The 5 most underrated YA books (on my book shelves that is!)
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I decided to do something a little different today... I sat on my floor, stared at my bookshelf (this may or may not have taken me the whole morning) and came up with 5 books I believe deserve more attention. Without further ado (and in no particular order), here they are:
1- The Falling Kingdoms series! (and the spin off A Book of Spirits and Thieves) by Morgan Rhodes
The majority of you follow me on Instagram and know I LOVE this series. It has been getting a little more attention since the last book came out this year and I certainly tried my best to get you all reading it. I will never stop! hehe
This series spams through 3 kingdoms, and as the rulers of those kingdoms grapple for power their lives collide and are irreparably changed. There are betrayals, murders, secret alliances, magic, forbidden love...
I will confess and agree that the first book is a little hard to get into. The book is told from different POVs and it is not until the end of the fisrt book that their individual stories became one. But I promise you, it is worth it!
A Book of Spirits and Thieves is meant to be a Falling Kingdoms spin off. It is told in two timeliness. Present day Toronto, where magic is all but forgotten, and the ancient kingdoms of Mytica long before the characters from Falling Kingdoms came into existence. I find this series a little easier to read. It amazes me that people don't know more about it.
FK on Amazon; A Book of Spirits and Thieves on Amazon; Website for both series; My Review for A Book of Spirits and Thieves; Falling Kingdoms Review.
Holly Black has become very well known this year because of her latest release, The Cruel Prince. But did you know that she wrote some amazing stuff prior to that? The Darkest Part of the Forest and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown are my favorite books by her, I enjoyed both a lot more than I did Cruel Prince (review here).
In The Darkest Part of the Forest you will find the same intriguing and somewhat macabre word of the fae that she wrote for Cruel Prince. But (and this is perhaps because the book was a stand alone) the story is a lot more complete, more satisfying to the reader. Her originality won me over.
This is the story of two siblings in a strange town where humans and fae exist side by side but not always as friends. At the center of it all there is a glass coffin where a boy with horns in his head sleeps. Both siblings fell in love with him long ago and dream of him waking up. One day he does...
3- The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
I fell in love with this story because of how unique it was. The third (and I believe last) book in The Bone Witch series comes out next year.
The Bone Witch is a dark lyrical fantasy that sucks you in within the very first pages. It is the story of a witch, Tea, who unintentionally brings her brother back from the dead creating a chain of events she did not plan. She quickly learns she is a type of witch that is both feared and revered.
The story is told from Tea's perspective in the present and in the future. Future Tea is not the innocent and friendly kid who brought her brother back from the dead, but a woman with a black heart with eyes on vengeance.
This trilogy is for the lovers of a good dystopia. It was recommended to me by a fellow blogger: Rustic Wolves and Paperfoxes.
The story is complex and well put together. There are many sides to almost all characters. None is inherently good or evil. Can you imagine knowing exactly when you are going to die? That is the main theme behind the characters motivations. Due to a terrible virus'genetic disorder, girls die at the age of 20 and boys at 25.
5- Frostblood Saga by Elly Blake
Frostblood Saga is a trilogy, the last book comes out this August.
Contrary to the other books in this list Frostblood has a rather easy and straight forward story, and that is part of why I like it. Every now and than, after reading so many complex Young Adult books (specially the high fantasy ones) you need one that feels a little more easy to read (or at least I do).
The book is also funny and has plenty of sass. the interaction between the main characters had me giggling often.
It is the story of Ruby, she is Fireblood, meaning she has fire magic. She has hidden her powers all her life from the cruel ruling class that is of Frostblood, ice magic. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her she joins the Frostblood rebels that are attempting to overthrow the King.
It is also Arcus story, a Frostblood rebel with secrets that could change everything.
There are a LOT more books that I would like to add to this list, but I guess this is a good start. Maybe someday in future I will do another one!
Thank for stopping by and have fun reading :)