Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the fantastic blog The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic was “Top Ten Underrated Books or Authors” so I chose to focus on YA. They’re in no particular order!
1) Obsidian (Lux Series) by Jennifer L. Armentrout- Aliens, people, aliens! I feel like this concept is still vastly under-written compared to all of the over-done concepts in paranormal YA fiction. Plus there’s very swoon-worthy aliens and a book-blogging heroine!
2) Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick- I KNOW this book receives so much hate by many readers and bloggers alike, but it’s my guilty pleasure read. Does it have its issues? Sure. Is Patch not the ideal boyfriend for real life? Definitely. But I think we’re all allowed once book boyfriend who’s less than perfect, and I’m a sucker for the angel genre.
3) Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge- I don’t know why I haven’t seen this book receiving the fanfare it deserves. It only came out this spring and it’s the most FANTASTIC fairytale retelling I’ve read. Ever. You can see my gushing review of it here.
4) Trouble by Non Pratt- I’ve been promoting this book every chance I get because it’s the most raw, uncesored and honest YA contemporary I’ve come across, and I love that it’s so authentic and shuns the sugar-coating in many contemporaries. You can read my review here.
5) Revolution by Jennifer Donnely- It is an absolute tragedy that I have never seen another blogger talk about this book nor come across anyone who’s read it. It’s part historical fiction part paranormal thriller, and features angsty teens, creepy catacombs, and the heart of a little prince (literally). This book stuck with me and was a fantastic stand alone novel that tells history in such a thrilling and adventurous way.
6) The Mediator by Meg Cabot- I know this series came out a while ago (early 2000’s) but it’s really brilliant and features a protagonist who can interact with ghosts. This is a really fun and creative series (also it’s set in gorgeous Carmel, California) and I feel like it gets forgotten next to Meg Cabot’s more well-known works. She does paranormal really well with her usual sassy and sarcastic narrative style.
7) Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake- This book also features a protagonist that can see and interact with ghosts (you can see a theme in my reading interests) but it’s a male protagonist (of which there are far too few in YA!) and it has its horror moments without being completely traumatizing (and I don’t have the highest scare-threshold, I assure you). He also kills the bad ghosts, and the haunting weighs heavily on his purpose in life.
8) Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas- There’s nothing more to be said than what’s been already said about this underrated thriller. Check out the extent of my obsession here.
9) Angelfall by Susan Ee- This is also another book that I will shamelessly promote every chance I get. It’s SO good. It has all of the interesting elements of the angel genre with the dystopian feel of a book like The Road, with a dash of Hunger Games gore. Also, it has a slow-simmering romance and a really great protagonist who shoulders maturity and responsibility gracefully in the face of major adversity. It also references a lot of actual biblical history and the amount of research is really evident! Read my review here.
10) Dreamland by Sarah Dessen- This is my favorite Sarah Dessen book and one that I never hear mentioned. It’s darker than her other books, and it deals with an abusive relationship, showing the entire process of how one can be consumed in a destructive partnership and not realize it until it’s too late. I think it’s a really important read and can be really insightful about when relationships are not what they should be. It’s a book many teens and young adults alike can really learn from.