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
The Demonata by Darren Shan
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 Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynn Jones
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
Dragonkeeper series by Carole Wilkinson
Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn
Deep Secrets by Diana Wynne
The Collector by Victoria Scott
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Other by Karen Kincy
War for the Oaks by Emma Bull.
Firelightby Sophie Jordan
Talon by Julie Kagawa
Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
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 Changelings by Elle Casey
The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddel
Barnaby Grimes by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddel
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrel by Susanna Clarke
Mesmerized by Julia Crane and Talia Jager
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)
It’d been a long day on set; they were currently on their 15th take of the scene and Y/n has exhausted to say the least. They were filming the scene where Demon Dean chases Sam and Lizzie through the bunker.
Y/n rested her head on her arms as she sat in her chair watching Jensen chase Jared down the Bunker hall.
“CUT,” the director yelled and Y/n lifted her head up hopefully, praying that it would finally be dinner break. “Alright, Jared and Y/n you’re up. Let’s try the two of you chatting again before we head to dinner.”
Y/n groaned as she slid down from her chair and headed toward the set. Jensen gave her a sympathetic smile as he passed her, gently squeezing her shoulder. She meet Jared in one of the hallways of the Bunker set.
“Hey,” he greeted her. “You look tired.”
“Yeah, and hungry,” she grumbled.
“Well, hopefully we’ll be done soon after dinner. They’ve kept us here late all week, I doubt they’d do it again tonight. Everyone has to sleep at some point,” Jared comforted her.
Jensen and Jared were like older brothers to Y/n, granted much older, but still the three of them were very close. Y/n’d been on the show since she was only 11, playing Lizzie Winchester, the youngest Winchester and the boys had instantly taken that older, protective role over her in real life. Now at almost twenty she was grown up, but they’d still remained close.
“Action,” the director yelled.
Y/n and Jared were instantly in character. Jared ran down the hall towards her, “Lizzie, Dean broke out!”
Thankfully they’d gotten the scene right in the first shot and were at dinner before they knew it. Y/n settled down in her seat, digging into the pile of junk food in front of her. Jensen and Jared joined her and the three eat together in silence for the most part, tired from a long day of filming.
“Any idea how much longer we’re filming tonight?” Y/n asked.
Jensen shrugged, “No idea kiddo. We’re ahead of schedule as it is so I’m hoping they’re going to call it a night soon.”
Y/n nodded, Jensen laughed, “Getting tired?”
She hummed and whined, “This is the third day in a row that we’ve stayed past eight and we’re still going. I just want to go home to my bed.”
“I feel that,” Jared agreed. “Gen, Danneel and the kids got in today and we haven’t even got to see them yet!”
“Rolling again in five!” The director shouted across the cafeteria. Y/n sighed and gathered her things, getting ready to head back to set.
They picked up again with Demon Dean chasing the younger Winchesters through the halls. They’d been working on this scene for three days now and Y/n was ready for it to be over. She loved her job, but this was wearing her out.
They got back on set and into places as filming prepared to start again.
“Action,” a loud voice yelled and the scene picked up where they locked Dean in the electrical closet. Jensen started to beat down the door and hollered about not wanting to be cured.
As he broke down the last of the door, Jared and Y/n turned and ran down the hallways, the sound of Jensen calling out their character’s names echoed behind them.
They ended that shot and moved on to the next one. Jared and Y/n got in position. The props guys switched out Jensen’s hammer for a knife. The new rewrites had Dean sneaking up behind Lizzie and Sam. He was gonna stab her; nothing Cass wouldn’t fix when he showed up later.
Jared and Y/n peered around the corner, pretending to be looking for Dean. Jensen snuck up behind them and the two of them whipped around, ready to fight. Jensen grabbed her and raised the prop weapon. Y/n prepared herself, acting injuries like this was always the hardest for her.
