August 31st: Skilled Fighters | Top 5 Wednesday

Hey everyone! 

It is time for another Top 5 Wednesday book blog post!

Top 5 Wednesday was started in November 2013 and is a very much active group on Goodreads, so head over to Goodreads to join the group and keep up with all the topics for the month. I thought it was such a fun idea to have weekly books related prompts that I could answer and share with all of you.

You can read some of my previous Top 5 Wednesday posts here

This week’s prompt was a little harder to complete because I have not been reading a lot of books that feature characters that fight/ have fighting skills; so as result, I have only managed to pick out 4 books that fit this week’s prompts.

August 31st: Skilled Fighters

There are characters we know can hold their own and kick some butt, but then there are characters who are simply deadly in their skillset and seem almost undefeatable. For today’s prompt, let’s focus on characters who we consider skilled fighters and do more than just “hold their ground.” 

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Goodreads Synopsis:

Could you survive on your own in the wild, with every one out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weight survival against humanity and life against love.

My favourite badass female protagonist in YA. Katniss is very skilled in archery, something that she uses to her advantage that ultimately keeps her alive in the arena.

2. Dreams Lie Beneath by Rebecca Ross 

Goodreads Synopsis:

A story about magic and the captivating power of dreams.

A curse plagues the realm of Azenor—during each new moon, magic flows from the nearby mountain and brings nightmares to life. Only magicians, who serve as territory wardens, stand between people and their worst dreams.

Clementine Madigan is ready to take over as the warden of her small town, but when two magicians challenge her, she is unwittingly drawn into a century-old conflict. She seeks revenge, but as she secretly gets closer to Phelan, one of the handsome young magicians, secrets begin to rise. Clementine must unite with her rival to fight the realm’s curse, which seems to be haunting her every turn.

Clementine, a warden, uses her skills in magic to fight off unwanted magicians who plan to plague her town. She is a courageous and bold character that isn’t one to weaver at a challenge. She takes things in stride and has enough belief in herself that she will face any problem head-on. She doesn’t wait for problems to solve themselves, and instead finds solutions to them. 

Full Book Review: The One About Dreamless Sleepers: Dreams Lie Beneath by Rebecca Ross | Book Review

3. Lady Killer, Volume 1 by Joëlle Jones, Jamie S. Rich, Chelsea Cain

Goodreads Synopsis:

Josie Schuller is a picture-perfect homemaker, wife, and mother—but she’s also a ruthless, efficient killer! She’s balanced cheerful domestic bliss with coldly performed assassinations, but when Josie finds herself in the crosshairs, her American Dream life is in danger! Collects Lady Killer#1–#5.

“A level of violence that can only be described as Mad Men’s Betty Draper meets Dexter.”—Comic Book Resources

Lady Killer somehow manages to perfectly incorporate the quaint concept of the 1950s TV housewife with blood-fueled antics of vicious killer for hire.”—IGN

Josie is picture-perfect house-wife, and mother but she is also a killer – a very skilled killer. This was such a great graphic novel– from the plot, the art etc.

4. Castles in Their Bones by Laura Sebastian | Book Review

Goodreads Synopsis:

A spellbinding story of three princesses and the destiny they were born for: seduction, conquest, and the crown. Immerse yourself in the first book in a new fantasy trilogy from the author of the New York Timesbestselling Ash Princess series.

Empress Margaraux has had plans for her daughters since the day they were born. Princesses Sophronia, Daphne, and Beatriz will be queens. And now, age sixteen, they each must leave their homeland and marry their princes.

Beautiful, smart, and demure, the triplets appear to be the perfect brides—because Margaraux knows there is one common truth: everyone underestimates a girl. Which is a grave mistake. Sophronia, Daphne, and Beatriz are no innocents. They have been trained since birth in the arts of deception, seduction, and violence with a singular goal—to bring down monarchies— and their marriages are merely the first stage of their mother’s grand vision: to one day reign over the entire continent of Vesteria.

The princesses have spent their lives preparing, and now they are ready, each with her own secret skill, and each with a single wish, pulled from the stars. Only, the stars have their own plans—and their mother hasn’t told them all of hers.

Life abroad is a test. Will their loyalties stay true? Or will they learn that they can’t trust anyone—not even each other?

Not exactly “fighting” skills, BUT I had to include the characters in this book simply. Each princesses given a distinct personality and charm. Daphne is the daughter that is the most like their mother; cunning, smart and has a knack for archery and poisons. Beatriz is the more rebellious sister. Her charming looks and bold personality have been known to get her whatever she wants whenever she pleases. The last sister is Sophie. Sophie seems like the youngest among the three simply because she’s the more empathetic, sweet, and is the only sister who seems to have harboured some feelings for her pre-arranged royal spouse. The chapters alternate between the sisters, following them as they complete their set duties– and they are skilled at it.

Full Book Review: The One About Princesses’ Who Were Raised To Deceive: Castles in Their Bones by Laura Sebastian | Book Review

What are some of your favourite skilled fighters in books? I clearly need some recommendations!

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