Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
This is a freebie week and I am going to use the past prompt of books with few reading than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads.
This week’s topic shows some love to the books that aren’t getting much. What books have you read and loved, but there’s not many ratings or reviews on Goodreads (or any other book pushing/retailer sites)? I hope you find some great hidden gems for your own TBR here!
The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy
In the city of Craewick, memories reign. The power-obsessed ruler of the city, Madame, has cultivated a society in which memories are currency, citizens are divided by ability, and Gifted individuals can take memories from others through touch as they please.
Seventeen-year-old Etta Lark is desperate to live outside of the corrupt culture, but grapples with the guilt of an accident that has left her mother bedridden in the city’s asylum. When Madame threatens to put her mother up for auction, a Craewick practice in which a “criminal’s” memories are sold to the highest bidder before being killed, Etta will do whatever it takes to save her. Even if it means rejoining the Shadows, the rebel group she swore off in the wake of the accident years earlier.
To prove her allegiance to the Shadows and rescue her mother, Etta must steal a memorized map of the Maze, a formidable prison created by the bloodthirsty ruler of a neighboring Realm. So she sets out on a journey in which she faces startling attacks, unexpected romance, and, above all, her own past in order to set things right in her world.
Delilah by India Edghill
Given to the temple of Atargatis as a child, Delilah is raised to be a priestess to the Five Cities that rule Canaan. With her beloved friend Aylah, Delilah grows up under the watchful eyes of high priestess Derceto, who sees the devout young priestesses as valuable playing pieces in her political schemes.
In the hills of Canaan, the Israelites chafe under the rule of the Five Cities, and choose Samson to lead them to victory. A reluctant warrior, Samson is a man of great heart who prefers peace to war. But fearing a rebellion, those who rule the Five Cities will do anything to capture Samson. When Samson catches a glimpse of Delilah, he is ready to risk his freedom to marry her, and Derceto seizes the chance to have Samson at her mercy. The Temple’s intrigues against Samson force Aylah and Delilah apart, lead Delilah to question her own heart, and change her future forever.
A glorious and inventive retelling of an ancient story, Delilah is a soaring tale of political turmoil, searing betrayal, passionate friendship, and forbidden love.
Parallel by Claudia Lefeve
Destiny has a way of catching up.
Saddled with powers she doesn’t understand, Etta Fleming’s world is turned upside-down the day she meets Cooper Everett, the man who transports her to an alternate reality. A reality she was meant to be a part of.
One minute, she’s an orphan living at Dominion House for Girls, an institution for delinquent foster kids, then finds herself attending the exclusive Dominion Hall Academy.
Plucked from the only world she’s ever known, Etta now has to deal with an aunt she never knew, a boyfriend she doesn’t know, and a best friend who can’t know.
PARALLEL is the first book in the Travelers Series.
The Prairie Dreams Trilogy by Susan Page Davis
What are an English lady and her maid doing traversing the Oregon Trail? When Lady Anne Stone sets out to find her uncle, the new Earl of Stoneford, and save the family legacy, she had no idea how far the search would take her. Will she find the earl? And can the lady, the maid, and a swindler find common ground through faith and dreams? Find out in the complete Prairie Dreams Trilogy of historical romances from bestselling author Susan Page Davis.
The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop by Kate Saunders
Welcome to the most magical house in London.
Oz and Lily’s family have inherited it, together with the mysterious shop downstairs. Long ago, its famous chocolate-makers were clever sorcerers. Now evil villains are hunting the secret of their greatest recipe. The terrifying power of this magic chocolate could destroy the world.
The children are swept into a thrilling battle, helped by an invisible cat, a talking rat and the ghost of an elephant.
Death by Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake by Sarah Graves
Life just got a little sweeter in the island fishing village of Eastport, Maine. Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree and her best friend Ellie are opening a waterfront bake shop, The Chocolate Moose, where their tasty treats pair perfectly with the salty ocean breeze. But while Jake has moved on from fixing up houses, she still can’t resist the urge to snoop into the occasional murder.
Jake and Ellie have been through a lot together, from home repair to homicide investigation. So when they decide to open a chocolate-themed bakery, they figure it’ll be a piece of cake. With Ellie’s old family recipes luring in customers, they expect to make plenty of dough this Fourth of July weekend. Having family home for the holiday only sweetens the deal for Jake—until the ill wind of an early-season hurricane blows up her plans. When the storm hits, Jake’s grown son Sam is stranded in a Boston bus station, and her husband Wade is stuck on a cargo ship. But as bitter as the storm is, something even more sinister is brewing in the kitchen of The Chocolate Moose—where health inspector Matt Muldoon is found murdered.
Ellie never made a secret of her distaste for Matt, who had been raining on their parade with bogus talk of health code violations. Now, with no alibi for the night of the murder, she’s in a sticky situation with the police—and it’s up to Jake to catch the real killer and keep Ellie living in the land of the free.
Includes a Recipe!
Veronica and the Volcano by Geoffrey Cook
VOLCANO BOOK FOR KIDS! A VOLCANIC ADVENTURE!
Veronica is a perfectly ordinary girl, except for one very important thing—she lives on a volcano! Join Veronica on her search for pearls in the black sands on the far side of the biggest volcano of all … Mount Mystery!
Veronica sets off in the “lava car” with her best friend, Maddy, and their dads. Together, they must cross Magma Pass, hike through the Cinnamon Forest, and brave the poisonous Yellow Lake to get to the base of Mount Mystery, where the true test begins.
