I love reading hidden Gems. I love telling friends about my favorite hidden gems. The reason why the book is a hidden gem can be that the book is self published and the author hasn’t promoted his/her book enough, the book is relatively new so not many people know about it, or it can be a published book that kind of lost its way for whatever reason. It’s not important why these books are hidden. What is important? All these books are gems! I thought I’d share a few of my recent hidden gems and a few classic gems.
Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1) by Susan Ee
Angelfall is the perfect example of a hidden gem that is not so hidden anymore. When I read the book back in July of 2011, hardly anyone knew about the book and now, the book is now #41 on the Kindle Bestseller list on Amazon, and #1 on the Fantasy list for all books! Angellfall was a true word-of-mouth book. I know this because I was one of those people that could not shut up about it. This book is truly better than most urban fantasy books published by the big time publishers. If you like urban fantasy, it ranks as an absolute must read!
Wool (Wool #1) by Hugh Howey
No Time To Read? Try Wool by Hugh Howey. Wool is a post-apocalyptic short story. When I say “short story”, I really mean it. In fact, I think I held my breath the entire time I read the story. It is only 65 pages long but Howey truly crams a book’s worth of suspense, and fright, in those 65 pages. Plus, if you crave more? There are 4 additional installments (stories) in the same series (appropriately titled Wool 2 through Wool 5).
Zero Sight (Zero Sight #1) by B. Justin Shier
Fantasy and Witty Humor?
Compared to “The Magicians”, a more grown up “Harry Potter”, or even a young “Harry Dresden”, Zero Sight by B. Justin Shier is an absolutely fantastic read. When I read books on my Kindle, I’ll highlight passages that I find memorable especially if they make me laugh out loud. There were so many humorous passages in this book, I just gave up with the highlights. The young, teenage narrator in Zero Sight is so real, charming, and witty, that if you don’t fall in love with him, there is something wrong with you! Please do not judge this book by its cover. It really was one of those books I could not stop reading and hated when it was over!
Fire Baptized (Habitat #1) by Kenya Wright
An urban fantasy with some bite? I’m not talking bite as in vampire bite. I’m talking about an urban fantasy that characterizes the paranormal characters as what they are! You have shape shifters that have animalistic tendencies, vampires that kill, and monsters acting like monsters. Fire Baptized is dark, gritty and wonderfully written.
Extinction Point by Paul Jones
Science Fiction that explains the science? Paul Jones is your author. So often authors forget to explain the science behind the end-of-the-world. Not Paul Jones. Besides writing a unique post-apocalyptic story, he manages to explain what the hell is happening in a realistic scientific manner. I really believed his explanation of the blood rain and enjoyed Extinction Point!
Fractured Moon (Steel #1) by E.R. Pierce
A unique paranormal romance? Fractured Moon manages to be unique in handling issues and scenes that were driving me crazy as of late in paranormal romance novels. It was fun and refreshing to see how Pierce portrayed loyalty, fidelity and honor as sexy without being preachy. She also has one of the most realistic sex scenes ever!
Demons at Deadnight (Divinicus Nex Chronicles #1) by A&E Kirk
A fast paced paranormal YA? Demons at Deadnight is a super fast paced YA book that is loaded with everything that teens crave- super powers, super cute guys, a mystery that needs solving and did I mention super cute guys? For those adults that like to read YA novels, Demons at Deadnight has been compared to the Black Dagger Brotherhood novels with teens!
Battle Sylph (Sylph #1) by L.J. McDonald
A unique, fantasy novel with sizzle? Battle Sylph was such a surprise for me. I thought the beginning was confusing because I wasn’t used to fantasy. However, something kept me reading the book. I ended up loving it. However, as much as I loved book 1, book 2 is twice as good. So why am I putting Battle Sylph down as a Hidden Gem and not book 2? Because even if you don’t read book 2 in the series, this book is great. However, if you do continue with the series, you won’t regret it. Book 2 made me love this series even more and the entire series is an all time favorite hidden gem classic.
Binding Vows (MacCoinnich Time Travel Trilogy #1) by Catherine Bybee
A time traveling romance? After reading the entire Outlander series, I searched hard for anything that was time traveling. I found this book and was prepared to be disappointed. Imagine my surprise when not only did I like Binding Vows, but I ended up buying book 2 and 3. While nothing can compare to my Jamie (if you have no clue what I’m talking about, go buy Outlander by Diana Gabaldon) but this is a satisfying time travel romance novel that is well written and fun to read!
Do you have a hidden gem that you read and loved? Of course, authors, I hope you think your book is a hidden gem, so this question goes out to the readers! If you have read and loved a hidden gem, let me know about it! I’m always eager for more, and I might feature that book in a future edition of “Badass Hidden Gems”!
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