Top 5 | Books with Morally-Gray Main Characters 🔥

 🔥 Hi, guys! I hope you’re having a wonderful day & a great start to the week, as I always tell you, I hope you’re also enjoying all your readings.❤️ Today I’m super excited to return with another top 5 that could also be a recommendation post because I love each one of these books with all my heart, so obviously, I highly recommend them, especially if, as the title says, you enjoy the morally-gray main characters. 👏🏻 What do I mean by this? Well, I know that we all have different concepts about what a “morally-gray” character is, for me, this means having a character who’s capable of doing anything to achieve his goals, characters that have dark actions or do something immoral during his journey or can also refer, in my personal opinion, to those characters that change as time passes and become vengeful and power-hungry. Today I’ve brought all those types of characters in these incredible 5 books, this time I wanted to focus on the main characters as such because I’ve read other books with these types of characters but they have secondary roles or the “villains” role as such, you know? so I wanted to put them aside to bring you this type of character as the main focus of the plot. 😊 

I hope this type of recommendation is for you and is something that you can enjoy, you know that I always try to bring you very varied recommendations & tops, so that no matter what your jam is you can find something for you, so if this time this is not something you interested in, that’s ok and I respect it, soon I bring another with brave characters and more of the heroes type, which I also personally love. 🥰 

I love you ALWAYS, thank you for the love and support you gave me and above all for your kind words about the new look of the blog 💞, with which I’m super happy, you can see that I’ve changed the fonts because it seemed to me that was too small before and it was very difficult to read, so I hope now it feels more comfortable for you. 🥺
I hope you enjoy it a lot, go get yourself something to drink and eat, make yourself comfortable, and enjoy the top 5LET’S START!

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“I sought to puncture Heaven and instead discovered Hell.”


Elizabeth Lavenza hasn’t had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her “caregiver,” and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything–except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable–and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth’s survival depends on managing Victor’s dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.

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“Be true to yourself. But that’s something everyone says and no one means. No one wants you to be yourself. They want you to be the version of yourself that they like.”


I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt. 

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“But in a solitary life, there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours, as stars once a year brush the earth. Such a constellation was he to me.”

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In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love. 

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“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”

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Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself. 

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“Then perhaps we should carve a world one day where the strength lies in who you are, rather than in what they expect you to be.”

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In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price.When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles and make a powerful choice.

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  Hope you guys enjoyed it, I LOVE spending time with you and recommending books through these types of tops! ❤️

 🔥 Question time! Do you like these kinds of twisted or master-minds characters in books? If you do, What’s your favorite book with a morally-gray character? I’m here to add everything to my TBR, so let me know in the comments 🔥


60 thoughts on “Top 5 | Books with Morally-Gray Main Characters 🔥

    • YES!! I know what you mean because I feel the same, I love when what leads the character to take revenge or seek justice is those he loves & I always feel so intimidated by Nevernight for some reason lol, but now I’ll have to put it on my list of priorities 😍👏🏻✨

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  1. Oh, I also love The Young Elites! Adelina is such a fantastic, well-written character and I truly loved seeing her character Arc throughout the series! 🥰 My favorite book with a morally grey character would probably Vicious, though Victor is definitely really villainous 😈

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  2. These books sound awesome! I’m definitely adding them to my TBR! I absolutely love morally-grey characters. They are so unexpected and gritty. They will do what it takes to stay alive, and that is a scary thought that makes for some darkly intriguing stories. I especially loved the first two book quotes. They are so hard-hitting! Thanks for such good suggestions, Sofii! xoxo

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  3. Morally grey characters are awesome! One of my favorites is Victor from Vicious by V.E. Schwab though he could be considered an anti-hero more than a morally grey character, but it’s the same family lol. I’ve always heard of Circe but I always had this idea that it’s a classic, so I never wanted to read it, but now it does sound intriguing!

    I also love the redesign!! It’s so pretty 🥺✨

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    • Yes, they are, right? 👏🏻✨ OMG, I keep hearing about how amazing Vicious is, so I really have to read it soon. 😍
      I LOVE that you mention that they’re from the same family because I agree 100%, I just put them all in the same bag 😅
      Circe is slow-paced and somewhat descriptive but it’s worth it, it’s a very powerful story, so I hope you love if you get to read it. 😊
      Aww honey, thank you SO much that makes me so happy, you’re the sweetest ❤️❤️❤️

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  4. Love a morally grey character. Jude is amazing!! I also really love the cover of The Bone Witch and I’ve added it to my tbr list. Thanks for the recommendations

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  5. I loved Circe – this is reminding me that in my own writing, it’s okay to have grey characters – but within reason. Do you think there is something that you can forgive and something you cannot in grey characters? For me, I can handle morally grey like Circe who uses her sexual power as her hold over others. But when I read another book that involved a ‘good’ character who performed pedophilia, I had to throw it away instantly. Just food for thought – while grey is permissible, repugnant acts like that cannot be.

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    • I’m SO glad you loved Circe!! it’s a great read.👏🏻✨
      Absolutely, I think there are things that are just of a bad person or villain, and not morally gray, you know? pedophilia is terrible for me in any context and I couldn’t tolerate it.
      I like morally gray characters that have a good story behind or a good reason to support their actions, that’s quite important to me 😊

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  6. This is an excellent idea for apost! I agree with Jude ( the only that I have read on your list). And I think thatmorally grey characters are so interetsing!

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    • OMG, Girl!!!! you need to read The Young Elite, my life purpose is for more people to read it and love it 😂❤️
      I LOVE you mention Forest Of Thousand Lanters, because I’ve own that book for a while and now you make me want it to read it 🥰✨


  7. I think it’s safe to say we all have a soft spot for those morally grey characters haha. However, having said that, I’ve not actually read any of these books. I remember being really excited by the sound of The Young Elites, but I think it’s one of those books that got lost in the shuffle of all the other books I wanted to read haha. Circe is on my kindle waiting for me to pick it up. I adored Miller’s Song of Achilles, so I have high hopes for this one too.

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  8. I LOVED The Young Elites! Such a good trilogy. I’ve been meaning to read the Frankenstein one but just keep putting it off. I’m intrigued now that I know there’s a good morally grey character!

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    • It makes me SO happy that you like it too!! ❤️ I think it deserves all the love, it’s just wonderful & I highly recommend The Dark Descent Of Elizabeth Frankenstein if you also like creepy and atmospheric plots, personally I think it’s kind slow-paced, but it’s SOOO worth it 😍✨


  9. Omg love that you did this because morally grey characters are lowkey the best haha. I’ve only read Thr Cruel Prince from this list but YES Jude is a perfect example. Though definitely need to get to the rest of these books. This is basic but my fave character is probs Kaz whoops IM SORRY

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