Top Ten Tuesday is a lovely original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
I bet everyone is doing YA Fiction, but I couldn’t think of anything else. After all, this blog mainly deals with YA so why stray too far from home? Hansel and Gretel strayed too far from home and look at the horrors that they experienced. No, thank you. I’d like to avoid creepy old grandmas with houses made of candy thankyouverymuch.
I’ll be talking about some YA novels that I absolutely love. I believe these need more coverage and exposure! Feeling depressed because you don’t know which book you’re going to read next? Have no fear! Take one of these novel suggestions (pun intended hahah) from your local library. Or, rather, don’t take it because that might imply stealing. And stealing, as you should know, is illegal and may get you thrown in the slammer. No, you should definitely check one out — or all of them, if you’re feeling quite ambitious — from your local library.
NOTE: All book covers are linked to their respective Goodreads’ pages so be sure to check them out! 🙂
1. Old Magic by Marianne Curley
Maybe I just haven’t met Old Magic fans yet, but I swear there have to be some somewhere. This book was so lovely! I re-read it recently and it took me right back to the first time I read it.
Read if you’re a fan of: Romance, Spells, Adventure, Young Adults with Special Abilities
2. The Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson
This is one of those books that is definitely a guilty pleasure for me. It’s a nice mindless read and it is a Christian Fiction pick so if Christian literature isn’t your thing then you shouldn’t pick this one up! It’s rather ridiculous fluff, but I’ve read it two times already because it was a clean, sweet read. It makes me happy! I’d be surprised if you didn’t guess the ending in the first 20 pages, but, come on, we all have a book like this. Let’s be honest, my peeps.
Read if you’re a fan of: Romance, Clean Reads, Christian Fiction
3. Cutlass by Ashley Nixon
I stumbled across this book on the internet and then decided to buy it. Considering that I get most of my books for free these days, that was a momentous decision. I’m so glad I did! This book is the perfect blend of suspense, romance, and fight scenes and the author is a sweetheart!
Read if you’re a fan of: Romance, Action, Adventure, Pirates ARRGHHH
4. The Innocent Assassins by Pema Donyo
Teen assassins? YES. Teen author? YES. This book is pretty amazing in so many different ways. Well-written and fast-paced, this novel is perfect for people that love action and suspense with a dash of romance thrown in. Plus, the author has great taste in TV shows and she introduced me to I Wanna Marry Harry. I don’t think I’ll ever be the same. Forever changed.
Read if you’re a fan of: Adventure, Action, Romance, Teens Sticking It To The Man
5. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
Okay, okay. So maybe this read isn’t exactly a YA Fiction pick, but I’m going to include this series anyways. BEFORE Hunger Games there was Gregor the Overlander. Before? There was life before The Hunger Games? Yes, I do understand it’s hard to wrap your mind around, but do try. Suzanne Collins wrote about Gregor first. This book series was my childhood. I really never went through a Harry Potter phase (hate me), so I suppose Gregor was my Harry Potter. Is that sacrilegious? I hope not. Don’t hunt me down and kill me in my sleep. Please.
Read if you’re a fan of: Children’s Literature, Action, Adventure, Prophecies, Crying (a lot), Feeling Attachments to Fictional Bats of Large Sizes
6. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
I will never not recommend this book. While I think many book bloggers have read this book, I don’t think people that don’t read a lot of YA have read it. That was a confusing sentence and I apologize profusely.
Read if you’re a fan of: Dystopian, Horror, Suspense, Romance, Crying Your Body Weight
7. We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt
I didn’t expect to enjoy this one as much as I did, but I really enjoyed this book. I wrote a review for it awhile back documenting my surprise. There was great character development and redemption in this one. Getting into a relationship with your teacher is a no-no. Don’t do it. And, if you’re considering it, read this book. Or just… don’t?
Read if you’re a fan of: Sisterly Bonds, Romance, Suspense, Coming Of Age Tales
8. Catch A Falling Star by Kim Culbertson
This novel just makes me smile. Total girl-meets-celebrity-and-celebrity-falls-for-her unrealistic story, but you can’t help loving it for what it is. Fluff and teenage hormones.YES. Take my money, Culbertson. Take it all.
Read if you’re a fan of: Romance, Fangirling, Stars (of the movie/TV world and the ones that sit in the sky)
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6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Eight Underrated Books in the YA Fiction Genre”
awh that last one looks cute.
I’ve read the forest of hands and teeth but wasn’t too impressed with it
Catch a Falling Star by Culbertson is a total feel-good read. 🙂
Yeah, I saw your rating on Goodreads I think. I can see how people wouldn’t like it! For some reason, I’m a bit obsessed with it.
Gonna have to try the hands and teeth and falling star, it’s been so long since I’ve read YA, but it’s always been a favorite.
Definitely! Gotta go back that YA every once-in-a-while. 🙂
Not gonna lie, I’m one of those peeps who didn’t know Collins wrote an entire series before Hunger Games, and I was basically like, “saaay whaaaa?” when I was informed haha. Great to hear it was your childhood though!
joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts
Haha I actually didn’t put the two and two together for awhile after I’d read both. HG is SO different than Gregor. I’m glad you’ve been enlightened! 🙂