Instead of choosing a genre this week, I thought I would broaden it into categories — and I think that the Young Adult category has some very underrated books that, in my humble opinion, deserve some more attention. There might be a fine line between what’s considered popular and underrated, so this week I’ve chosen books that might not be as well known of books such as The Hunger Games, The Fault In Our Stars, A Game of Thrones, Twilight, Harry Potter, ect. And yes, this post includes self-published novels. They deserve some mentioning, too!
1. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.
I finished this one the other day — I surprisingly loved it! One of the best dystopian novels that I have read in a long time. Definitely underrated.
2. Looking For Alaska by John Green.
Okay, okay — so I know that John Green isn’t an underrated author, however, I feel like people focus on The Fault In Our Stars so much that they forget that he’s written other novels, too. Looking For Alaska was the first novel of his that I read. And loved.
3. What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang.
Another dystopian novel that I enjoyed ready very much. The author is pretty young, too, and What’s Left of Me has one of the most original storylines that I’ve seen in a long time.
4. Soul Fire by Aprille Legacy.
The problem with being a self-published author is that there are so many writers out there who deserve attention and recognition, and not all get it. If you’re looking for a great fantasy with a strong, kick-ass main character, I would recommend Soul Fire.
5. Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near.
Fairytales! Beautiful writing! Aussie author! Sooo underrated!
6. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce.
One of my favourite fantasy novels! I read it in primary school, and I still love this whole series to this day.
7. Evernight by Claudia Gray.
This was the first vampire novel I read after Twilight rose to popularity that I actually enjoyed! All right, so perhaps the main character was a little annoying, but she was also really well developed.
8. Shadows by Paula Weston.
Another Aussie author! Anyway, this was a really interesting take on angels, and while I usually wouldn’t enjoy anything in this genre, this was great. I can’t wait to read its sequels, and Shadows deserves some more recognition.
9. The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer.
And… another Australian author. In other words, it seems as though I think there are plenty of underrated Aussie authors out there.
10. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.
Pictures! This book had pictures! Who can resist a good book with pictures? But apart from that it had a really unique storyline and loveable characters.