Under-Hyped Books #1

Hey guys! Today I would like to talk about some under hyped books. Or under hyped in my opinion. Which means none of my friends have read them or heard about them.

The first book(s) i will talk about is Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder:

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Don’t mind the cover change for the last book. It annoys the hell out of me but i have to deal with it.

Anyway, these books are actually one of my favorite series. They have everything from action and romance to the supernatural and downright creepy. But one of the other reasons why I like these books is because they are so original. Granted the first book was published in 2007 before Twilight came out but still. It is pretty original. The series got an average of 4.08 on Goodreads. And the summary doesnt do it justice but I will give it here anyway.

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear…

Anyway. To recap this book is about a girl called Yelena who murdered a man called Reyad (yeah they have strange names in this book), who raped and tortured her for several years. But don’t let that discourage you from reading the book because you don’t read any of those parts. Anyway, it takes place in a strange land that is in the time equivalent of the early 1900-1990 because they don’t have cars but they don’t wear big dresses and such. Its difficult to explain but its pretty clear once y0u start reading. Anyway, so this girl is about to be executed because the punishment for murderer is death and then the food taster dies and she must be offered the position of the food taster. And then this hot assassin comes into the picture and its all so perfect!!!!! So I recommend you read this book

The next book is Beauty Queens by Libba Bray:

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As girly this book may look and sound, its actually really awesome. It takes a while to get into it, but once you do, its great. It’s like Lord of the Flies but girl version. Um.. make that girl pageant version. It got 3.57 on Goodreads which is quite low in my opinion because i really liked it. It has bursts of humor and raw emotion and it makes you very confused and angry a lot of the times. The summary sums about one fourth of the book up, so I’ll make sure to add in the smaller details that are necessary:

The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.

What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program – or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan – or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

Being crashed on a desert island (p.s its not really deserted) the girls all have their reasons for being there, and all are touching and inspiring each in their own way. The book is told through different point of views from all the different girls and a couple of other people (hint some of who are planning to “dispose” of the girls for “unknown” reasons). If you like funny/sad/inspiring books, this is the one for you.

Yes I know this is technically a childrens book but that doesnt stop it from being good. Up next the Mysterious Benedict Society trilogy by Trenton Lee Stewart:

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These books are about smart, quick thinking, problem solving kids who are sent on a mysterious mission. The books got an average of 4.15 on Goodreads. And as in all of the other examples I have given, the summaries don’t quite give a detailed description of what the book is about:

“Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?” ad attracts dozens for mind-bending tests readers may try. Only two boys and two girls succeed for a secret mission, undercover and underground into hidden tunnels. At the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, the only rule is – there are no rules.
The first book follows a boy called Reynie who is an orphan with an extraordinary mind as he tackles a set of tests that send him into a mysterious society that is planning on saving the world. Only three other people make it. A boy called Sticky, a girl called Kate (the Great Weather Machine), and a girl named Constance. Each have their own unique and extraordinary talents. And together they will try and stop an evil man from brainwashing the entire world.
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