Tuesday, September 11

{Mini Reviews} Fantastic Underhyped Novels


As a bookworm, it is one of the worst feelings in the world, I tell you, to love an author and their work so darn much... but not see much buzz around them. 

I'm passionate about getting these titles out there, and so I'm incredibly pleased with today's Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) topic - hidden gems. To make this post more special, I opted for sharing 3 mini reviews, plus a bunch of novels I've already reviewed.


BLURB: After stabbing her ex-boyfriend's hand for mocking her mentally disabled little brother, Savvy was sent to a temporary detention center. Sounds rough, but it certainly has its perks, such as the two close friends she's found, or Cameron, the quiet boy who only ever seems to speak to Savvy. Despite the good, Savvy's life is far from perfect - in-between taking care of her little brother and school she also has to deal with her ex.. who's out for revenge. 

YOU SHOULD READ IT BECAUSE...

▪ It has everything one could want in a contemporary novel - amazing writing, a lovely love interest, great friends and a fantastic heroine. 

▪ The emotions will PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE, I tell you!! Seeing how how much Savvy adored her little brother, or how tentatively her relationship developed with Cameron... boy, I was TEARING UP.

▪ I cannot stress hard enough how fantastic the friendships were!! Savvy and her two friends were all dealing with their own shit, but were so so SO supportive of each other, and ah, their friendship just made me damned happy. 

▪ Be mindful of trigger warnings for alcoholism, drug addiction, physical and sexual assault, mocking of a mentally disabled child (heavily condemned)


                                                                     


BLURB: Naledi has been getting emails about her betrothal to an African prince... and deleting them without a second thought, as she really has no time for such bullshit. Enter Prince Thabiso, freshly arrived to NY, determined to talk to his runaway bride... but when he gets mistaken for a 'normal' person, he jumps on the chance to get to know Ledi without sharing who he really is.

YOU SHOULD READ IT BECAUSE...

▪ Written by a black woman, A Princess in Theory has a majorly black cast. 

▪ Naledi is a science major, and plans to work in the field of finding cures for diseases - she is smart, hard-working and fantastic friend and partner. 

▪ The romance is so so SO well-handled - as you have seen in the blurb, Thabiso lies to Ledi about his identity, and that isn't brushed under the table later on. Especially as she already finds it hard to trust people, Ledi gets really, and I mean REALLY, mad when she finds out the truth.

▪ Ledi's relationship with her best friend Portia is complicated and messy, but still so full of love that I was rooting for them to work out their issues. 

▪ On that note, book 2, A Duke by Default, follows Portia as she is working on creating a better life for herself, where she can be proud of who she is and love herself.


                                                                     


BLURB: Iris has never cared about her grandmother's fantasy series, so when she is forced to spend a week at the set of the movie adaptation she is mad. Most of the cast and crew is made up of massive fans, and she would rather not have anything to do with these people, thank you very much. But as the days go by, she has to reconsider what she thought she knew about fans of fantasy - these people are resourceful, talented and so very passionate about portraying the story on screen that she can't help but be pulled into their world.

YOU SHOULD READ IT BECAUSE...

▪  It's very feminist - the movie has a female director, as well as actors of color (one of them a pansexual young woman), and it discusses the challenges they have faced in the industry.

▪  Iris is one complex heroine - she's bitter for no reasons, spews the same words her father does and literally wants to ruin the movie, not caring about the lives of the cast. At the same time, she is a loving sister, even when she doesn't know how to treat her little brother, a passionate musician and someone who'll support you 10000% if she loves you. 

▪  The romance was adorable, my god. The love interest is one of the loveliest ones everrr, and I loved the way their relationship progressed.

▪  It focuses on family - Iris has to deal with her issues concerning her father, while her little brother and her also have some things to work out. 
                                                                     


Other Underrated Novels I Love:
*click on the covers for my review!*

      
      

Let's chat!
Have you read any of these novels? Because listen!! You 1000% should if you haven't yet. ;) What are some of your favorite underhyped novels?

24 comments:

  1. I'm SO excited to read Let's Talk About Love!!! Happy Tuesday!

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    1. It was SO CUTE & fun! I hope you'll love it. :)

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  2. All In Pieces sounds great! I haven't read anything by Suzanne Young although I was going to read The Program a while back, but never did. Definitely looks like a powerful read!

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    1. I'm the same way - I really wanted to read The Program, but I actually gave away my copy ages ago, because I thought I wouldn't get to it. Kinda regretting it now, because after All in Pieces, I'm def interested more by her. She does characters and emotions SO WELL.

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  3. I've never heard of All In Pieces before but it sounds good and I love books that have great friendships!

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    1. It was REALLY good, and omg, the friendship was GREAT. Plus the romance also started as a friendship which made me so happy.

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  4. 'You should read this because: ...The emotions will PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE, I tell you!!' - Best recommendation ever! ;)

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    1. Ahaha, I'm glad it worked & hope you pick it up. (PS: they honest to god will punch you in the face!!)

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  5. I haven't been read any of these books but they're on my radar now so I'll be checking them out. Thanks for the heads up, Veronika!

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    1. Glad I managed to put them on your radar, Rowena! Hope you get to some of them. :)

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  6. I haven't read any of them so far, but I'm glad you loved them! I've tagged you ladies in a book tag I posted today if any of you are interested, but there's no pressure.

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    1. Oh, thank you for the tag! I'Ll head to your blog & check it now. :)

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  7. Of your list, I've only read A Thousand Perfect Notes, which I enjoyed.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/09/11/top-ten-tuesday-176/

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  8. Now a Major Motion Picture sounds good! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

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  9. Thanks for sharing these! I like that you gave us reasons to read. I’ve read Cait’s book but none of the others.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  10. This has got to be the 5th or 6th time I am see Jordi. I thought the book was so fun and cute. A great F/F romance. I am loving Cole's series. I think I even liked the second book more than the first. Major Motion Picture was so good! It was nerdy and fun and that ending was fantastic.

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    1. Absolutely agree - Jordi was the perfect adorable read. It's hard to decide, but I think the second Reluctant Royals book topped the first for me as well. I loved Portia so much. MMP was adorkable as heck.

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  11. Girl Made of Stars was a wonderful read! I got it from Netgalley and read it either at the end of last year or the beginning of this year and really wanted it to be released so I could talk about it. I have a feeling it's going to pick up steam very soon. I also enjoyed Girls Made of Snow and Glass.

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    1. Girl Made of Stars was so powerful & such an important book - I really want more buzz around it.

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  12. OOH I'm so excited to see All in Pieces on this list! It's on my library's ebook website, so I'll definitely be picking it up sometime soon! *_*

    My TTT post!

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