Holy moly you guys, we’ve almost made it to the end, two more days to go! I am amazed that I have kept this up throughout the whole challenge, given how notoriously flaky I am. Anyways, today’s topic is fun, because who does not love telling EVERYONE to read your favorite under the radar book? I had such a hard time choosing just one book but am pumped about the one that I chose, as it’s sequel comes out pretty soon. This post is part of a 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge that I started because I was feeling burnt out and then inspired. Check out the challenge here.
Describe One Under-appreciated Book EVERYONE Should Read.
I’ve decided on a book that I think gets passed over simply based on the premise which comes across as totally ridiculous, or totally niche, but in reality is SUCH A GOOD BOOK. I cannot even, with how good it is.
The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle
“Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers can get a taste of the real world. But the real world comes to her in this dystopian tale with a philosophical bent. Rumors of massive unrest on the “Outside” abound. Something murderous is out there. Amish elders make a rule: No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man, she can’t leave him to die. She smuggles him into her family’s barn—at what cost to her community? The suspense of this vividly told, truly horrific thriller will keep the pages turning”
I think that people are unwilling to give The Hallowed Ones a shot because it’s about the Amish and vampires, which is basically the weirdest combination ever. I will admit, I read it because it sounded campy. BUT YOU GUYS, this book is not campy at all. And I guess I consider this under-appreciated because there are under 800 ratings as of right now of it on goodreads and under 300 reviews, as of right now typing it.
Here’s why you should add it to your TBR:
- It’s an interesting exploration of the intersection of religion and superstition. Seriously, The Hallowed Ones made me think.
- Katie is such an interesting character, she truly does come of age during this book.
- MORAL DILEMMAS, yo.
- Vampires that are actually scary as hell.
- Religion is portrayed without judgment.
- There is a romance that is blissfully free of love triangles.
- THE HEXENMEISTER.
- Puppies that don’t die.
Of course, there is more, but I am totally not all about the spoilers.
Also, it’s only like $6 on Kindle right now, which I know for some people is steep, but it’s below $9.99, so yeah thought I would mention that.
Anyways, what are your diamonds in the rough? Let me know!