“I don’t want to be cured,” Jensen repeated yet again, bringing the knife forward, expect it didn’t crumple against her stomach like it should have. The knife plunged forward burrowing itself into her stomach. Y/n gasped, her eyes going wide as blinding pain shot through her stomach and across her body. She tumbled forward and Jensen reached and out caught her.
“Y/N!” Jensen panicked. What the hell happened? That was definitely not a prop knife, how did that even happen? Y/n’s legs wobbled and she started to fall toward the floor. He guided her to the floor, as Jared came running over to them yelling for someone to call an ambulance.
Jensen let out a rugged breath as he looked down, tears falling down his face. She was shaking and losing a lot of blood. He was too afraid to pull the knife out and make it worse, but blood was pooling all around it, flowing down her sides and soaking through her shirt.
“It’s gonna be okay,” Jensen tried to reassure her, brushing hair out of her face and trying to smile weakly at her. Her eyes were drooping and she was clearly struggling to stay awake.
“Help’s coming okay? Just stay awake a little longer Y/n,” Jared begged.
She started to pale even more, and if the amount of blood was anything to go by the ambulance needed to be here now. Jensen sobbed, “Yeah, please, I’m so sorry; I didn’t mean too. I didn’t know; I don’t know what happened.”
me: defaulting characters of color as only aro/ace is racist because it upholds the idea that people of color are incapable of being complex human beings as well as the idea that our love and desires are shameful, which especially harmed and still does harm black americans, for example, when black couples were not allowed to be affectionate in public under jim crow. black characters, especially black women, are mistreated by fandoms the moment they become love interests. east and southeast asian men are socially ostracized because they are constantly desexualized and when they are seen as sexual, they are fetishized. although aro/ace people of color do exist and are valid, they are not the default because people of color are not a monolith. white fans, especially content creators, need to deconstruct and examine the way they view, draw, and write characters of color.
His laughs followed you everywhere. That sick. demonic. laugh. You ran down the dark hall desperately trying to find some sort of light in this dark hell that you were in.
“you know you can’t run (y/n)…”
You held your ears and closed your eyes. Make it stop, make it stop, make it stop. You begged him. You opened your eyes to animal skeletons mounted on the wall. Your heart stopped. This is it. You were going to die at the hands of a demon or worse satan himself.
“what’s wrong (y/n)…why don’t you stay a while.”
Kim seok-jin/ Jin:
“No get back!”
you cowered back as the man you thought you had loved morphed into an un-godly like creature. You reached for the door behind you, but it was locked. You cried and turned back to see “Jin” standing there with smile. You prayed for god to save you but not even the lord himself could save you now. He bent down and slowy clasped onto your face with his hand.
“Shhh…don’t be scared my little dove…no one can hurt you now.”
Park Jimin/ Jimin:
In his eyes he did nothing wrong. Even as he stood over the lifeless body of your brother. You screamed and yelled and begged him not to kill you.
“please jimin!…don’t do this!” you cried.
He laughed and stepped over your brothers body. His blood covered hands slowly pushed your hair out of your face.
“I wouldn’t kill you…besides…I have some friends I want you to meet.”
Jung Ho-seok/ J-Hope:
All you remembered was reaching for the door. And then it went black. And now as you opened your eyes you meet the dark orbs of the orange haired demon you had once loved.
“ah your awake.”
he snickered. the sound of his voice mad you sick to your stomach, but at the same time it pulled you closer into the world that was Hoseok.
“now…I think we have somethings we need to…discuss.”
Kim Taehyung/ V:
You knew. You knew he was a liar. But you always told yourself that he’d never lie to you. But that didn’t seem to be the case as you laid on the ground struggling to breath.
“I’m s-so sorry (y/n) I c-can’t con-control it!”
He yelled trying to keep his composer under the all the stress. But it was out. All his lies finally being laid out right in front of him. He was unraveling by the second.
You tried to say. Taehyung let out a sound of utter pain and you knew he wasn’t the same. His once sweet brown eyes were a teal blue.
“ah (y/n)…it’s good to be back.”
