I am not sure how many people would agree with me that these books are underrated however they are some that I never see people talking about online. I do try to read books that are not seen as popular as I want to find hidden treasures. For this reason I thought I would share three books with you today that I really enjoyed, but have not seen get a lot of recognition.
*This post is completely my own opinion and I do not want to offend anyone with my views.*
Beautiful Dead by Yvonne Woon
This book is one that I read when in my earlier years, at the time I really enjoyed the story as it was not like anything I had read before. I believe that I was around 10 or 11 when I read this book and it was definitely a lot more intense than what I was used to.
From what I remember it was the cover of this book that really drew me in and the reason for this will definitely out me as a nerd. The girl on the cover really reminded me of Amy from Dr Who, who was one of my favourite companions (sad).
Renee is your typical YA ‘normal girl’ who lives in sunny california. On her sixteenth birthday she is drawn to the woods by house, here she comes across her parents dead bodies which are surrounded by coins and have shredded cloths in their mouths. Sounds weird right? Well it only gets weirder from here.
Renee is sent away to Gottfried Academy, a school which is not finable within books or the internet by her strict Grandfather. At the academy where the main focus is Latin, Renee meets Dante who makes all of her grief disappear and makes her feel alive.
Although cliche at times this story was one that had me hooked from start to finish and has a really good plot twist. This book is definitely one I am going to re-read this year.
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
Although this has a 4.11/5 rating on Goodreads I have never actually seen anyone talking about this book. I have recently read this one and can say that I thoroughly enjoyed it, but this enjoyment did not come completely easy. I started reading this at a very busy time in my life so I was only reading about one chapter at a time and because of this it took me forever to get really into the story.
I don’t want to say too much about this book now as I am planning on reading the second book and want to do a review of the entire series however what I will say now is that the idea behind this story is really creative and seriously makes you question the way in which society is run.
Keep an eye out for a full review of the series in a future post!
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
This book is definitely something that I would have loved in my younger teens. Empowering and influential, Moxie is a must read when it comes to feminist fiction for younger girls and just anyone really.
Moxie follows the story of Viv, who finds Riot Grrrl zines in her moms wardrobe which inspires her to make a move against the sexist boys at her school. Sick of the boys harassing girls, Viv creates her own Riot Grrrl style zine called ‘Moxie’ which she distributed anonymously to inspire the girls to fight back.
This is the one book from this list that I suggest you definitely read just for the fact that it is so inspiring. I wouldn’t say I am a hardcore feminist and will admit that I often avoid feminist literature however at the time of reading the book I was writing an essay on the Riot Grrrl movement and it made the whole experience really enjoyable.
So if you are looking for a light hearted read about empowered feminists then this is definitely the book for you.
Let me know if you would like to see another post like this and what books you would include!