What YA’ Reading: Strong Female Leads

Check out my reviews of Young Adult (YA) books. I love books that have an awesome main character. These books all have strong female lead characters. Take it away ladies!

Scarlet (Scarlet, #1) by A.C. Gaughen

I have always loved the story of Robin Hood. (Really, who doesn’t?) The twist on the traditional story made this version so good. Will “Scar” Scarlet is part of Robin Hood’s band of men and is an excellent thief. She is also a woman disguised as a man. Scar struggles with a dark past that comes back to haunt her.

I buzzed through this book. Scar is a strong woman who doesn’t take crap from anyone and that makes this book fun to read. It took me a little while to get into this story because Scar talks in a manner that makes her dialogue, both internal and external, sound odd. Once I got used to that, I had no problems with the story. The pacing of the story was just right and with twists and turns I did not see coming. This was one of the best books I have read in a while.

I gave Scarlet 5 stars out of 5.

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1) by Ally Carter

I’d Tell You I Love You, But then I’d Have To Kill You was a fun, easy read. Cammie is a student at the all-girls school, The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, which sounds like a really snooty school, but is really a school for spies. Cammie doesn’t really know much about what life is like outside the walls of her school. While she is out on a class assignment about covert operations, she inadvertently meets a boy. Meeting that boy is going to change everything.

Cammie she reminds me of what I was like when I was a teenager except for, you know, all the spy stuff. Ally Carter, the author, does a good job of capturing the essence of being a teenager and her characters sound like it. Cammie really comes to life through her thoughts and conversations, that sound like someone who is in high school. Sometimes she sounds much older than her age and sometimes she sounds much younger, which captures that time in life between being a kid and an adult.

I gaveI’d Tell You I Love You, But then I’d Have To Kill You 5 out of 5 stars. (As soon as I finished the book, I started reading the sequel. I enjoyed it that much!)

The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

The Library of Fates starts with Amrita, Princess of Shalinger, preparing for the arrival of Emperor Sikander. Sikander is a brutal emperor who has conquered the surrounding countries and has now come for Shalinger. Amrita reluctantly offers herself as a bride to Sikander hoping to keep her country safe. It is not enough and Amrita ends up fleeing for her life accompanied by one of Sikander’s slaves. They hope to find the Library of Fates, which may allow them to change their fates.

I wanted to like The Library of Fates. I just could not get into this book. The story was incredibly clunky and awkward. In so many instances the story changed with no real explanation. Completely implausible events occurred to make the story move forward when it seemed like there was no way out. I read some of the reviews of the book that said that the book gets really good at the end and has a twist that makes the book worthwhile. I disagree. I could see the twist coming, it did not make sense and it came across as a major cop-out.

I gave he Library of Fates 2 stars out of 5.

What are some of your favorite YA books?

Abigail Siemers

Abigail is a Public Service Specialist in the Bookmobile department. She loves to read, write, listen to music, crochet, watch DIY television, and eat pretty much anything that involves potatoes or chocolate. Some recent reads that she loved were "The Invisible Library" by Genevieve Cogman and "The Rose and the Dagger" by Renee Ahdieh.

One thought on “What YA’ Reading: Strong Female Leads

  1. Abigail, I loved the Ally Carter books and wasn’t sure about the A.C. Gaughen but now its on my list. I lover the Rose and the Dagger. Great post.!!!

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