What are the best novels with strong female leads?

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    #1The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games is the first novel of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins which centers on Katniss Everdeen who volunteers as tribute to replace her younger sister in a game televised and ruled by a dictatorial government.


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    Keith Coleman
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is one of the "in" series of books at the moment, but don't let that fool you into thinking it doesn't deserve that accolades! Great Narrative, pacing, and a believable female lead who also happens to be a force to be reckoned with! A great fictional world to delve into, be sure to start here at its beginning."
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    #2The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is a crime fiction novel published in 2005. This book tells the story of Mikael Blomkvist and his struggle to redeem his honor by solving a murder for a wealthy family.


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    Arjun Rodrigues
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo written by Stieg Larsson and translated by Reg Keeland. The book is part of a series that is being written from manuscripts Larsson left behind prior to his death."
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    #3Vampire Academy

    Vampire Academy
    Vampire Academy is a paranormal romance by Richelle Mead. It tells the story of Lissa, a vampire princess, and her guardian and best friend, Rose, during their stay in St. Vladimir's Academy. This is the first book of a six-part series.

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    Charvi Khan
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This is a great young adult novel for girls. The main characters are two strong female leads and best friends. The story is also great for girls that love vampire or paranormal stories. "
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    #4Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass)

    Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass)

    After serving at the salt mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien has found a way of recovering her freedom: she will have to act has the champion of Prince Dorian in the competition to find a new royal assassin. 


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    Emma Richards
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I had a wonderful time reading this novel. I love the strong female lead character."
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    #5Graceling (Graceling Realm)

    Graceling (Graceling Realm)
    Graceling is a book by Kristin Cashore that tells a story about Katsa. She is smart and beautiful who lives in the Seven Kingdoms where people are born with Grace. She was blessed with killing grace but thing changed when she met Po.

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    Andrés Carrillo
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Graceling is a book that I was a bit skeptical about because it isn't my typical liking. But, after getting really into it, i realize I was wrong and couldn't put it down. The story is quite unique and inspiring in ways I never thought possible. I am sure you will agree once you get to reading it."
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    #6Angelfall (Penryn & The End Of Days)

    Angelfall (Penryn & The End Of Days)
    Angelfall, the first book in Susan Ee's Penryn & the End of Days series, is about Penryn, whose little sister was kidnapped by angels after the apocalypse. Penryn vowed to do everything to save her sister, even if it meant helping an enemy: an angel.

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    Jose Mendez
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Angelfall is better than the typical 'strong woman' Hunger Games clone out there. The premise is more interesting, and the writing is more straightforward. It's ok."
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    #7Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)

    Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)
    There is civil unrest in the districts, and the Capitol is getting tired of quelling these disturbances. In Catching Fire, the Capitol sends a chilling message to the districts to remind them of who is really in charge.

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    Brenda Wells
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This novel is a great read with a strong female lead. Katniss generally had good intentions at heart, even after being hardened in the first Hunger Games book. She was treated like an animal and came out the other side a survivor, but now must do it again. All of these trials and tribulations lead her to coming out even strong and leading her loved ones to a better life. "
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    #8Daughter of Smoke & Bone

    Daughter of Smoke & Bone
    Karou, a young student from Prague, is a half-human half-monster from Elsewhere, a parallel world full of secrets. The gates to Elsewhere are closing, so Karou will have to choose between staying in the real world or dive into the darkness of Elsewhere to find out who she really is. 

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    Harry Ramirez
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is a great book! I love the storyline its different, at least to me. As a feminist it's great seeing a strong female character come to light. This book is available on the different platforms , its cheap, it's all I could have wish for in a good book"
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    #9The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
    The Lightning Thief is the first book in Rick Riordan's series Percy Jackson & the Olympians. In this book, Jackson discovers that he's Poseidon's son and must stop a war between the gods by finding the thief who stole Zeus' master bolt. 

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    Philip Gardner
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Strong women have been my role models growing up. My mother and aunt have past recently so I have been reading novels of inspiring women. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) has some inspiring characters even if is just fiction. I find it enjoyable to read."
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    #10Among the Shrouded

    Among the Shrouded
    Among the Shrouded is the first book in the young adult paranormal series The Sevens Prophecy written by Amalie Jahn which follows the lives of Mia, Thomas, and Kate possessing paranormal abilities.

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    Aanya Jindal
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Overall this story is dramatic and exciting. Mia, Thomas, and Kate have paranormal abilities that send this story to new heights. It is a must read with exciting page turning suspense. A very good read."
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    #11Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter)

    Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter)

    The first book of the 'Guild Hunter Series' beings narrating the story of Elena Deveraux, a vampire hunter that kills many beasts and monsters for a living. This time, she has been hired to kill Archangel Raphael, something harder that will be harder than she thought, as his beauty might interfere in her job. 


