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Children’s Picture Books to Gift This Fall

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on October 5, 2021

If you’re looking to get an early start on your holiday shopping, or are looking for the perfect birthday gift for one of the little ones in your life, look no further. We’ve rounded up five children’s picture books that Hidden Gems ARC readers have recently read and adored. With delightful illustrations and touching messages they can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Consider adding these titles to your shopping list the next time you’re buying for a child you love!   Mia and Nattie: One Great Team! by Marlene M. Bell With an astounding 4.8 average star rating and over 80 reviews on Amazon, Mia and Nattie is an adorable read-aloud picture book for children who love animals from award-winning writer and sheep breeder Marlene M. Bell. “This was a beautiful children’s book that provides a lovely story of friendship, family, and responsibility,” writes She Just Loves Books… Read More >

Thriller Books to Keep You Up At Night

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on September 21, 2021

Captivating, thought provoking and at times downright bone chilling, a great thriller can often take our mind to the land of “what if?” Hidden Gems readers have been fortunate to have plenty of thrillers to choose from over the past few months, and this is a round-up of some of the most popular and well liked page turners.   Run For The Hills by Jodi Burnett A psychotic client stalks therapist Joscelyn Turner and flips her life upside down. When his threats become violent, she must run from her home to save her life and the lives of her horses and dog. If you like roller-coaster whirls of emotions and thriller novels with gripping tension, you will love Run For The Hills, from Hidden Gems reader favorite, Jodi Burnett. Judith T. raves in her 5-star review, “If I could give this more than a 5 star rating, I would! It’s… Read More >

Highly Rated Romances To Cozy Up With This Fall

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on September 7, 2021

Romance is the most popular genre in the Hidden Gems ARC program and our readers love the chance to dive into new reads, generally before release. Today we’ve rounded up five of the most highly rated romances that our readers enjoyed recently. We’re sure you’ll want to add these to your TBR list this Fall!   The Hellion is Tamed by Tracy Sumner The Hellion is Tamed is #4 in the steamy Victorian series Publishers Weekly calls, “A superpowered twist on Victorian romance!” In this scandalous story,  passion defies time and love conquers betrayal. “The Hellion is Tamed by Tracy Sumner is another heart tugging, riveting entry in the League of Lords series,” raves C. Sinclair in their 5-star review. “Emotionally engaging and lyrical in its execution, the writing both astounds and satisfies this reader’s expectation. Haunting and at times tragic we follow the story of Simon Alexander from his… Read More >

Young Adult Novels You’re Never Too Old For

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on August 24, 2021

You’re never too old to curl up with a young adult novel and you’ll definitely want to check out these favorites among Hidden Gems ARC readers. Each great in their own way, with all the elements that make YA addicting, don’t blame us if you find yourself spending a whole weekend devouring these reads.   Everywhere, Always by Jennifer Ann Shore When Avery Miller wakes up in her hospital room, it’s to a life she didn’t expect, want, or ever imagine for herself. Everywhere, Always is a standalone romantic young adult novel from Jennifer Ann Shore, Hidden Gems ARC team favorite and Amazon bestselling author of The Stillness Before the Start and The Extended Summer of Anna and Jeremy. “If you are looking for a feel-good YA indie novel that will make your eyes misty, pick up Everywhere, Always,” says Christine in her 5-star review. “As Avery overcomes the tragic… Read More >

Science-Fiction Novels for the Imaginative Mind

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on August 10, 2021

Science Fiction has a way of igniting a sense of wonder with imaginative and creative tales.  From space exploration to time travel, extraterrestrial life to the mysterious unknown, these five science-fiction novels were popular with Hidden Gems readers who got to read them for free.   HAWK: Hellfire by Mike Waller If you like great, classic science-fiction novels, you will love this new work by multi-award-winning author Mike Waller, an action packed dive into the world of a galactic mercenary driven by the ghosts from his past. Grab a copy now and join Lazarus Hawk in his search for justice for a remote colony world. “I LOVED this new book, HAWK Hellfire!” writes Slugpuppy3 in their 5-star review. “Hellfire is a devastating, illegal street drug in the far future. Krystian (Hawk) Hauken’s mission has nothing to do with drugs – he thinks. Guarda officer, Abigail (Abbie) Renner’s mission has everything… Read More >

