Top 5 Wednesday: Hidden Gems

Today I’m giving some love to those books that aren’t as well known. The hidden gems we wouldn’t know about until posts like these appear. It’s like discovering a band for the first time and sharing their music with everyone before it becomes popular on the radio. Keep reading below to check out my top 5!

This blogging meme was created by YouTuber Lainey  and is now operated from her GoodReads group.

 
My Lea (A Broken Love Story) (Volume 1) / I Won’t Break (A Broken Love Story Book 2) 

This two part story is going to break you and heal you all in one go. I HIGHLY SUGGEST you have I Won’t Break ready for when you finish My Lea. E. Mellyberry is an amazing writer, her characters are just as broken and full of life as we are. These are not fairytales, they are the gritty stories we have lived. This new adult duology is a must read!

Synopsis Book 1:

When Lea Amelia landed her feet in San Francisco for her overseas study, her idea of freedom was simple, like eating junk food ten times a day, sitting in front of the TV in her PJs, or going out late with her friends without the need to check in with her mother constantly.

Then she met Andrew Jaya, her brothers’ best friend. A twenty-two-year-old guy whose physical appearance looked like he was crafted straight from God’s heavenly hands, but possessed a past as bleak as if it was drawn by Evil himself. A conflicted guy who wore sadness like nobody’s business beneath his mask, a perfect-looking mask she slowly peeled away.

He was also the guy who hurt her.

Suddenly, everything about her was no longer simple.

Andrew Jaya had convinced himself that not feeling was good for him. He’d been doing it splendidly for almost his entire life. But that was before his best friend’s sister stepped into his life and ruined it. After weeks of knowing Lea, all of those warm and wonderful feelings he’d long ago denied to himself started to reappear. Problem was, the brighter the light, the bigger the shadows that came with it.

His traumatic past refused to let him go.

When the unthinkable happened, the easiest thing to do was to run. But life often proves that the easiest way is usually the hardest.

 
Omens (Cainsville)

As a long time Kelley Armstrong reader (I LOVE the Otherworld series!) I was really excited to see her start another urban paranormal book. This book is starts off so strong. It’s the first in a series, so I know a lot of people were put off by the world building and set up for the storyline. As an avid fantasy reader, I’m used to this and expect it with my serial reads. There is so much that is going on behind the scenes and nothing is at all what it seems for Olivia. I am very excited to see the characters develop and find out what other secret are lurking in her past.

Synopsis:

In Omens, Olivia Taylor-Jones is shattered to learn that she’s adopted. Her biological parents? Notorious serial killers. On a quest to learn more about her past, Olivia lands in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois. As she draws on long-hidden abilities, Olivia begins to realize that there are dark secrets in Cainsville—and powers lurking in the shadows.

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The Drafter (The Peri Reed Chronicles)

Kim Harrison is another author who I’ve followed for years. I first read her work with The Hollows series, another urban paranormal type of read. The Peri Reed Chronicles is an entirely new animal, so to speak. A thriller with a break-neck pace and people with the ability to alter time. WHAT. I also love that there is a crossover novella with Peri and Rachel (from The Hollows series). This is an unbelievable read and I really hope you will give it a try if is your thing!

Synopsis:

In the first explosive book in the Peri Reed Chronicles, Kim Harrison, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Hollows series, blazes a new frontier with an edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Detroit 2030. Double-crossed by the person she loved and betrayed by the covert government organization that trained her to use her body as a weapon, Peri Reed is a renegade on the run. Don’t forgive and never forget has always been Peri’s creed. But her day job makes it difficult: she is a drafter, possessed of a rare, invaluable skill for altering time, yet destined to forget both the history she changed and the history she rewrote. When Peri discovers her name is on a list of corrupt operatives, she realizes that her own life has been manipulated by the agency. Her memory of the previous three years erased, she joins forces with a mysterious rogue soldier in a deadly race to piece together the truth about her fateful final task. Her motto has always been only to kill those who kill her first. But with nothing but intuition to guide her, will she have to break her own rule to survive?

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Green Rider (6 Book Series)

I am a HUGE fan of fantasy and this is one book series I haven’t seen on social media much. Before Aelin and Feyre there was always Karigan in my life. Green Rider by Kristen Britain was first published in 2008 and I have been hooked ever since. With book 6,  Firebrand (Green Rider), set for release February 28 this year, I must share my love of this amazing series! Please check out Karigan and her unbelievable adventures with me!

Synopsis Book 1:

On her long journey home from school after a fight which will surely lead to her expulsion, Karigan G’ladheon ponders her future as she trudges through the immense forest called Green Cloak. But her thoughts are interrupted by a galloping horse bursting from the woods, its rider impaled by two black-shafted arrows.

As the young man lies dying on the road, he tells Karigan he is a Green Rider, one of the legendary messengers of King Zachary. Before he dies, he makes Karigan swear to deliver the “life and death” message he’s carrying and to complete his mission “for love of her country.” The man gives her his green coat, with the symbolic brooch of his office, bestowing upon Karigan the title of Green Rider and changing her life forever. Caught up in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand, Karigan is hounded by dark beings bent on seeing that the message, and its reluctant carrier, never reach their destination.

 

 

The Name of the Wind

This series is on my list of books to read again, at any time. Patrick Rothfuss weaves a tale both compelling and eerie. I will wait as long as I need to for Day 3 in this series. For me, this is up there with J.K. Rowling and C.S. Lewis. Kvothe’s story and the immense world he travels will have you searching for your own path to the Eolian to earn your talent pipes or hunt down a sighting of the Chandrians. Any Kingkiller fans out there?

Synopsis Book 1:

My name is Kvothe.

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

You may have heard of me.

So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature—the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man’s search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

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There are so many great underrated books out there, do you have any that you love and would recommend for our readers?

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