Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems in Fantasy

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Hello fellow book lovers!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is Hidden Gems in whichever genre you’d like to pick! Of course I adore hidden gem recommendations and I have more than a few to give but fantasy is my most read genre so that’s the genre I went with. Some of these may be a little more iffy as far as having them be considered fantasy but there are fantasy elements none the less and most of them are 100% pure fantasy. Some of my choices also might be a little more popular than others and some of you may not consider them a “hidden” gem but they still aren’t super popular so I’d like to recommend them!

I will link up each title to my full review as well if you’d like to be convinced some more to add these to your TBR! Also these aren’t in any particular order!

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10.) Alice (The Chronicles of Alice #1) by Christina Henry

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This is more of a horror book than anything but it still counts as fantasy in my mind especially since it’s a dark retelling of “Alice in Wonderland”. This book isn’t for the faint of heart, it’s truly terrifying, graphic, brutal, and violent and yet it’s still an addictive story. I highly recommend reading it if you’re looking for a unique retelling!

You can read my full review of “Alice” here.

9.) Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

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A collection of three short fairy tale-esque stories all revolving around a kiss but trust me when I say it’s not the gushy romance fest you think it would be! Laini Taylor’s writing is gorgeous and she weaves together such creative tales with mythology of her own making, these stories are fantastic. Plus the illustrations are gorgeous as well!

You can read my full review of “Lips Touch: Three Times” here.

8.) The Impostor Queen (The Impostor Queen #1) by Sarah Fine

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This is such an underrated fantasy novel it isn’t even fair! The magic system is one of the best I’ve come across with both fire and ice users but the magic doesn’t come without it’s costs. The Valtia is the queen of the land who is the only wielder of both ice and fire magic and when she dies it passes on to the next but when the magic doesn’t enter Elli she is forced to flee. Great characters and great world building, go give this book some more love!

You can read my full review of “The Impostor Queen” here.

7.) The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

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This book is a little more well known but still not enough in my eyes! It’s an Aladdin retelling where the genie is female and they have a relationship, it’s got some great world building, badass female characters, and gorgeous writing! What more could you want?

You can read my full review of “The Forbidden Wish” here.

6.) Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1) by Zoraida Cordova

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Not only does this book have a gorgeous cover and diverse characters but it’s also filled with magic and a very Wonderland-esque adventure. Alex is a bruja (a witch) and wants to rid herself of her powers but when she tries her whole family vanishes into thin air.

You can read my full review of “Labyrinth Lost” here.

5.) Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

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I recommend this book ALL the time and it’s probably the book on here I feel is the most underrated. It has a great story, world building, and characters plus on top of all of that it has four retellings weaved into the plot which include: Sleep Beauty, Cinderella, Hua Mulan, and Jane Austen’s Emma. It’s a fantastic story!

You can read my full review of “Kingdom of Ash and Briars” here.

4.) The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco

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This is a dark fantasy featuring a witch with the gift of necromancy who goes to train under another bone witch. She must control her powers if she is going to aid her fellow witches with the war that is brewing in the kingdoms. I really loved how dark and sometimes creepy this book got especially with the necromancy, great world building too!

You can read my full review of “The Bone Witch” here.

3.) Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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Once again this one is a little more popular so it may not be considered a true hidden gem but it’s not a book I see tons of people talking about all of the time either. This is a Peter Pan retelling revolving around the character Tiger Lily, her backstory, and her relationship with Peter. It’s a darker version of Neverland and you’ll definitely be heart broken by the end.

You can read my full review of “Tiger Lily” here.

2.) The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen #1) by Emily R. King

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A girl raised by the Sisterhood is chosen to be the Rajah’s 100th wife and she must fight in gladiator style battles against his other 99 wives in order to secure her place. This book is full of magic and some badass females, it may not be the best written book ever but it was highly addictive and entertaining!

You can read my full review of “The Hundredth Queen” here.

1.) Mask of Shadows (Untitled #1) by Linsey Miller

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This book is pretty hyped up at the moment but still isn’t receiving as much hype as it should. This is everything I wanted and expected “Throne of Glass” to be with the brutal competition to be the Queen’s assassin, plus we get a genderfluid main character!

You can read my full review of “Mask of Shadows” here.

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

What are some of your hidden gems in YA fantasy?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy


23 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems in Fantasy

  1. Nerd Narration August 29, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    Great list! I totally agree about Tiger Lily and will be adding a few of these gems to my TBR! Speaking of your list, have you read Henry’s newest book about Captain Hook/Peter Pan?

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek August 29, 2017 / 3:08 pm

      Thank You! Glad you enjoyed Tiger Lily as well and also glad you found some new books to add. I have read Lost Boy yes and thought it was just as fantastic, I didn’t include it on the list here since I felt adding 2 of her books was too much! 😊


  2. MetalPhantasmReads August 29, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    I just got “Labyrinth Lost” from my library! I’m stoked to see what I think. I do want to get “Lips Touch Three Times” as well since I’m loving her new book. Great list! πŸ™‚

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek September 6, 2017 / 2:52 pm

      Thank you!
      Hope you love Labyrinth Lost, it’s a really underrated book! Lips Touch: Three Times was my first Laini Taylor read and I fell in love, so if you’re loving any of her other books I think it’s a safe bet you’ll enjoy this one too! πŸ™‚

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      • MetalPhantasmReads September 6, 2017 / 3:57 pm

        I hope so too; I’m hoping I’ll find another fantasy based on a different culture. I’m almost done with Strange the Dreamer and holy crap…I need to talk to people about it lol πŸ™‚

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  3. LHauser27 August 29, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    Hi! Tiger Lily sounds good. I’m not a big fantasy reader, but I may have to check out that one! πŸ™‚
    My TTT

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  4. tiareleine August 29, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    I totally agree about Lips Touch: Three Times. Laini Taylor is such a fantastic writer and the illustrations in that book are amazing as well! πŸ™‚

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  5. Poinsettia August 30, 2017 / 8:09 am

    I’m going to have to check out The Imposter Queen. It sounds great. Here is our TTT

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  6. Emma's Library August 30, 2017 / 8:46 am

    Completely agree about Lips Touch. I think it was one of the first things I read by Laini Taylor and I loved it. Compared to Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Strange the Dreamer it doesn’t seem as popular, but I think it would gain a little more popularity if it was republished with a less tacky cover.

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek September 6, 2017 / 3:17 pm

      Lips Touch was my first book by Laini Taylor and it’s honestly my favorite and definitely doesn’t get enough attention. 100% agree on the cover too! It would sell so much better if it had a prettier cover…..

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  7. Captain's Quarters August 30, 2017 / 11:39 am

    Ah excellent list matey. I loved bone witch, labyrinth lost, and the forbidden wish. They do deserve more love. I want to read the impostor queen and the hundredth queen (I guess I have a thing for royalty). I disagree with yer number one choice though! I was highly disappointed by that novel and I made it walk the plank. Ah well. I am glad ye liked it. Great list matey. Arrrrr!
    x The Captain

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  8. Michelle August 31, 2017 / 11:40 am

    Such a great list, Heather 🌸
    I really need to read The Forbidden Wish πŸ™ˆ I swear I say this every time you mention bit, but I’m really hoping to get to it before the end of the year!

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek September 8, 2017 / 12:51 pm

      Thank you Michelle! You do need to read The Forbidden Wish and I hope you do get a chance to squeeze it in! I would love to see what you think of it and hopefully fangirl over it together! πŸ™‚

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