Monday, January 16, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gem Books of the Last 2 Years

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

Top Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I've Read in the Last Two Years

Note: all links lead to my review, except for The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love, which leads to GoodReads. I'm a space case and just realized when I made this list that I never reviewed TGGTUL. I'll have to rectify that soon!

1. Every Breath by Ellie Marney
"What if Sherlock was the boy next door?" A lot of adventures and sexytimes would happen, that's what. This will always be my number one choice for underrated book. It's such a shame that books by Australian authors that are released first in Australia seem to be less popular in North America. This is hands-down one of my favourite series, and so few of my reader friends have read it. If you enjoy contemporary YA with lots of mystery and intrigue, plus a swoony romance, and/or if you're like me and will read anything Sherlock-related, this is a must read. 

2. Upside Down by Lia Riley
A smart, strong neuro-diverse main character and a hot, broody hero. Australian setting. Lots of giggles and feels and crazy-hot sexytimes. All the books in this series are great.

3. What If by AJ Pine
This is actually the second book in the If Only series, but I loved it even more than the first, hence choosing it for the list. This is a beautiful story about self-discovery and love, with complex, memorable characters. Plus, it has one of my favourite side characters ever! 

4. Swimming to Tokyo by Brenda St John Brown
All the feels and all the swoons, plus a fun, interesting setting you don't often see. This is one of those books that sneaks up on you and grabs your heart.

5. Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine
6 words: Steampunk Phantom of the Opera retelling. Yes, it's as good as it sounds. 

6. The Architect of Song by AG Howard
Most people are probably familiar with Howard's Splintered series, as well as her newest release, RoseBlood, but The Architect of Song is her first foray into New Adult. This gothic historic fiction/paranormal book was beautiful, haunting, romantic, and had a good dose of mindfuckery that kept me guessing. Also, the main character is deaf, which was one of the first things that drew my attention when I read the synopsis, because my brother is Deaf. 

7. The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash
This book made my nerdy little heart so, so happy. If you're a nerd and/or fangirl/boy/person, this book is a must read. Funny, adorable, and realistic. 

8. Without Borders by Amanda Heger
Set in Nicaragua, this book has lots of adventures, plus romance and feels. It's completely different from other New Adult I've read, which I love.  

9. The Turning Point by Marie Meyer
Are you sensing a theme here? I really like books set outside North America. This one is set in Italy (*swoon*). This is an emotional, thought-provoking read about self-discovery and  the power of love. 

10. Losing at Love by Jennifer Iacopelli
This is the second book in the Outer Banks Tennis Academy series, but like with AJ Pine's If Only series, the second was my favourite. When I initially picked up the first book, Game. Set. Match. I wasn't sure I'd like it because I have zero interest in or knowledge of tennis, but I LOVED it. The first book came out in 2013 and the second in 2015, and the wait was torture. I'm pretty sure I read there was going to be a third book, and I sure hope there is!

Have you read any of my favourite underrated books? What are some books you consider hidden gems? Tell me in the comments, or if you did a TTT this week, leave me the link so I can check out your list!


  1. The Turning Point isn't something I've seen around, but that cover!? So. Cute. Also, the fact that it's set outside the US (love it when books do that) is awesome. :)

  2. The Turning Point looks super adorable! :-)

  3. I love your cover photo so bookish! :P

    I get to know new books this week! Great list, I haven't heard of any of these, I like the cover of The Architect of Song. I will check it our on Goodreads.
    My TTT.

  4. I have had Every Breath on my TBR for forever. Your list makes me want to push it to the top! Thanks

  5. Oh I really like the sound of Every Breath. I didn't even know about it. Such a shame!

    My Top Ten

  6. I'm actually reading Every Breath at the minute!
    My TTT:

  7. I haven't heard of any of these books before, but they sound interesting!

    Here’s my TTT!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog


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