Women Crush Wednesday #4 – Nina Zelnik


Welcome to my fourth appreciative post about the fictional women I adore. This idea was brought to me by Bookish girl and I’m loving talking about my favorite women in fiction, so again, thank you! You can find more details about my reasons to start this meme on this post.

Anyway, my goal is to bring women – including trans women, of course – to the lights every week. But without waiting more, here’s my choice for this week!


Nina is one of the main characters from The Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo, and the fierce Greisha is probably one of my favorite female leads in fiction, because she’s just so. damn. awesome, okay? God, I miss her.

(also I just realized that all the women I chose so far have a name ending in -a, and that’s so weird?)

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Confession : I just spent 10 minutes staring at the blank screen, wondering how the hell I was supposed to explain that for me choosing Nina was… taken as a sine qua non. The real question would be : why would anyone NOT choose Nina? I mean… NINA? I dare you not to love her.




“Moderation isn’t one of my specialities.”
“I can see that,” he said. “I like the look of a woman who enjoys herself.”
I’d enjoy choking you slowly, she thought as she ran her fingers over his arm.


One of my favorite thing about this duology is the way everybody seems to connect with at least one of these characters. The dynamics between them are truly amazing and of course I have a special place in my heart for every one of them. Yet in the end, Nina is the character with whom I feel like I’ve created the strongest bond, and that’s probably because she’s just so complex and endearing and funny and strong, and I want her as a best friend, OKAY? CAN WE DO THAT?

“I am Grisha,” Nina said with a dramatic wave.
“No secret is beyond my grasp.” She might as well enjoy herself.

I love her spirit, her wit, her strength of character, her doubts, her fight against addiction – everything. Through both novels she’s such a good friend, too! Truly the best. AND SHE RAISE THE DEAD. HOW AWESOME IS THAT.

“It’s not natural for women to fight.”
“It’s not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand. Did you really swim all those miles just to die in this hut?”

And what can I say about her relationship with Matthias? God, they delighted me. They made me laugh. They made me feel. They broke my heart. I know that for many of my friends, Kaz and Inej steal the show, but Nina and Matthias were the ones who made my heart beat faster, especially in Crooked Kingdom.

“Matthias smiled broadly and boomed in a singsong voice, “Hello, little friend!”
The woman went from wary to baffled. Nina decided to call it an improvement.”

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to reread these books (and if you *GASP* haven’t read them, just go, okay?)

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That’s it for today! Feel free to link your posts about your favorite women leads in the comments, I’ll gladly add them here! 

12 responses to “Women Crush Wednesday #4 – Nina Zelnik

  1. I AM SO GLAD I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO LOVES NINA. Especially as someone who is on the… curvier side, it was SO GREAT to see someone who loved her body and ate as many waffles as she wanted and was generally an all-around badass. A+ choice.

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