My Favorite Underrated Books

Some books get completely hyped up, and some simply fly under the radar. Or at least, it feels like it. Here is a list of my favorite books that I feel are a little underrated!

The Winner’s Curse trilogy – Marie Rutkoski

Starting with what I feel is one of the most underrated series EVER. So weird, because these books are so good? The series was recommended to me at Barnes & Noble, and I read every book in about a day. The series has an awesome plot, gray characters, good character development, and of course romance.

Invictus – Ryan Graudin

I feel like no one I know has actually read this book. If you prefer reading stand alone books and enjoy reading science fiction, this is your book. It has all the cool stuff: plot, a squad of characters, time travel, and my favorite: illegal activities. Heavily underrated book, if you ask me.

The Last Magician – Lisa Maxwell

Speaking of time travel, here’s another underrated book for ya. This book came out a few years ago, and again, someone at Barnes & Noble recommended it to me. In this book, we follow Esta as she travels back in time to 1920s New York. Magic is technically illegal, but that doesn’t stop our squad from using it. This book had an awesome plottwist and ended in a major cliffhanger (spoilers?). Good thing the second book is already out!

Passenger – Alexandra Bracken

I think I have a thing for time travel. It also seems all my time travel books are underrated. In this duology, multiple people from different time periods come together to find an important item. Thus begins a quest all over the world, and all through time, to find it. I really enjoyed this duology, but I think it’s overshadowed by Bracken’s The Darkest Minds (which I also loved).

Mistborn – Brandon Sanderson

Yes, I know this one is technically pretty popular. BUT, I will count it as underrated until every person I know has read it. Also, every person that came in Barnes & Noble said they’ve read the Way of Kings, but not Mistborn. That’s atrocious and needs to be fixed. Yes I’m aggressive about this, fight me. >:(

As a side note, Sanderson has definitely become an auto-buy author for me. I will consume everything he writes. Eventually.

The Frostblood Saga – Elly Blake

I will admit, the first book in this series gave me major Red Queen vibes. A girl has powers she’s not supposed to have, blah blah. But, this series got a lot better at the end of the first book and onward. In the end, it’s a real different experience from Red Queen. I feel like not enough people have read this series.

There’s my list! What a lot of these books have in common is that I read them all super fast. Mostly in a day or two. Flying through it is a sign that it’s a good book! At least to me.

Which books do you think are underrated?

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