Hey guys! I’m here again with the wonderful Krystianna from Downright Dystopian and we’re going to talk about our most underrated and most overhyped books. Because I can talk on and on about probably 10,000 underrated and 1 million overhyped books I kept my list to those from 2018. It’s not like I try to be a Debbie Downer, but I always see “most hyped books 2018” and no one ever talks about the overhyped or underrated books… probably for good reason but here on my page I’m without reason…. ANYWAYSSSSS here’s my list of underrated books from 2018:
Amazing lesbian representation in YA Fantasy, amazing feminism, and truly fantastic storyline. I really thought this was going to be a bad copy of Three Dark Crowns, but I was gladly wrong!
Another YA Fantasy with LGBT representation and flawed imperfect characters? Yes please! I have had this on my TBR for the longest time and I can’t wait to read it soon! Necromancers are what introduced me to fantasy and it’s been too long without a good necromancer tale.
This book discusses miscarriage and features a character who goes from annoyingly weak to amazingly powerful. The character grows so much in the book and it’s really fantastic, even though it relies on tropes. Also, there’s miscarriage in this book which isn’t talked about enough and I cried. Yes, the stone princess cried.
Beautiful story with a character who doesn’t come out knowing how to throw knives with perfect precision. It’s also a fantastic action packed YA Christian fantasy book. These types of books are still relatively new and from what I’ve seen and read so far they’re doing amazing things for their small genre.
A contemporary Daria would read and obsess over. Sarcastic and dark, humerous and sad all at the same time. Although I’m not sure why this gets branded as an LGBT book since only the side character is and she’s not in this book hardly at all. It’s sad when the publishing company finds any reason to claim a book as LGBT or whatever for including minor characters that aren’t present throughout the whole book.
And now here’s my list of underrated books from 2018:
Did we need an in-between book in which Rhys talks about all the sex he has with Feyre? Did we need a book with 99.9999998% fluff and nothing moving the plot forward? No. We didn’t. It’s a money grab from honest fans who love the series.
THIS IS NOT A STEAMPUNK BOOK PEOPLE! The only thing that’s literally steampunked is a fire extinguisher. This book is such a joke on the genre and on YA Fantasy in general.
This book was a literal circle. The same conversations happened over and over and over and over and over again. There’s also no message of hope and no healthy acceptance of the character’s depression. The book shows the ugly side of depression and that’s it. It’s a gross display on what mental illness actually is.
This book is added to the list of books that only got published because the writer was famous. This book was so awful the editor gave up on it. There were so many issues with this book that I wrote 3 pages on how bad this book was… none of which Amazon will let me write on their website. #rude
Guys seriously the first book was awful. It was an awful book that disgraced Mulan’s name. The book wasn’t a real Mulan retelling and the main character in this book was a joke. All I can expect from this novel is more of the same crap. And while I’m all for representation on book covers and the newer covers are super pretty, I honestly hate it when covers are changed mid-series.
And here’s Krystianna’s list of underrated books, no restrictions on year or anything like that because she’s not cynical like me:
This book is so creepy and filled with twists that keep the story thrilling and enticing. I also loved all the characters.
This book is literally about the Disney princesses going through real life (for once) and it’s told through a series of letters, usually to Rapunzel. I loved the characters and the writing style, which has kept this book with me for all these years.
I feel like Ready Player One always gets all the attention, but Cline’s sophomore novel was just as enjoyable. It was filled with video games and aliens and I loved it to bits.
This is another book that’s told through letters, but the premise in this one is what really kept my interest. Again, it’s just the writing style and the characters that really made me love this contemporary. I’ve recommended it to countless friends.
I think it was the setting that really stuck with me for this one. It takes place in Salem, MA, which is right outside of where I go to college, so I’ve been there many times before. It was all about witches and history and mystery and I ate it up.
And her overhyped list:
This book was so character driven. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the characters, but I need an interesting plot too. Plus, I just didn’t like the random romance that was brewing.
I’ve tried to get into this numerous times… I just can’t. I find it boring. However, I have loved the TV show. I may retry it eventually.
I read this book back in high school, way before the show was even a thought. I hated it. I didn’t like the way that Hannah was created as a character who seemed to be bratty and was almost placing blame on people for her suicide.
I remember only thinking this book was “okay” when I read it initially. The only thing that’s changed my mind about it is the movies, which I actually enjoyed… even though the last movie is never going to be made now, apparently. I just found it too similar to The Hunger Games at times.
I really just couldn’t enjoy this book. I tried so hard, but I found it utterly boring and I hated the characters.
You see a book you disagree with or think should be added? Let me know! I, for one, will be at the book store buying some new books my new friend suggested.