[TOP TEN TUESDAY] Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads

I haven’t been actively writing the TTT articles lately but this week’s TTT was one I just really didn’t want to skip. 

Top Ten Tuesday is all about books – sometimes non bookish things – and a top 10 list. It was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

How it works:

That Artsy Reader Girl assigns each Tuesday a topic and then I have to post my top ten(or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list that fits that topic. This week’s topic is:

I love reading books that aren’t really well known (yet). I often end up loving them even more so than the more Hyped books.

This has happened to me throughout the years with some authors that ended up becoming really hyped like Sarah J. Maas for example, but most of the time these particular books that haven’t gotten that much ratings yet, are books published by self published authors who aren’t well known (yet) for example, or authors who write certain genres and are being overlooked because of Hyped authors.

I love discovering new books and authors and especially self-pub authors. It’s such a joy to read a book and you end up loving it so much. I always find it such a shame when that book and/or author then isn’t really known. This week’s TTT article gives me the opportunity to gush about those specific books.

For today, I decided to focus on Young Adult books only. I have way more than 10 books within this genre alone that I could talk about since there are a couple of hundred I’ve read that fit the bill for this, but I’ll get back to those in a bookish article very soon!

There’ll also follow some underrated books articles regarding my fave romance/paranormal and fantasy books, so stay tuned!

| Shadow Run & Shadow Call by A. Strickland & M. Miller |
Kaitan Chronicles #1 & #2

Nev has just joined the crew of the starship Kaitan Heritage as the cargo loader. His captain, Qole, is the youngest-ever person to command her own ship, but she brooks no argument from her crew of orphans, fugitives, and con men. Nev can’t resist her, even if her ship is an antique.

As for Nev, he’s a prince, in hiding on the ship. He believes Qole holds the key to changing galactic civilization, and when her cooperation proves difficult to obtain, Nev resolves to get her to his home planet by any means necessary.

But before they know it, a rival royal family is after Qole too, and they’re more interested in stealing her abilities than in keeping her alive.

Nev’s mission to manipulate Qole becomes one to save her, and to survive, she’ll have to trust her would-be kidnapper. He may be royalty, but Qole is discovering a deep reservoir of power–and stars have mercy on whoever tries to hurt her ship or her crew.

I really can’t believe that this series hasn’t gotten more reviews yet. I stumbled upon it when I was looking into YA Sci-Fi books and the synopsis looked so good. Book 1 was a-ma-zing and book 2 exceeded my expectations and was maybe even more amazing. This has everything I’m looking for in a YA Sci-Fi with some romance added into it. I love these books so much, that they even battle for a 1st place with the Illuminae Files books, so that’s saying something haha.
MUST READS if you’re into YA Sci-Fi!

|the Evolution of Claire by Tess Sharpe |
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom #1

Discover the beginnings of one of Jurassic World ‘s most beloved characters–Claire Dearing–in this original action-packed young adult novel.

During the events of Jurassic World, Claire Dearing faced the savage fury of dinosaurs unleashed . . . but it wasn’t the first time. In this entirely new coming-of-age story, Claire lands an elite internship working for Simon Masrani and soon discovers his plans to build an all-new theme park–Jurassic World! Along the way, Claire establishes valuable relationships with both her peers and the prehistoric creatures she studies, but when the situation turns dangerous, she begins to see the dinosaurs in a different light. Fans of Jurassic World will delight in filling in the gaps of Claire’s past, all while gaining insights into the experiences that transformed her into the strong woman we know today.

I loved the idea of this YA novel being about Claire before I read the book and I was really interested in reading How she ended up at the Dinosaur Parc. I think the execution of it all is really well done. This is a gem of a book and a Must Read to anyone who loves the Jurassic World movies and wants to dive more into the character that is Claire. I think the author did an amazing job on this character and it was perfectly written into the YA genre in my opinion. 

| the Mermaid Trials by Cameron Drake |
the Mermaid Trials #1

Losing is dangerous. Winning means everything.
Katriana has been waiting for this moment her entire life.

Once a century, the Royals hold the Trials. Every Mer of a certain age must participate. The contests are brutal. Survival is not guaranteed. But for the victors, the prize is unimaginable.

