Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl wherein each week bloggers list out their Top Ten.

Today’s topic is all about books that don’t get enough recognition. They went unnoticed, or weren’t publicized enough or not many people know about them – basically the books y’all are sleeping on! Here are my top picks, and what you need to know about them:

StarsweptStarswept by Mary Fan

  • Futuristic dystopia where humans export their talented artists to aliens for their entertainment.
  • All about beauty of music, and has a very engaging and unique viewpoint.
  • Struggles of competitive creatives
  • Has a little Capitol (from The Hunger Games) vibes.

RelicRelic by Gretchen McNeil

  • Contemporary paranormal horror about a cursed object
  • Utterly scary and realistic
  • Slasher vibes

Island of Exiles (The Ryogan Chronicles #1)Island of Exiles by Erica Cameron

  • Magic-based fantasy set on a island of warriors
  • Non-traditional family units; nearly everyone is queer; full of POC;
  • Shady government/religion trope
  • Discusses physical boundaries and consent even in familiar relationships!

Deadly Sweet (Spellwork Syndicate, #1)Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge

  • Alternate urban fantasy with witch communities
  • Kitchen witch who bakes holistic treats!!!!
  • Outcast girl becomes practically royalty, complete with assassination attempts
  • Hex Hall meets The Devil Wears Prada

Vicarious (Vicarious, #1)Vicarious by Paula Stokes

  • Criminally underrated psychological mystery with a Korean MC.
  • Virtual reality as a plot device
  • Unreliable narrator
  • Well-written relationships among the characters
  • DARK

The Seafarer's Kiss (The Seafarer's Kiss #1)The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember

  • A fantasy retelling with a mix of The Little Mermaid and Norse mythology
  • Chubby bisexual mermaids!!!!
  • F/F romance subplot
  • Genderfluid characters in this book and the next.

Viral Nation (Viral Nation, #1)Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes

  • Post-apocalyptic with time travel plot
  • Autistic MC
  • Shady corporate overlords
  • Misfits assemble!
  • Subtle romance

The Holders (Holders, #1)The Holders by Julianna Scott

  • Urban fantasy that has X-Men vibes
  • A+ well-developed romance
  • Protective older sister trope
  • Snarky MC

Emancipated (Emancipated, #1)Emancipated by M C Reyes

  • Contemporary with 6 emancipated teens living together and figuring out adulting
  • Mystery plot, as they are practically strangers
  • SECRETS!!!!!
  • Good character development

The Girl Who FellThe Girl who Fell by S M Parker

  • Contemporary ‘romance’ about a girl in an abusive relationship
  • Digs deep into the abuser and the abused, and how the latter falls into it
  • Emotional manipulation and how subtle it can be
  • Visceral and realistic POV

White Space (Dark Passages, #1)White Space by Ilsa J Bick

  • Mind-bending psychological fantasy that has Inception in a bookverse
  • Spectacular writing is so realistic that you feel you are IN THE BOOK!
  • Will probably mess you up and make you question your reality
  • Mixed reviews so it could honestly go either way for you

Get Even (Don't Get Mad, #1)Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

  • Contemporary mystery; Totally Spies meets Revenge
  • Girls giving bullies a taste of their own medicine via a secret group
  • Secret group gets framed for murder. DUN DUN DUNN!!
  • Girls supporting girls


Do you know any awesome books that are not so well-known?

11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems

  1. Ooh I read Vicarious! I always love it when I recognize books on these lists ha ha. I haven’t read the sequel to that yet though. I also read Get Even! I wish my school would have had a group like that lol. Well maybe not the murder part, but you know… 🙂

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