and pretty much horny all the time. Reminds me of me. 😉

  4. Mercy of course…shall I really tell you all the rest? Lol, so many great kick ass chicks out there. Like Kitty Katt, Kate Daniels and all the rest

  5. My top two kick-ass chicks are Kate Daniels (previously mentioned) and Janet Begay from the AMAZING Stormwalker Series by Allyson James. She is a Native American with earth magic from her father and her mom is an evil goddess. She kicks major ass all over Arizona and even in Las Vegas! If you love Kate, you will love Janet!

  6. MichelleKCanada says:

    I love Kick Ass Chicks too! That’s one of the reasons I was drawn to your blog. I love your Blog title.
    Anyhow, I have a bit of a list and this list is in no particular order:

    Sera Ayers, who is a lieutenant in the Federation military is awesome – “Undercover” by Lauren Dane. BTW – Lauren Dane writes really good kickass chicks.

    Claire Fraser – Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. Now Claire is not a kick ass chick for fighting but rather her strength, brains, devotion and all round personality. I have a huge respect for that character.

    Cat from the Cat & Bones Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. Cat is tough, smart and yet sensual. I have a girl crush on her.

    Stephanie Plum – well she tries to be kick ass anyhow LOL She is one of my favourite fictional characters and has been is some very dangerous situations that she has managed to get herself out of.

    Great discussion topic!

  7. *Cat from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Hunter series.
    *I just read Storm Kissed by Jessica Andersen and Reese in it was pretty “kick-ass.”
    *Sin from Larissa Ione’s Demonica series.
    *Belle Jamison from Gena Showalter’s Tales of Extraordinary Girl series.

    Hmmm, that’s all that I can think of right now. smiles…

  8. Cat Crawford – Jeaniene Frost
    Mercy Thompson – Patricia Briggs
    Kate Daniels – Ilona Andrews
    Jane True – Nicole Peeler
    Alexa Tarabotti – Gail Caringer

  9. Bookaholic Cat – I don’t think it’s a secret that my favorite kick ass chick is Kate Daniels. But I also love reading Mercy, Sin, Cat and Xhex.

    Deea – Gin is an awesome kick ass chick!

    Wendy – I am FINALLY going to be reading Jane a few books from now. I can’t wait to finally ‘meet’ her!

    blodeuedd – LOVE Mercy!

    twimom – I have the first two Stormwalker books in my book closet. I really have to read them soon!

    Michelle – I have only read one of your faves! Oh my…looks like I have a few to catch up on. Thanks for the recs!

    Christi – I’m going to have to check out this Reese character…

    Sara – Okay. That’s a few mentions for Jane. Now I am really excited to read her!

  10. Jennifer E says:

    I’m reading Kate Daniels and she blows me away.

  11. Vicki Casso says:

    Kate Daniels! No one else alive or dead can kick ass like her.

  12. I will second Gin Blanco! My favorite is Rachel Morgan from The Hollows series though. She was one of my first favorite kick ass chicks and I think she has only gotten better!

  13. Joanne Baldwin from Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden series, Elena Michaels from Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series and Riley Jenson from Keri Arhtur’s Riley Jenson Guardian series are 3 currently located on my top ten list.

  14. Fun post! I feel the same as you and its all your fault you keep recommending all these UF books with kick ass chicks for me to read!

    Elena – Guild Hunter series
    Kate Daniels – said named series, rec by you!
    Mercy Thompson – said name series, rec by you!
    Eve Dallas – In Death series
    Emma – A Hunger Like No Other
    Pia – Dragonbound

    Just to name a few 🙂
    Now I’m about to start the Cat and Bones series (another rec from you!) And I’m sure that will be another kick ass chick!

  15. There are SO many! Rachel Morgan (The Hollows), Faythe Sanders (Shifters), Cat Crawfield (Night Huntress), Bryn Clare (Raised by Wolves), Mercy Thompson, Hermione Granger (Harry Potter), Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games), Xhex (Black Dagger Brotherhood), Mina Wentworth (Iron Seas), Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy), Duece (Razorland), Rhiannon (Rhiannon’s Law), Katsa and Fire (Seven Kingdoms)…and then some!

