I think we all (or at least most of us) have a set or list of books that seem to regularly come up in posts and conversations. We may not mean to, but they have become our go-to selections when prompted for opinions, both positive and negative. This can lead to inadvertently not discussing books we enjoyed because they just aren’t the ones that pop to the forefront of our minds when we are called up for opinions.
Or is this just me?
Either way, I wanted to bring up some titles with you today that I may not talk about often but they very much deserve to be part of the bookish conversation.
Damsel by Elana K. Arnold – (TW: abuse) This book was nothing like I expected which made it absolutely perfect. Much of the underlying plot of this book was built upon accepted abuse, both mental and physical. Ama is the supposed rescued damsel in distress and the crown who “rescues” her expects her to be little more than a pretty doormat for future breeding. Ama can’t remember her past or how she ended up in need of rescue. As the story unfolds and she begins digging into those clouded memories everything just comes alive. I won’t spoil the ending but it is one of the most satisfying conclusions to a story I have ever read.
Enchantée (Enchantée #1) by Gita Trelease – This YA alternate history fantasy novel (whew, what a mouthful) absolutely blew me away. This is set in an alt history revolution era France with a sprinkle of magic. We have Camille, who can change the appearance of objects, and uses this magic to infiltrate the French court at Versailles. She and her sister are in dire straits and trying to escape an abusive household. Through her magic she is able to give them freedom from their circumstances, but all magic comes with a price.
Among the Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston – This book was my first read of 2021 and it brought the year in with such warm, comforting feelings. Our heroine is kind, loving, and gentle. She is trying to save her town which has been overrun by a magical disease and does her best even when things get tough. Cerys’ bravery has her meeting a Fox that seems to be more than meets the eye and traveling to a neighboring kingdom for help. This is a story of family/friendship love and redemption for past wrongs. It is a quiet story but one that very much brought me a few moments of peace.
Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw – While I talk about another of Ernshaw’s debut novel fairly often (The Wicked Deep), I don’t often bring this one up and I really should. Winterwood is such a spellbinding YA fantasy novel. This one functions as more of a coming of age story, a girl finding her place and purpose in the world, more than the fantasy mystery is was billed as. Ernshaw’s writing never fails to spirit me away to a land where magic is possible. This book shows that you can find your peace if you are only willing to except who you truly are inside.
Mirage (Mirage #1) by Somaiya Daud – Mirage is such a good example of YA fantasy. You have everything you love in the genre; a conflict with massive implications, a touch of romance, a villain with dubious motivations, and a main character to root for. This book is fast paced and there is no excessive flounce which I love. Every chapter, every page, every line is integral to the story so button up buttercups and pay attention! Even the cover of this book is perfection. I just made myself want to re-read this book while talking about it.
There are just five books I’ve read, loved, and yet for some reason don’t talk about enough. I get so caught up in what I’m reading right now or the BIG recent releases that these lovely gems don’t come to mind as often as they should.
What are some books that you love that you just don’t talk about enough?
Happy reading 🖤