This Friday for Hype or Like Fridays, a meme created by Jill @ Rant and Rave Books, Larkin @ Wonderfilled Reads and Britt @ Geronimo Reads, the subject is pretty much up to each person (and it’s going to be like this all month) as long as it falls within the spooky/creepy theme we have going on this month. I choose to go with the scariest types of monsters I’ve encountered, as suggested by Donna @ Chocolaten Waffles.
The silent killer in Paper Valentine by Brenna Yanoff
Without spoiling too much, appart from the obvious villain and monster in Paper Valentine, there’s also a secondary, much more subtle, kind of monster that hits a lot closer to home. Everything the main character goes up against in this book ranges from worrying to downright terrifying actually, but it’s very well done in a way that doesn’t become too much.
Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
I don’t need to explain this choice do I?
The Commandant in An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
There are very few, so very few, characters that are absolutely not redeemable to me and The Commandant pretty much takes the throne in that category. She’s ruthless, violent, terrifying, and one of the best villains I’ve come accross in recent years. I’m slightly disappointed she doesn’t play as prominent a role in A Torch Aginst The Night (even if I understand why) but her actions in the background still give me chills when I think about them.
The Actual Bad Guy in Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Sure The Humdrum, the absence of magic or anything really, is terrifying in itself (and I was torn between that and The Actual Bad Guy (I’m so discreet with trying to avoid spoilers) when writing this up), but having a character become the villain through actions that were supposed to be for the better adds a shade of heartbreak to the story but it also makes it a lot more personal and relatable.
The Higher Level Monsters in This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Everything about them is terrifying, between the evil ones, the scarily calm ones that can explode at a moments notice, and the ones that want nothing more than to be human, Schwab’s monsters had me wary of falling asleep while I was reading the book.
As I’m sure you can tell, I haven’t read all that many horror/thrillers (because I like my sleep thank you very much), but I’ve found that the worst monsters sometimes lurk in the most surprising of places.
What are some monsters you would hate to run into?