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Accurately-titled novels. 

But romances are the “predictable” ones.
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I have always loved mythological creatures, but I think too many YA paranormal books focus on four creatures: vampires, werewolves, angels and fairies. So with the help of my followers (really they did all the work, I just wrote down the books into categories), I have compiled a list of books with underrated mythological creatures. Just to clarify, I haven’t read most of these books.

So if you like:


Sea Change by Aimee Friedman

Siren by Tricia Rayburn

Fathomless by Jackson Pearce

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz

Ingo by Helen Dunmore

Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli

Ascension by Kara Dalkey

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

Lost Voices by Sarah Porter

Wake by Amanda Hocking  

The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler

Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper

Tempest Rising by Tracey Deebs

Lies Beneath series by Anne Greenwood

The Siren by Kiers Cass

Daughters of the Sea by Kathryn Lasky


Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchison (A retelling of Hamlet)

Shades of London by Maureen Johnson

The Riddles of Epsilon by Christine Morton-Shaw

The Hollow by Jessica Verday

Shade by Jeri Smith Ready

Hereafter by Tara Hudson

Ruined by Paula Morris


The Darkest Powers trilogy by Kelley Armstrong

Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen (a trilogy) by Garth Nix

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

The Johannes Cabal series by Jonathan L. Howard 


Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Personal Demonsby Lisa Desrochers

Demon Lexicon series by Sarah Rees Brennan


My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent

Sidhe’s Call by Christy G. Thomas 

The Banshee Initiate by Kelly Matsuura


Runemarks by Joanne Harris

The Goblin Wood by Hilari Bell

The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle


The Monstrumologist series by Rick Yancey

Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link


Eon by Alison Goodman

The Dragon of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen 

Enchanted Forrest series by Patricia C. Wrede

Soul Colector:

The Collector by Victoria Scott

Water horses:

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater


Other by Karen Kincy


Firelightby Sophie Jordan

Talon by Julie Kagawa


Rampant by Diana Peterfreund

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle 

Greek mythology:

Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs

Pegasus by Robin McKinley

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

The Devil:

Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Different creatures:

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Beautiful Decay by Sylvia Lewis

The Changelings by Elle Casey


Mesmerized by Julia Crane and Talia Jager

Egyptian mythology:

The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor


The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud


The Darkness Rising trilogy by Kelley Armstrong

Trickster gods and demons:

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (A retelling of Beauty and the Beast)

Original mythology:

Books of Great Alta series by Jane Yolen


As You Wish by Jackson Pearce


Seven Tears into the Sea by Terri Farley

Half Human by Bruce Coville


The Madison Avery series by Kim Harrison

Polynesian mythology:

Wildefire by Karsten Knight


The Nightmare Affair  by Mindee Arnett

More dragon books(not all are Kid Friendly)

Temeraire/His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

Dragon Riders of Pern by Anne & Tom McCaffrey (Adult)

Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

Age of Fire by E.E. Knight

Dragon Keeper Chronicles/Chiril Chronicles by Donita K Paul

The Dragon Kin by G A Akin (Adult)

Dragon Knights by Bianca D’Arc (Adult)

Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George

Dragons in our Midst by Brian Davis 

Earthsea by Ursula K. le Guin

The Last Dragon Chronicles by Chris D’Lacey

The Pit Dragon Chronicles by Jane Yolen

The Prophecy of the Dragons by Diana Metz

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland

Dragon’s Bait by Vivian Vande Velde

New Spin on Mythology

Everworld by K.A. Applegate

Original Mythos

Inkheart Trillogy by Cornelia Caroline Funke

Tortall by Tamora Pierce

Greek Mythos

Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan

Egyptian Mythos

Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

English/Celtic Mythos

Lost Years of Merlin by T. A. Barron

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black & Tony Diterlizzi

Talking Animals/Animal Mythos

Redwall by Brian Jacques

Wolves of Beyond by Kathryn Lasky

Guardians of Ga’Hool by Kathryn Lasky

Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel

Warriors by Erin Hunter

Survivors by Erin Hunter

Watership Down by Richard Adams

I’ve read most of these or am in the process of reading them. Hope this helps others who follow me find something good to read.

