Wonderful Books that Need a Spotlight in the Blogosphere

Posted February 19, 2019 by Amber in Uncategorized / 18 Comments

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Book bloggers tend to be individuals who read a lot. A LOT.  It’s very easy to fall into the hype of books promoted by one of the bigger influencers in our community.  These books blossom out like wildfire.  And, yes, they’re largely very good.  Things like Six of Crows and Strange the Dreamer.  But there are books – a lot of other books – that slip under the radar.  And they’re good books.

Today, I want to share with you some great books that haven’t been really seen by the community as a whole.  Only two of these books are pre-orders (so their low number of ratings makes sense).  I included these one because I haven’t seen the community talking much about them, but they were both five-star reads for me, so I want y’all to get excited for them! 🙂

Otherwise, all these books have already been published and are ready for your love!

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The Bigfoot Files

The Bigfoot Files

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Publisher: Candlewick Press on
Genre: Adventure, Contemporary

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From the author of Hour of the Bees comes another captivating story that deftly blurs the line between reality and magic -- and will leave you wondering What if?

The Loch Ness Monster. The Frogman. Bigfoot. Twelve-year-old Miranda Cho used to believe in it all, used to love poring over every strange footprint, every stray hair, everything that proved that the world was full of wonders. But that was before her mother's obsession with monsters cost Miranda her friends and her perfect school record, before Miranda found the stack of unopened bills and notices of foreclosure in the silverware drawer. Now the fact that her mom's a cryptozoologist doesn't seem wonderful -- it's embarrassing and irresponsible, and it could cost them everything. So Miranda agrees to go on one last creature hunt, determined to use all her scientific know-how to prove to her mother, once and for all, that Bigfoot isn't real. Then her mom will have no choice but to grow up and get a real job -- one that will pay the mortgage and allow Miranda to attend the leadership camp of her dreams. But when the trip goes horribly awry, will it be Miranda who's forced to question everything she believes?

My Rating: ★★★★★ -> my review
Total Ratings on Goodreads: 76
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Enchantée

Enchantée

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Publisher: Flatiron Books on
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction

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When smallpox kills her parents, seventeen-year-old Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic--la magie ordinaire--Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and medicine they need. But when the coins won't hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family's savings, Camille must pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

With the dark magic she learned from her mother, Camille transforms herself into 'the Baroness de la Fontaine' and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for la magie. Her resentment of the rich at odds with the allure of glamour and excess, Camille is astonished to find that her would-be suitor Lazare, a handsome young inventor whom she thought shared her dreams of liberty, is also living a double life.

As the Baroness de la Fontaine, Camille gambles at cards and flirts, desperate to maintain her place at court and keep herself and her sister off the streets. But la magie has its costs. When a scheming courtier blackmails her and Lazare's affections shift, Camille loses control of her secrets. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose--love or loyalty, democra

My Rating: ★★★★★
Total Ratings on Goodreads: 311
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Ghost Cats

Ghost Cats

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Publisher: Scholastic Press on
Genre: Ghost Story, Magical Realism

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Peter's family has lived all over the world, but now they've settled permanently in Boston. As Peter struggles to adjust to major changes, his family's dead-but-not-forgotten cats appear. Are they ghosts? Angels? Or the hallucinations of a restless boy?

My Rating: ★★★★
Total Ratings on Goodreads: 53
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The Deepest Roots

The Deepest Roots

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Publisher: HarperTeen on
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Magical Realism

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Cottonwood Hollow, Kansas, is a strange place. For the past century, every girl has been born with a special talent, like the ability to Fix any object, Heal any wound, or Find what is missing.

Best friends Rome, Lux, and Mercy all have similar talents, but to them, their abilities often feel like a curse. Rome may be able to Fix anything she touches, but that won’t help her mom pay rent or make it any easier to confide in Lux and Mercy about what’s going on at home. And Rome isn’t the only one. Lux has been hiding bigger, more dangerous secrets.

As Rome struggles to keep her friendships close, she discovers the truth about life in Cottonwood Hollow—that friends are stronger than curses, that trust is worth the risk, and sometimes, what you’ve been looking for has been under your feet the whole time.

My Rating: ★★★★★ -> my review
Total Ratings on Goodreads: 371
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Echo After Echo

Echo After Echo

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Publisher: Candlewick Press on
Genre: Contemporary, LGBTQ+

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Debuting on the New York stage, Zara is unprepared—for Eli, the girl who makes the world glow; for Leopold, the director who wants perfection; and for death in the theater.

Zara Evans has come to the Aurelia Theater, home to the visionary director Leopold Henneman, to play her dream role in Echo and Ariston, the Greek tragedy that taught her everything she knows about love. When the director asks Zara to promise that she will have no outside commitments, no distractions, it’s easy to say yes. But it’s hard not to be distracted when there’s a death at the theater—and then another—especially when Zara doesn’t know if they’re accidents, or murder, or a curse that always comes in threes. It’s hard not to be distracted when assistant lighting director Eli Vasquez, a girl made of tattoos and abrupt laughs and every form of light, looks at Zara. It’s hard not to fall in love. In heart-achingly beautiful prose, Amy Rose Capetta has spun a mystery and a love story into an impossible, inevitable whole—and cast lantern light on two girls, finding each other on a stage set for tragedy.

