Top Ten Kick-Ass Heroines
(1) Hermione Granger from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. I think this one is pretty self-explanatory since Hermione is one kick-ass witch.
(2) Karigan G'ladheon from Kristen Britain's Green Rider series. Karigan is smart, feisty, loyal and committed to doing whatever it takes to rid Sacoridia of evil, even if the cost is her own happiness.
(3) Yelena from Maria V. Snyder's Study trilogy.
(4) Vin from Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy. At the outset of this trilogy Vin is a shy, self-conscious young woman who knows nothing about the Mistborn power that resides within her. As the trilogy progresses Vin becomes not only more self-assured, but she also masters allomancy, a set of supernatural powers that allows her to take on the Lord Ruler.
(5) Katniss Everdeen from Suzanne Collins Hunger Games trilogy. She's great with a bow and arrow, and won the Hunger Games not once, but twice. Katniss rocks!
(6) Alexia Tarabotti from Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series. Alexia lacks a soul and, as such, is able to defeat supernatural powers.
(7) Thursday Next from Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series. Thursday is a spunky literary detective who gets to hide in books!
(8) Scarlett O'Hara from Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind.
(9) Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. Although not a traditional kick-ass heroine in that her exploits aren't of the action-adventure nature, Lizzie Bennet makes my list for being her own person and not letting society dictate her behaviour.
(10) Bess Crawford from Charles Todd's Bess Crawford historical mystery series. A battlefield nurse who continually finds herself embroiled in murder mysteries, Bess is an intelligent and resourceful young woman who uses these traits to get herself out of sticky situations.