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: Angelfall by Susan Ee, The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell, and The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

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 angelfall

angelfallSummary from Goodreads: It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercyof his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

 What I liked:  First of all, I want to thank Octavia for sending me this book! I won it through one of her twitter giveaways a while back. It took me a while to get started with the book, but after lots of prodding from Debby, Octavia, and Nikki, I finally started it! To be honest, I was quite skeptical of this book. I’m not usually a huge fan of angel books, but this one took me completely by surprise, and I ended up LOVING IT! This book starts right off the bat with some serious action, and it never slows down! You will be in the edge of your seat the entire time you are reading this book. It’s insane! There are also some pretty crazy plot twists.

What I didn’t like:  Honestly, nothing. This book was perfect just the way it is.

Swoon factor?:  Yes!! And there is NO INSTALOVE!!!!! Yaaaaayyyyyy!!!! The romance between Raffe and Penryn is perfect. It progresses nice and slow, just like a real life relationship.

Favourite character:  Penryn. She’s such a kick-ass heroine, and at the same time has the thoughts and actions as a real life teenage girl. She’s just a perfect character!

Favourite quote: “What if they don’t let us go through?” I ask, trying not to move my lips.
“They will,” he answers from the dark recesses of the backseat footwell.
“How do you know?”
“Because you have the look they’re looking for.”
“What look is that?”
“Beautiful.” His voice is like a caress from the shadows.”

HOW CUTE IS RAFFE OMG.

Rating: 5 hearts

carrie diearies review

carrie diariesSummary from Goodreads: Before Carrie Bradshaw hit the big time in the City, she was a regular girl growing up in the suburbs of Connecticut. How did she turn into one of the most-read social observers of our generation?

The Carrie Diaries opens up in Carrie’s senior year of high school. She and her best friends — Walt, Lali, Maggie, and the Mouse — are inseparable, amid the sea of Jens, Jocks and Jets. And then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture. Sebastian is a bad boy-older, intriguing, and unpredictable. Carrie falls into the relationship that she was always supposed to have in high school-until a friend’s betrayal makes her question everything. With her high school days coming to a close, Carrie will realize it’s finally time to go after everything she ever wanted.

Rabid fans of Sex and the City will love seeing Carrie Bradshaw evolve from a regular girl into a sharp, insightful writer. They’ll learn about her family background — how she found her writing voice, and the indelible impression her early friendships and relationships left on her. We’ll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where the next Carrie Diaries book will take place.

What I liked: I picked up this book from the library because I’ve seen the first season (plus other random episodes) of Sex and the City and I wanted to learn more about Carrie and how she ended up doing what she’s doing in the NYC. This book was only ok for me. The only thing I really liked about this book was seeing Carrie develop more as a writer, and figuring out who she is as a writer. Other than that, not too much about this book appealed to me. (see below)

What I didn’t like: Quite a bit of stuff. The way guys and girls interact in this book is crazy, and completely unrealistic if you ask me! Two can be dating each other one day, and then broken up and dating someone else the next!! There was also a lot of smoking and drinking in this book, which I understand does happen, but for some reason it just didn’t sit right with me in this book. Carrie is also sometimes a bit of a bitch to her “best friend,” which I wasn’t a fan of.  Also, the book wasn’t particularly well written.

Swoon factor?: Kind of, but it didn’t work for me. NO MORE LOE TRIANGLES!

Favourite character: Carrie…. but only because I had to choose someone.

Favourite quote: “What if I’m a princess on another planet? And no one on this planet knows it?”

Rating: 2.5 hearts

the duff review

the duff coverSummary from Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

What I liked: UHM, everything?!?! Well, close enough to everything. This book is pretty much flawless. Bianca is such a real portrayal of today’s teenage girl. In fact, almost all of the characters in this book were fairly realistic. I also enjoyed how although this book dealt with some heavy-ish issues, they were handled very well, and they also didn’t take away from the main plot of the book. Can I also just throw in there that this book was written by an 18 year old girl!!!! I was blown away when I found that out! I also laughed out loud multiple times when reading this book!

What I didn’t like: My only small complaint about this book is that the teens (as realistic as they are) seem slightly more sex-obsessed than all of the teenagers I know.

Swoon factor?: YES!!! Bianca + Wesley = <3

Favourite character: Bianca. She’s just so real! (I know I know I said it before, but it’s so true!)

Favourite quote: “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.”

Rating: 4.5 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