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

Less Terrifying Book Recs for Halloween


So I did a post a few days ago that was my recommendations for the most terrifying books to read for Halloween so this time I’m recommending some non-horror books that I think are great to read for Halloween as well!

It’s not too late to pick one of these up for a quick read today!

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10.) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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 While there are a few creepy parts in this book it most definitely is not a horror book. It’s a very unique book and has some interesting pictures within as well which is why I think it’d be a great read for Halloween for non-horror readers.

9.) Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

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This is a very heartfelt book that just so happens to have zombies as well. You’ll get attached to these characters and also have the added “horror” fun of some zombie-killing too!

8.) Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney

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This is a book all about Tom Ward, the last apprentice, being taught how to hunt down all kinds of ghosts and monsters. Technically this is a middle grade book which makes it not too creepy and yet full of different supernatural beings!

7.) Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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This one is just eerie and a bit gory enough for me to recommend it for Halloween but mostly it’s historical fiction and romance.

You can read my full review of “Stalking Jack The Ripper” here.

6.) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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This is not only loaded with all things paranormal but it’s also very mysterious. Worth all of the hype and is a great read for anyone looking for a tamer Halloween book.

You can read my full review of “The Raven Boys” here.

5.) I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

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Serial killers are just as scary as any ghosts, right? This is a down-right addicting story with all the gruesome detail needed for a great Halloween read!

4.) A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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This is one of the most heart-harming and gut-wrenching books ever but the reason I recommend it for Halloween is not only because it’s a great, short book but because um…there’s a monster. Basically I’m just taking an opportunity to make everyone read this awesomeness!

You can read my full review of “A Monster Calls” here.

3.) Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

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Looking for a good witch book? This is the one for you! It’s full of magic and adventure and will most definitely not leave you with nightmares this Halloween!

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

2.) Coraline by Neil Gaiman

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We all know how often the movie gets played for Halloween so why not read the book? It’s the perfect amount of creepy but most of all it’s just a fun, cute story.

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

1.) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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Odd that my 2 most recommended stories are Neil Gaiman? Nah.

This is my most recommended non-horror book for Halloween! It is utter perfection, full of ghosts and all manner of supernatural creatures and it’s just a cute, heart-warming book. I love it to pieces!

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Hope this helped some of you out and Happy Halloween everyone!

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The Sassy

Terrifying Book Recs For Halloween


Hello everyone it’s time for one of my favorite things to do: recommend horror books for Halloween! Horror books are definitely some of my favorite books to read so weeding through them and finding the best ones is fun for me. Hopefully this list I put together will help you find a last minute read for Halloween or just help you find your next scary read!

I tried to put these books in order of how much I enjoyed them BUT let it be known I did love every single one and recommend each one on this list. I put the scariest ones (for me at least) at the top of my list!

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13.) The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

Why I Recommend It: This is a short story by thriller mastermind Gillain Flynn, for any of you who have had the pleasure of reading one of her books before you’ll know you’re in for some dark, messed up shit. This one just so happens to have a bit of a paranormal theme as well, is the house haunted or are the characters manipulative and unreliable? I was actually pretty creeped out during certain scenes and so I think this would make for a great, quick Halloween read!

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

12.) Welcome To The Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Why I Recommend It: Love classic slasher horror movies? You’ll love this book then, it reads just like your typical horror movie which makes it tons of fun to read through! There’s many POV characters and quite a few blood pumping scenes too.

You can read my full review of “Welcome To The Dark House” here.

11.) The Merciless by Danielle Vega

Why I Recommend It: Ever wonder what would happen if you combined Mean Girls with blood, gore, and scares? Well maybe not but if you find yourself wondering now then check this book out! A bunch of teenage girls hold another captive and perform an exorcism on her, what could go wrong with that? I will say again that this book is pretty gory so if you’re really squeamish beware!

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


10.) The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

Why I Recommend It: This is a psychologically twisted and very sinister feeling book, it’s creepy and messes with your mind while reading. There are a few scary-ish scenes but mostly the plot twists and journey through the mind of madness are what makes this a very fun book.

You can read my full review of “The Dead House” here.

9.) Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Why I Recommend It: This is a fairly scary book that’s fun, gory, and full of ghosts! There were more than a few creepy scenes and it’s very action-packed and fast paced. Another little fun fact: the entire book is typed in red ink.

You can read my full review of “Anna Dressed in Blood” here.

8.) The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

Why I Recommend It: This is an extremely well-written, historical fiction full of …well, monsters. The atmosphere Rick Yancey creates is perfectly eerie and the monsters themselves are the stuff of nightmares.

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


7.) A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann

Why I Recommend It: This book has both supernatural horror elements as well as survival horror elements and it’s very reminiscent of the movie “The Cabin in the Woods”. It’s also very unique I’ve never read anything like it before and I doubt you will have either! I mean being trapped in a palace below ground is enough to scare the crap out of you.

You can read my full review of “A Drop of Night” here.

6.) Alice by Christina Henry

Why I Recommend It: This is a dark, twisted retelling of “Alice in Wonderland” and so if you’re a fan of Alice and can stomach a lot of gore and violence then I highly suggest checking this one out. But I will warn you now that there is quite a bit of violence including sexual violence so if you’re sensitive to any of that then skip this one.

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

5.) Through The Woods by Emily Carroll

Why I Recommend It: It’s a collection of short, illustrated stories that will creepy you the hell out. Seriously I didn’t know if I was going to be able to sleep after reading and SEEING these things! So if you need a quick, last minute read to scare your pants of for Halloween then definitely check this one out.

You can read my full review of “Through The Woods” here.


