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Thrillers That Will Keep You on the Edge

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on May 7, 2024

Prepare for a rollercoaster ride of twists, bone-chilling scenes, and suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Hidden Gems ARC readers have had the privilege of diving into a plethora of suspenseful tales in recent months. Here’s a roundup of the most beloved and highly praised page-turners. Shadow in the Ward by Ari Gray In a future where AI threatens to replace the human touch in medicine, Dr. Seth Kelley faces burnout in his high-stress job. Joining a hospital trial using AI, disaster strikes when the system malfunctions. Seth, a programmer and medical student, must outsmart the AI during a lockdown, exploring human resilience and the limits of machine care. “This novel takes place in the future, where AI is a big presence in hospitals. Robots do a lot of the work, but as machine learning evolves, robots take on a new and more important role,… Read More >

Spicy Romance Novels for your Summer TBR

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on April 30, 2024

If you’re a regular on the Hidden Gems blog, you’ll know that spicy romance is the most popular genre in the Hidden Gems ARC program. Our readers know that no two love stories are the same, so they scoop up new books every chance they get. From mafia romance to light hearted rom coms, if you are looking for a new novel to add to your summer reading TBR list, there’s something for every romance reader on this list! Savage Betrayal by Ivy Thorn With over 80+ ratings and a 4.6 star average, Savage Betrayal is the first installment of the Dark Redemption series, a mafia romance duet. Fans of age gap romance will love this novel and will want to dive right into book 2, Vicious Redemption, for the HEA you’ll surely be thirsting for. “Way better than five stars, this suspense filled story was full of secrets and… Read More >

Some Good Mystery Novels to Add to your TBR List

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on April 21, 2024

One of the most amazing things about the mystery genre is that there truly is something for everyone. No matter which side of the spectrum you prefer, we can all agree that page-turning intrigue is a must. If you’re looking for some good mystery novels to read, this list of books enjoyed by our Hidden Gems ARC readers is for you. Murder at Dawn by Patrick Kelly With 60+ ratings and a 4.7 star average, Murder at Dawn by Patrick Kelly is the final installment in the Wintergreen Mystery series. This series follows retired detective Bill O’Shea, after a murder takes place in Wintergreen, Virginia. JACW describes in their five star Amazon review why you should add this to your TBR list, “…I love Patrick Kelly’s writing style – I read the first two paragraphs of the book twice just because of the way he described a summer storm! His… Read More >

Young Adult Stories To Enjoy This Spring

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on April 16, 2024

If you have a young reader in your family, or even if it is just a guilty pleasure of yours, we’ve rounded up a collection that includes a variety of young adult stories that have been popular and well-liked by Hidden Gems ARC readers. Dead Girl by Kerrie Faye Death has its advantages, or so Ember O’Neill discovers when a deadly prank transforms her from a bullied outcast to a school tyrant. Resurrected and secretly supernatural, she topples the reigning drama queen and wins the affections of the new heartthrob. But her newfound power attracts dangerous attention when an assassin from the heretical Order targets her. Ember faces a difficult choice about whether to reveal her abilities to protect herself and her friends, risking everything she’s gained, as her would-be killer draws near. “The characterization is well done. Ember is imperfect and relatable as are her closest friends Erick and… Read More >

Fantasy Books That Take You to Another World

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on April 9, 2024

Venture into worlds unlike our own in these 5 fantasy titles recently read and reviewed by Hidden Gems ARC readers – and remember, if you want to receive free fantasy books like these – or others from 15 different genres – just sign up today and select your favorites. Bonding Fire by Ava Richardson When Prince Tagaris arrives at Gwen’s door seeking aid, she’s tempted to turn him away. Despite being banished from court with her mentor for failing to save the king years ago, Gwen can’t refuse his plea. Tagaris’s niece, Comnena, suffers from the same fatal illness that claimed the king’s life. Gwen soon discovers Comnena has been poisoned, a fact hidden by the dragon queen. To conceal Gwen’s true mission, Tagaris proposes a fake courtship. Though Gwen harbors no love for Tagaris, she must rely on him to cure Comnena. As they grow closer, their sham courtship… Read More >

