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Top Ten Underrated Books (those books you can't believe aren't more popular):
1. The Long Weekend by Savita Kalhan - It's marketed as a MG read because of the younger characters, but let me tell you - this is one chilling story. The author masters to delicately balance a horrific and psychological thriller with a depth of humanity. It's a must-read.
2. Griffin Rising by Darby Karchut - Perhaps it's that the cover doesn't scream "READ ME!" but this one defies the ordinary angel/paranormal mold. It's a story with heart and depth and one that will transcend the YA genre.
3. The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin - People know the author for her other works, but this one is that seems to slip through the cracks. Honestly, it's one of the best and most heartfelt contemporary stories I've read in a long time.
4. Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar - I've said it once (or a billion times), but I will sing the praises of this one until the end of time. I hated contemps before this, but this single book gave me hope for the genre. Love, love, love the theme and writing.
5. Vampire Empire: The Greyfriar by Susan & Clay Griffith - Okay, this is saying something because we all know how I feel about vampires. Honestly, this book was so refreshing though...merging steampunk with paranormal? Sheer genius, I say.
6. Time Windows by Kathryn Reiss - Maybe this is too old to still be popular, but I'm surprised it wasn't more popular when it came out, too. It's got a great plot, fabulous characters that stick with you, and an amazing premise. I highly recommend it and continue to re-read it to this day.
7. Many Waters by Madeleine L'Engle - The author, again, is so popular for the other books in the series, and this one seems to get slighted in the mix. Perhaps it's that it focuses on the twins, or the Biblical retelling, but honestly, this remains a favourite standout of mine to this day. I can't recommend it enough.
8. Dark Song by Gail Giles - I know a lot of people have read this one, but the ratings are really mixed. Yes, it was a dark book, and yes, it's not for everyone, but I loved it. It's a fabulously ravaging story - and it sticks with you.
9. The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum - A lot of people say that time travel stories aren't their thing. The premise, while it involves time travel, is so much more than that. It's got great characters and a highly engaging plot.