wood goblins

Underrated mythological creatures in YA books

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

Soul Colector:

  • The Collector by Victoria Scott

Water horses:

  • 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 

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
  • 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

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
The junkie squad

The rebellious mouse that was having a rock blast
under my magic carpet got bored one year ago
and planed a deserved vacation
somewhere on the Hawaii island.
On the road again like the bum writers
from the Beat Generation movement.
Along the way the mouse met a squad of drunken spiders,
a scared turtle, a baby elephant lost alone in the black wood
and a goblin magician who dismissed
with a coiled gesture all his super powers.
They gathered together under the dreaming clouds
taking advantage of the cool weather
and started to “gossip” about various topics.
It was mentioned from the beginning to be left out religion,
sports and other similarly boring subjects.
The whole bunch had pretentious and sophisticated demeanors and you couldn’t touch the top of their nose
even with a fidgeting broom.
They drank and ate and talked
until morning about celebrated scholars,
notorious witches, medusa eyed pirates and bad ass thieves.
As the dawn loomed between tremulous violets and stubborn roses they packed the dirt they made during the night
and proceeded to continue their journey
strolling happy against enchanted meadows,
grumpy mountains and smiled with all glittering teeth
and pale fangs at the sun popping like a sanctified godfather
amongst hidden in strange slumber, sisters in wander vagabond stars. Such a merry gathering no one have seen
since the renaissance troubadours used to travel
with 300 hundred pages of heart broken poems
placed strategically in the secretive pockets.
Next stop was at a german brewery
where they drank one hundred gallons of Irish beer
and a giant dozen of Austrian schnapps,
they smoked an unnecessary amount of indigenous herbs
and collapsed for an entire week
somewhere in a garden of blooming poppies.
All the journey until Hawaii island took one damned year
to be completed but Alas…
finally they landed at the aforementioned destination.
They found another mansion belonging to a surrealist painter
and settled again, all of them, in the basement
ready to explore an obscured underground life style
under the Hawaiian shimmering sun.
The junkie squad even bought a surfing board
though none of them really saved time to learn how to swim.
The issue is, I’m feeling fucking lonely
without the creeping noise in my basement
and I miss tremendously my best friend the rebellious mouse.
I guess I’ll gather my grotesque belongings
and move with them in case they’d receive me,
anyways I’m crazy about goth and rock&roll tunes
and I bet soon I’ll challenge with
stupendous blasphemies my eureka moments.
Much love from me guys and as you see this’s the mouse poem I promised you long time ago. I’m sure my old devoted friends will remember what I’m blubbering about.

(in which it's my first time being DM)

DM: So yeah the last goblin is unconscious, good job guys

Player 1: Wait why haven’t we gotten any damage?

Player 2: Weren’t the goblins supposed to attack man?

DM: …. oh wait shit I forgot

Player 2: Can we just say that the goblins we’re doing drugs in the woods?

DM: The goblins we’re doing cocaine in the woods, yes that’s what happened… they were high so didn’t attack you of course.

Player 1: Cocaine in the woods?

DM: Cocaine in the woods.

Maas Withdrawal Book Recommendations: “Trickster’s Choice” and “Trickster’s Queen” by Tamora Pierce

Previous Recommendations: “Angelfall”- Susan Ee“The Goblin Wood”- Hilari Bell


Alianne is the teenage daughter of the famed Alanna, the Lioness of Tortall. Aly is bold and brave like her mother, but she has no wish to become a knight. Instead, she longs to follow in her father’s footsteps as a spymaster, an ambition her parents vehemently oppose.

After a furious argument, Aly runs away with disasterous consequences. Captured and sold as a slave in the Copper Isles, she discoveres that this whole nightmare has not come about by chance- her father’s patron, the Trickster God Kyprioth, has plans for her. If Aly can keep the Balitang family alive through the summer, he will grant her freedom-

-easier said than done when the family is targeted by an insane king and two rival gods…

This series is one I absolutely love and will always recommend! There’s even a gorgeous love interest with wings !! ;) 

2015.02.06 - Happy birthday to Dane DeHaan!

No matter who you are, a hero, a villain or anyone, I always belong to the #teamdehaan.

Just a Reminder: If you have any books you’d like to recommend for the Maas Withdrawal Book Recommendations, don’t hesitate to message me!

So far recommendations are queued to post every 3 days until August 21st, but I’d always love more for the list, I want to keep it going as long as possible without repeats!!!

Everyone who recommends a book is mentioned // tagged, if you recommend a book already in the queue I will add you to the tags :)

Previous Recommendations: “A Resurrection of Magic” by Kathleen Duey; “Song of the Lioness” by Tamora Pierce; “Red Rising” by Pierce Brown; “The Hungering Saga” by Heath Pfaff; “Graceling” by Kristin Cashore”; “Trickster’s Choice” by Tamora Pierce; “The Goblin Wood” by Hilari Bell; and “Angelfall” by Susan Ee

Isaak Brodsky - Tired, 1906. From satirical journal “Leshiy” (Wood-goblin).

The Revolution of 1905, sometimes described as “the first Russian Revolution,” was a period of major social, political and cultural upheaval. One of the result of it was unprecedented freedom of public expression that found outlet in the so-called Satirical Journals of 1905-1907. Richly illustrated, the journals represent a collaboration of some of the best artists, writers, journalists, political writers and illustrators of the time.