This week’s Top Ten Tuesday ( created at the Broke And Bookish Blog) is:
Ten Hidden Gem Books in X Genre: Pick a genre and share with us some books that have gone under the radar in that genre!
1. Sword of Shadows Series by J.V. Jones
A Cavern of Black Ice is the first book in J.V. Jones’s Sword of Shadow series
As a newborn Ash March was abandoned–left for dead at the foot of a frozen mountain. Found and raised by the Penthero Iss, the mighty Surlord of Spire Vanis, she has always known she is different. Terrible dreams plague her and sometimes in the darkness she hears dread voices from another world. Iss watches her as she grows to womanhood, eager to discover what powers his ward might possess. As his interest quickens, he sends his living blade, Marafice Eye, to guard her night and day.
Raif Sevrance, a young man of Clan Blackhail, also knows he is different, with uncanny abilities that distance him from the clan. But when he and his brother survive an ambush that plunges the entire Northern Territories into war, he yet seeks justice for his own . . . even if means he must forsake clan and kin.
Ash and Raif must learn to master their powers and accept their joint fate if they are to defeat an ancient prophecy and prevent the release of the pure evil known as the End Lords.
Rating: 5 Stars
Notes: THIS SERIES. I’m certain that chances are, you’ve probably never even heard of it. I always wished people would know more about it, and now I have the chance to tell you about it ! What I loved most about this book, is the world-building. If you love crazy-scale world building, like A Song of Ice and Fire, you’ll be blown away by this one. Tell you a secret; I first came across the second book of this series, and read it as the first book because I didn’t know. There was a lot I didn’t understand, but eventually I got the hang of it, and I loved it so much ! To give you some perspective, and maybe a warning, the books of this series are huge. Along with the fact I accidentally started from book 2 and loved it, I think that means they’re pretty good xD
2. Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer
First book Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren’t the fairies of bedtime stories—they’re dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.
Rating: 5 Stars
Notes: This series has 8 books for a reason. Anything you’d like to read, it has it all, lovable characters, plot twists,clever world building, magical realism, crazy supervillains, Time Travel, a grand epic finale. Personally, The Lost Colony and The Time Paradox were my favorites. My top favorite thing about it, is the main character. Kudos to the writer, honestly, for the mind-blowing wits of Artemis Fowl.
3. Heroes of The Valley by Jonathan Stroud
Synopsis: Halli Sveinsson has never fit in. Unlike his tall attractive blond siblings, Halli is stumpy, swarthy, with a quick mind inclined to practical jokes. But a trick on Ragnor goes too far, and begins a chain of events that alters his destiny. Leaving home on a hero’s quest, he meets highway robbers, terrifying monsters, and a girl who may finally be his match. He discovers the truth about the legends, his family, the meaning of bravery, and himself.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Notes: (I put the french cover by the way, because it’s the best one) You will want to read this book if you like; Moderately high fantasy, going on quests, truth behind childhood stories, scary monsters, a plot twist followed by a battle at the end.
4. Warriors: The New Prophecy
Synopsis: *spoiler alert for 3rd book of the first series, Warriors: Forest of Secrets*
Darkness, air, water, and sky will come together…
The wild cats of the forest have lived in peace and harmony for many moons but a doom that will change everything is coming. Strange messages from their warrior ancestors speak of terrifying new prophecies, danger, and a mysterious destiny.
All the signs point to young warrior Brambleclaw as the cat with the fate of the forest in his paws. But why would the son of wicked cat Tigerstar be chosen to be a hero? And who are the other cats mentioned in the prophecy? All Brambleclaw knows for sure is that the strength and courage of the greatest warriors will be needed now, as the quest to save the Clans begins.
…and shake the forest to its roots.
Rating: 5 Stars
Notes: Please don’t judge this series by the fact it’s written from the perspective of cats. It’s really not silly, or boring, or corny, if that’s what you’re thinking. I was completely obsessed with it back in the days when I binge read them all day every day. At the beginning it’s hard to remember who’s who, but then you’ll get the hang of it. The battles are gruesome and bloody, life gets hard and starvation settles in winter when prey is scarce. There are some truly evil characters here. The main characters go on epic journeys far far away, and there are some heartbreaking moments that’re sure to keep you reading.
5. Never Forgotten – Kelly Risser
Meara Quinn is about to find out there are worse things than moving to a tiny oceanside town before her senior year. Like discovering there’s a secret being kept from her and knowing it’s a life-changer.
After experiencing vivid visions of her absentee father, Meara decides she deserves answers. With the help of her new friend Evan, a guy she happens to be falling for, she embarks on a journey in the hopes of unlocking family history and finding her true self. But when she meets a handsome stranger at a local club who knows far more about her than he should, her world is again shaken. In him, Meara may have uncovered the key to the very secret that will reveal not only who she is… but what she is.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Notes: If you’ve heard about this book before, chances are, you’ve heard it’s so sad. Be careful, because you’ve heard right. While this book doesn’t focus on fantasy, there is definitely an element of it, at the end. It’s really sad, which is part of why I loved it. I can’t say for sure it made me cry, because I read it a good while ago, but I remember how sad it was. It’s not all one terrible tragedy, there is literally just ONE scene that is THE sad scene xD Give this book a try though, you won’t regret it. The romance in it is cute ♥
That’s it for my Top ‘Ten’ Tuesday xD For this week I’m just doing 5, probably because most of what I read is known/hyped books. Or books that are known enough to not be hidden gems. What can I say, I’m too afraid of buying books I don’t know and ending up DNFing them and the next thing I know, I’m on a book slump D:
Do you know any of these books ? Would you put any of them on your TBR ? Let me know down below ! Don’t be shy to link up your own post or book blog, I’d love to check them all out !