With the approach to Halloween, I’ve thought more and more about some of my favorite (and least favorite) monsters and ghouls. Lucky for me, I have an excuse through this blogoween prompt to discuss my favorite type of monster – werewolves. This prompt was created by blogoween host Lauren at Northern Plunderer. She discussed her favorite creatures, vampires, but as they’re not exactly in my top five I decided to take a little liberty and change it to a discussion on werewolves!
Prompt Title: Loving the monsters always ends badly for the human
Explanation: Exploring and recommending my favorite creatures –
Why I Love Werewolves
Werwolves are just plain awesome. People who can transform into big, furry, strong wolves? And don’t need to drink blood to survive? Who can walk around the world fairly normally and don’t hide from the sun? How great is that?!
I have always loved wolves and thought they were beautiful and strong creatures, making my love of werwolves that much easier. Wolves always symbolized strength, loyalty and intelligence to me, not to mention that I thought they were absolutely gorgeous. I would love to be able to turn into a wolf, run around in a forest and belong to a pack. I adore werewolf books and all the odds and ends and variations that come with them!
My Favorite Werewolf Books
Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls) by Maggie Stiefvater
Shiver is an amazing read and takes such a unique twist on the classic werewolf! I adore this book and strongly relate to the main character Grace. Her story with Sam, a werewolf whose transformations are controlled by the temperature of the weather for unknown reasons, is unforgettable. I think it depends on the person whether you think that the ending of this series ended badly for the human or ended better than expected, but either way Grace, and her friends, go through a hectic journey of action, romance and drama.
Virals by Kathy Reichs
The term werewolf is being loosely applied here because this book is so unique in its concept! The main character, a girl named Tori Brennan, the niece of Temperance Brennan (of the books and TV show Bones) lives on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina, and is friends with three boys, each with their own bold personalities and skills. Their one thing in common? They’re all outcasts and love science and the island they live on. One day they’re all exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus and soon realize that the infection came with more than just a fever. They slowly gain heightened senses and animalistic characteristics and soon get tangled in a cold case murder while trying to hide their newfound abilities. This book series was absolutely addicting and I loved every moment of it, from the mystery of the virus and murder, to the daily drama of four mutating teenagers.
Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Raised by Wolves is a story about a young human girl adopted by the alpha of a pack of werewolves, I enjoyed the stories focus on a human living with a pack and her inner strength and determination to find answers to her parents murder by a rogue werewolf. This story has a more classic werewolf feel but seeing it through the eyes of a human gave this werewolf story a fresh take. Though there are strict rules and a hierarchy of power, this doesn’t keep the main character Bryn from taking things into her own hands to find the answers to questions she’s been asking all her life. This was a story of strength, determination and bravery in the face of danger, and showed that even a human can be a part of a pack.
My Favorite Werewolves
- Remus Lupin from Harry Potter (he was one of my favorite characters in the entire series).
- Jacob Black from Twilight (I was team Jacob all the way until the second half of the last book)
- Tori Brennan from Virals
- Sam Roth from Shiver
- Derek Hale from Teen Wolf
- Lucian (Luke) Greymark from City of Bones
- Ruby (Red Riding Hood) from Once Upon A Time
Do you love werewolves as much as I do? Do you have any good werewolf book recommendations? What are some of your favorite werewolf books and characters? Or do you hate werewolves? What is your favorite monster? Please leave a comment letting me know!
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