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DAY THREE: Best "Heroines" of 2013
1. Eve Dallas -- In Death series by JD Robb
Homicide detective in futuristic New York who takes her job seriously, but still has time to hang out with her friends and husband.
2. Rionna MacDonald -- Never Love a Highlander by Maya Banks
A lord's daughter who is more comfortable in pants rather than dresses and sword fighting than running a household.
3. Daisy Saxby -- The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James
A woman who understands that she may not be the prettiest in society, but decides to not let that effect her happiness. Her intelligence and sense of self-worth makes her stand out from other historical heroines.
4. Sydney Sage -- Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead
One of my current favorites in YA fiction. I love how Sydney has progressed in her opinions about the vampire world and taken charge of her own life.
5. Violet Waterfield -- The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan
A Victorian widow who is trying to balance her passion for science with her reputation in London's society. A great example of someone being more than they first appear.
6. Artemis Greaves -- Duke of Midnight by Elizabeth Hoyt
A poor relation who is working as a companion to her spoiled cousin. Artemis's ambition, generosity, and intelligence really made her stand out to me.
7. Cath -- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
A YA heroine that I really related to the entire time I was reading the book. Cath's obsession with the Simon Snow series is definitely easy to understand and I loved the introverted side of her personality.
8. Pauline Simms -- Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare
Pauline is another unique Dare heroine. She works as a barmaid in Spindle Cove, but her real dream is to open her own bookshop. Pauline takes matters into her own hand when she is offered the chance to pose as a duke's betrothed for a week.
9. Poppy Lane -- Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan
A character that readers of Callihan's Darkest London series will recognize, but she shows there is more to her than just the nagging older sister. She appears cold and distant though her husband Winston helps her show her more vulnerable side.
10. Janie Morris -- Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid
Probably one of the quirkiest heroines I read about this year with her smarts, stubbornness, and tendency to offer too much information to anybody she gets in a conversation with.