Welcome back for another week of Top Ten Tuesday hosted by our lovely Broke and the Bookish! TTT is a bookish meme in which each week bloggers are given a topic and encouraged to list their own top ten of that topic.
This week’s TTT is Ten Hidden Gem Books in X Genre. I’m not going to call out a certain genre this week, simply because all this summer I’ve been working with my teenage niece and her two friends to get them to read more; introducing them to different genres and the like.
I also used to be much better and digging for lesser known books to find the hidden gems. I really need to get off the most looked forward too list for a while, especially since most have disappointed me lately.
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Eyes Like Stars (Théâtre Illuminata #1) by Lisa Mantchev
Bertie Shakespeare Smith is an orphan who lives in a theatre among the characters from plays. Her friends include the four fairies from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Nate, a pirate with one line from A Little Mermaid. There’s also Ariel, the wind spirit from The Tempest who is a bit overly… spirited. It’s a great book if you like Shakespeare or theatre, or even if you don’t.
This is an interesting nugget I discovered whilst surfing through Amazon one day. Not completely willing time-traveler Wolfe crashes (literally) into Kestrel. From there it’s evil scientists, illegal activities, and a lot of running.
April was hired as a secretary to buy pastries newspapers for an employee that never seemed to show. Smith wakes up not even knowing his own name, having to read it from a card to start remembering. Things in the city go wonky just as he wakes, and he… kinda knows what to do? A very Whovian-ish mystery.
Virtual World by Chris Westwood
This is a good book for gamers. Have you ever played a game so long that you start seeing hints of the game in the real world? Well, poor Jack got more than what he thought when he started playing a bootleg copy of the hottest new game yet to hit the market. In high school this book inspired me to write a paper about using various media as an escape from reality. I don’t know if my teacher was relieved at not having another drug/gun control/cancer/animal abuse paper or horrified.
Kieli: The Dead Sleep in the Wilderness (Kieli Novels #1) by Yukako Kabei
This is one of those never-NOT-mention books, so I probably need to do a rewind and review this series already. It’s nicely translated from Japanese about a girl who sees the supernatural on a future based apocalyptic planet. Don’t forget Harvey, the undead (and completely swoon worthy) mecha soldier on the government’s hit list, and Corporal, the spirit of a soldier possessing an old radio (who actually has really sound advice).
Confessions of a D-List Supervillain (D-List Supervillain #1) by Jim Bernheimer
This one is for comedy/sci-fi lovers. Mechani-Cal is a super villain. Just not a very good super villain. He probably shouldn’t quit his day job. Or maybe he should try to become a hero instead. Yup. He’s that bad at being a villain.
Teddy Bears and Tea Parties by S. Boyd Taylor
This is a short story I read several years ago. Really, you just have to read it for yourself. Two girls killing their teddybears that bleed different flavors of jam and a very creepy swing set. Probably one of the best Amazon quick-buys ever.
Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde
Let’s get hipster and go YA vampire romance before YA vampire romance was cool (or before it was cool, then became uncool again). This has a traditional vampire and a teen who accidentally falls in between a fight between vampire and hunters. The vampire is intrigued by the teen, and the romance is light but tense.