Monday, October 18, 2010

Books that aren't as popular as they should be...

I'm always surprised by the fact that some books are never discovered like other books are. Every reader in the US knows what Twilight by Stephenie Meyer is about. Still, there are other books out there that deserve just as much attention as Twilight, yet they remain undiscovered. 

Here are a few books that I consider hidden jewels. They deserve more publicity then they've received.  

Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens
I met someone who changed everything. Matthias. My autistic sister's guardian angel. Honest. Inspiring. Funny. Hot. And immortal. That was the problem. What could I do? I did what any other girl would do-I fell in love with him. Zoë's sister darts in front of cars. Her brother's a pothead. Her parents are so overwhelmed; they don't see Zoë lost in her broken life. Zoë escapes the only way she knows how: partying. Matthias, a guardian sent from Heaven, watches over Zoë's autistic sister. After Zoë is convinced he's legit, angel and lost girl come together in a love that changes destiny. But Heaven on Earth can't last forever. (taken from
This is one of the most emotional, life-changing books I've ever read. The entire series is amazing. If you haven't read them, then read them. Now.

Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler 
Ivy always believed in angels. When she meets Tristan, it's the love of a lifetime. When he dies, her heart is broken and her belief in angels vanishes. And without that belief, she is unable to feel Tristan's presence when he returns--as an angel. Now Ivy is in terrible danger, and Tristan is struggling to save her. How can he protect her if she's lost her faith in angels? (taken from 
I loved this book. Seriously, it was amazing. True love, hair-raising mysteries, wonderful characters, and so much more make this one of my favorite books.

The Dark Hills Divide (The Land of Elyon #1)The Dark Hills Divide by Patrick Carman 
Inquisitive twelve-year-old Alexa Daley is spending another summer in the walled town of Bridewell. This year, she is set on solving the mystery of what lies beyond the walls. Legend says the walls were built to keep out an unnamed evil that lurks in the forests and The Dark Hills. But what exactly is it that the townspeople are so afraid of? As Alexa begins to unravel the truth, pushing beyond the protective barrier she's lived behind all her life, she discovers a strange and ancient enchantment -- and exposes a danger that could destroy everything she holds dear.  (taken from
I read this series a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. It's incredibly imaginative. If you're a lover of fantasy, I would definitely recommend them. 

Road to BalinorThe Unicorns of Balinor by Mary Stanton
After a terrible riding accident, Ari cannot remember anything of her past and is sent to live on a farm with foster parents. What Ari doesn't know is that she is not from our world, but from Balinor, a land of sorcerers and unicorns! Her parents, the King and Queen, sent her to Earth to protect her from a raging war before they were banished from their homeland. Now Ari--Princess Arianna--has found the road back to Balinor. As she struggles to remember her heritage, she must face the challenge of restoring peace to Balinor. (taken from
This series is geared towards a younger audience. I first read them when I was in second grade, and I fell in love. I would recommend them to any younger reader.


La Coccinelle said...

Thanks for this! There really are some overlooked gems out there.

Booklady said...

Now my to read list has grown yet again. I'm especially going to have to check out Heavenly. I listened to The Dark Hills Divide and loved it. And it was checked out fairly regularly at my old school. My new school doesn't own it. I'll have to see if I can correct that.

Cass said...

I have yet to read Heavenly and Kissed, but H is on its way, and K is on my to-buy list. As are all her others. Like the key one. :P

Haven't heard of the other two. I'll have to check them out now, now won't I?

I'd add to the list: THE LIGHT OF ASTERIA: KAILMEYRA'S LAST HOPE by Elizabeth Isaacs. Really recommended, wish more people would read it. ;) The crazy chick Jenn at Book Crazy can vouch for that.

Angela @ Reading Angels said...

I haven't read any of these yet. I have Heavenly though and plan to read it soon :)
I'll have to add Kissed by an Angel to my wishlist :)

Anonymous said...

I was just talking about that last night! Nice selection!

Another book under the radar is The Monstrumologist series by Rick Yancey. He is an amazing author.