I would like to talk about Underhyped books, or Underhyped in my Opinion. There are a lot of books that I’ve read and enjoyed that just don’t get much hype. I’m not really the kind of reader who stays on top of current trends, there are so many popular books that I haven’t read or tried to read and didn’t like, so the majority of my favourite books barely any one else seems to have heard of.
The Last Girl by Michael Adams
This is a post apocalyptic book series about the dangers of technology and social media binging. This book wasn’t perfect but it was unique and thoughtful. A page-turner set in the future that is just around the corner. A new concept on the apocalypse, with everyone being able to hear everyone else’s thoughts, which collapses society into violence and madness.
If your looking for an Australian YA dystopian trilogy, I recommend this series.
Poison by Sarah Pinborough
This book is an Adult Retelling of Snow White. This book gives a fantastic new twist to the classic fairy tale of Snow White. It’s something different and beautifully dark for Adult readers.
It’s one of the best and most fascinating retellings of Snow White available for readers. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading Fairy tale and Retellings.
Teardrop by Lauren Kate
This book is set in a fairly standard world, underneath which lies a more sinister one. Eureka uncovers an ancient tale of Romance, heartbreak, and a city waiting beneath the world. Lauren Kate can really bring to life a story’s setting and create a rich atmosphere for her characters.
I would recommend this book to people who are into a bit of romance, drama, fantasy, and Mythology.
Don’t Look back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
This is the story of Samantha and her trying to find what happened to her best friend, Cassie. Sam is popular, rich, beautiful and has it all, or so it may seem at first glance. Perfect boyfriend, perfect friends, perfect family. But everything is not as it seems. So when she’s found wondering around not even knowing her name after having disappeared for four entire days, everything in her life takes on a new turn. She wants to know the truth, to remember it all. I love the concept of this book. I thought it was very interesting how the book started and trying to figure out what happened. This was very well written, and had great characters.
There are various plot twists in the story. I really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend to any mystery fans.
Tilt by Ellen Hopkins
Love—good and bad—forces three teens’ worlds to tilt in a riveting novel from New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins.
This book follows the lives of three Teenagers; Harley, Shane, and Mikayla. All three are struggling to find their place in the world. Intermingled in the three stories are peripheral points of view through verse via boyfriend, sister, cousin or best friend.
Overall, I highly recommend Ellen Hopkins books, She is a fantastic writer and poet.
Every You, Every Me by David Levithan
“You don’t know me. You know one me, just like I know one you. But you can’t know every me, and I can’t know every you.”
I love the concept of this book, and I love that it is in conjunction with photographs. A picture can tell you so much but it can’t tell you everything. The same concept applies to people. You think you can know someone so well, know all their secrets, know what makes them smile and what makes them cry, but you don’t know every single thing about them.
The many unanswered questions keep up the tension of the novel. Piece by piece, it gives hints and possible solutions until the end result is a complete, coherent picture. Every You, Every Me is an emotional and hauntingly excellent mystery novel. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
This is the first book in a Middle Grade series, the land of stories. This story was far from perfect but there were parts that made me laugh out loud, parts that made me a little misty eyed and parts that made me marvel at the level of angst, love and devotion in a middle grade novel. I highly recommend it to readers of all ages. If you enjoy imaginative and fantastical stories full of magic, humour and adventure then you will probably adore The Land of Stories. It really is a wonderful story for anyone who has ever loved fairy tales and everyone who has remained young at heart.
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Wintergirls tells the story of two best friends, Lia and Cassie. Both girls battle eating disorders and after Cassie dies, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s spirit. Overall this is an intimate and emotional real look at eating disorders, and the numerous lives it can affect.
I really enjoyed the overall experience of this book, it was a roller coaster ride of emotions but in the end felt so real and raw. Anderson doesn’t sugar coat eating disorders in this story, but instead shows all the highs and lows that Lia goes through. I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone.
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
This book accomplishes something that most Fairy tales or Retelling books set in our time don’t. It feels like a fairy tale. Like the old ones with the allure of magic and darkness that come hand in hand. It’s a tale of knights and love and creatures of lore and myth. Full of magic, elves, and mystery, this story is like a modern version of something the Brothers Grimm would have written. If you like fairy tales or fantasy in general, “The Darkest Part of the Forest” is something I highly recommend.
A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey
Emma, Penelope, and Gretchen are cousins that have grown up together and it certainly shows. They know each other so well and their relationship becomes important to parts of the plot. Though there are many times when the girls seem to be separated from one another, when push comes to shove you know they all have each other’s backs. A Breath of Frost combines magical mayhem, a murder mystery and the high society of Regency London full of balls, afternoon tea and finishing schools with a difference. I loved the mystery surrounding the girl’s powers and why Emma’s mother had tried so hard to lock them away and I enjoyed getting to know the different characters and the rules they have to live by.
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.
The Iron King is about a girl named Meghan Chase, who’s four year old brother is stolen and replaced with a Changeling and taken into the faery realms. The story line was interesting. With homicidal goblins, redcaps, gremlins, knights, evil faeries and human meanies, the story was everything but boring. I adored it. This strange new world is filled with magical creatures, strange talking cats, kings, queens, and odd fey.
Sweetly by Jackson Pearce
A YA novel that’s a retelling of Hansel and Gretel in a contemporary Southern Gothic setting. The characters are interesting and well-developed, and the plot is intriguing. Parts of the story are more than a little creepy.
This book follows Gretchen as she and her brother, Ansel are kicked out of their stepmother’s house and drive across the country to get as far away from her as possible. Both are haunted by the mysterious disappearance of Gretchen’s twin sister when they were younger and the death of their parents, so when they arrive in Live Oaks – a small town with a strange mistrust of outsiders – they seemed to have found the perfect place to start over. When the owner of the local chocolatier, Sophia Kelly, offers Ansel a job, their decision seems made for them. A quick read that’s recommended.
Between by Jessica Warman
This is a mix of social drama, mystery, romance and family issues. It moves between the past and the present as Liz and Alex attempt to put together the jigsaw pieces of the past to understand and move past what happened to them.
Together, they try to discover what happened to each other, meaning who killed them. Of course there is some drama, what would a story be without it? This novel keeps you guessing with every chapter you read, making you never want to put it down. I would highly recommend this book.