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Friday, June 15, 2012

Book Chat: Under-Rated and Under-Known Books

Hi, welcome to the June Book Chat! This month we're talking about those books YOU love, that no one else seems to love or know about. Feel free to do a video response, blog post, or just leave your thoughts in the comments!

Thanks for watching/rating/subbing!

[The time in () indicates at which point that book is found in the video]
(0:30) I Capture the Castle: http://amzn.to/IzlDkG
(1:00) Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow: http://amzn.to/g1wNnE
(1:30) Alanna: The First Adventure: http://amzn.to/HIFhXn
(from the Song of the Lioness series)
(2:35) We Have Always Lived in the Castle: http://amzn.to/IRDAsd
(4:00) Kindred: http://amzn.to/OSqBZf
(5:35) An Old-Fashioned Girl: http://amzn.to/LLSQI7
(6:15) Castle Waiting: http://amzn.to/zyXhFx
(6:49) Madapple: http://amzn.to/LSf7Gw

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  1. I ADORE Tamora Pierce. Before Shannon Hale, TP was my favorite author, hands down. Funny that you should mention the lioness series because I just bought all four in like new condition for $12. I'm so happy! I own all her Tortall books and they're amazing.

    Yeah... so... I just felt like fangirling. The end :)

  2. Fan-girl away! She is well deserving of it. =D

  3. "The Raging Quiet" by Sherryl Jordan is a little known treasure of a tale. Lucy Maud Montgomery's "Blue Castle". Very different from her better known works. Better!

  4. I love this topic! It's always fun to shout-out some severely underrated titles.

    A few that come to mind for me are:

    Poison by Chris Wooding (alternate fantasy-world with the fey, but a really wicked twist at the end)

    Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow (a verse novel about werewolves)

    The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly (boy gets sent to a world where fairy tales come to life -- very dark and gritty)

    Rosa and the Veil of Gold by Wilkie Collins (lots of Russian folklore in this one)

    A Long, Long Sleep by Ana Sheehan (this was released in 2011, but I found it didn't get very much hype, which was too bad)

    This is All: The Pillowbook of Cordelia Kent by Aidan Chambers (I actually love pretty much everything by Aidan Chambers, but no one else seems to know about him; this novel is a friggin' doorstopper [it's huuuge] but it was one of the most amazing YA contemps I've ever read)

    Oh, and <3 Tamora Pierce too. I didn't discover her until high school, but I've read a big chunk of her work since then. Soo good.

  5. Kim, I don't think I've ever read The Blue Castle, but I love LMM. I'll have to look into it.

    intoyourlungs: I have This is All but I haven't read it yet BECAUSE it is such a doorstopper. Just ridiculously huge. I just can't seem to bring myself to tackle it quite yet.
    Poison, Sharp Teeth and A Long, Long Sleep are all on my to-read list, and I love The Book of Lost Things. Haven't heard of the last book. :)

  6. Oh, yes...The Book of Lost Things...how could I forget.

  7. AHH! Someone who loved Kindred. I kind of stumbled upon the book but I absolutely FELL in love with it AND Octavia Butler. So happy to see it on your list. I haven't heard of any of the other ones, but I'm very glad you shared them. I really want to read Madapple now, it sounds amazing!

  8. I love Tamora Pierce, but I don't think she counts as underrated. I have not read An Old-Fashioned Girl in years, but I loved it when I did.

    I actually have Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow and We Have Always Lived In the Castle in my TBR pile because of you.

  9. Underrated, Liz? No, I think everyone who knows her loves her appropriately.
    But Under-known? Absolutely. Outside of bloggers, I know MAYBE a handful of people who have heard of her...

  10. I've seen Tamora Pierce in most libraries I've been in. I loved Alana.

    The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle. Fairytale-ish, but darker. The goblin king and his sort of kidnapped bride. Strong female lead. This was one of the first books I remember loving as a teen.


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