Top 5 Underhyped Books on My Summer and Fall TBR


Since the first half of the year has gone by (I know, it’s crazy!), I wanted to share with y’all some of the books that I need to get my itty bitty hands on for the second half of 2015.

BUT I decided to feature some books that are a bit more low-key and that I feel deserve more hype based on their badass-sounding synopses, so today you won’t be seeing some hyped titles like Six of Crows or the first Magnus Chase book that I would sell my firstborn for.

Without further ado, in order of release dates…

23848212Dream Things True
by Marie Marquardt

A modern-day Romeo and Juliet story in which a wealthy Southern boy falls in love with an undocumented Mexican girl and together they face perils in their hostile Georgia town.

Evan, a soccer star and the nephew of a conservative Southern Senator, has never wanted for much — except a functional family. Alma has lived in Georgia since she was two-years-old, excels in school, and has a large, warm Mexican family. Never mind their differences, the two fall in love, and they fall hard. But when ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) begins raids on their town, Alma knows that she needs to tell Evan her secret. There’s too much at stake. But how to tell her country-club boyfriend that she’s an undocumented immigrant? That her whole family and most of her friends live in the country without permission. What follows is a beautiful, nuanced, well-paced exploration of the complications of immigration, young love, defying one’s family, and facing a tangled bureaucracy that threatens to completely upend two young lives.

After completely falling in love with multiple books featuring couples made up of an American and a POC main character, I knew when I first read the synopsis for Dream Things True that it was a book written for me. Plus, how often do we come across books featuring immigration problems? IN YA?

24396880Drift and Dagger
by Kendall Kulper

As a boy in the late nineteenth century, Mal’s only friend was Essie, daughter of the Roe witch, and it was she who discovered that he is a “blank,” not affected by magic, setting him on a career as a con artist, traveling the globe in search of a legendary magical dagger that can steal a witch’s power.

I really enjoyed Kendall Kulper’s debut Salt & Storm, so obviously this book made its way onto my wishlist. This new one of hers is a historical fantasy–my awesome senses are tingling. Nineteenth centruy witches for the win, y’all! Also bonus points because Kendall’s such a sweetheart!

by Jennifer Jenkins

Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.

Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.

What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.

Okay, I’ll admit it was hard for me to get past that humongous synopsis, but doesn’t it sound super intriguing?? I love books that feature clans of any sort, and this book is about an MC who wants revenge. NEEEEED. Also I sense a super awesome romance here. *wink*

25175898Wendy Darling: Stars
by Colleen Oakes

Wendy Darling has a perfectly agreeable life with her parents and brothers in wealthy London, as well as a budding romance with Booth, the neighborhood bookseller’s son. But while their parents are at a ball, the charmingly beautiful Peter Pan comes to the Darling children’s nursery and—dazzled by this flying boy with god-like powers—they follow him out of the window and straight on to morning, to Neverland, a intoxicating island of feral freedom.

As time passes in Neverland, Wendy realizes that this Lost Boy’s paradise of turquoise seas, mermaids, and pirates holds terrible secrets rooted in blood and greed. As Peter’s grasp on her heart tightens, she struggles to remember where she came from—and begins to suspect that this island of dreams, and the boy who desires her—have the potential to transform into an everlasting nightmare.

As you know, I am OBSESSED with retellings. I may have DNFed the actual Peter Pan novel, but I loved the Disney version, so hooray for this one! I am so stoked for this nightmarish version of Neverland! Give me all the darkness. Give me all the crazies.

24611951Blue Voyage
by Diana Renn

Zan is a politician’s daughter and an adrenaline junkie. Whether she’s rock climbing or shoplifting, she loves to live on the edge. But she gets more of a rush than she bargained for on a forced mother–daughter bonding trip to Turkey, where she finds herself in the crosshairs of an antiquities smuggling ring. These criminals believe that Zan can lead them to an ancient treasure that’s both priceless and cursed. Until she does so, she and her family are in grave danger. Zan’s quest to save the treasure—and the lives of people she cares about—leads her from the sparkling Mediterranean, to the bustle of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, to the eerie and crumbling caves of Cappadocia. But it seems that nowhere is safe, and there’s only so high she can climb before everything comes tumbling down.

