Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a great week since I last did one of these, I definitely have, I spent a couple of days with my friend from Uni, Nicola last week, which was fun, I had a bookish shopping filled day in Edinburgh, my parents had friends to stay over the weekend and I went to Victoria Aveyard’s Glasgow signing yesterday, so it’s been a pretty packed week! Another Tuesday means another Top Ten Tuesday from the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish, and this week is Top Ten Hidden Gems in X Genre. I was going to do Top Ten Hidden Fantasy Gems, but I haven’t actually read too many Fantasy books that I would consider to be Hidden Gems, so I’m just going to do Top Ten YA Hidden Gems, I know YA is a demographic rather than a genre, but what can I say? I’m a rebel! So here we go, my YA Hidden Gems:
- Cross My Heart-Carmen Reid
I literally know of no one else who has read this book, it has under 300 ratings on Goodreads and yet, it’s stunning! It has a great main character, a fast paced plot and talks about a lesser known aspect of WWII. If you love historical YA, I would definitely recommend this one!
2. Pure Trilogy-Julianna Baggott
This one was kind of lost in the sea of dystopian books in the late 00’s-early 10’s I think, as I never hear anyone else talk about it! It’s a strange post apocalyptic world, where the world was decimated by a nuclear apocalypse, and those on the outside suffered strange fusings, while the chosen few who got into the Dome are totally Pure. I liked this series, it was very different to a lot of books I was reading at the time and I thought the world the author created was very cool.
3. Hate List-Jennifer Brown
It’s got relatively good ratings on Goodreads, but it’s not one that I hear people talk about a lot, so I think that means I can count it as a hidden gem. It’s a school shooting story, but in the end, the shooting is actually the least important part, it’s all about Val, who was the girlfriend of the shooter and how the shooting impacted her and people’s opinion of her. It’s a very emotional read, but something I would definitely recommend.
4. Breathe-Sarah Crossan
This one is on the list for much the same reason as Pure, it’s a dystopia that I really don’t hear a lot of people talk about. It’s set in a world that is without trees and therefore oxygen has been depleted, which I thought was a really cool concept and was quite surprised that I hadn’t read anything else like it before.
5. The Glory-Lauren St John
Okay, so I suppose equestrian stories are quite niche, but even with that, this a great story with fantastic character development, a fast plot and an excellent slow burn romance, so if you like horse books, this is definitely a good one to try.
6. Young Sherlock Holmes Series-Andrew Lane
This series of Sherlock as a teenager is such a riot, it’s so much fun watching young Sherlock develop into the recognisable and loved character that we know as an adult and Lane has Sherlock go to so many cool places from London to France to Russia to Edinburgh to China to Ireland to Oxford to India, every book is a new adventure and a new crime for Sherlock to solve!
7. Every Breath-Ellie Marney
I had barely heard of this book before I read it and I have no idea why, because it was a great Sherlock retelling! It’s a bit of a slow starter but once it gets going, it’s really good. The Watson/Sherlock equivalent team are great, there is a great slow burn romance and an interesting mystery running through the book. Definitely a good one for Sherlock fans.
8. 13 Minutes-Sarah Pinborough
This was one of my favourite books I read last summer, it was a really twisty mystery thriller that was a lot of fun to read, it’s kind of like Mean Girls, if Mean Girls also included a girl being dead for 13 minutes!
9. The Truth About Celia Frost-Paula Rawsthorne
I really enjoyed this mystery story, it was engaging, twisty and I was just as invested in finding out what was up with the main character as she was, which I think is the mark of a good mystery!
10. HIVE Series-Mark Walden
It’s a school for future criminals set inside a volcano, you have thieves, hackers, general criminal masterminds and the teachers are all successful criminals, one of them is even a cat! Need I say more?
That’s all I have for this week! Have you read any of these books? What are your hidden YA gems? Let me know in the comments!
I will have a new TTT for you next week, the topic is Top Ten Books You Struggled To Get Into But Ended Up Loving, so that should be a fun one to do. In the meantime, I will have a review of my latest read and a recap of the Victoria Aveyard event that I went to up very soon.