In Her Shoes is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Vanya at YA Story Teller. To participate, simply put yourself in the shoes of a heroine you've recently read about, and then tell what you thought of her, what you would do in her stead, or what you've learned from her.
First of all, let me tell you that both those girls were absolutely amazing. They were smart, brave, good-natured, cunning, loyal, caring, hard-working, and, most importantly, real survivors. They had a strong will, and alot of fight, and it helped them help themselves, each other, and many others.
She was like a sister to Sera, probably that's why she took the "betrayal" so hard, and paid Sera back by destroying her social life. Ariel is definitvely a girl of action, on all counts, no hesitation. She has her own opinion, and she makes up her mind, although sometimes a bit too fast. But she's always moving forward, which makes her a very strong character, especially for her age, and with her uncertain family situation.
Okay, she seemed quite superficial in the beginning, but I as I got to know her, I thought that was just her hiding in the crowd because she's uncertain with herself. She has yet to find her own way, her lifeline. She's one of those people who Fortuna has on her list of special fates, destined to do great deeds for mankind after she learns first hand how cruel and painful life can be.
And certainly, Ariel took all the mayor blows in this story, and it was more than heartbreaking. I can imagine even some strong girl giving up here, but she didn't. She had her breakdowns, she had grief and suffering, she had desperation. But she'd always pull herself together, get back up, and fight. Granted, she needed someone to lend her a little strength, give her a little push, but just through the worst of it all. The rest was all her own determination after she set her mind to a goal. Then nothing could stop her, not even more cruel revelations or turns of events. Because even after everything was taken away from her, she started over from scratch even stronger than she was before.
Ariel isn't just a heroine in the protagonist kind of saying it, she really was heroic in her actions, despite all the tragedy. Someone to look up to, to learn from, who would end up in the history books for later generations. I was hard not to be at a loss for words for her, because I was and still am in awe about her.
Link up and let me know whose shoes you stepped into this week!