Hiding in plain sight! Hidden gems…


Every Tuesday over at the  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

Ten Hidden Gem/underrated Books I’ve Read In The Past Year

I don’t exactly know that these are underrated books – I’m sure lots of people love them, but come on, it never hurts to have more love now does it.  So bring it people.  (My books below with a little excerpt from Goodreads).

Monstrous Little Voices  collects five of today’s most exciting names in genre fiction – Jonathan Barnes (The Somnambulist, Cannonbridge); Adrian Tchaikovsky (The Shadows of the Apt, Children of Time); Emma Newman (The Split Worlds, multiple-award-nominated Tea and Jeopardy podcast); Hugo-nominated blogger Foz Meadows (Solace & Grief, The Key to Starveldt’s); and upcoming novelist (and journalist for the Ottawa Citizen) Kate Heartfield – to delve into the world Shakespeare created for us. With wars and romances, its magics and deceptions, discover five stories he never told, but could have. Stories of what happened next or what went before, of the things unseen or simply elsewhere in the world as Shakespeare’s own tales unfolded on the stage.


Nelly Dean by Alison Case is a wonderment of storytelling and an inspired accompaniment to Emily Bronte’s adored work. It is the story of a woman who is fated to bear the pain of a family she is unable to leave, and unable to save.


The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky – MANHATTAN HAS MANY SECRETS.


Company Town by Madeline Ashby – Meet Hwa. One of the few in her community to forego bio-engineered enhancements, she’s the last truly organic person left on the rig. But she’s an expert in the arts of self-defence, and she’s been charged with training the Family’s youngest, who has been receiving death threats – seemingly from another timeline.

company town

It Happened One Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton – Magic is real. Only a handful of natural-born sorcerers can wield its arcane power against demons, foul creatures, and the forces of darkness. These protectors of the powerless are descendants of an elite order. The best magic-users in the world.


Poison City – by Paul Krill – The name’s Gideon Tau, but everyone just calls me London. I work for the Delphic Division, the occult investigative unit of the South African Police Service. My life revolves around two things – finding out who killed my daughter and imagining what I’m going to do to the bastard when I catch him.

Poison city

The Hike by Drew Magary – At once bitingly funny and emotionally absorbing, Magary’s novel is a remarkably unique addition to the contemporary fantasy genre, one that draws as easily from the world of classic folk tales as it does from video games. In The Hike, Magary takes readers on a daring odyssey away from our day-to-day grind and transports them into an enthralling world propelled by heart, imagination, and survival.


The Motion of Puppets by Keith Donohue – From the bestselling author of The Boy Who Drew Monsters and The Stolen Child comes a modern take on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth—a suspenseful tale of romance and enchantment


Congress of Secrets by Stephanie Burgis – In 1814, the Congress of Vienna has just begun. Diplomats battle over a new map of Europe, actors vie for a chance at glory, and aristocrats and royals from across the continent come together to celebrate the downfall of Napoleon…among them Lady Caroline Wyndham, a wealthy English widow. But Caroline has a secret: she was born Karolina Vogl, daughter of a radical Viennese printer. When her father was arrested by the secret police, Caroline’s childhood was stolen from her by dark alchemy.


The Facefaker’s Game by Chandler J Birch – For fans of Patrick Rothfuss and Scott Lynch, a picaresque fantasy about a clever young beggar who bargains his way into an apprenticeship with a company of thieving magicians and uses his newfound skills in a vendetta against a ruthless crime lord.




21 Responses to “Hiding in plain sight! Hidden gems…”

  1. Nathan

    Didn’t Company Town get delayed a couple times? I seem to recall waiting for it and never seeing it. Oh, and Congress of Secrets looks wonderful.

    • Tammy

      It was originally slated to be published by Angry Robot a couple of years ago, but that fell through and last year it came out from Tor. It was one of my favorite books of 2016!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Congress of Secrets was great – I thought Company Town was delayed (see Tammy’s comment). I loved it – such a good read.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I really enjoyed It Happened One Doomsday and can’t wait to read the next one. I thought it was so cool the four horses of the apocalypse drove muscle cars (of course my Dad drove drag cars so go figure). I still need to read The Immortals and the Nelly Dean book looks really interesting!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It was really good wasn’t it! Can’t wait for No.2.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Tammy

    Awesome list! I’ve read some of these and others are on my list. Since I just read Crilley’s Department Zero, I’m interested in reading something else from him. The Hike and The Face Fakers Game are two I’m going to try to read soon:-)

    • @lynnsbooks

      Funnily enough The Hike and Facefakers – I almost picked them up not expecting to like them, don’t ask me why, and then they absolutely took me by surprise. About to start Department Zero for my next read.
      Lynn 😀

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Company Town is one of those book I have marked for my future acquisitions: I was intrigued by it since the first time I read a review, and my interest keeps growing…

    Great list! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I loved it – and would love to know what you make of it too.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    The Facefaker’s Game was a fun read. Great list!

  6. Greg

    The Immortals- loved that one! And Company Town is definitely one I want to read!

    • @lynnsbooks

      You should definitely read Company Town – I absolutely loved it and it was on my end of year list!
      Lynn 😀

  7. sjhigbee

    What a fabulous list, Lynn – I haven’t read ANY of these, and there’s a bunch of them I think I’d love! I’ve just gone and loaded up my Kindle once more, but once I’ve worked my way through some of my latest acquisitions, I’ll by checking out The Immortals and Company Town – thank you for sharing:)

    • @lynnsbooks

      OMG – both of those books are immense!
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        I’m looking forward to getting round to reading them!

  8. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    And boom goes my tbr! A few of these I’ve read, and most I’ve heard of, but there’s a couple that weren’t on my radar yet (the first two) so off I go to read up on them now 😀

  9. ChrissiReads

    I love the cover of Nelly Dean! So many amazing looking books. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a great story – if you like Wuthering Heights from a different angel it could be just for you.
      Lynn 😀

  10. jessicabookworm

    You keep reminding me that I really must read my copy of Monstrous Little Voices!! I also like the sound of Nelly Dean and Stephanie Burgis’ books 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Jessica, I think you’d like all of those books – if only there was more time.

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