Book Recommendations: Underrated Books


Hello everyone! I don’t know about you guys but I absolutely love getting book recommendations and I also love giving them, however, I feel I haven’t read enough books to truly give a lot of great recommendations. I still try my best though! I decided I would do underrated books which I judged by the amount of ratings they had on Goodreads, under 3,000.

I will link these books up to both their Goodreads pages as well as my full reviews if I have them!

Hope you find these helpful and find some new books to add!

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Timekeeper by Tara Sim – 872 Ratings on Goodreads

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This is such a cute little story about a clock mechanic who ends up falling in love with the clock tower’s clock spirit. Also they’re both boys so this book IS LGTB! It’s also steampunk which is really neat even though I thought the steampunk element could have been more prominent.

You can read my full review here. 

This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston – 1,120 Ratings on Goodreads

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A SUPER intriguing YA mystery/thriller about a group of boys who go hunting in the woods and one of their friends is shot dead. They decide that they either all get off free or they all go down together, and the main character is a girl who works in the local law office and gets to help out on the case. LOTS of crazy twists and turns!

You can read my full review here. 

Glitter by Aprilynne Pike – 772 Ratings on Goodreads

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This is in a kind of dystopian society where people live in the Palace of Versailles like they did back in the 18th century. The main character resorts to selling the wealthy populace “glitter”, a drug, in order to get enough money to get out of there before she has to marry the King, who she witnessed murdering someone.

Needless to say there’s plenty of drama (in the good way)!

You can read my full review here. 

And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich – 1,456 Ratings on Goodreads

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I would say Dawn Kurtagich is an underrated author in general! She writes fantastic, psychologically creepy YA horror books.

This book is has both the creepiness and psychological elements with two girls living with their aunt who believes that they cannot go back through the forest or else the Creeper Man will get them…..

You can read my full review here. 

Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West – 363 Ratings on Goodreads

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This one is probably my MOST recommended book on this list because it was absolutely fun and fantastic. It had great world building and also contained FOUR fairy tale retellings including Mulan, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Jane Austen’s Emma. I just got really attached to the characters and had such a fun time with it!

You can read my full review here. 

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova – 2,372 Ratings on Goodreads

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While this book had a few flaws I was willing to overlook it because this was a debut and I think this author has such great potential! The world building was pretty awesome and I absolutely loved that this was not only a diverse read but also had witches aka brujas! The magic was definitely the most fun part.

You can read my full review here. 

Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics – 1,840 Ratings on Goodreads

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I’m a big YA horror fan and it’s always hard for me to find TRULY horrifying books that scare me, this is one of them! This is about a girl who tires to hide her out of wedlock pregnancy from her religious family while they travel to a new home on the prairie. That’s where everyone starts to get cabin fever…… or is it something else?

If you love horror books, like, me definitely check this one out!

You can read my full review here. 

A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann – 954 Ratings on Goodreads

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Another YA horror book but this one is a combination of horror and action/adventure. It’s definitely a really thrilling read about a group of kids who get trapped in an old underground French palace that’s filled with traps and something even more terrifying….

You can read my full review here. 

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas – 2,432 Ratings on Goodreads

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This is a YA mystery/thriller that’s so twisted and actually gets a little dark. You won’t see these twists coming guaranteed!

This one is about Callie  and her best friend who told a lie about what they saw the night the friend’s cousin died and it haunts Callie to this day. She returns to the town and finds things that don’t add up and she needs to find the real killer soon….

You can read my full review here. 

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine – 1,957 Ratings on Goodreads

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An absolutely fantastic fantasy book with an even better magic system. I can’t recommend this book enough for fellow fantasy lovers!

This is about a girl who is raised to take the place of the current Queen who can use both types of ice and fire magic to protect the people and when the day comes where the Queen dies and the magic is supposed to go into her….it’s gone.

You can read my full review here. 

The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters – 859 Ratings on Goodreads

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Cat Winters is one of those authors where all of her books sound good and yet I haven’t found the time to read more of her books. However, this one a received as an ARC and it was amazing!

This is a historical fiction retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and other than that it’s a little harder to explain the rest, sorry you’ll have to read the full description I’m lame!

You can read my full review here. 

