Top Ten Underrated YA Books

Top Ten Tuesday

A weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish :)

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is about underrated books and/or authors, and I decided to narrow mine down to books in the YA genre.  This list is composed of nine books that I feel not enough people have read, or ones that I loved that not a lot of people talk about or have heard of! I am also including my favourite quote from each book.  So, in no particular order… (click the image to go to goodreads!)

sisters in sanitySisters in Sanity by Gayle Forman

That’s all we can do, Brit. Take steps. Take enough of them and suddenly, you’re somewhere.

Love and other perishable itemsLove and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

She even takes the goings-on of fictitious characters personally.

smart girls get what they want

Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

In fiction, I searched for my favorite authors, women I have trusted to reassure me than not all teenage guys are total ditwads, that the archetype of the noble cute hero who devotes himself to the girl he loves has not gone the way of the rotary phone. That all I had to do was be myself (smart, hardworking, funny) and be patient and kind and he and I would find each other.

As Bea would say, this why they call it fiction.

for darkness shows the stars

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Envy hurt exponentially more than heartbreak because your soul was torn in two, half soaring with happiness for another person, half mired in a well of selfpity and pain.

the duff cover

The DUFF: The Designated Ugly Fat Friend

Wesley Rush was the most disgusting womanizing playboy to ever darken the doorstep of Hamilton High… but he was kind of hot. Maybe if you could put him on mute… and cut off his hands… maybe—just maybe—he’d be tolerable then. Otherwise, he was a real piece of shit. Horn dog shit.

pretty girl13

 Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

For three long years, all I’ve wanted to know was what happened to you. Now… I don’t honestly know if I want you to remember.

wild awake

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

People are like cities: We all have alleys and gardens and secret rooftops and places where daisies sprout between the sidewalk cracks, but most of the time all we let each other see is is a postcard glimpse of a skyline or a polished square. Love lets you find those hidden places in another person, even the ones they didn’t know were there, even the ones they wouldn’t have thought to call beautiful themselves.

the lost girl

The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

What is this power the dead have over the ones they leave behind? It’s strange and beautiful and frightening, this deathless love that human beings continue to feel for the ones they’ve lost.

if you find me

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Funny how we can’t hold onto time, even when it’s strapped to our wrists.

So tell me: What books or authors do you think are underrated? Are there any of these books that you think you might add to your TBR? Have you read any of these books already? I WANT TO KNOW!

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Mini Book Reviews: Cinder by Marissa Meyer, For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund, and City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

As most of you know, this summer had been pretty busy for me what with work, getting ready to move away to university, and trying to hang out with all of my friends for one last time before I leave! And now that I’m actually in university, life is even more hectic! So, because of this, I have A BUNCH of books that I’ve read dating back to mid-June that I haven’t had time to review yet! I figured that instead of taking a bajillion hours to give all of these books full length reviews, I will have a series of mini reviews come out during the next few weeks, featuring three books per post, just until I get myself caught up. Sound like a good plan?? GOOD! (clicking the book covers will lead you to goodreads)

review cinder

cinderSummary from Goodreads: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

 What I liked:  Well, I am already a big fan of fairy tale retellings, and I just loved this futuristic take on the classic Cinderella story! I thought that Cinder’s relationship with her stepsister Peony was so perfect, and I also liked that Cinder was such an independent girl!

What I didn’t like:  The only this that is holding me back from giving this book a solid 5 stars is the fact that the BIG TWIST was for me, totally foreseeable. I had 100% guessed it at the first time it was mentioned. Oh well, still good :P

Swoon factor?:  YES! Prince Kai is soooooo dreamy <3<3<3

Favourite character:  Iko, Cinder’s little helper robot/friend!

Favourite quote: “Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”

Rating: 4.5 hearts

review for darkness shows the stars

for darkness shows the starsSummary from Goodreads: It’s been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth–an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret–one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s PersuasionFor Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.

What I liked: Where do I start?!?! I loved everything about this book. Its beautiful prose, the characters and their development, the world building, the story. I should have read this long ago, and I can picture myself reading this book a thousand times over. I also definitely need to check out Persuasion by Jane Austen now too. Simply put, there isn’t one thing about this book that I disliked.

What I didn’t like: See above ;)

Swoon factor?: Yup! And with another character named Kai, just like in Cinder above! What are the chances of that??

Favourite character: Elliot North. She was a smart young girl that knew where she stood in the world and knew exactly what she needed to do to take care of herself and her family and friends.

Favourite quote: “Three syllables and three thousand memories.”

Rating: 5 hearts

review city of bones

city of bonesSummary from Goodreads: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

What I liked: City of Bones definitely draws you in and keeps you hooked. Once you start reading you really can’t stop because you just NEED TO KNOW what is going to happen next! The world building in this book is pretty good, and gives you a good understanding of the hidden life that is happening all around. And then there is Jace. Oh, Jace. He’s a pretty boy Shadowhunter who also plays the piano. What’s not to love?

What I didn’t like: Well, there is a love triangle which I am not usually a fan of, but it kind of works here. No instalove, which is good, but yeah, still a triangle.

Swoon factor?: I personally like Jace the best out of the two boys involved in the love triangle. The other is Simon, Clary’s best friend. But for me, Jace is the one she belongs with. I appreciated the buildup to their romance and the fact that it wasn’t instalove, and I also like that Jace is blonde and pretty kick-ass if you ask me!

Favourite character: Clary. She does what she has to do for herself and isn’t just some helpless little girl character.

