Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Teen Wolf Week: Top 5 Huntresses for Allison

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Allison may be the love of Scott's life, but she is no damsel in distress. She's a kick-butt archer and deserves a seriously strong book list. Luckily, Katie's on the job.

I’ve never seen MTV's Teen Wolf, but when Nico asked me compile a list of awesome huntresses, my answer was a resounding YES. A boy who turns into a wolf sounds like a problem for modern medicine, but fictional girls who rock is, I like to think, one of my areas of expertise.

For the record, I realize that Katniss and Tris pretty much have this category locked down, but we’ve all been down that road before. So with a nod to the queens, here is a list of my Top 5 Maybe Lesser Known But Equally Incredible Huntresses of YA:

1. The Knight
Forget being a princess or a magician, Alanna dreams of becoming a knight. Her quest to achieve this goal and subsequent adventures involving princes and kings of thieves are some of my all time favorites. Alanna is the original YA huntress (or one of them) and should not be missed.

2. The Assassin
Sybella, Dark Triumph by Robin Lefevers
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Sybella haunts me. She is so broken and yet still so strong. And she is an assassin, which is pretty much the apex of the huntress pyramid. And while Sybella strives to keep a cool facade as she goes about performing her duties as a handmaiden of Death, it is her aching humanity that will stay with you long after you close the book.

3. The Queen
Quintana, The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta
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This was a hard choice. Not because Quintana doesn’t deserve to be on this list but because this series is overflowing with amazingly strong and complex females. In the end, though, it is Quintana whose rough edges, remarkable strength, and surprising cleverness, who won the day. She often feels like the hunted throughout the series, but to think that is to underestimate her. A total huntress.

4. The Thief
Scarlet, Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
(see our full review here)
Scarlet is a member of Robin Hood’s gang of thieves. Enough said, right?

5. The Demon
What this list was missing was definitely a demon. I mean, come on, Jael battles a beast from Hell and still somehow manages to be incredibly relatable and somehow even meet a cute boy.

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