MY FAVORITE FEMALE CHARACTERS IN BOOKS

Happy International Women’s day everyone!

Strong female characters have always been the best part of any book to me. I love reading about women who are independent and capable of making their own decisions, and save the day. They are so important to the story, that without them, everything falls out of place. Today, being International Women’s day, I am going to talk about 7 of my favourite female characters in literature.

  1. ANNE SHIRLEY FROM ANNE OF GREEN GABLES:

Anne is, was and always will be my most favorite character. She is imaginative, ambitious, curious, intelligent and brave. I always identified myself with Anne for her wild imagination, her love for books and writing and her general quirky nature. She is an ideal example of how a girl or woman can be themselves and not worry about what other think. Anne is an inspiration to every girl out there. She reminds us to dream everyday and look for positivity in everything.

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2. HERMIONE GRANGER

Hermione Granger was a huge inspiration for me when I first started reading Harry Potter. She reminds us that one can be cool and amazing even if they are a huge nerd and follow every rule. She saved Harry and Ron every time they got in a trouble. And her courage and bravery brings out the true Gryffindor in her always.

3. LUNA LOVEGOOD

I cannot imagine Harry Potter without Luna Lovegood. To me, Luna is the most inspiring character in the whole Harry Potter series. She is dreamy, hopeful and never once tries to change herself for others.

4. GINNY WEASLEY:

Ginny Weasley is yet another great character in the series. When she is first seen in Philosopher’s stone, she is a small, cute little girl. But throughout the series, she grows into a wonderful, brave and courageous girl.

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5. ANNABETH CHASE FROM THE PERCY JACKSON SERIES:

Anyone who has read Percy Jackson can never forget the brainy Annabeth Chase. In the whole series, she always uses her brains and bravery to help (and many times save) Percy and so many other characters. She is a true leader and always knows what to say or do at the moment.

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6. ELIZABETH BENNET FROM PRIDE AND PREJUDICE:

Who can forget Lizzie Bennet, the heroine of the classic Pride and Prejudice? I love Elizabeth for her forward thinking. In a period when women weren’t given much respect, Elizabeth Bennet was a character who was different. She believed that her views were respectable and that she had the right to be heard.

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7. LUCY PEVENSIE FROM CHRONICLES OF NARNIA:

I have loved Lucy’s character from a very young age. Even before I read the books, I loved her from the movie. She is kind, sweet and brave. But the best thing about Lucy’s character is her faith. She always believes in Narnia and in Aslan. Something about Lucie is so endearing that it makes us want to believe in goodness like her.

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That’s it for today! Comment below and tell me your favourite female characters!

REVIEW OF THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN BY ROSHANI CHOKSHI

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SYNOPSIS ( FROM GOODREADS) :

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

So basically, this book follows Maya, the princess of Bharatha. She has a cursed horoscope and she is being married off by her father for political reasons. She marries Amar, the prince of a land called Akaran and there she learns more about herself and her previous birth.

The first part of the story was very magical. We are introduced to the world and the characters so it is pretty exciting. The second part of the book follows Maya as she goes to Akaran with Amar. To be honest, I found this part to be a bit slow. The most exciting thing here is the description of Akaran and the many magical things that happen there. The third part of the book introduces the main problem, the events leading to the climax and the ending. This was my most favourite part in the whole story.

The things I loved about this book were the writing and the world. Roshani Chokshi has a very dreamy way of writing. The world building was so vivid and wonderful. The romance was good but not as much as her other books.

The most important thing I loved about this was the unique take on Hindu mythology. Usually fantasy worlds are always based on western folklore and fairy tales. To read something based on Hindu folklore was a refreshing change. Also, there is a talking horse in the story, so that was pretty exciting!

But there were some things that I didn’t like so much. First of all, the protagonist, Maya has only one thing that defines her: the horoscope. Apart from that, there wasn’t much of a character development for her. The book also introduces Maya’s younger sister, Gauri (The protagonist of the crown of wishes). The relationship between Maya and Gauri was so beautiful and I was kind of disappointed when it wasn’t shown that much. Also, the previous birth of Maya wasn’t explained even briefly. We just get to see snippets of it. There is a companion novel featuring that story, but it would’ve been nice to elaborate a bit in this book.

A personal problem I faced was the variation in the folktales. Hindu folktales are usually influenced a lot by the local cultures and stories. So, the central story of the book was actually the opposite of what I grew up listening to. But it was still different and unique

Overall, I would definitely recommend reading it because the writing is so good and takes the reader on a magical adventure!

MY RATING FOR THIS BOOK

Rating: 4 out of 5.