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5 Children’s Stories with Uplifting Messages

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on January 26, 2021

Whether you have children of your own, or you are just a kid at heart, I think we can all agree there is something so special about children’s literature. Hidden Gems ARC readers have been lucky enough lately to have had several fantastic kid’s books to choose from, and like all the other books we send to our subscribers, they were absolutely free. Today we have a round up of 5 popular children’s stories with important themes and uplifting messages that were enjoyed by our readers this winter.   Good News for Me by Brooke Kashou With an incredible 4.9 average star rating on Amazon, Good News for Me! introduces children to foundational Christian truths in a simple and straightforward way, without leaving important details out. “Good New for Me is such a great story to tell the kids the Gospel in a kid-friendly way,” writes Mackenzie H. in her… Read More >

Science Fiction Books That Inspire a Sense of Wonder

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on January 12, 2021

Imaginative and creative, readers love science fiction books for their ability to inspire a sense of wonder. Whether it’s space exploration, time travel, extraterrestrial life or the unknown these five sci-fi novels were highly rated and loved by Hidden Gems readers who got to read them for free.   Termination Shock by Gillian Andrews Termination Shock is the first book in the Interstellar Enforcement Agency series written by Gillian Andrews, and in addition to epic battles and super heroes you’ll find humor. Evelyn writes in her 5-star review, “This fiction series is addressed to a general audience but it is really interesting for lovers of superheroes. Part fantasy thriller and part drama, Termination Shock is about Ryler Mallivan, an upstanding freighter captain who has to save the world from a weapon that has the power to destroy the entire universe. This book has every element a good one should have:… Read More >

Most Reviewed Romance Books of 2020

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on December 29, 2020

Hidden Gems sends out thousands of novels from hundreds of authors each year, and although we cover more than 15 genres, our most popular by far is romance.  Our subscribers decide which books they want to read and review, but if you’re searching for something new to read yourself, you’ll want to start with the ones that got the most positive attention both in terms of number of reviews left, and an overall positive score. Here are the top 5 romance novels that we sent out this year that meet those criteria.   Bang by Sabrina Stark One hard billionaire. One college grad turned nanny. And a massive mansion that’s way too small for their growing attraction. With a 4.5 star average rating on Amazon, not only was this a popular selection amongst Hidden Gems readers, it was also well loved. For fans of enemies-to-lovers romance, Bang is a fun,… Read More >

5 Well Read Women’s Literature Novels

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on December 15, 2020

This round-up includes some of the most-read women’s literature books that have come through the Hidden Gems ARC program. Ranging from lighthearted to heart wrenching, these relatable women’s lit novels have elements of exploration and redemption while delving into relationships within families and friendships. Perfect for “me time”, or your next book club pick.   No Home Like Nantucket by Grace Palmer Grace Palmer, a favorite women’s literature author among Hidden Gems readers, brings us love, loss, heartbreak and hope in No Home Like Nantucket. Mae Benson was happy—a beloved wife, beloved mother, beloved neighbor. But even she wasn’t ready for the tragedy looming around the corner. The accident that claims her husband’s life rocks the whole family. And it’s not the only thing stirring up trouble. “What a great book to escape the quarantine pandemic of this coronavirus time,” writes Rebecca B. in her 5-star review. “There are so… Read More >

5 Young Adult Book Series Starters to Fill Your Weekend

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on December 1, 2020

If this season of life has you wanting to curl up and binge-read a new series, you’ll love this list of young adult book series starters that were favorites among Hidden Gems ARC readers. Each is great in their own way, with all the elements that make YA addicting, so don’t blame us if you find yourself spending a whole weekend plowing through these series.   The Acceptance by Ramona Finn The Hunger Games meets Divergent in this epic first book in the GEOS trilogy. Currently in the top 50 Teen & Young Adult Dystopian ebooks on Amazon, Finn writes a story in which humanity is on the brink of extinction. After being nearly wiped out by a deadly virus, Earth’s population was saved only by the genius of Farrow Corp. Now, the scientists in Farrow’s Labs work tirelessly to search for a cure to the genetic plague that has… Read More >