My Rating: ★★★★★ -> my review
Total Ratings on Goodreads: 469
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Not the Girls You're Looking For

Not the Girls You're Looking For

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Publisher: Feiwel & Friends on
Genre: #OwnVoices, Contemporary

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ulu Saad doesn't need your advice, thank you very much. She's got her three best friends and nothing can stop her from conquering the known world. Sure, for half a minute she thought she’d nearly drowned a cute guy at a party, but he was totally faking it. And fine, yes, she caused a scene during Ramadan. It's all under control. Ish.

Except maybe this time she’s done a little more damage than she realizes. And if Lulu can't find her way out of this mess soon, she'll have to do more than repair friendships, family alliances, and wet clothing. She'll have to go looking for herself.

My Rating: ★★★★ -> my review
Total Ratings on Goodreads: 502
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Coiled

Coiled

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Publisher: Uncommon Universes on
Genre: Dragons, Fairytales, Fantasy, Retellings, Romance

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A healing touch. A hideous face. A looming curse.

As the ugly twin to a perfect sister, Princess Laidra lives her life in the shadows—until her parents offer her as bait for a giant serpent.

Her escape attempt leaves her shipwrecked on a secluded island with only one inhabitant: Prince Calen, who lives under a curse. If anyone looks upon him, he turns into a giant serpent. Speaking to him in the darkness, Laidra sees past the monster to Calen’s lonely soul, and she determines to free him from the magic’s hold.

But if Laidra can’t break the curse in time, Calen will become a mindless creature of scales and fangs forever.

My Rating: ★★★★ -> my review
Total Ratings on Goodreads: 111
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The Big Lie

The Big Lie

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Publisher: Candlewick Press on
Genre: Alternate History, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ+

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In a gripping novel set in present-day England under a Nazi regime, a sheltered teen questions what it means to be "good" -- and how far she's willing to go to break the rules.

Nazi England, 2014. Jessika Keller is a good girl -- a champion ice skater, model student of the Bund Deutscher Madel, and dutiful daughter of the Greater German Reich. Her best friend, Clementine, is not so submissive. Passionately different, Clem is outspoken, dangerous, and radical. And the regime has noticed. Jess cannot keep both her perfect life and her dearest friend, her first love. But which can she live without?

Haunting, intricate, and unforgettable, The Big Lie unflinchingly interrogates perceptions of revolution, feminism, sexuality, and protest. Back matter includes historical notes from the author discussing her reasons for writing an "alt-history" story and the power of speculative fiction.

My Rating: ★★★★ -> my review
Total Ratings on Goodreads: 808
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Romanov

Romanov

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Publisher: Thomas Nelson on
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Magic, Retellings

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The history books say I died.

They don’t know the half of it.

Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after them . . . and he’s hunted Romanov before.

Nastya’s only chances of survival are to either release the spell, and deal with the consequences, or enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya’s never dabbled in magic before, but it doesn’t frighten her as much as her growing attraction for Zash. She likes him. She thinks he might even like her . . .

That is, until she’s on one side of a firing squad . . . and he’s on the other.

My Rating: ★★★★★ 
Total Ratings on Goodreads: 227
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A Thousand Perfect Notes

A Thousand Perfect Notes

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Publisher: Orchard Books on
Genre: Contemporary, Music

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An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.

Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music - because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.

When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it?

My Rating: ★★★★★ -> my review
Total Ratings on Goodreads: 1682
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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday asked:

Books You Loved with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads

For me, that sweet spot of a lot of great books with low ratings was 5000 ratings or less.  Personally, I notice most the books I’m adding to my TBR these days are either new releases or a minimum of 20,000 reviews.  There are a lot of truly fantastic mildest books out there, and they should not be ignored.

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What books do you love but nobody else seems read?

Do you plan to read either of the preorders on this list (Enchantée and Romanov)?

Do you look at the number of ratings before adding a book to your TBR?
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18 responses to “Wonderful Books that Need a Spotlight in the Blogosphere

    • Amber

      I can happily recommend anything by Lindsay Eagar, but The Bigfoot Fikes was really interesting and unique! I loved it.

    • Amber

      I absolutely adored Enchanteé. After its release, I was reading some of the “meh” reviews, and I honestly don’t get it. It was honestly stunning. 😍 I hope you enjoy the rest of it!

    • Amber

      I’m so excited to hear that! I really, REALLY enjoyed The Deepest Roots and I should about it a lot. It was a fun book with good characters and I hope you enjoy it!

    • Amber

      Enchantée and Romanov are both 2019 releases – Romanov isn’t actually out until April! 🙂 But they’re both quiet good, I very much recommend both of them.

    • Amber

      I’m so glad you think it sounds good! Yeah, I feel like the cover is popping up but nobody is discussing content? It was fabulous, imho. 😁