Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@Thoughts on Tomes over on Goodreads. This month all the topics are Halloween themed and this week’s theme is paranormal creatures. I couldn’t decide on just one paranormal creature to include when there are so many interesting ones to choose from. So I made my topic creatures from folklore, since that’s where most of our paranormal creatures have their origins.
5. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
Jessica Khoury’s fantastic Aladdin retelling is told from the Jinni’s POV. Zahra’s been trapped in her lamp for hundreds of years, until a thief find her in the ruins of the palace where she once served and betrayed a great Queen. To win her freedom, she must again play the betrayer.
4. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
Most of Catherynne M. Valented’s books are populated by fascinating creatures. In Deathless she weaves Russian folklore and history into a strange and magical tale about a girl who becomes the bride of Koschei the Deathless. We also meet Stalinist house elves, rusalkas, leshy and of course – Baba Yaga – with her hut on chicken legs.
3. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
The Star-Touched Queens is a retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth drenched in the magic and mystery of Indian folklore. Maya doesn’t want to marry, she’s been cursed with a horoscope that promises she’ll have a marriage of death and destruction. But when a mysterious suitor offers to whisk her away to the magical world of her bedtime stories, she sees a chance to create her own fate outside her father’s harem.
2. Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
Laini Taylor is the Queen of inventing fantastical worlds and populating them with strange and wonderful creatures. In this underrated little gem we are invited into three such worlds where we meet three more or less ordinary girls, who each experience something extraordinary.
This book is beautifully illustrated by Jim Di Bartolo.
1. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Set in Medieval Russia this dark and magical fairytale features lot of creatures from Russian folklore. Vasilisa, our heroine, can see these creatures and talks to them. The people in her village leave them offerings. Her stepmother calls them demons. The new priest is determined to exorcise them and save the village. In the woods, an old evil is waking up.
Have you read any of these books? What’s your favorite novels inspired by folklore?