So many additions! Thank you so much!

The Companion Quartet by Julia Golding is also really great for a wide variety of mythical creatures, especially the lesser known ones. Plus it explores the problems mythical creatures would face in modern society (sirens angry about oil rigs!! hedgerow dryads being poisoned by agricultural fertilisers!!! pegasi crashing into wind turbines!!!!!!!), so what more could you want.
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I got two lines of information about the female character, after which she dismisses her own history as uninteresting. Then she spent the rest of the chapter telling us, in detail, about the backstories of the two male characters and their interaction. Both of whom had already been crowding her out.

And that was when I shut the book, tossed it over my shoulder, and moved on.

Most sci-fi these days is written in third-person limited view, which has its uses. It lets you feel more intimately connected with the viewpoint character without going full first-person-present-tense, which I know some readers really don’t like. It lets you play little plot tension games with who knows what information. These are all fun things, because it makes the interior life of the character a strong part of the story.

The problem is, some writers (mostly cis men, I am both sorry and unsurprised to report) seem to have a difficult time coming up with a rich interior life to give their female characters when they’re writing in this mode.
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Good books

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So, the “worst book you had to read for school” thread makes me sad, since there’s so many books I love in the list.

So, do people want to play with me and say their favorite book they had to read for school?

Antigone by Jean Annouilh

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

Henry IV part 1.


Robert Browning, Men and Women

The Tempest.


William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying

I actually really loved Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea

bless me, ultima by rudolfo anaya

Oh my gosh someone else said old man and the seaaaaaaa

The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury

or East of Eden, John Steinbeck, I can’t choose

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Hamlet by William Shakespeare (literally this story is HILARIOUS)

Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko. I had to read that for college. 

A Tale of Two Cities

Jane Eyre

Dang it, I was gonna say A Tale of Two Cities. Umm… well, in that case, I’ll have to go with Sister Outsider.

Really hard to pick but one was Bridge to Terabithia.

I actually liked Catcher in the Rye.

The Devine Comedy

The Crucible

or maybe A Man for All Seasons

and it’s not a book but A Rose For Emily changed my world when i was 12

The Awakening and Great Expectations

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky and Jane Eyre.

I was a budding nihilist by grade 11.

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

Ugh… There are too many!

Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights

A Tale of Two Cities, obviously. But since that’s been said I’ll go with Death in Venice.

Doctor Faustus

Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. 

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee 

Those are the only books I still own from school, around 15 years later. 
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If you’re craving some amazing representations of queerness in fantasy, than look no farther than the three titles below. Each in their own way contain queer characters with rich, inner lives without resorting to any of the known queer tragic tropes, while also racing through beautiful, complex worlds, both inner and outer, of fantasy and magic.
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Carrie Fisher meant a great deal to a lot of people, especially to women who, like me, struggle with mental health and also grew up with Princess Leia as one of our best female pop culture icons. Her death rocked many of us to our core, and what is better for grieving than getting lost in a book? I’ve divided these books by theme–they’re all fiction. (For non-fiction book recommendations, check out Katie’s post.)
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What’s more disappointing: Reading an author for the first time and disliking the book, or disliking a book of an author whose other books you’ve loved?


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At 26 Greek Street, in the West End of London, Minalima are now exhibiting the graphic art of Harry Potter. Spread out over four floors, the exhibit also shows some of Minalima’s other work, including a really whimsical and beautiful collection dedicated to collective nouns (A Hum of bees! A Caravan of Camels!)  The windows of the House are completely delightful, with hundreds of Harry’s letters hanging from wires to give the appearance of a deluge. More letters line the stairs and walls, showing up throughout the floors of the house to remind you how it all began.

