Hello everyone, and welcome to our second Spooky October post! It’s Sabrina here today talking about a bunch of books about or featuring paranormal creatures! We have some basic paranormal staples here as well as some more unique beings and admittedly some options that veer more toward fantasy. For some categories I have a few suggestions and for others only one or two, but I did enjoy all the books I’ve mentioned at the time I read them. I hope you find something here that interests you, and let’s get started!
😈 werewolves 😈
When I think of paranormal creatures, the first that come to mind are werewolves, and similarly, when I think of paranormal romances the first books that come to mind are the Parasol Protectorate series, starting with Soulless, by Gail Carriger. This is an adult historical paranormal romance series that I first discovered a couple of years ago and is now one of my favourite series ever. The writing style is a lot of fun and there are plenty of laughs to be had through all the books. While there are a lot of supernatural creatures involved in the series, the main focus, in my opinion, is on werewolves.
😈 angels 😈
Weirdly, I think out of all the paranormal creatures I speak about in this post, I have read the most angel books. My two favourite series out of them all are Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and Angelfall by Susan Ee. They’re pretty different in plot, with the former being more of a classic paranormal romance series and the latter being post-apocalyptic…but also with a romance. My absolute favourite thing about Hush, Hush is the atmosphere – it’s dark and moody, but there’s still a lot of humour in the story. Angelfall is more fast-paced and unexpected, with some twists I never saw coming. The atmosphere in this one is a bit scarier and I also like the characters a lot more. Of course, I also love the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor, which has a decent focus on angels, especially in the last book. The writing is absolutely lovely and I really enjoyed the themes – and it’s not scary at all.
😈 demons 😈
One of my favourite books I’ve read this year is The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee – and it’s full of demons that need to be defeated! I loved the humour in the book plus how fast-paced it was. I also enjoyed how Genie’s personal struggles with her family, friends and her education are not ignored. I highly recommend this one!
😈 vampires 😈
I have to be honest, this came as quite a shock to me, but I haven’t read all that many books featuring vampires. Aside from the one obvious series, most books I’ve read with vampires in them have been ones that don’t focus on them. The two exceptions to this are the lighthearted, and oftentimes ridiculous, books: Fang Girl by Helen Keeble and Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst. I was a lot younger when I read these books, so I can’t say for sure if the humour holds up, but I did think they were hilarious when I read them.
😈 banshees 😈
I believe I’ve mentioned this book a few times in the past, but All The Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle really intrigued me. The banshees aren’t necessarily the focus of the book (if you know of a book where banshees are the main focus, please let me know!), but they do play an integral part in the plot and themes of the story. It includes some pretty creepy settings and a sort of scavenger hunt. I also remember gaining a greater appreciation for this novel after reading the author’s note at the end, so I have to insist that you don’t skip that!
😈 ghosts 😈
If you’re looking for something more frightening this Halloween season, this is the category for you! A long time ago I read and enjoyed Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake which I think is a great book for easing into the horror genre, as it’s YA and not too scary. More recently, I loved The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James, which is an adult mystery-thriller with lots of horror elements. I especially enjoyed the main setting of the motel – it was super creepy! Finally, for ghosts, I want to recommend The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco. This is another book I read and enjoyed this year! It is quite freaky over a sustained period of time, with more than just one or two big scary scenes.
😈 skeletons 😈
Yes, I included this category simply so I could recommend Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir to you again, but you must admit skeletons are very Halloween-y. This book is about necromancers and sword-fighting and honestly, you have to deal with being confused for a while (and if you get to Harrow the Ninth, confused for a lot more than a while), but it’s definitely worth it in my opinion. I loved so much about these books: the intense magic systems, the complex settings, the writing style and of course, Gideon.
😈 witches 😈
So of course my first recommendation for this category is Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, a middle grade fantasy that I will never stop talking about (you could also try some of her other books, like The Merlin Conspiracy or Charmed Life). Another suggestion I have is Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson. It’s a YA that’s full of heart and has a big focus on friendship. It’s not necessarily scary, but it is a bit gross at times, lol.
😈 sirens 😈
I don’t think it is a spoiler to tell you that Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller features sirens. I loved this fantasy book that heavily focused on the romance side of things. It was so adventurous and really transported me to the pirate ship it mostly took place on. The sequel, Daughter of the Siren Queen, was also enjoyable.
😈 kelpies 😈
I can’t remember if these two books actually referred to their brand of magical horses as kelpies or as something else, but that’s what I’ve chosen to categorise them as. I spoke a lot about The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi when I read it earlier this year, but it deserves to be talked about again because that book was stunning. The writing was truly lovely I adored all the magic elements to the story – including a very funny horse. I’m also a big fan of The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater which is about an island and some dangerous horse racing event that happens every year. It’s another book with a writing style that really works for me, though it is pretty slow-paced.
😈 aliens 😈
So aliens are traditionally more sci-fi than paranormal, but I think the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout strikes a good balance between both. If you are over more basic paranormal romances though, you could try The Darkest Star (by the same author) which has a bit of a stronger plot.
😈 other shapeshifters 😈
I’m sure you all know that Vera is a massive fan of the Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh, and I am going to recommend it to you again. I read the first book in the series, Slave to Sensation, not too long ago and really enjoyed it. Be warned though, this is definitely an adult paranormal romance. Another series I want to recommend is by Gail Carriger – The Custard Protocol, starting with Prudence. It has a few different kinds of shapeshifters in there, and though it is not, in my opinion, as good as the Parasol Protectorate series, it does feature a lot of my favourite characters from there. This series is also classified as New Adult, though I think it would be alright for a YA audience too. Finally, I want to recommend Paranormalcy by Kiersten White. I see a lot of this author’s other books recommended quite a bit, but never the only one I have read by her. I remember it being quite lighthearted and funny, featuring a lot of different supernatural creatures and a main character trying to keep them all behaving properly.
😈 monsters 😈
This section is last because it’s mostly miscellaneous monsters that don’t fit into another category. First, I want to talk about Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaffer, which is a YA that is more on the freaky side. It features a whole host of supernatural creatures and an interesting, morally grey main character. Next is Pet by Akwaeke Emezi, which features one incredible monster that I loved reading about as well as hard-hitting and complex themes. We also have A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer which is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, so I’m sure you can see where the monster part comes into it. It’s more of a fantasy and isn’t scary. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is a middle grade picture book that tackles big topics and has beautiful illustrations. And, finally, I’m sure you all know on some level what Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is about, but I really love that book so I have to recommend it too.
What do you think?
Do you like paranormal books? Do you think you’ll pick up any I’ve suggested here? What’s your favourite book featuring a supernatural being? And finally, do you have any good vampire book recommendations for me? Let me know!