Self-Improvement Books to Help Kick Off the New Year

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on December 28, 2021

With the new year right around the corner, a lot of people find themselves reflecting and setting intentions. Regardless of your goals, we are certain that there’s a self-help book out there for you. With those thoughts in mind, today we’ve rounded up the self-improvement books our readers loved the most.   Happy Mind, Happy Life: A Science-Backed Guide to More Happiness and Self-Love by Barbora Centik No matter your age or background, the tried-and-tested lessons inside this self-improvement book arm you with powerful tools and knowledge for taking your happiness into your own hands. If you want to escape the endless cycle of worry and enjoy feelings of contentment in your everyday life, then Happy Mind, Happy Life is for you. Pat M. says in their 5-star review, “Barbora Centik has written an engaging book that starts off with asking us a pertinent question – ‘What is happiness to… Read More >

Highly Rated YA Novels to Add to your TBR List

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on December 14, 2021

Each great in their own way, with all the elements that make YA novels so addicting, don’t blame us if your TBR list grows after checking out these young adult favorites among Hidden Gems ARC readers!   Metallic Red by Jennifer Ann Shore From Hidden Gems favorite Jennifer Ann Shore, Metallic Red is a young adult vampire fiction book with romance, self-discovery, and a bit of blood. It is the first novel in the Royally Human Vampire series and pulls in an impressive 4.7 average star rating on Amazon. “I really enjoyed reading Metallic Red,” writes Jennifer H. in her 5-star review. “I found it to be an interesting take on a vampire novel. I liked the plot developments and the ending of the story. I liked the internal conflict that the protagonist faced going to a human high school with human friends and embracing her human side but having… Read More >

Best Fantasy Novels from Female Authors

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on November 30, 2021

Today we’re looking at some of the best fantasy novels that have recently been sent to our ARC readers – the ones they’ve raved about, and all of which were written by powerhouse female authors. If you’re looking to visit another world or an alternate reality this winter, add these titles to your holiday wishlist.   Hex Kitchen by Stephanie Fazio Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets The Hunger Games in this mouthwatering, magical, and murderous fantasy. Hex Kitchen is a once-a-decade tournament where contestants have to cook magical dishes that are to die…and maybe even to kill…for. Elizabeth Karmel (best-selling cookbook author, and Chopped and Iron Chef judge) writes in her editorial review, “Hex Kitchen transports you to a delicious world of culinary magic and fantastical, sometimes deadly, competition where every dish keeps you at the edge of your plate—wondering who will win the next move and what bite… Read More >

Christmas Romance Novels You Won’t Want to Miss

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on November 16, 2021

Romance is the most popular genre in the Hidden Gems ARC program and our readers know that no two love stories are the same, so they scoop up new books every chance they get. With the holidays upon us we’ve recently been sending out some Christmas romance novels and have rounded up the top rated ones for you to enjoy this holiday season. ‘Tis the season for romance!   Sweet Like Christmas by Liza Jonathan If you like a little Southern-spiked humor, sweet angst, delicious tension and all the Christmas feels then you’re going to love this book! It’s perfect for fans of Laura Kaye, Kristen Ashley, Roni Loren, Jill Shalvis, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Sweet Like Christmas is set in Lewisburg, WV, and features many real shops, landmarks, and the historic Greenbrier Resort, which all enthusiastically signed on to be mentioned in this award-winning series. “This friends to lovers… Read More >

Women’s Fiction Novels For Your Winter TBR List

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on November 2, 2021

Women’s Fiction can range from flirty, and humorous to heartfelt and even suspenseful. Today we’ve rounded up 5 women’s fiction novels that Hidden Gems ARC readers got to read and enjoy first. You’ll want to add these to your TBR list this winter, we’re sure.   While I’m Gone by Ana Simons Perfect for romantic women’s fiction fans, While I’m Gone brings together two strangers whose paths cross unexpectedly. An honest and thought-provoking story about life, love and second chances. “Wow! I was hooked on this story from page one,” explains Merry J.E. in her 5-star review. “Sophie was thrown for a loop by her husband and if it was me I think I would have handled things a bit differently especially after everything came out about what he was doing. Meeting Matthew was one of the best things that could happen to her considering everything going on in her… Read More >

Highly Rated Must Read Mystery Novels

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on October 19, 2021

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 mystery novels that have left our readers raving and begging for more. If you’re looking for the perfect escape from reality you’ll love getting to the bottom of these page-turning mysteries.   Headlines, Deadlines and Lies by Stephanie LaVigne If you like quirky amateur sleuth heroines, intriguing puzzles, and slow-burn romance, then you’ll love Stephanie LaVigne’s new series, The Sunshine State. A story about friendship, family, and finding your passion, Headlines, Deadlines & Lies is a genealogical mystery novel set in a charming beach town along Florida’s Gulf Coast. “This was a truly marvelous mystery!” writes Anthony A. in his 5-star review. “The author perfectly captures the warmth and wit that the cozy mystery genre often has…. Read More >

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 >