Bookish Wars is a feature inspired by Book Whore’s Cover Wars and Feed Me Books Now’s Character Wars. For each war, a topic is chosen and I am pitted against another blogger with an opposing point of view.
Best YA Heroine: Katsa v. Miranda v. Karou
For Oh, the Books! Grand Opening week I thought it would be fun to choose a topic in which each of my co-bloggers participate. Best YA Heroine isn’t about who is the best heroine because she’s smart or righteous or kind. No, this is Bookish Wars. The battle being fought today is determining which YA heroine would win in a face-off; which heroine is the most kick-ass of them all.
Is it Katsa from the Graceling Realm series by Kristin Cashore? Is it Miranda from the False Memory series by Dan Krokos? Or is it Karou from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor? Let’s see what the bloggers (including myself) have to say…
[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti”]Katsa from the Graceling Realm series by Kristin Cashore
Alright, let’s just get this clear right away: Katsa is bad-ass. She comes from a world where certain individuals are born with a Grace, a special power. Katsa’s Grace is killing. KILLING! How could she not kick Miranda’s and Karou’s butt when she is magically gifted to doing as much?
I mean, at the mere age of eight she killed her distant cousin! He touched her thigh (that inappropriate bastard) and she just turned around and smashed him int he face so hard that he died on the spot! Of course, if her natural gift for killing isn’t enough to convince you of her winning ways, take into consideration the fact that after that moment she was then trained even further into a killing machine. She could take on eight to ten of the king’s best soldiers at once without breaking a sweat. And yet these girls think their choices could win? Psh.
Oh, but wait, there’s thing one thing that pretty much guarantees the winning outcome for my choice. Too bad it’s a spoiler for Graceling. If you really want to know though… View Spoiler »The real reason why Katsa would win? Her Grace isn’t killing (though that would be enough, I’m sure). Katsa’s Grace is survival. HER MAGICAL GIFT IN LIFE IS TO SURVIVE! How could she not win in a competition like this? « Hide Spoiler I don’t care if the other girls were “built” in a way to be murdering machines, Katsa’s naturally born to kick their asses!
[stextbox id=”kelley2″ caption=”Kelley”]Miranda from the False Memory series by Dan Krokos
If put in a three-way fight with Katsa and Karou — sorry, folks, but Miranda would definitely come out the victor. For the uninitiated, Miranda is basically a superhuman. Not only does she have enhanced physical characteristics like endurance, speed, acrobatics, and strength, but she’s extremely skilled in combat with both ranged (guns) and melee weaponry (her personal favorite is a sword, slung across her back without a sheath because her suit is magnetic and her sword just sticks to the back — how freaking cool is that?!).
In addition to her suit being magnetic, it also serves as armor, protects her from bullets, and has the ultra-super-awesome ability to administer a healing balm and seal her wounds closed inside the suit, so she can keep on fighting and deal with them later.
But her most powerful, secret, scary weapon? Miranda can cause everyone around her to feel immense pain and fear — WITH HER BRAIN. That’s right. She can basically incapacitate Katsa and Karou without even having them in her sights, all by just focusing her mind power for a second. No way either of them could deal with THAT. In your FACE.[/stextbox]
[stextbox id=”leanne2″ caption=”Leanne”]Karou from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor
So, Karou. I feel like I don’t even need to explain how ultimately she blows these other two paltry specimens out of the water for title of Most Badass. But in case you haven’t yet met Karou, and for the sake of Asti’s Bookish Wars, allow me to open your eyes to the Queen of Kickass.
She’s friends with monsters. Big, scary ones. That can EAT YOUR FACE. There’s also a rabid fairy somewhere in that army of friendship, and do you even know how scary those things are? It takes a pretty kickass girl to pull off not only keeping friends like that in line, but keeping them as friends in the first place. Those not her friends can be made to suffer the most embarrassing cranny itches ever in public, and that’s just if they’re lucky!
Did I mention she can FLY?! All the acrobatics and special powers in the world can’t compete with being able to take to the skies.
Mind-induced pain? Karou will withstand. View Spoiler »Thanks to the pain tithe for resurrection, and dealing with a broken heart, Karou is no stranger to pain. You might even say they’re best friends now. As for Katsa killing her outright? See below. ;) « Hide SpoilerView Spoiler »Karou isn’t a regular ole human. She isn’t even superhuman. She is completely other, merely wearing the guise of a human – she is CHIMERA! She’s from another world entirely outside our own, yet has the ability to travel between her world and ours without so much as breaking a sweat. She has tattoos that can bring angels (hello, angels!) to their knees, can wield some wicked crescent moon blades with deadly force, and can throw stalker ex boyfriends through plate glass windows like it’s no big. She also possesses power enough to save two entire worlds from destruction, and is named for that power. If one of these other girls managed to get the jump on her (which, let’s face it, is the only way they’d take her out), she’d just get resurrected anyways! Karou isn’t a born killer, but she was raised in a world of war, and fighting for her survival is something she knows how to do well. If by some strange fluke that lifetime of experience failed her, she could always be resurrected (and would be faster and stronger for it). Any victory these other girls could claim would be temporary at best, and more likely nonexistent altogether. How could they possibly win when they couldn’t manage to kill Karou permanently? They couldn’t! ;) « Hide Spoiler
Who do you think would win in a three-way battle between Katsa, Miranda, and Karou? OR, if you feel up to it, let us know who you would choose as the most unbeatable heroine in YA!