Favourite quote: Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?’
Jace said, “Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself.”
…”At least,” she said, “you don’t have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland.”
“Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.”

Rating: 5 hearts

Well ladies and gents, there you have it! Three mini reviews for three good books! Let me know your thoughts on any or all of the books below!!! I love getting feedback from all of you lovelies <3

The Perpetual Page Turner’s 2013 End of Year Book Survey!

2013 end of year book survey

BEST IN BOOKS 2013

1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

Contemporary YA –I’m going to have to cheat here…. Fangirl by Rainbow RowellAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie PerkinsIf You Find Me by Emily Murdoch (my review), The Statistical Probability of Love and First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (my review), and The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (my review)

Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic – Delirium by Lauren Oliver (my review)

Paranormal — Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (my review)

Science Fiction — Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Fantasy — Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo (my review)

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith (my review)

 3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013? 

Hmmmm, definitely Cinder! So many people were raving about it and there was so much hype, which was the initial thing that scared me off. But then there was also the fact that I’m really not a big science fiction reader and that scared me too. I just didn’t think it was going to be something I would like. I WAS WRONG.

 4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?

I pushed Fangirl onto so many of my friends!

 5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund 

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Either Katie McGarry, or Stephanie Perkins

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  ADULT BOOKS SCARE ME.

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. The mystery in that book kept me on the edge of my seat! (my review)

 9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Probably Fangirl!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?

I just love the cute typography on the cover of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight! So cute!

love at first sight

11. Most memorable character in 2013? 

I know I just read it, but Anna from Anna and the French Kiss.  I was able to just totally get inside her head and she was just so funny and relatable!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith. Just beautiful. (my review)

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013? 

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler. It taught me a lot about how to deal with grief when it comes around. (my review)

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read? 

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen!!!

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?

From Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi:

I spent my life folded between the pages of books.
In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.

I love this quote so much that my friend even made me a travel mug with this quote on it for my birthday this year!

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this yeaer that was the shortest and longest.

Shortest– The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky at 213 pages!
Longest — The Host by Stephanie Meyer comes in at 619 pages! (my review)

 17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

The end of Insurgent!!! That was some major cliffhanger ending!

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

Favourite romantic relationship goes to Anna and Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss.

Favourite friendship is the trio from Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer: Gigi, Be a, and Neerja.

Favourite sibling relationship hands down goes to Carey and Janessa from If You Find Me. They were so perfect.

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Ok. This year I only read ONE BOOK from an author I’ve previously read before. SHOCKING, I know. Anywhooo, that book was The Host by Stephanie Meyer.

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

Angelfall by Susan Ee (my review)

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

Definitely contemporary YA! It’s my go to – tried and true.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?

Levi from Fangirl and Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss!!

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

3:59 by Gretchen McNeil

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?

Shadow and Bone! I was able to picture everything so vividly, especially the beautiful Keftas everyone wears!

25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger (my review) and Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham (my review).  Both of these books made me laugh out loud a lot when I was reading them! Also I don’t know if I can count this because I’m not done it yet, but I will anyways because it’s more of a collection of little stories, but Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh is so fun and funny to read that when I do I’m actually crying from laughing so hard!!!!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?

If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Wow. Tears.

27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?

I read The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna in early 2013, and it is one that I think is overlooked too much. It was actually the first book I reviewed on my blog, and it was fantastic. Definitely underrated in my opinion! (my review)

BOOK BLOGGING/READING LIFE 2o13

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013? 

Well, since I’m new to the book blogging community in 2013, all of the book blogs I’ve discovered are new! However, some of my faves are The Perpetual Page Turner, Book Rock Betty, and Paperiot!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013? 

I think I’d have to say that my favourite review from this year was for The Truth About Forever. It was my first Sarah Dessen book and I loved it and couldn’t hide that in my review!

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

Hmmm, I’d say the best discussion had on my blog this year was How Do You Decide What to Read Next?

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

Jamie’s If We Were Having Coffee Post is just amazing.

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

This year I went to my first book signing!!! I went with Yasmine from The Yasmine Public Library. It was such a great day. We took the train in to Toronto, went for Korean Barbecue for lunch, and then headed over to the Fierce Reads signing! Meeting Leigh Bardugo was amazing!

6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?

I’d say finally being approved for print ARCs from HarperCollins Canada, Simon and Schuster Canada, and a few other publishers! It made me feel like I had finally done something right with my blog, and solidified that fact that people must like my blog after all :P

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My most popular post by comments this year (that wasn’t a meme) was To Rate or Not to Rate. I got a lot of very good suggestions from people about the pros and cons of rating, and a lot of rating tips.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I wish that my review of Fire with Fire got a little more comment love! But, I posted it very close to the end of summer when everyone is really busy, so it was probably my fault.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

GOODREADS!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I actually met my goodreads goal for this year! I wasn’t very steep – only 50 books – but so far for this year I have read 55 books! YAY FOR ME!

LOOKING AHEAD

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi!!!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?

HOW DO I CHOOSE?!?!? Well, I’ll just say Landline by Rainbow Rowell. Who doesn’t love Rainbow Rowell?

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Never Have I Ever by Katie Heaney. This sounds like it’s going to be super cute, quirky, and funny! I can’t wait!

 4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

Welllllll, I have this little issue with series…. and so I have a lot of middle books in series to read before I can get excited about series enders!!!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?

Get my blogging more under control and blog more! I plan on organizing my time better so I can fit in more blogging with school next year.