I don’t normally read books without romance (but hey, I’m hoping this one at least has a mini ship!), but this book just sounds so interesting. It’s set in TURKEY. It features treasures, bazaars, smuggling–ahh, this is so my kind of book!

So let me know your thoughts! Are any of books already on your TBR? Did I help you discover some underhyped upcoming releases? Don’t they sound awesome??

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Aimee is a sixteen year old bookworm from the Phillipines! She reads any book that catches her attention, but she mostly reads YA. She's into graphic design, writing and sleeping. You can find her at Deadly Darlings, The Book Geek, Goodreads and on Twitter.

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  1. says

    Can I just tell you I love this feature!! We all pretty much know the hyped books but its they under hyped books we should hear about!! Perfect way to do so! I am thrilled for Dream Things True and Drift and Dagger. I went through great lengths to get both so I can’t wait to read them. I will absolutely check out these others especially the Wendy Darling book! Great post Aimee!
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    • Aimee says

      Thanks, Britt! <33 So awesome that you got both! I couldn't resist and requested Dream Things True from the publisher as well. ;) Drift and Dagger, though, I'm still pining for! The Wendy Darling book looks so epic!

  2. says

    Wendy Darling looks great! I am a huge Wizard of Oz retellings fan, so maybe I should branch out into Peter Pan. Did you see the movie Finding Neverland with Johnny Depp? My most anticipated underhyped book is Of Delicate Pieces, the sequel to Of Breakable Things. It comes out in October. :)
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    • Aimee says

      I’m a fan of ALL retellings (oddly enough, even for books I’ve not read myself), so it’s no wonder I added Wendy Darling to my wishlist. ;) I haven’t seen it! I’ll ask my dad if he has a DVD since he’s a Johnny Depp fan. ;) Oh, I know how much you loved Of Breakable Things! Our local bookstore doesn’t carry it so I haven’t been able to get a copy. :(

  3. says

    Omg loved this post Aimee! I feel like there’s so many books out there that sometimes the ones with the bigger hype (Six of Crows, Winter, etc.) tend to overshadow the release of lesser known titles. And that can be a bad thing, as some of the lesser known titles can be a total gem. Like remember when Stolen Songbird was first put on Netgalley? Nobody had really heard of it before but wow- what an amazing read it turned out to be.

    Dream Things True oh my god. I can already tell I’ll be raging hardcore in this read from the sounds of the conservative senator and hostile southern town. I think it’ll be in a good way, books that can really make me angry (think All of The Rage by Courtney Summers) about the injustices portrayed are considered a win for me. Also the diversity in this one sounds awesome, and I feel like immigration definitely is an important issue that we don’t often see covered in YA. Unfortunately in the States the issue is honestly so terrifying and think it needs more attention.

    Salt & Storm wasn’t my fave :o Don’t kill me girl! Hahah I think I ended up giving it 2.5 stars?? However, there’s definitely no way I can resist the premise of an historical fiction witch story set in the early nineteenth century. I have faith girl!

    Omg! Thank you so much for putting Wendy Darling on my radar c: I LOVE fairytale retellings like you so I’m sure this one is a win for me. Furthermore, Peter Pan retellings have a special place in my heart haha. Maybe because I adored Tiger Lily so much? I don’t know. Either way Wendy Darling sounds super amazing and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

    Blue Voyage omg. The main character sounds awesome, haha though there may be a bit of a bias on my part as I’m kinda an adrenaline junkie myself. Though not to the level of shop lifting, I swear! Haha. The political aspect sounds awesome too, I love it when books involve political intrigue- it just brings the story to the next level in my view. BUT OH MY GOD TURKEY!? Ahhh. I love discovering new settings through YA, and furthermore just the descriptions in the synopsis have my travel bug itching. This one is now so high on my TBR (:

    Loved this post so much Aimee <33
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    • Aimee says

      I TOTALLY REMEMBER. Tbh I didn’t want to request it at first because I’ve never heard of it, but I’m so glad I read the synopsis and screamed, Miiiiine.

