It’s Wednesday and that means one thing; it’s time for another Top Five Wednesday.
Top Five Wednesday was created back in November 2014 by Lainey from gingerreadslianey over on Youtube. It’s a weekly meme that revolves around various (usually bookish) topics.
This weeks topic for the third of the spooky themed month is favourite books featuring paranormal creatures. Now I’ve altered this one a little bit as the idea is to pick five books about one paranormal creature (werewolves, vampires, ghosts etc) but I hardly ever read a paranormal book so I thought I’d lump all of them together to just talk about various different. A little warning here, three of these books I still think are incredible but the other two I read when I was about twelve. They were hilarious but are probably not the best when it comes to writing. But I really struggled with this so if you want something funny then, those are for you.
So, let’s start. (I’ll start with the arguably trashy ones)
My So-Called Afterlife, by Tamsyn Murray
Fifteen year old Lucy has been stuck in the men’s loos since she was murdered six months ago. Stuck and all alone. Turns out that no one can see a ghost. But then Jeremy turns up and he’s determined to help. Through him, she begins to meet other ghosts and they begin to track down Lucy’s killer; making Lucy confront her greatest fear.
From what I remember of this book, it hides the darkness of a teenagers murder through humour and romance. But looking back on it, it’s incredibly dark. Yes, its rushed in places and Lucy is annoying but the very fact that this follows a girl solving her own murder shows that there is likely a depth that I’ve forgotten. This will be perfect for younger readers, like I was back then, or someone who just fancies a funny, quick read.
Scarlett Dedd, by Cathy Brett
Scarlett decides to eat some mushrooms in hopes of getting out of a school trip. Turns out they were poisonous. So she accidentally kills herself – and her entire family. Oops. Out of fear that she will be alone and stuck with her embarrassing family for eternity, Scarlett does the only sensible thing and attempts to gain some ghostly friends; by killing her old friends.
From what I remember of this book, it was incredibly witty and creative with some incredibly illustrations. The use of illustrations creates a graphic novel of sorts whilst still following the linear narrative of a typical novel. It’s incredibly macabre, something that I adored as a tween, and will likely leave you giggling at some of the attempted murders for hours.
The Enemy, by Charlie Higson
When the sickness came, every adult fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others became crazed, confused and hungry. Only children under fourteen remain, and they’re fighting to survive. Now there re rumours of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city the grown-ups lie in wait.
I still can’t believe that I haven’t finished this series. I simply adored it when I read this first book a few years ago. It holds everything that a good Zombie book should have, survival and terrifying zombies. Not to mention the fact that it’s sent it London. Also, unlike many horrors, the kids are in constant danger; something that’s rather refreshing. A wonderfully gory, action packed zombie apocalypse tale.
Curse of the Sphinx, by Raye Wagner
Hope Nicholas has spent her entire life on the run. If they find her, they’ll kill her. All because of what she is. All because Hope is a Sphinx. But through all this, Hope has always had her mum. But now she’s dead and there’s no one to teach her who to trust, to survive, to love.
I’m not really sure if a Sphinx is classed as a paranormal creature so this might be a little bit of a cheat. But this book is incredible, one of my favourites from last year. Few authors, other than Rick Riordan know how to bring mythology to life. Raye Wagner definitely knows and this first book had me hooked from the get go thanks to the perfect blend of action, suspense and romance.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, by Holly Black
One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of the massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infect and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
This book brings a refreshing take on vampires and how humans would react to a vampiric plague. I was hooked from beginning to end thanks to the incredible writing of Holly Black. It’s wholly original and perfectly blend rage and revenge, guilt and horror, and love and loathing into a masterpiece of literature.
And there we have it, there are five books featuring paranormal creatures that I think everyone should read. An added bonus if you like dragons, elves and dwarves. Yep, you guessed it, The Hobbit, by J.R.R Tolkien. I’m sorry, but I had to mention my favourite book somewhere.
What is your favourite paranormal book?
Book Total of 2017 – 120