Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where we get to make fun bookish lists!
It’s been years since I participated in this meme because of my hiatus and because I always always forget about participating. I’m hoping to hop on the bandwagon and make this a weekly feature!
This week’s theme is:
Hidden Gems in YA
The theme this week is technically supposed to be a certain genre but I figured I’d do a more broad spectrum, YA umbrella. I don’t know if I can come up with 10 necessarily because I’m just now starting to get back into reading again but I’ll list some of my absolute favorites that I definitely think deserve so much more attention!
The Lockwood & Co. series by Jonathan Stroud is one of my absolute favorite series ever. Hands down. It originally was pitched as a MG but as the books have been released, I think Disney sort of realized it’s more YA. It’s set in a ghost-plagued London where only kids/teens have the gift and capabilities of eliminating the Visitors that are wrecking havoc. Seriously this series is so fun, it has witty and insanely smart characters, it’s chilling, it’s ghostly, and it’s thrilling. I love it so much! The 5th and final book in the series, The Empty Grave, comes out next month and I want to cry just thinking about it. I look forward to these books every September so it’s going to be tough next year not having a new one to look forward to.
Everyone at this point in time I believe has heard of Victoria (V.E) Schwab because of Vicious, A Darker Shade of Magic, and This Savage Song. But before any of those books came out, Schwab wrote a duology consisting of The Archived and The Unbound. At the time of their release, I sang its praises over and over but I still think it deserves it even now because I think it gets overlooked. This series is about the memories and spirits of the dead being cataloged and stored in a library and what the Keepers must do to make sure those “Histories” don’t get out of where they belong and that history as such isn’t altered. It’s such a neat concept, you guys!!! The Unbound is even better than the first book and I so wish the series was able to be continued but oh well.
This one probably isn’t exactly hidden but I love this book! Time travel, when done right, is one of my favorite storylines to read about and All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill is one of those books you completely devour and then have a book hangover from because holy crap, that was so good. This is s a standalone for all you non-series fans. So worth the read!
Another oldie but goodie is the Prep School Confidential series by Kara Thomas (The Darkest Corners, Little Monsters) under the pseudonym, Kara Taylor. If you follow the blog at all you know I basically love everything Kara writes but this series is what made me fall in love with her story telling and her knack for mysteries and thrillers.
What hidden gems in YA do you think deserve more love? If you participated this week, send me your link so I can come see some of your favorites!!