I started this “I Want More Books About…” series a while ago, made a bunch of posts, and then never got around to posting any more than that first one. Oops. But hey, I’m finally doing another one! And this time it’s about—surprise, surprise—supernatural creatures! I kind of stumbled upon both of these… sub-subgenres, and it turns out I love them, so let’s chat about it, and hopefully you guys will have some recommendations for me!
Supernatural Slice of Life
Look, I just love supernatural creatures. I feel like I make that really obvious on this blog. And honestly? I don’t even need a life-or-death, action-packed story or a dramatic romance to enjoy reading about supes. Give me stories about their daily lives! Give me calm, cute stories about their long-term relationships! Give me stories in which an old vampire learn how to use new technology, or a werewolf adopts a cat, or a mermaid meets up with her land friends for board game night. Just low-stakes novels about supernatural characters having normal lives and relationships. So far I’ve found two books that somewhat fit this description, although these were more “human living in the middle of nowhere stumbles upon a supernatural creature and they fall in love.” Still, they were very chill and involved supernaturals, so I dug ’em. One was Kelpie Blue by Mell Eight [GR|Am|Review] and the other was Bloom by Desdemona Wren [GR|Am|Review].
I think I used to strongly prefer beautiful, romanticized portrayals of supernaturals. But, while I do still enjoy that, I’ve also come to really love gritty portrayals. Not monstrous, horror-esque portrayals where the creatures are something to be slayed, but rather books where the supernaturals are the main characters and are likeable, just a less glamorous portrayal in which they have tough lives because of what they are. I’m not sure why I like this so much. Maybe because I just like gritty books in general? Or maybe because it’s so different from what you normally find? I don’t know, but I’ve really enjoyed both Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones [GR|Am|Review] and Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz [GR|Am|Review].