Top 5 Wednesday: Creepy Settings

Top Five Wednesdays started on Goodreads back in 2013. At the beginning of every month Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes posts a topic for each Wednesday and bloggers, vloggers and overall book fans are encouraged to respond with their top five.

This week is top five books featuring creepy settings. I thought I’d have trouble with this since I don’t read typically ‘scary’ or ‘creepy’ books, but it ended up being a lot of fun. These are all definitely creepy in their own way, whether it be magic, beasts, or curses. Let me know your top five in the comments!

  1. Relhok from Reign of Shadows

Essentially, the Kingdom of Relhok has been cloaked in perpetual darkness ever since its King was overthrown and slaughtered and its princess went missing. And with creatures lurking in the shadows (and well everywhere is always a shadow) going outside is lethal. This story had me on edge the whole time, jumping at every little noise or movement our characters heard. Like imagine only living in darkness, definitely creeps me out.

2. Eurona from The Great Hunt

The kingdom of Eurona itself sounds beautiful—a bit bigoted towards those with magic—but beautiful. What bumps up the spooky factor is a giant magical beast on the loose murdering innocents. Add in the crazy dark witch controlling the beast, and that makes it someplace I’d not want to vacation.

3. Puerto Rico from A Fierce and Subtle Poison

This story takes place in Puerto Rico, which is obviously a real place and has nothing inherently creepy about it in our world. But when magical realism is added to the mix, we find ourselves in a version of Puerto Rico overcome with curses and missing girls. Things get stranger and stranger as this story goes on and becomes well, deadly.

4. Cabeswater from The Raven Cycle

I would love to be with Gansey and the Raven Crew. But Cabeswater freaks me out just a tad. I know at times is beautiful and magical and all that, but like no thanks, no way. It’s just too unpredictable for me. DISCLAIMER: I haven’t read the last book yet, so I might change my mind/be wrong.

5. Wonderland from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Okay, ya’ll are probably like, ‘what, really?’ And I love, love, love Alice, it’s one of my absolute favorite stories, but Wonderland is pretty creepy. Maybe not like completely scary creepy, but at least weird creepy. Like people change size, there are talking animals, there are animals that disappear, there’s a queen that cuts off heads. Everyone there is mad.

Let me know your favorite creepy setting in the comments!

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11 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Creepy Settings

  1. Great choices 🌸
    I think Cabeswater is magical with it’s changing seasons and just the magic that it holds; granted I’ve only just started The Dream Thieves last night so I might still change my mind! But yes Alice in Wonderland was a tad bit creepy, enigmatic, but creepy!


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