  16. I LOVE kick ass women urban fantasy books. Right now my favs are:

    October Daye- October Daye series by Seanan McGuire
    Mercy Thompson- Patricia Briggs
    Karen Chance – Cassandra Palmer Series
    Devon Monk – Allie Beckstrom

    And honestly, I could go on and on.

    We actually have a Kick Ass Women category on our site bc we love those kinds of books and wanted to be able to easily find more: http://urbanfantasyreads.com/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&task=showCategory&catid=67&Itemid=83


  17. Jennifer E – Kate is made of awesome. Easily my fave.

    Vicki – I agree. (see above ;))

    Shannon – I really must check out this Rachel chick…

    Jen – Holy cow! Three I have not read! I think they are all on my ‘to-check-out’ list too. It’s a sign that I should really read them!

    Ally – Pia definitely is a kick ass chick. And so is Elena!

    Smash Attack – Hermione! What a great choice! Great list Ash!

    Emily – Your site always amazes me. The amount of work you do…just great. It’s a great reference! Thank you. 🙂 (And I’ve never heard of October’s series. Must check it out!)

  18. Cat- Jeaniene Frost
    Jane True- Nicole Peeler
    Cassie Palmer- Karen Chance

    And even though she’s not the main character, Karen Murphy from Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files kicks major monster butt!

  19. I’d like to second Keri Arthur’s Riley Jensen series. Plus, the series is complete so you can read the whole thing once you get started. Another kickass heroine that I loved but didn’t see mentioned is Max from Diana Pharaoh Francis’ Horngate Witches series. She is very similar to Gin Blanco, although the two series are completely different in terms of world building and plot. I love this series and would highly recommend it.

  20. I agree with JenM, Max from Horngate Witches is super kickass. I am also a huge fan of Toby Daye series. Seanan McGuire has created a great heroine in Toby. Gin is another favourite.

  21. Nina – I really need to read the Jim Butcher books!

    JenM – Gotta love a complete series! 😉 And I have never heard of the Horngate Witch series. Thanks for the recommendation!

    Em – You’re the second person to suggest Seanan McGuire. I must write her down!

  22. Hmm…so I’m trying to think of Kick Ass Chicks you have NOT read about since you want to learn about more of them…but I don’t know if I’ve read any really kick ass chicks you haven’t already read about. *Scratches Head*, *thinking hard*, the only one I have is Sookie Stackhouse from Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mystery Series.

  23. I’ve got a list, but I’ll try to only name those that haven’t yet been mentioned…lol

    For those who enjoy fantasy/sci-fi worlds:

    Gloriana Belladonna from Ephemera by Anne Bishop
    Lessa from Pern by Anne McCaffrey
    Elspeth from the Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody
    Raine Benare from the series by Lisa Shearin
    Cordelia Naismith from the Vorkosigan saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
    Avry of Kazan from the Healer series by Maria V. Snyder
    Sarra from the Exiles series by Melanie Rawn

    For more magically inclined earth (i.e. paranormal/urban fantasy) lovers:

    Joanne Walker from the Walker Paper series by C E Murphy
    Kitty Norville from the series by Carrie Vaughn
    Charley Davidson from the series by Darynda Jones
    Taylor Madison from the series by Elizabeth Dearl
    Alex Craft from the series by Kalayna Price
    MacKayla Lane from the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning
    Emma Donahoe from Dark Heavens trilogy by Kylie Chan
    Anita Blake from the series by Laurell K. Hamilton
    Maggie O’Neill from the Bewitching series by Madelyn Alt
    Elena from the Guild Hunters series by Nalini Singh
    Katie Chandler from the series by Shanna Swendson
    Tory Alexander from the Ancient Future by Traci Harding

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