The following excerpt is taken from the Darkling’s diary. It is undated.

This is Alina. She is holding a potato. It looks like a potato. It was supopsed too be a babey. I got much sleepy haffway threw the skech. I got too lazy to fix it. I am too seelp-drubk and too happey now. Alina and I will be maried somedaye. We will live in big house and have lots of babeys. Babeys are cute. Alina is cute. Am I cute? Alina, am I cute? I should go to sleep. Good neight Alina. Good nigthe babey…

A Guide to Female YA Leads
  • Clary Fray:Imma do the thing
  • Literally anyone:Don't do the thing
  • Clary:I'm sorry did I fucking ask you?
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  • Aelin Ashryver:Imma do the thing
  • Someone:Don't do the thing
  • Aelin:Fine
  • Aelin:*whispers* Imma do it later
  • -----
  • Alina Starkov:Imma do the thing
  • Mal:Don't do the thing
  • Alina:Why not?
  • Mal:*gives reason*
  • Alina:Hmm. Good point.
  • The Darkling:Hello
  • Alina:Imma do the thing
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  • Juliette Ferrars:Imma do the thing
  • Someone:Are you sure you can?
  • Juliette:*stares*
  • Juliette:*rips a car apart with her bare hands*
  • Someone:Yeah nevermind forget I said anything
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  • Ruby Daly:Imma do the thing
  • Liam:Don't do the thing
  • Ruby:Liam, leave this to the big kids, okay?
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  • Adelina Amourteru:Imma do the thing
  • Someone:Don't do the thing
  • Adelina:Why not?
  • Someone:Um, because it's morally abhorrent, blatantly disregards every law ever, and will likely end in death?
  • Adelina:
  • Adelina:
  • Adelina:your point being...?
  • -----
  • America Singer:Hey, Maxon, let's say I, hypothetically, were to do the thing...
  • Maxon:Please don't do the thing
  • America:Okay, so let's say I, hypothetically, did the thing 20 minutes ago...
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  • Penryn Young:Imma do the thing
  • Angels:Don't do the thing
  • Humans:Don't do the thing
  • Penryn:...maybe do the thing
  • Raffe:Don't do the thing
  • Penryn:Imma do the thing
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  • Tris Prior:Imma do the thing
  • Someone:Don't do the thing
  • Tris:*makes direct eye contact, promises she won't do the thing, then does the thing*
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  • Linh Cinder:Imma do the thing
  • Someone:Don't do the thing
  • Cinder:Look me dead in the eye and tell me that you think I'm doing this because I feel like it. I dare you. I fucking dare you.

Book ladies: part one, /part two/

She gave it all, you gave her shit
She coulda done, just anything
Or anyone, cause she’s a goddess
You never got this
You put her down, you liked her hopeless
To walk around, feeling unnoticed
You shoulda crowned her, cause she’s a goddess
You never got this


Favorite Female Characters in YA fiction: Genya SafinAlina Starkov & Zoya Nazyalensky (The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo)

“I am a doll and a servant. I am a pretty thing and a soldier just the same.” 

“It’s true,” I said softly. “You are stronger, wiser, infinite in experience.” I leaned forward and whispered, my lips brushing the shell of his ear. “But I am an apt pupil.

She looked like a saint. Delicate bones, glossy hair, perfect skin. All she needed was a halo.


“He leaned against the window, and the gilded frame came into sharp focus. “Do you think it would be any different with your tracker beside you? With that Lantsov pup?”
“Yes,” I said simply.
“Because you would be the strong one?”
“Because they’re better men than you.”
“You might make me a better man.”
“And you might make me a monster.”