Today is my stop on the Scroll blog tour! I am here to host D. B. Nielson with a guest post about bad-ass heroines! Hope you enjoy it.
Badass Women! by DB Nielsen
Come on, let’s face it – whilst the fantasy of a a man who is almost unbearably handsome, rich and perfect, who spoils you and makes you laugh, gives you pleasure, is protective and makes all the decisions in your life sounds heavenly and leads you to believe that the ‘darkness’ within him is something that can be tamed with the ‘love of a good woman’, and perhaps that he’s even redeemable as he awakens your burning desire to conquer him – my issue here is that it begs the question: why would such a ‘wonderful’ guy be interested in a female that is shallow, superficial, insipid, silly, stupid, boring, lacks self-esteem, lacks imagination, or is predictable? Am I being too harsh? Well, let’s take a look at some female characters you can admire and who are definitely worthy of the ‘ideal’ man…
On the top of my list is Elizabeth Bennet. Okay, I know Austen’s novel was written in the 19th century but hey, this girl is seriously Badass. Lizzie is everything the modern woman should be – strong, bold, unconventional, intelligent, outspoken, with a playful disposition, and who takes delight in the ridiculous – basically, all the things I admire most in a female. The great thing about this novel isn’t just the romance/ fairytale ending with Mr Darcy (and he really is a proud and prejudicial man worth ‘taming’), it’s Lizzie’s learning curve as she realises she’s capable of serious misjudgement and seeks to rectify her failings. At the same time, she challenges the snobbery and hypocrisy of the aristocrats, and refuses two advantageous proposals of marriage for the sake of love, family and self-identity. Go Lizzie!
2. Jane Eyre. Another 19th century heroine, Jane Eyre is far from insipid. She may be plain in appearance but, even as a child, she stands up for her rights against the oppressive figures of her aunt and cousin, the Reeds, and later, the dreadful Mr Brocklehurst. Highly individual and bold, Jane challenges her employer (and the man she loves) Mr Rochester – and, realising the cost to self, flees Thornfield Hall rather than submitting to Mr Rochester’s proposal to become his mistress rather than his wife (move over Anastasia Steele – you won’t see Jane settle for some dodgy contract). No wonder she finds true love and asserts at the end of the novel, “Reader, I married him.” which suggests her own agency – she married him. Not the other way round. And purely of her own choosing. You go girl!
3. Hermione Granger. In the Harry Potter series, Hermione starts as an insufferable know-it-all yet blossoms into an intelligent, feisty beauty who, on many an occasion, saves the day with her quick thinking and steadfast nature. Intelligence translates into strength and Badass behaviour – such as when she king hits the obnoxious, odious Draco Malfoy – and Hermione’s compassion tempers both Harry and Ron (seriously, boys can be daft at times!). I love Hermione … and Sage Woods, my main protagonist, shares many of Hermione’s wonderful traits.
4. Almost all of the women in The Lord of the Rings. From Arwen to Éowyn, these ladies are truly Badass. Imagine a young woman defying convention to disguise herself as a man and go into battle because she feels that she loves her country and family as much as any man, or giving up her immortality for the man she loves – well, this is what Badass is all about and one shouldn’t make comments like “No living man can kill me” when there a feisty woman around to do the job!
5. Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This girl is seriously kick-butt, take-no-prisoners Badass. A world class computer hacker with an eidetic memory, she’s survived an abusive childhood, exploitation and patriarchal oppression to become a “feminist avenging angel”. Girl power at its best!
6. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Before Katniss, Tris and all those other imitators was Buffy – her stake-‘em-in-the-heart, kick-butt attitude is only matched by the fact that it wasn’t just about killing vampires but slaying her love interests too. Both Angel and Spike couldn’t keep up with this Badass female – and her sardonic wit was a killer too!
There are many more Badass females to choose from so take your pick, but the Bella Swans and Anastasia Steeles can move over and make way for the Badass female characters we all can look up to and learn from…
Seventeen-year-old Saffron Woods is haunted by strange voices as if from a distant past. With the SEED’s sentience awakened, these mystical voices intensify, forcing Saffron to acknowledge that she has also inherited its legacy of dark secrets, intrigue and death. Venturing out alone, Saffron is driven to locate an ancient manuscript charting the location of the only undiscovered Wonder of the Ancient World, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, gateway to the Garden of Eden. But last seen in the Library of Alexandria, the SCROLL is long thought to be lost.
