Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books I enjoyed that are underrated

This weeks's Top Ten Tuesday (sponsored by the Broke and the Bookish) is about underrated books. These books have been rated less than 2,000 times on Goodreads. In contrast, The Hunger Games has been rated over four million times. This is definitely a mish-mash of books, ranging from children's novel to adult and everything in between. 

1. Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen 
High school can feel like hell some days, especially when you see the new librarian’s ritual summoning circle, or spot his giant wingspan unfurl during study hall. Initially, Cynthia and Annie have no idea that the fantastically hot Mr. Gabriel, their new high-school librarian, is actually a minor demon planning to soul-suck their school into submission to conquer a demon throne. When Annie is targeted by Mr. Gabriel to be his human consort, it’s up to Cyn to save the day. Cyn must carve time for reconnaissance and research around her busy school schedule, and, at the same time, she struggles to stay focused around her own crush, a dreamy fellow thespian who is starring in their school production of Sweeney Todd. The only thing buying time for the teens before a fiery death is the musical, which, unsurprisingly, is a favorite among demons. (from Novelist)

2. Every Breath by Ellie Marney
James Mycroft is about the last person Rachel should be getting close to. Immensely troubled and constantly suspended, he is obsessed with forensics and considers himself an amateur Sherlock Holmes. When Homeless Dave, a local man befriended by the teens, turns up murdered, Mycroft is determined to solve the case, but he needs Rachel’s help to do it. It isn’t until Mycroft is arrested as a suspect that Rachel realizes that she might be in too deep to get herself out. (from Novelist)

3. Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd
Holly Hogan, 14, lives in a facility for troubled youth in England. Her dream is to return to Ireland, her birthplace, and reunite with her mother. When she is placed in a foster home, the dream resurfaces as she finds and tries on the woman's blond wig. Suddenly, Holly is gone and in walks Solace, a devil-may-care older version of herself, with "slim-slam hips" and the world at her feet. As Solace sets off on the road to ruin as she begins a runaway journey. All the while, her faded memories turn all too gritty as she remembers the true behavior and treatment she received at her mother's hands. (from Novelist)

4. The Time of the Witch by Mary Downing Hahn
Twelve-year-old Laura Adams naively tells Maude Blackthorne--widely regarded as a witch--that she wishes her parents would get back together. When Maude agrees to help, Laura little suspects that the old crone has her own personal agenda of revenge against the Adams family. (from Goodreads)

5. The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston
Sixteen-year-old Loa’s story begins in a tangle of turmoil. She witnesses a truck strike and kill her friend Esther, an event that too vividly brings back memories of the death of Loa’s sister, who suffered complications from Rett syndrome. Loa’s parents are angered and haunted by the cruel turns of their lives, so Loa focuses upon her desultory job and her way-out-there astrophysics homework. (from Novelist)

An anthology of darkly paranormal stories, with comments by the authors on their writing process. (from Novelist)

 7. Face at the Edge of the World by Eve Bunting
Haunted by Charlie Curtis's suicide, Jed sets out to retrace his friend's last weeks and discover why Charlie took his own life. (from Novelist)

Micheline, the last descendant in the Van Helsing line, has tetracromatic abilities, which allow her to see aural spectrums surrounding the dead and make her an unrivaled exorcist of ghosts. When a powerful entity goes on a murderous spree, Micheline and her team of fellow teens are first on the scene, but they quickly realize that they are in for more than a routine exorcism. This ghost knows Micheline by name and seems bent on revenge, infecting the four teens with deadly soulchains. They have just days to find and defeat the entity, otherwise the soulchains will pull them into the Obscura, locking them in the land of the undead forever. (from Novelist)

9. Walks with Men by Ann Beattie
It's 1980 in New York City, and Jane, a valedictorian fresh out of Harvard, strikes a deal with Neil, an intoxicating writer twenty years her senior. The two quickly become lovers, living together in a Chelsea brownstone, and Neil reveals the rules for a life well lived. Neil's certainties, Jane discovers, mask his deceptions. Her true education begins. (from Novelist) 

10. The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Jessica has read enough books to know that her cat Worm must be a witch’s cat. He’s cast a spell on her, but to whom can she turn? After all, no one will believe that Worm has bewitched her or worse. (from Novelist)

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