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I was struggling to define what I classed as an underrated book. I guess I see it as a book that hasn't got the appreciation or readership that it deserves. In truth, I think that it's said I live in a world where something as poorly written as Fifty Shades of Grey can have over 800,000 ratings on Goodreads, other books that are absolutely amazing have barely 5,000 and even less reviews. Now that is just DEPRESSING!
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
Total Goodreads Ratings: 18,413 (791,108 less than Fifty Shades)
I absolutely adore this book and I will praise it as much as I can, whenever I can. So many people are put off by the subject matter that it means they miss out on a truly exceptional story and one that is superbly written. Tabitha Suzuma is definitely a talented author and I will be reading everything she writes for sure. You can read my review of it here.
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
Total Goodreads Ratings: 1,129 (807,392 less than Fifty Shades)
A book I bought in a 3 for £5 deal, I had absolutely no expectations for it as I had heard nothing about it. This book was such a delightful surprise and kept me guessing the entire time. Abigail Haas knows how to cast doubt among a whole cast of characters and keep you suspicious the entire time you're reading it. This has a mind-blowing ending and was just superb. It's gaining momentum on blogs at the minute and I hope more and more people read it, it deserves it. You can read my review of it here.
The Sight by David Clement-Davies
Total Goodreads Ratings: 7,194 (802,327 less than Fifty Shades)
I have talked about this book a lot on the blog, it's definitely a childhood favourite of mine. I am so surprised by how underrated this book and author is. This is a book that deserves to be read more, I still reread it a lot because I love it so much. It's told from the perspective of wolfs and I think it's clear the author has a love of wolves. It's so well done and I fell in love with all the characters, this book had me crying a lot as a kid. You can read my review here.
Far From You by Tess Sharpe
Total Goodreads Ratings: 1,306 (808,215 less than Fifty Shades)
I can't even begin to express just how much I loved this book. It was such a pleasant surprise and sucked me into the story. I was expecting a young adult thriller that would probably be a bit too predictable. I was so wrong, it was a million times more than a thriller. Such an excellent book and it deserves so many more ratings and reviews then it has. If you haven't read it then I definitely recommend it. You can find my review here.
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Total Goodreads Ratings: 18,473 (791,048 less than Fifty Shades)
Love this series. Love it, love it, love it! You definitely all need to go read and love this series. It's been one of my favourties since I was eleven and I still love it now. The first book in the series pretty much destroyed me and I didn't know how I would cope with the rest of the series. So amazing and definitely needs more recognition. You can find my review here.
There you have it! Five amazing reads that deserve to have way more ratings and reviews than Fifty Shades but don't. I highly recommend them all because they are all superb.
Sleepless has barely 200 ratings on Goodreads and I randomly said yes to this one as part of a blog tour. If I am honest, I wasn't expecting much from it but I ended up absolutely loving it. You can read my review of that one here. I also absolutely loved This Song Will Save Your Life, that one was a book that I managed to read in one sitting and really loved everything about it. You can read my review here.