Top Ten Underrated YA Books

Technically this week's TTT is technically top underrated authors/books in "X" genre, but I decided to just do it for YA in general because heck, it's my blog and I do what I want to.

So, because I can't really pick favourites when they're set out like this, here are my picks in alphabetical order:

The Archived books by Victoria Schwab. Beautiful, haunting, exciting, and swoooony (oh how I love Wes). More people need to read these books. Seriously.

The Caged Graves by Dianne K. Salerni. A book that completely took me by surprise with its characters and its different take on love triangles and instalove and a great historical setting.

Canary by Rachele Alpine. An important and moving (and frustrating but for the right reasons) book that made me cry and really needs to be read by so many young adults.

Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn. This one is definitely a critical hit (yay for the Morris Debut Award!) but more regular readers and bloggers need to pick this one up!

Famous Last Words by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski. While not perfect, this is a really fun read and I love that it had a big focus on her interesting job.

The Maids of Honor books by Jennifer McGowan. This historical series is AMAZING. Focusing on five different girls taken in as a secret group of sneaky spies for Queen Elizabeth I, this series has everything you could possibly need and it's only two books in!

Nil by Lynne Matson. I found so much to adore in this one. The loveable Charley and Thad (who have a great sex talk that more teens should know they can have). The sunny Hawaii-inspired island that becomes like a character in its own right. It's just such a great read.

The Secrets of the Eternal Rose series by Fiona Paul. Another amazing historical series. This one only gets better as it goes on. It also has one of the only love triangles I can totally get behind (Team Falco! Team Luca! Team Cass! Team... threesome? Just kidding), both in its execution and in its finale. Plus how can you say no to Renaissance Venice? You get to see its dark side, too... tempting, isn't it?

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. I don't know of a ton of magical realism YA novels but why this one didn't get a ton of attention when it came out baffles me. It was strange and beautiful, just like Ava Lavender's sorrows, and I ended up loving it.

17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma. Another one that is absolutely haunting, this one because even the main character isn't quite sure what's happening. It was such an interesting look into a very intricate and troubled mind.


  1. Ooo, I've looked at the Maids of Honor series, but never read it - those covers though! :)

  2. I'm so bad - I own the Archived and Maids of Honor series, but I've never gotten around to reading them! Your list is basically my TBR pile. :-)

    Kayla @ Bibliophilia, Please

  3. I have seen The Caged Grave on a few lists today! It's time to add it to my TBR list. I do enjoy magical realism (A.S. King does it so beautifully as well) and Ava Lavender is on my list. Glad to hear it is worth a read! Thanks for sharing! ~Megan

  4. Agreed about the Archived books, they are great. I own Maid of Secrets but haven't read it, I should get on that.

  5. I had Ava Lavender on my to-read list, but haven't gotten to it. Good to know it's a good book, though! Also, love the Maid of Secrets covers!

  6. I need to read The archived, I really liked The near witch. I love historical books so I should check out Maid of secrets as soon as possible. Venom sounds right up my alley as well.



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