Laura G's Top Ten Monsters of 2018

It is my philosophy that every book worth reading has a monster. It doesn’t have to be a monster in the traditional sense - of course that is the best kind! So without further ado, here is my list of the Top Ten Monsters of 2018!

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Everything Under: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555978266
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 23rd, 2018

The Bonak

Everyone knows I adore Daisy Johnson’s writing. This newest book is no exception. Intense, evocative, and lush, EVERYTHING UNDER shocked me with its lyrical prose and twisting, intricate plot. My favorite part? The unknowable monster called the Bonak. Never seen, only heard, the Bonak is fear incarnate. This is a monster of epic proportions.

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ISBN: 9781534402089
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 18th, 2018

The Devil

STRANGE GRACE blew me away with its gorgeous prose and mysterious setting. Three narratives are tied together through hope and pain, culminating in an explosive finale. While the romance is perfectly untraditional, the monster is old school: the Devil. Years ago a village made a pact with the Devil to ensure their survival. The payment? One human soul every year.

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ISBN: 9781419731273
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 18th, 2018


This modern Southern Gothic is an inverted exorcism tale. The book follows Claire, a girl possessed by a demon she calls Her. But when Her is exorcised from Claire, she has to try to get her beloved demon back. This is an interesting twist on the classic demon/possession narrative, discordant in the best way possible.

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ISBN: 9780374307066
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - October 2nd, 2018


THE BONELESS MERCIES is a dark and thrilling take on the epic BEOWULF! The characters are powerful and raw, the story bloody and wrenching. As with the rest of the characters, even the monster is gender bent as Grendel becomes Logafell. Deadly, vindictive, and highly difficult to kill, Logafell is the perfect monster to antagonize these fierce women.

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ISBN: 9781534412552
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - June 26th, 2018

The Beast

This book is one of the most original Middle Grade novels I’ve read in years. A boy wakes up on an abandoned beach. He doesn’t know who he is, where he came from, or how he got here. But he is being stalked by a mysterious and dangerous Beast.This Beast, like all great monsters, forces the boy to face his fears and grow from his experiences.

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ISBN: 9780316411059
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 16th, 2018

The Human Psyche

I would consider this monster “cheating” if I hadn’t read the book. But the further you fall into this dark and twisted tale the further you realize that the Human Psyche is a tangible character within the story. Further, it is a veritable monster. IN THE HOUSE IN THE DARK OF THE WOODS is a haunting exploration of loneliness with no foreseeable end.

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ISBN: 9780451478443
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - October 30th, 2018

The Capo

THE BRILLIANT DEATH is one of the most original novels I’ve read recently. The premise was already amazing, but I fell in love with its in-depth and fearless exploration of gender fluidity. The world is richly imagined with a monstrous mafia-esque villain. This was an absolute delight!

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ISBN: 9780525577942
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 25th, 2018

Victor Frankenstein

White’s novel delves deeper into the Frankenstein story, making Dr. Frankenstein himself the monster. How does a monster become so? Is rehabilitation possible? This book is a true horror as Elizabeth's quest for her friend’s salvation drags her further toward becoming a monster herself.

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ISBN: 9781335145161
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Published: Harlequin Teen - October 2nd, 2018

Oni, Kami, etc.

The world in SHADOW OF THE FOX is richly imagined, inspired by the myths and culture of feudal Japan. As with all excellent Japanese myths, the story is fraught with oni and kami, Japanese demons made terrifying by their seeming endlessness. Defeat one, ten more rise in its place. If you love battle scenes, this book is for you!

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By Adam Rubin, Crash McCreery (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399539299
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Published: Dial Books - March 27th, 2018

El Chupacabra

This bilingual picture book follows the tale of Latin America’s most fearsome monster: the goat-eating chupacabra! Funny and exciting, this is a monster for all ages!

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