So we’ve all heard of the forerunners of YA fiction, the likes of Throne of Glass, Six of Crows, The Mortal Instruments and, obviously, Harry Potter. But what about the ones who don’t actually get the attention that they deserve? Here are a list of YA books that just don’t have the fandoms that they so rightfully deserve.
1) Frostblood by Elly Blake
Frostblood has to be top of my list. I got an ARC of it when it first came out, and I just fell in love with the characters, the writing just everything about it!
Why you should read it: a snarky heroine and one of the best hate-to-love romances I’ve read!
2) The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
This book totally took me by surprise! It was another ARC, and I can’t believe I almost didn’t request it!
Why you should read it: dragons. Dragons who love stories.
…do you really need another reason?
3) The Girl With The Red Balloon by Katherine Locke
I’m usually not too keen on time travel Books because they sort of blow my mind and I don’t like it, but this book is just pure magic.
Why you should read it: I literally cannot describe this book. It’s just magic. It is one of those books that simultaneously builds you up and knocks you down. It’s beautiful and heartwarming and heartbreaking. I need a reread.
4) The Falconer by Elizabeth May
Set in Scotland in the 1800s, this book is centred around one girl’s revenge against the fae that killed her mother. While the first book is good, The Vanishing Throne (book 2) takes it to a whole new level.
Why you should read it: our heroine plays the part of a privileged young lady by day, and by night she’s a kick-arse fae slayer. And there’s a brooding fae mentor. I do love a good brooder.
5) Covenant by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Okay, this book is controversial because it is really similar to Vampire Academy. Lots of people don’t like it but I…I prefer it to VA? I love Greek mythology, so I pretty much devoured this series.
Why you should read it: Alexandria, our MC, is a fucking riot. And Aiden? *Dreamy sigh* and really? Greek mythology, peeps.
6) Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
I put off reading this one for ages because I had it in my mind that it was going to be like An Ember in the Ashes, which I didn’t really love. And while I loved book one, Traitor to the Throne is mind blowing.
Why you should read it: djinni, demdji, ghouls, oh my!
7) Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Oh my god, this fucking book. I adored it, and I just don’t see that much love for it on Tumblr and Instagram! It’s so fucking good.
Why you should read it: did you miss the part where I said it was by Leigh Bardugo? Because that’s reason number one. The other reasons? The writing, the female friendship, the plot…everything.
8) The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
These books won’t be for everyone because they are slow. The plot, the romance…it’s slow. But it’s beautiful. It sort of reminded me of The Infernal Devices.
Why you should read it: a strong friendship between a lady and her maid; unique demons; beautiful writing.
9) Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen
Okay, I fucking love Robin Hood. In fact, I had a serious crush on the Disney portrayal of him as a fox (don’t judge me, I was a child). It doesn’t matter what form he’s in; I love Robin Hood. So this book? It’s a fucking winner.
Why you should read it: it’s a twist on the classic stories you usually hear about Robin Hood and his merry men, has a strong female main character, and Robin is a total dreamboat.
10) Demons at Deadnight by A. E. Kirk
You know those books that you read and you know they’re not perfect, that they have faults, but you love them anyway? Well, this is one of those books for me. It’s not perfect, but it’s a whole lotta fun, if you’re wanting a light, easy read.
Why you should read it: it’s literally so fucking hilarious. There’s quite a big cast of characters, and they’re all brilliant – the parents included! There are so many YA books that cast the parents as the villains, but the parents in Demons at Deadnight are not only caring, they’re also hilarious.
So that’s it! Those are my top 10 underrated YA books! Have you read any of them, and what did you think? Are there any that you haven’t read yet but want to? Or are there any that you’ve never heard of but are now on your TBR lists? Let me know!