They are allowed to walk on land.
She is forced to work for her evil stepmother, while ignoring the taunts of her spoiled half-sister. She’s desperate to escape. So desperate, she begins the Trials without armor, or even a helmet.

Not one to give up, Katriana gives the Trials all she is worth, even catching the eye of a mysterious benefactor who is more than he seems.

How much will she sacrifice to become one of the elite? And if she does win, will she be able to halt mankind’s destruction of the sea?

This is a great first book in a new series. Cinderella meets the little mermaid and the hunger games. Add in a lot of awesome imagination from the author that filled in the blanks perfectly and you have yourself a really enthralling and exciting book to read. It’s a perfect pic for fans of mermaid retellings, who love immersing themselves in a world below the surface, filled with some awesome and scary creatures. Perfect for fans who like adventure and action and a tiny bit of romance and who like coming across like-able characters,
main character and minor characters alike.

| Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyck |
Blood and Sand #1

Forged in battle…
From the dust of the arena…
A legend will rise

The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic—and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus…

Roma Victrix. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to create an empire―an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.

Attia was once destined to rule as the queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome, as a sign of his master’s favor. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation.

Against all odds, Attia and Xanthus form a tentative bond. A bond that will spark a rebellion. A rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its end―and gives rise to the legend of Spartacus…

If you like Roman elements, fierce gladiators, action scenes, beautiful romance, ‘can’t turn the page fast enough’- plot twists and amazing writing, this is THE book you were looking for.

It reminded me a lot of the Gladiator movie (the with Russell Crowe), the movie Pompei (with Kit Harrington) and TROY (with Brad Pitt).. All of it is wrapped up in a nice Young adult bookish package (even though the characters felt more mature to me than YA) that had me on the edge of my seat right from the start and I can’t recommend this book enough!!!!

It’s a super fast-paced book, an emotional rollercoaster and I’m just so completely in love with it that I could continue my fangirl rant for hours on end, lol. This is one of those books, I’d recommend to anyone, no matter if you prefer YA or adult fantasy. And especially if you’re into re-tellings! What a thrilling, heartbreaking and adventurous ride this was. It definitely WOWed me.


| Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush |
Devils & Thieves #1

Power corrupts. Magic kills.

Eighteen-year-old Jemmie Carmichael is surrounded by magic in the quiet town of Hawthorne, New York. In her world, magic users are called “kindled,” and Jemmie would count herself among them if only she could cast a simple spell without completely falling apart. It doesn’t help that she was also recently snubbed by Crowe—the dangerous and enigmatic leader of Hawthorne’s kindled motorcycle gang, the Devils’ League.

When the entire kindled community rolls into Hawthorne for an annual festival, a rumor spreads that someone is practicing forbidden magic. Then people start to go missing. With threats closing in from every side, no one can be trusted. Jemmie and Crowe will have to put aside their tumultuous history to find their loved ones, and the only thing that might save them is the very flaw that keeps Jemmie from fully harnessing her magic. For all her years of feeling useless, Jemmie may just be the most powerful kindled of all.

I really, really enjoyed this book despite some things being predictable and the fact I would’ve liked some more depth here or there in the story. There were some really awesome biker elements present, awesome magic/fantasy elements – the magic in this book was so enthralling and interesting – and the writing style was so addictive and fluid. I devoured this book. Once started, I just couldn’t stop anymore. Definitely a book that deserves being mentioned here. 

| the Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts |

True love can’t be strategized.

After book blogger Vivian Galdi’s longtime crush pretends their secret summer kissing sessions never happened, Vivian creates a list of safe crushes, determined to protect her heart.

But nerd-hot Dallas, the sweet new guy in town, sends the mission and Vivian’s zing meter into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where Vivian works, Dallas wages a counter-mission.

Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf.

