I’m cheating a little bit this week because this is actually the topic for next week’s T5W but I didn’t have any books I could think of for this week’s actual topic and I have a blog tour post I’m doing next Wednesday that will be up instead of a T5W so it works out better this way!
So, on with the top five books that I’ve read that I think are severely underrated!
1. The Deadly 7 by Garth Jennings
This was a brilliant middle grade book that I read in 2015 and absolutely loved! Garth went to a festival with plushies of all the monsters and I seriously wanted to have them in my possession (sadly I couldn’t attend to buy them). Definitely a great read for readers of all ages.
Who needs friends when you’ve got MONSTERS?
Everything was happening so fast and it was all so . . . mad. It was as if someone had taken reality, made it into a jigsaw, thrown the jigsaw on to the floor and then said, “Now, hurry up and put it all together!” as they danced all over the jigsaw pieces in a clown suit, blowing a trumpet.
When Nelson’s beloved big sister goes missing on a school trip, Nelson is devastated – he’s not that good at making friends and his sister is the only person he can talk to. His parents join the search party and leave Nelson in the care of his mad uncle Pogo. Uncle Pogo is the caretaker of St Paul’s Cathedral and it is here that Nelson stumbles across a machine, invented by Christopher Wren and buried for hundreds of years. Designed to extract the 7 deadly sins, the machine had a fault – once extracted, the sins became living, breathing monsters who would then follow the sinner around for eternity (unless they ate him first, in the case of the particularly sinful). Nelson accidentally extracts 7 deadly monsters from his own little soul. Ugly, cantankerous, smelly and often the cause of much embarrassment, Nelson’s monsters are the last thing he needed in his life, but at least they’re fairly harmless (he’s a pretty good kid, on the whole). When he learns of their individual powers he realises the monsters can be put to good use, and together Nelson and the Deadly 7 set out on a quest across the globe to find and rescue his big sister. Somewhere along the way, Nelson realises that he finally has friends, even if they are smelly, lazy friends who like smashing stuff up.
Release Date: January 15th 2015
2. Minty by Christina Banach
Now, I’m slightly biased on this one because Christina is a friend of mine but her novel was seriously beautiful. I read it in one sitting and it blew me away. It’s a wonderful tale of sisterly bonds.
Fourteen-year old twins Minty and Jess are inseparable. Maybe they bicker now and then, even crave a bit of space once in a while. But they have a connection. Unbreakable. Steadfast. Nothing can tear them apart. Until a family trip to the coast puts their bond in jeopardy. As Minty tries to rescue her dog from drowning she ends up fighting for her life. Will Minty survive? If she doesn’t, how will Jess cope without her? Only the stormy sea has the answer.
Release Date: April 8th 2014
3. Dystopia by Anthony Ergo
I first met Anthony at YALC in 2015 and I bought this and the sequel. I honestly devoured these books. They were amazing. Full of action and a bad ass heroine, it was impossible to put the books down.
Following the events of Dystopia Day, the world is no longer the safe place Sasha thought it was. Only by uncovering the truth can she hope to save herself and everyone around her.
Society has started to recover but for Sasha, everything is falling apart.
DYSTOPIA is the first book in Anthony Ergo’s Dystopian series.
Release Date: July 8th 2014
4. A Crack In Everything by Ruth Frances Long
I was sent the second book in this series for review a while back and picked this one up on my kindle so that I would be able to read the second book and have it make sense. This series is set in Dublin (and the Fae version, Dubh-Linn) and it was everything! I fell in love with the characters and the Fae world and it’s dangerous magics. Honestly, if you’re looking for a great Irish based fantasy, pick this series up.
Welcome to The Other Side …
Chasing a thief, Izzy Gregory takes a wrong turn down a Dublin alley and finds the ashes of a fallen angel splashed across the dirty bricks like graffiti. She stumbles into Dubh Linn, the shadowy world inhabited by the Sidhe, where angels and demons watch over the affairs of mortals, and Izzy becomes a pawn in their deadly game. Her only chance of survival lies in the hands of Jinx, the Sidhe warrior sent to capture her for his sadistic mistress, Holly. Izzy is something altogether new to him, turning his world upside down.
A thrilling, thought-provoking journey to the magic that lies just beside reality.
Release Date: September 1st 2014
5. Fir For Luck by Barbara Henderson
This is another one that I’m slightly biased to. It’s written by another friend of mine but it’s just so amazingly brilliant that I had to include it in this list. Set in Scotland during the Highland Clearances, this book brings history to life for younger readers and I honestly recommend it to everyone.
Would you be brave enough to fight back?
When 12-year-old Janet’s village is under threat– she decides to take action.
It’s a split-second decision that could cost her everything: her home, her family – even her life.
Can Janet save her village from being wiped out? Or will her family and friends be forced from their homes to face an uncertain future?
Based on real life events, Fir for Luck is a tale of the brutal Highland Clearances, when land owners cared more about sheep than people.
Release Date: September 21st 2016
What books would you say were underrated?