Hi everyone and welcome to this new edition of my Sunday Recommendations! Sorry I didn’t get to post last week, I was in the middle of a readathon, and I didn’t have time to make my usual Sunday post. A while ago, I asked for recommendation post suggestion, and BJ from My Book-a-logue suggested controversial characters/characters that make you think, and I realised I don’t really talk about villains on here much, so I thought it would be nice to make a Sunday Recommendations post about them! I picked some villains I find fascinating, villains we love to hate if you will, villains we can’t help but love… Just villains that I found interesting for various reasons! Hope you will enjoy this post!
WARNING: MAY INCLUDE SPOILERS
(especially for Percy Jackson)
The Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
I have only read Shadow and Bone, the first book in the Grisha Trilogy, but I can already say that The Darkling is definitely an interesting villain. I know that many people love him, and it’s not my case so far, but that doesn’t mean I don’t find him fascinating! If you are looking for a book or book series with a great villain, then this is definitely something I would recommend!
Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Queen Levana is one of those bat shit crazy villains that are impossible to love, I think everyone will agree with this. However, I find her to be a fascinating character at the same time. I really loved reading more about her in Fairest. She has been through a lot of shit, no one can deny this. But that still doesn’t excuse what she has done later, and who she has become. This book series really shows how dangerous power can be in the hands of the wrong person. If you’re looking for a book with a mad, power hungry villain, who will do anything that can serve them, then I definitely recommend this series! (Which is amazing by the way, and has fantastic characters ♥)
Luke Castellan from the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
Genre: Urban fantasy
I first considered including Kronos in this article, but he is not that much of an interesting villain. He is just this fallen being who wants to get his power back, whatever the cost. Luke, on the other hand, is a much more interesting character, because he has some personality development: from the young boy who arrived at Camp Half Blood full of hopes, to this older teenager who radically rejected the Gods, because he felt that his father did not care about him. And as much as he wanted to serves the Titan Lord, you could still see that he cared about his old friends, especially Annabeth.
Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Genre: Urban fantasy
Of course, the big villain of the Harry Potter series is none other than Lord Voldemort. But he is your basic, power hungry villain. While Dolores Umbridge is a crazy “teacher” who just mentally (or even physically) tortures people, both students and teacher, both because she enjoys it, and because she has enough power to do so. She is this teacher who punished you unfairly. She is this person who hates you for no reason, just because she can. And that makes her a much more terrible villain than Lord Voldemort, because she is one you could encounter in real life.
President Snow from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
President Snow is the perfect example of a dictator-type of villain. He has the power, and intends to keep it. He may be a little crazy, but that doesn’t make up for what he has done. He profits from the innocent, and kills tons of people unfairly. Like Dolores Umbridge, he is a villain that belongs to the real world, one you can encounter when you study history and such. And that makes him all the more scary. I just couldn’t write this article without including him.
The WICKED organisation from The Maze Runner series by James Dashner
WICKED is an organisation rather than an actual person, but after reading The Fever Code I felt that they really fitted the list. And I already felt that they belonged here before anyway. But the more I read The Maze Runner and the rest of this series, the more I feel that WICKED is a group of bat shit crazy people, no matter what Teresa says. Basically, WICKED spread a virus on Earth because they felt there were too many people, and now they are trying to find a curse by putting teens in deadly situations… I mean, how much more crazy and dangerous could you get?
Dr. Razi Cylon from The Awakened duology by Sara Elizabeth Santana
Genre: Dystopia, Zombies
A virus was unleashed in the United States to get rid off the weakest. Only the strongest can survive, and the dead are turned into zombie-like beings, who are quickly called the Awakened. On her journey to safety, Zoey discovers the truth little by little, and the mad woman, a doctor and her allies, who are responsible for the mess that everything has become. And the worst part is, she truly believes that what she did is right, and doesn’t care about the millions deaths she caused, and all the heartbroken people she leaves behind. Dr Razi Cylon is another crazy, unforgiveable villain, and if you’re into this kind of characters, you should definitely check out this series!
And that’s it for today, I hope you enjoyed! If you find villains interesting, I hope you will enjoy those books as much as I did. If you have read them, feel free to comment with your opinion, obviously. And as usual, feel free to comment with your favourite villains, and your recommendation requests!