These are five book recommendations for books I love that I feel are underrated.
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
This is the first book in a trilogy. It follows the story of teenaged Gemma Doyle. It has been a while since I’ve read it however I still remember the feeling it gave me of being in a fantastically world. It was completely immersive. This book offers beautiful descriptions, magic, mystery, a bit of romance, and a lot friendship. If you’re looking for a surreal, magical world filled with adventure and self-discovery this would be the book for you.
Temple of the Dragonslayer by Tim Waggoner
This is the first book in a series of eight, each written by a different author. This is a fun series and offers a good look into what I would call “classic” fantasy (meaning it gives the same kind of feeling as Narnia or LOTR, without drawn out descriptions). I remember being enthralled by this book and growing attached to the characters. A really great read to get younger readers interested in books.
The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
This is one of three Egyptian based books by Michelle Moran. This historical-fiction story follows the life of Nefertari (not to be confused with her aunt Nefertiti, that’s a different book). Filled with emotional connection and human quirks, readers discover through this story that history isn’t just the bullet points and dates in texts books. It is a really good read to spice up your fiction library.
So You Want to be a Wizard? by Diane Duane
This is the first book in The Young Wizards series. This follows the story of two young characters, a girl named Nita and a boy named Kit. This book establishes a magic system based on science and math, this logical approach gives a new twist on the expectations and limitations of magic. If you’re looking for a new take on magic and how it affects the world it lives in this is a great book to pick up.
May Bird and the Ever After by Jodi Lynn Anderson
This paranormal adventure is the first book in a trilogy. This story follows the adventures of a young girl named May, who falls into the world of ghosts. The story was engaging and the language used to describe the world was charmingly juxtaposed to the situations May found herself in. If you want a unique view on a ghost story this is a book you should check out.
Let me know if you have read any of them of if you decided to pick one up. What are some books you would recommend?