5 Steamy Romance Reads to Heat Up Your Winter

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on November 17, 2020

Light up the fireplace, grab your favorite blanket and get ready to melt with these steamy romance novels that were popular among Hidden Gems ARC readers who recently got to read them first, and for free! There’s a romance for everyone on this list, but be warned, they might keep you turning pages and skipping sleep. Protecting His Brother’s Babies by Katie Knight and Leslie North With an average 4.5 star rating and over 150 reviews on Amazon, USA Today Bestseller Leslie North and Katie Knight invite you to indulge in a heart-pounding military romance with a hot, super-alpha Navy SEAL protecting the woman he loves at all costs. “This book is gripping, captivating and draws the reader in with lots of intrigue, action and suspense and succeeds in keeping the reader on the edge of their seat, captivated and with baited breath,” writes Texas Customer in their 5-star review…. Read More >

5 Political Fiction Reads to Add to Your TBR List

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on November 3, 2020

It’s election day in the United States, and in many ways this year seems like something out of a political thriller. So if you’re looking for an escape from reality, we’ve rounded up these gripping, thought-provoking political fiction books that were under the radar this year. Hidden Gems readers got the chance to read several of these first (and for free!) and they recommend them to anyone that loves a story with political, military and/or conspiracy elements. World War O by James Ward World War Offshore…it’s the biggest anti-capitalist demonstration the world has ever seen. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators spread across six continents, demanding an end to the “non-accountability of the 1%”, re-regulation of the world’s financial services, and a new era of social justice. In this fictional tale, James Ward tackles one of the most hotly-debated topics of recent times. Taxation and corporate wealth. Just what, if anything,… Read More >

5 Bone-Chilling Horror Novels to Read Before Halloween

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on October 20, 2020

‘Tis the season of spooky, creepy, bone-chilling shows or movies available every night leading up to Halloween. But if you want your fill of terror, without being glued to the television, we’ve rounded up five crowd favorites in the horror novel arena that our Hidden Gems readers got to read for free. As a fair reminder, just like the trigger warnings you’ll see on television sometimes, horror novels can be just as graphic and may contain subject matter that is upsetting to some. Whickering Place (Legacy of Darkness Book 2) by London Clarke Terror, paranormal activity, suspense, murder and even a touch of romance. Whickering Place has it all. Fans of vampires and ghosts will also be satisfied. A woman trapped by her own fears inherits a house haunted by a legacy of darkness and a history of ritual sacrifices. This chilling page-turner from London Clarke explores the risks of… Read More >

5 Cozy Mysteries for a Stormy Fall Evening

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on October 6, 2020

Fans of cozy mysteries love following an amateur sleuth as they seek justice through twists and turns with generous doses of humor throughout. If you’re looking for the perfect escape from reality you’ll love getting to the bottom of these books. Today, we’re going to highlight five cozy mysteries that have left Hidden Gems readers raving and begging for more. Murder at the Manor: A 1920s cozy mystery (A Tommy & Evelyn Christie Mystery Book 1) by Catherine Coles Downton Abbey crossed with Murder, She Wrote…set in a Yorkshire village! A boring weekend away turns out to be anything but dull when Tommy’s unsuspecting uncle is shockingly murdered. Evelyn must use her sleuthing knowledge to find out what really happened. If you enjoy the glamour of bygone eras like 1920s Downton Abbey and gentle, cozy mysteries set in the English countryside then you will love this series starter from Catherine… Read More >

5 Cookbooks to Help Level Up Your Cooking Game

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on September 22, 2020

Each and every week, subscribers to Hidden Gems are offered FREE books to download, read, and review – from any or all of over 15 different genres. Today we’re going to highlight five cookbooks that our readers enjoyed adding to their collection this year. Something about the changing of the seasons makes us want to evaluate our meal choices or maybe even has us craving comfort food, so check out these great cookbooks and don’t stress about what’s for dinner tonight. Keto Meal Prep Cookbook For Beginners: 600 Easy, Simple & Basic Ketogenic Diet Recipes by Kira Peterson If you’re wondering whether a keto diet is for you, this is definitely a book you want to add to your collection. With over 1200 Amazon reviews, Kira’s cookbook is packed with 600+ recipes, a 21-day meal plan and countless tips and tricks to guide you on your keto journey. Currently available… Read More >