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Favorite Five Underrated Books
Well, this is sort of subjective, but let’s have fun with it! I feel like I always have an abundance of underrated books I want to bring up, so let’s go!
- Dreaming Death by J. Kathleen Cheney
I really just love the concept of this one. Also it’s got a romance subplot, which I love. I think the world building here is pretty interesting too, definitely fun to see the author trying new things. I love stories where people are trying to solve mysteries, such as this one. Cheney is great at mixing together some of my favorite genres.
- Breath of Earth by Beth Cato
No but seriously, how does this only have 607 ratings on goodreads?!? I love this series, and I’m very much looking forward to the last book, which comes out later this month. It’s such a fun, fast-paced alternate history steampunk fueled with magic. And romance. And friendship. Because found family stories rock.
- The Greyfriar by Clay and Susan Griffith
So this one has a few more ratings on goodreads (a little over 5k) but I’ve only come across one other person so far that’s read this series and I hang out in a huge fantasy forum every day so…yeah. I’m putting this one on here. Adventure, romance, alt-history steampunk (…omg, I think I definitely have a ‘type’ when it comes to books, haha) with vampires. Vampires! Oh, my love for you will never die. ❤
- The Half Killed by Quenby Olsen
This book is definitely the opposite of a light, fun adventure, but it still has some romance. I absolutely loved this book, it worked really well for me, and I wish more folks would read it. It’s so atmospheric! You can feel the oppressive heat pressing down on you as you read the characters experiencing it… I wrote a full review of it earlier this year, so you can read more of my gushing about this particular book there. 🙂
- The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer
I absolutely love everything about this entire series but the first book is certainly a great place to start. This first book has excellent pacing and Schafer is not afraid to put her characters through some trials, both physical and emotional. This is one epic fantasy series that I devoured over the course of a few days. I stayed up reading into the wee hours of the morning even though I had to work the next day and I honestly can’t think of much higher praise than that. I also did a review of the full series last year (non-spoilery).
That’s my list for underrated books! There are a ton of other books I could have brought up. Maybe I’ll do a ’round 2′ at some point down the road. Have you read any of these? What are some of your favorite underrated books? Leave me a note in the comments or feel free to link up with your own post, I’d love to hear from you!
20 thoughts on “Friday Favorite Five: Underrated Books”
Whitefire Crossing looks amazing!! Great picks😁
It’s such a great book! Thanks!
The Greyfriar deeeefinitely sounds like it would be my jam! I shall endeavor to somehow jam it into my reading schedule! ^_^
When I was reading it I was like ‘omg, it’s like this was written with me as the target audience’ lol. Hope you enjoy!
I’ve had a copy of The Greyfriar for years, but I’m not sure why I’ve never read it. I’m glad you reminded me😊
It’s a fun book! 😀
I’ve never heard of any of these, but now I’m interested! Dreaming Death especially!
Hope you enjoy if you get a chance to check it out!
I haven’t read any of them but i have seen that Beth Cato book around and have wondered if it’s good. I like the cover.
I like it, but tastes are so subjective lol. 🙂
Dreaming Death is uber underrated. Also, I haven’t about that book in ages, I wonder if there’ll ever be a follow up?
She’s working on the sequel and releases chapters via her Patreon! I think she’s up to chapter 12 now. I haven’t read any yet, was going to wait a bit and then catch up.
I loved Vampire Empire – vampires – yay. The Whitefire Crossing is a book I’m sure I own but have no idea where it is right now. I must dig it out.
Vampires yay, indeed! The Whitefire Crossing is so great, just love the characters in it so much.
Oh whaaat I thought Breath of Earth was a lot more popular than that! I definitely need to check the series out at some point. And romantic alt-history steampunk IS a pretty amazing mashup of genres. 😀
Seriously, I was surprised the ratings were that low!
These sound great- I hadn’t actually heard of any of these before!
They’re all pretty fun books, happy to share. 🙂
I haven’t heard of any of these! (which I guess is the point of the topic 😉 ) but The Whitefire Crossing looks good!
I love The Whitefire Crossing so much. It’s one my friends were raving about but I didn’t think it looked like my type of book but it totally was. Great characters, fantastic pacing. Hope you get a chance to check it out.