Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube. Here is the link for the Goodreads group where you can find the list of topics and such.
This weeks topic is: Independent Ladies
1. Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean
This story took a turn I wasn't expecting and for that reason, Mari is most definitely a very independent lady. She has a job to do and even though she may not agree with it she gets it done nonetheless. She's strong, intelligent and doesn't let anyone treat her as less than she deserves.
Regardless of the fact, Aelin is surrounded by males (very attractive ones at that) she still plots things alone and can hold her own in a fight. Clearly. If anything the males in this series play second fiddle to her and merely enhance her character giving support where required but knowing that she is a competent lady and can look after herself. She tells them that often enough.
This book is utterly mad. But all that madness Alice deals with on her own. She navigates Wonderland alone, for the most part, uses her intellect and ingenuity to get out of situations and generally I think is a rather underrated heroine.
The ultimate feminist retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Each girl has talent beyond the superficial. One is a skilled vet, the other has a vast knowledge of herbology and so on. They use these talents to outsmart and outwit others to remain free of ties. I adored this story.