I don’t do scary. Haunted houses? Never. Horror films? Literally never. Halloween? Just hand over the candy. I’m just not one of those people that enjoys being afraid. In fact, I hate being afraid. If something’s purpose is to terrify people, I won’t go near it with a 10 fit pole. However, sometimes books can have monster characters and not actually be scary. These are 5 books I’ve read with monster-esque characters. I went for happy/light, a little bit of romance, a touch of horror…a nice mixture.
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
Since reviewing this book, I heard that there are some people who feel this book is culturally insensitive and inaccurate. Some have called Telgemeier ignorant and have stated that this book lacks fact checking, especially on the history of the holiday. I’m aware that that’s how people feel. However, I tried to imagine being one of my students (or even someone younger) and reading this book. The story would take away some of that fear of the unknown (i.e. death) and even inspire me to learn more about Dia de Los Muertos. The “monster’ characters in this story are ghosts, but they aren’t the creepy, scary kind. They’re more like Casper.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor
Talk about monsters. People of the earth: If you haven’t read this series yet and you love fantasy and romance…then you need to get with the program (*she said sweetly*). The main characters in this story, Karou and Akiva, along with all their friends and enemies, are all kinds of monstery. We’ve got good ones; we’ve got creepy ones’ we’ve got evil ones. Come one, come all. This is a totally engrossing world that Taylor has created and you’ll want to be in on all of it.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
The first two books in this series have come out and wow. You may know of Maas from the Throne of Glass series (which also has some serious monsters), but this particular series has some beast-like monsters in it. The book starts with Feyre killing a wolf, who isn’t just a wolf. The monsters in these books are faeries and these books get real dark, real quick. We get some internal battles (and some pretty serious external ones as well.) The second book takes this storyline into the stratosphere and introduces a whole new pack of “monsters”.
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
This is the second graphic novel on my list, but it’s VERY different from the first. This book consists of 5 different horror stories, and the art is beautiful and bone-chilling. For the most part, the stories kind of have open endings where you’re not really sure what happens. The color contrasts really increase the shocking, haunting value as well. The monsters in these stories are…well…you’ll just have to read them to find out!
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
To top off this list, I went with a story that I thought was lovely. Not scary, you say? Nope. In this world, the dragons hoard knowledge, rather than treasure, and they live in semi-harmony with humans. So, as you’ve probably guessed, the monsters in this book are the dragons. These dragons remind me of Vulcans, from Star Trek. Oh, that’s right…they can transform into PEOPLE. So they’re not just flying around all the time, but they can take on human forms as well. (Cue the Vulcan features and total lack of emotions.)
Who are some monster characters you enjoyed reading about? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy reading! – Caitlyn