Okay, so this was a really really cute and funny contemporary story about teenage-love-drama. And normally I’m not all that into the drama, but the way it was written with the addictive writing style, the humor, and the amazing characters.. It just makes this story work. I was hooked right from the start and just didn’t want to stop anymore once started. A little warning though, there’s a bit of a sensitive scene here. Assault/ intent to rape.

| Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan |
Reign of Shadows #1

Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

This duology has been so much fun to read! I devoured both books and definitely recommend them if you’re into ya fantasy with a more darker story. This is inspired by the story of Rapunzel and I think the author did an amazing job on the re-telling parts as well as adding her own twist on it all. 

| Defy the Worlds by Claudia Gray |
Contellation #2

An outcast from her home — Shunned after a trip through the galaxy with Abel, the most advanced cybernetic man ever created, Noemi Vidal dreams of traveling through the stars one more time. And when a deadly plague arrives on Genesis, Noemi gets her chance. As the only soldier to have ever left the planet, it will be up to her to save its people…if only she wasn’t flying straight into a trap. A fugitive from his fate — On the run to avoid his depraved creator’s clutches, Abel believes he’s said good-bye to Noemi for the last time. After all, the entire universe stands between them…or so he thinks. When word reaches him of Noemi’s capture by the very person he’s trying to escape, Abel knows he must go to her, no matter the cost. But capturing Noemi was only part of Burton Mansfield’s master plan. In a race against time, Abel and Noemi will come together once more to discover a secret that could save the known worlds, or destroy them all. In this thrilling and romantic sequel to Defy the Stars, bestselling author Claudia Gray asks us all to consider where–and with whom–we truly belong.

I fell in love SO HARD with the Constellation books. The first book is definitely one of my all-time fave YA Sci-Fi books for example. Book 2, Defy the Worlds was not As good but still very lovable and it left me craving more – I rated it 4 stars. I really cannot wait to get my hands on book 3, which will release soon. This is a series I highly recommend reading if you’re into YA Sci-Fi! 

| Allied by Amy Tintera |
Ruined #3

In the final book in the New York Times bestselling Ruinedseries, the romance of The Selection and the epic stakes of Red Queen come together in a story of revenge, adventure, and unexpected love. Emelina Flores and her sister, Olivia, were determined to bring peace to the people of Ruina. But as the war for liberation raged on, what triumph and freedom meant to Em and Olivia slowly changed. As Olivia’s violence and thirst for vengeance became her only ambition, Em was left to pick up the pieces. But it’s not only Em who is upset by Olivia’s increased violence. Other members of the Ruined army are beginning to see the cracks, and soon a small group of them defects from Olivia’s army and joins Em instead. The two sisters are soon pitted against each other in an epic battle for the kingdom and the future, and only one will win.

Allied has proved to be a really enticing and enthralling conclusion book in this trilogy. I thoroughly enjoyed reading these books, and this third book in the trilogy in particular. Everything gets wrapped up and I finally found out who got to receive their happy ending and who wouldn’t. If you’ve read the two prior books and liked them, I’m sure you’re going to like this conclusion book as well! In my opinion, this trilogy is deserving of some more loving!

| Prism by Nina Walker |
the Color Alchemist #1

What if color held the secrets to powerful magic?

Forced to move into the palace, Jessa begins training as a Color Alchemist under the direction of the kingdom’s most eligible bachelor, Prince Lucas. As an alchemist, Jessa must capture and harness the color of living things. Every color has a unique purpose, except red. Red is the untapped magic no one can access—until Jessa.

Prince Lucas is running out of time. His mother is deathly ill and healing magic hasn’t worked. When Lucas suspects someone is using alchemy to control her, he sets out to discover the truth, no matter the cost.

I’ve had the pleasure of reading an ARC of this book before it’s release. I ended up really loving this book and was immediately upon finishing it, looking forward to get my hands on the next one. In the meantime, there are 4 books published and I still haven’t gotten around to continue the series. YIKES!
But that doesn’t mean I don’t still love book 1 because I really do.
I felt it deserved to be mentioned here. This is an amazing first book in an epic, unique and original new series. this authors storytelling is so insanely good and
I really recommend giving this one a go!

I can’t recommend these books enough and I really hope I persuaded you into adding at least 1 of them to your To Read list, if you haven’t read them already hihi.

Have you read any of the books I listed?
What books did you LOVE that had lesser than 2000 ratings on GR?
Love to hear from you!


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