Top 5 Wednesday – January 25th

Hello everyone and welcome to this weeks Top 5 Wednesday. This weeks top 5 is your top 5 underrated books.

I surprisingly struggled to narrow it down to a top 5 once I started looking. So what I deiced to do this week was to include some honourable mentions that I believe more exposure and were better than they seemed.

Honourable mentions:

  • Ravens Gate by Anthony Horowitz


He always knew he was different.
First there were the dreams.
Then the deaths began.

When Matt Freeman gets into trouble with the police, he’s sent to be fostered in Yorkshire. It’s not long before he senses there’s something wrong with his guardian: with the whole village. 

Then Matt learns about the Old Ones and begins to understand just how he is different. But no one will believe him; no one can help. 

There is no proof. There is no logic. There is just the Gate.

Summary from Goodreads.

Not really underrated, but in my circle of bookish friends; not many have read this.

  • Phoenix Files series by Chris Morphew


Luke is having a rough year. When his parents split up, his mum drags him to Phoenix, a brand-new town in the middle of nowhere.

But Phoenix is no ordinary town. There are no cars, no phones and no internet. Luke thinks this is as weird as it gets.

Then he discovers that someone is plotting to wipe out the human race. Phoenix is suddenly the safest and most dangerous place on earth.

And the clock is already ticking.

There are 100 days until the end of the world.

Summary from Goodreads.

Again, a reasonably popular book but not many people that I know have read it.

And now onto my Top 5 underrated books.

  1. Jumper series by Steven Gould


Davy can teleport. He first discovers his talent during a savage beating delivered by his abusive father, when Davy jumps instantaneously to the safest place he knows, his small-town public library. As his mother did so many years before, Davy vows never to go home again. Instead, he sets off, young and inexperienced, for New York City.

Davy gradually learns to use and control his powers, first for sheer survival in an environment more violent and complex than he ever imagined. But mere survival is not enough for Davy. He wants to know if his mother disappeared so completely from his life because she, too, could Jump. And as he searches for a trace of anyone else with powers like his own, he learns to use his abilities for more than escape and theft.

A young man with nothing to lose, and the ability to go anyplace he wants, can help a lot of people. But he can also make a lot of trouble, and sooner or later trouble is going to come looking for him. The one way Davy can think of to locate others who can Jump is to make himself visible to them, but if he does, the police will surely find him too.

Summary from Goodreads.

I absolutely love this series! If you have seen the movie adaptation of Jumper, you would be surprised to find out that the movie is nothing like the book. The moral dilemmas brought up in this hit too close to home, what would you do to survive?

  1. Remnants by John Hennesy


Night one brings marked doors to every home in the world. Day one sees confusion and fear. Night two takes half the planet’s population. Day two leaves panic and mayhem. Night three watches the second half disappear. Day three the fight for survival begins. 

The world ended in silence. No birds chirping. Dogs barking. Cars thrumming. No people going about their busy lives. After the aliens arrive, they clear the globe of every living animal, except for a few scattered bands of human survivors. Now Maggy, a strong-willed intellectual, leads Darrel and Félix, two shy geeks, on an expedition down the west coast, searching for safety in a landscape that promises only a gruesome death, as the aliens hunt down the remnants for sport. But when one of them is abducted, a much more sinister truth unfolds, one that will change the course of humanity forever. 

Remnants is perfect for fans of The 5th Wave, alien invasions, the apocalypse, and just pure sci-fi adventure. 

Note: For verisimilitude of teenagers facing the apocalypse, this book contains strong language, and is intended for mature young adults. If such words offend you, you might not enjoy this book.

Summary from Goodreads.

Read my review of Remnants here.

Alien invasion: Check.
People who hate each other forced to work together: Check.
Insane character development: Check.
Just read it is all I have to say.

  1. Homelanders series by Andrew Klavan


The first book in an exciting new series reminiscent of The Bourne Identity and 24

Charlie West studies hard, stays focused and has just gotten the phone number of the prettiest girl in his class. He is thinking about joining the air force after graduation. He is a third degree black belt. He never gets in trouble. Until now. Charlie has woken up in a nightmare. He’s strapped to a steel chair, and someone outside the door just ordered his death. . .

Even worse – he can’t remember a thing about how he got here.

By calling on his deepest reserves of strength and focus, Charlie manages a desperate escape. . . but his nightmare isn’t ending. There’s a whole year of his life that he can’t remember. A year in which he was convicted of murdering his best friend and working with terrorists. Charlie knows that can’t be true. But what is? Staying alive long enough to figure out the answers may be the least of his worries. . .

Summary from Goodreads.

The Homelander series is one of the books that I fondly remember from high school. How many books get you hooked from the first sentence? If I remember it correctly it is: ‘Suddenly I woke up, strapped to a chair.’ Now, I don’t know about you, but I cannot think of a better way to start a book.

  1. 172 Hours On The Moon by Johan Harstad

172 Hours On The Moon

Three teenagers are going on the trip of a lifetime. Only one is coming back. It’s been more than forty years since NASA sent the first men to the moon, and to grab some much-needed funding and attention, they decide to launch an historic international lottery in which three lucky teenagers can win a week-long trip to moon base DARLAH 2.

Summary from Goodreads.

A horror book that you should not read at night! 172 Hours On The Moon was originally written in Norwegian and I believe that since information always tends to get lost / confused in translation; this worked in 172 Hours On The Moon’s favour. The summary does not do it justice, and their is more than meets the eye to this Moon mission.

  1. Chalcedony Chronicles by B. Kristin McMichael


Everyone has a past, but for most it isn’t as long ago as Seth Sangre. His past is literally thousands of years ago. Seth’s life led him to the present seeking something that might help him save his country from destruction. He has been in the present for over three years now and just found exactly what he has been looking for.

Mari had dreams that college will be a fresh start, one where she would start over and not fall for the good looking player like high school. Unfortunately for her, that’s exactly what ends up falling into her lap on the first day she moves into the dorms. Now she has to hold to her promise to herself and not fall for the handsome Seth. But he doesn’t plan to make it easy for her. Seth has already marked her as his next conquest. As the semester progresses, Mari learns that Seth might just have a life of his own that’s actually from the past. Suddenly Mari finds her future along with her past put into question. She’s connected to Seth far more than she ever wanted to be and maybe the player isn’t who she thought he was. If Mari can trust her heart enough to follow him, Seth will lead Mari on an adventure of a lifetime and reveal family secrets she never knew existed

Summary from Goodreads.

Read my review of Carnelian here.

Time-travelling is always something that interests, and confuses me. The actual logistics of it just confuse me; like if I went back in time how would it affect the future, was it planned on me time-travelling or did I start a chain-reaction? Also a major plus in my mind is that the lead female, Mari, uses her brain from the very start! She would actually survive in the situations that she ended up in because the logic that she used to get out of them, she has been using for majority of her life.

So those are my top 5 underrated books! Are you doing Top 5 Wednesday? If so link to your post in the comments! It is always interesting how different everyone’s tastes are! Click here to go to the Goodreads page for Top 5 Wednesday and click here to go to my archive page for all of my Top 5 Wednesday posts.

Until next Wednesday, Danielle.


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