January 25th: Favorite Underrated Books--Give some love to those books that aren't as widely talked about. Those hidden gems. Those books that maybe used to be popular but people have forgotten about and they still deserve some love
I know everyone is just in love with her Shades of Magic series, but this one here, tops it for me. Here is just some the synopsis from it's Goodread page I feel this is just enough to get you excited for it:
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.
I'm telling you now, this book was fantastic. And with only 23,173 ratings and a 4.24 star rating on goodreads I'm just in awe in the lack of love this book is getting. Vengeful is the second book in the series with no release date in sight, but I behoove you to get into this book. If you like X-men or Superheroes or people with a serious God complex, this is for you.
Camilla's Roses by Bernice L McFadden
There was nothing happy about this whole book. It was pretty much a sad and sometimes painful read from page one, but it kept a strong hold on me. Ms. McFadden is a brilliant storyteller.
The poignant tale of a woman who discovers the fragility of life and the strength of a family’s love, from an author praised by Toni Morrison for “searing, expertly imagined scenes”
Known for bringing to life a host of endearing characters who reveal tender truths about humanity, Bernice L. McFadden now turns her storytelling talents to an unforgettable and deeply troubled woman named Camilla.
Unfolding in a progression of stirring and powerful chapters, Camilla’s Roses presents a life haunted by the past. Camilla’s childhood was immersed in chaos and love, and steeped in the myth of perfection. As an adult, she never looked back, refusing to acknowledge the people and places that had scarred her so many years ago. But a legacy of cancer proves inescapable, forcing Camilla to embrace the past—no matter how painful it may be—and to salvage what is left of her love in order to save her daughter. As Camilla discovers the bittersweet limitations of motherhood and reconciliation, she also awakens an inspiring message about the mortality issues we all must face.
The author of four bestselling novels, Bernice L. McFadden receives consistent accolades from reviewers coast to coast, and has captured the hearts of thousands of readers. With Camilla’s Roses, she is poised to win over her widest audience yet.
During my travels in college, on the Eastern Shore of MD, I took a trip to Delaware and landed in Rehoboth Beach where there was a whole boat load of Outlet stores and I, being who I am, found the bookstore. And stumbled upon them gem. With only 611 ratings and a 4.51 star rating on goodreads this romantic novel was just everything to me.
Leah Barnett can't believe how far fate has carried her: from Boston to the towering Colorado Rockies...and into the life of an angry, ruggedly sexy man. Ryder Damien is not about to welcome this beauty with open arms, however, especially since Leah was the one who won the affection of Ryder's late father and now may inherit, his considerable wealth. But when she stands before him in the flesh -- proud, vulnerable, and intoxicatingly lovely -- desire replaces hatred in Ryder's heart. Yet can passion survive this wild land and its dangerous men...and the most breathtaking peril: untamed love?
This was my first Beverly Jenkins novel and my first purely romantic novel and nothing has come close to how I felt about this book. It was the fantasy love story that I wished I was apart of.
The Joy Luck Club
In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. With wit and wisdom, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between these four women and their American-born daughters. As each reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined... New York Times Book Review: "Beautifully written... A jewel of a book." Los Angeles Times: "Powerful... full of magic... You won't be doing anything of importance until you have finished." San Francisco Chronicle: "Wonderful... a significant lesson in what storytelling has to do with memory and inheritance."
This is an older book, first being published in 1989, but I still highly recommend this people when I see them picking it up at bookstores.
Don't you like to be scared? Don't you just love thriller movies? Well why not try you hand at this?
Nailbiter is a crazy horror graphic novel with a unique twist. Some of the worlds biggest serial killers all come from this one town in Oregon. What makes them tick? How does this keep happening? Is the water? Is the air that they breath? Well one NSA agent goes to try and uncover the towns secrets and goes missing, then his partner comes to find him and the answer they were looking for. With just 2,587 ratings and a 4.02 star rating this comic series by Image Comics is just this thing for you to try!
"Where do serial killers come from?" and why has Buckaroo, Oregon given birth to sixteen of the most vile serial killers in the world? NSA Agent Nicholas Finch needs to solve that mystery in order to save his friend, and he'll have to team up with the infamous Edward "Nailbiter" Warren to do it.
Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson deliver a mystery that mixes Twin Peaks with the horror of Se7en!
That's it for my T5W picks, let me know 👇 down below 👇some of your underrated favorites and I'll give em' a look see. Thanks for checking in!