As you all probably know by now, I am a huge fan of Fantasy, Paranormal, Science Fiction—basically, anything out of this world. With that being said, I knew that with this post I wanted to recommend some of my favorite books with supernatural environments, settings, creatures and characters. My only dilemma: that would be ONE…LONG…LIST.
So, I had to come up with a game plan. How was I going to shorten my extensive list of favorite supernatural books? What did I do? I went in search of a Tag, THAT’S what I did! I found an awesome tag originally created by Kat O’Keeffe, also known as Katytastic on YouTube, that allowed me to narrow down that long list while still giving you guys some of my favorite recommendations dealing with out-of-this-world creatures!
This tag is known as the Creatures of the Night Book Tag (you can click here to watch the original video and hear some of Kat’s awesome recommendations) and this tag was created in order to feature books with those supernatural and paranormal creatures we all love reading about so much.
NOTE: I have made a few changes to the tag. (i.e. I have gotten rid of a couple of the categories because I either have not read any books with that particular creature, or I don’t like any books enough with that particular creature to recommend them in this tag)!
Let’s jump into the tag!
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
I’m sure most of you are familiar with the world of Twilight, and while I know there are many naysayers to this series, I loved it when I first read it. It was the first time I had ever read a book about vampires and it depicted them in a way that I had never thought could be possible. The vampires in this book are one of my favorites because they are so much more human than vampires in their most traditional sense. Twilight is a story of vampires with feelings, thoughts, emotions, and morals. These vampires you can actually like! Although Bella and Edward’s love story can be a little far-fetched, it is still a fun world, a quick read, and a good introduction to vampires in the young adult genre!
However, I do also have another recommendation for vampires! If you’re looking for something a little more gritty with vampires depicted in a way that is probably more traditional try…
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa is the first in her Blood of Eden trilogy and the vampires in this book are much more typically “bad”. It follows the story of Allison Sekemoto, a young girl who despises vampires, until one fateful day when she becomes one herself. The vampires in this story are old, wise, a little insane, and, most of the time, completely and utterly inhuman. Considering in this series, vampires cannot survive off animal blood, there is a much stronger moral dilemma for our main character as she constantly struggles with her desire to survive and her desire to stay human–in every sense of the word.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Now, I’m not a huge fan of werewolves. For some reason they have always been that supernatural creature that I find slightly boring. Now that I think about it though, it’s probably because, of all the supernatural creatures, they are the most normal. I mean they’re basically just a dog for goodness sake! However, I loved the werewolves in Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. In this series, the werewolf’s shift is actually brought on by changes in temperature and if it is warm enough, they can stay in human form. Thus, living in a cold environment, and the longer they have been a werewolf, can make it harder or even impossible to shift into human form. Shiver follows the story of Grace, a young girl from Minnesota who meets an eerily familiar boy—a boy who reminds her of one of the quiet wolves that live in the woods surrounding her home.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
The Forest of Hands and Teeth is by no means a happy story. It is pretty darn devastating if I’m being honest. It is pretty darn creepy. It is pretty darn unique. This is not your typical zombie story and, in fact, there aren’t technically any “zombies” (per say) in it. The “creatures” it does have though are called the unconsecrated. Mary, the main character, lives trapped inside the fence of her village—a fence that, along with the Sisterhood who run the village, protects the citizens from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. It is a forest filled with the unconsecrated, people infected with a disease which makes them basically no more than rabid animals—no thought, no emotion, no personality, and no traces of morality are left in them. To Mary, the outside world is infested and destroyed, her village the last standing piece of human civilization. However, all she thinks true might not be so simple, and there could be more to the world outside.
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Anna Dressed in Blood is a very unconventional “ghost” book. It follows the story of Cas Lowood, a ghost hunter. Yes you heard me right, he kills the dead for a living (as if they weren’t already dead enough). Basically, this unique career is passed down through the generations of his family and it is passed down to Cas when his father dies trying to kill a ghost. Cas travels around, following stories of hauntings, ghosts, and the paranormal, all with the final goal to lay these pesky, dangerous, and, often times, murderous, spirits to rest. One of his missions leads him to a ghost affectionately known by locals as Anna Dressed in Blood. She is the wrathful, raging, and vengeful ghost of a young girl brutally murdered and she is known to kill anyone who sets foot inside her home until one day she mysteriously spares a life—Cas’s.
Uprooted by Naomi Novak
The magic system in Uprooted is familiar but unique at the same time. Of course it has wizards, but each wizard, although technically capable of performing all types of magic, has specific types of spells and categories of magic where they particularly excel. In Uprooted our main character, Agnieszka, lives in a small village near a dangerous, magical forest known as the Wood. It is a forest that is constantly attempting to poison and corrupt her village’s inhabitants, growing daily in attempts to overtake yet another victim—her town. However, Agnieszka’s village is protected from the Wood by the Dragon, a wizard who lives in a tower and performs the magic needed to protect his people. Every 1o years the Dragon picks a young woman from one of the villages in his domain. What she is picked for, no one really knows, but this year, that young woman is Agnieszka. The Dragon is an experienced wizard of precise measure, rules, and schematics—he is a scientist—but it’s Agnieszka who may have the raw power, the passion, and the fluidity of magic, to save her village.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses is set in a world where both humans and Fae live. However, they do not live in harmony. The lands of the human and the lands of the Fae are split, and the humans have an intense fear of the Fae—a powerful, magical, and immortal race. The Fae in this series are varied, intriguing, and powerful. Feyre is our main character, a human girl taken by force to the land of the Fae when she kills a wolf not knowing that it was actually a shapeshifting Fae. Feyre is strong, intelligent, and independent and being thrown into the unknown and dangerous world of the Fae, these are characteristics she desperately needs. There is a darkness growing over the land of the Fae however, and Feyre finds herself caught in the middle of saving the land of the Fae and humans from a growing and unknown menace.
#7 Demon + #8 Angel
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, is all about the Nephillim—a race of part human and part angel hunters, charged with the task to protect the world from the ever-present swarm of demons, unseen to the human eye. City of Bones is the story of Clary Fray, a young girl from New York, who is living a normal life until one night when she witnesses a group of Shadowhunters on a mission to kill a demon and returns home to find her mother gone, her house destroyed, and to be attacked by a demon herself. Abruptly thrust into the shadow world—a world teeming with demons and downworlders (part demon races of supernatural creatures, such as werewolves, vampires, warlocks, and faeries)—Clary finds out that she is a Shadowhunter, and one who might have, buried in her forgotten memories, the answer to saving the Shadowhunters from their own downfall.
#9 Superpowered Human
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
I don’t really like superheroes when it comes to books. I find that it can seem kind of cheesy. I love superhero movies. I love superhero comics and graphic novels, but I don’t typically read books where there is a human character with a super-power ability. But then I read Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. This book is not by any means a “super hero” book. It is a Young Adult dystopian novel about a young girl named Juliette who has a unique, but isolating ability—the ability to kill anyone who touches her. To put it simply, she is lethal to the touch. This book starts with Juliette imprisoned for murder, until she is taken out of her imprisonement by the very entity, the Reestablishment, that incarcerated her in the first place. Because she has a power. A power they need. A power they plan to use as a weapon.
Well, that’s all for the Creatures of the Night Book Tag! I hope I was able to give you guys some intriguing supernatural recommendations. Have you guys read any of these books? If so, which ones? What do you like or not like about these books? If you were to do this tag, what books would you choose for each category? Let me know in the comments!
Better yet, attempt the tag yourself! Because I’m tagging anyone who reads this post to do their own version of the Creatures of the Night Book Tag (if you want to that it is)!