My Top Ten Most Underrated Books (According to Goodreads)

Posted July 5, 2016 by Debby in Uncategorized

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I love and hate today’s topic. I love that we get to shine the spotlight on those titles that definitely deserve more attention, but I hate that while looking on Goodreads for books I’ve read with less than 2,000 ratings, I saw so many titles that genuinely upset me. Holy crap guys. You all have some catching up to do. As in, please, do read these, right about now.

My Top Ten Most Underrated Books
(According to Goodreads)

Hook's Revenge The Art of Wishing (2) Rebel Mechanics

1. Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz: I am shocked and heartbroken. I gave this book 5 flawless stars because it is absolutely delightful from start to finish. Even if you never read middle grade, I believe it can win you over. It’s hilarious, banterful, the writing style is brilliant, the characters are awesome, and it’s full of fun nods to Peter Pan. Seriously seriously seriously READ THIS.

2. The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar: It’s been a number of years since I read this book, but I remember it being refreshing, fun, delightful, cute, and a great different kind of paranormal romance. But seriously, how have so few people read it? That’s just not right. (I say this while still not having read the sequel. Sigh. One of these days…)

3. Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson: THIS BOOK. It’s so different and fun and ung. Historical fiction with STEAMPUNK. The entertainment value is HUGE. And the characters delighted me… that hint of the ship at the end – LOVE. I’m so glad she’s self-pubbing the sequel, but the fact that it wasn’t successful enough to get traditionally published is heartbreaking. This book deserves so much more attention.

Every Breath Untitled-2 The Revenge Playbook

4. Every Breath by Ellie Marney: This book is raved about quite a bit in some of the book blogging world, but outside of that, it’s not very well known. Possibly because it’s an Aussie author, so it doesn’t get promoted as much in America. But honestly. It should be. I don’t even like mystery that much usually, but this teenage modern take on Sherlock & Watson is A+ perfect. The characters are so complex and interesting, the plot has some twists like WHAAAAT, and the romance is just TOO GOOD. One of my absolute favorite couples in YA lit. So yes. Get on this.

5. When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill: This may in fact be my favorite NA title of all time. It’s just hilarious, filled with banter, and it’s got the most feelsy slow burn romance. I was 100% absorbed by and addicted to this story. It’s like the ultimate romcom that I will revisit all of the time.

6. The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen: This book definitely does not get enough praise. It’s a great friendship story, yes, but it’s also intensely feminist and awesome. It really takes a brutally honest look at the sexism and inequality of high school. And I love that the main characters are SO DIFFERENT but all manage to be friends – respecting that everyone goes their own way. Slut shaming is wrong, but so is virgin shaming. It’s just not really any of your business. Ugh, I love this book.

Valiant Under the Lights Bookishly Ever After Some Kind of Happiness

7. Valiant by Sarah McGuire: I understand why this one didn’t get enough attention – the publisher closed up shop before it was released. But honestly, this book is like the perfect fairy tale retelling. It’s fresh, the characters are vibrant and dynamic, the story is 100% engaging, and it’s filled with GIRL POWER and an adorable romance. So if you’re at all into fairy tales – READ THIS NOW.

8. Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler: Fluffy. F/F. YA. Romance. I feel like I see people asking for this all the time, so why in the world is this book still so unread? Yes, it’s a companion sequel, but you don’t need to read Under the Lights to enjoy this. Also, it’s Dahlia, who is hilarious and awesome and this is my favorite book of hers. So go. Read. Swoon. Enjoy.

9. Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira: I’m dubbing this excellent fluffy contemporary romance required reading for book bloggers. I mean, the main character is a total book nerd who loves YA. You will relate to her. And the romance is 100% adorable and loaded with banter. If you like cute, you need this book.

10. Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand: This one hasn’t been out for too long, and I tried to resist naming books that were only released in the past 2-3 months, but I have a feeling Some Kind of Happiness deserves a LOT more attention. It’s middle grade, yes, but it’s all about character growth and self-discovery. The main character has pretty heavy anxiety and depression, and it’s told and described in such a heartfelt and endearing way. The story, though contemporary, is lightly fantastical, with elements reminiscent of The Chronicles of Narnia. So… yeah. Please please please consider this book.

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7 responses to “My Top Ten Most Underrated Books (According to Goodreads)

  1. Yes! to Rebel Mechanics. I loved it and cannot believe more people didn’t read it.
    I have heard of Bookishly Ever After and do need to read that one. As for the others, they are new to me.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. On your urging, i read & loved Every Breath trilogy! Tremendous characters and great plot twists. In fact, enjoyed these characters so much I wish there were more than 3!

    Hook’s Revenge has been on my list but we all know how long “the list” gets! Thanks for bringing it back on my radar.

  3. I loved Hook’s Revenge so much! It’s so unique and fun, and The Pirate Code was just as good. I liked Rebel Mechanics a lot, I’m excited to read the sequel finally! Here’s hoping for a shiiiiip! Still need to try The Art of Wishing myself….

    EVERY BREATH. It is CRIMINAL how underrated and unknown this book is outside of blogging circles. It makes me sad because it’s so brilliant. And When Joss Met Matt was such a cute NA! I liked it a lot.

    Okay I’m going to hide under my bed because you sent me Valiant last year and I still haven’t read it but reading your thoughts on it makes me want to read it immediately and rate it on GR! I promise I will! You know how much I love love love fairy tale retellings. Oh gosh Bookishly Ever After was so cute! I’m unsure about the sequel but I loved this one at least.

    Great list Debby!! I know what you mean about love/hate with this topic.

    • It’s like actually OFFENSIVE that I had to put Hook’s Revenge on this list. I feel like it’s the best middle grade book I’ve read… right up there next to Percy Jackson. SAD.

      LOL I am the worst at reading books I get as gifts. Trust me. I have a whole stack. Including some from you, I believe…. WHOOPSIE. So many books, amirite?