Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read

Posted January 17, 2017 by Brin in Memes, Top Ten Tuesday / 5 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome meme hosted by the lovely folks @ The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Top Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read

Oooh, this is an awesome topic! I love to share lesser known books. The biggest problem will be trying to narrow it down to just ten books but I will try my very best. 🙂 For clarity’s sake, when the book is part of a series, I have just listed the first book but I really do recommend all of the books in each series below.

1. Warchild by Karin Lowachee

This book is always going to top any underrated list of mine. It is just that good. Seriously, I would urge anyone reading this to seek out a copy if you can – I really cannot say enough good things about this series.

2. On the Edge by Ilona Andrews

Not as well-known as the Kate Daniels series, I found this series with its strange little mix of urban fantasy and romance absolutely charming and utterly compelling. Believe it or not, the kid characters are actually the best part (and it’s not often I would ever say that!).

3. Mind Games by Carolyn Crane

This series is so different to the usual urban fantasy fare and is such a great read. I’m considering re-reading it so if I do, I will definitely review it here on my blog (I read it in my pre-blogging days).

4. The Bone Doll’s Twin by Lynn Flewelling

Such a great little fantasy series. Excellent story, adorable characters, and surprisingly scary at times, this series is set in the same world as the author’s more famous Nightrunner seies but I actually love this trilogy even more (and I love Nightrunner so that is high praise).

5. Darkhouse by Karina Halle

Karina Halle is more well-known for her contemporary romance novels these days but this series was her first and it stands up incredibly well. Genuinely scary horror series with some of the best written characters around. I love this series.

6. Melusine by Sarah Monette

I adore this series with every fibre of my being. It is fantastic and definitely worth checking out (though sadly, out of print for the most part although it is possible to pick up used copies).

7. Pantomime by Laura Lam

Such a strong debut from Laura Lam. I cannot wait to read the third book which is out this year – it has been a long time coming that’s for sure!!

8. Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Such a quietly awesome book. It is not really all that well-known which is a darn shame because it is amazing. I feel a re-read coming on very soon…

9. Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

Powerful and utterly heart-breaking at times, Sweethearts is one of my all-time favourite contemporary reads. I wish it got more love because it really is deserving of accolades.

10. Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

This series is just amazing. Great characters and story. I cannot recommend these books highly enough. If you are looking for an awesome YA urban fantasy – this is definitely the one to seek out.

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5 responses to “Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read

  1. The “Sweethearts”‘ cover is so misleading – well, the title too, LOL. I’m glad I went past those and actually read the synopsis – how did that happen? – and gave this book a chance. It’s the perfect bittersweet story of a childhood friendship forged from rejection and abuse, and of a teenhood that has to come to terms with them and with being true to oneself.

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