Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read In The Past Year
Kissing in America by Margo Rabb – I feel like this book was probably more popular right after it came out, but I just read it last year and LOVED it. I loved the road tripiness of it and the friendship between the two girls was so fun.
These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas – I really enjoyed this one (basically Jane Austen meets X-Men) but nobody’s been talking about it!
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord – This book…friendship/squad goals. I adore this group of girls.
You Were Here by Cori McCarthy – A really interesting look at death and grief. I thought the character development in this book was out of this world.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – While Gaiman is certainly not an underrated author, I think this book fades into the background sometimes when held up to his other works. That being said, I absolutely loved it.
Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan – The main character of this book has a really interesting power and I thought the plot was pretty interesting. Hopefully the second book in this series (coming out later this year) holds up!
The Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull – When I first read an excerpt from this book I was NOT interested. But then I received a physical ARC from BookCon, so I felt like I needed to actually give it a shot and review it. I’m glad that I did because this book totally surprised me. If you can get past the beginning, I think the rest of it is really good.
Iron Cast by Destiny Soria – I LOVE THIS BOOK. Again, another book with such a great example of female/female friendship. I loved the version of “magic” that was in this book and I felt that the whole book had this awesome atmosphere about it.
We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen – This was a fun book written like a contemporary, but set in 80’s (I think). The format was fun–letters–and the characters were interesting. It really made me reflect on my own time in high school.
The Door That Led to Where by Sally Gardner – This was another book that kind of caught me off guard. I wasn’t expecting much from it, but then it turns into this really intriguing mystery.