Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems in YA

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It`s safe to assume that YA is a fairly popular genre. After all, you rarely hear of a famous Booktuber that`s not babbling about the latest YA news. But here`s the catch: because you get so many YA releases, sometimes other books fly under the radar. Or there`s a bit of buzz when the book is out and then you hear nothing about it. So today I want to focus on the "Not The Chosen Ones" type of books. Because there are other authors out there besides Cassandra Clare and Sarah J. Mass. Oh, for the record I`m not throwing shade. So here we go.

"The Rest Of Us Just Live Here" by Patrick Ness
Since we talked about the Chosen One trope, let`s focus on a book that makes fun of the whole thing. This book focuses on the regular kids, that have no big destiny in sight. While Ness is a popular author, I do believe that this book doesn`t get enough credit. "A Monster Calls" and "Chaos Walking" have armies of devoted fans, but not this one. And it`s a pretty cool book, so you should read it.

"Truth Or Dare" by Non Pratt
I knew little to nothing about this book until it arrived in my May Illumicrate. And oh my, was I happy I read it. First of all, it has a dual perspective and I`m a sucker for that. But it also focuses on problematic issues like neuro-disability, public shaming and racism. It`s a beautiful story, so I`m hoping that more people will pick up this book and read it.

"The Queen Of The Tearling" by Erika Johansen
If book 3 would somehow disappear from the Universe, this would be my favourite trilogy. Oh well! The fact remains that book 1 and 2 were amazing and I love them with all my heart. Once you get behind the confusing setting (the genre is a mix of dystopia and fantasy), you`re in for a treat. This book deals with magic, politics, evil, world domination, etc. It`s also not that focused on romance, which is also a plus.

"The Spinster Club Trilogy" by Holly Bourne
Feminism in YA, heck yeah! This is a trilogy that everyone should read, as it focuses on friendship, anxiety and social standards. While there could be a talk about the lack of diversity (ethnic and sexually), it`s a series that talks about important issues in a funny and distinctive way.

"Justice Buried" by Hilary Thompson
So I gave this book only 3 stars, but considering I`m not the biggest Sci-Fi fan, I think that`s good. It does have some dystopian elements which I liked. I was very intrigued by the world and the prophecy that promises salvation. The only thing that I disliked was the love triangle.

Sadly, I am one of those people that go with the flow and I read popular books. There, I said it! I know it`s bad but you want to know what everyone is talking about.

55 comments :

  1. I've read The Rest of Us just live here! I liked it very much! The rest of the books look amazing too!

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    1. They`re all pretty great. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Great list! Sorry to hear the third book in the Tearling trilogy wasn't so great; was debating for a while back there whether or not to pick it up.

    Thanks for dropping by my TTT earlier :)

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    1. Some people liked the ending, so you might give it a try.

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  3. I could not get into The Queen of the Tearling unfortunately so I never read on with that one. I've heard some conflicting things about The Rest of Us Just Live Here as I think it confused people. They thought it would be more superheroes and that was not really what they got apparently.

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    1. At the beginning I thought it will be from a sidekick POV, but I did enjoy it neverthelss.

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  4. I absolutely loved Queen of the Tearling. I have books 2 and 3 but haven't started them yet. I'm scared they won't equal my love for book one. Fingers crossed they do. Great list!!

    My TTT:Hidden Gems in YA

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    1. Book 2 was one of the best sequel that I`ve ever read. Third one was a disappointment for me, but some liked it.

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  5. Great list! I really need to read The Queen of the Tearling.

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  6. I'm a big fan of the Chaos Walking series, although I haven't been really excited about anything else I've read by Ness. I haven't read THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE, though ... I need to.

    Happy TTT!

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    1. I adore "A Monster Calls", one of my favourite books.

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  7. I have been meaning to read The Rest of Us Just Live Here for what seems like FOREVER. I know I'll love it when I get to it but my TBR is frankly out of control at the moment.

    Truth or Dare and The Queen of the Tearling are both ones I've been thinking of getting. Your notes are definitely making me want to grab them now, though! Great list:)

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    1. My TBR is out of order as well. I think you should give The Queen of The Tearling a chance, it will surprise you.

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  8. The only book on your list I've read is Patrick Ness! I'll have to check these out!

