Recently, I’ve written a couple posts for Heroes and Heartbreakers looking at damaged heroines and the urban fantasy locales that will never make a tourist guide. The more I think on it, the more thankful I am not to be in the shoes of so many of the protagonists from my favorite books. Honestly, it might sound interesting to be a Guardian in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series, but after reading Shadow Kiss and Blood Promise, can you really tell me you’d be willing to swap shoes with Rose Hathaway?
In that vein, I’m giving you the five characters who make me feel lucky (not to be them)*:
1. Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead)
Really, any of Richelle’s heroines could make this list, but Rose’s life is by far the most messed up. She’s been raised by a school not because she’s an orphan, but because her mother puts protecting vampires above all else. She falls for her mentor, but can’t be with him. He’s older and, well, in a position of power. When they finally give in to their shared love, he’s ripped from her and turned into the very thing they fight against. She has to hunt down and try to kill the only person who encouraged her to think of herself first, the man she loves. Not exactly the kind of life you’d want to lead. Lots of death, constant vigilance and epic romantic ups and downs.
2. MacKayla Lane (Fever series by Karen Marie Moning)
Her sister was murdered and she just wanted to make the police do something. Instead, MacKayla gets pulled into a war with the fae and has to help stop our world from crumbling, literally. She may (eventually) get Barrons, but the journey there — including the brutality associated with becoming Pri-ya — is nothing sort of painful.
3. Rhiannon Murphy (Rhiannon’s Law series by J.A. Saare)
Things never get better for Rhiannon. She finds love? It’s ripped from her. She gets transported into the future? Everyone is subjugated. She finds a way out? The future manages to follow her to the past and complicate things even more so. Really, this woman will never catch a break. On the upside: Disco and Paine.
4. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins)
Fighting to the death is just not my thing. Becoming propaganda isn’t either. Doing it all for nothing (highlight to reveal spoiler) because you sister dies anyway? Screw that.
5. Georgia Mason (Feed by Mira Grant)
We have things in common, me and Georgia. We’re both bloggers. We both have news backgrounds. She, however, lives in a post-zombie-apocalypse world. That means blood tests to get in and out of her car, home, city, etc. She gets wrapped up in what happens when becoming a zombie isn’t just a result of an attack — though it can be — but also based on science. I won’t spoil the book, but let’s say Feed is heartbreakingly good.
And just for the sake of providing the flip-side: I’d really love to by Lady Corsair from Meljean Brook’s Heart of Steel. Airship captain FTW!
Now for your turn. Which heroines would you never, ever, ever switch places with? Who makes you most thankful to be spending your days in the office?
* Because I’ve talked about Chess Putnam from Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts series so much — especially in those two H&H articles — we’re calling her a gimme.