This tag was created by the booktuber Katytastic. The rules of the tag are "For each creature listed, name a book/series that utilizes these creatures well."
Since it's already Halloween, I'm not going to tag anyone, but if you see this post and want to do it, then tag three people once you're done.
The Mortal Instruments series was the first time I actually sympathized with vampires. I don't want to spoil anything, but the character who gets turned is one of my favorites, and it was impossible to dislike them after they became a vampire. I also liked the way we were first introduced to vampires in that series--I think it was Raphael--? I read that series so many years ago, but the vampires are an aspect that I remember most clearly.
Sue me, but I'm picking Twilight. I'm Team Jacob through and through. I loved how Stephenie Meyer wrote the pack telepathy, and how she made us hate the werewolves before we sympathized with them. I think it's really interesting that she painted both vampires and werewolves in a positive light, even though we're supposed to understand that they're enemies. And I will love Jacob until I die. So, I'm biased.
I hate all zombies. Moving on.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Baz's mother is the most believable ghost I've ever read, because it is the only ghost in the book, and it is just so realistic that a mother would haunt her son. And it's so tragic that she can't find him right away. The ghost had its own storyline, too, which doesn't often happen.
I'll give an honorable mention to Midnights by Rainbow Rowell, from the anthology My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories. I like stories where a character repeatedly meets a very vague ghost. Vague, as in, you don't really know why they're there. You just like them. And they're there.
This isn't even a fair category. I'm going to ignore the existence of Harry Potter for this one (I just almost fainted).
For this category, I want to draw attention to the most unique way I've read about a magical human. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir presents one of the characters (no spoilers) with the power to heal through music--through singing. I love the concrete nature of the magical ability; that the character has to feel and understand music--an element which we mortal readers are familiar with--in order to produce a desired magical effect. I also like magicians that are endowed with one specific ability, not all magical abilities. It makes the individual more special.
I never really liked reading about fey. But I was least bothered by the fey in Sarah J. Maas's A Court of Thorns and Roses series. But I don't like her enough to give her more attention than she already gets. Petty.
Sometimes demons are called something else. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff features a "shadow cat" or a "not-cat" that is just my favorite Creature ever. Ever. EVER. It's name is Mister Kindly, and it is linked to the protagonist's ability to manipulate the darkness itself. So the cat is made of shadows, and it can be found in Mia's shadow. And it has an attitude, just like every cat does. If you read Nevernight for any reason, read it because of Mister Kindly, even though the plot does not revolve around him. My favorite demon.
I've only read the first book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor, but its connection to angels is the most intimate I've read. Without spoiling anything, I think this book gives you a day in the life of an angel, instead of raising one up on a pedestal like they usually are. Not that there's anything wrong with looking at someone on a pedestal, but it's harder to understand them. We really get to understand the ins-and-outs of angel life through some of the main characters in this book, and we learn through a slowly unraveling backstory.
Against my will, Stephenie Meyer gets another book on this list. The Host really made me sympathize with the alien race that was taking over Earth. Wanda is one of those voices that makes you remember that an individual does not necessarily represent a whole, and that individuals are just out for their own survival, even if their own survival is to someone else's detriment. Those are just the ways of nature. I like stories that make you wrestle with right and wrong. I so badly wanted both Wanda (the alien) and Melanie (the protagonist) to be perfectly happy...so much so that I don't even remember the ending. Oops.
I am excited for this category because I get to draw attention to a creepy, dark book that deserves to make your moral compass twitch nervously. Vicious by V.E. Schwab (followed by Vengeful, which I have not yet read). This book is weird. It makes you want to put each of the main characters in therapy and/or study them under a microscope. Disclaimer: the origin of their superpowers is fake and should not be attempted at home. Apparently V.E. gets e-mails from people asking whether the science is real. It is called science-fiction, folks. You should not attempt to kill and resurrect yourself in order to gain ExtraOrdinary abilities. That's what Victor and Eli do. But becoming an EO makes you...different. Vicious is an exploration of what unparalleled abilities can do to your personality and your grip with reality and mortality.