14 Books I Think Are Underrated

Hi guys! I have today off school due to the effects of the weekend ice storm, so I thought I’d write a post. 🙂

I mention a lot of popular, hyped books here, and I thought I would share some of my favorite books that I think deserve more love. To be honest, I’m surprised I haven’t done a post like this in the past. There are so many, and this list only covers a fraction of them!

I have 14 books to share (although the title told you that), so let’s dive in! 🙂

These are in no particular order.

1 // Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember – I swear this book was written for me. It takes place in an African-inspired fantasy world and has a girl-girl romance and unicorns. It’s a short, quick read, and it’s amazing, inside and out. ❤


2 // Anomaly by Tonya Kuper – I read this in late 2015 and it was great. It’s a modern sci-fi with really cool telekinetic (sort of) abilities and I could understand the scientific basis. It’s another quick read, and I can’t wait for the sequel to come out this July! 🙂


3 // Control by Lydia Kang – I read this not long after Anomaly and I really enjoyed it. It’s a mix of sci-fi and dystopian, and I’ve heard it resembles X-Men. I can’t say anything on that or the fact that it’s apparently a Pride and Prejudice retelling, because I’ve never read/watched either. Regardless, it’s a great book! 😀


4 // Crossing the Line by Meghan Rogers – This was a 2016 debut and I loved it so much more than I expected to. It’s a modern spy thriller that will definitely have you on the edge of your seat. 😉 (Trigger warning: drug addiction.)


5 // Die for Me by Amy Plum – This is probably the most recent addition. It’s a unique spin on paranormal romance, and it takes place in modern Paris. I think this was written for me, too. I read this book in a day, and each book in the trilogy was better than the last. 😀


6 // Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge – And this one is probably the oldest on the list. I read this back in 2015, if I remember correctly, before I started my blog in September. It’s a darker retelling of Beauty and the Beast, in an intriguing dystopian world. Also, the love interest Ignifex reminds me a bit of Magnus Bane. XD


7 // Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger – Maybe this one shouldn’t be on here, since I’ve only read the first book. But it’s a really enjoyable steampunk story about a finishing school that teaches girls to fight and be a spy, so I’ll put it on anyway. 😛


8 // The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter – Okay, this is actually the oldest. I don’t know for sure, but I think I read this back in 2013. I love the entire series so much, and my copies show it. It’s a modern retelling of the Persephone myth, and to this day it still consumes my soul. 🙂

underrated tgt

9 // Kids of Appetite by David Arnold – His earlier novel Mosquitoland gets a lot of love, but as far as I’ve seen, this one doesn’t. I haven’t read his other book, but I adored this one. It’s inspired by The Outsiders, one of my favorite books ever, and it has a great message intertwined with a unique story. ❤


10 // The Lost Knight by Candy Atkins – This is a quick fantasy read and it’s really, really fun. There’s a pegasus, an ocean that can be walked on, and a cave where thoughts become reality. There’s also a scene that reminded me of the Disney movie Inside Out. It’s hard to describe the actual story, but it’s unlike anything I’ve read before and has no romance. 😉


11 // None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio – Wait, this is the newest addition to the list. I read it in December 2016 and it was an important, raw, enjoyable story. It follows a girl that finds out she’s intersex, and I found that interesting. I’d never really heard of or known about intersex people, and this was eye-opening. It’s a great diverse read, and I think I’ll always be recommending it. ❤ (Although that applies to all the books on this list, to be honest.)


12 // Schism by Britt Holewinski – This is also a quick story to read, and it’s a dystopian. In this story a virus is leaked and it kills all the adults, leaving children to fend for themselves. I haven’t read the Gone series by Michael Grant, but I’ve heard the two are similar. 😉 (Trigger warning: rape.)


13 // A Whole New World by Liz Braswell – If you like retellings, you need to read this. It’s a retelling of Aladdin where Jafar gets the lamp first, and Aladdin and Jasmine have to organize a rebellion against him. It’s an amazing story that balances the original story and the new one really well. 😀


14 // Across the Universe by Beth Revis – This is probably the most popular on this list, but I still think it deserves more love. The trilogy follows a girl who was cryogenically frozen and almost dies after being woken up early. There’s a lot of mystery as she tries to figure out who’s responsible, and some romance too. 😉

across the universe review

And that wraps up this post!

Have you read any of these books? Are any on your TBR? What books do you think are underrated? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments! 🙂

I’m off to continue reading Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch and enjoy my day off. 😉 I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❤

Until next time…


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9 thoughts on “14 Books I Think Are Underrated

  1. Great list, Olivia! I loved Across the Universe but I didn’t know that it flew below many readers’ radars. I think it’s an interesting story and definitely deserves more love. And I picked up Etiquette and Espionage on a whim while I was at a book fair and I’m so glad that I did. I thought it was a really enjoyable middle grade read! Glad that you mentioned it! 😀

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  2. I beyond loved Unicorn Tracks! I saw it all over Twitter and decided to pick it up. It more than deserves all of the love it received but I wish more people knew about it. I haven’t read any other book on your list, but I do have Cruel Beauty sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. Wonderful list this week!

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    1. I’m so glad you loved UT, it’s definitely a favorite of mine! I hope you enjoy CB when you get to it, and any other books from here you might read! And thanks Jacquie! 🙂❤️

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