Top Ten Tuesday: Monster Mash

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Halloween/Creepy Freebie. Since Halloween always makes me think of monster movies, here are ten books or series that feature memorable monsters!

Monsters of Verity by Victoria Schwab: This duology is teeming with different types of monsters, but August Flynn is obviously my favorite. He’s such an adorable cinnamon roll, he almost doesn’t seem like a monster.

Sanctuary by Caryn Lix: A good science-fiction thriller would be incomplete without monster aliens, and Sanctuary is no exception. The aliens in this one are super creepy and the mythology behind them is intriguing. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor: Laini Taylor is like the queen of monster books. Between Daughter of Smoke and Bone and her more recent Strange the Dreamer, the “monsters” in her books thrive on their mythology and Taylor’s prose.

Jackaby series by William Ritter: When you work for a paranormal detective, you probably will run into a plethora of monsters on the job. And that is exactly what Abigail Rook encounters during her escapades and adventures with R.F. Jackby. It’s great.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: If a flesh-eating water horse isn’t a monster, I don’t know what is. The capaill uisce are terrifying beasts. I’m still shivering from the stable scene in this book.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan: Greek mythology is chock full of various monsters, and as a demigod, Percy is attacked relentlessly by the monsters. It’s a lot of fun. And smelly.

Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama: The titans from Attack on Titan are probably one of the worst monsters I’ve encountered in comic books. Not only do they look creepy, but they eat people with no rhyme or reason.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland: I’m not always a fan of zombie stories, but when I am, they usually take place in a historical setting like the Edwardian era in England or the Reconstruction era in the U.S. Dread Nation is a great zombie story with plenty of monsters to satisfy your craving.

The Promised Neverland by Kaiu Shirai: This manga promises a lot of adorable moments as all the orphaned children of Grace Field House run about the grounds of the lovely estate… until you learn they are being bred to feed demons. And then things get dark and serious real fast. Did I mention the demons are also super terrifying? Yeah…

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: Of course, no monster list would be incomplete without the first monster of them all: Frankenstein’s Creature. To be honest, I like the Creature a lot more than I like Victor.

What monster books do you love? Leave me a recommendation in the comments anddon’t forget to join the link-up!



11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Monster Mash

  1. I’ve heard SO many good things about Laini’s books, but never read them. I am reading Kiersten White’s new ‘Frankenstein’ re-telling though, and it’s good so far. I’ve nothing to compare it to though since I haven’t read the original. I do own “Jackaby” though, so again… there’s another one I have to read. Someday!!

    Happy Top Ten Tuesday. 🙂

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    • Jackaby is great! I prefer Strange the Dreamer over Daughter of Smoke and Bone, but I wasn’t as excited about Muse of Nightmares. It happens.

      Thanks! 🙂


  2. Cool concept! I haven’t read Victoria Schwab’s yet but those sound great. I read the first Daughter of Smoke and Bone and liked the world and the language, but a couple elements threw me off. I might try Strange the Dreamer though!

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  3. Frankenstein’s monster is the perfect monster for this list! I haven’t experienced most of the others on your list, but I do agree that the Greek myth monsters in Percy Jackson are also awesome (and smelly).

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