4 Awesome, Underhyped Authors

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to write a really simple post, but one that I’m also very excited for. There are a lot of authors out there whose books get insanely hyped up, whose new releases are anticipated by what seems like everyone, and those books are awesome, and absolutely rightfully hyped and anticipated. But there’s also several authors whose books I have loved, but who I really don’t see read around the blogosphere or on goodreads. So, today I wanted to bring some awareness to these authors and their books, since they’re totally awesome and you should definitely read them!

As it turns out, you probably actually have heard of most, if not all, of these authors, simply because I love their books and hype them on my blog a lot. But I still wanted to take the time to write an entire post dedicated to them, because they deserve it and I wanted my time to sing their praises again.
Also, I will only be including authors who have published at least two books (and I have read at least two books by these authors, as well) given that debut novels sometimes are not as hyped as other books just because people don’t know of the author as well. So, these are authors who’ve gone through a debut novel and then another book and I still want to talk about them.

Buttons lead to goodreads pages for each book.

Rosiee Thor

Rosiee Thor’s second book, Fire Becomes Her, just came out on February first. I did see some hype for this book, but definitely not as much as I would have hoped. Rosiee’s first book, Tarnished are the Stars, was published in 2019 and it is a really unique science fiction book. Meanwhile, Fire Becomes Her is a fantasy with amazing worldbuilding. I think that the worldbuilding in Rosiee’s books is really what shines through, with a unique world forming the setting of Tarnished as well. Rosiee’s books also highlight aroace characters and characters on the aroace spectrum, which is always a win for me, and Tarnished are the Stars is actually very important to me because that was the book where I first learned of the terms aromantic and asexual. Not only are their books great, but Rosiee Thor themself is a really great person, who has an awesome personality and is definitely the nicest author who I, myself, have talked to. I wrote a book review of Tarnished are the Stars a very long time ago, and also interviewed Rosiee Thor about it, and you can check out the review here and the interview here, but please keep in mind that this was my very first book review on my blog 🙂 (by which I mean, it might be bad). And look out for another interview with Rosiee coming very soon!

Darcie Little Badger

Darcie Little Badger is a Lipan Apache author with two published books, both of which are magical realism. Darcie’s first book, Elatsoe, was published in 2020, and her second book, A Snake Falls to Earth came the next year in 2021. Both her books center around Lipan Apache main characters, and draw on Lipan Apache legends and stories. Darcie’s writing style is awesome as well! Another thing that was great about Elatsoe and A Snake Falls to Earth is that they’re not super fast books, but in a great way. There’s not a whole lot of action, but they both feel like they’re more an exploration of the world, and of the characters, especially A Snake Falls to Earth. Definitely do not go into these books expecting a fast paced adventure, but just let yourself get pulled along with the story and the characters!
Plus, and I always have to bring this up, the main characters in both Darcie’s books are asexual, as is she, and it’s some great casual ace rep – it’s mentioned on page both times, but it’s never made a big deal of; it’s just there!

Margaret Owen

Margaret Owen may be my favorite fantasy author, which is saying quite a bit. The first thing you have to notice when you read her books is just the worldbuilding. Her Merciful Crow duology as well as her newest book, Little Thieves are both set in fantasy worlds, and they’re honestly just like any other high fantasy worlds, but there’s something about the way that they’re written that’s just so great. And Margaret Owen’s books are just pure high fantasy which is absolutely something that I need every once in a while. There’s a lot of different types of fantasy books and worlds, and so many of them are great, but there’s just something about high fantasy that makes it so awesome to come back to once in a while.
The characters in Margaret’s books are also amazing, and they always end up coming together in the best way. Plus, her plots are sure to keep you hooked with their really unique stories that still manage to follow the high fantasy sort of plot structure feel! If you’re looking for a good fantasy, I would definitely recommend these books, and I will keep on recommending them until you read them (and maybe after, as well).

Justina Ireland

Justina Ireland is an author that I actually have not talked about as much on my blog, and I have no idea why! I’ve very rarely seen her book Dread Nation anywhere in the bookish community and this is a true oversight on all of your parts and I demand you fix it immediately. Dread Nation is a super unique book, set in an alternate timeline where zombies arose from the battlefields in America’s Civil War. I have honestly never read a book like this, and it may sound weird, but I promise you, it’s NOT. Both Dread Nation and it’s sequel kept me super hooked. The books also addressed some of the racial tensions of the time, and both of the main characters are black and queer (aroace rep!!!). dread Nation is NOT the only book that Justina Ireland has written, it’s simply my favorite of hers. She’s written quite a few books, but the only one that I have read other than this duology is her middle grade, Ophie’s Ghosts. I don’t delve into middle grade too much anymore because I’m not at that age range and it can affect my ability to enjoy a book, so while I definitely didn’t enjoy Ophie’s Ghosts as much as I did Dread Nation, it was still very enjoyable for a middle grade book, which really cements my love for Justina Ireland as an author!

Have you read anything by these authors? What are some authors you think are underhyped?

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Four Popular Authors and Series That I Have Yet to Read

I have seen a post like this on a few other blogs and thought I’d try it out! There’s a lot of authors and serieses out there that I have yet to read but I thought I’d make a list of four of them that are very popular whose books I have never read! Get ready to be shocked because Phoenix is very behind on reading all of the authors that everyone else has.

1) Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass, ACOTAR, Crescent City)

No, your eyes hath not decievethed thou (bow down to my stellar Shakespearean English. I know, top notch). I have never read a book by Sarah J Maas.
I’m also a great liar 🙂
Okay so I did read the very first book in the Throne of Glass series several years ago (smol me actually read through this book, yes). But I never tried to read the rest of the series. I think both the size of the books and the size of the series intimidated me–and from what I’ve heard goes on later in the series, I am very thankful for young me putting down those books after reading the first one.
I do not remember much of what happens in that first book and it was several years ago so I’m barely counting that. I’ve never read another book by SJM. I’ve also heard many many mixed reviews about these books and given some of the things I’ve heard…I will probably not pick them up for a while longer. There are just so many books that sound better to me that I want to read first.

