Discussion: The Most Underrated Book (For You)

Last week we talked about books that get way too much attention in the mainstream media as well as the blogosphere.  So this week I want to talk about books that you think don’t get nearly enough hype/attention!

For me personally, I think Graceling by Kristin Cashore is the most underrated book I’ve read in recent years that has been traditionally published.  You hear people praising Cassandra Clare’s work to the heavens and the Twilight series gets so much attention, but you never hear about a book in a series that is actually incredibly well written.  In Graceling, I see everything that I love about fantasy: an organic relationship, a kick-butt heroine, fantastic worlds and insanely fast plots.

Come to think of it, another fantasy like that would be Crewel by Gennifer Albin.  It’s not famous because the world-building is pretty complex and the twist behind the dystopia is so not what you’d expect.  And Adelice, the main character is amazing compared to most YA dystopian characters: she knows how to (gasp!) hide her emotions and cloak her actions.  I know, it’s incredible!  A protagonist that can act is such a novelty that I don’t stop recommending this book, even though I read it almost a year ago.

So which books for you personally are the most underrated?  Why?

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  3. acps927

    I feel like For Darkness Shows the Stars and Across a Star-Swept Sea, both by Diana Peterfreund, don’t get nearly as much love as they deserve! I loved them both!

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