Books that may be under your radar

I'm all for finding new books and trying new authors, but sometimes it's hard to find something new with all the big names screamin...

I'm all for finding new books and trying new authors, but sometimes it's hard to find something new with all the big names screaming out at you. Sometimes the hype gets too much for certain books that the littler books, that are just as amazing, get pushed to the side. So I've put together a list of a few books that I feel are under the radar for a lot of people, that are actually pretty damn amazing. I hope you can check some of them out.


All The Truth That's In Me - Julie Berry
Judith can't speak. Ever since the horrifying trauma that left her best friend dead and Judith without her tongue, she's been a pariah in her close-knit community of Roswell Station; even her own mother won't look her in the eye. All Judith can do is silently pour out her thoughts and feelings to the love of her life, the boy who's owned her heart as long as she can remember - even if he doesn't know it - her childhood friend, Lucas. But when Rosewell Station is attacked by enemies, long-buried secrets come to light - the cruel become kind - and Judith's world starts to shift on it's axis. Before she knows it, Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if what she has to say might change her world and the lives around her, forever.

An absolutely wonderful YA novel that is so lyrically beautiful. I loved Julia and the story behind her; the way her feelings were described was some of the best writing I have read in YA. I am so gutted that I wasn't able to find my review of this book (which I'm pretty sure I wrote).

The Witch of Napoli - Michael Schmicker
Italy 1899: Fiery-tempered, seductive medium Alessandra Poverelli levitates a table at a Spiritualist séance in Napes. A reporter photographs the miracle, and wealthy, skeptical, Jewish psychiatrist Camillo Lombardi arrives in Naples to investigate. When she materialises the ghost of his dead mother, he risks his reputation and fortune to finance a tour of the Continent, challenging the scientific and academic elite of Europe to test Alessandra's mysterious powers.

I love anything with a conspiracy theory, and this one challenges you to agree or disagree with the art of spirit calling. At first, this book will make you believe, then disbelieve, then back again for the majority of the book which is wonderful that it's making you question your own thoughts on the subject. It's definitely a thought-provoking book with a suspenseful writing style.

Check out my full review here.

The Island - Jen Minkman
Leia lives on the Island, a world in which children leave their parents to take care of themselves when they are ten years old. Across this Island runs a wall that no one has ever crossed. The Fools living behind it are not amenable to reason - they believe in illusions. That's what The Book says, the only thing let to the Eastern Islanders by their ancestors. But when a strange man washes ashore and Leia meets a Fool face to face, her life will never be the same. Is what she and her friends believe about the Island really true? Or is everyone in their world, in fact, a Fool?

This wonderful dystopian novella isn't your usual dystopian book revolving around magic, monsters or a viral disease, instead, it revolves around a unique way of life which was very interesting to read about. It's a well rounded book with intriguing characters and storylines. I've never really read novellas before due to the fact I thought they'd be boring, but this book has definitely made me want to read more.

Check out my full review here.

Hearts Under Fire - Antonio Scotto di Carlo
Jenny is a beautiful young businesswoman. She lives in an Italian tourist town where she owns a shop. Her need for independence is her strength, but her innate distrust sometimes creates problems with others. One day she encounters love. More than an encounter, it's a collision, a head-on collision. Her heart isn't Ero's only target, and everything changes. Police begin investigating suspicious events around her, slowing down the construction of a new great hotel in town and rocking her life even more.

I loved this book, I loved the realness and the multi-faceted nature of the characters. I felt as though the characters reactions to all of the situations they were put in felt real, and not over dramatised like some novels you read where people go over the top. I just really enjoyed this book, but even in my review, I couldn't quite word how much I felt for it.

Check out my full review here.

The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman - Denis Thériault
Bilodo lives a solitary daily life, routinely completing his postal rounds every day and returning to his empty Montreal apartment. But he has found a way to break the cycle - Bilodo has taken to stealing people's mail, steaming open the envelopes, and reading the letters inside. And so it is her comes across Ségolène's letters. She is corresponding with Gaston, a master poet, and their letters are each composed of only three lines. They are writing each other haikus. The simplicity and elegance of their poems move Bilado and he begins to fall in love with her. But one day, out on his round, he witnesses a terrible and tragic accident. Just as Gaston is walking up to the post-box to mail his next haiku to Ségolène, he is hit by a car and dies on the side of the road. And so Bilodo makes an extraordinary decision - he will impersonate Gaston and continue to write to Ségolène under this guise. But how long can the deception continue for?

This is another book that I really have no idea why I didn't write a review for as this was one of my favourite books of 2015. I know it looks as though I've just spoiled the whole story with that synopsis, but trust me when I say, that isn't the half of it. This book is a lot more sickeningly twisted than you may imagine; you delve into the depths of Bilodo's mind, thought processes, and this book becomes a hell of a lot more psychologically complex than it first started out. Ooh, the ending is a tricky one to decipher as well as it's open to interpretation.

Have you read any of these? What are some of your favourite "under the radar" books?

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