Top 10 Hidden Gems in YA

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

I recently posted 10 Amazing Books I Don't Talk About Enough and a lot of those were hidden gems of YA. Hidden gem books are books that are amazing but I haven't heard much about in the book community. They aren't the most known novels but they are definitely the books I recommend the most.

Top Ten Tuesday is created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is: 10 Hidden Gems in YA. I was going to pick a genre to showcase several hidden gems from that specific genre but I wanted to tell you about books from a range of genres so this particular list has a variety of books. Here's some fantastic books you may have missed when they first came out but should definitely read:

Eve by Anna Carey: With dystopia, it has always been hit or miss with me but Eve was definitely a hit! Eve grew up isolated from the overgrown Wild. She escapes the School in which she was born and meets a boy, Caleb. He helps her survive but when Eve is chased from those she escaped from, she realizes she must face the world alone. Eve has to choose between true love or safety, but she can never have both.

Boy Toy by Barry Lyga: Barry Lyga is one of my favorite authors of all time. He is best known for his thriller series, I Hunt Killers, but my favorite is Boy Toy. When Josh was young, he was involved in an inappropriate relationship with his teacher. He has never entirely gotten closure over what had happened to him. Now, just about to graduate high school, Josh faces his past to finally put it behind him.

Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers: My favorite book of 2015! Westlin Beck is short of a summer business partner. Her father suggests working with the new boy, Silas, who recently moved to the small town of Green Lake with his family. Silas is different from anyone she has ever met and the more she gets to know him, the more her life changes forever.

A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford: Leah Clifford has certainly created something entirely original.  A Touch Mortal is well-written and amazing! Eden falls for Az, a fallen angel, and finds herself in the middle of a war between heaven and hell.

Ink by Amanda Sun: One of the main reasons I love this book so much is that it is set in Japan. Sun weaves Japanese into the dialogue to make the story incredibly authentic! Katie is studying abroad in Japan, when she meets Tomo. Tomo likes to sketch in his notebook but when his doodles start to move, his harmless dragons become fire-breathing ones. Something is awakening but Tomo can not seem to put his pen down.

Nevermore by Kelly CreaghNevermore is the start of a gorgeous trilogy that will have you freaking out with its fantastic characters and a story that will scare you witless. Cheerleader, Isobel, is paired up with goth, Varen, on an unavoidable English project. Forced to work together, Isobel begins to discover the secrets Varen is hiding. He lives his life half in reality and half in a dreamscape that is not as safe as he once assumed.

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich: I truly think this would have been given the hype it deserved if Illuminae didn't overshadow it. It's similar in that both books give you a multi-faceted reading experience. Twenty years after the fire, in the scorched remains of Elmbridge High school, a diary was recovered. The case has been reopened and readers will get a chance to read police interviews, video transcripts, diary entries and more to figure out what truly happened so many years ago.

Falling Under by Gwen Hayes: Did I ever tell you how much I love Greek mythology? Falling Under is so underrated and such a surprise to every one who reads it. When a new student joins Theia's high school, she swears she has seem him before... in her dreams. Haden is as mysterious is he as infuriating. And even when Theia discovers who he really is, she still can't stay away.

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly: It's been such a long time since I read this book. Revolution is a fantastic adventure that pulls at your heart strings. When her little brother passes, Andi becomes mad, finding it difficult to cope with her loss. Her father takes her on a work trip to Paris where she uncovers a centuries-old journal. When Andi follows the journal's words to the catacombs, the past becomes the present.

Hate List by Jennifer Brown: This book is such an important book. When I first read it, the novel changed how I saw the world, it was a book that entirely morphed my perspective on so many things. Valerie and Nick made a list of people they hated, a list of bullies that the couple didn't like. It was a relaxing exercise to acknowledge and move past those who they felt wronged them. However, when Nick open fires in the school cafeteria, Valerie notices he is targeting each person on their list. Faced with the aftermath alone, Valerie feels responsible. Hate List is a game changing contemporary that will make you weep.

What are some of your hidden gem books of YA?

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