Keep Me Posted!

Sign me up for the latest news from Penguin Teen, including new books, special offers, and promotions.

13 YA Heroines Who Are #Iconic

SHARE

We love a book where we’re not only rooting for the strong female character, but where we’re seriously holding ourselves back from screaming YAAAAAS while reading in a public place. These heroines come in all shapes and sizes, and appear in fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary, you name it. We’ve rounded up our top 13 heroines who give us all the female empowerment vibes.

 

1. Amani from Rebel of the Sands

Why she’s #iconic: Being the best sharp shooter for miles, taming ancient beasts, never telling a lie, and finding a romance hotter than the desert sun.

 

2. Adelina from The Young Elites

Why she’s #iconic:: Unleashing her dark powers, changing the course of history for malfettos, and descending on a path to villainy.

 

3. Laia from An Ember in the Ashes

Why she’s #iconic: Spying on the most evil woman in the empire by pretending to be her slave, fighting with the Resistance to find her brother, and causing one of the top military students at Blackcliff academy to change his ways.

 

4. Shazi from The Wrath and the Dawn

Why she’s #iconic: Making it through the night as the wife of a ruler who weds a new bride each day only to have her executed the next morning.

 

5. Cassie from The 5th Wave

Why she’s #iconic: Showing us how survival is really done in the war against humanity.

 

6. Rose from Vampire Academy

Why she’s #iconic: Protecting her best friend from Strigoi by any means necessary, studying under the most badass guardian, and clapping back at anyone who crosses her.

 

7. Tina from City of Saints and Thieves

Why she’s #iconic: Working as a master thief in the city’s local gang, and seeking vengeance on her mother’s killer.

 

8. Fallon from The Valiant

Why she’s #iconic: Training in an elite school for female gladiators—owned by none other than Julius Caesar.

 

9. Rhee from Empress of a Thousand Skies

Why she’s #iconic: Rhee has been described as “Arya Stark in space.” Need we say more? Ok, fine. She’s also the lone survivor of her family, and she’s hell-bent on  on avenging them and claiming her rightful throne. (Told ya!)

 

10. Zahra from The Forbidden Wish

Why she’s #iconic: Being the most powerful female jinni of all time, falling in love with a human, and breaking the boundaries of her world.

 

11. Lady Helen from The Dark Days Club

9780142425091

Why she’s #iconic: Breaking her expectations to fight with a force dedicated to destroying the demons that have infiltrated London…and doing it in a dress.

 

12. Avery from The Conspiracy of Us

Why she’s #iconic: Keeping it together when she finds out the world is run by 12 secret and powerful families who think she’s the key to an ancient prophecy.

 

13. Harper Price from Rebel Belle

Why she’s #iconic: Balancing her duties as a debutante with her new job as one in an ancient line of guardians sent to protect her nemesis-turned-love interest.

 

 

 

 

Looking for more recommendations? Check out the books we can’t wait to read this spring!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#ShelfGoals

Middle Grade Books by Black Authors You Should Be Reading

  What Lane? by Torrey Maldonado “STAY IN YOUR LANE.” Stephen doesn’t want to hear that–he wants to have no lane.Anything his friends can do, Stephen should be able to do too, right? So when they dare each other to sneak into an abandoned building, he doesn’t think it’s his lane, but he goes. Here’s … Continued
See More

9 Books That Make Great Gift Ideas For Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and we know that gift lists for moms are running rampant everywhere. But the best thing about giving books is that you give an experience, too. So we rounded up some of our favorite heartfelt, historical, and humorous books that make great gift ideas for Mother’s Day.   … Continued
See More

Boxsets You Need to Binge

If you’re stuck at home and are officially looking for your next series to binge read, we got you. We’ve rounded up a wish list of our fav bingey boxsets!   John Green: The Complete Collection Box Set Honestly, have tissues on hand. This collection includes paperback editions of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, … Continued
See More

YA Books by Black Authors You Should Be Reading

From award winning icons such as Mildred D. Taylor to debut voices such as Patrice Caldwell, here are some of the Black authors you should be reading.   A Phoenix First Must Burn edited by Patrice Caldwell Sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic. … Continued
See More

14 Books to Read During Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and we find that books can not only help us understand or sympathize, but can often help us talk about difficult topics. Here are 15 books to read this month to help start a conversation and #endthestigma.   Turtles All the Way Down by John Green Aza is trying. She is trying … Continued
See More

Dancing at the Pity Party: Sneak Peek!

Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder is part poignant cancer memoir and part humorous reflection on a motherless life. From before her mother’s first oncology appointment through the stages of her cancer to the funeral, sitting shiva, and afterward, when she must try to make sense of her life as a motherless daughter, Tyler … Continued
See More

The 2020/2021 books you need to add to your TBR ASAP

Did you join us for Penguin Teen’s 2020/2021 preview show? Here are the books we talked about! Scroll down to read about some of our most anticipated reads!   They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman – July 21, 2020 Gossip Girl meets One of Us Is Lying with a dash of The Secret History in this slick, taut murder mystery … Continued
See More

Read an excerpt of THIS COVEN WON’T BREAK

This Coven Won’t Break is hitting shelves next month! We are so excited for the thrilling sequel to These Witches Don’t Burn and are sharing an excerpt in anticipation of book 2. Scroll down to read! High school. They say it’s the best time of our lives. A time of exploration and endless possibilities. We can try … Continued
See More

Excerpt Alert: WE ARE NOT FROM HERE

We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez is a poignant novel of desperation, escape, and survival across the U.S.-Mexico border, inspired by current events. Scroll down to read an excerpt! PROLOGUE   When you live in a place like this, you’re always planning your escape. Even if you don’t know when you’ll go. Even if … Continued
See More

17 Mystery Books That Will Keep You Guessing

There’s nothing like the adrenaline rush of reading a mystery book, and we’re here to tell you about 17 that will absolutely stump you. Read on for our list of favorite YA mysteries that are ANYTHING but elementary, my dear Watson.   People Like Us by Dana Mele Clue you’ll love it: At Bates Academy, … Continued
See More
BACK TO TOP