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Top Ten Underrated Books

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This week’s theme is on underrated books/authors within a particular genre. I’m actually just going to include ten books from all kinds of genre that I really enjoyed and that I personally feel are underrated. By the way, it’s in a random order.

As you might know, I run a project here for underrated books, which can find out more about HERE

There’s more than 10 books here? Oops, my mistake…

1. Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher

Genre: Contemporary/Realistic (Young Adult)

This book has gotten slightly more popular since I first read it, but it’s still one of those books that I wish was more well-known. I’ve not read anything like it since and even though I read it a few years ago now, it’s a book that has stayed with me. (Also, Flyaway by Lucy Christopher is seriously underrated compared to Stolen and it’s lovely.)

2. The Humans by Matt Haig

Genre: Science Fiction, Humour (Adult)

The Humans is a book that I picked up in the spur of the moment at my local library one day. I’d never heard of it before and only a couple of people on my friends list on Goodreads had read it. I loved it! It’s such a funny and thought-provoking read that I’d recommend to anyone.

3. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Genre: Contemporary/Realistic (Adult)

My review

You might have seen me ramble about this book before. It’s only my favourite book so far this year. I absolutely loved it. It’s such a beautiful story about love and family - and books! It gets bonus points from me because of a reference to The Book Thief. Oh and there’s a cop who reads YA fiction, just saying.

4. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Genre: Historical Fiction (Young Adult)

Ruta Sepetys is one of my favourite authors. I still want to say that I wish more people would read Between Shades of Gray but compared to her most recent book, it’s doing pretty well. (There’s going to be a movie soon!) Out of the Easy is very different from her first book but it’s just as beautifully written. It’s set in 1950 in the French Quarter of New Orleans and there’s a mystery element to it. I’m not going to say anymore - just read her books, please.

5. Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent

Genre: Paranormal (Young Adult)

Are you tired of reading about vampires, werewolves and angels in YA paranormal fiction? If so, you really need to check out Soul Screamers. It’s about banshees and reapers. I’m not a huge fan of some of the characters (i.e. Nash) but just wait until you meet Tod Hudson. (Also check out Rachel Vincent’s adult series Unbound and Shifters. I didn’t like the latter as much but I love Unbound.)

6. Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth

Genre: Contemporary/Realistic (Young Adult)

My review

I read this book a few months ago and really enjoyed it. It’s a quick read and it deals with family and disability. There’s a holiday/road trip scenario and a nice Aussie feel to it. Unfortunately this book is only available in Australia (I’m not sure about NZ) so apologies to international peeps who find this interesting. Maybe one day it will be available over there. So many Australian books are underrated, it’s sad.

7. Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

Genre: Fantasy (Young Adult)

Neal Shusterman is an underrated author in general. His Unwind series is getting more popular (yay!) but he’s written so many books/series that aren’t that well known. I’ve only read a few of them myself but Bruiser is among them. It’s been a while since I’ve read it but I really enjoyed it.

8. The Enemy by Charlie Higson

Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Dystopia (Young Adult)

You might not know that I am terrified of zombies. I’m being serious. I love playing Left 4 Dead but in reality, if an apocalypse happened you’d find me hiding in a cupboard crying. The very idea of zombies freaks me out. The Enemy is about zombies and it really freaked me out, yet I loved it - perhaps because it did manage to freak me out so much. More people should read it.

9. The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas

Genre: Contemporary/Realistic, Romance (Young Adult)

Isn’t the cover beautiful? The book is too.

10. Fallen World by Megan Crewe

Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic (Young Adult)

My review (book 3)

I know that not everyone likes this book but I really enjoyed this series. All the time I was reading, it felt real and that made it terrifying. The genre is a popular one but there’s still plenty of books, like this one, that aren’t so well-known.

11. Curses and Smoke by Vicky Alvear Shecter

Genre: Historical Fiction (Young Adult)

I read this book very recently and I really enjoyed it. I especially appreciated the historical accuracy. It’s about Pompeii and though it was only published earlier in the year, it’s not got many ratings on Goodreads. I wouldn’t have even known about it if it hadn’t appeared in a search I did at my local library for books on Pompeii for an assignment. It’s by the same author who wrote Cleopatra’s Moon.

12. The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenburg

Genre: Contemporary/Realistic, Romance, Fantasy (Young Adult)

I’m not a huge fan of Romance but I love this book. It’s cheesy but adorable and it makes me happy, but it has a serious side to it too and deals with themes like loss, love, betrayal, etc.

13. Blink Once by Cylin Busby

Genre: Fantasy, Contemporary/Realistic (Young Adult)

Blink Once is one of the books that inspired me to start the underrated book project. I really enjoyed it and a few months after I’d read it when I saw that not many people had read it, it got me thinking about promoting underrated books. It’s a very unique book and I really liked the combination of realism and fantasy.

14. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

My review

Genre: Historical Fiction (Adult)

This is another book that I read this year and it’s definitely one of my favourites. It’s set during WWII and is written from two perspectives - a blind girl in France and a German orphan with a knack for engineering. It’s similiar in ways to The Book Thief, so people who loved that should definitely check this book out.

15. Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

Genre: Paranormal (Young Adult)

The plot of Angelfire is very similiar to other books in the genre, but I personally enjoyed this series more than others like Fallen. The action/fight scenes are awesome. (The second book is my favourite.)

Thanks for reading! Feel free to share your thoughts on these books.

