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 compilied 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
- The Collector by Victoria Scott
- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
- Other by Karen Kincy
- Firelightby Sophie Jordan
- Talon by Julie Kagawa
- Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
- Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs
- Pegasus by Robin McKinley
- Antigoddess by Kendare Blake
- Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
- 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 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)
- 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
- Wildefire by Karsten Knight
- The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
Okay, okay, I’m going to tell you what Hermione sees in Ron.
A trio is a balancing act, right? They’re equalizers of each other. Harry’s like the action, Hermione’s the brains, Ron’s the heart. Hermione has been assassinated in these movies, and I mean that genuinely—by giving her every single positive character trait that Ron has, they have assassinated her character in the movies. She’s been harmed by being made to be less human, because everything good Ron has, she’s been given.
So, for instance: “If you want to kill Harry, you’re going to have to kill me too”—RON, leg is broken, he’s in pain, gets up and stands in front of Harry and says this. Who gets that line in the movie? Hermione.
“Fear of a name increases the fear of the thing itself.” Hermione doesn’t say Voldemort’s name until well into the books—that’s Dumbledore’s line. When does Hermione say it in the movies? Beginning of Movie 2.
When the Devil’s Snare is curling itself around everybody, Hermione panics, and Ron is the one who keeps his head and says “Are you a witch or not?” In the movie, everybody else panics and Hermione keeps her head and does the biggest, brightest flare of sunlight spell there ever was.
So, Hermione—all her flaws were shaved away in the films. And that sounds like you’re making a kick-ass, amazing character, and what you’re doing is dehumanizing her. And it pisses me off. It really does.
In the books, they balance each other out, because where Hermione gets frazzled and maybe her rationality overtakes some of her instinct, Ron has that to back it up; Ron has a kind of emotional grounding that can keep Hermione’s hyper-rationalness in check. Sometimes Hermione’s super-logical nature grates Harry and bothers him, and isn’t the thing he needs even if it’s the right thing, like when she says “You have a saving people thing.” That is the thing that Harry needed to hear, she’s a hundred percent right, but the way she does it is wrong. That’s the classic “she’s super logical, she’s super brilliant, but she doesn’t know how to handle people emotionally,” at least Harry.
So in the books they are this balanced group, and in the movies, in the movies—hell, not even Harry is good enough for Hermione in the movies. No one’s good enough for Hermione in the movies—God isn’t good enough for Hermione in the movies! Hermione is everybody’s everything in the movies.
Harry’s idea to jump on the dragon in the books, who gets it in the movies? Hermione, who hates to fly. Hermione, who overcomes her withering fear of flying to take over Harry’s big idea to get out of the—like, why does Hermione get all these moments?
[John: Because we need to market the movie to girls.]
I think girls like the books, period. And like the Hermione in the books, and like the Hermione in the books just fine before Hollywood made her idealized and perfect. And if they would have trusted that, they would have been just fine.
Would the movies have been bad if she was as awesome as she was in the books, and as human as she was in the books? Would the movies get worse?
She IS a strong girl character. This is the thing that pisses me off. They are equating “strong” with superhuman. To me, the Hermione in the book is twelve times stronger than the completely unreachable ideal of Hermione in the movies. Give me the Hermione in the book who’s human and has flaws any single day of the week.
Here’s a classic example: When Snape in the first book yells at Hermione for being an insufferable know-it-all, do you want to know what Ron says in the book? “Well, you’re asking the questions, and she has to answer. Why ask if you don’t want to be told?” What does he say in the movie? “He’s got a point, you know.” Ron? Would never do that. Would NEVER do that, even before he liked Hermione. Ron would never do that.
ONE OF THESE AIN’T LIKE THE OTHER and that’s really funny to me. But either way, they are all beautiful. (Man, I really wish that these california garters weren’t threatened / endangeredish??? I would be so psyched to own one.)
THANK YOU JENNI HERD
Well said, Jenni Herd.
I’ll bet there were adults reading this in The Times (since Murdoch, no longer the Newspaper of Record it once was but let that pass) whose first and possibly only response was: “no 16-year-old wrote this, it’s too articulate, where’s the teenage slang to “prove” the age of the writer*, and “what Scottish schoolgirl calls herself “a straight-A student” anyway**? That’s American!”
*Writing like an adult but adding a non-adult age to the work really does cause this response: I saw it more than 40 years ago; our Fifth Form English teacher suggested writing letters to the local paper about various subjects, stating our ages and why the subject concerned us. Mine wasn’t the only letter whose writer’s age was questioned in the replies column.
**The old O-level grades were numeric, but GCSE grades are alphabetic, so “a straight-A student” means what it looks like. So what if it’s an American term? US-made movies and TV shows aren’t exactly uncommon, and the phrase sums up the concept of “a student/pupil who consistently achieves top marks in exams” with brevity and clarity.
