Top Ten Tuesday – Of YA Romantic Fantasies and BA Heroines!

Good Morning Everyone!!!!

This Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by Broke and Bookish!

So, today I couldn’t decide what in the world to make my top ten. After seeing a few others posts, it seems no one is going with fantasy! Then there’s me, “UHHHHH I like fantasy… a lot…” *awkwardly stares at everyone in silence* *cricket, cricket*. ANYWAYS, I figured I would bring some fantasy into this post… which is nothing new to all of you who know me and my blog well enough. However, I couldn’t decide between my wonderful list of YA Romantic Fantasies and my kicking ass and taking names “Bad Ass” Heroines. So… I’m doing both… with a little twist at the end. Without further adieu, read on my lovelies. READ ON!

Top 5 YA Romantic Fantasies

5. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

4. The Selection by Kiera Cass

3. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

2. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

1. Fallen by Lauren Kate

Top 5 Bad Ass Heroines in YA Fantasy

5. Suzume “Zu” in The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

4. Melanie Stryder in The Host by Stephanie Meyer

3. Mare Barrow in Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

2. Alianne in The Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce

1. Zoey Redbird in the Marked series by P.C. and Kristen Cast

Top 5 of my Most Anticipated Bad Ass Heroines in Ya Romantic Fantasy

5. Feyre in A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

4. Scarlet in Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen

3. Ellie in Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

2. Alina Starkov in Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

1. Katsa in Graceling by Kristen Cashore

I tried to pick novels/books/authors that aren’t quite as well known and that I don’t praise on a constant basis (Although SJMaas is just inevitable. Sorry guys!) I also forced myself not to repeat any series or books in these lists! If you have any questions, want any clarification, want to fangirl, etc., let me know! I’m totally willing to talk about every single one of these books and give you more of an insight as to why I chose them!

What about all of you? What would you choose as your top pick in all three sections?!

Please keep an eye out for a new feature coming to my blog called “Readers Helping Teachers” which will show on Thursdays, when needed. It’s a feature that I am creating to help teachers and students who can’t afford books and need some help! All students have a right to read and I’d like to help provide that love of reading and learning by giving us all a chance to donate used books to a great cause. Every week, when there is a need, I will be featuring a different teacher, librarian, assistant, after school care personnel, etc. that is in need of some books. I will give a short background on their stories, why they are in need, and what specific book or types of books they are in need of. This Thursday, I will be featuring a middle school teacher and close friend of mine, Andi, who works in Las Vegas in a poor school district. Please help me in spreading the word about this feature. The more people that read on Thursdays, the more people we can help. Thank you all for your continued support and, most recently, your enthusiasm on twitter to contribute to this feature/project in whatever way you can. It brought me to tears last night and restored my faith in humanity. You all have no idea how much it means to know that there are people who care about teachers and their students out in this big world we call home.

I hope you all are having a wonderful Tuesday and a great start to your week!

❤ Kelly


14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Of YA Romantic Fantasies and BA Heroines!

    • I’m still just getting into The Darkest Minds. I’ve finished the first book, and I’m reading the first Novella. The more into the novella I get, the more kick ass little Suzume seems to be! Love her! Red Queen… Mare won’t necessarily come off as BA the first part of the novel, but by the end of it… mannnnnn I would not want to be on the opposite side of her!!! For that reason alone, she made my list. You’ll see what I mean. 😉 I NEED TO READ ACOTAR!!!


  1. Katsa and Scarlet are pretty amazing and you have every right to anticipate their badass-ness. And hooray for Melanie Stryder!

    Other than that, I should probably get on with some of these books. I need more badass women in my life.


  2. Ahhh, I’m so happy to see Daughter of the Forest at the top of your list. It’s one of my absolute favorite books, but it’s also one of the most under-appreciated fantasies in the blogosphere! Have you read her other books? DotF is still my favorite after all these years (closely followed by Son of the Shadows). It breaks my heart EVERY TIME. Simon also breaks my heart. I ship Sorcha and Red, but Simon kills me. Juliet Marillier creates such complex characters, and I can’t help but get attached to all of them.

    If you love fantasy, I’m surprised you haven’t read Kristin Cashore yet! I enjoyed Graceling, but Fire was definitely my favorite. Fire is such a strong, independent woman, and the SHIP. I have no words, just feels.

    I sent The Darkest Minds back to the library unread last year, but it sounds like I should try it again?


    • Graceling is on my list to be read! I was actually debating between Graceling and The Darkest Minds and finally settled on TDM series. I’m really liking it so far!
      Daughter of the Forest was absolutely horrible to read. It rips your heart out and I was ugly crying through some parts of it. Ughh… I can still feel the pain. Sorcha. Just Sorcha. And RED!! OHHHHHH Red!!!! I love him. =)


  3. Aaaah I love your TTT!! BA Heroines? W.H.A.T!!! I have a few BA 🙂 The Selection by Kiera Cass, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare AND WIL from THE ORPHAN QUEEN!!! I ship this book HARD. Awesome list hun xoxo


  4. Daughter of the Forest! I stupidly JUST read this book a couple of months ago and I’ve been kicking myself ever since for not picking it up sooner. It’s now one of my top five favorite fantasy novels. I cried so hard in some parts I had to put the book down to compose myself. I think about it on a daily basis. I’m just about to pick up the 4th book in the series; I’ve heard really good things about it!

    Also, Graceling is SO GOOD! And Trickster’s Choice! Tamora Pierce was one of the first fantasy authors I picked up, and I credit her to getting me started on being obsessed with the genre. It’s a shame more people don’t love it; I think it’s a testament to how imaginative people can be to create entire other worlds!


    • I DID THE SAME EXACT THING! I hadn’t even heard of DotF until February and I BALLED MY EYES OUT! LITERALLY UGLY CRIED! through a few parts. It’s been a long time since a book has been able to evoke that much emotion from me! I have yet tor ead the rest in the series, but I’m sure that someday I will!

      I can’t wait to read the Graceling series! Tamora Pierce was a first for me as well. She has some pretty kick-ass heroines too! I’m always talking with people who love contemporary or have an appreciation for both, but then there’s me, little miss FANTASY ONLY all by my lonesome. Hahahaha, I love this genre. It just makes my spirit soar. Good luck in the giveaway!


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