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    Ruth Carter
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This book is written by a premiere author who certainly knows what she is doing, having been on the New York Times Bestseller list. It looks like she has developed a specialty in dark fantasies, with the Guild Hunters being the title of only one series she has published. To include this book in the category of novels with strong female leads is apropos, although one should be aware that the strong female lead in this case kills things. Not all of the readers who reviewed this book was enchanted with the heroine of the story."
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    #12The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden)

    The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden)
    The Immortal Rules is a paranormal romance book written by Julie Kagawa. The Immortal Rules was published on April 24, 2012 by Harlequin Teen. This is the first book in the Blood of Eden Series.

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    Julia Flores
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The supernatural meets dystopia (I think that's a good synopsis!). Kagawa is an author that loves action and intrigue. You never know what is around the next corner, but you can be sure it will be exciting. This whole series is a fun read. I think of these as beach books (perfect for summer). "
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    #13Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels)

    Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels)
    In the third book of the Kate Daniels series, she will find herself once again in danger. After discovering her werewolf friend Derek on the verge of dying, she will have to face her biggest challenge to date: the Midnight Games. 

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    Walter Lewis
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Magic Strikes is an amazing book by Ilona Andrews. The characters are well written, the plot is thick and full of nuance, and the story follows a pace that makes it both enjoyable to read and easy to keep up with. Damn good main heroine too."
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    #14Moon Called (Mercy Thompson)

    Moon Called (Mercy Thompson)
    Raised embracing her shapeshifter nature, Mercy Thompson had always lived with her fellow werewolves family. Everything changed when she got kicked out the community due to a forbidden love affair, so she started running a mechanic shop. One day, she meets a teenage werewolf, something that will get her in many troubles with the family that abandoned her. 

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    Katherine Crawford
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Stories about werewolves have been popular . Moon Called tackles focuses on this volatile market."
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    #15Poison Study (Study)

    Poison Study (Study)
    Poison Study is the first book in the fantasy romance series Poison Study written by Maria V. Snyder which centers on self-confessed murderer Yelena who avoided a conviction when she became the new food taster of her nation. 

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    #16Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress)

    Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress)

    Halfway to the Grave is the first book in the Night Huntress series written by Jeaniene Frost. This urban fantasy paranormal book is first published in 2007 by Avon. 


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    Brandon Garcia
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I enjoyed this book because it reminded me a lot of Buffy the Vampire slayer. The world is dark and forbidden, and there's danger around every corner. Fantastic. "
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    #17The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride)

    The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride)

    The Angel Experiment is the first book in the science fiction series Maximum Ride written by James Patterson which follows Max Ride and her best friends gifted with amazing powers running for their lives.


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    William Alexander
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I love it when books have strong female characters. This book really delivers on that front too, it has a kicking ass lead and is a great read."
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    #18Mockingjay (The Hunger Games)

    Mockingjay (The Hunger Games)

    Mockingjay is the third installment in The Hunger Games Trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. It is the final chapter of Katniss Everdeen in her revolution against the capitol as she serves to be the rebels' Mockingjay.


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    Ethan Rose
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I believe that this solution is good. It provides the book number, author, and a brief summary of the book. Furthermore, by the way it is written, the reader can gather that the main character is a female and a leader."
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    #19The Ugly Duckling

    The Ugly Duckling

    The Ugly Duckling is the first book in the contemporary romance series The Ugly Duckling written by Annabelle Costa which centers on the relationship of Libby Saunders and Will Kaplan. 


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    Caroline Wang
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This book is absolutely awful. The "strong woman" feminist is horrible. Annabelle Costa doesn't know how to write."
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    Scheherazade is a thrilling adventure and historical action novel for young adults written by Anthony O'Neill. It was originally released in 2002. It is about Scheherazade and her attempt to create new tales and save her life.


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    Jose Richardson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This novel is notable for it's strong female character in the lead. It's got a lot of the YA hangups, like thin plot and a questionable romantic situation, however it serves are a good role model for our kids."
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    #21Dreaming the Eagle (Boudica)

    Dreaming the Eagle (Boudica)

    Dreaming the Eagle is a historical fiction novel written by Manda Scott, first published in 2002 by Dell. It is the first book in the Boudica series, and it tells the story of Boudica, the queen of the Iceni tribe.


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    Parakram Mehra
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This novel has a really good story, with a woman who leads. I would recommend this to anyone who is for women rights, and or just enjoys women as a leader in a story. I have recommended this to friends and family who enjoy stories with strong leaders."
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    #22Happiness for Beginners

    Happiness for Beginners

    Happiness for Beginners is a standalone women's fiction novel written by Katherine Center which centers on the life of divorcee 32-year-old Helen Carpenter.


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    Brandon Gray
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This is a really good book for those that love nature. The writer lends a lot of wise advice to the story, along with wit, humor, and tellings of the human condition."


Best What are the best novels with strong female leads
1The Hunger GamesBooks 33 Paid
2The Girl with the Dragon TattooBooks 30 Paid
3Vampire AcademyBooks 29 Paid
4Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass) Books 26 Paid
5Graceling (Graceling Realm) Books 24 Paid
6Angelfall (Penryn & The End Of Days)Books 23 Paid
7Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)Books 21 Paid
8Daughter of Smoke & Bone Books 19 Paid
9The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)Books 17 Paid
10Among the ShroudedBooks 16 Paid

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