4.) Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

Why I Recommend It: Do you have a fear of isolation or demons or maybe both? Then maybe don’t read this…unless you like being scared, like me, then this book will probably terrify you! It’s also fairly short so yet again another good last minute read for Halloween.

You can read my full review of “Daughters Unto Devils” here.

3.) And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

Why I Recommend It: I think the fact that Dawn Kurtagich is on this list twice really speaks volumes about what a fantastic horror writer she is. This book is ten times scarier than “The Dead House”, it’s twisted and extremely creepy. There’s crazy people, creeping trees, and the Creeper Man. Creeper Man should be enough to show you how scary this book is.

You can read my full review of “And The Trees Crept In” here.

2.) The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

Why I Recommend It: See that cover? That cover is fucking terrifying. If you have a deep set phobia of creepy Japanese ghosts then first off join the club and second off this book will scare your pants off.

You can read my full review of “The Girl From The Well” here.

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

1.) Slasher Girls & Monster Boys stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke

Why I Recommend It: This is an anthology that not only includes many popular YA authors but also some downright horrifying stories. I kid you not, I was literally looking over my shoulder while reading some of them! If you’re looking for a few short stories to give you nightmares then look no further.

You can read my full review of “Slasher Girls & Monster Boys” here.

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

Did you find any books to add to your TBR?

What’s your favorite horror book?

What will you be reading for Halloween?

Let me know in the comments and I hope this helped some of you out!

The Sassy

Book Recs: Bargain Priced

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Hello everyone! This isn’t technically a list of book recommendations but rather a list of some books I really enjoyed that happen to be very cheap, but I’m still kind of recommending them soooooooo. Anyways though the list is pretty self explanatory, good books + cheap prices = happiness.

Now I looked up these prices on Amazon and Book Outlet and Amazon had ZERO cheap prices on these books. It’s actually very upsetting for me since I own a Kindle, why are books that are 5 or more years old $10.99? Why? I want cheaper books! I can get PHYSICAL COPIES cheaper than Kindle copies!!

I digress, all of these prices are on Book Outlet and I will link these books to that website as well as Goodreads.

Remember these prices are accurate today (February 17th, 2016) so I can’t promise they won’t change or sell out. So if you see something you like check it out!

They also have a President’s Sale going on right now so that’s an extra 15% off these prices I listed!

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The Merciless

“The Merciless” by Danielle Vega

I love my hardcover of this book because it is simple and really neat looking, it also reflects the story itself pretty well. It’s not super scary or anything but it has some creepy parts and quite a lot of gore it also has its fair share of high school mean girl drama. So a pentagram and hot pink cover pretty much sums it up.

Check out my full review of “The Merciless” here.

You can get a gorgeous hardcover of this book at Book Outlet for $2.99!

Gone (Gone, #1)

“Gone” by Michael Grant

One of my favorite series, I read them a while ago and never reviewed them. So here’s the synopsis:

In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young.

There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else…

I highly recommend it, I loved this series probably because a lot of weird messed up stuff happens. *shrugs* I’m weird too.

You can get a paperback copy from Book Outlet for $2.99!

I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)

“I Hunt Killers” by Barry Lyga

Once again a very FAVORITE series, it gets pretty gruesome. Are you seeing a pattern here with my favorite books? I never reviewed this one either, unfortunately, so I’ll give you the synopsis:

What if the world’s worst serial killer…was your dad?

Jasper “Jazz” Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.

But he’s also the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal’s point of view.

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo’s Nod.

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

Trust me when I say this book really delivers, you get a very good insight into the mind and workings of a serial killer. Jazz uses his dad’s methods in order to catch a serial killer. It really is interesting.

You can get a paperback copy from Book Outlet for $2.99!

Gone Girl

“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

If you haven’t read “Gone Girl” here, get your copy now! You need to read it! It’s Gillian Flynn! It’s amazing and twisted! The first half of the book is a little hard to get through but when you get the the BIG plot twist everything is fast paced after that, I mean my jaw literally dropped. It’s so good! I never reviewed this book either but you all know about “Gone Girl” I’m sure…..

You can get a paperback copy from Book Outlet for $5.99!

Dark Places

“Dark Places” by Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn is amazing, here read another one of her books.

You can read my review of “Dark Places” here.

You can get a paperback copy from Book Outlet for $4.99!

Revenge of the Witch (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #1)

 The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch” by Joseph Delaney

In one of my other Book Rec posts I recommended this series for fans of Percy Jackson, it has a younger protagonist and lots of supernatural lore. It’s tons of fun to read and a little creepy as well!

You can get a paperback copy from Book Outlet for $3.99!

You (You, #1)

“You” by Caroline Kepnes

A pretty entertaining and unique book, “You” tells the story of Joe Goldberg who stalks and takes over a girl’s life in order to make her love him. That’s the gist of it anyways it was actually pretty interesting to read through even though the pacing occasionally got a little slow.

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

You can get a hardcover copy from Book Outlet for $5.99!

The Martian

“The Martian” by Andy Weir

Did you like the movie? Read the book it’s just as good if not better.

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

You can get a paperback copy from Book Outlet for $5.99!


“Midwinterblood” by Marcus Sedgwick

If you haven’t read anything by Marcus Sedgwick then here’s the perfect place to start, he’s very original and downright amazing.

You can read my mini review (that doesn’t do the book justice) of “Midwinterblood” here.

You can get a hardcover copy from Book Outlet for $2.99!

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So hopefully this little post helped you guys out in finding some cheaper book buying alternatives! I know I love getting deals on books!

Although I can’t say this post has helped your bank accounts any… least you’re getting a bargain though and when it comes to buying books we always have plenty of money right?