Hi all! This past week has been quite busy, what with coming back up to Uni, moving into my new flat and classes starting, so I apologise in advance if I’m a bit less active on the blog than I have been in previous years this year, it’s my last year of Uni, so I’m going to be pretty busy! It’s also my birthday tomorrow (I’ll be 22 for anyone who’s interested) so naturally I’m very excited about that!
Anyway, today I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday and today we’re talking about Hidden Gems. I never really know how to approach this topic, because we talk about so many books in the blogging community that it’s hard to know exactly what is “hidden” and what we just don’t really talk about as much but still really loved at the time. Today I’m going to be talking about UK/Irish books that I feel have kind of flown under the radar in the blogosphere, either because they are quite old, or because they haven’t been released in the US or just generally haven’t received much attention outside of the UK. So here we go, UK Books That Deserve More Attention In The Blogosphere:
- Skulduggery Pleasant Series-Derek Landy
Skulduggery Pleasant is quite popular here in the UK, but the books were never released in the US, and I feel like it’s a series that definitely doesn’t get enough attention from bloggers! This was one of my first big YA series, I started reading them when I was 12 and now ten years later, I am still reading and loving the adventures of my favourite magical skeleton detective and his human sidekick Valkyrie.
2. Noughts and Crosses Series-Malorie Blackman
Again this series was pretty big in the UK, I don’t know how big it is/if it was released in the US, but it’s quite old, so I feel like no one ever talks about it anymore. Malorie Blackman was doing dystopia way before The Hunger Games ever came around! In all seriousness though, this was the first book series I ever read that tackled race in any real way, it’s such an important and powerful series of books and should definitely be talked about more!
3. 13 Minutes-Sarah Pinborough
I read this before it came out, I think two years ago, and I was really surprised that not many people seemed to really be talking about it, because it’s definitely one of the better YA thrillers that I’ve read in the past few years, it’s such an interesting look at the relationships between teenage girls and it’s a really clever mystery, so yeah, definitely one that shouldn’t fly under the radar as much as it seems to.
4. Frozen Charlotte-Alex Bell
I read this one last year, and though I’m not usually a big fan of horror, Frozen Charlotte was just the right amount of creepy for me, it was more of a light horror/mystery type book and I found the story of the creepy dolls very engaging.
5. Split Second duology-Sophie McKenzie
I mean honestly, I would say that any of Sophie McKenzie’s books aren’t really talked about as much as they should be, but this duology in particular definitely seems to have flown under the radar. It’s basically a thriller set in the near future focused on two teens who join an anti-terrorist group after being affected by terrorist bombings and it’s super fast paced and exciting and you never know who to trust. I really think this one should get more attention than it does!
6. Breathe duology-Sarah Crossan
This duology I think kind of got lost, because it was published in 2012 & 2013 and there was so much other dystopia coming out at that time off the back of the success of The Hunger Games. It’s such a shame though because it’s a super interesting and different concept-a world without trees where oxygen levels have been depleted and everyone has to live off an oxygen allowance inside a specially designed Pod. It’s such a cool duology and I wish it was talked about more.
7. Cross My Heart-Carmen Reid
AGH THIS BOOK. It’s one of my favourite YA historical books that I’ve ever read, focusing on a young girl who becomes a spy for the Belgian Resistance. It was so refreshing to read a WWII book that wasn’t about the experiences of the Holocaust or Germany, because as important as those things are, there were a LOT of countries affected by WWII, so it was great to get a little insight into what Belgium went through in WWII.
8. Artemis Fowl Series-Eoin Colfer
Again, one that was quite popular way back when, but isn’t really talked enough about! I love Artemis Fowl so much, it’s such a fun fantasy series and I sped through all the books within the course of a few months I think. If you like a good antihero and folklore characters like fairies, elves, centaurs and dwarves, then definitely give Artemis Fowl a try!
9. HIVE Series-Mark Walden
This series is so good, it’s basically a school for young villains in training and you get to follow the main character Otto (who is kind of similar to Artemis Fowl, so if you like that series then definitely try this one!) and his friends as they get up to all kinds of mischief and villainy, and it’s just awesome. The school is located in active volcano, one of the teachers is a cat and they have classes in all sorts of things to do with being a criminal, it’s just awesome.
10. Young Sherlock Holmes series-Andrew Lane
This series is just so much fun, it basically explores Sherlock Holmes’ life as a teenager and the sort of hijinks he might have got up to in his early life. For serious Holmes fans, there are a lot of hints towards things that Sherlock eventually does in the main series but for people like me, who really mostly know Sherlock through TV and film, there are enough recognisable traits that you know you’re reading a Sherlock story, but enough new stuff as well that young Sherlock feels like his own person.
So there we go, some UK/Irish books that if you don’t have on your radar already, you should definitely add to it! Has anyone read any of these books? Did you like them? How did you interpret this week’s topic? Let me know in the comments!
Next week’s topic is Books on My Fall TBR, but I already kind of did that with my Back To School Freebie a few weeks ago, so I’m going to do something else, haven’t decided what yet though! In the meantime, I went to a book event on Sunday, so I will have the recap of that up soon.