Min yoongi/ Suga:
You watched as your world literally burned around you. smoke filled your lungs as you struggled to breathe. You feel to the floor inches from the door. Yoongi emerged from the smoke and pulled you into his lap. And as you felt your last breathes coming upon you he leaned down to your ear.
“oh (y/n)…I told you im capable of so many things…If only you hadn’t tried to run away.”
He sang to himself as he walked around the mansion. To him it was a game, but to you it was life or death.
“oh your so good at this game (y/n).”
Your breath hitched. He was in the room. You curled your body under the bed and prayed that you could survive this. Suddenly the bed was lifted up.
Hey guys I know ive been gone but I really wanted to do a demo au. Tell me if you like it or want to see more and as always
let it happen - tame impala - international feel - todd rundgren - taken for a ride - tally hall -best friend - foster the people - touch tone telephone - lemon demon - infinitesimal - mother mother - the blue wrath - i monster - when he died - lemon demon - never meant to know - tally hall -goats in trees - foster the people -tessellate - alt j - swim and sleep (like a shark) - umo - fix it together - fleece - nothing that has happened so far has been anything we could control - tame impala - two weeks - grizzly bear -daydream in blue - i monster - on my mind - fleece - constants are changing - boards of canada
The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.” - Jung
Aries is an angel. Innocent, pure, protecting, and battle scarred. Aries is a demon, aggressive, compulsive, egocentric, and unforgiving
Taurus is an angel. Inviting, protective, comforting, beautiful. Creative and inspired. Taurus is a devil, gluttonous, greedy, compulsive, knows the cost of everything but the value of nothing
Gemini is an angel. Blowing fresh messages from person to person. Flittery and flirty, filling the air with communication like a gentle breeze. Gemini is a demon, unfocused, manipulative, deceitful, emotionless, and dramatic
Cancer is an angel. Maternal, gesturing, empathetic and guardianship. Cancer is a demon. She is the dark mother, possessive, controlling, martyred, hysterical, emotionally disturbed
Leo is an angel. Beautifully creative, protective, childlike, illuminating. Leo is a demon, full of undeserved pride and delusions of grandeur, martyrdom, and narcissism
Virgo is an angel. Quietly flittering to serve, help, and heal. Humble and gentle. Serves larger than personal needs. Virgo is a demon, addictive, witheringly critical, negative, and demanding
Libra is an angel. Personable, intuitive, beautiful, caressing, poetic, and amiable. Libra is a demon, unable to decide right from wrong, a hall of mirrors without an exit
Scorpio is an angel. Ferociously loyal and protective, penetrating to the Truth with courage that would confront the devil. Scorpio is a demon, controlled by disturbed moods, rage, fear, self isolation, and aggression
Sagittarius is an angel. Flying like a jet plane from land to land, leaving a fresh ray of laughter. Joyful, interested, global minded. Sagittarius is a demon, gluttonous, lying, exaggerating, indulgent, bombastic, and over confident
Capricorn is an angel. Expressing the labor of love to build a better world for humanity. Understanding, discriminative, wise. Capricorn is a demon, compulsive, cold, overly cynical and critical, and lonely
Aquarius is an angel. Pouring elevating knowledge from a higher plane. The mother of humanity, has a romance with the universe. Beautiful, feeling the suffering of all mankind. Aquarius is a demon, cold and unattached, robotic and sterile, delusions of grandeur
Pisces is an angel. A gentle flight from soul to soul with healing honey. Empath, all knowing, cosmic consciousness, loving, insightful. Pisces is a demon, substance or escapist riddled, deceitful, living in an etheric realm without justification or remorse
Demons practically scrambled out of your way as you walked
down the hall, A content smile on your
lips at their cowardice, respect and fear. “Idiots” you thought idly as you walked into
the throne room.
Inspired by the Bendy and the Ink Machine 2D AU made by @shinyzango and the series of comics made by @squigglydigg. Kept typing in the stream chat while Squiggs was making that comic series, so here’s a full version of those thoughts since folks seemed to like it! -WondersOfLife