It’s been a while since I read some of these books, but I remember I loved them. Here are a few books that are hopefully new to you. Probably not. They’re old and underrated though.

Life As We Knew It

If you’re like me and love survival books, Life As We Knew It is an amazing one to read. It’s about the end of the world written in diary form. I think that’s what makes it so realistic. There are a few things that were not perfect and questionable, but for the most part it was a fantastic journey of one family trying to survive the crazy weather. In a lot of places it felt very realistic, especially with the way the family interacted and dealt with the disaster. I love a good family book. Not a lot of books have that, and with me being such a family oriented person, it hit me in the feels. The weather in the book changes drastically and the family have to go through drastic measures to find a way to survive.

Blood Red Road

After reading The Hunger Games I wanted another strong heroine and a kickass book. Blood Red Road gave me just that. It was amazing! I loved it. I get used to things quite easy so reading past the punctuation was not a problem. You might be wondering, what do you mean? I mean the book doesn’t have punctuation. For me, it added to the appeal and atmosphere of the book like Moira Young wanted. If you’ve ever played the video games Borderlands, that’s what this book reminds me off. That eerie, mad max, empty, dangerous desert vibes. Saba goes through a lot in this story, but she remains strong which makes it an even better read. There’s also the best kind of romance in the book, in my opinion. The one where they tease and fight with each other without it being too mean, but slowly and secretly fall for each other. It isn’t a focal point in the book so don’t worry. It’s mostly about Saba’s dangerous journey to save her brother. It’s about the crazy bandits and rebels she meets and how she deals/fights her way through. There is this one arc in the book that really impressed me because I hadn’t read anything like it before. It takes quite a bit of the book and it’s where we see Saba rise as a strong character. I don’t want to tell you too much and spoil it so I’ll leave it as a surprise. After writing this, I want to re-read the book. There are two more books after Blood Red Road and I would strongly recommend you not read them. I mean, you can do what you want, but after reading Rebel Heart my love for Blood Red Road almost distinguished. I had to force myself to pretend Blood Red Road was a stand alone. Rebel heart was a complete mess! It was as if I’d read a completely different book. Everything I loved about Blood Red Road was gone and the Saba I was so fond of turned into this whiny, thoughtless, weak character. I could go on about how many things were wrong in Rebel Heart, but this isn’t about that. I chose not to read the final book, so I can’t tell you about that. Don’t let this any of this to put you off though because Blood Red Road was still awesome. Read it as a stand alone and everything will be fine.

Noughts & Crosses

Noughts & Crosses used to be popular years ago, but no one talks about it now, so if you haven’t checked it out you should. It’s based on Romeo and Juliet, but instead of the families being divided as the Capulets and Montagues, they are divided by their skin colour where the black (Cross) are the upperclass and the white (Noughts) are the lower class. I’ve never liked Romeo and Juliette, not be be rude to anyone who likes it, but to me they were idiots and the story is completely dumb. It’s like the worst kind of insta love ever, and Romeo kills himself just thinking Juliet was dead instead of waiting. In Noughts and Crosses, just like Romeo and Juliette, the love story is what drives the book forward and it’s the part of the book that gives you hope because the book get’s quite dark and heavy at times. This book is way more than a romance. It deals with politics and the struggles of living as a low class citizen dealing with racism. I loved the main characters. You can’t help but invest yourself in Callum and Sephy because you are taken on a journey with them from their early childhood to adulthood. During those years you witness and feel their happiness and pain. It’s quite a roller coaster ride. The end will leave you on the edge of your seat and will most probably tear your heart out, but you’ll have a new way of thinking about race and relish on the time you spent with the characters.

Amy & Rogers Epic Detour

I read Amy & Rogers Epic Detour when I was going through a hard time in my life. I had just started college I think. I was, in a way, feeling the same way as Amy was about herself. She was wearing dark, baggy clothes to fade into the background and so was I. It definitely plays a part in my enjoyment of the book and Amy’s growth as a character. It’s about a girl who lost her father and she feels as if she’s at fault. She loses all her confidence and wants to hide away from the world. She and her mother have to move to a new State, her mother has to leave early because of work so she plans a road trip for Amy and her friends son, Roger who also has to make a trip. Amy’s mother hope’s that her planned road trip will help Amy come out of her depression. As they set out Roger has plans of his own. He has his own demons to conquer. They both decide to take a detour, and on the way, they find themselves. For me the book was about self journey, adventure and romance. I found it an entertaining and uplifting read.

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