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Six Impossible Things & Wildlife by Fiona Wood

[GOODREADS]

Genre: Contemporary/Realistic

Fourteen year old nerd-boy Dan Cereill is not quite coping with a reversal of family fortune, moving house, new school hell, a mother with a failing wedding cake business, a just-out gay dad, and an impossible crush on Estelle, the girl next door. His life is a mess, but for now he’s narrowed it down to just six impossible things…

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Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

[GOODREADS]

Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tales

Aza’s singing is the fairest in all the land, and the most unusual. She can “throw” her voice so it seems to come from anywhere. But singing is only one of the two qualities prized in the Kingdom of Ayortha. Aza doesn’t possess the other: beauty. Not even close. She’s hidden in the shadows in her parents’ inn, but when she becomes lady-in-waiting to the new queen, she has to step into the light—especially when the queen demands a dangerous favor. A magic mirror, a charming prince, a jealous queen, palace intrigue, and an injured king twine into a maze that Aza must penetrate to save herself and her beloved kingdom.

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The Death of Grass by John Chrisopher

[GOODREADS]

Genre: Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopia, Literature

At first the virus wiping out grass and crops is of little concern to John Custance. It has decimated Asia, causing mass starvation and riots, but Europe is safe and a counter-virus is expected any day. Except, it turns out, the governments have been lying to their people. When the deadly disease hits Britain they are left alone, and society starts to descend into barbarism. As John and his family try to make it across country to the safety of his brother’s farm in a hidden valley, their humanity is tested to its very limits

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The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti

[GOODREADS]

Genre: Contemporary/Realistic, Romance

Quinn is surrounded by women who have had their hearts broken. Between her mother, her aunt, and her grandmother, Quinn hears nothing but cautionary tales. She tries to be an optimist — after all, she’s the dependable one, the girl who never makes foolish choices. But when she is abruptly and unceremoniously dumped, Quinn starts to think maybe there really are no good men.

It doesn’t help that she’s gingerly handling a renewed relationship with her formerly absent father. He’s a little bit of a lot of things: charming, selfish, eccentric, lazy…but he’s her dad, and Quinn’s just happy to have him around again. Until she realizes how horribly he’s treated the many women in his life, how he’s stolen more than just their hearts. Determined to, for once, take action in her life, Quinn joins forces with the half sister she’s never met and the little sister she’ll do anything to protect. Together, they set out to right her father’s wrongs…and in doing so, begin to uncover what they’re really looking for: the truth.

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Virals by Kathy Reichs

[GOODREADS]

Genre: Mystery, Science Fiction, Adventure

Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage “sci-philes” who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.

As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer’s scent. Fortunately, they are now more than friends. They’re a pack. They are Virals.

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Auralia’s Colors by Jeffrey Overstreet

[GOODREADS]

Genre: Fantasy

When thieves find an abandoned child lying in a monster’s footprint, they have no idea that their wilderness discovery will change the course of history.

Cloaked in mystery, Auralia grows up among criminals outside the walls of House Abascar, where vicious beastmen lurk in shadow. There, she discovers an unsettling–and forbidden–talent for crafting colors that enchant all who behold them, including Abascar’s hard-hearted king, an exiled wizard, and a prince who keeps dangerous secrets.

Auralia’s gift opens doors from the palace to the dungeons, setting the stage for violent and miraculous change in the great houses of the Expanse.

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The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson

[GOODREADS]

Genre: Contemporary/Realistic

Mayzie is the brainy middle sister, Brooks is the beautiful but conflicted oldest, and Palmer’s the quirky baby of the family. In spite of their differences, the Gold sisters have always been close.

When their father dies, everything begins to fall apart. Level-headed May is left to fend for herself (and somehow learn to drive), while her two sisters struggle with their own demons. But the girls learn that while there are a lot of rules for the road, there are no rules when it comes to the heart. Together, they discover the key to moving on — and it’s the key to their father’s Pontiac Firebird

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Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl

[GOODREADS]

Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance

Seventeen-year-old Althea is the sole support of her entire family, and she must marry well. But there are few wealthy suitors—or suitors of any kind—in their small Yorkshire town of Lesser Hoo. Then, the young and attractive (and very rich) Lord Boring arrives, and Althea sets her plans in motion. There’s only one problem; his friend and business manager Mr. Fredericks keeps getting in the way. And, as it turns out, Fredericks has his own set of plans…

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H.I.V.E. by Mark Walden

[GOODREADS]

Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure, Fantasy

Otto Malpense may only be thirteen years old, but so far he has managed to run the orphanage where he lives, and he has come up with a plan clever enough to trick the most powerful man in the country. He is the perfect candidate to become the world’s next supervillain.

That is why he ends up at H.I.V.E., handpicked to become a member of the incoming class. The students have been kidnapped and brought to a secluded island inside a seemingly active volcano, where the school has resided for decades. All the kids are elite; they are the most athletic, the most technically advanced, and the smartest in the country. Inside the cavernous marble rooms, floodlit hangars, and steel doors, the students are enrolled in Villainy Studies and Stealth and Evasion 101. But what Otto soon comes to realize is that this is a six-year program, and leaving is not an option.

With the help of his new friends: an athletic martial-arts expert; a world-famous, beautiful diamond thief; and a spunky computer genius — the only other people who seem to want to leave — can Otto achieve what has never been done before and break out of H.I.V.E.?

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