So, this week’s topic is all about the hidden book gems that we feel deserve so much more love and recognition… and reviews! A few of the ten that I picked are just books that I feel like I don’t hear enough about, and I think they are perfection! But most of these are books that I went on my read shelf on Goodreads and found by sorting from least number of reviews! And, friends, some of these deserve so much more love! 💖
➽ Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel #1) by Josiah Bancroft
5,309 Ratings & 981 Reviews
Okay, if I could only recommend one book on this list, I would pick this one. I know that is has gotten a lot more hype and recognition since Orbit picked it up, but it’s honestly the most unique book I’ve ever read in my entire life. I read this when it was still self-published, and I still think about it to this day. This is smart, and lyrical, and oh so perfect. Seriously, friends, pick this up!
➽ The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
33,444 Ratings & 5,440 Reviews
Okay, this is going to be the “biggest” book on this list, but the reason I really wanted to include it was because I feel like this is Holly Black’s hidden gem! Honestly? This is my favorite published Holly Black work and I wish more people would fall in love with it, too!
➽ Art of War: Anthology for Charity by Petros Triantafyllou
146 Ratings & 66 Reviews
This amazing, forty story anthology only has 66 reviews on Goodreads? Lord, help me! Not only do the proceeds for this go to an amazing cause, there are some of the best names in SFF contributing to this!
➽ Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher
18,595 Ratings & 3,675 Reviews
Whenever people ask me to recommend them a hidden gem, I always pick this book. This is one of the most impactful books I’ve ever read in my entire life, and I wish so very much that it would be more read and loved. I think this is a really polarizing book, though, and it was so very many triggers so please use caution for rape and captivity. But if you are in the right mindset, please give this beautiful book a try.
➽ The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion (Danielle Cain #1) by Margaret Killjoy
884 Ratings & 207 Reviews
Friends, this horror novella is everything. The atmosphere is spooky and perfect, the writing is whimsical and addicting, and the cast is diverse and wonderful. This is the perfect fall read, too, so you all should really consider picking this up!
➽ Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta
394 Ratings & 127 Reviews
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the number of reviews and ratings this had! This was one of my all-time favorite books of 2018! It has an amazing f/f romance, set among the backdrop of a theater production and a murder mystery! Honestly? This is another perfect fall read!
➽ The King of Bourbon Street (NOLA Nights #1) by Thea de Salle
346 Ratings & 133 Reviews
This is the book that actually throws me for a bit of a loop, because I feel like so many more people have read this! Like, this is hella beloved in the romance community, but the Goodreads numbers don’t lie. I read this is year and fell so in love with the New Orleans setting and our plus sized main character. But be warned, this is a very steamy ready, but if that’s what you’re in the mood for? This will be perfect for you!
➽ The Melody of You and Me (Lillac Town #1) by M. Hollis
420 Ratings & 189 Reviews
Okay, I feel a little bad about putting this one on the list, just because it is kind of hard to find on the internet lately. But I couldn’t put down this novella that stars a pansexual girl! Seriously, I read this for Pride this June and it meant more to me than I have words for. I just wish it was more easily accessible for people to buy and read!
➽ Inkmistress (Of Fire and Stars 0.5) by Audrey Coulthurst
501 Ratings & 144 Reviews
I can’t believe this early 2018 release hasn’t received more love. Friends, I loved this. This is a YA fantasy that stars a bisexual main character who has relationships with a boy and a girl on page. This is still one of my favorite reads of the year, and it truly deserves so much more love.
➽ The Seven Princes of the Thousand Year Labyrinth, Vol. 1 by Aikawa Yu
207 Ratings & 31 Reviews
Like I could make a list and not include a manga recommend. Especially one of my all-time favorites that deserves all the love in the entire world! The basic premise of this is that the Emperor of the seven lands has passed away, and the seven Lords of those seven lands find themselves trapped in a medieval castle. Inside the castle that was thought just a fantasy, the Lords are met with constant rising water, traps, puzzles, and riddles, that they must figure out or they will lose their lives. Together they must decide who will be the new Emperor. It’s perfection!
Okay, my loves! That’s all ten! I honestly feel like I could easily add ten more to this list! But hopefully you’ll find a new book or two! Let me know what your personal favorite hidden gem is! And I hope you’re all having the happiest of reading! 💖