Saffron meets Finn, the compelling caretaker of Satis House who appears to know more than he is willing to reveal. Knowing she cannot trust him, Saffron is drawn to this rebellious figure who seems to both threaten and protect her. But her feelings for Finn are complicated by the charming yet inscrutable Anakim, Gabriel Chevalier, who offers her his invaluable assistance in locating the elusive manuscript.
Torn between competing passions and facing an increasingly implacable enemy, the Grigori, Saffron struggles to find the SCROLL which holds the secrets to the past and the key to the future…
SCROLL: KEEPERS OF GENESIS II by DB Nielsen is published on 12th March
D B Nielsen was born in British Hong Kong and immigrated to Australia in childhood. Dee likes to travel the world with family; dividing time between residing in Sydney and visits to the cathedrals, crypts and museums the world over, researching new projects. The author is a university lecturer in Linguistics and Semiotics, and continues to teach English Literature and Language whilst writing fiction.
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I really cannot wait for this book to come out as I enjoyed the first one, Seed. Do you think you’ll read this series?
And who are your favourite badass heroines?
Today I am here to introduce you more to Charli from To Another World as I have a wonderful interview with her.
Tell us a little something about yourself!
Hi! I’m Charli. I’m a 14 year old nerd; in way too many fandoms (I’m a Nerdfighter, Initiate and Youngblood, to name just three), and passionate about several issues. I love photography, debating, youtubers and I’m also a Scout.
How long have you had your blog?
I’ve been running To Another World since July 2012, so for about a year and a half now; I previously had a general blog for a year too!
Do you enjoy running your blog?
Of course! I do have slumps and times where I wonder why I bother, but as a general thing it’s something I love.
When you started, did you ever think it would end up the way it has?
Definitely not. I think I was lucky, though; I already had some followers from my other blog that made it rise quicker than most.
Is there an interesting background story to the name of your blog?
I don’t know whether it’s interesting or not, really, but it was a twist on the fact that books take me to another world. In terms of that being personal to me, it derives from when I had a few tough years and reading pretty much got me through them.
As we’ve got this far without mentioning it, why not tell us a little something about your blog? What you post, how it runs, who you cater to, etc
So, I run To Another World with my best friend, Tori, who joined me in March 2013. We post reviews, discussions and random musings that we tend to have either whilst sitting in a Physics class or eating pizza at lunchtime. In the last few months of 2014, we didn’t post much, so we’re trying to get back into it!
Do you participate or host blog memes? If you do, which is your favourite?
We don’t do any memes, but we have a few unique features – The Bookish Confessionary and Tori Talks.
What about blog tours? Have you ever or do you ever participate in them?
I used to do a lot of tours; now I only do a select few! They’re a lot of fun but can be stressful if you accept too many.
What is the best book you read in 2014?
Solitaire by Alice Oseman! Amazing read!
What about so far in 2015?
Hmmm… The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion!
Has there ever been a book that haven’t been able to finish? If so, what was it? And why couldn’t you finish?
There have been quite a few, but the most notable is deciding to ditch The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal devices by Cassandra Clare. It just became too long for me.
What is your favourite book genre?
Dystopia, but, I love contemporary too!
Quick Fire Round
ebook or hardcopy?
YA or Adult?
YA (but I’ve been reading more adult recently!)
Vampires or Werewolves?
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Harry Potter or Twilight?
HARRY. POTTER. (I have just a mild dislike for Twilight. Sorry about that.)
Four or Peeta?
Four *heart eyes emoji*
Series or Single?
Hmmm… standalone or duologies tend to work for me!
Blogger or WordPress?
And finally, is there anything else you would like to say about you or your blog?
Well, I’ll just say that although I’m very opinionated, I don’t bite and I’d love for you to come and talk to me over on twitter or the blog! (@Charli_TAW). Thanks for having me, Faye!
This month has been crazy busy in the best kind of way! I went to five amazing bookish events, had some fun with social things, announced some exciting news about my freelancing, AND started up my running again. On top of all of that, I’m actually starting to feel more human again, in a way I haven’t in the longest time, so yay!
First up, I went to the launch of the The Sin-Eater’s Daughter by Mel Salisbury. I was so glad I got the chance to share this with her. I loved this book and it was just so nice to see Mel so happy about it all.
