Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (27)

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Inspirational Characters

1. Emerson Cole from Hourglass by Myra McEntire- She single-handedly weaned herself off of powerful sedatives in order to regain her sanity. To me, that's one of the most remarkable things about her. I also sincerely admire the fact that even though she's broken (and she knows she's damaged goods) Emerson still tries to make it work because she knows she has to be strong for herself and others.

2. Mara Dyer from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin- I can't really explain this, because it would give away massive spoilers in the book. However, I will say I'm inspired by her willingness to react, even though it gets her into a few messes. When she hears something bad has happened, she doesn't just wait for someone else to get help. If she sees or knows about an injustice she does not sit back and let it happen, she goes in there and fixes it herself, even if it's the "bad" or immoral thing to do.

3. R from Warm Bodies by Issac Marion- I notice he's the only man on this list. Hmm. R inspires me with his determination to live. His desire to find passion and vitality in a world that is literally dead all around him, makes me so happy.

4. Juliette from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi- Honestly? It's her kindness. I know, I love all the goody-two shoe main characters. Adam describes her as the one good thing left in their world, because she's selfless and wants to be loved above all else. I wish I was as genuine a person as Juliette sometimes. She's just so good.

5. Lexi's Mom from The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab- So, Lexi's mom did not have a big part, but it was a significant one to me. Lexi's mom let Lexi be who she was. It might have inconvenienced or exasperated her, but she let her daughter be. Even when it was dangerous and children were missing, Lexi's mom trusted her daughter's judgement above all else and let her go, because she knew Lexi could help.

6. Makayla "Mac" Lane from the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning- Let's be honest, the chick takes a lickin' and keeps on kickin'. Every single time Mac has an obstacle to face, she does, head on. Each time her world falls apart, she builds it back piece by piece. She has such a strong sense of who she is and what she can do by the end of Shadowfever that it's amazing. She was just born to survive.

7. Lola Nolan from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins-  Lola did something that I have never seen a girl or boy do in any other book I've read in any genre. She stopped a relationship she desperately wanted from happening, until she felt confident, happy and worthy of the guy. So many characters rush into relationships without looking or without getting closure from their old one and it causes a plethora of problems. I thought Lola was a fantastic inspiration to all men and women who need to realize they have to be in their own good place emotionally before inviting anyone else to the party.

8. Rhine Ellery from the Chemical Garden trilogy by Lauren Destefano- I guess it's the fact that she maintained her sanity. Kidnapped, forced into marriage, watched people die, saw experiments, lost a friend, it's amazing she kept herself together. I know she had a larger goal in mind the entire time she was in Linden's house, but it takes a lot to remember that when so much crap is going on around you. I'm so proud she didn't break.

9. Tris from Divergent by Veronica Roth- She's so incredibly brave. Even though this is expected of the Dauntless, I still can't get over it. Some of the stunts she pulled, I wouldn't even attempt under heavy alcohol and pharmaceutical influence. Tris began so humbly, as a selfless and mostly obedient child. By the end she was fierce, powerful, brave and just amazing. I loved and admired her ability to change and adapt, even when she wasn't sure of the consequences.

10. Shelby from Purity by Jackson Pearce- Alright, so technically I can't count Shelby because I haven't read Purity yet. However, I already admire her from descriptions and excerpts. I admit that maybe forcing losing your virginity before a purity ball is not the best or brightest idea of the century. Actually it kind of sucks, hard. What I do like about this whole ordeal is the fact that Shelby is taking control of her sexuality and her sexual experiences. Most teens I know just let it happen and wonder why they got pregnant or feel used and empty. Shelby is not going to let it be like that. She may be going about it the entirely wrong way, but I still respect her choices.

Happy Reading,

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