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Today’s topic was a mix of struggles for me since first I went through my books to see which I push on people and feel like not enough people have read. Unfortunately that’s not quite what today’s topic is, so I then culled the list of 20 books I had to ones that I think people are turned away from initially for one reason or another. In any case, here are some books not as well known that I wish people would give a chance ;-).
Just Ignore The Cover
- Where the Rock Splits the Sky – I’m conflicted about the cover since it actually is a good representation of the book in some ways, but what you really need to know is that it is a sci-fi western in a crazy awesome rivers-of-sand version of the Wild West ;-).
- The Ophelia Prophecy – I have this strange tendency to fall in love with covers if I end up loving the book, but I think this cover probably bothers some people. What you need to know is that there are crazy insect-bioengineered-human critters and one of them is really hot and our heroine is both kick ass and has a healthy sex drive :D.
- The Waking Engine – Does this cover bother people? I’m not sure, I’m not in love with it, but I again think it reflects the book well. The thing with this book is that it has some crazy gruesome and difficult stuff in it and lots of swearing, but the writing is possibly the most beautiful I have ever read and the City of the Dead is AMAZING.
- Elantris – Yes yes yes, nothing by Sanderson could really be considered underrated, HOWEVER, I think this is the least loved of his books and it makes me sad. Elantris is currently my favorite Sanderson book because the world and magic are so flipping cool. These godlike-humanoids started dying ten years ago and now people randomly wake up with a horrible living-death plague instead of waking up with godlike powers and inside the old city of the gods our heroes have to figure out what is going on while in this living-death plague state! Plus magic with glowing things and spheres >.>.
- Relativity – This is a book that came out last year and has parallel worlds so I think it was just a bit ahead of its time? It’s short and sweet and so so addictive. I read it in one sitting :D.
- Mistwalker – I have no idea why I saw so little buzz about this one because it was awesome! It is very atmospheric as the cover suggests and has a cool new “fairytale” about the Grey Man who haunts the lighthouse and controls the fog in this small fishing town. Plus the ending just downright rocked my socks.
- Above World – I think I’ve already screamed my excitement about this series enough, but seriously, it is an awesome mermaid/growing up/adventure/sci-fi/fantasy story with great girl and boy friendships and cute kid crushes!
- Crash – I feel like I’m cheating a bit by putting this in the under-read category since I do know I’ve seen some reviews of this series but I think very few people continued it. This series gets better and better as it goes and it flipping rocks.
Indie/Small-Press and so so Good!
- Destiny Binds – No list of under-read/rated books would be complete unless I show my love for Tammy Blackwell’s series. There are teen werewolves yes, but Tammy’s writing is witty and sharp and will leave you sobbing in a puddle or laughing hysterically depending on how evil she is feeling.
- White Witch – This is one of those books that I requested on NetGalley when first starting and was so so lucky to find. It is small press but the books are fast and have a very cool spin on witches :D.
So those are the books you probably haven’t heard much about but I think you should read if you like the premise ;-). What are books you love that are underrated/underread? I feel like I’ve been quite the black sheep lately by liking books that are generally disliked, so let’s all just celebrate our love of reading off the beaten path eh? :D
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