Monthly Recommendations: Paranormal

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Monthly Recommendations is a Goodreads group hosted by Trina from Between Chapters and Kayla from Kayla Rayne. This month’s recommendations focus on books featuring paranormal creatures like werewolves, vampires, and demons fitting for the month of Halloween. Chantal and I have compiled a list of books featuring paranormal creatures, spanning across several genres but also paranormal itself. Hopefully it’ll help you discover some new books! Please note that a couple of these are recommended by both Chantal and me. Clicking on the title will lead you to our reviews (if there is one) and the picture to the respective book’s Goodreads page.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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Victoria Schwab is one of the most imaginative and talented authors we’ve had the pleasure of coming across in our reading careers (yes, sometimes it really does feel like a second profession). She’s on both our auto-buy lists, one of the reasons being Vicious. This paranormal awesomeness features an intense rivalry, envy, and a relentless thirst for revenge, as two former best friends, who’ve developed supernatural abilities in the aftermath of dangerous scientific experiments, go up against each other. If you have a soft spot for anti-heroes, suspense, and don’t care for romantic subplots in paranormal reads, then look no further, because Vicious wraps all of that into a neat knot. If there’s a book I shove into everyone’s and their grandmother’s face, prompting them to read it, it’s this masterpiece of wickedness. –– Nina

The Child Thief by Brom

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The Child Thief is one of my favourite books of all time and I will recommend it at every chance I get. It’s the perfect Halloween/October read: extremely dark, with a gloomy atmosphere and some spooky supernatural creatures thrown in (also, the book contains some gorgeous but creepy drawings). This Peter Pan retelling follows our anti-hero Peter as he steals away children and brings them to a magical island he calls home. The world is complex and well-developed, the infusion of different kinds of mythologies and folklore enticing and the cast of characters eclectic, flawed and intriguing. I can’t recommend it enough, especially if you’re looking for a spooky read befitting the season. –– Chantal

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

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Lips Touch: Three Times is a collection of three short stories – Goblin Fruit, Spicy Little Curses, and Hatchling – of supernatural love, each entailing a kiss with consequences. Whether your taste is for goblins luring in girls with their sweet but addictive fruit, or a girl testing her curse of silence in India, or shape-shifting demons on the search for souls, these short stories will enchant you. Laini Taylor’s imagination is infinite, and her writing is so otherwordly beautiful it hurts. I shall never grow tired of praising this author’s work, be it a lengthy fantasy novel or a 10-page short story. –– Nina

Written in Red by Anne Bishop

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Have you ever wondered whether there is any good Young Adult fiction out there with an adult main character? Because, you know, adults can be cool, too? Written in Red offers a cast of adult protagonists with a variety of paranormal beings, such as shapeshifters, seers, vampires, spirits, and mythological creatures. What intrigued me about this book was its supernatural gift of prophecy by drawing blood, which also allowed the author to broach the subject of addiction to self-harm. Though I enjoyed this paranormal read very much, it certainly isn’t for everyone. There is an incredible amount of detail in the descriptions – sometimes describing the most mundane things such as a morning routine in all its glory – and, if you’re not invested enough, this might start to annoy you. The overall plot had me push through the slower passages, and it was absolutely worth it, in my opinion. –– Nina

Vampire Academy & Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

These books come about as close as I get to calling something a “guilty pleasure”. I know they have many problems and that plot-wise they aren’t the strongest, but Richelle Mead writes characters so incredibly well. I really felt like they were real people and I was so engaged in their dynamics; the romances, friendships and rivalries. Whilst I really enjoyed Vampire Academy, I only really fell in love with these books when I started Bloodlines. Adrian and Sydney are my number one OTP of all time and reading that series was such an emotional rollercoaster. I loved it! And in terms of paranormal creatures we of course have vampires, but also some other things, including the cutest little dragon in all of fiction! –– Chantal

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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I thought I had gotten over the phase where angels still managed to make a good read for me (which, to clarify, was during adolescence), and then Laini Taylor came along and shredded my prejudices to bits. Daughter of Smoke and Bone takes a step away from the classic paranormal genre featuring angels and demons, but is the imaginative creation of an urban fantasy weaving the tale of an otherwordly war, a forbidden romance, and the magic of wishes. So, despite this book not being a classic paranormal in our opinion, we’re featuring this masterpiece nonetheless, because if you want demons rising from the dead and angels etching their number of kills into their skin for the spooky month, than Daughter of Smoke and Bone will satisfy your cravings. But beware, once you’ve succumbed to the spell of Laini Taylor’s work, you might never want to leave her vivid world again. –– Nina

The Diviners by Libba Bray

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The Diviners is pretty creepy when it comes to YA fiction. Set in in New York in the 1920’s, this book has an incredible atmosphere and really makes you feel you’re in the middle of the Roaring Twenties. It features a diverse cast of characters including a black and gay characters, as well as an interracial relationship. Evie O’Neill, one of the main characters in this first book, is so feisty and fun and I really enjoyed reading from her perspective. Also, serial killer is freaking scary! –– Chantal

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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A Monster Calls is one of those books that really doesn’t belong to any genre. It’s probably closest to magical realism, but really, it’s just unlike any book I’ve ever read before. It’s a book I would recommend to EVERYONE, regardless of your usual reading preferences. It’s a really short novel that you will be able to read in a couple hours but it packs such a punch and will leave you feeling drained. I don’t want to get into what it’s about for fear of spoilers, but it features a monster and has some spooky vibes. It was a difficult story to tell and I think Patrick Ness did it brilliantly. Highly recommended! — Chantal

These were some of our recommendations for books with wicked creatures, creepy supernatural abilities, and nightmares come to life. Have you read any of these? Did you enjoy them? Have we omitted any of your personal favourites on our list? We’d love to hear your thoughts and own recommendations, so don’t be shy and talk to us in the comments! Happy Halloween to everyone, especially those of you who will be trick-or-treating 🙂

3 Comments

  1. Very interesting!! I loooooooved The Child Thief <3 Now I need to get my hands on The Diviners (actually, I'm pretty sure I have it already, but never got the courage to start XD) Great post girls 😀

    • nina

      October 27, 2016 at 2:50 PM

      Thank you for commenting, Anna! Chantal and I buddy read The Child Thief, and while I liked the book, Chantal was completely in love with it! I’m really curious about The Diviners, too, especially since I’ve read Bray’s previous series 🙂

    • Right?! It’s such an amazing book! Definitely pick up The Diviners, I think you will love it! It’s incredibly atmospheric and evocative. The perfect Halloween read!

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