The Bookish Blog Hops gang is back in full swing this month with their suggestions for the best books with non-human characters. There are so many fantasy and young adult books out there featuring vampires, werewolves, fairies, warlocks, gremlins, demons, zombies…you name it!
Choosing our favourites was no easy task, but we think we have been able to round up the best of the best.
If you’re looking for a new book with non-human characters, read on for more inspiration.
Books with Non-Human Characters
1. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, Book 1) – Cassandra Clare
As the gracious host I am, I will kick things off with my personal favourite book series with non-human characters.
In my opinion, The Mortal Instrument series is the most exciting young adult fiction novel series to come out of the 21st century. Written by Cassandra Clare, the series takes place in New York, where demons roam the Earth and supernatural beings with demon-fighting magical abilities, called shadowhunters, are sent to Earth to destroy them.
When Clary Fray goes to a nightclub with her best friend Simon, she witnesses a boy and a demon-fighting, which causes her to scream. Only, humans are not supposed to see shadowhunters, which causes the boy, Jace, to become fascinated with the girl and to learn about how she can see him.
As Jace and Clary search for answers, they begin to have strong feelings for each other. As Clary learns more about her family history, she finds that she has as much to lose as she does to gain.
2. Rogue Spotter Universe Series – Kimberly A. Rogers
Written by Leslie Conzatti – upstreamwriter.blogspot.com
The series I’m going to hype is definitely the Therian Way series by Kimberly A. Rogers (also known as the Rogue Spotter Universe series, since she’s tied it into another series she wrote!)
In the Therian Way books, humans coexist in a contemporary setting alongside Fae Elves and Therians (which are animal shifters). The two main characters are a Tiger shifter and a half-Elf Leopard shifter.
It’s a gorgeous and glorious series as the two are forced to work together because of the half-Elf’s political connections… and then due to the Therian sensibilities, they end up having to marry, and in the meantime, they’re both Federal investigators who are assigned to track down murderers, terrorists, and whatever else is threatening the safety and security of the general public.
I love her characters, I love the banter, and the novels themselves have lots of plot twists and are well-paced – I definitely recommend this series to anybody who likes a good shifter series with excellent world-building!
3. The Ogress and The Orphans – Kelly Barnhill
Written by Vidya Tiru – LadyInReadWrites.com
Too many books come to mind for this theme but going with the most recent loved reads, I will have to pick Kelly Barnhill’s The Ogress and the Orphans.
An excerpt from the description: An Instant Fantasy Classic from Newbery Medalist Kelly Barnhill About the Power of Generosity and Love – and How a Community Suffers When They Disappear
This is delightful with all-the-good-feels and a must-must-must-read. You will fly through the 400 pages of the book in no time, and then want to keep reading. I am so glad I have not read The Girl Who Drank the Moon yet (for I can now keep reading Barnhill’s writing!).
When the Ogress moves to the once charming town of Stone-in-the-Glen, the children of the Orphan House befriend her and try to show their townspeople the truth about the Ogress as well as the real villain in their midst.
At once a commentary of recent and current times, and a charming heartwarming fantasy, this book is a beautiful read for all ages (though the intended audience is middle-graders).
Other Great Books with Non-Human Characters
4. A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas
If you love faerie romance and fantasy novels, then you will love A Court of Thorns and Roses.
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre is met with a wolf in the words, she meets another terrifying creature in demand of retribution.
She is then dragged to a treacherous magical land where she is kept prisoner by a lethal beast, one of the immortal faeries who once ruled her world.
Though this beast is not always a beast. Tamlin, her capture, transforms from icy and hostile to fiery and passionate. Soon, Feyre adapts to her home and she even develops feelings for her captor, Tamlin.
Meanwhile, an ancient and wicked shadow is growing in faerie land. And Feyre must put her feelings to the side while trying to stop them from dooming Tamlin and his world forever.
5. Dog Man: Grime And Punishment – Dave Pilkey
One for the children out there, this epic book with non-human characters follows the noble adventures of Dogman, a half man half dog superhero.
Grime and Punishment is the most beloved of the series and is the ninth book by worldwide bestselling author Dave Pilkey.
Set against a backdrop of kindness, empathy, and good deeds, Dog Man is filled with hilarious moments which will have your child rolling with laughter. Some moments celebrate friendship and the victory of good over evil.
This is also a great beginner chapter book for second graders as it’s accompanied by fun graphics and written using short sentences and simple vocabulary.
6. Kiss of Snow – Nalini Singh
If you love a juicy age gap romance novel, then you’ll love this classic from the New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh, Kiss Of Snow. It’s a captivating story in the world of shapeshifters, psychics, and werewolves.
Alpha wolf, Hawke, is used to getting exactly what he wants. Since Sienna Lauren joined the pack, she has been his one weakness. As the Alpha he is dangerous and he compels her to madness.
Hawke is used to being a lone wolf and lost the woman who would’ve been his mate many years ago. He tells himself that Sienna is too young to handle him. But Sienna says otherwise.
But while they battle with their storms of emotions with each other, they must also prepare for another fight. A deadly enemy is out to destroy their pack and everything they hold dear.
Like this post? Check out the other Blog hops for April 2022 below!
- 1st – A book with food in the title
- 2nd – A book that contains time travel
- 3rd – A book by a political figure
- 4th – A “how to” book
- 5th – A book set in the past
- 6th – A book you haven’t read yet
- 7th – A book with non-human characters
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