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Top Ten Tuesday: Underrated Books

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Just so you know, I’m basing my list off of what I’ve heard other people say they’ve read. The books on my list don’t seem to come up in conversation very often.

Top Underrated Books:

1&2The Decoy Princess/Princess by Sea by Dawn Cook- If someone’s read Dawn Cook, they’ve most likely read her First Truth series and not these two awesome books. They’re fun and full of action and romance- a winning combo, no? :)

3The Twelfth House series by Sharon Shinn -I cannot express how much I adore these books. The writing is excellent and the characters feel like family. More people seriously need to know about these books! P.S. I’ve absolutely loved everything Sharon Shinn has ever written…so there you go!

4So You Want to Be A Wizard by Diane Duane- I read this series when I was 1o, and these books pushed me further into reading fantasy. They’re cute and fun and so imaginative. I think all middle schoolers should be required to read them.

5The Charmed Sphere by Catherine Asaro- This is one of the most unique stories I’ve probably ever read. People with magical abilities can tap into their powers by looking at different shapes (hexagons, triangles, etc.). It’s seriously amazing, but no one’s heard of it. Sad day.

6Tithe by Holly Black- I think a lot of Black’s other books are popular, like White Cat, but I’m not sure how many people have read this book- one of her very first novels. Tithe was my first reading experience with fairies, and it blew me away. So dark but so very good.

7The Ill-Made Mute by Cecilia Dart-Thornton – Talk about plot twists- this book has a biggie that will keep your head spinning. Yet, it sits in fantasy shelves of obscurity.

8The Wizard of the Grove by Tanya Huff- I think The Wizard of the Grove is an omnibus, fyi I seriously can’t talk up this book enough. In fact, just talking about it makes me want to read it again!!

9The Seventh Tower series by Garth Nix- If you have a son who’s between the ages of 7 and 15, make him read this series. It’s great for girls too, but I can see how boys could really get into these books. It’s got kids jumping off of skycraper-tall towers and taming shadow beasts in hidden realms. …do it! 😀

10Resenting the Hero by Moira J. Moore- This book is underrated mainly due to the fact that it’s hard to find. I had to go to 3 different book stores just to find someone who 1. carried the books or 2. could order them to the store. If you can get your hands on them, order them! It’s another really fun story with heart.

What books do you think are severely underrated?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Emily Hartman

    I’ve only read two of the books you’ve mentioned – So You Want to Be a Wizard and Tithe. I’ll have to check out the others because you make them sound very interesting.

  • http://confessionsofacommonreader.wordpress.com/ Kat

    I haven’t read any of these! I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a list where that happened lol I’ll have to look these up!

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      That was a common theme in today’s posts! Lots of new books for sure!!

  • Sasha Kaohi

    Haven’t heard of these but will have to check them out!

    Check out my Top 10!

  • Lisa

    I haven’t heard of any of your choices but that is why I love this week’s questions. It shows so books that aren’t normally on my radar.

    The Garden of Books

  • Deadtreesandsilverscreens

    I should have put the Seventh Tower series on my list. (may go back and add it!) You are right, it is a great series and very hard to find. I read them in college and they are great.

    I love this topic because I’m hearing about all sorts of books and authors I’ve never heard of before!

    Please check out mine if you have the chance:

    http://deadtreesandsilverscreens.blogspot.com/2011/08/top-ten-tuesdays-aug-09-edition.html

  • http://www.jennielyse.com Jenni Elyse

    I’ve only heard of Tithe from your list. I’ll have to look up the others and add some to my never-ending TBR list. 😉

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      Oh the TBR….it really is never-ending!! :)

  • http://thelostentwife.net Lydia/The Lost Entwife

    I love The Twelve Houses series as well!!

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      YAY! I’m so glad someone else has heard of them! I am seriously obsessed!