2) Cassandra Clare (Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices, Dark Artifices)

Yet another absurdly popular YA author whose books I have never read. And I’m not lying this time, I have never touched a Cassandra Clare book except maybe that time that my friend asked me to hold the book for her while she tied her shoe.
There was one time when I was interested in maybe reading them. I’d seen a lot about them and they were these giant books and a long series–just so much to read! But there are a lot of books out there and, like the SJM books, these just don’t seem like they should be my top priority of books to read. They are still giant fantasy books and there are a lot of them but…they just seem like sort of the same. The same thing that a lot of fantasy books are. More and more books are being written today that are different, that are diverse, that are just more interesting.

3) VE Schwab (Shades of Magic, Villains, Addie La Rue)

I LITERALLY CANNOT BELIEVE I HAVEN’T READ A VE SCHWAB BOOK YET.
I have heard SO, SO MUCH about VE Schwab and her books and I just NEED to read them. I cannot count the number of reviews I have read of The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue and every single one of them are glowing. I actually haven’t heard as much of her other books–I think because Addie La Rue was just published and there’s a lot of hype surrounding it. But really, I’m excited to read any of Schwab’s books and will hopefully have done so by the end of the month.

4) Alice Oseman (Heartstopper, 4 individual books)

Alice Oseman is another author whose books I really need to read. Another author who I CANNOT BELIEVE I’ve never read. I have heard SO MUCH about her books. They sound awesome and adorable and SO DIVERSE and I just–I need them! I was really looking to read Loveless this year because there aren’t many books about ace/aro characters and I thought this story especially sounded really interesting since it’s sort of a self discovery story…but it’s not out in the US yet!!!!
I’ve also heard a lot about Heartstopper. So many people love it and want to read it. It sounds interesting. It sounds cute. But (*cue the gasp of everyone reading*) due to recent experiences with graphic novels that include adorable mlm ships (*cough* Fence* *cough*) I’m probably not going to pick it up.
*My recent experience with Fence was that I got so obsessed that I couldn’t really do anything else. And I really don’t want that to happen to me again because last week was not a fun week to be around Phoenix unless you ONLY wanted to talk about Fence EVER.

I was debating whether to make this a post of well known serieses* that I haven’t read but decided against it because it was mostly, well, SJM and CC. Schwab and Oseman’s books don’t really have serieses or if they do they’re not, in my opinion, as well known as the authors themselves. There are, however, a few serieses that I thought I would tell you I haven’t read just because.
*I am convinced that serieses is the plural of series and it makes sense if you think about it. The word bus, plural, is buses. The word mess, plural, is messes. For a singular noun ending in s, to make it plural you add es. You’re welcome for the grammar lesson. Maybe one day I’ll do a post on the word series. But probably not because that sounds weird.

1) Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I’ve seen a lot about Shatter Me around, some people hate it and some people love it. I’ll probably never read it because it seems kind of big on the romance and sort of just…not the kind of book that I’d like. I’ve seen VERY mixed reviews on this, with a lot of different opinions but really, it just seems like a regular YA dystopian romance and I’ve found, especially in the recent weeks (read: after reading Fence, when my reading preferences went wack) that I don’t enjoy dystopian much any more.

2) Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Well, I’ve heard a lot about this book as well. Including the fact that this is, like Shatter Me, a typical YA dystopian romance.
From reading reviews of this book, I’m going to admit that this sounds a little better than Shatter Me. Possibly, it’s because there’s a little more action? And maybe less romance? I don’t know, I’ve never read it and most of my opinions come from this review from Sofia on goodreads. (do check it out, it’s hilarious)
But also I’ve seen a lot of reviews that say it’s just typical YA which…I’m not exactly looking for.
Also, the tropes. Not like other girls and a love triangle? No, thank you.

3) Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Raise your hand if you are surprised that I’ve never read Twilight. After having read my thoughts on the last two books, how could you be surprised? Twilight is literally the definition of a typical YA book. In fact, this book might be the book that created the definition of a typical YA book. Which might have made it atypical when it was one of a kind. But not anymore.
Sorry, I’m not big on straight romance. Vampires sound cool but not ones in love. And just…I don’t want to read four books (five now, right?) on a girl in love.
(I will say one thing: I’ve read the first two pages of Twilight and Bella is right about the fact that Forks, Washington is in fact in the middle of nowhere. There’s nothing to do there, but the beaches are nice. And now, after Twilight is based there? Their only claim to fame is Twilight. It was EVERYWHERE.
No offense to anyone living in Forks, I’m sure that there’s plenty to do there if you live there. I mean, you cannot fall in love with a vampire around where I’m from.)

4) Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

This one I actually want to read, mostly. I’ve seen a few good reviews of it and it sounds interesting. I very recently read April Lee’s review of it on her blog and it seems like she enjoyed it! Unfortunately, it’s not very high on my tbr (I gotta get past all the VE Schwab and Alice Oseman books first!). So hopefully I’ll read it eventually. We’ll see when that happens. (*adds to long list of books to read in 2021)

Well. That was a long post that people might get angry at me for! Because these are a lot of popular authors/serieses that I know people really enjoy! If you have opinions for what I should read first of these or want to try to convince me to read one of the authors/serieses that I said I didn’t want to read, I look forwards to your arguments. I’m hard to sway.

I hope you all enjoyed this post! I always love to hear your opinion on my opinion as long as it’s respectful, so please leave a comment or two! As always, stay safe and keep on reading!