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Did any of these books interest you? Which ones and why?

Do you already have some of these on your TBR?

Have you read any of these before?

What are some of your recommendations for underrated boos?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

21 thoughts on “Book Recommendations: Underrated Books

    • thesassygeek February 20, 2017 / 10:28 am

      I hope you enjoy it’s not only a great read but also a diverse read! It deserves some attention! 😁


  1. Ryann the Reader February 17, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    I’m definitely adding at least half of these to my TBR (and I LOVE the cover for Kingdom of Ash and Briars!!)


    • thesassygeek February 20, 2017 / 11:26 am

      Awesome, glad you found some to add! Kingdom of Ash and Briars is my absolutely favorite of this list so I hope you like that one! 🙂

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  2. Books, Vertigo and Tea February 17, 2017 / 10:43 pm

    Labyrinth Lost was such a good read! I have a few of these on my massive tbr list so I am stoked to see you feature them in this post!

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    • thesassygeek February 20, 2017 / 10:30 am

      It is a great book glad you agree!
      I’m happy there are books on your TBR here, they need more attention so even if they’re on your TBR it’s better than nothing. Hope you enjoy them! 😁

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  3. DaniellaWrites February 17, 2017 / 11:14 pm

    I have quite a few of these on my TBR already, so good to see my interest validated. I didn’t know about Glitter, and I’ve enjoyed Aprilynne Pike’s other list, so that’s being added to my TBR for sure.

    Some underrated books for you to check out:

    – Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Sci-Fi in Translation (I loved many of the stories in this book, and it’s absolute sacrilege to me that it only has 348 ratings on GR.)
    – The Mad Scientist’s Daughter, by Cassandra Rose Clarke (2,145 ratings)
    – All My Darling Daughters, by Fumi Yoshinaga (Another tragedy at 411 ratings. A beautiful manga about the interconnected lives of various women.)

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    • thesassygeek February 20, 2017 / 10:39 am

      Glad to hear you found one to add! If there are any books I like to push on people it’s underrated books, which I also love getting recs for as well!
      Thank you so much for the recs too! I already had the Mad Scientist’s Daughter on my TBR so glad to hear you recommending it! I also added Invisible Planets because I adore sci-fi and a lot of the stories sounded interesting. I’m not too sure about All My Darling Daughters since I don’t read Manga but it sounds good so I’ll keep it in mind! 😁

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    • thesassygeek February 20, 2017 / 10:39 am

      It’s pretty amazing, I love a good thriller and this is one of the few I found completely unpredictable! 😊


  4. Jessica February 18, 2017 / 12:45 pm

    Nice post! It seems like there are some books I need to add to my TBR! XD

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    • thesassygeek February 20, 2017 / 10:41 am

      Thanks Jessica! Happy to hear you found some to add, I love spreading the word about underrated books! 😁

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  5. emilymbird February 18, 2017 / 3:56 pm

    Great post! I’ve been eyeing Labyrinth Lost for a while, I think I’ll have to bump it up! Same with Kingdom of Ash and Briars. And I’ve never heard of Timekeeper, but it is definitely going on my TBR! Love all the recs!

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    • thesassygeek February 20, 2017 / 10:50 am

      Thank you! All of these were ones I enjoyed so I hope you do as well! If I were going to pick my absolute favorite of all of these though it’d be Kingdom of Ash and Briars! So I really hope you like that one. 😁

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  6. Michelle February 18, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    I still have to read The Darkest Corners & The Trees Crept In 😊 Super excited to hopefully get to them in the near future 🌸😊

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    • thesassygeek February 20, 2017 / 10:50 am

      I hope you enjoy them Michelle, The Darkest Corners is a great mystery thriller so I have a feeling you for sure will like that one! 😁

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  7. Megan @ bookslayerReads February 18, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    I really loved Glitter! It was such a unique concept. I really enjoyed it. Almost all the others are on my TBR 🙂

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    • thesassygeek February 20, 2017 / 10:51 am

      I haven’t met too many other people who have read Glitter so that’s awesome! I thought it was very unique as well, definitely not something you see all the time! 😁

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  9. TeacherofYA March 12, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    Good list! I know Glitter was awesome, and I’ll have to check some of the other titles out!


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