C is for Cinder.
Cinder is a cyborg from Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I'm only half way through this book right now, but I already love her. Cinder is awesome because she's intelligent, resourceful and she's a cyborg. (I'm an idiot by the way because I didn't know what a cyborg was before reading this book - I had to look it up....should I not have admitted that?) Cinder takes the "Cinderella princess" ideal to a new level. She's tough and strong and a heroine for young girls to admire. I LOVE the new turn heroines are taking and Cinder epitomizes that. I haven't finished this book yet, so I can't speak about what makes her round and dynamic. But I what I know already is that she's an original take on a classic character. She's complex with a backstory that hasn't been revealed yet (which adds plenty of tension and keeps me flipping the pages). She's feisty, brave, and has a strong sense of right vs wrong. I can just tell she's going to be the kick ass character I want to cheer for and want to be like (though I'm perfectly fine not having robotic parts).
Why I love Cinder: She's a kick-ass princess, not a damsel in distress princess wanna-be (not that I don't love them too - I do. No hate here - just a bit of fist-pumping for the new type of heroine which Cinder embodies)