Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for September 11th, 2018 is: Hidden Gems. Basically, the aim is to discuss books that are amazing in my opinion, but hasn’t gained much visibility in the book community. As a reviewer, I find that some of the copies I get sent/request for review are really good but nobody other than me seems to have read it and I’m going to list a few of them today. This is also going to double up as a recommendations post as I really want more people to pick these up if they have the means to.
1. Otherselves trilogy by Nicole Luiken
I got approved for the ARC of the final book, In Truth and Ashes, via NetGalley and I’d requested it without knowing that it was the last instalment. I acquired the other two books through Kindle and was blown away by how amazing this turned out to be! The world-building is fantastic, the characters are complex and have great relationships and the plot is superbly well-crafted. If you’re a YA fantasy fan and you are looking for something a little different, this should be on top of your list!
2. The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas
I once again acquired this via NetGalley, which I had snared me in from the title itself. This is a recent YA sci-fi release that incorporated time travel into a murder mystery narrative. It has an amazing female cast, an adorable F/F romance and has several different points of view spread across different timelines. It also discusses mental health and the attitudes towards mental illness as they developed over time and I loved seeing that aspect in a sci-fi novel. I highly recommend it to those looking for a quick read that deals with some heavy topics combined with a mystery plot.
3. Faint Promise of Rain by Anjali Mitter Duva
I was recommended this book by Sara as I needed a book to fulfil a bingo square in the Asian Lit Bingo that I took part in. This is a wonderful historical fiction tale with a hint of magical realism set during the Rajput rule in Rajasthan, India. It follows the life of Adhira, a dance master’s daughter, who is condemned to live the life of a devadasi by her father. The characters are well-developed, the setting is beautiful and I love how the plot focuses on the tradition of dance in temples. Anybody who would like to read a historical fiction set in this time period should definitely pick it up!
4. Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth
I love Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch so much that when she announced the tour, even though I had little information on the actual book, I decided to jump on board! It turned out to be an excellent decision as I really liked this first book in a series focusing on teen superheroes set in a near-futuristic world. It has a superb diverse gang of misfits, an engaging plot and flawed adult characters who actually play a crucial part in a YA book’s narrative! Although the writing didn’t really work for me, I still think it’s a book worth picking up, especially if you’re a Marvel fan.
5. Owl Eyes by Molly Lazer
This is another ARC I had requested based off the gorgeous cover that I got approved for via NetGalley. This is a Cinderella retelling, except much darker and doesn’t quite have the classic happy ending. I really enjoyed the story and the characters, especially the protagonist. I liked the author’s re-imagining of this classic fairytale with Cinderella being more in control of her fate than the more familiar version, which was refreshing to read about.
What books do you absolutely love but didn’t get the hype they deserved? Recommend me some of lesser-known must-reads in the comments section below.