Books are a dime a dozen. Good books, though, aren’t. I’m trying this thing where I set you guys up with books you hopefully haven’t been introduced to yet. I’m wanting to shed some beautiful light on books that may have been overlooked. Some of these books are by famous authors, but they have been passed up for whatever reason.
These books aren’t ranked! They are numbered for easier reading.
Also, if you’re wondering why I’m posting so much…I learned how to schedule posts last week hehe.
Without further adieu, the books you’ve been waiting for…
#1. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
If you’re a regular at the Young Adult section of you’re library, you’ve definitely heard of Suzanne Collins. If you enjoy dystopian fiction movies, you’ve heard of her Hunger Games series. In the early 2000s, Collins published a Young Adult/Youth series called Gregor the Overlander. Despite my love for strong female leads, I fell in love with Gregor the Overlander series in a way that I couldn’t with Collins’ Hunger Games series.
Readers follow a young boy, Gregor, into a world unlike any other. A missing father, a world on the brink of war, a witty princess, and a mysterious prophecy are all collected into an intriguing series. Filled with action, hints of a budding romance, family loyalty, and more, Gregor the Overlander is a must-read for all young adults filled.
#2. The Mediator series by Meg Cabot
You’ve likely heard of Meg Cabot, but may not recognize the name. That is, you might not recognize her if you’re not completely in love with the Princess Diaries series/film series. It may surprise you to learn that Cabot’s got some pretty fantastic books out there that are even better than the PD (princess diaries) series. At least, they are in my opinion. If you like some supernatural elements to your young adult, you’ll have to give this a try.
Suze has been able to see the dead for years. Sometimes, when the all the dead want to do is be alive again and they refuse to leave, it sucks. But, sometimes, like when your dad has a heart attack and passes away, it isn’t too terrible, because you can still see them and talk to them. But, it’s been years and Suze’s mom is finally moving on and moving them across the states to sunny California where her new stepdad and stepbrothers live.
The moment Suze steps foot into her new home, she’s already in trouble. An attractive ghost living in her room, murdered by his fiance’s lover? Check. A principal/priest who can see the dead as well? Check. Stepbrothers driving Suze crazy? CHECK CHECK CHECK. You won’t want to put it down once you start.
#3. The Seer series by Linda joy Singleton
Continuing on with a supernatural kick, meet Sabine Rose. Popular by association in her new school, the weirdo psychic turned somewhat normal escapes her hometown and old school where everyone seems to blame her for a bad event (I’ll keep it a secret so you go and read the books) that she tried to warn them about. Her grandmother understands all too well, because she has the powers of a psychic as well even though Sabine tries to deny the power. But, there’s a curse on their family and Sabine’s grandmother is slowly losing all of her memory.
With the help of a young man with his own psychic abilities and a dark past, Sabine must find a way to save her grandmother’s memory while trying to keep the people around her alive as well.
#4. The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen is newer to the YA world, but not by much. It’s been around for the last couple of years, but friends I’ve talked to only seem to have heard about it or seen the cover, never read it. I’m hoping to change that.
In a world ruled by blood, or more accurately the color of blood you’re born with, Mare is nothing but a commoner. Her blood may be red, but her power is that of a silver-blood. Commoners aren’t supposed to have powers, much less the power of electricity. Caught between two brothers and two bloods, Mare must navigate the treacherous world before her. Will she survive and come out on top? Or will she be torn apart?
Reader comment: since I’ve read this book and I’m sure I left it sounding like every other dystopian series out there, it’s not. I seriously can’t figure out who she’s going to end up with. When I’m sure it’s one guy, he does something stupid and the other is-all of the sudden-my favorite. It’s definitely worth checking out.
#5. The Royals series by Erin Watt
Erin Watt is actually two authors. But you wouldn’t have guessed it based on their Royals series. If you think this is about queens and kings and secret princesses, you’re wrong. Well…sort of. There aren’t any real royalty here. Just a family with the last name Royal. Filled with death defying events and sad pasts, this series caught me – hook, line, and sink her (get it, cuz I’m the her?). From the first chapter, I was drawn in. Hopefully, you’ll agree that this series rocks.
Ella Harper has had it rough. But, that’s okay because she knows how to survive that way. Stripping under her deceased mother’s name and running from the foster system, when the patriarch of the Royal family, one of the wealthiest in the nation shows up at her school claiming to be her guardian, she splits faster than he can say “you’re an heiress.”
Her new guardian is actually the best friend to her recently deceased father. A man her mom hooked up with way back to make the beautiful and witty MC. Dragged to his home and unwillingly kept, he bribes her with promises of money and a chance to actually go to college if she’ll just let him take care of her and raise her like his own. His 4 boys, though, aren’t having it. They don’t give two shits who this girl is or why she’s there. They want her gone. And the ring leader is the worst, and hottest of all.
It may sound a little predictable, but LET ME TELL YOU I did NOT expect some certain people to crop up or relationships that are sooooooo wrong and actually make me vomit a little bit in my mouth. Watt took my mind for a spin like the authors jumped in and I was their brand new pink convertible (if you read the series, you’ll get that reference). Read the series. Fall in hate then in love and then in hate again because two words: Worth. It.
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