Books with Badass Female Leads

Hey Savvy Readers! Looking for a top-notch new Spring Read? Nothing beats a strong female character to bring a story to life, so we’ve gathered some of our favourite books with our favourite leading ladies. When in doubt, always turn to a powerful, independent women for inspiration!

Asha in The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

The first installment of Kristen Ciccarelli’s YA fantasy trilogy, The Last Namsara follows a young girl named Asha who must hunt down the dragon the destroyed her village and evade her impending marriage to a cruel commander to the king.  Asha is strong, fierce and an incredible warrior. She fights for herself, and doesn’t take no. You’ll love this intricately woven world filled with darkness and dragons!

Mare Barrow in War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

The final book in the bestselling Red Queen series is finally here!! In a stunning conclusion, our hero Mare Barrow must embrace her fate and use all her power to defeat those that stand in her way. If you haven’t read the series (what are you waiting for!?), Mare is a young girl who possesses the special ability to control electricity. After discovering her power, Mare is drawn into a dangerous world to overthrow the elite. In War Storm, Mare is the leader of the Scarlet Guard and she is FEARLESS. You don’t want to miss this bold conclusion to such an incredible series! Read our review of War Storm here.

Dorothea and Lucy Gray in No Place for a Lady by Gill Paul

An electric new novel of historical fiction from the author of The Secret Wife and The Secret Affair takes place during the Crimean War. It follows Dorothea Gray, who will stop at nothing to find her little sister Lucy. Dorothea joins Florence Nightingale in the Crimean hospitals to help the injured soldiers and find the answers to bring her closer to her sister. The two sisters are incredibly different characters, but each possess such strength and bravery, making for a compelling read.

EVERYONE in 5-Minute Stories for Fearless Girls by Sarah Howden

5-Minute Stories for Fearless Girls is an entire book dedicated to smart, fearless and inspiring women from around the world! Featuring women who have changed our world, from scientists, to athletes to princesses, we applaud these incredible women and their stories, in 5-minute format, perfect for young readers!

Lady Anne in The Last Hours by Minette Walters

After the Black Death arrives in 1348, widowed Lady Anne of Develish takes control of her husband’s people and land. In an act of mercy, she quarantines the castle by bringing the serfs inside the moat and sharing the remaining food. But conflict arises with the sudden change in social order and the future of the people of Develish is in danger. Lady Anne is such a refreshing character to read about in this time period. She is independent, quick thinking, and takes on the burdens of others selflessly. You’ll love reading this new perspective of the Plague with such a fierce leading lady.

Maisie Dobbs in To Die but Once by Jacqueline Winspear

To Die but Once is the 14th (!!!) book in the Maisie Dobbs series. This well-researched novel takes readers into the heart of Britain during the war with our favourite wartime detective, Maisie Dobbs. When she is asked to investigate the disappearance of a young man who is working on a government contract, Maisie discovers an unexpected link to the London underground. Working as a female in a male-dominated world, Maisie is tough as nails and quick as a whip. You’ll love her driven personality and razor-sharp wit.

June Walker in The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard

The Atomic City Girls is a brilliant imagining of the men and women recruited to help win the war in the secret “Atomic City” – Oak Ridge, Tennessee. June Walker, a young woman ready for a new career, arrives in Oak Ridge to help do her part. But she begins to wonder about all the mysterious machines she’s in charge of operating are being used for. When she discovers their true purpose, June must reevaluate her ideals about loyalty, patriotism, and the war. When June comes to Atomic City, she is a quiet and naïve young girl. But soon after starting an affair with a Jewish physicist, June becomes more aware of the atrocities of the war and begins to grow into her own and fight for what is right.

Rose McGowan in Brave by Rose McGowan

Rose McGowan is the epitome of badass. She is a strong female activist and has stood up against the systemic misogyny that surrounds the entertainment business. In her incredibly raw and honest memoir Brave, Rose explores her journey of rebelling against the sexism and wrongdoing that still occurs in Hollywood, and we applaud her for it!


Who is your favourite badass female? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!

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