Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday! ( WEEK 1)

I saw this meme on The Story Siren this morning and thought it looked like a hoot so here I am following the book craze. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, each new week they will post a new top ten list, seems easy, right? It totally is. This weeks top ten is...

Top Ten Underrated Book

1. Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken: This is beautifully told fantasy novel, lyrical writing, a hot wizard to boot and a lot great and suspenseful action.

2. Vixen by Jillian Larkin: Jazz era, speakeasy, liquor and flappers. I thought Ms. Larkin did an excellent job of weaving a lovely and thrilling story in Vixen.  I think this book was overlooked because Anna Godbersen also wrote a YA book that is set during the 20s as well, personally I enjoyed both but I think Vixen was was better written and boy oh, just wait til the ending. GASP.

3. The Gardella Chronicles by Colleen Gleason: I just don't know very many people who have read this series and it is a crying shame. If you love vampires, great writing and a kick ass heroine in fancy dresses with deadly accessories in her hair, you'll adore Victoria Gardella. And with leading men whose names are Maximilian and Sebastien, you cannot go wrong. I promise you this series isn't your average Vampire Hunter series, you will not be disappointed.

4. The Troy Trilogy by David Gemmell: I've mentioned this series before here on this blog but honestly I can't give it enough praise. This story is one of epic proportions; if you love beautifully crafted characters who are so real and flawed, raw and heartbreaking romance, and mythology... you will be sucked into this story and you'll so upset to see it in end in book three. I cried, laughed, cried some more and fell hopelessly in love with these characters and I know you will too. (the writing is beautiful and once the story end you will find yourself thinking about and wondering...)

5. Sugar Queen by Sarah Allen Addison: I know she is pretty popular in normal fiction but I wish more YA fans would read this book. It's warm , enchanting and oh so charming. The story is fresh and full of the most subtle and at times not so subtle magic (books just magically appear, I'd take that any day) It's a romance with a dash of the whimsical and you will not want this book to end.

6. Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray: I feel like this series has never gotten the same attention as her contemporary books. I am such a sucker for historical fiction books set in Victorian/Regency England. It's my cocaine. lol. This is a series of magic, deceit, Gypsies and love. If you enjoy this time period, check out the first book A Great and Terrible Beauty. :)

I know this is supposed to be a top 10 list but I think this sums up the ones I can think of at this time. I know there are plenty more... This will do for now :) And if you can't tell, I am really into trilogies and sagas :)

What books you heart that are underrated?


Sash and Em said...

I loved Brightly Woven! And I got the chance to tell Alex Bracken how much I adored it at ALA this summer!

Check out my Top 10!

Anne Bennett said...

I agree about the Gemma Doyle Trilogy. Good call.

My Head is Full of Books

chelleyreads said...

brightly woven and vixen are both on my tbr pile but i kept passing them up. i'm missing out and i need to get on it then.

i agree with you on the gemma doyle series. LOVE it too!

my top ten: http://booksandmakeup.blogspot.com/2011/08/top-ten-tuesday-underrated-books.html

Lacey said...

@Anne and Chelley, I know Gemma Doyle deserves more love, thanks for stopping by

Anonymous said...

I remember reading A Great and Terrible Beauty soon after it was published. I didn't really like it, as I recall. Maybe I was too young (16 or so) to really enjoy it. I remember it being sad and sort of scary and little depressing. I never finished the series.

But I do love historical fiction. It's one of my favorite genres, actually. That one just didn't sit well for some reason.

Lacey said...

I can see how it came off as depressing and scary. I love gothic tales that nearly haunt you.
Thanks for stopping by :)

Alison Can Read said...

Very much agree with Brightly Woven and the Gemme Doyle trilogy. Great choices.

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