Ten Books That Sound Amazing But (Almost) Nobody’s Talking About? {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi guys, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! Today is all about the underrated, hidden gem books. So now is basically the time where I admit that I don’t read a lot of underrated books. Because I feel like I’m always behind on my TBR, I tend to mostly pick out the most known and loved books, the ones with the most reviews. One of the things I want to work on this year is to pick up more books on a whim, never mind if they are popular or well-known.

Instead of doing a post with books I read that are underrated, I took a look at my Goodreads list of books STILL TO BE READ with a low amount of ratings. The following are all books that A) were released already in 2016 or before, B) sound super interesting to me, but C) they all have less than 400 ratings on Goodreads. Meaning, not many people are reading or reviewing them.

If you’d like more info, the title link per book will take you to the Goodreads page. Here they are:

If the Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman

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It’s an adult romance. It’s diverse. It focuses on body positivity.  And one of my favorite tropes: the fake date (which may not be so fake after all). I NEED IT NOW.

A Bond of Venom and Magic (The Goddess and the Guardians #1) by Karen Tomlinson

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An epic fantasy, with fae, legendary beasts, magic, adventure and a hint of romance. This basically hits all my buttons. What’s not to like?

Crown of Crimson (The Afterlight Chronicles #1) by Rose Reid

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In this story, the princess is born with a sort of tattoo that marks her as destined for evil. So naturally, the king sends her to be raised as an assassin. Chaos ensues. I was hooked on the word assassin.

Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon

Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon

As I’m trying to read outside of my comfort zone this year, that also means some genres that are not fantasy nor contemporary. And this mystery/thriller about a girl whose best friend was convicted of murder immediately caught my eye.

Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

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Bristal is an elicromancer who can shape-shift. Because she is being hunted she takes several forms, like that of a man to infiltrate the prince’s band of soldiers, or that of a fairy godmother to help a cursed princess. Sound familiar? Shapeshifters AND hommages to several fairytales? YAS!

Red Winter (Red Winter Trilogy #1) by Annette Marie

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A Japanese mythology story with a gorgeous cover?  OMG I need this now. Emi is destined to become the human host for an immortal godess. But when she meets the mysterious and cunning spirit Shiro, things start changing…

Metaltown by Kristen Simmons

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I’m not that into steampunk yet, but this dystopian steampunk story was in the October Fairyloot box and it sounds super intriguing. Must read this one.

Return Once More (The Historians #1) by Trisha Leigh

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This is a sci-fi novel in which people have learned how to time-travel. A side-effect? Learning who your one true love is. So when our main character discovers her one true love is from Ancient Egypt, she is faced with a choice: resist from ever meeting him, or breaking all the rules to save him? Sounds so good!

The Midnight Sea (The Fourth Element #1) by Kat Ross

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Another gorgeous sounding fantasy! Nazafareen is out for revenge on the demons that killed her sister, so she joins the King’s Elite Water Dogs. The Water Dogs leash wicked creatures called daeva, so Nazafareen links with a daeva named Darius. But when they grow closer, Nazafareen ends up questioning everything.

Flashfall (Flashfall #1) by Jenny Moyer

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Honestly, the only thing I know about this book is that it is a dystopian sci-fi about miners. Not something I’d usually pick up, but it was in the December Fairyloot box and though it doesn’t have that many ratings on Goodreads yet, it did have a few raving reviews so I’m intrigued.

Have you already read any of these? What did you think?
What is an amazing book you feel is totally underrated?

42 thoughts on “Ten Books That Sound Amazing But (Almost) Nobody’s Talking About? {Top Ten Tuesday}

  1. Julia says:

    Great idea! I LOVED Kingdom of Ash and Briars, and it’s on my list too! I’ll definitely be adding Return Once More to my TBR. It sounds amazing!

  2. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog says:

    These are mostly new to me. I love the sound of If the Dress Fits so I have to check that out. Greta list!!

  3. Bill @ Billbrarian says:

    Great list! I’m really interested in Flashfall, Metaltown and Red Winter. I will probably add them to my TBR. I’ve not really tried much steampunk either. My reading list is getting huge, but I like it because it gives me more choices.

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      I know, they sound so good, why aren’t there more people talking about them? So happy you enjoyed Flashfall, though I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy Kingdom of Ash and Briars. Hopefully I’ll get to all of these soon 🙂

  4. Cait @ Paper Fury says:

    OH THESE COVERS THOUGH. The Midnight Sea is 1000% calling to me because of gorgeousness factor.? And I haven’t read Metal Town or Ash & Briars but those are two I’d love to try someday too! I’m hoping my library buys them heheh.
    There are just so many underrated books out there omg. I mean, I do want to read more of them, but I also want to read the popular books so I can flail and chat with other bookworms about them! It’s a definite #bookwormproblem.?
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    • Lindsey Habets says:

      I know, these covers all look so gorgeous! Ah, I hope you’ll get to read Metaltown and Kingdom of Ash and Briars soon!
      And yes, that’s definitely another reason to read the popular books first: there’s already a big fandom to engage with 🙂 And flailing about books with other bookworms is one of the best things about reading 😉

  5. Puput @ Sparkling Letters says:

    Ahh I’ve been eyeing If The Dress Fits for a while ever since people started to promote it on twitter. I didn’t know it has a fake date trope, which is my favorite, so now I’m even MORE excited 😛 Red Winter has such a GORGEOUS cover and omg sign me up for a Japanese mythology!! I’m sold hahaha great list! 😀
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  6. Reg @ She Latitude says:

    Looking at A Bond of Venom and Magic makes me think it was a graphic novel! I’d read that. 😛

    And I love the sound of If The Dress Fits. I LOVE fake dates/relationships/romances/marriages and anything with that trope done well, I usually really enjoy even if it doesn’t offer anything ‘new’ (so to speak).

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Haha, you’re right, the cover art does make it look graphic-novel-like 🙂
      And yes, I also can’t get enough of this trope! If it mentions anyting like that, chances are really high I’ll pick it up!

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