Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books that are horrifically underrated, literally

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Less than 2000 ratings on GR, but not so new that it hasn't had time to get reviews yet!     

c.j.'s selections                         ten ten ten

The Devil in the Corner - Patricia Elliott 

This one flew under everyone's radar, but it's a really prettily written Victorian mystery, with elements of family drama, murder, madness, and a morally ambiguous heroine.     

Backward Glass - David Lomax 

I don't usually do time travel, but Lomax nails it in this sci-fi mystery that spans multiple generations, with endearing characters.  

The Unquiet - Mikaela Everett 

I can't talk this one up enough.  The premise is kickass: two parallel Earths, and for years, a group of teens has been trained to kill their doubles and infiltrate the second Earth in preparation for an invasion.  The writing is gorgeous and the characters are multilayered, morally complex, and memorable.  

The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand - Gregory Galloway 

A boy keeps trying to kill himself--failing every time.  It's an unusual story reminiscent of Matthew Quick or A.S. King, and it takes issues of life, death, and depression into the realm of dark comedy and magical realism.  

A History of Glitter and Blood - Hannah Moskowitz 

Another one that doesn't get enough credit, about fairies who sell themselves, magical tightrope walkers, and one fairy's struggle to deal with his self-loathing and unrequited love through a constantly evolving story.  

We'll Never Be Apart - Emiko Jean 

Maybe you'l guess the twist, but it doesn't make it less satisfying.  A brilliant psychological thriller that deals with toxic relationships, mental illness, and the desperation born from love and obsession.  
Sword and Verse - Kathy MacMillan 

The romance is a little quick, but once you accept it, what's left is a stunning story about love, classism, and the power of language to damn and to save.  

The Accidental Highwayman - Ben Tripp 

Lighthearted books never get enough love.  This historical fantasy adventure reminds me a bit of Ella Enchanted with its whimsical creatures, tongue-in-cheek humor, and sweet romance.  
Quicksilver - R.J. Anderson 

First of all, it's like the only asexual character I've ever read about.  Second, she's a mechanical wizard.  Third, it's an awesome mix of sci-fi, psychology, and enduring friendship.  
The Unquiet - Jeannine Garsee 

Very different from its twin on this list, it's one of the first ARCs I ever got.  It's a compelling story of a girl's struggle with bipolar disorder in the midst of a ghost mystery--is it the voices, or a real threat?    


  1. A History of Blood and Glitter was a seriously strange book but I dug it. Nice to see it on this list!

    1. I'm glad you liked it! It was a very divisive book.

  2. We'll Never Be Apart looks interesting and creepy. I might read it for the Halloween season :)

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

    1. Good idea! it would be a perfect creepy night read.

  3. Quite a list you have here. Kudos.

  4. Wait I think you have two covers here that are the same? Either that or I am confused!

    Thank you for putting little descriptions! I am really interesting in anything time travel, so I'll be looking into Backward Glass. Also The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand sounds really intriguing as well!

  5. I have read Ultraviolet and liked it, but haven't gotten around to Quicksilver yet. I need to move it up.

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