Catherine Hayden and I both finished reading Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan, at around the same time, (it’s a free read until October 24 so check it out!) so we did what any self-respecting book nerds would do—we started discussing! The book centers around these five remarkable young women who make up the Maids of Honor, a.k.a. the Queen’s secret society of protectors (yeah it sounds pretty cool, right? Read it!) We were both fascinated by how cool it was that these girls could wear dresses and be girly, while also being capable of taking down anyone who crossed their paths. They could wear dresses and pack a mean punch! It was a nice change to see girls who could really do both. As we spoke, we started realizing that a lot of the time you either have a badass, butt-kicking heroine, or a dainty, girly one. Why aren’t there more instances of both? Why should we have to choose?
So, in honor of all the ladies who can and want to do both, here’s our list of 10 books that feature Badass Heroines with Class!