      I think so too! And I am so ready for the raging-in-a-good-way. Immigration’s a big problem in a lot of countries, I believe.

      *Kills you* I KID. At least you’re excited for Drift & Dagger! <3

      What is up with our opposite reading tastes? Tiger Lily wasn't my fave, lol. I think I gave it two stars. D: Still, I love Peter Pan retellings because they're so whimsical and magical--NEED this Wendy Darling book.

      I think (???) I'm more of a "nice" girl, so I would love to live vicariously through the heroine in Blue Voyage. XD SAMEEE. I don't travel a lot, so reading about new places definitely intrigues me!

  4. says

    oh man all five of these books sound SO good. this just reaffirmed my belief that 2015 is one heck of a good year for young adult. i mean, even from this list, LOOK AT ALL THE INNOVATIVE IDEAS. so yeah i may or may not have just added all these books to my tbr… thanks for sharing aimee!
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    • Aimee says

      Hahaha! xD So far it seems like Peter Pan retellings have been misses for me (I unfortunately didn’t like Tiger Lily, and my current read is another PP retelling), but I’m really hoping to love Wendy Darling!

  5. says

    Yay for underhyped books and true to name, I’ve never even heard of ANY of these previously. But I can safely I have a few new additions to my TBR. ;) Great post, Aimee! Even underhyped books deserve love. <3

    • Aimee says

      I’m feeling guilty for not having watched Mad Max yet! D: But yes, super badass! Month9Books is super friendly… when it comes to eARCs. ;P

  6. says

    Dream Things True has an absolutely gorgeous cover! I saw this one on Netgalley but decided not to request since I’ve already got a LOAD of books to review as it is. But the Peter Pan re-telling though. Now THAT is something that I am suddenly looking very much forward to. I’ve always loved peter pan, and haven;t yet read a proper re-telling of his story, so to see Neverland expressed in such a creepy way is going to be so much of fun! Lovely list, Aimes!
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    • Aimee says

      It is SO gorgeous! I got declined on NG, but I emailed the pub and I think they’re sending a copy over–hoorah! :D Peter Pan (and Peter Pan retellings) was a miss for me, so I’m HOPING Wendy Darling will restore my faith in it. xD

  7. says

    I love discovering new reads that may have slipped under my radar (to be honest even big releases slip under my radar, aha) so this is great! I’m all about retellings as well, so I’m super interested in Wendy Darling, especially seeing a darker side of the tale. Based from the blurb it seems like the writing would be awesome too. And “Plus, how often do we come across books featuring immigration problems? IN YA?” THIS. I’m totally in.
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    • Aimee says

      I’m interested in the dark sides of all stories, so Wendy Darling definitely earned a spot on my wishlist. :) And Dream Things True looks SO awesome!

  8. says

    Naturally, i haven’t heard these books because they’re underhyped. for some reason, i really connected to the summary of the first one. the idea of two people from different classes falling in love has always interested me, even though i didn’t like R&J.

    amazing choices – i will definitely have to put them on my radar
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  9. says

    These are fabulous! Dream Things True looks fabulous, as does Drift and Dagger- though I only possess Dream Things True ;) Blue Voyage also sounds fabulous. Nameless hadn’t been on my TBR but… now I feel like it needs to be, because that DOES sound pretty good. Ah, do not make my TBR grow in size! I hope you love these, and then of course, I will look for your thoughts to decide if they shall STAY on said TBR ;)
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    • Aimee says

      Woot! I couldn’t resist requesting it from the pub after seeing it on people’s BEA hauls. :P Nameless sounds extremely badass. Ha–I hope I end up loving them, then. ;D