Saturday, February 5, 2011

Unicorns on the Rise?

Hello Everyone,

This week I've made a tiny study of what the popular "species" are of paranormal books. Obviously the vampires are still a huge presence in teen paranormal books, as are the semi-less popular werewolves and witches. Faeries have been getting a better rap as of late with Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series, Karen Marie Moning's Fever series and Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series.

And now, possibly because people are becoming so sick of the "Big 4" trend, the lesser known supernatural races are becoming more popular. The most notable being unicorns. At least 3 series in the past 2 years have featured these pointy-headed, powerful creatures. For example...

Diana Peterfreund's Rampant series plays host to vicious man-killing unicorns.


A new anthology called Zombies vs. Unicorns has hit the market.

And a new vampire book featuring a were-unicorn will be releasing this summer


Other supernatural races picking up notoriety are zombies, with Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris. Pixies are making a come-back in Carrie Jones' Need series. Sirens are even becoming a force to be reckoned with because of Siren by Tricia Rayburn, Ripple by Mandy Hubbard and Siren's Call by Devyn Quinn.

I really hope the appearance of lesser known supernatural races continues. I mean, werewolves are my favorite paranormal creatures. I like witches and faeries, I can even stand vampire books most of the time. However there are so many amazing creatures and myths that can be explored and so many others to be thought up that I really encourage "different" books.

What do you all think of these new book trends? A cool act of diversity or the mucking up of a good thing?

Happy Reading, 

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