Top 5 Wednesday| *Insert Destiny Child Lyrics Here*

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly blog group that comes together to discuss that week's topic. The idea was first curated by the wonderful Lainey at GingerReadLainey and is now run by Samantha over on ThoughtsonTomes. 

If you wish to participate, either on your Blog or Booktube channel then, please, join the group on Goodreads for all the relevant topics.

This week we are looking at independent ladies! This doesn't mean that these characters don't have romantic sub-plots in the stories, but ladies that don't need a romantic counterpart to make them interesting or bad-ass.


Kate Harker
This Savage Song

As much as this could be argued, there is no romantic plot in the Monsters of Verity duology. Kate and August kiss at a moment of high tension and incomprehension of what keeps pulling them together. And that's platonic. At best.




Irene de Winters
The Invisible Library

Irene de Winters may have two possible love interests, but that doesn't stop her getting in her way as she delves between variant worlds as a junior library. Proof that you can still have love and still do the things you want and need to do in order to protect the worlds.




Jude Duarte
The Cruel Prince

This one is a newly finished book, and I'm so glad I read it before this topic came up for Top 5 Wednesday. Although there are elements of romance in Jude's story, it's her ferocity and wants to fit into a society that drives her and makes her an incredibly independent woman. I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of The Wicked King and see where her journey progresses from here.



Felicity Montague
Gentlemen's Guide to Vice and Virtue/A Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

If I could sum up Felicity in one single quote, this would be it: "You deserve to be here. You deserve to exist. You deserve to take up space in this world."





Lady Vincenza de Grazon (A.K.A Vintage)
The Ninth Rain

To think I almost left out one of my favourite characters. I just bloody love Vintage so much. 





I don't normally do this but I wanted to include someone else, but due to the nature of being a TV show character (and last week was a particularly TV heavy T5W), I thought I would make an honourable mention.


Vanessa Ives
Penny Dreadful

I still haven't finished the second series, due to no longer being able to access the boxsets, but I have every intention of going back. Vanessa is a woman who is troubled, but is able to stand on her own ground and doesn't need a romance plot to make her interesting. 

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