Yes, we're all still swooning over Wonder Woman (if you're one of the few who haven't watched it yet, go see it now!). It's our new obsession, and we're as unashamedly in love with its heroic feats as Diana Prince and Steve Trevor are with each other.
So if you're looking for more badass, feminist tales, then worry not—we've got you covered. Here are five young adult books you'll surely love if you can't get over Wonder Woman! ♥
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
The first of a now-concluded trilogy, Red Queen chronicles the Kingdom of Norta, where people's bloods run either Red or Silver. Reds are mere peasants, ruled by Silvers—the supernaturally-powered elite.
Enter Mare Barrow, a poverty-stricken Red who is forced to work at the Silver Palace. As various female Silvers use their various powers to compete to be the Prince's bride, Mare accidentally releases electrokinetic powers she never knew she had, making her a target of several enemies. Game of Thrones meets X-Men in this novel about betrayal, intrigue, and rebellion—with Mare, a new heroine, at the heart of it all.
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Just like how Diana discovers the full extent of her powers, the Shadow and Bone trilogy shows how the homely and scrawny Alina finds out about her special abilities. In the once-great but now-torn nation of Ravka, Alina is wrenched from everything she ever loved when her regiment is attacked and her formerly dormant skills are exposed.
Now, possessing a gift that can save the kingdom, she trains at the palace to be a member of a mysterious elite known as Grisha. However, her lavish new world isn't all it seems, as Alina uncovers the secrets of the supernatural Grisha...as well as the secrets of her own heart.
- Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
The first book in The Dark Artifices trilogy starts off with headstrong Emma Carstairs—probably the best Shadowhunter in the world, next to Jace Herondale. Aside from her sworn duty to protect the mundane world from demons, Emma has only one goal: To solve the mystery of who murdered her parents when she was a child. But as deaths and dark magic surface in Los Angeles, Emma can't help but investigate how they are all related to her parents' death.
This novel is the epitome of girl power as it proves how kickass heroines can fall in love and save the world at the same time—just like Wonder Woman!
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass is the first-book of a still-continuing series that focuses on Celaena Sardothein, an 18-year-old assassin on the run in the Kingdom of Adarlan. After a year of imprisonment sentenced by the king, she is offered a chance at freedom by the prince: If she would compete against all the other assassins as well.
The intricately-woven tale of love, greed, and redemption shows Celaena's growth, from a rogue criminal to a classy woman, as well as how she, much like Wonder Woman, comes to terms with her real identity—while being so much more badass than all the men at the sidelines.
- Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer
This Sleeping Beauty-inspired book is an ode to a sisterhood much similar to that of the Amazons. Half-sisters Isabelle and Aurora are close, despite being polar opposites: the former is the king's illegitimate daughter who was gifted with the power of sight, and the latter a sheltered princess whose touch and voice were tithed by fairies.
However, as a drop of Aurora's blood kickstarts a seemingly unbreakable curse of eternal slumber, the Faerie Queen and her Vultures begin approaching the kingdom. Isabelle crosses land and sea and thorny vines upon tower walls, and Aurora wakes up in an enchanted new world. Now separated, both must be brave enough to defeat evil on their own.
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