Monday, April 18, 2011

Top Ten: Paranormal

Yesterday I was procrastinating by looking through my blog tags and realized I had one entitled" top ten" that had only been used once. Today I thought I'd resurrect that tag and post my top ten favorite paranormal(ish) novels, similar to how I posted my top ten favorite contemporary novels back in August of last year.

In no particular order:

1. Vampire Academy (+ sequels) by Richelle Mead

I LOVE this series. Each book is so action-packed and exciting. Plus, Rose, the narrator, is awesome. I was deeply saddened to see this series end, but I'm glad the spin-off comes out this year.

2. Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

I'm not sure this book is completely paranormal, but it is so good that I am including it anyway. This book is nine kinds of crazy in the best way possible. It's definitely not for everyone, but in the right hands (like mine) it shall be loved immensely.

3. Peeps and The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld

I am very skeptical as to whether these count as paranormal because they contain more science and reality than most of the books on this list, but they have vampires, so on to the list they go. I love the original approach to vampires they take, and The Last Days has some of my favorite book slang. Fexcellent.

4. The Iron King (+ sequels) by Julie Kagawa

This series is probably more fantasy than paranormal, but I do not care. I love the never ending action and adventure in this series. I also love Puck (who is way more awesome than the lame Ash I AM JUST SAYING).

5. City of Bones (+ sequels) by Cassandra Clare

I adore the epic mythological influence in this series almost as much as I love all the fighting in it. I'm reading City of Fallen Angels right now and am enjoying it very much!

6. Tithe by Holly Black

This is one of the first YA novels I ever read, so I have a special fondness for it. It's delightfully dark and gritty in addition to being totally awesome.

7. Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe

This book is a much lighter and humorous take on paranormal than anything else on this list, and for that I love it.

8. Devilish by Maureen Johnson

This book is also very grounded in reality and much lighter, but it's also insanely delightful and, well, devilish.

9. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

This is also one of the earliest YA novels I read. I'm lame and still haven't finished the series, but that doesn't take away from my love of this book. It's just so pretty, in all aspects, from the writing to the cover to the Seth.

10. ?

Yeah, I can't pick a tenth. Mainly because as I look through my bookshelves, I am having trouble figuring out what exactly qualifies as paranormal.


  1. I haven't read Bleeding Violet but Slice of Cherry I loved. I have Peeps but haven't read it, I bought it on a clearance sale. I also haven't read GIve up the Ghost (never heard of it but I love that cover), or Devilish. Devilish is on my list though. The rest I heartily agree are great books!

  2. LOVE The Vampire Academy series. Dimitri, mmmmm.

  3. Awesome list heart TMI and Vampire Academy!

  4. Great list! those I have readI totally agree on, and those I haven't read - I really want to read! :)

  5. Haha, I just picked up THE IRON QUEEN -- but I haven't read the first 2. Do you think it's okay if I go out of order??

    Btw, we are four YA writers and avid readers, and we just started a new blog to talk about YA literature. It's not so much book reviews as talking about different issues, trends, etc. We are hoping to connect with real teen readers, and we would love to see you there!

  6. We Heart YA: Things are summarized in that one, I do believe, but you may be a bit confused!