The base of Mount Mystery is a moonscape pocked with craters the size of school buses. Here the earth pulses with power: geysers steam, mud pots boil, and stones smoke like ghosts in the spectral fog. Yet they press on through the war-zone landscape to the summit, where they are faced with an impossible choice: of life and death, of bad and worse.
Veronica makes her decision, and the world falls into darkness. Yet amid total despair and with the help of her family and friends, she discovers a map that can change the world, if only someone didn’t stand in her way—the man in white!
Join Veronica on this epic, middle-grade adventure of eruption, pirates, and volcanic winter. Includes dozens of the most beautiful volcanic illustrations in print today. Perfect for volcano lovers of all ages and especially girls ages 9 to 12.
Cake and Punishment by Maymee Bell
In the first of a delectable new Southern-set baking cozy series, Sophia Cummings, pastry chef extraordinaire, must craft the perfect cake for an old friend’s wedding while sifting through the suspects in a murder.
Bucolic Rumford, Kentucky has glowing fields of bluegrass, a fine selection of bourbons, and now a professional pastry chef. Broken-hearted Sophia Cummings has come home from New York City. She’s not there a minute before she’s charmed into making her high school friend Charlotte’s wedding cake. The kitchen at the Rumford Country Club seems perfect until Chef Emile’s body is discovered, sprawled near the stove, a cast iron skillet on the floor close by.
With one look at the shiny, new frying pan, Sophia knows it’s not Emile’s. She offers her knowledge to Sheriff Carter and her talents to Evelyn, the manager, who needs an interim chef. The mood in the country club is grim: Emile’s peppery personality had burned members and staff alike. Sophia wonders which one of them burned him?
Perfect for fans of Joanne Fluke and JoAnna Carl, Cake and Punishment―with authentic Southern recipes!―will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Light Changes Everything by Nancy E. Turner
“I adored stepping back into to the world of the Prines through tough-as-rawhide Mary Pearl. Light Changes Everything is a novel as gritty and authentic as the women of the Arizona Territory. Nancy E. Turner brings the west and its people fully to life.” –Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours
Bestselling author Nancy E. Turner returns to the world of Sarah Agnes Prine through the wide-eyes of her irrepressibleyoung niece, Mary Pearl.
It’s the summer of 1907 and the sun is scorching down on Mary Pearl in the Arizona Territory. Mary Pearl and her sister Esther take their minds off the heat by sneaking banned Jane Austen novels from Aunt Sarah Elliot’s lively bookshelf. Whispered read alouds preoccupy their nights, and reveries of getting hitched to their own Mr. Darcy à la Pride and Prejudice swirl through their day dreams.
In walks old-fashioned old-money suitor Aubrey Hanna, here to whisk seventeen year old Mary Pearl off her feet with a forbidden kiss and hasty engagement. With the promise of high society outings and a rich estate, Aubrey’s lustful courtship quickly creates petty tension among the three generations of Prine women.
As autumn approaches all too quickly, Mary Pearl’s Wheaton College acceptance counters quick marriage preparations. Days of travel by horse and by train carry her deep into a sophisticated new world of Northern girls’ schooling. Seeking friendship but finding foes, Mary Pearl not only learns how to write, read, and draw, but also how to act, dress, and be a woman.
Light Changes Everything is the story of a resilient young feminist a century ahead of her time. Full of gumption and spirit, Mary Pearl’s evocative coming of age is destined to be the next American classic.
Resting Witch Face by Rebecca Regnier
A mysterious murder. An enchanted hometown. Catching the killer will take a crack reporter… and a pinch of magic.
Between her cheating husband and her on-air meltdown, Marzie Nowak is going through a bit of a bad spell. With nowhere else to turn, the ex-big-city journalist crawls back to her superstitious hometown of Widow’s Bay just in time for their annual pagan festival. But after some on-the-ground reporting for a local news site, she realizes the legends surrounding the village may be more magic than myth…
Despite her best efforts to fact-check the strange phenomena, she can’t quite explain the packs of fur-covered tourists, the cryptic schemes of a sun-shy billionaire, or her chatty cat’s fashion advice. And she can’t help but join the ranks of true believers when an unsolved murder sparks her own mystical powers.
With a killer on the loose and magical mysteries around every corner, can Marzie crack the case before her next meltdown?
Resting Witch Face is the first book in a spellbinding paranormal cozy mystery series. If you like clever heroines, snarky humor, and supernatural small towns, then you’ll love Rebecca Regnier’s bewitching mystery. Buy Resting Witch Face to fall under the spell of a witty, whimsical mystery today!
And A Bonus Book:
Bait and Witch by Angela M.Sanders
Librarian Josie Way moved to small-town Oregon to lay low. Instead, thanks to newfound magic abilities—and a killer on the loose—she’s leapt out of the frying pan and into a cauldron of trouble . . .
Josie Way loved working among the Library of Congress’s leather-scented stacks—until she uncovered corruption and made herself a target. As Wilfred, Oregon’s new librarian, Josie can stay undercover until the case goes to court. But life in this little town isn’t as subdued as she expected. The library, housed in a a Victorian mansion, is slated to be bulldozed. Still digesting the news that her safe haven is about to become scrap lumber, Josie discovers a body in the woods . . .
Almost as shocking, Josie learns that she’s descended from a long line of witches—and her powers have suddenly sprung to life. With help from a spoiled alley cat who just may be her familiar, Josie’s thumbing through a catalog of suspects, hoping she can conjure a way to save her library—and her life. . .
I hope there were some that you found interesting and will become new favorites of yours as well. I gave all of these 5 stars on my Goodreads. Let me know if you plan on reading any of these or if you have read them already!
I used Goodreads for the description for each book.