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Seeing all of these amazing books on this list kind of makes me want to cry just a little bit. I just want everyone to love them as much as I do and it kills me that so few people have read them all. Everything but the last three books are on my “in love” shelf on Goodreads while the final three are in my “best” shelf. And I literally felt my heart crack as I typed them into this post.
The lowest number of ratings is the number one book, increasing just sparingly until it reaches the very top, Secondhand Origin Stories listed below. I honestly cannot help but implore everyone who reads this post to go and get themselves a copy of each book (or at least the top five) in order to give these amazing works of literature (and their authors) the love and support they deserve.
10. Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth
I’ll admit, this is the only book on this list that I look back on and realize I never fell in love with all the characters. There were a few that I absolutely adored, for sure, but there were also some pretty dull and mediocre ones. But, for the most part, Blauersouth’s Secondhand Origin Stories is a fantastic novel. And it has the added bonus of being the first book I read to use xe/xer/xim pronouns which is something I’m definitely hoping to see more often in the future.
9. The Assassins of Tamurin by S. D. Tower
I first read this book when I was in eighth grade and I adored it from that moment on. I’ve since only reread it once, but it still remains one of my most loved books. I’m not sure what crazy circumstance of luck allowed me to find this random book that not very many people even knew about in my school’s library. But I’ll always love this one and it truly saddens me to know that not many people have read it.
8. Briar and Rose and Jack by Katherine Coville
I adored Briar and Rose and Jack, a Sleeping Beauty and Jack and the Beanstalk mashup retelling. Coville did a pretty impressive job of weaving the two stories together in a realistic and believable manner. I had a lot of fun reading about each of the characters, following them through their development as the story moves from their childhood to their teenage years. The ending was pretty wonderful as well, leaving me feeling impressed and satisfied with the entire story.
7. Curio by Evangeline Denmark
If you’ve not read Curio, you have done yourself an incredible disservice. This book is nothing short of beautifully amazing and the fact of the matter is that it’s far too unknown for its own good. I cannot stand the fact that this book isn’t more popular because it truly is that amazing. I think I came across it by accident, but I am so grateful that I did. I’m serious, you guys, you need to read this one. It’s so creative and wonderful and the villain is so disturbingly perfect in his evil. I cannot even begin to explain. Just go read it. Go read it right now. Don’t even finish this list.
6. The Wendy by Erin Michelle Sky and Steven Brown
I fell absolutely in love with The Wendy literally more than a year ago now when I first read it. The book was the first physical ARC that I’d ever gotten approved for and it was honestly one of the most amazing moments of my life. And for the book to be written as brilliantly as this one was definitely made the moment even more special than it already was. Believe me when I say that The Wendy deserves all the love you can give. It’s the best Peter Pan retelling that I’ve ever read.
5. The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork
Speaking of the best retellings, The Enchanted Sonata is the best Nutcracker retelling that I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. Now, I’ve read some good ones, to be sure, but this novel really just takes the cake for one of the most amazing stories I’ve ever read. You literally feel as though you are within the world the characters are, you can hear the sounds they hear, feel the cold they feel, smell the smells they smell. It’s definitely a fantastical experience that I would recommend to pretty much everyone.
4. To Best the Boys by Mary Weber
I feel as though it might be a tiny bit of cheating in the case of To Best the Boys since this book hasn’t even been published yet. So, yes, the book’s number of ratings is fairly low…but let’s also be honest about how many people have been granted access to this novel. I don’t imagine that number is very high. So, there’s definitely a lot of opportunity for the numbers of this one to climb. However, this was literally one of the best books I read in all of 2018. I’m hoping to see this book rise exponentially in popularity in the coming months.
3. Windrunner’s Daughter by Bryony Pearce
This is one of the first books I got from NetGalley and I had a lot of fun with it. I remember deeply enjoying the story and being rather disappointed with the ending. Windrunner’s Daughter, like Curio is one of those books that deserved more attention, didn’t get it, and resultingly has not had a sequel. Frankly, I find this incredibly frustrating as I loved these books so much and I need a sequel from both but will likely never get one unless a whole bunch of people somehow magically decide that they all need a copy of these two books. Ah, a girl can dream, right?
2. Tigerlilja by Erin Michelle Sky and Steven Brown
Tigerliilja is a companion novel to one of the books mentioned above, The Wendy, and it was one of the most amazing and impressive Peter Pan origin stories that I didn’t even get mad once. And considering how fiercely protective I am of Peter and his story, that’s pretty damn impressive. I definitely think that this is a story that everyone should read though it has gotten a particularly small amount of recognition since it’s release. Perhaps it’s time that I promote it again…
1. The Ice Child by Evangeline Denmark
I find it kind of amusing that the top two stories on this list are novellas rather than full fledged novels. They’re both phenomenal, mind you, but they’re pretty short. I can’t tell you how much I loved The Ice Child and the degree to which I wish that it were a physical book and not solely in e-book format. It’s a Jack Frost retelling and one that makes my heart break repeatedly. The adorable and sweet boy taking place as the main character is so perfectly wonderful that I already feel tears in my eyes. I adored the romance, even if it killed me just a little bit. Everything about this novella was truly amazing and so, if you ever get the chance, I would highly suggest buying it.
And so that’s it for this week’s TTT! I hope you enjoyed it. Please, please, please give some of these books a chance. They deserve it. And, as always, happy reading everyone!