Best of 2020: The Heroines

Posted January 6, 2021 by Casee in Features | 1 Comment

2020 was the year of the strong heroine for us here at Book Binge and we’re here to list our favorites of the bunch. You’ll find some really great heroines, heroines that are some of the strongest, most caring and loving heroines that we all read and loved in 2020. Check it out.


Kate Daniels from Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7) by Ilona Andrews: There are few heroines that rate as high as Kate Daniels for me. She’s just as amazing in book one as she is in book ten, though she grows and changes exponentially in between.

Sharine from Archangel’s Sun by Nalini Singh: The Hummingbird has always been very elusive in this series. Not just elusive, but fragile. Sharine was anything but meek. I enjoyed her journey to finding herself. It was inspiring.

Julia Fairfax from Sommersgate House by Kristen Ashley: Julia gave up her life to move to England to take care of her nieces and nephew. I found her courage and resilience to be very admirable. She never made the children feel like she sacrificed and she didn’t let Douglas get away with anything.

Rage from All the Rage by T.M. Frazier: Rage was a very unusual heroine. As an assassin, she was completely different than your usual heroine. She thought she didn’t have the emotions that other people had until she met her match with Noloan.

Olivia Shade from Sebring by Kristen Ashley: Olivia was heartbreaking. She knew she was trapped with her criminal family and she did whatever she could to take care of her employees. No matter that they were criminals. She didn’t think she deserved Nick with just destroyed me. All the feels with this one.


Lara from The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen: A female assassin raised in a compound with her sisters, who sacrifices everything to save them? Yesssss. Lara made some mistakes, but man did I love her. She was just so fierce!

Yvenne from A Heart of Blood and Ashes by Milla Vane: Yvenne was weak, disfigured and small – not exactly what you’d expect of a Barbarian heroine. But she was also strong, fierce, loyal and very smart. Her quick wit and determination to save herself and her people was so well done. I adored her.

Nina from Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha: I really loved how capable and tough Nina was, and how quick she was to step in and protect those weaker than she was. Right from the beginning she was kicking ass and taking names, and I was here for it.

Grier Woolworth from The Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy series by Hailey Edwards: Grier was such a standup character. I loved how determined she was to put the pieces of herself back together, to enjoy her freedom, and to learn from past mistakes. She took some hits, but she kept striving to be better. I loved that.

Sharine from Archangel’s Sun by Nalini Singh: Sharine was another broken character who was determined to put the pieces of herself back together. She had strength and grace, and I loved watching her personal growth throughout the novel.


Kate Daniels from Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews: Kate Daniels is the top of the best for me. I freaking love the heck out of her.

Mercy Thompson-Hauptman from Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs: Mercy Thompson is up there with Kate Daniels for me. I absolutely love her.

Julie Olsen-Lennart from Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews: Julie is a favorite character of mine from the Kate Daniels world for me and I completely adored her in Magic Stars. I’m Team Derek for Julie. Get it together, Derek!!

Catalina Baylor from Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews: I really enjoyed Nevada’s books but Catalina is holding her own and I really enjoyed all of the books with her front and center. She’s completely different from Nevada, but still just as awesome. Love her!

Selenka Durev from Alpha Night by Nalini Singh: Selenka was a great heroine, perfect for Ethan but equally great on her own. She was a great alpha to her pack and a great partner for Ethan. Just an all-around great character and I really liked her.

Who were some of your favorite heroines in 2020?

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