13 Underrated YA Book Series You Need to Read ASAP

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When you ask teens for their all-time favorite young adult book series, chances are you’ll hear Harry Potter, The Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games or Divergent. If not one of those, then perhaps The Mortal Instruments, Percy Jackson, Vampire Academy or Beautiful Creatures. And if not one of those, which is stretching it at this point, then maybe If I Stay or The Maze Runner.

Did we list your personal favorite? If not, then you just might be one of the few more interested in one of the following underrated series of YA novels. Unlike our list of YA series you haven’t heard about… for now, these are titles you’ve probably heard about in passing, but may’ve not taken a crack at yet, or liked, but maybe didn’t give it ’em a full chance because they’re not as hyped up as the above-mentioned books. We promise, though, all of ’em are worth your time (even if they don’t all have a blockbuster film on the way):


by Lauren Kate

THE PLOT: There’s something familiar about Daniel Grigori. Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret... even if it kills her.

Photo: Random House


by Lauren Oliver

THE PLOT: Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't.

Photo: HarperTeen


by Scott Westerfeld

THE PLOT: Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that?

Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license — for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.

Photo: Simon & Schuster

Shatter Me

by Tahereh Mafi

THE PLOT: Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal; no one really cares.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war — and The Reestablishment has changed its mind.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

Photo: HarperTeen

The Raven Cycle

by Maggie Stiefvater

THE PLOT: Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them — not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Photo: Scholastic


by Ally Condie

THE PLOT: Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

Photo: Dutton Books

Hush, Hush

by Becca Fitzpatrick

THE PLOT: Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust.

Photo: Simon & Schuster

The Selection

by Kiera Cass

THE PLOT: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare.

Photo: HarperTeen


by Marie Lu

THE PLOT: What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, 15-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, 15-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

Photo: G. P. Putnam's Sons

Mara Dyer

by Michelle Hodkin

THE PLOT: Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She doesn't believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She's wrong.

Photo: Simon & Schuster


by Jennifer L. Armentrout

THE PLOT: Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Photo: Entangled: Teen

Under the Never Sky

by Veronica Rossi

THE PLOT: Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild — a savage — but might be her best hope at staying alive.

Photo: HarperTeen

The Darkest Minds

by Alexandra Bracken

THE PLOT: When Ruby woke up on her 10th birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. She might have survived the mysterious disease that's killed most of America's children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

Photo: Disney

Obviously, we couldn’t list every single young adult book series that doesn’t get equal recognition to Harry Potter or The Hunger Games. If we missed out any you think deserve praise, make sure to leave a note in the comments!

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  • Kelly

    None of these books are underrated. In fact, they are some of the most popular books in the book community.

    And FYI, if you ask me, Uglies is more overrated than underrated.

  • Gracie

    Funny that all these books are not underrated at all, and are some of the top YA books in their genres. Instead of choosing bestsellers or books that have been taken off Goodreads popularity lists, actually go and discover some fantastic YA that isn’t mentioned there? Like mentioned above. I think you’ve missed the point of ‘underrated’ with this post, which is sad coming from a website called “teen” dot com

  • Tijana

    To be honest with y’all matched and uglies had a good first book but it just declined from there. Delirium was a really interesting concept but I don’t know if it was the writing, I just couldn’t really get into it. Shatter Me is awesome. Darkest Minds is cool. Fallen was good but dragged on a bit. Under the Never Sky was interesting, don’t know if I’m obsessed with it though, I’ll probably continue with the series just to see what happens. I plan on reading legend, obsidian, mara dyer and maybe the raven boys and hush, hush. My recent recs that aren’t listed are Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, Crewel by Gennifer Albin, The Declaration by Gemma Malley, Paranormalcy and The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White and Airhead by Meg Cabot

  • Kierra

    I’m so happy you have The Darkest Minds and The Raven Boys on this list-they definitely need more hype around them. I also recommend Victoria Schwab’s The Archived, Scarlet by A.C. Gaugen, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Of Beast and Beauty, All Our Yesterday’s, Shadow and Bone, DAUGHTER of Smoke and Bone, Pivot Point by Kasie West, anything by Brandon Sanderson(though I suppose his books are pretty popular), In the Shadow of the Blackbirds, Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan, Splintered by A. G. Howard, Another Little Piece(best horror book I’ve ever read!), This Song Will Save Your Life, Eon, The Nightmare Affair, Grave Mercy, anything of Stephanie Perkins and Julie Kagawa, The Diviners, Across the Universe, Blood Red Road, Seraphina, and Angelfall(the best angel book I’ve read by far).
    Sorry, I’m a book nerd ;p