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Top Ten Underrated YA Books Of All Genres
There are so many YA books out there that really need more attention! I was going to go with YA contemporary, but I kept thinking of so many different awesome books that I couldn’t stick with just one genre.
- Witch Child by Celia Rees. To me, it seems like historical fiction isn’t huge in YA- and within historical fiction, the 1920’s, World War 2 and the late 1800’s/early 1900’s are super popular to the point that it seems like nothing else exists. Witch Child is is about a young woman (who just happens to be a witch) and finds herself living with the Puritans. It’s such a great book, and I love that it’s in diary form.
- Illuminate by Aimee Agresti. I’m sure a lot of people are probably over the paranormal genre, but I think Illuminate is great! It’s a slightly different take on angels, and I like that Haven doesn’t have to make a decision to fight for good or evil.
- The Adoration Of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson. I love that Jenna Fox is sci-fi, and I feel like straight-up sci-fi isn’t huge in YA. But it definitely makes you think about how far is too far in terms of science and ethics.
- Unwind by Neal Shusterman. Unwind is a really underrated dystopic novel! It’s interesting that it deals with unwinding kids (the compromise made between people who are pro-life and pro-choice) and that Shusterman has narrators from so many different points of view. He does a great job with showing all of the different sides.
- Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. I really wish more people talked about Uglies! It definitely focuses on beauty, and given how much people like to talk about beauty standards for women, you’d think this one would make more waves. It’s definitely one of my favorites!
- Speechless by Hannah Harrington. I love that Chelsea’s vow of silence taught her so much, and that she had to deal with the consequences of her actions.
- Wander Dust by Michelle Warren. Wander Dust is such a great paranormal book! I like that’s it’s all about time travel, and that you have to work in teams, and that each team member has their own strengths and talents.
- Witch Struck by Victoria Lamb. Witch-Struck is such a good combination of historical fiction and paranormal, and I love that they go so well together. Plus, it’s set during the reign of Bloody Mary, which had me sold!
- A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier. Another historical fiction, this time set during the Spanish flu epidemic. I definitely want to read more about it because of this book.
- The Crown by Colleen Oakes. I love this take on Alice In Wonderland and how it’s about the Queen Of Hearts and how she got that way. And I love how dark it is. It’s definitely a great book.