TTT: Hidden Gems in YA fiction


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

This weeks feature is about hidden gems in any genre and I’m choosing the YA genre as a whole because not only is it my favourite, but it is the genre I read the most 😛

The YA genre covers a wide range of topics and while it is also a popular genre with a lot of books being turned to movies, there are plenty of excellent books that get overlooked or ignored. So in this feature I will bring to light ten YA books that have mostly slipped under the radar.

The Gift (Pellinor, #1)Genesis
Exodus (Exodus, #1)Gates of Thread and Stone (Gates of Thread and Stone #1)The Ghosts of HeavenHuman.4 (Point 4, #1)The Declaration (The Declaration, #1)The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. PearsonCold Magic (Spiritwalker, #1)The Last Free Cat
This was one of those books you enjoy more after you’ve finished reading, not in a bad way (don’t get me wrong) just that you appreciate the plot and storyline more after you’ve had some time to think about it. The world and culture the author manages to create here is just stunning in its purest form, sure there’s a lot of travelling and descriptions but these are all masterfully done to create a magical yet realistic world filled with interesting characters. If you’re a high fantasy lover you really shouldn’t miss this one out!

2.Genesis by Bernard Beckett
Despite the short length of this book it still manages to pack some punches and introduce us to some really fascinating ideas about the mind and artificial intelligence. I read this the first time and was completely awed 😮 this one should be read by all deep thinkers and all lovers of complex, intricately built dystopian worlds.

3.Exodus by Julie Bertagna
I’m going to go ahead and recommend the whole trilogy here! I know I’ve mentioned this book before but trust me when I say my reasons are totally valid, there is just so much to love here: realistic characters a gripping fast paced plot, masterful writing and the unflinching confrontation of global warming. I think there’s something for everyone here and it really puzzles me why such an epic trilogy is not more well-known?

When I read this on my kindle unlimited trial I completely fell in love with the world and writing. I can however, understand how other people will see this book as flawed and not for them but to me this book is far better than some of the other bestsellers out there. For start there’s an interesting setting and a MC who has no memory. But all this is revealed at the end in many twists and turns.

5.The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
An interesting look at the workings of time and the ways of infinity. Like I said and many others have said this is a Cloud Atlas for young people with all the same intrigue, mystery and style as the bestseller but set out in a more fast paced and exciting style. If read in the order of the book, there is a definite WTF ending..

6. Human.4 by Mike A. Lancaster
This is another book that makes you think but is also thrilling with realistic characters and a plot you can really get in to. The ideas here are completely mesmerizing (not just for deep thinkers like myself) and I genuinely don’t know why this book doesn’t have more ratings… :/

7.The Declaration by Gemma Malley
I read this one a long time ago but remember it perfectly. It’s violent, it’s dark and (yes you guessed it!) it raises deep questions about life, death and immortality. But what got me thinking while reading this trilogy was if death serves a purpose then what is it? And what is the value of life in such a bleak, bleak world? This one’s truly better than a lot of the hyped dystopian novels back in the day..

8. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
This was a promising start to a series that from here looks like it’s going to be deep and trilling. It was another one of those books you seem to appreciate more once you’ve finished it as you then have more time to think it over. Questions regarding consciousness and whether we’ll one day be able to download a persons memory into a new body were brought up here. I definitely loved this the second time round better than the first but oh I need to get my hands on the rest of the series! 😛

9. Cold Magic by Kate Elliott
There are a lot of good fantasy ideas here. The whole book was basically world building at a magnificent scale with a well thought of alternate history world and an interesting storyline that starts off slow but builds up from there. I can understand how others would see this book as boring but for me the second time around, it was absolutely fascinating, the world, the cultural complexity and the amount of research the author must have done to craft this story..

10. The Last Free Cat by Jon Blake
This one has been a favourite since I first took my reading seriously and yes, while I have mentioned it before, I still think it needs more people to read it cause of that truly awesome, action packed story within that gave me a ton of feels at the end… I know this book may look and seem childish at first, but keep going there’s suspense on every page!

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