Reviews and Blog Posts: strong female character

Fortune's pawn

by Rachel Bach

Reviewer Rating:
4

Devi Morris is a woman with a plan. After flying through the ranks in the Blackbird Company - an elite armored mercenary group- Devi is looking for more. She joins the crew of the Glorious Fool in hopes that her performance there will land her in the elite military group,...

Spin state

by Chris Moriarty

Reviewer Rating:
4

Catherine Li is an elite UN Peacekeeper, shipped across the galaxy to protect colonies and investigate suspicious activity. Her sometime partner, Cohen, is a 400+ year old AI whose mercurial ways often leave Li wondering if he is actually helping her, or if he is only around to further his...

Ancillary justice

by Ann Leckie

Reviewer Rating:
5

Bren is not as she has always been. Once a sentient spaceship with many human bodies to inhabit, she is now in just one body, alone, angry, and in mourning. Told with flashbacks moving along in time with the current situation, you come to understand the politics and scope of...

Miss Fisher's murder mysteries. Series 1

Reviewer Rating:
5

Set in Melbourne during the 1920’s, Miss Fisher’s Mysteries is a fun and less gory take on the typical murder mystery. Phryne Fisher is a wealthy flapper whose devil may care attitude conceals her continued obsession with the disappearance and presumed death of her sister. The series is funny and...

Lazarus. Volume One, Family

by Greg Rucka

Reviewer Rating:
4

I've been following Rucka's work (Gotham Central, Queen and Country, runs on Wonder Woman and Batwoman) for quite some time now, and was excited to see the start of a new series with what looked to be another strong, complex female lead. The first volume of Lazarus did not disappoint,...

Madeleine L'Engle's A wrinkle in time : the graphic novel

by Hope Larson

Reviewer Rating:
4

L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time has always been a fascinating book to me.  Full of adventure, spacetime physics, and allegory, the story is rich, but I especially love how the characters, specifically Meg, learn that their weakness can be their biggest strengths.  In her graphic adaption, Larson does a great job...

Moving day

by Meg Cabot

Reviewer Rating:
3

Allie Finkle's struggling with being a 9 year old girl.  She has an overly-sensitive best friend, but she's not really sure why they're "best friends".  Then, her parents surprise her with the news that she's moving! She is so comfortable in her new-ish suburban house, but her parents have bought a...

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish lieutenant

by Tony (Comic book author) Cliff

Reviewer Rating:
4

Delilah Dirk is the queen of adventure.  She has studied with martial artists all over the world.  This action-packed graphic novel takes place throughout the Ottoman Empire of the 19th century.  Her story kicks off with a jail break and strange partnership with a guard of the Sultan. 

Sister Mine

by Nalo Hopkinson

Reviewer Rating:
5

Born into a family with mojo, Makeda has none, and the separation from her conjoined twin left Abby with a permanent limp. In an effort to get out from under her collective family’s thumb (and get on with her life as a ‘regular’ human), Makeda moves out and that’s when...

Congratulations, Tamora Pierce!

tamora pierce wearing a crown. she probably doesn't always wear one, but should.

I just learned that the ALA awarded Tamora Pierce the Margaret A. Edwards award for her Song of the Lioness quartet (Alanna) and the Protector of the Small quartet (Keladry). It doesn’t say this on the website, but it’s probably for her being generally awesome as well.

The thing I love about all of her books is that her female characters are strong and proud of who they are regardless of other people’s judgments. It’s sometimes hard to do that, even as an adult. She was committed to making books about strong young women who exist in the world as humans well before many of her peers in the fantasy world.

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