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:
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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…
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.
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!
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.
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.