Underrated Books I Have Read #2

So I have been really slack posting recently due to the fact that I am moving house! Just did a big move and have more stuff to do later this week so it’s been very crazy at the moment. But hopefully we will be back to our regularly scheduled programming soon!

Another underrated post for today. Today is all about promoting some amazing books that I just do not see enough hype about. You guys will thank me later for these amazing recommendations.

Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End – Kanehito Yamada

Elf mage Frieren and her courageous fellow adventurers have defeated the Demon King and brought peace to the land. But Frieren will long outlive the rest of her former party. How will she come to understand what life means to the people around her? Decades after their victory, the funeral of one her friends confronts Frieren with her own near immortality. Frieren sets out to fulfill the last wishes of her comrades and finds herself beginning a new adventure… 

If you are a manga fan I would 1000% recommend this series. What I love about this series is the message of learning and appreciate your life and the people you have around you. While there is some great action sequences and funny moments at the core of this story is self-discovery and appreciating what you have.

Dead Famous: An Unexpected History of Celebrity from Bronze Age to Silver Screen by Greg Jenner

Plot: Celebrity, with its neon glow and selfie pout, strikes us as hypermodern. But the famous and infamous have been thrilling, titillating, and outraging us for much longer than we might realise. Whether it was the scandalous Lord Byron, whose poetry sent female fans into an erotic frenzy; or the cheetah-owning, coffin-sleeping, one-legged French actress Sarah Bernhardt, who launched a violent feud with her former best friend; or Edmund Kean, the dazzling Shakespearean actor whose monstrous ego and terrible alcoholism saw him nearly murdered by his own audience – the list of stars whose careers burned bright before the Age of Television is extensive and thrillingly varied. Since the early 1700s, celebrity has been one of the most emphatic driving forces in popular culture; it is a lurid cousin to Ancient Greek ideas of glorious and notorious reputation, and its emergence helped to shape public attitudes to ethics, national identity, religious faith, wealth, sexuality, and gender roles. In this ambitious history, that spans the Bronze Age to the coming of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Greg Jenner assembles a vibrant cast of over 125 actors, singers, dancers, sportspeople, demigods, ruffians, and more, in search of celebrity’s historical roots. He reveals why celebrity burst into life in the early eighteenth century, how it differs to ancient ideas of fame, the techniques through which it was acquired, how it was maintained, the effect it had on public tastes, and the psychological burden stardom could place on those in the glaring limelight.

I have recently been getting more and more into non-fiction and this was on of the books that cemented my enjoyment of this medium. Non-fiction is so vast but I do know that history is probably the area that i enjoy reading the most about. This book is incredibly fascinating, hilarious and informative. I loved learning about how our obsession with fame and celebrity has been going on for years, way before social media, TV or film!

The Twyford Code – Janice Hallett

Plot: Steven Smith has just been released from prison, and he is finally free to investigate a mystery that has haunted him since childhood. Forty years ago, he found a copy of a famous children’s book, full of strange markings and annotations. He took it to his remedial English teacher, Miss Isles, who became convinced that it was the key to solving a puzzle. That a message in secret code ran through all Edith Twyford’s novels. Then Miss Isles disappeared, and Steven’s memory won’t allow him to remember what happened. Did she sense her own imminent death? Was she right about the code? And is it still in use today? Desperate to recover his memories and find out what really happened to Miss Isles, Steven revisits the people and places of his childhood. But it soon becomes clear that Edith Twyford wasn’t just a writer of forgotten children’s stories. The Twyford Code has great power, and he isn’t the only one trying to solve it…

I do not see enough hype about this author! Janice Hallett is incredibly smart and writes from of the most ingenious plots and has an amazing way of telling a story. I rarely see books formatted in the way she does it. I love her work. This book in particular blew my mind. Great plot but most importantly an amazing main character you can’t help but root for.

All Of Us Villains – Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman

Plot: The Blood Moon rises. The Blood Veil falls. The Tournament begins. Every generation, at the coming of the Blood Moon, seven families in the remote city of Ilvernath each name a champion to compete in a tournament to the death. The prize? Exclusive control over a secret wellspring of high magick, the most powerful resource in the world–one thought long depleted. This year, thanks to a salacious tell-all book, the seven champions are thrust into worldwide spotlight, granting each of them new information, new means to win, and most importantly: a choice – accept their fate or rewrite their story. But this is a story that must be penned in blood.

I feel like this book just did not get the hype it deserved! I feel like BookTok etc. have missed out on a gem here. It’s like the Hunger Games with magic what more could you want! I really like the lore behind this story, the magic, the characters and the different dynamics between the group of champions. This was such a fun and exhilarating story that needs more love and attention.

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

Plot: In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade. In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt, and Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her — and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city — or themselves.

THIS BOOK DESERVES SO MUCH HYPE OMG! Great story structure, great characters, amazing and engaging plot. The character exploration in this book is immaculate. I love this book so much and you guys should read it!

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