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  9. I love The Rest Of Us Just Live Here. You've recommended some great books. :-)

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  10. I loved the concept behind The Rest of Us Just Live Here but I didn't adore it like I expected to. I think I set too high expectations on it so it didn't quite deliver for me because I wanted the messages to hit me a little harder like with Ness' other books. Having said that, I have adored every other book Ness has written (included his latest one, Release, which took me by surprise) and they are books that I would reread over and over again. Definitely one of my favourite authors.
    Lovely list!

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    1. I agree with what you said and I was expecting to like The Rest of Us Live Here a lot more than I did. But I think the concept is good enough to get its own merit.

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  11. The Spinster Club Trilogy looks amazing!

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    1. It`s a very fun and enlightening trilogy.

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  12. I've heard of Queen of the Tearling but having heard mixed things about the rest of the series after the first one, I wasn't sure about trying it.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/29/top-ten-tuesday-122/

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    1. The first one was a bit confusing. I`ll admit that. But the second is phenomenal.

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  13. I'm not a Patrick Ness fan but the others sound really good ♥️

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  14. I really want to read Queen of the Tearling but I've just never gotten around to it. Great post!

    Here are my Top Ten!

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    1. Really good trilogy, strongly recommend it.

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  15. I still need to read The Rest of Us Just Live Here. I can't believe I haven't picked it up yet. I love the premise so much because it's just so different. Great list!

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    1. The Rest of Us Just Live Here is good, just don`t expect that emotional level from his other books. I think that`s what disappoints people in most cases.

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  16. I haven't read any of these, but I definitely want to read The Rest of Us Just Live Here. I bought it a couple of months ago, just need to make time to read it!

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    1. Hope you`ll enjoy it. Not quite as emotional as Ness` other books, but very good as well.

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  17. I think a lot of pretty good YA flies under the radar sometimes! The Rest Of Us Just Live Here I've heard is pretty good!

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    1. Personally I really like it, even though it was not as emotional as his other books.

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  18. Nice list! I want to try The Spinster Club :D

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    1. It`s such a fun trilogy, I hope you`ll like it.

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  19. Truth or Dare is a book I keep seeing everywhere and I'm so intrigued by it! It's on my list to get soon, because I really want to see why everyone is talking about it!

    Thank you for stopping by our TTT at Owl Always Be Reading!

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    1. I was quite surprised with how much I liked "Truth or Dare." Really good.

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  20. I have the first three books so I'm glad to see that my TBR is filled with good books! I'm in the middle of The Queen of the Tearling and I really love the protagonist so far, I can't understand the hate towards her that I've seen!
    Thanks for the book recs!

    -wonderandwriting

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    1. I don`t get it either. I mean, I was team Penn and I was frustrated with her in the romantic department, but other that that she was cool.

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  21. Yes, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is definitely not given all of the attention it deserves.

    Here is our TTT

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  22. I absolutely love your choices and the trope! Such a great idea

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  23. This are actually all new to me, so I'll be adding them to my TBR. The Rest of Us Just Live Here sounds especially good!

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  24. YESSSS to the Spinster Club trilogy! I adore Holly Bourne and I'm kinda sad that not many people have read these amazing books! I haven't read any of the rest of your list, though The Rest of Us Just Live Here has been on my tbr for quite some time now.

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    1. The Spinster Club is so good, I might do a trilogy review because I want more people to discover this series.

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  25. Hi! The Spinster Club trilogy sounds great! :)
    My TTT
    Leslie

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  26. Thank you for the great list! I have "The Rest Of Us Just Live Here" on my TBR pile for the very reason you mention. I love Ness's writing and am looking forward to reading this one. I also really want to read "The Queen Of The Tearling". I am not familiar with "The Spinster Club Trilogy", but I will definitely be adding that to my wish list.

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    1. "The Queen of The Tearling" is perfect if you love magic and political intrigue. I love the trilogy and I wish more people knew about it.

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  27. I loved The Queen of the Tearling! Such an amazing read! Great list!

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    1. It`s so good and I can`t believe how underrated it is.

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  28. These books sounds great, I wish I had more time to read
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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    1. Maybe you could try reading on your comute or breaks, it might help.

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  29. I've got that Queen of the Tearling on my to-read list, and anything by Patrick Ness will be good. A Monster Calls is my son's favorite book and I loved the Chaos Walking series.
    Rebecca @ The Portsmouth Review
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    1. I am starting the Chaos Walking trilogy next month, really excited for it.

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  30. I've heard amazing things about 'Tearling,' but never picked it up. Patrick Ness also seems to get really good reviews, though again... I've never read his books.

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland. :)

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    1. Ness is one of my favourite authors, so I do hope you give his books a chance.

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