5 Books that Deserve More Love

July 8, 2017 Discussion, Recommendations 34

There are lot of book out there that receive a tonne of hype, but only a few books truly deserve it. Of course it’s totally subjective whether you think a book is deserving of the hype or not, and all our opinions are different. But something we can all agree on is that some books really do not get as much love as they deserve.

Here are 5 books I believe deserve more recognition for being the beautiful novels they are!



All of Juliet Marillier’s Books

Juliet Marillier is one of my all time favourite authors! Her writing is just superb. Definitely worth checking out if you’re into historical fiction/ historical fantasy. My top recommendations are HEART’S BLOOD and THE DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST.

Dive into Daughter of the Forest:
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Lotus War

The Lotus War trilogy by Jay Kristoff

Most people have heard of ILLUMINAE and NEVERNIGHT, but not enough people have read Kristoff’s debut series. And it astounds me. Who doesn’t want to read a steampunk fantasy world inspired by Fuedal Japan?!?!

Experience the crazy plot twists yourself:
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Poison Study

The Study series by Maria V Snyder

I have so many fond memories of this series. I bought POISON STUDY when I was on holidays one year, and immediately read it in less than 24hours that same day, ignoring my family. It’s so easy to read and a fun fantasy! Admittedly POISON STUDY is my favourite of them all, they are great easy reads.

Follow Yelena’s poison tasting adventures: 
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Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund

This is the absolute best sci fi romance I have ever read!! I’m due for a fourth reread sometime soon, but I love this book. It was a sci fi before it became popular (#hipster) and has a slow burn romance in a competitive school and unexpected feeelllsssss. It needs more love!

Enter Academy 7:
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Crown Duel

Crown Duel and Court Duel by Sherwood Smith

Another fun fantasy series I didn’t expect to love so much!! It was a random obscure read I had on my kindle and I didn’t expect to love it and the main characters so much! My description may be a bit obscure/ off because it’s been a while since I read it, but I’ll try to sell it! The first book is set during a war, with the main character trying to maintain her country/ estate’s freedom (she accidentally enters enemy territory and has to go on the run). The second is all about that character navigating court and has a fantastic romance!

Jump into this gem of a duology:
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Are any of your favourite books horrendously underrated?

34 Responses to “5 Books that Deserve More Love”

  1. Alexandria

    The only one of these I’ve read is Academy 7. I don’t remember much about it, but I loved it at the time!

    I don’t think I’ve read any Juliet Marillier novels, but I think I might’ve read some of her short stories.

    Nice post and lovely photos! I did a similar post – 10 books I loved that nobody else did – a few months ago, so some of my faves are definitely underrated.
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    • Bec

      What a rare person you are! I feel like no one has read the gem of Academy 7!

      There are so many underrated books out there. If only everyone had more time on their hands to properly dedicate to them.

    • Bec

      There are so many books being looked over by people! It’s hard to keep up when so many exciting reads come up all the time though

  2. Sara Letourneau

    Poison Study! Juliet Marillier! Stormdancer! :D I’ve read all of those, so I was happy to see them on your list. This also reminds me that I need to read more of Juliet’s books and continue the Lotus War Trilogy… and finally get to Dawn Study. I’ve been putting it off because I was disappointed with Night Study, and I’m afraid of being disappointed again with the finale. :/

    I actually posted a similar list this past week (it might show up in the link below) of unique books I’ve read, and some of them could use more love: Karina Sumner-Smith’s Radiant (sci fi / fantasy / horror mash-up that appeals to both YA and adult audiences), A.J. Hartley’s Steeplejack (YA steampunk mystery set in a fictional world inspired by 19th century South Africa), and Mackenzi Lee’s This Monstrous Thing (YA alternate history re-imagining of Frankenstein).
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    • Bec

      Haaaa I haven’t read Dawn Study yet either, but mostly because I haven’t bought it (only the special fan edition cover is out in AUS atm). Yeah the second part of the series is not as good as the first books, but I’m still having fun with the characters.

      I’ve had This Monstrous Thing on my Goodreads TBR for a while but I haven’t had the opportunity to read it yet. I’m intrigued by the steampunk read though!!

  3. Kyra Morris

    I was going to order in the Stormdancer books from my library the other day but I have so many books out at the moment I thought I’d order them in once I’ve read most of the books I currently have out! :D So glad to hear you enjoyed them. I also really want to read Poison Study as I’ve heard so many great things about it!
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    • Bec

      You need to get on them!

      I think I might have heard of Ballads of Suburbia but I haven’t read it :/

  4. scar

    I haven’t read any of these, I’ll have to check them out! Nothing springs to mind at the moment, but I often find that browsing for out of print books / books that were written ~50 years ago brings up some hidden gems sometimes.
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    • Bec

      I often wonder how many amazing out of print novels we’re missing out on. The market is so flooded by new releases.

  5. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    Heart’s Blood definitely needs more love! Everyone says they love retellings so why are they not reading and shouting about this book? It is SO GOOD and lovely and everything I wanted from a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I haven’t read her most recent books but I have the first two in the series so I hope to read them soon! The covers are gorgeous and I’ve heard a lot of good things so I’m excited :)

    EVERYONE SHOULD READ THE STUDY BOOKS. I don’t know why they’re not more popular with YA bloggers? Like, they are honestly so much better than most of the YA fantasy of the last few years. Come on, people!

    I read another book by the author of Academy 7 and really liked it, so maybe I should give it a go.
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    • Bec

      It’s the best beauty and the beast retelling I’ve ever read!! Nothing else has ever lived up to those standards. So many people are missing out on her brilliance.

      Anne Osterlund does have a historical-esque fantasy series which I think I started but never finished? Academy 7 was much more my speed.

    • Bec

      It’s been out for a while! I read it before I even started blogging after I randomly stumbled across it on the library or via Goodreads. One of the best of my accidental finds!

      Poison Study is the best thing for you then! It’s so easy to read and a tonne of fun :D

  6. Tammy V

    I’ve added Dreamer’s Pool and Academy 7 to my list. Thanks for the post.

    • Bec

      It’s an epic series! Just brace yourself, there are lots of feels and no character is safe.

  7. Julie Wright

    I have not heard of Juliet Marillier and I love Historical fiction, thank you for suggesting a new author to me, I am always on the hunt.
    I have not read any Kristoff or Synder either, I really need to get my finger out!
    I tend to stay away from hyped books as, more than often, they disappoint.
    Thank you for this list :)

    • Bec

      Definitely give Juliet Marillier a chance then! She writes about medieval Ireland/ Britain and it’s amazing! There’s some fantasy flares too.

      Hype is scary sometimes. I try my best not to let other people’s opinions on them influence my expectations.

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