Jun 27, 2016

Julia Ember's list of book girlfriends || Pride Month 2016

Happy Belated Pride Day!

I really can't believe that it's been one year since I saw twitter blow up in rainbow colours! I've been seeing pictures of pride parades, and it's beautiful! 

Anyway, today, for our pride month post, we have Julia Ember, the author of Unicorn Tracks - one of the most sweetest and adorable persons I've ever met - and an amazing advocate for diversity! She's also hosting the #ReadProud Challenge this month!

Today, Julia's here to talk about her list of book girlfriends! I am excited to check out her list, so let's get down to business!


Bookish Girlfriends – “We’re Damsels. We’re in Distress. We Got This.”  


            Book Girlfriend posts are basically my favourite posts to write. If you browse bookish twitter or read fanfiction, fandom ships often seem pretty focused on the guy’s hot qualities. I understand that this is because the vast majority of these shippers are straight females. As a bisexual lady, I can definitely appreciate the hype surrounding Rhysand or Strumhand. But what about the ladies??

In Bookish Girlfriends, I like to point out a few women from books who are equally swoon-worthy. Some of them are queer on the page. Others are presented in m/f pairings, but the fandom community makes all types of pairings. So, I would love to read more about these women in my daily dose of R-rated fan fiction. *cough*

            In this particular post, I’m going to focus on a few “alpha females” – girls who fight for what they want, fight for the partners they want and are the queens of witty banter.  These are all chosen from books I have read in 2016. 

    Nesta from A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

Like most ACOMAF readers, I’m a pretty hardcore Rhysand-Feyre shipper. To be honest, I think my love of that pairing is a lot more about Rhysand that Feyre herself – I just need, NEED, to read about Rhys from that intimate, first-person perspective that comes from Feyre. But then, ACOMAF has such an interesting and varied cast of female leads; all of them incredibly competent, brave and sexy in their own ways. Although I didn’t love her in ACOTAR, Nesta stole the sexy lady show for me in ACOMAF.

Nesta is prickly, strong-willed and blunt. In ACOMAF, we learn that her will-power was so strong Tamlin’s glamour failed on her. To me, the idea of a sun-kissed beauty who can effectively defeat a Fae High Lord with the strength of her mind, is incredibly, potently sexy. I’m really attracted to women who know what they want and have a quiet steeliness about them. I also loved how protective Nesta was of Elaine and how she stood up for herself against queens and High Fae alike.

I have a bit of a fantasy ship of Nesta and Mor getting together. I think Mor’s playful personality could loosen Nesta up a little bit and I think they would both respect the other’s strength.


      Tamar from Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo 

Tamar, oh Tamar, could you be any more perfect? As fiercely loyal as she is just plain fierce, witty, affectionate and an on-the-page lesbian. Tamar is part of Sturmhand’s protective grisha-twin body guard duo, and despite her diminutive size in comparison with her enormous twin, I always saw her as the leader.

 Once Tamar makes a promise, she sticks to it. Although she initially betrays Alina, once she commits her loyalty, Tamar protects her fiercely. She’s also pretty hopelessly in love with Nadia, another grisha. Although neither of them were main characters, Leigh Bardugo put in enough adorable little references to their relationship to get my ship sailing. I loved how she made Nadia feel cherished, protected and sexy. Tamar is basically a WOC chivalrous, knight-in-shining armour, and she’s amazing and so so hot.


            Also, she used to be a pirate. Reformed-pirate-knight-lady. Swoon. 


      Becca from Fledgling, Avian and Traitor by Nicole Conway



Put simply, Becca is a total badass. Although forbidden from becoming a dragon rider by her gender, Becca wins the loyalty of the kingdom’s fiercest and most untameable dragon. She disguises herself as a man. Then, she adopts the nickname ‘seraph’ and rides her massive dragon into battle. She is literally the terror of the skies. Becca is smart and fiercely protective of her country.


She’s described as petite, with long raven black hair, brilliant green eyes and a dusting of freckles. It’s the freckles that just kill me. Every damn time. There really isn’t anything more adorable than a girl who could destroy you with her military prowess having a cute little bridge of freckles. 



    

  Sudha from The Vishakanya’s Choice by Roshani Chokshi


This is a short story from Roshani Chokshi, author of The Star-Touched Queen. It’s amazing how quickly I can fall in love with a character when it’s Roshani’s writing.

 Sudha was born cursed, her star-chart showed only death. As a result, she’s turned into a weapon, cultivated and slowly fed poison until her touch is toxic. Even though everyone around her is cruel, she’s still so beautifully kind and strong. I nearly cried when she touched a kitten and it died. She’s sent to kill Alexander the Great, and she manages to charm him with her intelligence and she doesn’t cower in front of him, despite admitting that he’s a living legend.

                She’s different from my other choices in that Sudha is more of a quiet badass. She never becomes a military commander or rides dragons, but that does not make her any less formidable. 



Loved the list Julia! Hope you guys enjoyed the post! And don't forget to check out Julia's novel, Unicorn Tracks!

About the Author

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Originally from the Windy City, Julia Ember now resides in Sunny Scotland where she learned to enjoy both haggis and black pudding. She spends her days working as a professional Book Nerd for a large book wholesaler, and her nights writing YA Romantic Fantasy novels.  She also spends an inordinate amount of time managing her growing city-based menagerie of pets with Harry Potter themed names. Presently, she is the haggard slave Sirius Black and Luna Lovegood the cats and Bellatrix Le Snake. She also owns a freakishly adorable cob pony called Africa.
A world traveller since childhood, Julia has now visited over 60 countries. Her travels inspire the fictional worlds she writes about and she populates those worlds with magic and monsters. In the coming year, she really hopes to visit Iceland and participate in a Saga Tour — viewing the stunning countryside by pony-back.
Julia enjoys all varieties of general geekery. In the past, she has been an avid online gamer — but has had to curb that enthusiasm. Now, she fills that void by reading too many fantasy novels, an eclectic taste in bizarre youtube videos and exploring the magical city of Edinburgh. 
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