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This week the topic is: Top Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books We've Read In The Past Year Or So. You can find this week's post by The Broke and the Bookish here.I've went through the books read last year and looked for those that had a relative small number of reviews on Goodreads.
This is a tough one, because I don't usually really know what's underrated and what not. I've in the past thought a book was relatively unknown, just to find out that the entirety of the Internet was already talking about it and I was just late to the party.
I found out that I mostly read books that come recommended to me or that I've seen a lot about on Goodreads or in the blogging community. Those are rarely underrated.
Let me start with Tom Toner. Here's his Twitter and here's my review of his book: The Promise of the Child
Tom Toner built a world that is fantastic. A world that is our future and Earth is nothing more than a distant memory. Toner drops the reader straight into an unfamiliar world without explanation, its up to the reader to find out how it all connects together.
Here you can find it on Goodreads.
If you're a fan of complex world building and science fiction and fantasy and don't mind putting in some work, do the chap a favour and pick it up, because it was a marvellous read. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, even though it took me a long time to read it and caused a headache or two in the beginning where I was utterly lost. Apparently the 2nd book will be less confusing and more accessible, hopefully that turns out to be true.
Annette Marie's Red Winter is a YA fantasy set in a world that is based on Japanese mythology. It's not the best I've read, but it's definitely different. The setting is intriguing and the mythology is gorgeous. My review can be found here.
Meg Elison's Book of the Unnamed Midwife is about survival in a post-apocalyptic world where a virus killed almost all women. As you can imagine a hostile environment. My review can be found here.
Corinne Duyvis' On the Edge of Gone suffers from a few problems. Not enough action. Possibly a lot of diversity just to hammer home the point of 'we need diversity'. But since that point still needs hammering, fair enough. The protagonist is an autistic girl and it's very well written and I enjoyed it despite the lack of action. My review can be found here.
And that's it more or less. The rest of the ones with fever reviews are deep in the fantasy or science fiction genre and have found their readership.
Link me to your lists and I'll make sure to visit!
The Book of the Unnamed Midwife sounds really interesting. I need to check it out!ReplyDelete
My Top Ten
It's a visceral story, no sugarcoating, gritty and dark. Definitely comes highly recommended.Delete
I had a hard time with this one too, and feel like I picked some books I always pick lol, but oh well. I've been curious about On The Edge of Gone as it seems like it might appeal to me, in spite of the alck of action I may try it!ReplyDelete
Looking forward to hearing what you thought about it, if you do decide to read it!Delete
These are all new books to me and many of them look good to me!!ReplyDelete
Here's my TTT post for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2017/01/top-ten-tuesday-ten-underratedhidden.html
Just visiting yours now :) thank you for stopping by.Delete
I read your review of Unnamed Midwife and added it ;-)ReplyDelete
Good to hear, looking forward to hearing how you liked it :)Delete
These look good! All are new to me so thanks for the recs!ReplyDelete
I hope you might have found a new book to read :)Delete
I liked but didn't love On The Edge Of Gone. I kept waiting for the action to pick up but it never did...I think maybe if I'd gone in knowing it was a slow read I'd have liked it better? I think I expected something more dramatic and that created some disappointment.ReplyDelete
Me too! I waited for the action and I expected action, I had to readjust my expectations to realise, oh, fair enough, I can deal with this!Delete