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10 books that celebrate girl power

Who run the world? Girls! In today’s world of constant progression and awareness for women’s rights, lady goddesses everywhere are making strides for overall girl power and bad-assery whether it be at school, in the workplace, or even just curled up at home reading one of these new fantasy titles that celebrate girl power in its rawest form. Because after all, as an amazing empowered female, who doesn’t want to read about other amazing empowered females?

À la The Spice Girls circa 1996, here are 10 books that celebrate girl power!

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‘Empire Rising’ by Cheyanne Young

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The third in the exciting City of Legends series hones back in on determined heroine Maci Knight as she searches to find her brother Max, who has been taken by Aurora Falcon’s partner Felix. On top of her search for her brother, a new threat to King City comes into play that threatens war. But when Maci realizes that she may be able to use this threat find her brother, she vows to save her city and bring her family back together.

Power Factor: Maci taking charge to find her brother instead of being the damsel in distress.

‘Beyond the Red’ by Ava Jae

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Alien queen Kora is the first woman to ever rule her kingdom, and she has her work cut out for her. Her people are rioting and calling for her violent younger brother to take the throne. But Kora is determined to protect her people from his tyrannical rule, even after being framed for an assassination attempt sends her spiraling into a mission to prevent human genocide on the planet.

Power Factor: Kora’s devotion to her country and standing her ground despite its chaos and upheaval.

‘Lastland’ by A.R. Ivanovich

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Things haven’t slowed down for seventeen-year-old Katelyn Kestrel since she left her peaceful, isolated home in Haven and launched herself right in the middle of a centuries-long battle between princes. Now, the armies of the two princes are ready for one last showdown, and Katelyn’s decision on who to side with will determine not only her future but the future of Haven.

Power Factor: Katelyn stepping in to settle the issues between some whiny-boy princes while also possibly saving the world.

‘Passenger’ by Alexandra Bracken

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Violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves when a dangerous stranger with an agenda thrusts her into a different world and time. She finds herself on a ship traveling at sea with a boy named Nicholas Carter, whom she must team up with in order to find a mysterious object that is crucial to Etta’s protection and survival.

Power Factor: Etta navigating her way through a different place and time and remaining strong after being taken from her family.

‘Remnants: Season of Glory’ by Lisa Tawn Bergren

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Andriana is a Remnant, which means that she has spent her entire life being trained as humanity’s last defense against the horrors that plague their broken society in 2095. It’s been a rough battle, but the Remnants are gaining power despite Pacifica’s plans for domination. But when Pacifica plans to annihilate all Remnants that have not pledged to their empire, Andriana must surrender or stand her ground and fight…possibly to the death.

Power Factor: Andriana discovering her own identity and feelings outside her isolated training, while also protecting society.

‘Glass Sword’ by Victoria Aveyard

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Mare Barrow, a Red with Silver abilities and blood on her hands, still stands smack dab in the middle of the Red and Silver conflict. But things change when she realizes that she is not the only of her kind, and thus sets out to find other Red and Silver fighters to finally defeat her oppressors.

Power Factor: Mare taking charge to end oppression with the help of others like her.

‘Curio’ by Evangeline Denmark

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Grey Howard has always hated the oppressive Chemists in her Western town, forced to take the medicine that (supposedly) keeps her and the rest of the citizens alive. She tries to remain under the radar and obedient, but when her best friend Whit is captured by the Chemists for trying to protect her, obedience is no longer an option. Soon Grey discovers a secret that may help rescue Whit and end the Chemists’ dark rule forever.

Power Factor: Grey finding the courage and motivation to speak out about injustice and help to end it once and for all.

‘Truthwitch’ by Susan Dennard

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Safiya and Iseut were both born with “witchery,” magical skillsets that make them powerful and different. Safiya can always tell truth from lie, while Iseut has the ability to see the invisible bonds that intertwine peoples’ lives. Through an unlikely and unexpected friendship, the two will need to fight endless battles to protect one another, especially from those who will do anything to get their hands on a Truthwitch like Safiya.

Power Factor: Two powerful ladies protecting and supporting one another instead of tearing each other down? Perfect.

‘A Criminal Magic’ by Lee Kelly

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It’s 1926: Magic is real, addictive, and has just been outlawed by the 18th Amendment. Despite this, the sorcery underworld is booming, and when young sorcerer Joan Kendrick joins D.C.’s most notorious crime syndicate she enters an arena of high stakes and shifting alliances. And maybe even…love?

Power Factor: Joan basically being a badass Hermione while also finding a magic partner in crime.

‘Map of Fates’ by Maggie Hall

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In just two weeks, Avery West discovered that she is the heiress to a powerful, mysterious secret society dubbed The Circle. Now she travels the world trying to uncover The Circle’s secrets and find clues to the whereabouts of her mother, taken hostage by enemies of The Circle. From Greece to Cannes, nothing is what it seems.

Power Factor: Avery being both a glamorous queen and a jet setting sleuth, proving that beauty and brains are never a dichotomy.

Will you be picking up any of these kickass girl power books?

This post was written by SparkPoint Studio.

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