Then came an awesome HP Night spent at Waterstones Piccadilly. While the event wasn’t exactly what I had expected, it was really interesting and I definitely enjoyed hearing all about how Johnny Doddle created the covers!
Next up was the Electric Monkey Blogger Day, which is definitely one of my favourite days last month. It was so much fun, was great to see so many bloggers, lovely authors and to finally meet the Egmont team! I truly had a fantastic day.
Then I went to SRCF (Super Relaxed Fantasy Club) and got to hear both Jen Williams and Den Patrick talk about their books and I got to mingle with people and it was just a lovely night.
Lastly, but certainly not least, was the absolutely brilliant UKYA Extravaganza day! This event was so much fun. It was great to see so many wonderful authors in one room and to talk to so many of them in one afternoon! The event went really smoothly and was just a lot of fun.
But… moving on to the blog highlights…
I didn’t do so well on the reading this month, as I went through a bit of a reading slump, but I did end up reading six books in the end. (Which may be the least amount of books read in a month for two years, eeek!)
For the month of February, I had the wonderful Michelle as my Blogger Spotlight.
UKYA Book Blogger Awards
These were technically announced in March but since this post is late I’m adding them in here.
The winners have been announced! Click here to find out who won!
(Don’t worry if you didn’t win this year, I’ll be doing them again next year!)
I had a very hard time choosing my favourite this month because even though I only read a few books, I read some really good ones! But, eventually, I decided that this book was my favourite. I loved how this book pulled me into Twylla’s world so well. I found myself truly getting attached to her and her journey. I admired the queen and all her evilness as well, and just found it truly fascinating to watch how she behaved through the book. This book was a fantasy with a lot of world-building but it was also a book that was rich in characters and I also love that. It hooked me early on and kept my attention until the end.
The Underwood See by Michael Lawrence; This was the third and final book in a series that I started as a child but never finished. I re-read them last year and finally completed the trilogy. It was a good, entertaining read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas; I so wanted to love this book and I especially hoped to give it more than three stars but I just couldn’t get into this book as quickly as I’d hoped and it didn’t evoke the feels I thought it would. Nonetheless it was an interesting and enjoyable read, and I will definitely continue on the series.
Obsession in Death by J. D. Robb; This was my first J. D. Robb book and I have to admit I was impressed. I’d heard some bad things about this author but actually I really enjoyed the story. The writing was stilted so as to create a fast-pased tense atmosphere and while it took a little while to get used to, I eventually fell in love with it. I quickly got absorbed in this book and really felt for all the characters involved.
The Sin-Eater’s Daughter by Mel Salisbury; I had high expectations for this book and was very glad when they all came true. This book is a wonderful fantasy book that keeps your heart tense as it rumbles through the plot. It’s full of a brilliant world, wonderful realistic characters and a plot twist that will throw you off balance. A fantastic read.
Ways To See A Ghost by Emily Diamond; I really enjoyed this book. It hooked me from the very start and got my curiosity really flowing. This book is imaginative, unique and just really grabbed my attention. I loved the characters and where the story went. Would highly recommend.
Salvage by Keren David; I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages so when I was faced with a chance to finally meet her, I decided that it had to be done. I’m so glad I finally read it because it was a story that sucked me in and kept me entertained. It was gritty and brilliantly written and I just loved it.
How Was Your February? Did You Read Anything Amazing? Have You Got Any Great Books You Want To Read In March?
Today I am here to announce the winners of the UKYA Book Blogger Awards!
Before I do so, however, I just want to send out a quick thank you to every single person who nominated and voted.
I also want to take another minute to thank all of the wonderful bloggers who helped out.
Amber @ The Mile Long Bookshelf
George @ George Lester Writes
Luna @ Luna’s Little Library
Michelle @ Tales of Yesterday
Jessica @ Jessica’s Rainbow Inspiration
Priya @ Priya Piggle
Sarah @ Book Babblers
Mandy @ BookWorm
Sofia @ The Reading Fangirl
Sam @ The Little Munchkin Reader
But, before we leave it at that, I also want to highlight the runner ups! Some of the categories were so close so I thought it would be nice for everyone to see who came second and third (but unfortunately, I don’t have any graphics for the runners up).
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL.
If any of the winners would like their graphics, just let me (Faye) know and I’ll send you an individual image of the award! (Or if you’d like the image on the graphic changed, let me know. AND if you’re a runner up and would like a graphic, let me know and I can make one for you!