Romantic Novels to Add a Little Spring To Your Heart

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on April 2, 2024

Are you looking for some romances to add a little spring to your heart? Today we’ve rounded up a collection that includes 5 romantic novels that have been popular and well-liked by Hidden Gems ARC readers recently. Ruthless Saints by Ella Jade Luciana convinces herself that her arranged marriage is merely a guise for espionage, but once drawn into Romero’s world, she realizes he exerts control over every aspect of her existence. Despite her initial resistance, she finds herself drawn to him. Is she becoming just another possession for a man accustomed to getting everything he desires, or is she an unwitting pawn in a dangerous game? As she spends more time with Romero, she discovers his disdain for traitors, a perilous revelation given her true motives. Saying no to her family seems dangerous, but the stakes intensify when Romero learns she’s there to set him up. “This is a… Read More >

Sci-Fi Novels To Explore This Year

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on March 26, 2024

We’ve compiled 5 out-of-this-world titles that took Hidden Gems ARC readers on a captivating journey to extraordinary dimensions. Explore this list and get ready to embark on your next exhilarating journey with these top-rated reads. The World Isn’t Ready by Kevin Mitchel It’s the year 1959, and Arnie Gibson, an amateur archaeologist, stumbles upon a mysterious artifact while walking his dog. Intrigued, he brings it home and, during examination, unwittingly activates it. Little does he know that the peculiar dust within the artifact, upon touching his fingers, triggers a profound transformation in his life. Enhanced eyesight, newfound mathematical prowess, and heightened physical capabilities all result from the powder, whose exclusive intent is to uplift humanity. “I wasn’t sure what to expect but decided to give it a whirl (this genre is far outside what I normally read) and I am glad I did,” wrote Jessica P. in her four-star review…. Read More >

Kids’ books for spring break reading

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on March 19, 2024

Do you have a young reader in your life? Or maybe you’re looking for a great bedtime story to enjoy with your youngest book lovers. Are you heading out for a Spring road trip? If so, we have a handful of kids’ books to add to your reading list! Our Hidden Gems ARC readers loved the following titles, and we bet your young bookworm will, as well. When You Have a Brother by Debra Hewitt With 15+ ratings and a 4.4 average star rating, When You Have a Brother is a charming picture book recommended for children 2-8 years old, and describes the amazing adventures you can have with a brother. “This is the cutest book. An endearing look at the bond of brothers from early on. As a mom of 4 boys, this is perfect for little ones to enjoy the closeness of brotherhood and to encourage care, cooperation,… Read More >

Best Mystery Novels to Spring You Into Next Season

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on March 12, 2024

Are you looking to read some of the best mystery novels that have come out lately?  We have page-turning mysteries that will spring you right into next season, and we’ve rounded up some of the best that have recently been sent to our ARC readers.  The Pike: A Lancashire Detective Mystery by JJ Richards DCI Walker and newly promoted DC Briggs investigate the death of a young girl at Pike Tower on Winter Hill. Initially perceived as a party gone wrong, the case unravels into something much darker, threatening the local community and Walker’s team. A cat-and-mouse chase takes them to Manchester, with more women attacked. As Walker escalates the manhunt, the grim urgency grows, and the team discovers a darkness closer than expected. “Couldn’t put it down!!!!” writes Anonymous in their five star review. “Rich plot (and a few twists I didn’t see coming lol), well developed team of… Read More >

Romances to add to your 2024 TBR list

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on March 5, 2024

If you’re a regular on the Hidden Gems blog, you’ll know that romance is the most popular genre in our popular ARC program. Whether you enjoy paranormal romance, mafia romance or sweet contemporary romance, there’s a love story out there for you. So if you’re looking for a new read to sink into this month, or just add to your TBR, check out this collection of recent faves from our Hidden Gems ARC readers! Rough Score by Kenna King With over 375+ ratings and a 4.2 star average on Amazon, Rough Score is a marriage of convenience hockey romance with all the instalove vibes.  South African Romance Junkie raves in their five star Amazon review, “I think Ryker is my new favourite! I loved the way they met and everything that follows. Juliet is really sweet but no pushover and together they are magic. Ryker’s family is the best and… Read More >