I couldn't agree with you more Marie
I've always looked up to Hermione as a child and I still do, for her craziness about academics and just being brave. I always enjoy books of female protagonists who are represented with strong character. One series that I always look back on is Vampire Academy, with Rose (Rosemary) Hathaway, who is a dhampir (half-human, half-vampire), trained to protect her best friend, a vampire Moroi princess, Lissa, from the Strigoi race.
I am currently reading a series by Kerri Maniscalco, called Stalking Jack the Ripper
, which revolves around mysteries of the late 1800s. The one solving these mysteries is a young woman, Audrey Rose Wadsworth, daughter of a lord, who is supposed to be seen as this woman of high prestige, supposed to get married, acting like a lady, etc. However, she does stuff that the outside world doesn't know the life she does and wants: practicing forensic medicine. To summarize, Audrey's life crosses that into the mysterious murders committed by "Jack the Ripper" and other murder mysteries that she tries to get her hands on, with the help of friends and family to gain access and solve these crimes