5 Hot Romances for Summer Vacay

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on July 27, 2021

Romance is the most popular genre in the Hidden Gems ARC program and our readers love the chance to dive into new reads, often before they’re even for sale. Today we’ve rounded up five newer hot romances that have been highly rated by readers. Which one will be next on your to-read list?   The Match by Winter Renshaw With over 650 Amazon reviews and a notable 4.5 star average rating, The Match from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Winter Renshaw is a hit! This contemporary sports romance is about a woman having a baby by sperm donor then unexpectedly meeting him and what unfolds is a game changer. “If you’re looking for a romance that is light on the angst and heat, but heavy on the love and family theme, then this is definitely one to read,” writes I Heart Reading in their 5-star review. “This story is about… Read More >

Page turning mysteries for summer reading

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on July 13, 2021

No matter your interests it’s highly likely there is a mystery novel out there for you. So if you’re looking to sink into a page-turner, check out our round up which includes a variety of mysteries, from sci-fi based to cozies, that have been popular and well reviewed by Hidden Gems readers over the past few months.   Vanishing Day by Valerie Davisson Fans of J.A. Jance, Elly Griffiths, Louise Penny, C.J. Box, James Patterson, Nevada Barr, Sue Grafton, and Alexander McCall Smith will love Davisson’s fiercely independent and loyal Logan McKenna, a mystery solving school teacher. Heidi S. writes in her 5-star review, “This is the fourth book in the Logan McKenna series – and a serious page turner at that! Logan gets a new neighbor, Lori, with her 3-year-old daughter. But soon, things become increasingly dangerous. Lori is hiding out from her abusive husband, but when he shows… Read More >

5 Fantasy Summer Reads

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on June 15, 2021

Today we’re looking at some of the recent fantasy titles that our ARC readers have raved out. If you’re looking to visit another world or an alternate reality this summer, this is a great place to start.   Bisecter 4-Book Box Set: The Complete Series by Stephani Fazio This action-filled collection is perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J. Maas, and Cassandra Clare. If you love fantasy, don’t miss these stories about wonder and adventure, love and sacrifice, heroes and monsters, and the blurred spaces in between. The Bisecter box set ranks in at an impressive 4.8 average star rating on Amazon! Jessica H. writes in her 5-star review, “I really enjoyed reading Bisector, the complete series four-book box set. Wade was one of my favorite characters in the series. The series was easy to read and there was plenty of conflict for Mer and the gang. The series… Read More >

5 Kid’s Books to Enjoy This Summer

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on June 1, 2021

With summer break here for many, we thought it’d be a great time to round up five children’s books that Hidden Gems ARC readers have recently read and adored. Most of these are geared toward younger children, but with brilliant illustrations and heartwarming messages they can be enjoyed by all. Consider adding these titles to your shopping list the next time you’re buying a kid’s book for your little one!   The Snot Book: A Book for Children to Enjoy and Learn about Nose Goop, Mucus, and other Curious Facts by Marc Bacera Book 6 in the Bewildering Body series for young kids, The Snot Book is “so gross your kids won’t notice they’re learning!” Both fun and educational, this is one kid’s book you’ll enjoy reading and discussing with your children. “This gross and gooey volume of boogerific facts was a blast to read,” raves Tricia S. in her… Read More >

5 Self-Help Books To Focus Your Mental Health

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on May 18, 2021

May is Mental Health Awareness Month so we thought we’d take this opportunity to round up five self-help books that were highly rated by Hidden Gems ARC readers. While we’re not suggesting that all the answers to your stress, relationship issues or mental health challenges are in these books, we think they open up important discussions and can be a piece to the puzzle if you’re looking to focus on self-care and your own wellbeing.   Get Out of Your Head: A Toolkit for Living with and Overcoming Anxiety by Brian Sachetta With nearly 400 reviews on Amazon, this self-help book has been praised by Hidden Gems ARC readers and a broad audience alike. Get Out of Your Head helps readers to break free from fear cycles and ultimately begin to alleviate anxiety, which burdens millions of Americans. “One of the best anxiety books out there,” writes Richard S. in… Read More >