Thursday, March 13, 2014

Teen Wolf Week: Top 5 Ladies Coming Into Their Powers for Lydia

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We're devoting our week of book lists to MTV's Teen Wolf which you can catch up on with our help! Kady's here today to name five books for the awesomely powerful Ms. Lydia Martin.

I love Teen Wolf so much and no one was more excited than me when Nico told me she was devoting an entire week to this absolutely bananas supernatural melodrama. When she asked me if I could come up with some good books for Lydia, however, I was a little bit stuck. See, Lydia is my favorite character on Teen Wolf (actually they're all my favorite character and depending on when exactly you ask me I'll give you a completely different answer with equally valid reasoning...) because she is the one who has evolved the most throughout the series. In the first few episodes she was a complete Regina George: beautiful and she knew it, dating the hottest guy in school because he was the hottest guy in school, and basically being a mean, mean girl to everyone, including her friends. Fast forward to present day where she's an integral part of the pack, supernatural in her own right and learning how to use her power to protect her friends-friends she wouldn't have given the time of day to in Season 1.

 To celebrate the awesomeness of Lydia Martin here's a list of my top 5 favorite heroines who are making the transformation from zero to hero by accepting and harnessing their power.

1. Cahill Sisters from the Cahill Witch Chronicles by Jessica Spotswood
(see our full review here)

This one is kinda a cheat, since there are three witchy sisters. Cate, Maura and Tess are young witches living without a witchy mentor in an alternate history version of the United States where the witches very real and very illegal. The three sisters are at the center of a terrifying prophecy that could bring about the end of the oppressive political regime that has them and their fellow witches hiding in the shadows, but first they must learn to control their power and trust each other.

2. Ismae from Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers (read our full review here)

Ismae had a wretched life before she was rescued from near death and woke up in a convent. A convent filled with nuns who serve the god of death. Now she's been told that she is a daughter of St. Mortain and that her destiny is to carry out his work on earth. AS AN ASSASSIN! After some rudimentary training, the nuns send her out to deliver Death's vengeance on the greedy, complacent and corrupt elite in 15th century France, all in service of protecting the future Queen. Yesterday, Katie told you about Sybella, a fierce huntress and another daughter of St. Mortain, now it's time to see how the story all started...
3. Sophie Hatter from Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Sophie is the eldest of three daughters and everyone knows that the eldest of three has no chance in life of being successful. Unfortunately, Sophie also believes this and has resigned herself to running the family hat shop while her sisters run off to have adventures, find love and just generally do the things that Sophie has only dreamed about. When a witch mistakenly casts a spell on Sophie that turns her into a very old woman, Sophie must set out to find the cure and unleash her hidden powers.

4. Frankie Landau-Banks from The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (see more posts on this title) 
Frankie is the first non-supernatural heroine on the list. Her journey starts with the summer she transforms from a girl into a young woman and the realization that everyone around her expects her to just be pretty. Frankie's quest to be taken seriously by those in power around her leads her (and the reader) through a secret society, steam tunnels and prank wars as she rejects the expectations of others and the notion of just being pretty. 

5. Judith from All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry (see our full review) 
Four years have passed since Judith and her best friend where kidnapped from their small frontier town. Two years have passed since Judith came back, alone and with her tongue cut out. For two years she's lived in silence as the town moved on around her, ignoring her or treating her with disdain, but at lease she's been safe. Now, with the threat of an outside attack, Judith must decide if she wants to use what she knows-but can't speak- to save the people who have treated her so cruelly for so long.

Read more:

Top 5 Powerfully Scary Girls (of 2011)

You Oughta Be in Pictures: Girl Magic

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