By Madi Miller
1. “Getting Older” — Avery Grambs
17-year-old Avery Grambs must grow up fast when the late Tobias Hawthorne leaves nearly his entire fortune of $46.2 billion to her on the condition that she live in the Hawthorne family home for a year alongside the old man’s two daughters and four grandsons.
- Book: The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
- “I wanted to believe that Tobias Hawthorne had seen something in me that had told him I could do this, that I could handle the stares and the limelight, the responsibility, the riddles, the threats—all of it. I wanted to matter. I didn’t want to be the glass ballerina or the knife. I wanted to prove, at least to myself, that I was something.” – Avery Grambs
- Lyric: “I’m getting older, I think I’m aging well. I wish someone had told me I’d be doing this by myself.”
2. “my future” — Zoya Nazyalensky
Zoya—a background character throughout the Shadow and Bone trilogy—comes into her own in the King of Scars duology by coming to terms with her past and reconciling with her potential future and newfound powers.
- Book: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
- “You are strong enough to survive the fall.” – Zoya Nazyalensky
- Lyric: “But I, I’m in love with my future.”
3. “Everybody Dies” — Addie LaRue
Addie LaRue is a 300-year-old girl who dreamed of freedom and endless adventures but received a never-ending and lonely existence in which every person she meets forgets her immediately after.
- Book: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
- “I want to be free. Free to live, and to find my own way, to love, or to be alone, but at least it is my choice, and I am so tired of not having choices, so scared of the years rushing past beneath my feet. I do not want to die as I’ve lived, which is no life at all.” – Addie LaRue
- Lyric: “I just wonder why you’d wanna stay if everybody goes, you’d still be alone.”
4. “Your Power” — Lily Bloom
As someone who grew up in an abusive household, Lily Bloom understands how power corrupted her father. She would never fall for someone as violent as he was in her childhood, but who’s to know what someone is truly capable of until it gets the best of them.
- Book: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
- “It’s not the person’s actions that hurt the most. It’s the love. If there was no love attached to the action, the pain would be a little easier to bear.” – Lily Bloom
- Lyric: “Try not to abuse your power. I know we didn’t choose to change.”
5. “NDA” — Nova Artino
Nova Artino, a born and bred villain, despises everything the superheroes nicknamed the Renegades represent. But, while working undercover in Renegade headquarters, her team might be the one thing to show her the true spirit of a hero.
- Book: Renegades by Marissa Meyer
- “What the people needed was to learn to take care of themselves, but that would never happen so long as superheroes were running things.” – Nova Artino
- Lyric: “You couldn’t save me, but you can’t let me go.”
6. “Therefore I Am” — Jude Duarte
When stolen away to a foreign land where mortals like herself are enslaved and abused for the enjoyment of the immortal High Fae, Jude Duarte promises vengeance for anyone who would threaten or endanger her loved ones.
- Book: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
- “I am going to keep on defying you. I am going to shame you with my defiance. You remind me that I am a mere mortal and you are a prince of Faerie. Well, let me remind you that means you have much to lose and I have nothing. You may win in the end, you may ensorcell me and hurt me and humiliate me, but I will make sure you lose everything I can take from you on the way down. I promise you this is the least of what I can do.” – Jude Duarte
- Lyric: “Get my pretty name out of your mouth. We are not the same with or without.”
7. “Happier Than Ever” — Feyre Archeron
Hoping to support her sisters and father, Feyre Archeron is swept away to the land of the Fae, where she meets a once-charming High Lord who breaks every promise of protection by putting her directly in the middle of a 50-year war.
- Book: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
- “Yes, he’d fought for me—but I’d fought harder for him.” – Feyre Archeron
- Lyric: “When I’m away from you, I’m happier than ever.”