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Underrated YA Fantasy Books

Today I decided to do a post talking about some YA fantasy books I think are underrated. Even though some of these books have a good amount of ratings I still think they are a bit unknown in the book community which is why I’ve included them here. So let’s get unto the books!

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Daughters of Nri (The Return of the Earth Mother #1) by Reni K. Amayo
• Twin sisters separated at birth
• Captured my attention from the beginning
• Goddesses and powers

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Heart of Mist (The Ormere Chronicles #1) by Helen Scheuerer
• Forbidden magic
• Epic plotline
• Intriguing characters and backstories

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State of Sorrow (Sorrow #1) by Melinda Salisbury
• Focus on politics
• Court scheming
• Great descriptions of the different lands

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A Treason of Thorns by Laura Weymouth
• Whimsical story
• Magical houses
• Unique premise

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The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth
• Narnia like world and story
• Has both fantasy and historical (WW2) setting
• Focuses on a character with depression

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The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano
• Character has power to turn people into gemstone
• Warring Kingdoms
• Interesting family dynamics

What are some YA fantasies you think are underrated?
Have you read any of these?

wrap up

September Wrap Up 2020

What I Read In September:

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Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson #11) by Patricia Briggs – 4 STARS

I enjoyed reading Storm Cursed and I love revisiting Mercy’s story with each new book, the Mercy Thompson series is one of my favourite urban fantasies.

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson – 3 STARS

I thought the premise of this book sounded so interesting but it wasn’t what I expected it to be. I didn’t expect the book to be so focused on Cara’s past and the relationships she had already formed. For such an interesting idea of there being multiple parallel timelines I felt that the world and characters were very limited. I did think the writing was very good and I was intrigued enough by the story to keep reading.

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Rhapsodic (The Bargainer #1) by Laura Thalassa – 4 STARS
A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer #2) by Laura Thalassa – 4 STARS
The Emperor of Evening Stars (The Bargainer #2.5) by Laura Thalassa – 4 STARS
Dark Harmony (The Bargainer #3) by Laura Thalassa – 4 STARS

I decided to pick up this series after seeing a few people talk about it and say it was similar in vibes to the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy and I have to say I definitely agree. If you like the ACOTAR trilogy (especially ACOMAF) then I would really recommend reading this series. The writing and the love story between the two main characters is so addictive to read and I love their banter with each other.

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Lost Talismans and a Tequila (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #7) by Annette Marie – 4 STARS

I enjoyed Lost Talismans and a Tequila and I really like the dynamics between the group of characters in this series, I’m sad that there is only one book left to read in this series but I’m very excited to read it.

Warping Minds & Other Misdemeanors (The Guild Codex: Warped #1) by Annette Marie – 3 STARS

This book is another spin off series to The Guild Codex series. It follows a new main character and I enjoyed reading about his adventures and reading more about the different magical guilds in this book but I do like the other Guild Codex series slightly more than this one.

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Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis – 5 STARS

Cantoras is a historical fiction book that centres on five female characters throughout the 70s and 80s under an oppressive government. These five women end up going away to an island where they can be themselves without judgement and explore their sexuality with each other. They all form such close bonds with each other and I loved reading about each of these characters. I loved the writing and I loved finding out more about the characters as the years grew on, it’s such a heart breaking beautiful book.

Daughters of Nri (The Return of the Earth Mother #1) by Reni K. Amayo – 4 STARS

Daughters of Nri is a YA fantasy book that captured my interest from the very first page. It’s about twin sisters who were separated at birth to keep them safe from the ruler of the Kingdom of Nri. I found the villain to be a bit cliché in Daughters of Nri but I really liked the writing and I was very engrossed in the two main characters lives that I just wanted to keep reading, the book felt like such a quick read too.

Blog Posts I Did In September:

Favourite Book Quotes

My Autumn 2020 TBR

Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle #3) by Jay Kristoff Book Review

The Ultimate Recommendations Book Tag

Book Series I Won’t Be Continuing #2

Book Covers That Have Animals On Them

August Wrap Up 2020

I read TEN books in September, I think it’s definitely my most read month in a long time. I usually average around six books a month so I’m glad I read a bit more in September and here’s hoping I continue at the same pace in October. In September I watched the first season of Teen Wolf which I really liked and I can’t wait to continue with and then I watched Julie and the Phantoms on Netflix which I loved. It’s such a great show and the music is so amazing and uplifting, I was so surprised by how much I loved this show.

What did you read or watch in September?