Creepy but Cute

The following titles are recommendations to readers who want a frightened “AHHHH!!!” added with a heartwarming “AWWWWWWW”

A word of warning that dark and/or brutal scenes abound in the following books. But also expect moments of tenderness and love that only serve to highlight  both aspects of the story. Because let’s face it, how can you truly appreciate works that may (or may not) kill off characters if you don’t even care about the characters?

And how exactly do you realize the depth of love you have for the fictional characters of a story if you don’t have a sinking feeling that they might be lost or hurt beyond repair?

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Reylo Reminiscent Titles      

For anyone who’s seen the The Last Jedi and is heavily invested in the Reylo ship, try these titles out and see if you like it.

What do the following have in common with Reylo?

  • The couple that form the pairing are on opposite sides. So expect both to be enemies at some point during the story
  • They share a common history/experience that isolates them from the rest of the world. This is usually what brings them together. This shared experience or history that only the other can understand.
  • One side insists on having the other join them. Not surprising as they are on opposing sides. However there is a “push and pull” going on. With both attracted or at the very least drawn to the other, but neither is willing to go over on the other’s side as they usually have opposing philosophies. Or in some cases, going over to the other side is just plain impossible.

Warning: some spoilers abound

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Fairies Behaving Badly

We grew up on fairy tales wherein fairies would come to the aid of a young and deserving hero or heroine. They’re benevolent. And all they want to do is to help

But once you go beyond the children’s section of the bookstore, you’ll find that fairies or the fae are usually depicted as cruel or mad or simply out of touch with normal human reality and morality. Being near-immortal and powerful has them usually portrayed as looking down on humans (though that doesn’t stop them from taking humans as pets/lovers and producing half-human offspring with them)

Of course, this is not to say all fae characters in books are evil. Some harm humans as a way to protect themselves. Fae are usually portrayed as very connected to nature (eg. forests, lands, rivers etc). And with human beings doing whatever they want to the land, it seriously pisses the Fae off that their home gets polluted and eventually destroyed.

This just goes to show that once you browse the sections for young adults and adults, Fae get the morally gray and/or black shade

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