Once again, well said, Jenni Herd.
you know what absolutely gets me about star trek into darkness?
the fact that jim just got more and more reckless with his own safety as the movie went on. like, after everything that had happened, after pike, after all the deaths on the enterprise, he didn’t particularly care what happened to him
and it was only once he was lying in the warp core chamber, so sick and burned and disoriented and hurting from the radiation poisoning
that he realized that he didn’t actually want to die.
#wow cool it satan#this is so true though#and i just wanna wrap him in a blanket and say NO#don’t run through the phaser fire of that room#don’t ignore your best friend trying to tell you you’re running your body ragged#don’t sneak down to the klingon homeworld#don’t stuff a shuttle into a spot that it’s too small for#don’t get into a fight with a klingon that is twice your size and strength#don’t keep punching that guy in the face while your knuckles bleed#don’t FLING YOURSELF OUT INTO A FIELD OF WRECKAGE FROM ONE SHIP TO ANOTHER#DON’T RUN THROUGH A SHIP THAT IS TOPPLING THROUGH THE AIR#DON’T DON’T DON’T JIM KIRK YOU ARE IMPORTANT#but he has to do those things because he is the expendable piece in his mind#he is the one that deserves to pay#and he’s gonna do it with pieces of himself#and he thinks he can handle it#but in the end he’s a scared little boy who didn’t think it would hurt so much#but it does#*curls around jim kirk and hisses*#jim kirk#star trek#into darkness (via jimkirksapple)
things i want to do with u:
- take u to a place with low light pollution so u can look at all the stars
- make out
- dance by ourselves in the middle of the night
- go to a cool place
- bathe together
- walk around a museum and hold hands
- play the sims using the most ridiculous strategies
- make out
- build a blanket fort
- make out in said blanket fort
- love you forever
Disabled Young Adult Seeking Help!
I’m 23, disabled, homeless, and I desperately need help to pay for my medication that is running out this week.My name’s Shayne (Shay). I’m trans*/non-binary, disabled, have zero income/financial support, a service animal, and I have no place to live right now.
I suffer from a number of disorders and syndromes including:
• Ehler-danlos syndrome
• cold urticaria
• adrenal insufficiency
• Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
• postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome
• poly cystic ovarian syndrome
• neuropathy nos
• major depressive disorder
I’m largely immobile and cannot work. Neither one of my biological family’s homes are a safe place for me to go. This is for a multitude of reasons.
I was promised to receive my share of an apartment deposit (total was $800) from my ex. Along with the payment for a parking ticket ($100) on my father’s car that they had gotten.
I was kind enough to understand financial stress and allow spread out payments.
When I had found out that they had been lying/cheating all 2.3 years we’d been together, they decided that “I didn’t deserve it anymore.” In addition to losing that money, I lost them and their family as my only support system.
I have no money apart from some pocket change. I’m currently living in a motel paid for by Salvation Army until Tuesday morning, and after that my service cat and I only have my car to live in.
Being in Wisconsin and sleeping in my car is dangerous because of the cold. Worse yet, something in my car is misfiring, meaning that until I can get it fixed with an electrical tuneup ($300 estimated), it’s practically useless and even more dangerous to live in.
To give you an idea of my expenses: my anxiety meds cost $1 flat through DHS, which is a blessing, but my pain medication is extremely important for me to have and runs around $89. My total cost of medications per month is around $175 and total cost of living is about $300, not including rent or personal items.
I’m asking Tumblr for help because I don’t know what to do until my disability determination is made, and that could take a very long time.
I thankfully have food stamps, but I need to find a way to keep paying for a place to stay that’s heated and safe, and most importantly, my medication. These past months have been extremely difficult and I need help.
I have a few friends from college willing to take my service animal and I in, but this would require my car fixed and all medications sorted out as they live across the country.
I’m willing to show my medical record, prove of income, anything to prove that this is genuine.
If you’re able to donate to help me, please, please message me.
I can now take PayPal donations:
Directly on the Donation Page
Or send it to
Any help is appreciated so much and once I am able to feel like I am in a safe and healthy environment; I am confident that I can win the fight against these illnesses. I promise that whatever happens; I will spend my time creating some sort of non-profit with the goal of helping young adults in similar situations.
Thank you again,
I’m running our of meds starting the day after tomorrow. Please anyone….
Signal boost. Followers, please donate if you can, and signal boost!
-Dany (who wishes with all her heart that she could donate and will pray for OP)
The Penguin Foundation has a global call out for knitters to make pullovers for penguins in rehab.
Penguins caught in oil spills need the little jumpers to keep warm and to stop them from trying to clean the toxic oil off with their beaks.
If you enjoy knitting as a pass time please please please do this. please.
You can download a PDF with more info here
signal boost this year again :D