Underrated YA Books I Love

By Macy Conley

Being well versed in popular YA (Young Adult) literature is an important aspect of my job. I follow bookstagrams and receive emails from different groups just so I can stay up to date with all the popular YA books out there. Even though I scour the internet for the perfect books for our collection, they can be either a hit or a miss in our community. So I decided for the month of love, that I will share the books I love in our collection that tend to not get checked out often but are worth the read or listen. (Shout out to the audio book lovers out there!) This list contains books that are from a variety of genres but are all in our YA collection. For more information about each book, you can click on the book cover and you will be guided to their Goodreads page. These are not in any particular order and without much further ado, here we go!


  • ERCL- El Reno Carnegie Library
  • LE- Libby Ebook (Free to use with our library card!)
  • LA- Libby Audio book (Ditto!)



Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond

Gwenda Bond crafts a tale so intricate that you can’t help but visualize the scene she builds before you. She captures the energy of crowds and performers and brings the reader along for the ride. Not only did she build a world worth reading about, but she concocted a story line full of magic and mayhem. This book is usually recommended by all of our librarians because we all love it.

Series: Cirque American #1

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Romance



The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

I am a sucker for a decent dystopian novel or series. I don’t know what it is about them, but the worlds created by authors are so different from each other and it amazes me that there are more variations that are not yet claimed. This book contains one of these worlds. It was a fascinating new world that was odd, peculiar and not quite like anything I had read before. Don’t let the overall dystopian feel throw you off; this book has plenty adventure and science fiction mixed in.

Series: House of the Scorpion #1

Genre: Adventure, Coming-of-Age, Science Fiction



Stardust by Neil Gaiman

This is one book that needs to be added to the TBR list if it isn’t already. I love this novel. Not only is it full of fantastical creatures and places, but it has adventure and suspense for those thrill seekers. This one-of-a-kind story is perfect for those who need a break from the humdrum of our world.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fairytale, Fantasy, Romance



These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

If you are looking for a space exploration filled with uninhabited planets, futuristic technology, and questionable survival, look no further. This book contains all of that and more! This books explores the tenacity of one’s ability to survive against all odds. This book is very well written with well thought-out character development.

Series: Starbound #1

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Suspense, Thriller



How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

Adriana Mather is a direct decendent of a former accuser of the Salem, Massachusetts witch trials. The author not only builds upon her own family history, she is able to craft a world in common day Massachusetts to set her story in. With a story shrouded in mystery and suspense, this would make an excellent Halloween read.

Series: How to Hang a Witch #1

Genre: Drama, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Suspense



The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

A novel about imperial Russia would be an interesting enough read, but throw in magicians and I am all game! This book combines Russian history and folktales into a novel filled with fantastical events and believable characters. This book is perfect for those who love Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.

Series: The Crown’s Game #1

Genre: Fairytale, Historical fiction



The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

This coming-of-age story follows three best friends as they fight the prejudices of small town life. This story is so real and relatable, it would be hard to not connect with these well-developed characters. Jeff Zentner perfected the art of showcasing teenage drama without sounding too whiney. A win in my book.

Genre: Coming-of-age, Drama, Romance,



There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

This is perhaps the most nerve-racking and thrilling YA book I have ever read. This novel follows the story of a girl who is sent to live with her grandmother after mysterious circumstances, only to be placed in the path of a killer. This book flips between the voice of the main character and the victims of the killer. This book was a wild ride until the very end! This is a perfect Halloween read.

Genre: Crime; Drama; Horror; Mystery; Romance; Suspense; Thriller



Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

If you love any book that contains powerful women who have magical properties as much as I do, then this book is for you. Kendare Blake has crafted a well written novel with a new world embedded in the current one beautifully. This book is perfect for those who love historical fiction mixed with a little fantasy.

Series: Three Dark Crowns #1

Genre: Adventure; Alternate History; Fantasy; Romance



Thank you for following along with me as I rambled on about the some of the books I love. I hope this encourages you to try some of my favorites or recommend some of your own.