Fun Friday: Cringe-worthy YA Monsters


Happy Fun Friday!

In anticipation for Halloween’s arrival, the Society of YA Storytellers are posting on the topic of Top YA Monsters this week. Lately, I’ve had the fortune to happen upon several indie YA novels that I really like, and wouldn’t ya know it? They always have a monster or villain that makes you want to double check the locks on all the doors.

Here are my Top 5 Cringe-worthy YA Monsters of indie novels I’ve recently read. Listed in no particular order.

The Arum – Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout

These creepy aliens harness the power of dark and shadows. They are super fast and seem to pop up whenever you least expect it.

Reapers (specifically Maxx) – Bait by K.C. Blake

The Reapers in this book are incredibly powerful and sly as they come. Don’t cross the reaper.

Ashmen – Archers of Avalon series by Chelsea Fine

I imagine an Ashman to be a mix between a reanimated corpse and a golem. They are unnaturally strong and nearly invincible, plus there’s no conscience weighing them down.

Calliope – The Lost Soul by Suzy Turner

This siren-like goddess controls minds and can hold throw you to the ceiling and hold you as easily as if she were drying her nails.

The Syns – Edge of Truth by Natasha Hanova

My boys tell me that evil robots count as monsters. These droids may not have a mind of their own, but the many nail-biting moments they gave me ranks them high on the uber-creepy scale. The Syns are watching.

See what gruesome frights the other members of The Society have wrangled onto their blogs. Go to for direct links to YA Monster posts.

Dodgeball and the meaning of life

Gallia Charity Dodgeball Tourney

Last Friday, I had the honor of being a host for the annual Gallia Charity Dodgeball Tournament to benefit the local American Cancer Society Relay for Life. It’s a double elimination tournament for adults only, and it’s a good thing, because those six balls go by fast and hard (no dirty joke intended).

As I sat at the announcer’s table in the bleachers, I started thinking about the game. It’s no wonder this game started in elementary schools. It teaches so many life lessons. It occurred to me that things that are true for dodgeball are also true for life in general. So just for fun, consider the following:

  • Practice makes a difference
  • You let your friends down when you cross a line
  • It’s more important to (throw) give than to (get hit) receive
  • Substitutions are never as good as the original
  • If you aren’t paying attention, you could get smacked in the face

Hope you enjoyed my list. If you think of any more, be sure to add them in the comments.