Monday, June 13, 2011

Under Appreciated Books--Share Your Thoughts/Suggestions

I was visiting the blog of my good friend Naomi yesterday who had a great post about books she owns but has not yet read. And it started to make me think not only about the books I own (or have downloaded onto my iPad) that I have not yet read, but the books that are not even on my TBR list, but totally should be. There are a lot of books out there that for whatever reason, do/did not get the hype they so deserve. One book I read recently that is a great example of this is a wonderful YA contemporary written Bethany Griffin called Handcuffs. Most unfortunately, her book came out smack in the midst of the economic crisis and so for various economic reasons, Handcuffs did not get the recognition or publicity that it duly should have. The book is wonderfully written and has an MC with a wonderful and strong voice and the romantic tension is KILLER.

I'm very much aware that she is not the only author with the only book that has somehow managed to get lost under the radar. So my question to you is,

What book would you recommend in the YA category (any genre) that you feel everyone SHOULD read and add to their TBR list, but may not really know about for whatever unfortunate reasons? What is it about that book that makes you say to someone, you MUST read this book?



  1. Wow! Great post, Mel. Even though I do read a lot, I tend to read the kind of books that get a lot of attention, so I don't have too many that fit into that category. I did recently read Hold Still by Nina LaCour and I really loved it. I rarely hear it talked about even though I think it's more powerful than some that do get talked about - Like 13 Reasons Why, which I enjoyed a great deal, but this one was so much more emotional. Definitely recommend it. :)

  2. Going too Far by Jennifer Echols is one of my FAVORITE YAs and I think it's totally under appreciated.

  3. Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves. SO FANTASTIC. it's horror-y and has a crazy unique narrator (literally crazy, har) and I just fell in love with her mad world-building and the way all the chars just accept the madness. my favorite kind of fantasy -- when they don't waste too much time going "but wait... this isn't possible!"

    also, I haven't finished reading it yet, but I am MADLY IN LOVE with Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Her worldbuilding is AMAZING and her prose is so gorgeous. it's like literary prose, but with a gripping YA storyline, so... YAY perfect combo <3

  4. I loooooooved EON and EONA by Alison Goodman. Action, romance, intrigue, politics, & magic all set in a fantastical Asian-inspired country. Seriously my favorite books I've read all year. The kind of stories that suck you in and chew you up and spit you out feeling absolutely glorious, haha.

  5. oh my gosh. don't get me started LOL

    most my fave books ever are unappreciated, haha. (why is that?)

    anyways, just read SAVING JUNE OMG hotness and sexiness and sheer brilliance... ( i liked it more than ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS!)

    i also really personally LOVE Psych Major Syndrome :) such a fun swoony book. I always grin my way through it.

    also loved HOLD STILL ~ like angie says (but i am not sure if it is your kind of read? )

    oh and SPLIT by Swati Avasti O.o awesome brilliant male POV

  6. Great post. I better read Saving June and Split!

    Ellen has my favorite author's ARC! I wish I could read Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I would so go into a cage match for it!

    There's a contest going on called the YA Bloggers Best Overlooked Book 2011,there's a link to it on my blog (I'm just a judge) Check it out!

  7. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler! Best book I've read all year.

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