5 Underrated YA Books that You Need to Read Immediately

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If you’re looking for some underrated titles to spice up your TBR, then check out these recommendations!

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee

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 mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Angelfall is an amazing debut novel that focuses primarily on the romance between the angel-warrior Raffe and the stubborn Penryn as they embark on the mission of a lifetime. In a world where angel-wings are sold and non-angelic survivors are kidnapped, Susan Ee creates a dystopian world left in the hands of two strong-willed heroes. Every page is jammed packed with action, fighting and heated romance. Angelfall is the perfect read for fans of supernatural romance and enemies to lovers. 

Latium by Samantha Martin

The day the island was attacked, Danny handed his only weapon to his sister Lydia and told her to run. Three years later, she still blames herself for his death. Lydia’s fragile, barely-rebuilt world shatters again when Danny’s murderers return and she’s shot in the back. When she wakes, Lydia finds herself somewhere she’s never been: high school. Yucca Mountain School is hidden deep underground and far from ordinary. The creepy headmaster who claims that her father is dead and the nurse obsessed with drawing her blood at every opportunity would have been bad enough, but when Lydia spots Danny, her brother–her dead brother–in an old school photo, she knows that something is very, very wrong. Desperate to discover what happened to Danny, Lydia must do all she can to unlock the secrets of the school and the mysterious Latium Project before she ends up just like him. 

Latium was everything I could’ve hoped for, filled with action, love, friendship, betrayal and mystery. A FANTASTIC debut novel! Martin was able to conjure up an intriguing sci-fi world, and tie it to a classic boarding school mystery. I absolutely LOVED the characters just as much as the plot. Kudos for being able to create such lovable and hateable characters. If you’re looking for action, mystery, and a heart-throbbing romance, then I highly suggest picking up a copy of Latium

The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker & Holmes #1) by Colleen Gleason

Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you’re the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood. And when two society girls go missing, there’s no one more qualified to investigate.

Now fierce Evaline and logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, navigate the advances of not just one but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve murder with only one clue: a strange Egyptian scarab. The stakes are high. If Stoker and Holmes don’t unravel why the belles of London society are in such danger, they’ll become the next victims.

I’ve had the first book in this series on my shelf FOREVER and I randomly decided to pick it up during one of my reading slumps. I had no idea that I would enjoy it as much as I did! A perfect historic-steampunk read with two OTPs and unsettling mysteries that will have your eyes glued to the page until the very end! 

The Last Ghost by Jamie Blake

In a world where sixteen Fatalities are assigned to take the spirits of the living, Christian Orland has died. Everyone in his life is trying to get over it. Everyone that is except for Woe, the sixteenth Fatality, who knows that she was assigned the wrong case when she stopped his heart. She resolves to solve how Christian’s death ended up in her appointment book by teaming up with Alexi, another Death, and several ghosts of Christian’s past.

The Last Ghost is another debut novel that has amazing potential. The plot is intriguing and leaves you wondering about fate vs free will. If you’re a fan of supernatural reads, give this one a try!

Ruby Red (Edelstein-Trilogie #1) by Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell (Translator)

Sixteen-year-old Gwen lives with her extended – and rather eccentric – family in an exclusive London neighborhood. In spite of her ancestors’ peculiar history, she’s had a relatively normal life so far. The time-traveling gene that runs like a secret thread through the female half of the family is supposed to have skipped over Gwen, so she hasn’t been introduced to “the mysteries,” and can spend her time hanging out with her best friend, Lesley. It comes as an unwelcome surprise when she starts taking sudden, uncontrolled leaps into the past.

She’s totally unprepared for time travel, not to mention all that comes with it: fancy clothes, archaic manners, a mysterious secret society, and Gideon, her time-traveling counterpart. He’s obnoxious, a know-it-all, and possibly the best-looking guy she’s seen in any century.

Originally published in German, this trilogy is the perfect mix of adventure, historical accounts, romance, and action! And come on, who wouldn’t want a super hot time traveling boyfriend?

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