#QuietYA: Giveaway and Recs!

Posted July 14, 2015 by Samantha in Uncategorized / 20 Comments

Hi all! This week, Julie from Bloggers Heart Books is celebrating the #quietYA campaign she has been working on, joined by several authors who have provided prizes for giveaways (see the Rafflecopter at the bottom; ages 13 and up, US only, prizes come from the authors themselves).

I think her idea to draw attention to underrated books is genius. I work on the editorial side in the publishing world (so publicity isn’t my greatest strength), but when I work at my local library in the summer, it is so easy to see how many great books get unnoticed. We have SO many people who only request the NYT bestsellers or the books that are getting media attention. Many of them only look at our ‘new’ section and never look through the older titles. I recommend backlist or low attention titles like a madwoman, but I can only do so much.

So, without further ado, here are my #quietYA recs, organized as best as I could because there are HUGE AMOUNTS to share, and below is the giveaway! I added a few MG titles as well that work as good crossovers. Enjoy, good luck, and go read some #quietYA!


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How We Fall by Kate Brauning

How to Speak Dolphin by Ginny Rorby

Under the Spotlight by Angie Stanton

Alice in Wonderland High by Rachel Shane

Life Unaware by Cole Gibsen

Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross

The Hit List by Nikki Urang

Naked by Stacey Trombley

Survivalist/World-Doing-Bad-Things recs

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Girl Underwater by Claire Kells

Hit by Delilah S. Dawson

Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Otherworld/Low-High Fantasy/Time Travel recs

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 Silver by Talia Vance

The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe

Defiance by C.J. Redwine

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Transcender by Vicky Savage

Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant

Drowned by Nicola Reilly

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

Grounded by Megan Morrison

The Lucky Uglies by Paul Durham

a Rafflecopter giveaway


20 Responses to “#QuietYA: Giveaway and Recs!”

  1. Darlene Cruz

    Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, I just finished reading it and believe you not the story entertained me to know end.

  2. G.A.Taylor

    Happy to hear you’re lending a megaphone to the whispered-about gems. It’s not always the best sellers that deserve the highest praise.

  3. I’ve read How We Fall, Whatever Life Throws at You and Naked. I really enjoyed them. I hope they get more recognition. Thank you for the marvelous giveaway and giving these little unknowns some love.

  4. Christine

    I love so-called “quiet” YA–I often don’t really like the more popular, hyped books, so I love reading more obscure titles 🙂

  5. Wow what a cool idea! I hadn’t even heard of #QuietYA but I love the idea! You’re right..so many backlist books often get ignored. I feel like that with my reviews too. Not that it deters me from reading them! 🙂
    I have actually read a few of the “otherworldly fantasy” picks! I have to say i 100% agree and want to shout from the rooftops that you included The Luck Uglies (haven’t read the second one yet! Going to start it next) and The Sweetest Dark and The Messenger of Fear. Those three books are like…wow, favorites favorites favorites (they’re all favorites). I’m not a big contemporary reader—but I’m going to check out the other fantasy books you recommended that I haven’t read yet! Great post Sabrina!!
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    • Yes!! Those three are definitely high on my favorites list. I’m desperately waiting for the third Sweetest Dark book. I think it will be well worth the wait though. 🙂

  6. Carol

    I love quietYA because I can push in the spotlight those underrated books that I feel don’t have the hype they deserve! I really get tired sometimes of seeing the same books all over again! I really loved A Small Madness by Dianne Touchell, which is gritty and very dark, but also real; and The Caged Graves by Dianne Salerni. Thank you for the opportunity of discovering new titles to add to my TBR!

  7. I haven’t read any of these except for Naked (which was SO. GOOD. omg more people need to read it) and Drowned! I clearly need to step up my game. So many of these are ones I’ve had on my to-read list forever. Lovely post!