The rickety, winding-stairs building with sloped ceilings and small windows is the perfect home for Potter paraphernalia. Prints line the walls- posters from the Quidditch World Cup, merchandise from Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, and endless front pages from the Daily Prophet dominate the space walls and sometimes ceiling. These are the people who made the Marauder’s Map a reality, and the exhibition puts you right into the film world.
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It is not a stupid question. Even if it is a stupid question, we have been thoroughly trained to answer your question without judgement or second-guessing. Besides, we’re mostly just glad you’re not asking us about the noise the printer is making again.

There are probably (at least) two desks in the library. One is where you check out books and is mostly staffed by people wearing nametags that say “Circulation Clerk.” These people can answer your questions about damaged or missing books, fines, and how many forms of identification we’ll need if you want to get a library card but your mailing address is in Taiwan. The other one is closer to the books and computers and is mostly staffed by people wearing nametags that say “Librarian.” These people can answer your questions about spider extermination, how to rent property to the United States Postal Service, and the number of tropical island nations in which you could theoretically establish the first United States Embassy. We would love to answer these questions for you. It would be a nice change from the printer.

We probably own a 3D printer by now. 3D printers, are cool, right? Please, please come use our 3D printer, it’s so lonely.

We spent a lot of money to hire this woodworker to come and teach a class at the library which you can attend for free. You will probably be the only person between the ages of ten and fifty in attendance, but your presence will fill the librarian with an unnameable joy. They will float back to their manager in a daze. “A young person came to my program,” they will say. You will have made their entire job worthwhile.

Every time you ask us for a book, movie, or music recommendation, a baby librarian gets their first cardigan.

Somewhere in the library, there is a form. If you fill out this form with your name and library card number and the details of the thing you are looking for, we will find you the thing. Sometimes the answer is “the thing is in Great Britain and they will not send it to us,” but more often the thing will just appear on hold for you, and one day you will pick up a copy of that out-of-print book you never thought you would read and maybe you will say, “Wow, the library is amazing,” and the librarian’s heart will glow. 

Please bring back book #2. The rest of its series misses it very much.

Five dollars is not a large library fine. Believe me, before I started working in libraries, I too wondered how someone could sleep at night, knowing they owed money to the library. When we laugh as you sheepishly apologize for your $2.50 in overdue fees, we are not mocking you, we are thinking of the ten people we sent to debt collection already today.

We really don’t care why you’re checking out Fifty Shades of Grey. Maybe you have a specifically-themed ironic bachelorette party to plan. Maybe you’re working on a thesis paper about mainstream media’s depiction of female sexuality. Maybe you just got curious. We will give you the benefit of the doubt. 

Whatever you’re smoking in the family restroom, please stop.

Somewhere on the library’s website, buried under “Links” or “Research” or “On-line Resources,” is a page that a librarian spent a month’s worth of work on. It contains many links to websites you thought everyone knew about, and one to a page that you could never have imagined existed that perfectly solves a problem you never expected to be resolved. 

Imagine the kind of person who would think to themselves, “Library school sounds like a thing I should do.” For the most part, you are imagining the kind of person who is now a librarian. We want very much to help you, but we’re not entirely sure how to do that unless you ask. You are not bothering us. Please, come and say hi.

Support your local library/librarian - they are amazing.

Oh my gosh, the one about things mysteriously and magically appearing on hold for me. Me, musing to the check out clerk: “I should read Jane Eyre one day.” Next day, auto-email: “JAYNE EYRE IS NOW ON HOLD FOR YOU TO PICK UP.” Me: “Witchcraft! Of the most glorious kind!”

Also, I ADORE walking in to my local and handing my newest book to the acquisitions librarian. “Heeere. For youuuu. It’s one of my author copies. It’s siiiigned.” It feels a bit like handing in an essay that you know is an A+ to the teacher you have a crush on.


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