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TTT #155 – Hidden Gem Books

Some books get all the hype. The authors are already well known and popular or the publishers and some well known book bloggers push the book forward into the community. One can argue that hype doesn’t always work in favor of the book as it creates too high expectations. But having a nice buzz surrounding your book is generally a good thing. It means people will hear about your book and will be more likely to give it a second look in a book store.

But sometimes books fly under the radar and that is such a shame. Last year we did a similiar prompt with underrated books which was based on the amount of ratings on goodreads. I decided to list very different books though some of that list are still hidden gems for sure. Even so you can find the blog post here because those books still deserve all the attention as well.

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The Epic Crush of Genie Loย by F.C. Yee / Review
One of my favorites reads of 2017. Everything about this book was just amazing to me. I loved Genie and it made me laugh so hard.

Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani / Review
Not only is Intisar a lovely person but she also writes some great books. Sunbolt is the novella that leads us into the Sunbolt chronicles and introduces us to Hitomi, a thief with some magical skills.

Where the Stars Rise. Edited by Lucas K. Law and Derwin Mak / Review
A Thousand Beginnings and Endings got so much buzz as a diverse anthology this year but I am sad to see that Where the Stars Rise, that was released last year, never got the same treatment. It is sci-fi and fantasy anthology by Asian authors and it was so good.

Bones and Bourbon by Dorian Graves / Review
If you think the title is a little quirky just wait until you read the book. It goes all kinds of ways. But it also focuses on two brothers and a demon and that is my favorite combination.


The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge / Review
This almost made me cry. Enough said.

Witchmark by C.L. Polk / Review
There was something about this one that really caught me attention and drew me in.

Into the Mystic volume 3. By various authors / Review
This is an anthology with nine lesbian/bisexual paranormal stories. Clearly it needs to get more attention.

Reading Challenge(65)

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

37 thoughts on “TTT #155 – Hidden Gem Books

  1. Intisar Khanani also made my list – I picked her standalone novel Thorn. I truly hope now that HarperTeen will be re-releasing her books, she receives all the love she deserves. She creates enthralling worlds and characters and I simply adore her writing style.

    Happy readings! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Tรขnia @MyLovelySecret

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    1. WP ate my reply. But I can’t wait for the rerelease. I was going to buy Thorn as an ebook but I couldn’t because it was already pulled back for the rerelease.


      1. No, my sister was in a foul mood and was mad I wanted to go into the business district. Geeze, if it isn’t Baz in a foul mood about having to shop, it’s my sister. I guess I should be thankful they weren’t both crusty at the same time. ๐Ÿ˜


  2. I’ve been eyeing The Epic Crush of Genie Lo for what feels like the longest time, but I only got around to buying it on Kindle after I saw the news that the author will also be writing a story on my favorite Avatar, Kiyoshi! I am super excited to dive into this author’s writing style.

    Fantastic post!

    * TTT: Hidden Gems + Giveaway

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  3. I don’t think I’ve heard of any of these. Two brothers and a demon, though? That is also my favorite combination. Slightly higher than two brothers and an angel, even if that angel is adorably awkward and funny. *cough* I’m going to have to grab a copy of Bones and Bourbon!

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  4. Al een geluk dat dit soort blogposts bestaan om deze boeken meer in de spotlight te zetten. Ik heb zelf ook een aantal reeksen en boeken die ik vrij vaak wil aanraden omdat ik ze zelf zo tof vond en ze minder bekend zijn. Uit jouw lijstje las ik tot nu toe nog niets maar het eerste boek spreekt me wel al een tijdje aan (dankzij jou) dus wie weet komt het er nog wel eens van.

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